Monday, September 27, 2010

Set Of Onesies

This has been one of the most fun orders I have had in a while. I don't know if it is because one day my little one will wear one of these or because I think my cousin had a great idea and I was excited to execute it. She asked for seven onesies in different sizes and in some cases different patterns.
This set of onesies below is for twin girls she wanted a 3-6 mon and 12 mon onesie for each. The brown and pink polka-dot fabric is for the twins 3-6 mon onesies and the brown and pink argyle is for the girls 12mon onesies. This way they match as they grow but all four are not out of the same pattern.
For baby boy M she wanted a 3-6 and 12 mon in the same pattern and I just love how cute this looks with the tight dot patterned fabric. I can see the smaller one with some baby leggings and the larger one with a pair of pants. Great for pictures as they grow.
This special O is for my cousin's baby #3 that she just had. I like the way this font makes the O look like someone wrote O rather than a boring O that looks like it could be a zero.
I am on a roll with these onesies and wish I could make more of them ahead of time to be ready to buy in my shop but at the same time I love the way each person who orders one gets to add their personal touch to it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

New Fabric/New Find Friday #37

Happy Friday and Happy Fall. I am not really ready for fall, mostly because I love summer and hate winter and poor fall just gets the brunt of my sadness that winter is coming. This friday I do not have anything really exciting but just wait for next week!

These are some solid flannel fabric pieces that I picked up for projects. I have already used some of the cream on the burp cloth that I featured last week. I am getting ready to use the deep red- not pictured (I forgot to include in the the picture) on another burp cloth. I used the bright red in the picture on the back of the onesie that I featured last week. The blue I have no idea what I am going to do with it yet, maybe on the back of another fabric maybe just saving for something else.
Flannel reminds me of fall and of being in cosy flannel pajamas growing up, well and I even have some flannel pj pants still that are so warm as the tempature drops.

I hope this gets you as much into the fall mode as it does me, almost time for some hot chocolate.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Small Print Notecards

My sister-in-law requested some note cards at my showcase a few months ago. I finally made and delivered them last week and I hope they go to happy homes. She just requested blues and greens, which gave me a lot of room to pay with the different colors and patterns that I have.
I started out with colored note cards and went to my wallpaper stash to find blues and greens that I thought she would like that would go with the colored note cards I had. I picked several different patterns in blue and I made one card out of each and then for the green I found this cute clover.
Here are the three blue cards together, I really like these cards maybe that is because I love blue. They are great because they can be used for anything since they are blank on the inside, they could be thank you cards or just a little note to say hi.
These two green ones really make me think of a good luck card since they have clovers on them. I was going to put Good Luck on the front but I realized that they are three leaf clovers which is not as lucky as four leaf clovers but you get the idea. Such a nice looking pattern with the clover and dot.

Hope to get my self motivated to do a few more projects tonight to have some stuff to show you next week. Come on energy!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ottoman Recover Project Part II

Here we are on Monday with my second ottoman recover project. This time I recovered ottomans that I have been meaning to recover for 6 years! I am finally feeling motivated to get things finished and this was on the list. It is about time!
The fabric that I picked six years ago was a red on red check and of course now it is discontinued. Here is the before of these two ottoman that I purchased at a local auction house to go under this sofa table in the "front hall" part of our living room as extra seating. They are fine but not as exciting as they could or should be and do not go with the vision for the living room decor.

This is the fabric that I ended up going with and I think it is perfect! I was going through my fabric stash to get ready to make some pillows and I found a large piece of this and thought the colors and pattern would be perfect. It is a Schumacher fabric pattern Chinois Fret in Oxblood/Lacquer. I thought this was a discontinued fabric and after making my cuts I found out that it is still good! Good news if we ever need more of it.
Here we are in the middle of recovering them. I was going to make a slipcover with a skirt but did not have enough fabric so had to go ahead and recover them the best that I could with what I had. I had a lot of help from my husband because our staple gun is really not female friendly and he is manly and strong.
Here we are with one of the finished products, I love the way the fabric looks in the room, a splash of color but does not stand out as much as the beige fabric. I have a few more projects in this room and then you will get to see a full room shot with these included.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New Fabric/New Find Friday #36

Some fun scrap fabrics that I picked up at the fabric store a few weeks ago. I loved that these are small prints and can be used in quilts paired with larger patterns or on burp cloths. I really like the pink and black polka dot on the far right. Nothing like a little black to add some drama.
I really have no specific idea of what to do with these yet but maybe I can cut them out to make letters for onesies....humm too many ideas. I hope to start trying to cut fabric with my cutting machine, I just hope I don't break the machine in trying!

Finally the weekend!! Time to finish up a bunch of projects that I started this week.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ottoman Recover Project Part I

In the madness that is nesting for baby Bee to join us in four months I have been gathering items for the nursery and of course looking at all of the flaws around the house that need to be fixed. I hope to post a lot of the changes on here as I go along, most have to do with crafting and sewing but then again some are just design changes and hey that's my real job so it works!

