Remember those grey infant button boots I crocheted more than a year ago when I was pregnant? Well I am one proud Mama because our little sweetheart Myla can wear (and walk!) in them now! I still remember crocheting them and wondering what our baby would be like, and they seemed sooo big at the time (especially compared to the gold baby boots I had just finished)!
Doesn’t Myla look super cute and stylish in them? It’s so special being able to make these items for Myla and I am SO GLAD I crocheted bigger items for her to grow into as well since I knew how busy I would probably be after she arrived! Check out my step-by-step blog post for these boots HERE and the free pattern HERE!
This past weekend our little girl turned one! It still amazes me how quickly time has passed by. Those first few weeks were quite rough as I slowly recovered from labour and my body adapted to the sleepless nights. However, then within a blink of an eye Myla was smiling, rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing and now on the verge of walking! It is truly amazing to see her development and what a miracle life is. It’s hard to imagine our life before Myla now, and she has brightened up each and every day!
I wanted to share some photos from Myla’s first birthday party that we held earlier when Ryan’s relatives were in town! We were so excited to celebrate Myla’s very first birthday, and we wanted to make it special. I searched for 1st birthday party ideas on Pinterest to get some inspiration, and one of the themes that came up was “Cute As A Button”! It’s always nice having a theme for a party so everything is a bit more cohesive as you can cater the decorations and food around it. I thought the button theme was adorable, particularly since we love crafts!
Ryan’s sister Sharon is an expert at making cakes and has plenty of experience making amazing cakes for her own children! We told her our theme and showed her some pictures of cakes we liked, and she spent hours the night before making this beautiful cake! It was a triple layered chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream, and there was even a surprise pink layer! It was both beautiful and delicious!
I helped make some of the fondant buttons! We were going for kind of an ombre effect with the buttons as there were different shades of pink. The grey and white buttons matched beautifully as well.
It was so special that Myla’s very first birthday cake was baked from scratch with so much love by her dear auntie!
Sharon also made these adorable button cookies with her children earlier and even hand carried them on the airplane to bring them safely here! She is an amazing baker!
We decorated this wall so it could be the backdrop of some of our photos! We cut out triangles and strung them along hemp to make our own pennant banners, filled balloons with helium and made these pom poms out of tissue paper (following the same instructions we used to make the ones from our baby shower HERE).
For our party favours, we bought some white chocolate and mint Kit Kat bars and rewrapped them with scrapbook paper. Then we glued a coral button on each bar to help tie them in with the “Cute As A Button” theme!
We held them in the small chunky crocheted basket that I made last year (see blog post HERE). Baskets are so handy to have around the house!
I had seen chalkboard ideas on Pinterest and I asked Ryan if he could make one for Myla! We went to several stores to look for a chalkboard, but we soon found out there was something called chalkboard spray that we didn’t even know existed! And so, we purchased a picture frame that we liked and then simply sprayed the glass with the special chalkboard spray- then voila, we had our own chalkboard! Ryan spent a lot of time figuring out the layout of the words and writing everything in pencil first. Then, he used chalk maker to go over the pencil…he didn’t make a single mistake! He kept it a surprise from me until he was done everything, and I was sooo impressed with how it turned out! Ryan is VERY artistic and has such nice writing….just look at all the different fonts he wrote!
Here is Myla standing proudly beside her board as if to say, “These are all the things I can do”! She is growing so quickly….since we made this board, she actually now has 12 teeth and is 29” tall! I’m sure she’ll be walking very soon as well!
I also wanted to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Kay of Mikaylove for gifting Myla’s beautiful dress to her! We were actually on the hunt for a dress for Myla to wear at her party when we received a surprise package from Kay. Along with some beautiful arm candy, we were so touched and delighted to see a birthday card, a little bracelet and this dress for Myla! Kay started Mikaylove around when Myla was born, so she just celebrated 1 year for her shop too! Thank you for being so thoughtful, Kay, and as you can see, the dress fit Myla perfectly! It matched so well with the colours of her party too :)
We have been taking monthly family photos with Myla, so to show her development, we strung many of the photos along some hemp with clothespins! We glued a button on each clothespin too :) She looks sooo different when she was first born! I of course don’t notice the change since I see her everyday, and it’s not until I look at old photos that I realize how much she has grown. I am so thankful for photos that help capture these special moments and help us remember!
