The Scalloped Birthday Blanket

by tatiana on May 19, 2013

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket |

I’m not sure if it’s obvious or not, but one of my goals over the next year (or three) is to slowly (but surely!) make a blanket for all of my favorite people in life. It might be a quilt, or a crocheted piece or MAYBE a knitted blanket (I have to REALLY like you to spend that much time on a blanket)… but this is my goal. Blankets are comforting and time consuming, but they’re a fun challenge.

This blanket was made for my good friend Brianna (you can read about some of my adventures with Bri here and here). We’ve been buddies since high school and she is basically the Ron Swanson to my Leslie Knope. We are pretty opposite, but at the same time have SO MUCH in common. It’s a great friendship. Having said that, I wanted to make her a rad blanket that would compliment the decor in her house and be a fun enough keep my interest whilst crocheting it for hours (upon hours, upon hours). Also, Bri’s mom is an avid sewer and quilter, so I had a lot to live up to as far as decorative blankets go in that house! (Bri’s mom – your quilts can never be topped!)

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket |

Ok, I’ll stop sucking up now. I found the pattern for this blanket in this book. The square crochets up pretty quickly, which was great. It helped that I was using 5 different colors for this blanket, so my eyes never got bored looking at the same color. This is important! When I get bored during a project, I lose motivation to finish it and then it’ll sit around for a few months. No bueno!

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket |

This blanket took about 2 months. I would have finished it sooner if I didn’t feel so intimidated/lazy about sewing the squares together. Eventually, the work got done (with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on in the background, of course).

I’m really happy with the outcome of this blanket. The colors are very vintage, but the pattern feels updated. This is another blanket that I thought about keeping (much like this one).

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket |

Are you working on a blanket project? Have you made blankets (knit, crochet, quilted) in the past? What was your biggest challenge? My next blanket is going to be a quilt… so keep your eyes peeled for that post in about… oh, 2 to 3 months. (wink)


Guest Post for The Billfold

by tatiana on May 8, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m back in the U.S. and woke up at 3:30am this morning after going to sleep around 4pm. Jet lag is wacky. Anyway, due to my lack of WiFi while I was in Japan, I didn’t have a chance to blog about my guest post on The Billfold! Check it out and maybe you too can learn to curb your spending with a creative endeavor of your own, or in the meantime, learn how to turn a large men’s turtle neck into a cute and comfy skirt.


Happy Birthday Reinvintage!

by tatiana on December 29, 2010

Reinvintage, the local San Francisco boutique that carries Babushka Designs, as well as other locally handmade items and fabulous vintage finds is celebrating their 1st birthday!

When: Thursday, December 30th from 4pm – 10pm
Where: 827 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 94110
What: DJ, drinks, cool people

So if you’re in the area, swing on by, do a little dance, make a little purchase (see what I did there?) If you RSVP here on the Facebook invite, you’ll get 20% off at the store. Hope to see you there!


Babushka Designs to the Front!

by tatiana on November 28, 2010

OMG, you guys. Babushka Designs was featured on the front page of Etsy today! Totally made my morning.


DIY Hello Kitty Halloween Costume

by tatiana on November 2, 2010

This DIY costume is a little more Sandra Lee than Martha Stewart in that it’s semi-homemade. I’ve been a little obsessed with Hello Kitty lately… wait… LIES… I’ve been obsessed with Hello Kitty ever since the day my mom pushed my stroller into the Sanrio store at the Montebello Mall in the 1980s. Recently I’ve embraced my obsession, in what some would call a semi-obnoxious way. Halloween definitely gave me an excuse to exploit my love for this timeless icon. [click to continue…]