I spent the weekend cooking, organizing and sewing like my imaginary in-laws were coming for the holidays. It was a sheer blur of activity, fueled by weeks of neglected podcasts, caffeine and the motivation of simplifying and using what I have.

This included tackling several pre-launch orders from the online boutique that will open here November 1.



Soccer Tag Blanket



Mini made a gorgeous quilt for Rebecca’s daughter, E. The quilt was backed with minky. I’d never before paid attention to this fabric, but seeing E use her quilt last weekend in Chicago, I realized how perfect the soft material is for baby projects. A quick jaunt to JoAnn’s with a coupon in hand and I had enough to make a dozen taggy blankets. Some hit the mail today for gifts, others were delivered.  The set above is for a little boy whose folks love “footie” and have knicknamed their baby Kix.

Additionally, a few will be paired with onesies for the shop. I’ve received some excellent feedback lately on my baby onesie designs, including this sweet video. How adorable is Saba?  This is my very own happy baby Africankelli Designs commercial. Love!


Africankelli.com packaging

I’ve been playing around with my new MOO mini cards. I had them printed as business cards for the shop and am trying new packaging. So far, this is by far my favorite for any purchase I can deliver instead of mail. My love affair with simplicity continues.

Happy Monday, friends. Let’s make this a week to remember — shall we?