car caddies and (too) tiny pants

More handmade Christmas roundup.

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Above photo by Nettie.

For toddler nephews, a pair of car caddies. Apparently they were a big hit, which of course gladdens this crafter aunty’s heart. I should have included a matchbox car with each, but thankfully they can supply their own :-)

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For Corey-pie, stretchy pants. But I was delusional about babies’ growth in the first four months of life, so these are gonna be no use to him. Cute, but tiny! Ahem, time to make some bigger ones! Sorry, Corey!

toddler fedoras

#felixhepburn

Felix has loved this hat since Tui first gave it to him. He’s been wearing it daily for about a year — even to bed, sometimes — and its looking the worse for wear.

Baby fedora

So I decided to make him a new one for Christmas.

Baby fedora

And, while I was at it, I made one for Cali too.

For both, I used this pattern. The fabric came from thrifted suit pants (finest Italian wool, $1 each!) The lining is cotton voile from my stash.

The project was a bit challenging, and my top stitching is far from perfect. But the babies won’t notice that, I’m sure.

I hope Rhea will send me photos later, but for now I have some Christmas morning FaceTime screen grabs.

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Felix thought the hat was fine, but that the bubble wrap was AWESOME!

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Cali kept hers on for approximately 2 seconds before pulling it off.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

last cuddle

Last cuddle with #coreychannon. Thanks @tuisted for the lovely shot.

Goodbye Corey. You are so very very loved.

felix and cali

Rhea didn’t bring her babies when she visited Tui, so I snuck away for a couple of nights to play with them.

#felixhepburn

Is this the coolest 2-yr-old in the world, or what?

#calihepburn

And um, yeah … can you say gorgeous?

sisters

#sisters @gromitmagick @tuisted

tuicoreyrhea

My girls live far apart, and I live even further from them both. I’d only seen them together twice in … a decade maybe? The original plan was that Rhea and I would visit the new baby separately, but Tui made it clear that she wanted “three of us” time, and I’m so glad she did.

My girls, they’re amazing :-)

all the love in the world

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My friend Louise commented on yesterday’s post: “One of the reasons for all the love in the world is the deep affection and connection we feel with those new beings born of our relationships.” I couldn’t have said it better.

corey

Corey

Sweet little man, so chill. Born five weeks early, now three weeks old. He’s doing great, as is his mummy.

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