Here we are singing happy birthday and about to blow out the candle!
I got kind of sentimental as we were blowing out her candle as it suddenly hit me that this is the smallest and youngest she’ll ever be….our little girl is growing up right before our eyes!
Here is a video from my Instagram showing some of the birthday singing :) I’m glad we can share these special moments with you all!
We are truly blessed to have Myla in our lives and we thank God each and every day for her. ”Myla Brielle" means "Merciful" and "God is my strength”, and we have been seeking and relying on God’s strength and wisdom in learning how to be parents and how to raise her. Thank you for supporting and loving our family, and we hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into her very 1st birthday party and perhaps got some inspiration for your own parties as well! Stay tuned for some new amigurumi projects that I am currently putting the finishing touches on! Much love ♥
A couple months ago I was very close to buying more bibs because Myla was drooling like crazy due to teething (our little sweetie now has four teeth)! Then it suddenly hit me: why don’t I try and crochet some? Hehe, this question now frequently comes up since you can crochet pretty much anything nowadays! I turned to trusty Ravelry to find a great free bib pattern, and I settled upon this “Cutie Bib" by "The Knitless Knitter Crochets" HERE.
It is a very simple pattern, and I love the shape and size of the bib as it provides a lot of coverage. I also like how it has button closure (beware velcro that can latch onto blankets and clothing when doing the laundry!). I used cotton yarn and found a set of beautiful wooden buttons from Michaels to add embellishment in the corners. Love how you can crochet things instead of buying them! They would make great baby shower gifts too :) Once again, find the free pattern HERE.
We are back from our trip to Disney World, and we had an absolutely fabulous time! We used to visit the Disney parks quite frequently when I was younger, and it was very special going with my parents and brother once again, but this time with a new addition to our family: little Myla! I thought I would share some photos from our trip taken by Ryan…
The Magic Kingdom is still my favourite park :) I love strolling down Main Street as Cinderella’s Castle unfolds before you! Myla was surprisingly allowed to go on many rides, particularly in Fantasyland. Her favourite ride was “It’s A Small World”- it was so cute seeing her eyes light up and dart around as she saw all the little colourful dolls representing different countries around the world moving and singing!
I was really excited to dine at “Be Our Guest" in the Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland. Making reservations was really difficult, but I managed to find an opening for an early dinner at 4:45! We dined in the ballroom where Belle and the Beast danced, and it was beautiful! All the detail were amazing, and we got to take pictures with the Beast at the end of our meal :)
Epcot is my second favourite park as I love the different countries represented in the World Showcase, and “The Land" has one of my favourite rides: "Soarin’”! It just so happened that we caught the tail end of the “Flower & Garden Festival” at Epcot, so there were many beautiful topiary displays throughout the park. You can see Mickey and his friends in the pic above!
Another gorgeous display at Epcot!
On our first night at Epcot we dined at the UK’s “Rose & Crown" restaurant which has a spectacular patio view of Epcot’s night time show, "IllumiNations”. It was awesome being able to sit down and enjoy the displays and fireworks as we were finishing up dessert!
The Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom! Love the lushness captured in this pic :) One of my faves in this park is the “Finding Nemo" musical…we were singing some of the songs long after the show ended!
One of the cool things we saw at the Animal Kingdom was this plant lady! At first she was camouflaged as she lay on the wall with her face turning the other way….but then she started to gracefully move and walk away! It was a very neat sight :) We didn’t take too many photos at the fourth park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but I really enjoyed the American Idol Experience (the winner that night sounded just like Beyoncé) and the updated Star Tours ride since Ryan and I are big Star Wars fans too!
Since Myla was born in the Canadian fall/winter, this trip was the first time she was able to wear summer clothes! It was fun bringing out the summer dresses, rompers and hats! Here are some photos of our little cutie each morning before we hit the parks…
I was a little bit worried about how Myla would do on this trip as it was her first long trip out of the country. She did amazingly well, and of course it also helped that my parents and brother were there to help out! We knew that this Disney trip would be very different from all our previous Disney trips since we were traveling with a baby. We took a very relaxed pace as we followed her schedule, stopping to nurse and change her diaper whenever needed and working around her naps. Disney was great as they had Baby Care Centers that were air conditioned places to nurse, change diapers and just rest in each park. Their “Baby Swap”’ program was helpful as we didn’t need to line up twice for rides that Myla wasn’t allowed on (you can read more about this here).
