Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mommy's Sweethearts!

I've had this long-sleeved shirt for quite a while and decided to do a little something for myself for Valentine's Day. (The last time I stitched a shirt for me was a maternity top in August 2008!) I also had two red shirts that the kids are about to outgrow, so I made their Valentine's Day shirts to coordinate with mine.

Are they too sweet for your taste? :)

The applique hearts are Lynnie Pinnie's Conversation heart design. I used Embird Alphabet #2 for their names and Alphabet #7 for "Mommy's Sweethearts". It was the closest font I have to the actual logo of the candy.

I chose "SWEET" for Annaliese and "CUTE" for Dashiell. Annaliese's first comment after seeing them was that hers should be cute because she is. Sigh... I suppose I could cover her shirt with all sorts of complimentary conversational hearts. :)

Mommy and her Sweethearts!

A blurry picture of Annaliese, but sweet none-the-less!

And cute Dashiell... here's hoping his applique design doesn't dissolve before Valentine's Day!

While I was at it, I decided to make our moms each a hand towel with this design. I got to deliver them in person last weekend!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Owl shirt, maternity style

Annaliese's owl shirts have made an impression on her teacher, and she told Annaliese she wanted one. I just happened to have a turquoise maternity top that I had purchased for myself (but never stitched anything on it) so we were able to offer something to her right away. To be honest, it had been my intention to stitch an owl shirt for her at Christmas, but I ran out of time. It was a pleasure to do it now! Per her request, I used the same design and fabrics as Annaliese's turquoise owl shirt -- spirit-filled with school colors and mascot!

The applique design is Sly Owl from Tigerlilyhill Embroidery Designs. I enlarged it 15% since my hoop is bigger than the standard 5x7 hoop, and it stitched beautifully!

Next Friday Annaliese and her teacher are going to be twins so I can take a picture of them together in their matching shirts. I'll add it here or on Facebook.
EDITED TO ADD: Here they are!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Special Delivery 2010!

Valerie and Michelle ordered this Special Delivery onesie for a friend. It is the first one I've stitched for a 2010 baby!

The original design is from Sew Terific Designs; I customized the design with baby's birthplace, birth date, time, weight and full name.

Grandma's Little Cowboy

When Marcella saw Jaeson wearing his "Daddy's Little Cowboy" shirt, she knew she had to get something similar for her grandson! This shirt was a gift for Joey's first birthday.

I digitized the applique star, and used Embird Alphabet #8 for the text.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Key Chain

Here is a quick key chain that Renee ordered as a gift for a Packers fan. The "K" is Curlz (Embird alphabet #17).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Little Dribbler

One of the blank shirts Kathy gave me for Dashiell was navy. I knew right away I had to stitch something to match his Illini sweatpants that my parents gave him a while back!

The 3" applique basketball is from GG designs. I was trying to come up with text to put with it like "Future Illini" or something, but "Little Dribbler" was included in the design set, and frankly, it's pretty accurate! He's been quite a drooler from the beginning, always a slobbery mess. :)

The shirt looks pretty good here, but you should have seen it by the end of the day...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Where'd D Go?

In early fall Kathy sent Dashiell a cute camo onesie and pants set. He has outgrown the onesie, but the pants still fit. Then after Christmas she sent me home with some blank shirts, so this weekend I stitched a shirt to match his pants:

The camo D was a freebie on Sew Forum (doesn't seem to be available anymore, and I don't have every letter of the alphabet, just a few).

Thankfully I was able to keep up with him at the park... he didn't blend in with the blue rubber ground cover. :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Special Delivery

This Special Delivery onesie fulfills the final 2009 gift certificate that Michelle gave as a baby shower gift.

The original design is from Sew Terific Designs. I then customize the design with baby's birthplace, birth date, time, weight and full name. I've stitched over forty of these designs, each one so special and unique!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Burp cloth

The only downside to having a shower before a baby is born is that Mama has the right to change her mind! This burp cloth is just me making good on a promise. :)

Same monogram/font/fabric/ribbon as before, just a different name. Anyone need a baby gift for Sarah?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Casserole Carrier

A friend of ours got married this fall, and I was very delinquent in sending a gift, so much so that we decided to wait and deliver it in person when we traveled to IL for Christmas. :) And I've now been delinquent in posting pictures of it!

I was so pleased with the casserole carriers I stitched for Susie that I decided to do something similar for Dawn. I opted to use ivory placemats and stitch the design in what I thought to be her favorite color purple (although it may no longer be after her current editing gig, hee hee...)

The chef hat and utensils design is from Embroidery Library. I used Embird Alphabet #8 for the text. The border design came from Dee Giles.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sibling shirts, a year later

Right before Dashiell was born, I stitched coordinating sibling shirts for the kids so Annaliese would have something special to wear when she came to visit us in the hospital. Her shirt still fits, but believe it or not, Dashiell has outgrown that 0-3 month sized onesie! :) For his birthday I stitched him a new shirt -- same design, just a much bigger size.

Today is at least the third time the kids have matched, but I hadn't been able to get a picture of the two of them together. Still not sure I was all that successful today. Annaliese was enthusiastic and trying hard to help:

I did manage to get a decent "on the go" shot of Dashiell, who won't stay still unless he's asleep.

Here's what I got, there was no chance of removing those two cars from Dashiell's hands, I think they are glued there. By the time I got him to cooperate, Annaliese is a little glazed over. Oh well. She's wearing a pink headband and he's got a pacifier in his mouth, so it's pretty accurate! Oh, Annaliese suggested blackening in one of the lower teeth on the design since she has lost a tooth, but I opted not to do that. :)

They both sure have changed in a year's time!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe 2010 is finally here. 2009 was a crazy, stressful year here at my house, primarily because of a new baby (who isn't much of a baby anymore). We are glad to have his first year behind us and look forward to what the new year has in store for us all.
New Year's Day brings us to the close of the "Baby's First" bib series I did for Dashiell. While I have posted pictures of all of these bibs already, I thought I'd do a quick summary so we can all see how Dashiell has grown through the year. Since he was born Dec 19 I didn't bother to do a bib for his first Christmas and New Year; I started with Valentine's Day and made my way back to New Year.

The first four bibs were primarily to catch drool and spit-up. The last four got put to good use. Thanksgiving Day:

First time eating cake:

He wore his Christmas bib a lot, here he is at the church Christmas party, didn't actually get a good picture on Christmas Day from what I can find...

... and ringing in the New Year at Arby's for breakfast on the way home from IL. :)

What a fun set! I love these designs!!





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