Thursday, July 25, 2013


My dear friend is having her fourth baby in just a few weeks.  I've been her doula for the second and third, and am crossing my fingers and toes that even though they are moving shortly it will all work out for me to be there this time as well.  I've thrown her a baby shower the past two times (we didn't know each other when she had her first baby) and this time I figured a Blessingway was more appropriate since they already have everything they need.

She's in love with all things pirate and kraken, so I quickly decided on a baby kraken theme.  I made all the food gluten free as she's fighting low blood platelets.  The cake recipe can be found here, though I doubled it, and baked it in two 9 inch springform round pans to make layers.  I used this ganache recipe.  It was really good!  The cake toppers were purchased from ThroughThickandThin on Etsy.

I knitted the new baby a sweater--details are on Ravelry!

I did henna for the first time ever!  I've been interested in it, and even have a kit, but decided to go all out and make sure I had the safest henna possible for my pregnant friend, so I purchased this dye from a doula friend who is internationally certified as a henna artist.  She was so sweet to give me a few pointers when I picked it up.  Typical to me, I didn't have time to practice first, so I was super brave and decided to wing it.  Thankfully, it turned out really well!


capitolaquilter said...

You did a fabulous job on the Henna and the shower - pretty unique. Love love the sweater. Hope you'll be able to be her doula again.

Jessie Keating said...

Thanks Karen! It's looking like it will work out for me to be there!

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