Welcome to Tulips and Turnips - Handmade for Baby!
The place of my creative journey. Most of my posts,
at least so far, have been about the processes involved
in starting a new business on my own.
My hopes are to have a few tutorials each month,
a giveaway each month, and previews of new items
and ideas, and various ramblings by me. Please feel
free to comment, share ideas, be a critic, etc.
Thank you for visiting and please check out my
Etsy shop!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Most days I start the day with some sort of goals regarding what I could get done today... I think it's good to do this but be loosely attached to it because in reality it never happens. I've learned I especially shouldn't try to make a list of things I want to get done during nap time because there seems to be some strange thing about that, I've talked to many Mom's who say the same thing... never make a nap time list because it won't get done! It's like the babies know somehow and will not let you finish it. ; ) But really, I've learned I need to not take things so seriously and just do what I can, my babies are very good boys and are quite patient and play very well on their own while I work on things. But, It can be frustrating stopping a project when I've just started on it. Today I'm going to start again after my injury, and I'm hoping to be able to put some new pictures up too.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pictures and things

I have some great things to post but ned to take pictures first. It ends up being really complicated because of lighting and the way the camera doesn't exactly get everything into the frame of the picture or it ends up being too far away looking. It's sort of frustrating. During the summer I can set up a place outside in the back of my house to take pictures to get better light, but as of now it's not the right time for that. I bought some wooden clothes pins for the pictures, that might be a good way to get things in pictures. We bought a digital video camera that takes great pictures, so I'm glad to have that for this kind of thing too. I was hoping to get some blanket packages done well before Easter but that's just not happening. Oh well I guess... They're still cute for girl babies for Spring and Summer time or anytime really.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


I hurt my neck, shoulder, and back yesterday and so I haven't been able to do any work. I'm laying in bed looking at my pile of fabric I need to iron and cut and really want to work on it but can't. Sometimes when I get hurt, sick, or have a surgery it gives me a perspective that I need to be re-inspired to work on my projects. I am more into my work, if I could call it that at this point, than ever. I'm going to need a lot more materials soon, so I need to get to taking pictures and posting them online so I can have some turnover. I am so grateful for what I have, there are many things I think of each day when I start to get a "poor me attitude" when I'm feeling down that pulls me right out of it... things like what is going on in other parts of the world... war, disasters, famine, crime against women, etc..., not living in Big Sur anymore, having a wonderful husband and beautiful sweet babies,, etc. I am so happy to be a stay-at-home Mom, being with my children and making my own schedule, it makes it possible for me to do this kind of work, so I can put love into it and enjoy what I'm doing. : )

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I'm looking into screen printing, and so far it seems very complicated. The process of developing this little business has been challenging and a little frustrating. It's difficult to make something out of nothing and that's really what I'm doing. I've had investment offers but for some reason, or several, I don't want to accept them. One reason is it adds a pressure element that I don't want. It already takes so much time and energy and planning and setbacks... but it's going to take a while to do it myself I think.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My creations.

I started out making onesies with appliques, I posted a few here today, more to come. Now I'm working on things that Moms (and Dads) need when they are either at home or out in the world such as baby blanket/playmat (most are fairly large measuring around 30"x 33" or so), small diaper bag, onesies, and bib or burp cloth. There will be other combinations of things as well, like a diaper bag and onesie or small blanket or lovie and onesie. And maybe someday lovie stuffed animals. My goal is to have a website that I can set up so that people can choose what they want, sort of a custom creations type of thing. I try to imagine what kinds of designs and sizes of things I would find most useful, and will therefore make most items based on that. But I am hoping to be able to make things for other's specific needs as far as sizes and color preferences. I will hopefully have a link or two to online locations where my creations can be purchased... we'll see I guess : )


About Me

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My name is Shawn and I am a stay at home Mom of two boys and also a student. After many years of school and a Master's degree in Psychology, I decided to go back to school for Lactation Consulting. I spend most of my time with my children, and working on my sewing projects. Currently the sewing projects have to due with my little side business of making things for babies, which will be the main focus of this blog. I also love spending time with my husband but I see him very little now because he is busy with work and paramedic training. We have been together ten years now and married five! I love making things for special people in my life, I feel like it's something I can do to stay connected and maybe they will think of me when they see the blanket, pillow, curtain, or whatever else I have made. Since I am a somewhat introverted kind of person sewing seems to fit me, it's a way to express myself creatively, and put love into each piece, for each person. My life is quite challenging at times but I make sure to think about things I am grateful for each day.