I think I was in the fifth grade when Mrs. Austin taught us the rules of writing little English compositions:
K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple, Stupid.
We all laughed...because our teacher said the word "stupid," but she wasn't joking. It really is nothing but grand stupidity to overcomplicate things in life.
If only I could have figured this out before living a third of my life!
Since I believe that it's never too late to learn something - especially a life lesson - I am sharing with you a little something that I think is one of the best baby gifts you can give, because it is just so simple: A personalized blanket.
I have made many, many blankets for my friends and their babies over the years because my reasoning is that there is always something you can do with a blanket. It's always nice to have one to cover the baby carrier when you go out in the cold or the rain. It's always nice to have one handy when you are visiting a friend so you can throw the baby on the floor to play with the dog. It's always nice to have one in your car so you can have impromptu picnics (or cover up tee-tee soaked car seats 'til you can get home and start the de-urination process - not that I'd know anything about that).
Blankets could possibly be - after love - what make the world go 'round.
That's why I was super excited to stumble upon a few of these the other day in my random browsing:
How much do you love the prints from Dwell Studios? It makes me wish I were abstract enough to design fabric, or rich enough to own a bolt of everything that pleases my eye. This cotton jersey is so soft, and I just love how modern but still simple and pretty the floral medallions are. And that fushia binding really takes the pale pinks to the next level. It reminds me of the color of blueberries when you cook them down and make a jam of them...just juicy and sweet and delicious.
I think adding a beautiful monogram or name, possibly with a birthdate below, would be a great gift for any new parent of a precious little girl! And it's 100% cotton so it's easy to toss it in to wash and dry to get it ready for the next outing.
If you're looking for a baby shower gift, you might consider the old multi-purpose blanket. Because it's not handmade, I can't sell it in the Etsy shop, so if you'd like to give one of these a home, you can pick it up now!