Monday, July 30, 2012

Jackson is One!

This onesie is for a little boy on his first Birthday. It was purchased by his aunt to take to him for his birthday party. The name Jackson is so popular now, I know two or three of them myself and baby Jack just sounds so cute!
I love how the dots travel their way down the number one and almost remind me of a stoplight. :) That seems like such a boy item; cars, stop lights and anything travel related. As with all screen printing jobs sometimes the ink bleeds but I think that just adds to the handmade quality of the item. This bold blue name over the one really jumps out and of course that is what you want the focus to be anyway.
I hope this little guy had a great Birthday and that there are LOTS of cake stains added to this onesie. :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Repurposed Maternity Dress

Since I am going to be pregnant most of the hot part of the summer I thought dresses would be my answer for keeping cool. I saw this cute blog post here before I was pregnant and really wanted to make a dress like the one she made.
I already had this white tee-shirt that I wasn't wearing and thought would be perfect for the top of this dress. The material on the bottom I found on sale back before I was pregnant as well and thought it was perfect. So one night I just cut into the fabric and the tee-shirt and went to work. It turned out pretty cute but I didn't like the way it looked at the seam with the gathering so I decided to add a simple satin ribbon around the waist. The tie helps hide the belly too.

It fit really well when I made it but now that I am much larger it is too small for me to wear. I think this would also be really cute when not pregnant. So I am looking forward to wearing it in my "big stage" after baby arrives before I get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes.

The only thing that I would change when I have time is to serge the hem now that I have a serger. When I did a hem on my machine it came out a bit wavy and draws too much attention. I would also put a small slit up the back of the dress by my feet so I have more leg room to walk.

I still have a maternity skirt pattern that I would like to sew before the baby arrives but we are coming close to the end...one more month, so I am not sure that is going to happen. Have you made any of your own maternity clothes?

Friday, July 20, 2012

New Fabric/New Find Friday #115

These sweet fabrics just make me smile, maybe that is because I have a baby on the way and they make me think of sweet baby times.
The top fabric is a fun Happy Birthday fabric with a bit of glitter on the cupcakes and cakes. I think this is perfect for my hand towel holiday sets. Always good to have a special birthday towel to put out when someone in the family is having a birthday. Hope no one minds that the background is pink. The second fabric is a great boy fabric, sometimes it is so hard to find boy fabrics that don't have cars and trucks on them. This would be great for a taggie blanket or burp cloth. The last fabric is a nice neutral but I can see it
being more girly with the pink and purple dots. Again this would be great for burp cloths or a taggie blanket.
Here they are in side view. Not quite as exciting from the sides but might give you a better idea of color.

I hope you all have a great weekend. We are trying to figure out our muddy basement situation so we can move on to better things.

Friday, July 13, 2012

New Fabric/New Find Friday #114

How about some fresh colored fabrics this Friday. I don't have a ton of time to talk as I am busy around here making awesome items for my wonderful clients.
I know that I have two of the same pattern in the same color but I had to do it. This pattern screamed breastfeeding cover to me and would be great for a mom who wants some color but doesn't want pink or blue or too much pattern. I just love how the white pops off the colored background, and they are not soft baby green and yellow but vibrant colors. Haven't I told you a million times that I have a slight obsession with orange right now? Yes well here it comes again. I don't know if I have enough of this for a cover but how great is this funky white pattern on orange? So bold but not over the top.
Here we have the close-up. Those colors just scream summer to me, maybe because they remind me of those icy push pop things that kids eat in the summer time. MMM sugar water. :)

Stay cool this weekend and I hope to see some of you locals at Cotton Babies.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Exclusively By Mommy

I know this is short notice but with the sewing machine breaking and the muddy flood in my basement (in my sewing area of course), I was not sure I was going to make it. I will be at our local Cotton Babies store this Saturday selling my items.
I participated in the event similar to this that they had last year at the other local location. I posted about that event here and here I talked about all of the other awesome ladies that were at the sale. I think this time is going to be a bit different and really great!

I also know at least one or two of the other ladies who are going to be attending as a vendor and they have some great items to sell.

Hope you can swing by Saturday morning and check us out! I hope to do another post after the event like I did last time with some info on the other vendors  in case you can't make it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Boy Bibs

The last time I showed you some girly bibs and today I am back with some boy bibs. There were quite a few boys born this year and even a baby boy needs some color and style while he is eating or drooling. 

This first bib was for a baby that was a friend's new nephew and now the two cousins both have personalized bibs. :) How fun. I just love it when kids can match, especially for pictures.
This bib was sent out of town to a family friend's new little man. I have yet to see him besides pictures but I know (based on his parents) that he is going to be a heart breaker and will look great in his new bib.
Last but not least we have this little Louis bib. This client came over and picked out this green fabric. It almost looks like corduroy but it is a bit softer. This is only the second thing I have made with fabric like that and I actually like the way the solid texture looks with the embroidered letter. Simple and classic.

It seems as if I had a rush on bibs for a bit and now I am onto onesies. ;) Maybe they go in cycles. I love making these and I love how long babies can wear them vs the onesies that they grow out of. The next thing I might try doing something different, Holiday bibs or vinyl patterns...I just need more time in they day, but don't we all!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pinterest Challenge-Summer Edition

I missed the last Pinterest Challenge in the Spring but I am back to participate in my second summer edition put on by Young House Love . You can see my other two posts here and here.
A friend of mine just got married and I wanted to make something really cool and personal for their wedding gift. She and her husband are world travellers, having been to many different countries and even many cities in the USA and doing the long distance romance. I thought they might like something to document all of their different "romance cities." Special cities where they met, wed, and live.
Inspiration photo was found on Pinterest of course and I changed just a few thing to make it more in keeping with their wedding theme. You can find the original link to the heart image Here.
So I started out with a frame that was meant for photos and I took out the insert and put burlap in the frame. She was using a lot of burlap and lace in her wedding decor so I thought this would only be fitting.

Next I went to AAA to pick up city maps for the cities that they met, wed, and lived in. I am a AAA member and love some of the perks of being one....don't use most of the perks too often besides towing.
I cut out of the map the part that I wanted to cut the hearts from, just to have less to work with and get those big things out of the way. I created a heart by folding a piece of paper in half and then tracing half of a heat on it and cutting it. When I opened it, it was a perfect heart.
I noticed that in the original they used blue paper to back the letters of "we met" etc. I thought since the burlap was brown and the frame was brown that brown letters on a cream paper would look better. I also have no idea what their decor will be like and this is so neutral that it should go with anything. I stuck the words on the paper and then cut them out to go under the hearts. I used mod podge (it was what I had on hand) to glue down the hearts and words to the burlap in the frame. I hope that everything stays in their place.

And....here is what I came up with.

I was thinking of screen printing the letters on paper but I ended up having some stickers for them and I like the way those looked better. I wish I had known the location of their new home and where they met (not even sure if I have the correct city on that one) so that I could put a little heat in red to indicate that on the heart maps. I did make sure that the location of the Church where they were married was in the "we wed" heart.

I think in the end the couple liked it because they put it on display at the wedding reception, I gave it to them a week early so I didn't have to worry about it on the day of the wedding.

Check out the other women who put this challenge on, Katie, Sherry, Kate, and Michelle. Also go Here to check out other bloggers like me who took the challenge. Had a blast and can't wait for the fall challenge.

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