Wee Wednesday & Holiday Redux: Finished Owl Sleep Sack

I hope everyone has been having good holidays, with a little bit of time off here and there. We went up north to Sudbury to visit my family, where baby James got snuggled by everyone in my extended family for days on end and he loved every moment of it. Lila was excited to open her gifts, and bake cookies with grandma!

Wee Wednesday | knittedbliss.com

Wee Wednesday | knittedbliss.com

We had very little snow this holiday, but Guy promised her that they would build a snowman. So… they did. Except they plowed the snow in our cul de sac next to a chain link fence, so apologies for the kind of ugly building in the background (it’s a mixed space crossfit gym/woodshop/artist lofts sort of building). But the look on her face makes up for it, right? Just so excited!! And that photo of Guy with our babies… just melts my heart. I pilfered the two smaller photos from Guy’s instagram.

It took longer than expected, but I finally got some decent photo of James in his owl sleep sack! It felt like the grey days of winter were conspiring against any decent photos. While I love our home, if there was something I could change it would be more natural light. But such is the challenge of living in a town house in a busy city- space and light are prized commodities!

Baby Sleep Sack| knittedbliss.com

 

Pattern: Owlie Sleep Sack

Yarn and Needles: Cascade 220 Superwash Worsted, in Pumpkin. 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needles.

Mods: Instead of the rolled edge, I worked a knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for 8 rounds instead, so that it would be a bit ore comfortable to lie on (and after seeing how good it looks on many of the other Owl Sleep Sack projects!). Ravelry project page is here.

Notes: I adore this little sleep sack, and so does James!  He seems to nap for much longer when he is in it, which I take as a good sign. He is one of those babies that likes to be super cozy and really warm (Lila was the opposite, she got too hot very easily, and still does), no doubt true of many winter babies.

Baby Sleep Sack| knittedbliss.com

The arrival of baby James (early!) threw a bit of a wrench in my Christmas card plans. The morning I went into labour was the day I had set aside for getting them all out! This year, I went with something a little different- we used some artwork of Lila’s and had them foil pressed at Minted.com, which had a great selection of options for featuring your child’s artwork on a card:

Customized Minted Christmas Card | knittedbliss.com

I absolutely love the gold foil press effect, which is so difficult to photograph, but I tried (unsuccessfully) here:

Customized Minted Christmas Card | knittedbliss.com

You can see the family photo we took 3 days before James arrived, and then decided (since I never did get the cards out on November 30th like I planned) to print another of James from his birthday. You can see how long he is in that photo!

I was really impressed with minted.com process, where once you upload the image, they actually send you a proof back in a couple days to approve, so you can see exactly what the card will look like- the really clear image (not my kitchen snapshot) is the proof they sent back, which I love- you can still make changes or tweaks if it isn’t quite how you want it to be, which is awesome. Lately I’m a bit obsessed over gold foil pressed stationary and paper goods, they look so understated but really chic. After I got the cards, I also saw that they have beautiful foiled prints, and I particularly like the ones that are city maps or iconic landmarks- I know the holidays are over, but for those with birthdays coming up, I think these would be beautiful and really thoughtful ideas. I love the idea of getting a foil map done of Bristol, England, where Guy is from- I think it would be a beautiful reminder of our family ties to that lovely city.

Oh, and we finally got a family photo of all four of us in the same shot:

Family photo | knittedbliss.com

disclaimer- I did receive a gift card for Minted to use for the cards, from an offline friend who works there. I wasn’t contacted by Minted in any official capacity, but I do love their products. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. 

20 comments

  1. Jessica [Havok]   •  

    Love everything in this post, oh my goodness! Your little sleep sack and the little man in it are so cute! And the Christmas cards turned out beautiful – and something unique at the same time! And your family photos are awesome. Hope you have a fantastic New Year! 😀

  2. kingshearte   •  

    Ha! Love that last family photo. I’m all for posed photos that still look like the people in them, and an upside-down kid seems just about right.

  3. Eliza   •  

    I LOVE your holiday card! What a friggin cool idea! I’ve also been obsessed with cards, but I’ve never sent out holiday cards. Maybe one day…

  4. Alicia   •  

    What adorable family photos, and your cards are really great! So fun. 🙂

  5. Corinne   •  

    lovely moments you captured. I love the little sleeping bag, it’s good to get them used to fancy knitwear early on 😉

  6. Anna Prasad   •  

    How lovely. And wee little man in his sleep sack, too cute! I hope Lila is adjusting to being a big sister! Looks like you had a lovely Xmas. Here is wishing you a good start to 2016. Xx

  7. miss agnes   •  

    You all look great, and your baby is his sleep sack is so cute. Reminds me of a line from Alexander McCall Smith : ‘the sweet smell of baby sleep’. Take care.

  8. Tien   •  

    It doesn’t get any cuter than an adorable baby in a sleep sack. He looks so cozy and comfy! Also love the personalized holiday card of Lila’s art. We had a book made of my little guy’s artwork and it’s one of my most treasured things. Wishing you and your sweet family a Happy New Year!

  9. Susan   •  

    My youngest (my daughter, just turned 8) was born THE VERY DAY I finished my doctorate. I actually had to call and postpone my appointment to turn in the paperwork for my degree because I was in labor and didn’t technically graduate until the following semester.
    Babies come when they’re ready 🙂

  10. Alina   •  

    Such a joy to look at these photos! Your happiness is absolutely contagious 🙂 Have a great New Year Eve!

  11. Bronchitikat   •  

    James looks just gorgeous in his sleep sack. So glad he sleeps for you!

    Loved Lila’s owl-with-glasses shirt. Does she wear her glasses much? Or even at all?

    Happy New Year to you all.

  12. Val   •  

    The look on Leila’s face in front of her snowman is priceless! Those moments with grandma are priceless too, what great memories they’re making. I can’t believe even Sudbury was nearly green. Ottawa-Hull was the same up until this week – crazy! James looks so at home in his mama’s knitting. Wishing you all the best for 2016!

  13. Tanis   •  

    That owl sleep sac is adorable! Totally making that for my next friend who has a wine baby. And I love that shot of the four of you, family photos are the best!

  14. Stefanie   •  

    Thank you for sharing the ohana photos. Some are so sweet and others are smiley fun.

  15. Christine   •  

    I love the sleep sack…what a great idea. Your children are so beautiful…what a lovely family. I still am amazed at how you have the time to knit & blog with such a young family! Impressive. : )

  16. Loulou   •  

    Great post! I love all these pictures, especially James in his sleep sack and the full family photo. Lila is so full of energy and looks like she’s a lot of fun.

    Your Christmas card was lovely, as were the photos you included with it. Such a neat idea to get a card featuring Lila’s drawing.

    xo

  17. Linda   •  

    This post that just explodes with color and cuteness! I honestly don’t know how you find the time to do everything so well. Love everything about this and that card is true gold. Happy New Year to you all.

  18. Renee Anne   •  

    And just like that, you’re tiny again! Also, adorable kids (though I see the troublemaker in Lila, no doubt!).

  19. Kessa   •  

    Love the photos! Oh, James is such a cutie pie, especially when wrapped up in that sleep sack! A belated Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

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