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upcycling.

Today I met with Heather so that our girls could play together on this warm cheery day, and also so we both could catch up on our day to days, crafting, and babies. Her and her beautiful family literally live 2 minutes from our home (my parent’s home).  I’ve never driven that short of a distance anywhere while living at their home — my parents live in the boondocks.  So it felt really good to visit with a friend/neighbor.  Heather lives in the neatest home her hugely talented carpenter husband refinished with upcycled pieces — a wonderful blend of new and old.  I admire anyone who can work with wood, it’s such an awesome awesome talent! Interesting to think this is what Jesus did on a daily basis.

I met Heather through the Bradley Method class we took before our babies were born.  It was so nice to meet such like-minded folk through the class.  Heather gave birth at home with a midwife for her second child after having a c-section for her first child!  So proud of her!  Giving birth at home is something Greg and I would so like to do someday, but not while living with the parents!  Hopefully when we have our own home.

Heather and I reconnected after our babies were born.  She saw all the sewing and crafting I did, and she commissioned me to craft a tote bag for a give-away her business was sponsoring its customers.  I jumped at such a cool opportunity.  The criteria was that I thoughtfully consider the environment by reusing old fabric for the project.  I ended up upcycling fabric Heather gave me from some old curtains. I pretty much used my own pattern when creating the tote; except for the dimensions, which I used from another pattern.  The fabric was made of cotton canvas with an embroidered flower motif.  I also added a trim of crocheted lace. Love the way it turned out — so much so that I’m considering making another for Dhara and our weekly library jaunts.  Heather loved the tote as well and will probably be using it in a giveaway at a Green Life Festival at Savage Mill later this month, that is if she doesn’t keep it herself!

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

tote is fully lined, reinforced + perfectly sized for such trips as the library or market

handmade gifts.

I love handmade — especially for baby.  It’s unique and different.  I’m currently in a season of handmade gifts.  With so many little ones born, and many more on the way, I’ve been a very busy busy bee.  I’ve been working mostly on bibs and swaddling blankets — my specialty at this point.  : )  I love baby things, especially baby things that have a homespun organic feel, but with a modern edge.

(As you peruse, you may notice the official Susie Mey textile tag.  Well, there’s much more to be said about that.  Soon.  Very soon.)

Interested in purchasing a bib or swaddling blanket?  These make the perfect gifts for the new mama, and look pretty darn cute on baby.  Support the handmade revolution!  Email me at shopsusiemey@gmail.com

blankets are sized at 40″ x 40″ — perfect for swaddling your little burrito baby, or using as a toddler blanket, or even a nursing cover for mama. blankets are cotton flannel and backed with a tea dyed cotton muslin.


bibs are backed with the option of beautiful organic waffle cotton, or modern organic linen. bibs also have an absorbent inner all natural cotton batting which protects baby’s clothes.

bibs can be purchased in sets or individually

pin cushion.

As some of you may remember, and still ask about, I signed up for a sewing class last fall.  I can’t say I’ve been totally up to speed with it, but the nice thing about the class is that it’s designed to finish in a year’s time — which is great for stay-at-home mamas!  That year will be up in August; which means I need to get crack’in! I’ve been meaning to post the projects I’ve completed thus far — so here goes:

Project 1: Pin Cushion.

The projects start off easy and get harder from project to project.  I had alot of fun making this pin cushion.  The instructions asked that I piece it together in patchwork style; however, I added a little of my own style by hand embroidering a vintage doily onto the front of the pin cushion and some onto the back.  I love thrifting for vintage doilies and fabric just for this reason!

Now, just as a fun gesture, I’d like to mail this pin cushion out to someone as a little gift from Susie Mey.  : )  Leave a comment here on this post, or shoot me an email at shopsusiemey@gmail.com and let me know!  I would keep it, but I have two handmade ones that could never be replaced because they are my absolute favorite!

baby smith handmade #5.

Project #5:  Eclectic First Christmas Stocking.

I’m long overdue on posting a Baby Smith Handmade project.  It was Dhara’s first (actually second) Christmas, so I wanted to make her something handmade that she would love as a child, and love even as an adult every time Christmas rolls around.  A stocking fit that bill.  I had three requirements.  1) I’m not big on Christmas fabric. 2) I want something heirloom + vintage quality.  And, 3) Simple, yet different and pretty.

I made the stocking at Greg’s parent’s home at the beach.  Actually, both Greg’s mom and myself made a stocking for Dhara.  We laid out all our supplies, fabrics, Ghinger scissors, and trims on the long dining table, and got to work drafting our patterns on newspaper and sewing away.  It was so relaxing chatting and watching the old-school black + white version of Miracle on 34th Street in the background.

