Sunday, April 27, 2008

Gift Set for Lydia's twins

Two weeks ago Lydia gave birth to her twin boys, thus concluding the current baby boom at our church. They had the names picked out in advance, but she asked me not to stitch anything until after they were born, just in case there was a last minute change. I haven't met the boys yet, but I did get to see Lydia this morning. Here is her complete gift:

Lydia has decorated their room with a variety of blues and greens, so I decided to stick with that color theme, assigning each boy a color. Eliot has primarily green items, and Chet has primarily blue.
First I stitched their Special Delivery onesies (design from Sew Terific):

Next are their burp cloths. The monograms are from the Dot Alphabet I originally got on Sew Forum (now available at Julia's Needle Designs), and the names were added with Five Star Font's Whimsy Alphabet. I have used this monogram set for all eight of the new babies at church!

Finally, I don't do it often, but I attempted to be a little witty with their initials on these designs for the bibs. I used Embird Alphabet #8.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Recent baby gift orders

Here are a few orders I have completed over the last few weeks.

Michelle ordered a Special Delivery onesie (design from Sew Terific) for a family at church who had their fourth child. I think this is the 15th one I've done (well, at the time. I have since stitched two more.)

Sabrina and her team at school purchased a gift certificate for a baby shower that was held in early March, before the baby was born/named. Alexander has arrived, so this is what I made:

The big monogram is from the Tinker Toy font that was originally posted on SewForum, now available on sewcrazie's yahoo group. His name was added with Embird Alphabet #8.

And finally Jaime ordered a burp cloth for her neice. The monogram is from the Dot Alphabet I originally got on Sew Forum (now available at Julia's Needle Designs), and the names were added with Five Star Font's Whimsy Alphabet.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Monogrammed Ringbearer Pillow

This past weekend Dan and Sue's son got married. Sue had agreed to make the ring bearer pillow and she asked me to do some embroidery for her. She told me what font Danny and Jenni had used for the monogram on the wedding invitations, and Kathy was able to digitize the monogram and wedding date with the same beautiful font. Sue brought me the fabric, helped me select the thread colors, and I did the embroidery:

Then Sue took it home and completed the pillow!

Here are a couple action shots. I believe this is the groom, ring bearer, and father of the groom:

And here's Devin with the pillow:

I enjoy projects like this. Many of my friends have excellent sewing skills, but don't have an embroidery machine. It's nice to be able to help them make personalized items. I've done monograms for Sarah who makes bags, soon I'll be stitching text on fabric for Michele who is making throw pillows, and just today someone asked me about embroidering Bible verses for a quilt she wants to make.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Burp Cloths for Kylie

I'd say the best feedback from a gift is when the recipient orders more! Eureka has enjoyed the original burp cloths that I made for Kylie, and ordered three more. She let me design them myself, just requesting one with her name and one with a three-letter monogram. I had lots of fun coming up with them!

The first burp cloth has a stacked monogram. The "K" is from Five Star Font's Whimsy Dot. I added her name with Embird Alphabet #17.

The second uses a frame I bought last summer but haven't stitched out yet! I love the way it looks with this ribbon. The frame is from AK Designs Boutique, and I added the K with Embird Alphabet #17.

For the third design I used Monogram KK font from Sew Crazie Designs. The paisley accents are from a different frame from AK Designs Boutique.

Baby Gift Set for Will

Tiffany's boss and his wife are expecting a son. A baby shower in their honor was yesterday, so Tiffany requested a gift set. Dad is a sports writer and played football for Ball State; mom is an FSU grad.

The shirt design is from Five Star Font's Baseball Monogram.

For the bibs, the applique is actually a football sucker holder design from Embroidery Garden (a freebie on her yahoo group), and I added the text with Embird Alphabet #8.

Will also got a personalized garnet and gold pacifier clip, but I forgot to include that in the picture. :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Helping Jason & Anna announce their BIG NEWS!

Mid-March I got an email from my good friend Anna. She said she and Jason wanted to commission me for a project, and that they wanted to Skype (talk via webcam) to give me the details. She was curious how busy I was and said there was no rush. Even with that statement, I got pretty suspicious as to what would be so important they would want to see my face instead of talking on the phone, but I kept my thoughts to myself. The evening of Easter Sunday we finally connected, and I was the first to learn their secret news -- they are expecting their first child!!!
They wanted me to help deliver the news to their family. They had design ideas in mind to stitch out on onesies and mail to parents, siblings and grandparents. Because of his Irish heritage, Jason wanted to use some Gaelic text. We worked for a few days to finalize the overall design, and then I got to stitching!

