Rest In Paradise Talia Joy Castellano

I have to apologize for not posting as often as I’d like. No excuse other than laziness and forgetfulness. But these past few weeks have been kind of busy and full of emotional distress.

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Last weekend my family had celebrated my niece’s 9th birthday, and a lot of our family also came to meet her 5month old baby brother. It’s amazing how time has flown! I honestly can’t believe she’s 9! I swear she’s still the baby that was born 22hrs after my sister checked into the hospital! I have been there since the time she was born, and I was there during her first milestones: first word, first step, first tooth, and first day of kindergarten.
I did make her a purse for her birthday, though!
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That same day, Cory Monteith passed away. It was a sad day when I got the phone call from my niece late at night saying her grandmother told her about it. I had to do research on my own, and it was true. My heart sunk to the pit of my stomach, because I’m such a “GLEEK“. Then I saw a “meme” on Instagram that said, “She was planning their wedding, now she’s planning his funeral.” What’s going to happen to GLEE? Are they going to start the new season off by them honoring his character Finn Hudson like they did with John Ritter’s character on 8 Simple Rules?

A few days after, an AMAZING, INSPIRATIONAL, & JOYFUL YouTube beauty guru lost her battle with neuroblastoma & leukemia. She was only 13 yrs old. She battled cancer for almost half her life, 6yrs total. She was loved by everyone of her social media followers, and she inspired all of them, as well. She would’ve been 14 next month.

I’ve been following her since I watched one of her makeup tutorials on YouTube, and her cancer updates on her Facebook page. Although I never got the chance to meet her, on the day she passed I felt like I lost a close friend/family member. I feel that the beauty community on YouTube is like extended family (for those who don’t know, I post videos on YouTube, as well).

She was only 13, but she accomplished so much in her short time on Earth: makeup artist, honorary CoverGirl, entrepreneur (she started her own fashion line & wanted to start her own cosmetic line!!), and inspired those dealing with cancer, as well as those who didn’t.

I pray that her family, friends, and followers hearts be lifted as we celebrate this wonderful girl’s life. You will will forever be missed, and never forgotten,Talia Joy Castellano
Aug 19, 1999-July 16, 2013

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His & Her’s USMC Dress Blues Diaper Cover

His & Her's USMC Dress Blues Top & Diaper Cover

His & Her’s USMC Dress Blues Top & Diaper Cover

During my younger sister’s last month of pregnancy in January, she asked me if I can make her something like this. I told her that if I can find the pattern of how to do it, I definitely can. My brother-in-law is a USMC Cpl, and they were expecting a baby boy at the end of January. It came in perfect during my stay with them.

I searched high & low for the patterns for both the hat & diaper cover. I found the diaper cover easily from Flowers Creations. I did the pattern as directed, but instead of putting one button in the middle, I did two gold buttons on each side. This way, it can be more adjustable as my nephew grew a bit more. For the skirt diaper cover, I did the same pattern as the one from Flowers Creations, but added the skirt pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.

As for the hat, it took longer to find the perfect pattern for it, but low & behold, I found one from Busting Stitches. I modified it to be black & white, and added a little piece of white cardboard so that the top of it stayed flat. For the girl hat, it took a LOT of modifying. I started the pattern the same as the pattern says on Busting Stitches, but instead of decreasing in the 6th round, I kept it at 23 stitches in the round. I slowly decreased around the 16th round, and finished off as directed.

I hope you do try this out, but if you don’t know how to crochet (or don’t have time to crochet), you can email me to place an order: craftsbymp@gmail.com

I had fun doing something like this, and my sister used the diaper cover for my nephew’s 3month old photoshoot. Below are photos of my nephew taken by Mariposa Finan Photography in April.

Baby Kenneth in the whole set

My favorite picture by Mariposa Finan Photography