Playing around…

I started trying to play around with the awesome camera my mom gave us for Natalie's baby shower. It's pretty incredible for taking portraits and there are definitely some of these that will end up as framed photos on our wall. IMG_3918 IMG_3920 IMG_3924 IMG_3927 I also managed to snag some shots of baby girl wearing some of the items I sell in my etsy shop so customers can get an idea of how they look.   IMG_3953 IMG_3958     Baby models are the best!

Etsy Shop: I finally pulled out the DSLR!

IMG_3885   Huzzah! I finally busted out the DSLR camera my mother gave us for our baby shower and started trying to really play with it. I took it on a test run by trying to take pictures of my latest felt food play set that I made for Etsy. I got the idea because my baby niece (is she still a baby if she turns five in two weeks?) used to LOVE playing with her tea set. The whole family got to enjoy cup after cup of pretend tea from her cute little face as she gleefully ran over and asked us if we wanted another cup.   IMG_3881   The set contains four tea bags with different colored tabs attached to the tea sachets by embroidery thread. Each one is filled with loose pieces of tea leaves in varying shades of green and brown that are secured to the felt bag by a piece of cream tulle to add detailing to the tea bags. IMG_3875 The macarons are made by gathering circle of felt together, stuffing it with fiberfill to get that proper puffy macaron shape and sewing it to another circle of felt. Do this twice and you have your sandwich cookie. The filling is made by attaching each side of the cookie to a piece of white felt, trimming to size and sewing the white felt circles together with a whip stitch. I finished the edges of the cookies by trimming them with a pair of pinking shears for a nice and crinkly edge.   IMG_3865   As always, the felt food sets are handstitched with cotton embroidery thread and crafted from eco-felt, an environmentally friendly felt made from post-consumer water bottles/plastic waste. IMG_3878

Felt Food!!

Seriously. It is now my greatest obsession to make as realistic as possible food out of felt. Does that make me weird? Or is it more that I have now fully descended into mom-land? Either way, its pretty fun and I think the fruits of my labors have been more than worth it.

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I started by trying to tackle breakfast food, after all, it's my favorite meal of the day so clearly I would have fun making it, right? IMG_0592.JPG

Then I decided to try for something a bit healthier and with a bit more pieces involved. Whole wheat pitas with all the fixings and veggie chips complete with their own bag! And lastly I've started working on a new set that I'm pretty ridiculously excited about. I think it'll be ridiculously cute when I finally have it finished! IMG_0608.JPG This one isn't made strictly from felt as I incorporated tulle to help me make the mesh portion of the tea bag. I think it gives it extra charm. There's going to be more pieces to this set, but I have to finish them and then stage them in an appropriately hipster-y way for photos. Keep your eyes peeled for when I list this guy =) Things have been going fairly well in my etsy shop thus far, and I definitely still adore making cute baby goodies. =) Check it out: http://www.etsy.com/shops/atomicbaby Both of the completed sets retail at $25.