Jason had already picked the Gaelic phrase "Ag teacht gan mhoill" which means "coming soon". We used Embird Alphabet #37 which has a nice Celtic look to it. Jason also found the beautiful shamrock at Stitchery Mall. They picked the thread colors to follow Ireland's flag. I thought it also made a very gender-neutral design!

This is the biggest design I have put on a onesie thus far. Since it took 30 minutes to stitch out, and I had to do it eight times, I decided after the first one to open a side seam to make it easier to hoop. That was a good choice. Even though it took more time to rip a seam open and re-stitch it, it meant I didn't have to hold each onesie open for the 30 minutes it stitched out. I still had to babysit my machine, but could do some work on my laptop at the same time.

This was such a fun project. I rushed to get it completed, and by the next Sunday evening they were packaged up. I shipped them off to Jason and Anna, who re-shipped them to family upon arrival. Now their family knows and they have shared their news with other close friends. It's finally public knowledge and I can share my tiny part in their new adventure!!
So CONGRATULATIONS Jason and Anna! I'm sad that I can't be there to congratulate you in person and watch your family grow. But thanks for entrusting me with your secret. It was an honor!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kylie!

In addition to the matching ice cream cone shirts, I did another shirt for Kylie's birthday gift.

The pony came from Design by JuJu's Pretty Pony Applique set. Julie has used variegated thread in several of her stichouts, and I decided to do the same on this pony's hair. I like the effect!

Another beautiful butterfly

After stitching the pineapple shirt and the flower/butterfly dress, I did one more shirt for Annaliese's birthday present.

The butterfly is from the Fun Spring Butterflies Applique set from Designs by JuJu. I think it took me longer to pick five fabrics and matching thread to coordinate with the skirt than it did to stitch it out! (The thread seem to be reflecting the camera flash more than usual -- this is as good as it gets for now.)

And the proud girl, who is finally giving me a cheesy grin again instead of a forced fake smile!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Scoop Yourself Up Off the Floor, Annaliese Has Just Turned FOUR!

Thursday was Annaliese's fourth birthday, and her best buddy Kylie turned five the day before her. Valerie and I decided to throw a joint party this year since many of their friends overlap, and that was held this afternoon. We decided not to go with a character-based party and instead picked an ice cream theme. Carlin put together a great invitation for us. Valerie researched party games, recipes and bargain shopping. My goal was to make them matching shirts!

I found this adorable ice cream cone applique from Sew Terific. Actually it was originally a one scoop cone, but I modified the design to make it a two-scoop.

Here are the girls before the party began:

Valerie used the ice cream cone design throughout the party...
We played pin the cherry on the cone, and she did a great job reproducing the image. (And obviously Annaliese did not win this game, though in another blindfolded game she scooped cotton balls from one bowl to another like no one else!)

And Valerie decorated their personal cakes with two-scoop ice cream cones, too:

Despite rain that kept us indoors, things went well and it was a fun party!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Making a cute dress cuter!

As mentioned before, Kathy sent me several clothing items for Annaliese that I've been adding designs to. Today I worked on this super cute dress:

The flowers on the bodice are from the Bloomin' Applique set from Designs by JuJu. I separated the daisies from their leaves and rearranged them to make it fit my space.

The butterfly is also from Designs by JuJu, her Fun Spring Butterflies Applique.

Annaliese was dying to try it on before I even removed my marking lines!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tiffany's order for new baby and big sister

Tiffany's good friends had a baby girl this week. In anticipation of this birth, she had placed an order a while back. First up, a hooded towel for the new big sister:

The magnolia is from Embroidery Library and the text was added with Embird Alphabet #38.

For the new baby girl, Tiffany requested two bibs. For one she chose the baseball monogram from Five Star Fonts, because the mommy played softball in college:

For the second bib, she requested the baby's first and middle name in a fancy font. As soon as Tiffany received a text message about Abygail's birth, she emailed me the full name, and I stitched it in a beautiful tone-on-tone bib with Embird Alphabet #38:

Two days later, as Tiffany was checking their family blog for pictures, she discovered that Abygail's middle name was not what she had been told! She called to see if I had stitched the bib yet. I was not home, but Carlin confirmed that I had. When I talked to her a bit later she told me not to worry about it - it would be a fun gift they would all laugh about.
However, I thought it was such a pretty bib, it just HAD to be correct. Tiffany's mistake was that she told Carlin the new middle name. Amazingly enough he remembered it, we did a quick google search and found the blog to confirm spelling. So the correct bib is MY gift to the new baby! :)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Baby Gift Set for Twins

Kristen ordered this cute set for a friend that recently had boy/girl twins.

The monograms are from the Dot Alphabet I originally got on Sew Forum (now available at Julia's Needle Designs), and the names were added with Five Star Font's Whimsy Alphabet.





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