My parents bought Myla this adorable Minnie Mouse dress and we bought her a Minnie Mouse headband to match! It’s cute because the ears are actually adult-sized, but the proportions looked so cute on Myla! She loved wearing those big Minnie ears :) We went around the Magic Kingdom and took some pics on our last day to commemorate her first Disney experience!
Sitting down by Cinderella’s Fountain
Myla was pretty popular around the park as she was getting a lot of smiles and “aww’s” from people….it was cute because many young children came up to her and said hi too! They loved this little Minnie Mouse!
All smiles in front of the castle!
Finally a family pic with Ryan in it!
Of course, Myla’s first Disney experience wouldn’t be complete without meeting Mickey Mouse! She even gave him a big kiss :)
My parents also bought Myla the classic Minnie Mouse Ears hat and got her name embroidered on it! Years ago, my parents bought me a similar hat and had my name embroidered on it….how time flies! There is so much nostalgia and fond memories whenever we visit Disney…
We had to add a little amigurumi in this Disney post! Ryan spotted these knitted Mickey’s in a gift store- how cute are they?
Hope you enjoyed this little recap of some of the things we did on our trip! Myla was a great little traveler, and we are so thankful that we could all travel as a family. I missed crocheting, and I can’t wait to share some more crochet projects with you all in the coming weeks!
Why is Myla dressed as Minnie Mouse you ask? It’s BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!! As you all know, we are huge Disney fans, and I’ve been visiting the Disney parks ever since I was a little girl…I can’t believe that I get to take my own little girl now! There is something so nostalgic and classic about Disney. I love how some rides never change, but there are also new areas and attractions, such as “New Fantasyland”, and we even have dinner reservations at the “Be Our Guest" restaurant in the Beast’s Castle (which were very hard to come by)! Have any of you visited this new area yet?
And so, the blog will be quiet for the next while. I’ll try and post updates about our trip on my Instagram (@AllAboutAmi) and Twitter (@AllAboutAmi)! If any of you have upcoming Disney trips too, you can crochet your own Minnie Mouse Ears with my tutorial HERE! See you later, everyone :)
I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share other areas of my life on this blog besides crocheting, such as our travel adventures and my pregnancy and nursing style! To find out a little bit more about my style and life as a new mama, check out my feature as a “Style Mom" on Natalie Zee Drieu’s “Coquette Maman" HERE! Thanks for the lovely feature, Natalie :)
Here is our little sweetheart Myla wearing her Shell Stitch Beanie, the first baby item I ever crocheted! Doesn’t she look simply adorable wearing it? We are so blessed and thankful that we have this playful cutie to make us laugh and smile every single day! This beanie is one of my favourite hats, and I love the beautiful open design and the pretty two-tiered flower with the wooden button! Betsy of “The Dainty Daisy" offers sizing from 0-3 months all the way up to child size (3-10 years). You can access the free pattern HERE!
As you know, when I was pregnant I went on a crochet spree, trying to crochet as many cute items for our baby as I possibly could! I knew we would be doing a newborn photoshoot, so I tried to crochet some special props for it (including this cute stork pouch). While looking up crochet ideas for newborn shoots, I came across this adorable turtle outfit as well as this sweet ladybug outfit. I wanted to make Myla a little outfit too, so we decided to go with a panda bear!
I had already made some owl hats using Sarah’s pattern on “Repeat Crafter Me”- I loved how the seam was hidden and how she had hat patterns for newborns all the way to adults! And so, I followed her newborn pattern to make my panda hat. I used Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend in “Bakery Boxy White" to crochet the hat and some black yarn for the braided tails.
Next, I crocheted the ears using black yarn and Ryan cut these oval shapes out of black felt for the eyes.
We sewed the black ovals onto the white hat and then sewed these black buttons onto the black ovals. Ryan then stitched on this sweet little nose consisting of an upside down triangle and an upside down “Y” (see my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE for detailed instructions).
