Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Outfits for my Lovely Ladies and Another Banner

So, I have some really great new things to post today! My little Faith requested a very specific outfit from me last week, and hooray for getting it completed so soon! She wanted a pair of ruffle pants, made from the material that Nana's glasses case was made from, and a long sleeved shirt with a peacock. Miss Particular, we shall call her, ha! Well I got to work, and am so satisfied! More importantly, Faith couldn't be happier. She hasn't wanted to take this off since I finished it. Here are a couple of cute pictures of her in it. We spent the day at the Children's Museum yesterday, and she and Lily both wore their new outfits *smile*. I was proud, and the compliments made me feel great.
 
 I love that fabric. I want to make so many different things with it! It came from JoAnne's (the one in Austin), and I commissioned my Grandma to get some more for me because of how pretty it was! The green shirt is from Old Navy and the peacock applique is from Bunnycup Embroidery. I purchased it forever ago and had just been waiting on finding something to put her on! The pants pattern is Carla C Easy Fit Pants, they are awesome! I added the ruffle to make them a little more girly.  
Then I made Lily this outfit.


Notice how I absolutely cannot get a straight forward picture of her. She is NEVER still, really never. I'm not exaggerating. I got this pink shirt and Target and the file is the flower font Linnie Pinnie. This is the same pant pattern, but just added a trim no ruffle. I think the wide leg makes it so cute! Lily is so skinny it was hard to get a pattern to fit. Isn't it adorable? Now for pictures of them both. The second one is hilarious. Lily is totally cheesing, to the extreme, hahaha. 


 I love them. 
I also made this outfit for Faith almost a month ago, but kept forgetting to take pictures. I think it came out pretty cute. 


I didn't make the scarf, but doesn't it coordinate perfectly? The elephant is from Lynnie Pinnie and the green shirt is Target. I got that fabric at JoAnne's in Austin. I love the JoAnne's in Austin. It is SO much better than the ones down here. Moving on-
Here is a shirt I did for Faith this week. It was super quick and easy, but came out adorably. She got a ton of comments when she wore it the other day.


I think the purple shirt looks so pretty with her eyes! That is the Vintage font from Lynnie Pinnie (has almost every applique in this post been from her?) and the Curlz from 8 Claw and a Paw. I got the purple shirt at...guess...Target! 
My mom is hosting a baby shower at her house in Austin, and when I heard, the first thing that came to my mind was the Party Banner I was talking about last post! I raved on and on previously, so I suppose that isn't necessary this time. They really are awesome though. The couple don't have a definitive name, so they suggested putting "Precious" on the banner. I did all chocolate brown, pink, and green. Three of my most favorite colors! It came out wonderfully. I really think doing one of these with a name would be such an adorable shower present/decoration! How cute would it look in a nursery?


  
Now for the last picture today! My sister in law asked me to make a shirt for my niece with a pony in these colors. The pony is from Designs by JuJu. I think it is a sweet little pony. I'll probably do one for Faith in pinks and lime green. Cute, cute. 


Now the girls and I are off to have lunch with some girlfriends of mine that we haven't seen in a while! Yay for girl time =). I have some orders to work on this week, about four or so, and also have to finish Chloe's letters to go with Camryn's. Whoa, those have taken forever! 

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Can you believe it?

I am already doing another blog...a little less than twenty-four hours after my last. I know, it's amazing. The truth is, I absolutely could NOT wait to show you these pictures of this Valentines decoration I made for our house. My cousin Nicole made one ,and immediately after seeing her pictures I knew I had to have one. I got this file from Embroitique. They have some really cutsie files! I am going to get the party banner, which is similar to this, and make it for a baby shower later on this week. This really is such an awesome idea! For any holiday, of course it would make an adorable addition to any home, but for a birthday party or shower...wow! Every year we buy all the cheesy, throw away birthday gear for our big party. The plastic "Happy Birthday" banner that is tossed in the trash before the end of the day. This banner will last through years of parties! Just think- you could put your child's name on the banner and the number of years he/she is turning that year on the ends, and then every year you can just replace the two numbers! Jazz up your party with a more sophisticated look and go a little green! There are endless possibilities with this as well. I could make the banner with any color combination and pattern. I really really think this is an incredible idea. I can't wait to make more. Enough chat about the banner, let's have a look!
No, it isn't permanently hanging on Lily's dresser. I did think it made a nice background for the picture. The individual pieces of this banner were made in the hoop of my new machine. I am having SO much fun with that machine. I used all sorts of different fabrics that I had on hand to create this, and I think they mixed well. I also think it looks extremely chic with more light/pastel pinks. Look at Nicole's- here. I think it is super adorable as well. The only thing I would change about mine would be the straight edges. Unfortunately being a newbie means not having an endless supply of equipment! Some pinking sheers are in my future.

