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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Onesies Project (and Mum Gets Crafty)

The Architect and I were trying to figure out a way to get family and friends involved in the whole "baby experience." With family and friends located all over the place we wanted to share our love of baby and crafting in a creative way. We decided to ask a few family members and friends to decorate a variety of onesies for the baby- hence the name The Onesies Project. 

We didn't really have any rules other than a kind request to be as gender neutral as possible. We also didn't care how creative your felt you were. If you wanted to participate we were happy to hand you a onesie. Participants even got to choose from a variety of colors and sizes. 


It should be no surprise my mum was the first to get her onesies back to us. (All pictured onesies are from my mum) She was the first person to give us a baby present a few days after we told her we were expecting. (First time grandmotherly excitement!!!) I think originally we gave her two to decorate, but she loved it so much she went out and bought more blanks for decorating.

The great thing about this project is the openness. I think a lot of the decor used for her onesies came from craft stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby. The most important thing is she personalized them using decor representing things in our lives. She and I both love owls, we have two dogs, and we have a bit of an animal theme going on with Charley Harper as our nursery inspiration. The other onesies are just darn cute.

Most of our onesies were purchased at a discounted price from Trendy Blanks. We pre-washed all of the onesies before handing them out and just let people decorate as they pleased. I think this would even be a good idea for a baby shower if you wanted to do something different than playing weird dirty diaper games, eating cake, and opening gifts.

There will be other onesies posted as they are returned to us. We just got one back from a friend, and I absolutely love it.

Elle Dee Design

I am a little late when it comes to posting some of the items we have purchased. Making a lot of baby stuff, crafting for fun, preparing for the baby, and working a full-time job only allows so much free time. And, we didn't necessarily start accumulating baby stuff until I was about 5 months pregnant. It's not that we weren't excited about having a baby. I'm just the type of person that doesn't like to buy stuff until it is needed. We are currently a mere 5 weeks away from my due date and we still have a list of things to buy- not to mention do before the baby gets here.

Bibs- $12 each or 2 for $20
During the craft spree that was November and December in Austin we picked up a couple of bibs and a diaper wipes case from Elle Dee Design while attending the Craft Riot hosted by EstyAustin. We also picked up a cloth crayon travel case for our nephew because he had recently began learning how to color. (Sorry no picture of that, but it was very cute!)

Elle Dee Diaper Wipes Case- $10
We haven't had the opportunity to uses these things yet, but hope they last the wear and tear of a newborn. They were very affordable and seem well made. Elle Dee's Esty site doesn't have any bibs or diaper cases currently available online, but her shop has a lot of cute barrettes, dresses, and t-shirts perfect for Spring and Easter.

My favorite t-shirt/oneies combination

We attended the tree lighting ceremony last December at the capitol with two of our good friends. In addition to electrifying a tree and a lot of Christmas carols led by lovingly annoying KUT radio host John Aielli all of Congress opened up its doors. The local Farmer's Market even set up after hours, which allowed me to enjoy some much craved kettle corn and do a little shopping for baby.

Burro and burrito t-shirt and onesie for The Architect and Baby
The above pictured "burrito" onesie was picked up while browsing the Farmer's Market. It's from Will Heron, who is a local designer. He does children, women, and men's clothing. The Architect loved the onesie so much I went to Will's website and found the "Burro/burrito" t-shirt for him as a part of his dad-to-be Christmas gift. Will was prompt to respond to my order, and I had it in less than a week even though it was Christmas time.

Do expect a photo to be posted at a later date of the boys wearing Will's gear. I can't wait.