Here are some more views of the face…
I think this panda has such an adorable, tender face :)
Then it was time to attach the ears…
We looked for these specific buttons that had a smooth surface on one side and could be attached with little loops on the other side. Typical buttons with holes in the center could work too but we wanted to go for this smooth look as they kind of look like amigurumi safety eyes! We ended up buying these buttons in both black and white from Fabricland as we wanted to see how both would look for our panda hat!
I followed this pattern to make a matching diaper cover! It’s a great pattern as it consists of double crochets and the flaps on the sides can be attached onto the black button at various points, depending on how big your baby is, making it adjustable! We used this diaper cover in Myla’s birth announcement HERE and I hinted how it was part of a special animal set that I had crocheted. Haha, five months later we’re finally revealing that it’s a panda set!
I made a black pom-pom using this tutorial HERE and added it to the diaper cover. I did not secure it with a knot (I just tied the loose ends into a bow) so that the this pom-pom tail was easily removable.
Here is our finished Panda set: an adorable panda earflap hat with a diaper cover!
Here it is again with the diaper cover flipped so that you can see the cute black pom-pom tail!
I was incredibly excited to see Myla wear this little outfit! The hat was actually a little small for her, but the diaper cover fit well. It’s hard knowing how big to make your hats since you never know how big your baby’s head will be! We tried to get a cute sleeping shot but our little girl woke up, haha… And so, we made the most of it by taking some shots while she was awake! Doesn’t she look so adorable with her little tail and hat and her expression? You can see her neck was already quite strong as she could lift her head up at less than a week old! Myla was probably thinking, “Mom and Dad….how dare you disturb my slumber? And why am I dressed like a panda? Where are my clothes?!?”
We tried again another day, but this time with just the hat, making it easier…here you can see the face of the panda better! Doesn’t Myla look so sweet?
We made a bigger panda hat for our friends who were expecting a baby boy, this time using the white eyes! You can see how using the black or white buttons gives the hat a different look :)
Here are the patterns for the small and big panda hats:
Using white yarn, follow Sarah’s pattern to crochet the earflap hat with black braided tails. Follow the newborn pattern HERE for the smaller panda hat and the 3-6 month pattern for the bigger panda hat HERE. I know many of you are interested in making this panda hat in an ADULT size too! Sarah offers these earflap hats from toddler to child to adult sizes as well, so check them out HERE!
EARS (make 2)
R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)
R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
R3-6: Sc 12
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew open end together. Sew ontop of white hat.
R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)
R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18 sts)
R4-7: Sc 18
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew open end together. Sew ontop of white hat.
*** To make bigger ears, try increasing by intervals of 6 [e.g. R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24 sts)]. If you need help figuring out how to keep increasing by 6, follow the pattern for Sweetheart Bunny’s head HERE.
- Cut oval shapes out of black felt. Sew onto white hat.
- Sew buttons towards top part of black ovals.
- Embroider nose (upside down triangle and upside down “Y”) with black embroidery floss (refer to my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE).
DIAPER COVER WITH TAIL
Using white yarn, follow this pattern HERE to crochet the diaper cover using a black button for closure.
Make a pom pom with black yarn following this tutorial HERE and add to the diaper cover.
Sarah of Repeat Crafter Me is the queen of cute hats, and she offers so many free patterns! Check them all out HERE. If you like my baby panda set, here are some other sets that Sarah has made, including this Mickey & Minnie Mouse set! Some of you guessed that I was making a bunny set since Spring officially started this week- you can check out Sarah’s Bunny set here!
I’m so glad we have Myla’s newborn photos to look back upon as time is flying by so quickly. Myla turned 5 months old this week! Here I am with our sweet, precious little strawberry :)
Hope you like this little baby panda set we made! They’d make a great gift for a baby boy or a baby girl, and you could even adapt this set to make different animals, like a koala bear too! Who is going to try making an adult panda hat? I’d love to see your pics! Connect with me through e-mail (email@example.com), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AllAboutAmi). If you absolutely love pandas, you could also try making our amigurumi Panda since his face looks very similar to this hat :) You can get the free pattern HERE. Happy crocheting, everyone!