DIY Block-Printed Napkins

If you’ve been reading Flourish & Knot for a while, you may remember that I’ve visited India twice as part of the James Connection. You can read about my experiences here and here. Since travelling in that part of the world, I’ve had a fascination with some of the traditional handicrafts of the area, including block printing. I recently purchased a gorgeous block-printed tablecloth and thought I’d try my hand at the technique!

On my first visit to India, I bought three block printing stamps at the Delhi airport (truly the best airport shopping, BTW) and they’ve pretty much been gathering dust ever since. I just hadn’t come up with the right project for them. Well, it was time. So I made some napkins! (‘Cause that’s also what you do when you’re 9 months pregnant and waiting impatiently for your baby to arrive.)

DIY block-printed napkins in blues and turquoise |

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Jellyfish Tag Toy | Handmade Baby Shower Gift

I am thrilled to be participating in this baby shower-themed blog hop, organized by Sydney of Tastefully Frugal. If you’re joining me here at Flourish & Knot for the first time: welcome! Each of us interpreted the theme in a slightly different way, so there is a real variety of inspiration for you. Inspired by the many beautiful handmade baby gifts I received at my own shower, I thought I’d make a tag toy.

4 Fantastic Easy & Fun Baby Shower Ideas | Baby Shower Blog Hop |

This toy would be a perfect addition to any baby shower gift; and as a future mom, I thinkĀ that anything that doesn’t light up, flash, or make weird sounds is a welcome addition to playtime!šŸ˜‰How to make a jellyfish tag toy | Handmade baby shower gift | flourishandknot.comThe idea of these tag toys, is that they can be hooked onto a baby play gym or stroller, and provide some tactile play for baby. Bright colours make them attractive, and they can be washed!

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Waldorf-Inspired Chicken Salad

Something about chicken salad just says “summer”, right? Today I’m sharing a recipe that I created for a blogger exchange last summer with Home Crafts by Ali.Ā I decided to put my own spin on a traditional Waldorf salad, to make the perfect summer sandwich! (And just in time for Canada Day tomorrow and the Fourth of July – now you know what to do with all that leftover BBQ chicken.)

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Waldorf-Inspired Chicken Salad

This salad is simple and greatĀ for a summer get-together. The best part is that you can put a fresh spin on leftover chicken! Which makes it a whole new dish, right? ;-)Ā I’ve suggested a preparation for the chicken, but any herb-based seasoning would pair well.

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DIY Infinity Scarf (+ Nursing Cover!)

I’ve been so busy sewing ALL THE BABY CLOTHES that I sort of forgot that I could use a few new things myself! Way back when, I saw a few infinity scarf/nursing cover patterns on Pinterest, and thought they’d be really useful once the baby arrived. So, I decided to take a short break from sewing for K and whipped up this DIY Infinity Nursing Scarf as a little pick-me-up.

How to sew a simple, DIY infinity nursing scarf/cover | beginner sewing project! |

My mom turned up with a remnant of this gorgeous, Monet-esque fabric the other day. It was just crying out for a special use!

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5 Ways I’m Getting Ready for Baby

Long time no see! It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, and I feel like I’m just coming up for air. Between some pretty hefty family stuff and getting ready for Baby K’s arrival in six weeks, I feel like my to-do list has become my person Augean Stables. Now that her nursery is pretty much ready,Ā (andĀ to convince myself that it’s all going to happen and be totally worth it) I’ve pulled together a list of five of the ways I’m getting ready to welcome our baby girl.

5 Ways I'm Getting Ready for Baby |

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Once Upon a Time | Storybook Baby Shower

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away… I had the pleasure of hosting a storybook-themed baby shower!

One of my two best friends, Alana, is expecting her first child (a little boy!) in September. Since we don’t see each other very often (Alana lives several provinces away), we seized upon the opportunity of her recent visit east to throw her a baby shower.

The theme was an obvious choice, as Alana is a big reader. My other best friend, Annie, and my mother, Linda, came on board as co-hostesses, and we had so muchĀ fun planning all the details for Alana’s big day.Ā Once upon a time there was a beautiful storybook baby shower! |

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Harry Potter Nursery REVEAL! | One Room Challenge

Today’s postĀ opensĀ at the close of the One Room Challenge.Ā  As part of the six-week ORC, my husband and I have taken our guest room and transformed it into the perfect, star-filled, Harry Potter nursery for our baby girl. We could not be more thrilled to finally show you how it has all come together!

Wands at the ready, let’s step inside our magical, Harry Potter-themed nursery…

Step into our magical Harry Potter-themed nursery! |

Cubiculum infantiumĀ revelio!Ā (That’s “nursery reveal” for theĀ muggles.)

Navy, turquoise, pink, and white Harry Potter nursery with starry accent wall |

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