Friday, May 29, 2009

Gift for twin boys

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One more post for today, and then I'm taking a break!

Gary and Becky's good friends recently had twin boys. Their nursery is browns/greens and monkeys -- I bet I'd love it! To coordinate they purchased these baskets with liners, and I added the boys' names to them, using the Tinker Toy Alphabet from 8 Claws and a Paw.

The baskets won't be shipped empty! G&B also purchased two adorable blankets that I added names to:

These minkee/fleece blankets already had the text and applique monkey stitch in the corner. I searched through my fonts to find one that matched the cursive text, and settled on Amelie from 8 Claws and a Paw. I used Embird to curve the letters, marked the center of my design, and then held my breath as the names stitched out. I was very nervous about getting the position right, and wasn't confident how well it would stitch on a thick blanket so close to the binding. I was amazed with the results. Prayers before hitting the start button are always worthwhile!!

Welcome Baby Jimmie!

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Sue contacted me about stitching some items for her new grandson, and I was happy to oblige!
First, I did the Special Delivery design from Sew Terific, but instead of stitching it on a onesie, she wanted it on fabric to frame. I stitched it on a piece of khaki colored broadcloth and then appliqued that to some camo fabric:

In keeping with the camo theme, I monogrammed this burp cloth. The applique J is from Embroidery Boutique's Fun Applique Alphabet. I used the Jason font from 8 Claws and a Paw for "Jimmie". Also note the camo ribbon pacifier clip (Embird Alphabet #8 on that).

And finally Daddy is a Kansas City Chiefs fan, so this burp cloth is in honor of that. I used the applique from a football sucker holder design from Embroidery Garden (a freebie on her yahoo group) and I added the text with Embird Alphabet #8.

Monogrammed Hand Towels

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Rosanne asked me to monogram a couple hand towels for her daughter. They were purchased at Target with dots already appliqued on (cute, huh?). I added the "M", which is from Five Star Font's Whimsy Dots.

Monogrammed Stocking

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About a year ago Lily was born. This spring her mom asked if I would monogram the stocking they bought for her at Christmas. She gave me her husband's stocking, and my goal was to match the font, size, thread type and color. I should have taken a picture of John's stocking so you could judge how well I did, but I didn't. Here's Lily's stocking, ready to go for next Christmas!

Thankfully the font was easy to match (Times New Roman-ish) and I used Embird Alphabet #16. Metallic thread is a challenge that I'm going to have to either avoid altogether or spend lots of time practicing...


As I was stitching this, I remembered a couple other stockings I did but never blogged about. In December 2007 Susie bought a couple stockings for her daughter, anticipating a marriage proposal. I stitched them at that time, but Susie decided to wait and give them as a wedding gift for their November 2008 wedding. Of course my December was a little crazy and I didn't think about them again until this week. :) I used Embird Alphabet #2 for these.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Birthday, Janay!

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No, I didn't actually stitch something for myself. I did sew, but it was for a different birthday girl, pictures later.

My blog got a much needed face lift, courtesy of my personal graphic designer/web/video/tech guy. Thanks Carlin!!!

What do you think??

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Bryce!

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This post is way overdue, but it has been a crazy month!
Two weeks ago was Bryce's birthday party, and knowing how much he loves to dress up AND how much he loves the Justice League, I made him this t-shirt:



Well... I was going to link to the shirt I made him last year for his birthday, but I can't find a post, so maybe I never shared it. I'm surprised because it was the first applique design I digitized and was pretty pleased with myself. Oh well, here it is now. I made Bryce this shirt in addition to his pencil and crayon rolls:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Graduation time!

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Last night was Annaliese's preschool program, and included in that was a brief graduation ceremony for the VPK classes. In honor of that, I made Annaliese this shirt.

The monogram is Five Star Font's Diploma~Graduation Monogram. The rest of the text uses the font “Hog Bold HMK” which is the font from the school logo on their t-shirts and bags.

Annaliese had a good time during the program, and we all had a blast watching her. She's definitely her daddy's girl, no stage fright at all! :)
Here she is with her beloved Ms. Susie, who has been a fantastic teacher this year!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Future Star Wars fan

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Melissa requested a baby gift for a family that just had a little boy. The mom and dad are huge Star Wars fans, so initially I suggested doing a monogram in the Star Jedi font. I also did a bit of google searching for Star Wars baby gifts, and came across a handful of cute phrases. Melissa picked a couple, Kathy digitized them for me and I stitched away!

First a onesie. Front side has his name:

And the back side, hee hee...

And here's the burp cloth:

I assume the mom and dad will love them. I think they are funny, but maybe a touch tacky... some people are into body humor, others are not. Seems more acceptable with babies. :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

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This design is not for my daughter... anyone that knows Annaliese knows she is 100% Daddy's girl! :)

Tammy requested a onesie for her granddaughter to wear on Mother's Day, suggesting something like 100% Mama's Girl. I immediately thought of Carolynn's 100% Club designs at ZippyDesignZ. I like the text with the dangling tag, and thought I could just add "MAMA'S" above her GIRL design. However, even with Kathy's help using the right font, we were unable to get it digitized in the same manner as Carolynn's design, so I sent her an email asking for her help. Talk about customer service!!! She replied right away, cheerfully agreeing to help me out. Before I was even ready to stitch the onesie, she had emailed me the custom design. It stitched out beautifully! Thanks Carolynn!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Onesie for first year portrait

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My good friend Terri is a photographer. She has a portrait session today with a little girl who has recently turned one. After seeing Ada's onesie, she requested a onesie for Avery, who will also get to wear Terri's lavender tutu for her picture.

The "1" is from Chubby Wubby Applique Numbers from GG Designs, and the font is Tinker Toy from 8 Claws and a Paw.

The dark purple thread matches better in person, this isn't the best photograph. Can't wait to see Terri's pictures!

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