The stocking I made is crafted of linen on the front and a good quality quilting weighted cotton on the back.  The front consists of swatches of Indian fabrics and some mustard green rick rack.  The 3 beautiful cream crocheted flowers are my mother-in-law’s handiwork — she makes these beautiful flowers.  I am determined to learn how to make them this year!  A garland project made of crocheted flowers has been dwelling on my mind.  The inside of the stocking is fully lined with quilting cotton.  The back of the stocking has a personal note to my Dhara Dear, which I embroidered.  The whole stocking, minus the personal note, probably took me around 3.5-4 hours to complete.

crocheted flowers by greg’s mom

embroidering personal note on back

back of stocking

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Other Baby Smith Handmade Projects:

Project #4:  Bunting.

Project #3:  Waterproof Bibs.

Project #2:  Shawl Collar Sweater.

Project #1:  Scalloped Blanket.

What is Baby Smith Handmade?

bearing gifts.

a thin, double sided, quilted blanket made with Indian fabrics

kid tested + approved

bibs made of soft Indian fabrics + organic waffle cotton


She’s the wee daughter of my dear cousin, Betty.  We recently drove down to Fairborn, Ohio to visit this precious little soul, Baby Rachel Elisabeth.  Oh, and I didn’t go empty handed, oh no.  I went bearing these delightful little handmade gifts for her…although one gift is still in progress, but will be posted soon upon its completion.  Also, more photos to come of mama and her baby girl.

baby smith handmade #3.

Project #3:  Waterproof Bibs.

It’s been some time since I last posted a Baby Smith Handmade project.  I’ve been on a bib rampage lately.  1) Because my baby’s alias is “Drooley Julie.”  2) Majority of bibs found in stores these days are worthless because once my baby soaks her bib, her clothes are most assuredly next in line to get wet.

So in answer to this problem, I marched myself to the fabric store, found some waterproof baby dry vinyl and sandwiched it in between a slice of lovely cotton fabric and a slice of cozy cotton flannel.  Greg added the snaps — which I like much better than velcro.  I love the finished product — so much cuter than store bought bibs if I don’t say so myself.  And waterproof!  I can’t fully explain it, but it really does feel good to see my baby wearing handmade.

Bib fronts, using cotton fabrics, among which are fabrics by Amy Butler and fabrics from my travels to India.


Bib backs, using flannel fabrics, among which are fabrics by the amazing Anna Maria Horner.

Miss Drooley Julie herself enjoying a laundry line of bibs hanging over her crib.


Other Baby Smith Handmade Projects:

Project #2:  Shawl Collar Sweater.

Project #1:  Scalloped Blanket.

What is Baby Smith Handmade?

high school twin.

Yesterday I visited a longtime friend, Diana.  I’ve known her since high school, so that would make us friends for about 13 years and counting.  I remember the first time I met her.  I guess you could compare her to the energetic Ellie, from the Pixar movie, “Up”.  I, on the other hand, was more timid and composed.  So the story goes a little like this:  Diana walks up to me the first week of school, as I’m putting my books in my locker, and she says to me, “So you’re the one that everyone is mistaking for me!”

Yep.  And we’ve been friends ever since.  : )

Diana had a baby girl back in April, and so with my small family in tow, we went to visit Diana’s little baby, Shreya.  It was so weird sitting next to my friend as we both held a baby in our lap.  And not just any baby, but our own babies.  In honor of little Baby Shreya, I sewed her a Black Apple cloth doll.  [I was actually working on the same styled doll for Dhara’s half-birthday present, when I thought I would also whip one up for pretty little Shreya.]

My doll is somewhat different than the typical Black Apple doll because she has a simple cloth face with no features.  For her dress, I used a block printed fabric I picked up in India last year at my favorite fabric store in Madras.  The shop is located in an outdoor market bustling with business everywhere you look.  I could literally spend an entire day at that fabric store looking at all the beautiful cottons and ethnic prints.  I also love the little lace collar I added to the neckline.  So sweet and feminine.  I think I’d like to call her Amelie.

I think Baby Shreya is enjoying her Amelie Doll, don’t you think?


Mama’s doll.

Diana and I had a great time watching our babies and marveling at how life has changed so much since these little ones arrived.  In the last 13 years, Diana completed med school while I went into the world of information technology, and then onto campus ministry.  We’ve both had our ups and downs, but eventually got married to great guys, settled down and are both in a good place now — mommyhood.  So looking forward to what God has in store for us in the years to come.

Susan and Diana. 1999.