All posts in July 2019

  • Handmade Baby Boy

    This special little boy is 5 Months Old! I recently did a little photo shoot with him highlighting a few handmade items that were made just for him. As we love all things handmade, these are not the only gifts he has received, but they are particularly special. You can find more handmade items in my blog post about our nursery.

    1. Grandma Made His Baptism Outfit

    Shown in these photos are his adorable white romper and bonnet handmade for his baptism day. My Mother, Kay Hofacker and I went to our favorite store in Phoenix, SAS, a local fabric store and selected the white fabric with pinstripes. Mom took to her sewing machine and made this amazing outfit. Needless to say, this outfit will be treasured forever!

    Marcel is laying on my baby blanket that my Grandma Great made me!

    2. Baptismal Baby Blanket

    On Marcel’s Baptism day at Saint Barnabas, we received this gorgeous blanket made by a group of ladies who get together every Tuesday morning at church to craft and socialize. A special thank you to Shirley Adelmann <3

    3. Great Aunt Hazel’s Time Capsule

    When we shared the news of our new baby’s forthcoming, my Mother pulled a gift box out of the back of the closet. It had been wrapped and ready for gifting for twenty years and came with a note inside. Around the mid-1990s, my Great Aunt Hazel came to realize that she was losing her sight. Even though I was only a kid, she wanted to plan ahead for the future. So she secretly made this sweater and booties for when I have a baby and asked my Mom to give to me when the time comes. Aunt Hazel passed away in 2006 at the age of 97. My Mom kept her promise throughout the years. In the summer of 2018, she gave me the box. It was like opening a time capsule. There was a special note from Aunt Hazel and these precious heirlooms still wrapped in tissue paper. I was so touched that she thought of me, and so long ago too! Like connecting with someone across space and time, I couldn’t wait to dress my baby up in these sweet items and introduce him to his Great Great Aunt Hazel Braal. She was an amazing person.

    And like all proud Mothers, I had to share a few more photos below from our special photoshoot. My husband Cam and I will be married 7 years this fall. It was so wonderful to place Marcel with our wedding photo and marvel at how our lives have grown <3

    He is holding a special cross necklace from his God Mother, Sarah Petersen, and her children.
  • Formal Request to the Tooth Fairy

    July 13, 2019

    Dear Ms. Tooth Fairy,

    I am writing to inform you that on this day, at the age of (nearly) 5 months old, Marcel Frances DeCaussin has two teeth which have appeared.

    I request that you add him to the Registry of Children with Teeth for future consideration.


    Mother DeCaussin

  • The Fascinator

    Marcel was baptized at Saint Barnabas this past month. It was a very special day. For the occasion, I made the fascinator to go with my dress and I wanted to share this handmade item with you.

    I started by creating a base out of felt. I took my wedding veil apart and added the lace from it. (My maid of honor and I made my wedding veil, so it wasn’t too scary to take it apart!) I added hand-sewn flowers I created from fabric scraps. This pink broach was my Grandma’s.

    I added pearls from my Mother and some flowers that I painted in watercolor and cut out. We live in Phoenix, so we don’t usually have to worry about the rain too much.

    We had many loving family and friends present with us. Rev. Robert Berra even gave a special sermon. We had a gathering afterward and I made my Grandma’s special sugar cookie recipe with little white chocolate boats on them. Everything was water-themed to go with the idea of water baptism.

    The fascinator was perfect, and the day was perfect.

    Read about Marcel’s handmade Baptism outfit <3