Next up, I finished the baby shower bundle that I did for my friend Andrea this morning. The colors all came together so wonderfully. The only two additions that weren't in the previous post are the bib and wipes case. I did the bib without a pattern, and am very happy with it. I used a thick terry cloth on one side and the mod striped fabric on the other. This makes the bib appealing AND functional. The wipes case was done in the hoop and came from The Purple Hat. I wish that it was bigger, however, it is perfect for the antibacterial wipes that almost all moms seem to be carrying around these days. In fact, it worked out well because Andrea had bought a package of pacifier wipes for the basket! This was my first big set of coordinating baby items. I am very proud =). If you are interested in a custom package, email me for ideas and pricing!


I also finished up this lovely Valentines outfit order for a little girl names McKenzie. She goes by Kenzie for short. Isn't this sweet? Of course it is always so much cuter on, but I don't have any 3T sized children in my house.


Then I did a glasses case for my sister in law. For some reason the first one stitched out a little short, and I wasn't very happy with the color combination so I redid it. Here are pictures of both. The second one is the keeper!


Here are a few bows I was asked to make last minute for the little UPWARDS cheerleaders across the street. I'm glad I did, because now I have a ton of orders for them from their game Saturday!


And last, but certainly not least, is my little Miss Priss trying on her outfit when she came home today. She was so excited *smile*.


 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

My very FIRST Blog Award and some cute baby items.


So my cousin Nicole awarded me with this Sunshine award! It is my first award to receive, and I am so excited! Anyway, the along with accepting the award comes a set of rules. Here they are:

1. Put the logo on your blog.2.
2. Pass the award on to 10 bloggers- but I'm doing 5 because I don't read that many blogs....
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5.Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Since I am new to the blogging world (November 09), I really haven't developed a huge list of blogs that I follow just yet. However, it just so happens that there are exactly five blogs that I try keep up to date with.

First, there is my cousin Nicole's blog. I began sewing/embroidering in October when I got my first machine for my birthday. If it wasn't for Nicole, I would be lost. Although we don't even live in the same state, she has helped me IMMENSELY by answering my numerous emails/messages filled with question after question. I really wouldn't have had a clue where to begin without her. So, everyone reading this should really check out her blog. If you are at all interested in my projects, you will love everything she creates. She also has three of the most adorable children ever. They love modeling her products, especially the girls. So cute. Also here is her Etsy shop, take a look!

Second is a very good friend of mine, Jeni's blog. She is an AMAZING photographer. Any of my girl's recent professional pictures have been done by her. She really is great! If you haven't checked out her blog you should. And, if you need pictures anytime soon, you should try her! She has two adorable little girls as well, and manages to juggle staying home with them and having a very impressive career at the same time. Go Jeni!

Third is a blog called Birth, Babies, and Life in General. This is a blog for a place called Reunion Birth Center. Something I am extremely passionate about is Midwifery and natural child birth. I think that every woman should explore their options before going with what has turned into the "norm" today. I met Polly at my friend Jeni's house a couple of weeks ago while watching the Business of Being Born (also a MUST see). I was extremely impressed with her knowledge and open minded attitude. Take a look at their blog if you get a chance!

Fourth is one of my very good friends from high school, Paige. She is a stay at home mom to an adorable little boy, and will be having her second son anytime in the next few weeks! I am so glad we have gotten back in touch over the past few months. I really enjoy being updated by looking at her blog.

This last blog is really great! My husband and I took a class at church on "Couplehood as a Spiritual Path", and Jessica and her husband were in the class with us. I didn't really get to know her very well during the class, or what she did for a living. After the class was over, I stumbled upon her blog on an advertisement for a market at our church. WOW, this is one very clever and creative woman! She has her own line of organic/eco-friendly baby and toddler shoes. They really are the most adorable shoes I have ever seen. If you purchase from Stride Rite (we are regulars), then you will most definitely find her shoes affordable. However, if you want a pair, you have to be very quick! Her shoes sell out almost within minutes of being posted to her blog. On top of adorable shoes, she is also a great writer. So, take a look!



