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Hellebores and Baby Butts

Below image from Hellebore – Wikipedia.


The Hellebore is one of my all time favorite flowers. It’s an evergreen; so the plant looks gorgeous all year long. Last April when my mom and grandma were visiting, my mom bought me a couple that were on sale at the end of the season. The flowers had almost all died by the time I put them into the planter on our front porch. I tried to remember throughout the summer to water them but often ended up wondering if they would survive my neglect. Well, a few weeks ago I noticed that both plants were producing buds! I can’t wait to see them open. They will be a joyful addition to our dreary January days.


I’m pretty sure I started cutting up the flannel sheets for this “baby wipes” project early last fall when we first discovered we were pregnant. Sadly, they lived stuffed in a yellow Forever21 sack for most of the winter. I pulled them out last week and cut up several more pieces while listening to “Heaven is for Real,” the audiobook I checked out from our local library.

After spending the day in front of the computer yesterday working on a website project, I decided to exercise some different creative juices and got out the sewing machine my mom got me last year for my birthday. I did have to make a call to Grandma Beth to ask her advice about my inside out stitching but I proceeded to spend the next several hours in front of the machine. I have to tell you, this baby does NOT appreciate me sitting in front of the computer or the sewing machine. Baby gets so squirmy and kicky begging me to stand up and walk around…


These sheets were our first set of “marriage” sheets from Ryan’s parents. While we were honeymooning in Boston, they sweetly came to our little apartment, bought a bed, our requested mattress and these sheets for us when we returned home. I am so happy I can use them for our baby – something just as special as our marriage!

We LOVE flannel sheets. Summer or winter. I’m pretty sure we slept in these long enough to wear them thin and some holes in places.


Yes, I DO have to pull out the manual everytime I thread this sewing machine or have to fill the bobbin!


I counted the number of wipes I finished today and there are about 30. I plan on using them together with some homemade baby booty solution for wiping its little bum. I still have several large sections of fabric left and am wondering if I need to cut some more pieces. I may also use some for burp rags…. I guess we’ll see!

Tiffani PJanuary 16, 2014 - 3:55 pm

You won’t have to wipe the wee babe if its just a pee diaper (pee is sterile) but you will use multiple wipes per poopy diaper – so 30 may be enough for a couple days, but will likely want some more – and if my experience as someone who loves to sew but has an infant is any indication… sewing time is severely limited following baby’s arrival; The more you can make now the better! (and they will be useful as a LOT of other things – like face and hand wipes, throw up rags, kleenex, etc – so better to have more than fewer) 🙂 just my 2 cents xo

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