Monday, November 30, 2009

Gift Card Holders

Ginny ordered 20 gift card holders similar to the ones I stitched for her a couple years ago:

I stitched 10 mittens and 10 stockings. The designs are from A Design by Lyn.

I also did a key chain for her:

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Santa's Helpers

Yesterday I stitched matching Christmas shirts for Annaliese and Dashiell!

The applique designs are from Lynnie Pinnie (THANK YOU LYNDSIE!) I used
Santa Hat Girl (5x7) for Annaliese and Santa Hat Baby Boy (4x4) for Dashiell. I even stole Lyndsie's text idea from a project she posted on Sew Forum. I used Bingham font from 8 Claws and a Paw.

Ugh. Sorry for the over exposed pictures. I've about had it with this camera. It may be hard to tell in these pictures, but I used super-soft minkee for both the red and white parts of the Santa hats, and the face really is a flesh-toned fabric. Trying to take a picture of the kids together was crazy. You should see all the blurry shots we got of Dashiell on the move. This is the best I can offer today:

Man, they are so stinking cute!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

As a little Thanksgiving gift for Annaliese's teacher, I stitched this hand towel:

The design is from Embroidery Library. I thought it was perfect for a kindergarten teacher! Kathy digitized the text for me using the font Andy.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

All Dressed Up (with nowhere to go...)

At the end of March I stitched a tie onesie and bib for Dashiell using the tie applique design from GG Designs (he's even featured on her site!). Everyone that saw him in either his bib or onesie got a kick out of it, and I've had a few orders for similar items since.
In September Gail released a bow tie/tuxedo design that is absolutely precious. I knew immediately I wanted to stitch something for Dashiell, but there was never an appropriate occasion, nor did I make the time to do it. But then Annaliese got a beautiful dress from her aunt and uncle, and I knew what I could make so Dashiell could be dressed up, too. :)

I picked the purple material for the bow tie to match Annaliese's dress.

The plan was for them wear the dress and tux to church this morning. But alas, Annaliese is a bit too sneezy and coughy to go, so they are all dressed up with nowhere to go...

I need to get another close-up picture of Dashiell... he looks a little bobble-head like here:

You see, he really had no interest in participating in this photo shoot. He even fought me when I was trying to get him dressed. I hope his future bride doesn't face the same problem...

THANKS AGAIN, GAIL!! I'll try later for a better picture for your site. :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Stitched for Andrea

I spent the last five days stitching exclusively for my friend Andrea!

At the beginning of the week I appliqued seven airplanes on a shower curtain for her boys' bathroom. She has been hunting for something to coordinate with their bedding and couldn't find anything. So she bought a plain shower curtain, coordinating fabrics, and requested I use contrasting thread. It was a challenge, I learned a lot, and thankfully the whole family was thrilled with the results!

The airplane design is from Applique Cafe. (Cole--she has a cute owl on her site if you haven't been there! ;))

I used Embird Alphabet #8 to add their names to two of the planes.

Once I completed that, I tackled a set of matching Christmas shirts for her boys and nephews.

The applique reindeer is from Designs by JuJu. I used the 4x4 size for the youngest, and the 5x7 for the other three boys.

Andrea's boys have matching red corduroy pants -- I cannot wait to see a picture of them!!

Lastly, I stitched a crayon and pencil roll set for Ethan for his birthday party, which was this morning. (The in-hoop designs are from Sewing for Sarah.)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Carlin!

Last year for my husband's birthday I digitized his logo and stitched it on a bulletin board for him. Earlier this year I sent a small version of the logo to Kathy, who stitched it on a polo onesie for Dashiell and also mailed me a blank white polo so I could do the same for Carlin. Sadly I never made time to stitch it, poor guy. BUT that turned out to be a good thing. Carlin has significantly shrunk over the last several months, and that shirt is now way too big! This year for part of his birthday gift I stitched his logo on a new, smaller sized polo.

I also stitched another for Dashiell, who has outgrown the one Kathy made.

Here they are, all matchy-matchy, Mr. Dashiell Trammel and Mr. Carlin Trammel. I doubt it will happen as often as with me and Annaliese, but I'll give it a shot as often as my boys will let me!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Baby Shower Gift

A year ago Shannon and others threw us a nice baby shower at Carlin's work. Today was Shannon's turn to be showered with gifts for her expected baby girl!
Rumor has it they plan to name their little girl Sarah (and if her name changes I'll just swap it out of an accurate one later). The S is from Embroidery Boutique's Vintage Applique Alphabet and I used Itty Bitty Alphabet from 8 Claws and a Paw for her name.

