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The Zoo, but Mostly Pandas

Last week I was in San Diego for a conference. The first day we were there, we went to the San Diego Zoo (which is also a botanical garden and wildlife conservancy!). Here’s what you need to know about the zoo:

There are pandas. There is a panda baby.


You can watch the pandas live on the panda cam. PANDA CAM, you guys.

The Galapagos tortoises were also quite charming.


But seriously. Panda cam.

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A Blanket for Elli

My friends Sarah and Colt recently had a baby girl, named Elliana Rose, who was diagnosed at 26 weeks with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
For them, these days since her birth have been filled with anxiety and fear, but also with joy and thankfulness for Elli’s life. I am honored to call these amazing, strong people my friends, and I can’t wait to meet little Elli.
In the meantime, I sent them this blanket, for warmth in hearts and limbs.


I made Elli’s blanket with the softest acrylic I could find, so that it would be cuddle-able but also durable and easy to care for.
The pattern for it came from here. It was just challenging enough to not be boring, and the result is lovely.

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Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

The wonderful Russanna is having a tiny baby boy. He is destined to be a Cubs fan and to be extraordinarily pop culture-savvy.
For the baby shower, Beth, Pinterest, and I got together to make the decorations. Baseball themed, naturally!


I didn’t make the cupcakes, but I think they’re very clever. The stitches are made of red hots!
Everything is made of affordable, easy materials: felt, paper, yarn. I love the way a bit of tissue paper can become an object of beauty, when folded and teased in just the right way. Like a small sort of everyday magic.

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