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Make Baby Stuff Newsletter, Issue #003 -- Crafty Mothers Day Ideas
April 15, 2008

This monthly newsletter is brought to you from the Make Baby Stuff website. Each issue brings you up to date with new crafty happenings, contests, instructions, reader questions, more tips and our featured crafty artist of the month! It is your kick in the pants to get crafty!

Stuff in This Issue

  • What's New at Make Baby Stuff - New Articles
  • Meet the Crafty Mama - Holly Lowe, MTC
  • Mothers Day Card Idea

What's New at Make Baby Stuff

This last month has been all about baby carriers. Wraps, mei tais and slings, oh my! Whether you want to Make a Mei Tai Slipcover or Sew a Mei Tai we've got new tutorials for you in our brand new Make Baby Carriers Section with more to come.

Here is a Free Toddler Sundress Pattern for you to get ready for hot weather. And don't miss this cute Free Rag Doll Pattern that you can make with your fabric scraps!

win a leo storch DIY CARRIER CONTEST! - Our contest has many amazing submissions in just a few days. Such a talented group of mamas we've got here, come join the fun! Be sure to check out all the entries, comment and VOTE for your favorites!

Check our Newest Tutorials Page for More New Articles! Our newest tutorials page lists all the newest projects as soon as they go live on the site! Never miss a new tutorial by simply checking this page.

Meet the Crafty Mama

Holly Lowe Who: Holly Lowe of MTC is a crafty mama who has been making mei tai carriers for over three years. She is finally back from an eight month break after the birth (unassisted!) of her second daughter. While she focused her attention on her two girls she also enjoyed yoga and Sunday trips to the farmer's market.

Those of you who have been awaiting her return will be thrilled to learn that she will start offering carriers on a limited basis again. I was lucky enough to snag one of her carriers before she went on hiatus and couldn't have gotten through last summer without it. If you get a chance to buy one, don't delay, her carriers sell like hotcakes! Read on to learn more about her and her future plans.

babyWhat lead you to making mei tai carriers in particular? Have you made other types of carriers?
The first mei tai I made was for my first daughter when she was about six weeks old. I'd been trying to use two different ring slings (one that I made and another that I'd purchased) and they just weren't working for us. I had a friend who made a mei tai and she sent me directions. After that I had friends asking for them and then friends of friends. The business really started itself.

How many of your own mei tai carriers do you have and use? Do you have a favorite? Do you use other types of baby carriers?
I have three MTCs that I use. My favorite is actually supposed to be my husband's carrier (pictured). It's an upholstery fabric on one side and denim on the other. I really like the way it grips. I used a Peanut Shell Pouch for a couple of weeks after Alice was born.

mtc greenWhat other baby or kid craft items do you like to make?
I usually have a knitting project or two going, but it's hard to find time for things like that. I've done a bit of quilting and I'd like to do more eventually. I did a mural of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree on the girls' bedroom wall, which was really fun.

When do you find the time to create? What are your tips for balancing business, self and family?
Family has to come first. Towards the end of my pregnancy with Alice I was working over 60 hours a week making carriers, updating the site, and doing customer service. It just wasn't fun anymore, I began to loathe the entire business. I am just now starting to sew again after a break of nearly a year. It's going very slowly! I'm only sewing when the kids are sleeping or on the weekends when my husband is home and we are having a quiet day. I don't ever want to be so busy that I have to tell my daughter I can't sit down and read her a book because I have mei tais to sew.

mtc greenWhat is your favorite and least favorite part of the process of making mei tai carriers?
I hate making straps! That was the only part of my business that I contracted out. My favorite part is when I turn the body inside out and iron it flat and get to see the almost finished product. My other favorite part is getting emails from customers who tell me how much the product has helped them or made their life easier.

Do you have any future plans for your business?
I plan to take it as easy as possible. People suggest that I should contract all of the work out, but I'm really not interested in being a huge company. I am really anal about details, so I couldn't feel confident in the products if I wasn't personally creating each carrier. I want to continue to enjoy my job and hopefully people will continue to enjoy the carriers.

If you were a color, which one would it be and why?
Maybe yellow, because I have a lot of energy. I can't ever really sit still.

Photos from top: Holly & daughters, Holly's husband & daughter, Customer Photo: Jenna & son, Customer Photo: Amber & son (ahem, me!) Visit her website at and buy handmade!

Mother's Day Card Ideas!

chalk Mother's Day is just around the corner and you may be thinking of gifts to give your own mothers. My grandmother's birthday was last week and I had to think of something to send her. She and my mother always ask for the same thing for every of my son. At the very least, I always incorporate photos in the card or gift somehow so I set out to get crafty with my son.

Up until now, crafting with my son has usually ended with him running away with the tape or trying to put the crayons in his mouth or pouring paint on his head. This is okay, even a wee baby can participate in card making.

handmade cards chalk Chalk Photo Cards - Grab some sidewalk chalk and write your message, whether it be "Happy Birthday!" or "Thanks!" or "Happy Mother's Day!" and then let them scribble and start snapping photos! A wee baby can just be placed down next to the message of course. This is a quick and easy way to make a gift or thank you cards.

Block Photo Cards - Does your baby have a set of alphabet blocks? Arrange them in a message, set baby down, take a photo. Done!

Painted Cards - This one is my very favorite, but is the most messy for sure. Give baby some paint and paper (make sure you are using non-toxic paint and do it in the bathtub for quick clean up) and have them make a fingerpainted masterpiece. Snap photos! When the paintings dry, use them for the cards to mount the photos on.

What crafty projects will you make for Mother's Day this year? And more importantly, what crafty supplies did you ask for? :)

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