Shannon danced with the Tallahassee Ballet, and maybe her daughter will do the same! The ballet shoes design is from Nobbie Neez Kids. I added "Future Ballerina" with Embird Alphabet #38. Instead of my usual row of ribbon, I found this pretty trim that reminded me of a ballerina tutu.

This baby girl is going to make Jack a big brother, and I decided to make them coordinating sibling shirts. They aren't identical, but look cute together:

Jack is really into superheros, so when I saw Nobbie Neez Kids' Tiny Superboy design, I decided to replace it for the "I" in BIG and make him a "SUPER BIG BROTHER" Shirt! The rest of the text is from Itty Bitty Alphabet from 8 Claws and a Paw.

I opted for the adjective "sweet" for the baby girl, and used NNK's Lollipop Teeny to replace the "i"s in "Sweet Little Sister". I used the same font, but stitched lower case letters instead, and used pretty little girl colors.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monogrammed Apron

Rosanne bought an apron for her niece that she wanted monogrammed. We settled on a chef's hat from Embroidery Library, and stitched Laura's name with 8 Claws and a Paw's Lizzy Font. As usual, designs from both places stitched perfectly!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tooth Fairy Pillow!

Two weeks ago today in the middle of church Annaliese discovered that one of her bottom teeth was loose! I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT -- MY BABY HAD A LOOSE TOOTH!
Once I got over that shock, I realized I needed to quickly get to work on her tooth fairy pillow. Thankfully I had already been brainstorming ideas, it was just a matter of finalizing the design and getting to work.

The little fairy is from the Angels Watching Over Me Applique set from Designs by JuJu. I digitized the pocket and Kathy did the text for me (I love the font Delightful!!). I decided to add the ribbon as a hanger so we can either put it on her doorknob or on her bed post. That will make it more convenient for the tooth fairy to make the exchange. :)

I got the pillow done within a week, but decided to wait until she actually lost the tooth to give it to her. Well, that happened today at lunch!

Annaliese's pillow is hanging by her bed, tooth safely tucked inside, awaiting the fairy!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dashiell's First Thanksgiving

I can't believe it's November! I stitched Dashiell's First Thanksgiving bib. I LOVE these designs from Embroidery Library. Kathy digitized the text for me again.

When I showed this bib to Carlin he said, "That's going to be one messy bib!" All the other first holidays were before Dashiell started solids and feeding himself. Glad I remembered to take a picture before we used it for the first time!

I love looking at how much he's changed from his first Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter and Fourth of July. Next up is Dashiell's First Birthday!! (After that the last two will be "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year", since they will technically be his second Christmas/New Years. Anxious to take a big group picture of all the bibs and submit it to Embroidery Library's Showcase!)

UPDATE: 11/26/09
Not quite as bad as I expected...

Friday, November 13, 2009

School Spirited Birthday gift -- UPDATED

For Madison's birthday gift we decided to make her a shirt to show school spirit, much like the one Grandma Kathy made Annaliese. Madison's school mascot is a fox, and their school colors are green and silver.

The applique fox is from Embroidery Library and I used fleece, so it's extra fuzzy and soft! I added the text with Embird Alphabet #8.

Friday we got together for a play date, the girls were so excited to be together!

Burp cloths!

For Faith's burp cloth, Michelle requested Five Star Font's Scrappy Applique. I went on a hunt for a font that had rounded serifs, and settled on 8 Claws and a Paw's Jester font for "Faith".

For Summer's burp cloth, Michelle asked if there was anything new I wanted to try. I realized I have a beautiful stacked monogram set that I bought well over a year ago that I still haven't stitched! This monogram is Vintage Chloe from Embroidery Boutique.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tooth Fairy!

Kylie has lost her first tooth!
As soon as she noticed wiggly teeth (in September), Valerie got to work on finding something special for the girls to use for visits from the Tooth Fairy. She found these cute fairy dolls that have a tooth pocket on the dress. Valerie brought them to me to personalize. We decided to add their names above the "Tooth fairy" text which was already there.

Embird Alphabet #33 turned out to be a pretty decent match. Unfortunately even though I have lots of shades of pink thread, nothing I had was quite the right match. Kylie's thread was a bit to mauve:

and Kenzie's was a bit too bright:

I wish I could have mixed the two. Oh well, they are cute none the less!

This project got me thinking that I might need to come up with a Tooth Fairy solution myself within the next year. Thankfully I started brainstorming right away, considering making a pillow with one of the angel designs from Designs by JuJu... third row, second angel -- isn't she cute??

A week and a half ago, Annaliese noticed a loose tooth! I'm so glad I had put thought into it already. Within a few days I finalized my design and made the pillow. BUT we've decided to wait until she actually looses the tooth to give it to her, so you'll just have to wait in anxious anticipation to see it. It is VERY cute!





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