My first house project was to buy a swivel rocker and ottoman for the nursery that was a neutral color to go with the orange walls. I found two great deals on craigslist and they came home with me. The chair has a slipcover and there was extra fabric that came with it, enough to cover the ottoman that I got from another person on craigslist.
Here is the before of the ottoman, green and white check fabric with a few stains on the top. It was not bad and cute if I had a green or white room but did not look good with the chair.
I made a REALLY simple slipcover that just involved doing four seams down the sides and a hem at the bottom. I was not concerned with doing any details on it because who knows how long we will use it and I didn't need it to be that fancy, more functional.
Here is the finished ottoman with the chair that was already recovered. It is not yet in its home and you will see down the road why (mostly b/c the baby room is a wreck with sewing supplies). Down the road I would like to make arm covers for the chair. I don't love arm covers but there are a few small holes on the arms that I would like to prevent from getting worse and I am not ready to make a new slipcover for the chair yet.

Up next....Ottoman recover project part II.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Custom Cardinals Onesie

This is the last post about the shower gifts that were given away a few weeks ago to a good friend of mine. She is a HUGE Cardinals fan and even got her husband to start watching the games when she isn't home. :) Since she is not telling the name of her baby boy until he is born I thought it would be cute to do a custom Cardinals onesie.
I printed the logo on a piece of fabric and sewed it to the front of the onesie. I know that the two cardinal logo might be an old one but I love the way it looks, so I used it.
On the back, in true "jersey" form, I put baby G's last name and the number 10. Not only is he to be born in 2010 but he is due in October, 10-?-10. Perfect huh?! The 10 part was my husband's idea, sometimes he comes up with really great ideas when I ask his opinion, I tend to be too close to the project sometimes.
I did some hand applique this time with the letters and numbers and used red flannel to give them some texture. I love the way it turned out and hope that baby G gets to wear it, if not this year for sure next year.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Stylish Burp Cloth

I posted some new silky fabrics last week and here is what I used it for...a burp cloth. A friend of mine told me about this new burp cloth that she saw that is a scarf that you have tied on to your purse and then you can pull it off to use as a burp cloth.
This was part of the baby gifts I gave to my friend last weekend (shown on my purse) but I think that it will go really well with her purse. The front is the silky fabric and the back is a soft fleece material. I can not wait to hear reviews from my friend when she starts using it.
I really think these are so cute and I can't wait to make more in the next few weeks. I can not wait to show you how the rest of them look.

Friday, September 10, 2010

New Fabric/New Find Friday #34

A fellow blogger was selling fabrics from her fabric stash that she was not going to use and I was so exited to buy some. I liked a LOT of them but only ended up buying three because the rest were sold out.

I am really learning to love orange this year, baby's room is orange, and this color just fits into the bold colors that I am drawn to. The stripe on the left I can see going more masculine and the pattern in the middle is like one I had in blue and I think could be more feminine. The green and yellow on the end is an Amy Butler and I just love a lot of her older fabrics so I had to pick this up.
The two orange patterns I can see myself using one day in a baby or kids room quilt and the green is up for grabs and is now going in MY fabric stash. :)

I am excited that the weekend is here already, what a great four day week it was! I need to do a lot around the house and one of the things I have to do is look at the diapers I got from Cotton Babies used sale to see if I need to fix any of them before baby Bee arrives in Jan. Cloth diapers rock my world and I am very excited to try using them.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Animal Boppy Cover With Burp Cloth

Last weekend I went to a baby shower for a good friend of mine. She is having a baby boy in about a month and I am so excited that our babies will be with in six months of each other, hopefully they will get along.

This is the first of many cute things that I made her. I wanted to make her a cute cover for her boppy (now she needs to get one) that she can use not only with this baby boy but also with future babies. I found this print at the fabric store and just fell in love with it. It is modern and has lots of fun colors in it but still reads baby and has so many cute animals. I made a burp cloth to go with it so that she can have a matching set.
I loved making this cover but ended up having trouble with the zipper. It took three times to get it right after the zipper coming off the tracks twice. Now hopefully the next zipper I try takes less time and goes smoothly, that's what I get for thinking I am a zipper pro after only sewing one zipper in my life. Lesson learned!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend, we got a lot of things done around the house, be looking for those after this series of baby shower gift posts.

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Fabric/New Find Friday #33

I am so excited for the holiday weekend and have a lot of "want to do" things on my list. I know that not as many will get done as I would like but as long as I get to spend some time with my husband all is good.

I was out trying to find some cute fabric for some projects and like I said last week, I went in for one thing and came out with a TON more. Here are a few of the things that I picked up, I think all of these will make great baby items, a few for a boy, one that I think can be gender neutral and the last for a little girl. I have already begun cutting and can not wait to show you some finished products.
There is a big sale this weekend at at least one fabric store I frequent so expect to see more fun stuff from me in the coming weeks. I can't wait to go spend some money!

I also can not wait to show you the beginning of a lot of changes around my house, that will be another side of my design persona that we haven't talked about much on here. Stay tuned and enjoy the beautiful weather this holiday weekend!



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