Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A "New Mother" Gift

My friend Dominique just had a new baby at 44! I'm so thrilled and excited for her. This weekend I went to visit and meet the new baby and of course I wanted to take a gift.
I've spent a lot of time contemplating what would be the perfect nurturing gift for new mothers. I tried to come close with this, but I wasn't able to to include everything I wanted to. But here's what I was able to include: hand decorated onesies for the baby and a pair of hand-me-down shoes (basically never worn by Rainer because they were too small), and, to nurture the new mother, home grown tomatoes, Oatmeal Bread (freshly baked from Artisan Breads in 5 Minutes a Day), freshly made zucchini soup, made with home grown zuccs of course, and some apricot freezer jam.
I do think she liked the gift and I hope the nutritious food comes in handy. She seemed very excited by the onesies, especially since she doesn't craft herself, I think. They are not perfect but on the other hand, they are onesies, so they don't really need to be perfect. I had fun selecting the fabrics and doing the embroidery.

And her new baby boy? Cooper Jameson--stunningly beautiful and sweet and cuddly. How I love holding newborn babies!

22 comments:

MamaAngel said...

What a thoughtful gift! I love the dolphin one. And I'll have to try out that oatmeal bread. I drank the kool aid and am now making bread from Artisan bread in five minutes a day!

Suzanne said...

What a blessing those gifts must be to your friend. Just the love that went into them is enough!

MoziEsmé said...

Very sweet! I would have loved something like this . . .

trishia said...

great gift! i am working on a set of freezer paper stencils for use on a package of onesies for a friend.

and correct me if I am wrong, but I believe those are mistreated windows in the background? I can see the label on the edge of the fabric! :) In case you don't already know, there is a whole movement of moms who are doing their window treatments quick and easy aka "mistreating" them. this lovely lady started it all.
http://nestingplacenc.blogspot.com/

love that wall color and window fabric!

Mama de Saga said...

What a sweet gift! She will smile everytime she sees them for sure.

Melissa said...

Very nice! You did a great job on the onesies, and the shoes are adorable. What a lucky friend you have!

Elfin Goddess said...

Mary Beth.....your gift(s) are so thoughtful! In fact we have a couple of friends who are due later this year and I've been contemplating doing onesies for a while now. I think the embroidered ones are more up my alley :)
And Im all up for all things creative this September. I too am taking the 30 Days of Nothing Challenge and yes some fun projects will definitely shift focus from all the budgeting :)

Laura said...

What a generous gift...all of it. Love the onesies and the homemade goodness :)

melissa s. said...

super sweet gifts!

Marcy Writes - The Glamorous Life said...

She had to thrilled! That is such a thoughtful gift(s)....where were you when I had my little ones? :)

Its_Lily said...

You....are the best sort of friend...thoughtful and loving.

Kelli said...

those are beautiful onesys. That food sounds wonderful also.

Anonymous said...

What a kind and thoughtful gift. I love it.

Tara

Julie said...

I love holding newborn babies too! What a great set of gifts... the onesies are so cute!

ames said...

You are just the sweetest person ever! I think if I'd received a gift as stunning and thoughtful I'd be completely overwhelmed with emotion. And I know everything is handmade with love too, so marvelous!

Leslie said...

Mary Beth,
That truly was the sweetest thing! What a friend she has in you! I hope she is doing well. It is just an awesome thing you did! Love all of the goodies! Great ideas!

Warmly,
Leslie G.

Rach said...

Lovely gifts for your friend and very, very thoughtful. Of course I loved getting things for Minnie but it was a real treat when something for me was popped in with the gift!

lucky knitter said...

That ihe most perfect gift! I would have loved receiving it!

crunchy peas said...

Oh it is all so lovely! Maybe I'll go for baby #4 so that you can shower me!!!

Our Green Nest said...

WOW what wonderful handmade gifts...I wish you were my friend! She's a lucky gal! Loved finding your blog...

mandy said...

great onesie's you do a tutorial on how to make them

Sarah Dixon said...

Thank God I saw this blog. I got an idea on what to do with the baby shower that I will be throwing up for my sister. Thanks a lot.