Okay, now for some pictures. I have been busy this week! Woohoo! Here are some baby shower items that are part of a gift set I am going to finish in the morning. I will have a picture tomorrow of the finished product. I love the colors and how everything is turning out so far!
This is the little lovie/security blanket I made him. The applique is the vintage font from Lynnie Pinnie and Kaileigh font from 8 Claw and a Paw.
 
I love the way this burp cloth set came out. I think the colors are wonderful. The polka dot framed S is from LynniePinnie. All the fabrics are from Wal Mart. I rarely find fabric there that I really like, but this was one of the bundles with five different fabrics. I love them all!

Aren't these onesies cute? I love the little tie! I particularly love the fact that it is two seperate pieces. It makes the striped fabric look much more like an actual tie! It is from GG embroidery desings. The S is the spunky font from Lynnie Pinnie.
Tomorrow morning I have to run to the store and pick up a zipper for the wipee case I need to finish. I also have to grab a bib and then the baby shower package will be complete! Stay tuned tomorrow for a picture.

Here is one last thing I just have to share before bed. I made this skirt a few months ago for Faith. I decided to add another bit of brown trim and make a more "springish" top to go with it. This is Annie Owl from Pickle Pie. Isn't she cute? I added the bow after. She also has a hair pretty (the center of Faith's bow). I love it! That is the first hair pretty I have made. Can't wait to do more!


 
Good night!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Valentines Day Projects!

So first just let me say, I am more proud of these two outfits that I made for Faith and Lily than anything I've made yet! They both came out so adorable. Faith and Lily both love them too, which is always a plus. The Heart applique file on Lily's dress is from Lynnie Pinnie. I didn't use a pattern for Lily's dress. I had been wanting to make a pillowcase dress. This was what I came up with by reading all of the different instructions online. It is much sturdier than the pillowcase dresses I've seen. I did two layers of fabric for each side. Then added the ruffle. I love it. She can wear a turtleneck under it too. The heart on Faith's was a polka dot heart I got when I first started sewing/embroiderying (In October) and I can't remember where it is from. I just took the polka dots off and then added her name. The font is the Kaileigh font from 8 Claw and a Paw. I used the Carla C Easy fit pants for her pant pattern. They are so cute. The Valentine's bows are $8.00. Order a shirt and bow set for $25.00. The shirts could easily be worn after Valentines day! Here is the button for the shirt set. The Bow button is after the bow pictures. Don't forget that there is a $2.00 charge for Paypal.














My new embroidery machine came in this week. I am LOVING being able to do a bigger space! Also, there are just SO many really cool "In the hoop" projects. Look at this glasses case I made for my mom!
There are so many more things I can do now with this new machine. I can't wait to try them all! This eyeglasses case is from Pickle Pie Designs. I love this fabric. I got it yesterday at JoAnn's and can't wait to do more with it! Order an adult eyeglasses case from me today for $12.00! Or one for your little one for $10.00. Faith wants one to match her Nana's. She asked me to "Please do it tonight so she can have it tomorrow." Hopefully I will =).


Yesterday while I was working on some of these Valentines Day things I also made Faith this "F" Flower shirt. I took the picture with my phone so it isn't as clear. The flower file is from LynniePinnie. I really need to make the hair pretty that goes with it! On my to do list. Okay I think this post is plenty long and full of pictures now! More soon, I promise!

Friday, January 8, 2010

And the computer is fixed!


Woohoo! Our computer got a really awful virus shortly after Christmas. So therefore, no new pictures or blogging. I wanted to put pictures up of two other really adorable wine bags that I made for two of my friends for Christmas. My sister in law also sent me pictures of my niece in her Rainbow Tutu Set. She looks precious! I made Faith a new outfit too, but I want to finish Lily's coordinating one  before I post pictures of it! Hopefully tomorrow. I have so many really cute ideas for Valentine's Day! I can't wait to go to Austin next week and get them all done. I will try to have them posted by next weekend and begin taking orders then! In the  mean time, I have lots to do. Here are the pictures!

 
Isn't Diana adorable? She is growing up so fast. The leopard and rainbow "D" on her shirt is from the Heart Font off of Swakembroidery.com. It is one of my favorites! Wine bags would make an adorable gift! Order one from me today for $20.00. You can pick the color scheme and personalize with a letter.
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