When I first met Samarra Khaja via the local parent list-serve – we met on a street corner as I ran to work one morning. She was eager to meet me half way in delivering an Ergo insert that I no longer had need for, but wanted to pass on to someone. I LOVE the list-serve for this. Less wasted baby stuff in landfills.
I know I’ve met her earlier in the year at a friend’s brunch, but we never got to chat further about what makes her tick. I had no idea that she creates things CONSTANTLY. She runs a blog, a line on Etsy, a Spoonflower fabric shop, and has a designer profile at Timeless Treasures. She designs, photographs and draws her way around the 4 hours of sleep a day that she might get while tending to 2 small boys (her youngest is well under a year old – hence the need for the Ergo insert).
As a small example of Samarra’s genius I give you Toothy. (There are just too many other amazing sewing projects on her blog to put them all here, but I might try to eventually.) Toothy is a pattern for a stuffed ‘tooth fairy plushie‘ with customizable backpack on his back. You place the baby tooth in the backpack, put Toothy under the pillow for the night and – viola! – baby tooth is replaced with the tooth fairy’s reward by morning (wait, that’s YOUR job as a parent to add – coin not included). Samarra created the adorable illustration you see here on this fabric, which you can purchase and then cut/sew to create 4 Toothy tooth fairy money holders. There are 4 different colors per pattern.
Take out your sewing machine folks! Or better yet, I think you can even sew this one by hand if you prefer. I can’t wait for my kids to lose some teeth!