Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ribbon Blankets

Renee's husband works for the Miami Dolphins, and she requested these ribbon blankets for the wives of coaches who recently had babies.  Neat, huh?
I used Dolphins fleece for one side:

And an orange pin dot for the other.  I used Embird Alphabet #8 for Tyson:

I used the Swirley font from 8 Claws and a Paw for Landry.  I also swapped out the football ribbon for the floral ribbon, just to make it a touch more girly. :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Introducing Mrs. Dio Pouerie!

Ok, so Facebook is a crazy thing, if you didn't know that already...
Early in the year a coworker of my husband asked me to embroider a jacket for a family member who was getting married. Later he posted a picture of Samantha wearing the jacket. Since she was tagged in the photo, Myah saw it, and later asked me to do something similar for a friend of hers. Did you follow that??? I said it was crazy. :)
Here is the jacket that I stitched for the new bride to wear:

Myah purchased the sweatsuit and picked the thread color to coordinate with the wedding colors. I used Embird Alphabet #38 for the text. I think it turned out lovely!

And Mrs. Dio Pouerie, feel free to post a modeled picture on Facebook as well! :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Turkey towels

I had the opportunity to test stitch these turkey designs from 8 Claws and a Paw. I decided to put them on hand towels for myself, choosing colors to match the rugs in my kitchen. I added the text with the Ellie font, also from 8CP. This is the turkey pilgrim design:
And this is the turkey design:
 Here they are, hanging on the oven door:
And here they are laying on the rug. Because let's face it, as soon as Dashiell sees them, they'll be laying on the rug anyway. :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Special Deliveries

People often ask me if I have an Etsy store or a way to shop online. To be honest, I am about as busy as I can be right now, so I haven't ventured into that arena yet.  Initially I was simply sewing for friends and family, and now my customer base has expanded as gift recipients place orders as well.  For example: Michelle gave Paige a Special Delivery onesie, who in turn gave one to Emily, who recently ordered three!!  Who needs to pay for advertising?? :)
Anyway, in the last few weeks I have stitched five different Special Delivery onesies that I haven't shared, so I'll post them all at once:
The original design is from Sew Terific Designs; I customized the design with baby's birthplace, birth date, time, weight and full name. Here are the three that Emily requested:

Amanda gave this one to her sister-in-law. Hey, again, Michelle gave a Special Delivery onesie to Amanda, who in turn... :)

And Miranda gave this onesie to one of her cousins:
Check out those city names... Gainesville, Johnson City, Tallahassee, Shelbyville... I'm always amazed that I can get such LONG city names in that tiny circle, and they are fairly legible!

In addition to the onesies, Emily also ordered some burp cloths for the boys.  I used the Green Bean font from 8 Claws and a Paw... LOVE it!  Whimsical and good for boys and girls!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Another Pillow Case for Annaliese

Recently I monogrammed another pillow case for Annaliese:

This is the 5x7 Paisley Frame from 8 Claws and a Paw, and I love it!!  I added her name with the Bethany font, also from 8CP.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Scarecrow Shirts for My Kids!

As soon as I saw Lynnie Pinnie's applique scarecrow designs, I knew I wanted to put them on something for my kids. As I've mentioned previously, Annaliese really doesn't need anymore t-shirts, so I went on a hunt for a denim jumper. I didn't find anything blank that would work, so I settled on denim shirts. Since we live in Florida, these will work out to be nice fall "jackets". Ideally I would have taken this picture outside, but that will have to wait for another day, it's been in the 90s all week. :)

For Annaliese's shirt, I used the 5x7 Scarecrow Girl Applique:
Originally I had a different plaid material picked out to use on both shirts, but when I got this shirt home I realized it had purple snaps, which completely changed my whole color scheme!  Turned out just fine, Annaliese loves the lavender gingham. This is a fringe design, so there are loose threads dangling from her hair, hands and feet, just like straw!  So cute!!

For Dashiell I used the 4x4 Scarecrow Boy Applique, also with fringe.  Decided NOT to use lavender for him, and instead picked red gingham. :)

Aren't they adorable??? Lynnie Pinnie is awesome, never disappoints! :) You can see the non-fringe versions on the towels I stitched for our moms.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chloe is 2!!

Jenn bought this adorable outfit and asked me to embroider a "2" with a crown on it for Chloe. Here's what I came up; is this 2cute or what??

The applique 2 is from the Dandy font at 8 Claws and a Paw. The crown is from Designs by JuJu (I snagged it off of one of the "What's in your Pocket?" designs.)

Happy Birthday Chloe!!  Wish I could see you in person, but I guess pictures on Facebook will have to do for now. :) You are adorable!!

Towels for my moms

For my MIL's birthday I stitched Lynnie Pinnie's Applique Cupcake on a hand towel to go with the set of towels I've made for her through out the year:

While I was at it, I also did another towel for fall using Lynnie Pinnie's new applique Scarecrow Boy. HE IS SO ADORABLE!

I stitched LP's Scarecrow girl on a towel for my mom:

I LOVE these scarecrows and was so thrilled to get to test them for Lyndsie. Also excited they are now available for sale so I can share pictures with you! :) I stitched the fringe version of the boy and girl on denim shirts for my kids, that blog post will follow soon (although you can see a sneak peek if you follow the design links above).

Monday, September 13, 2010

Helping Jason and Anna announce their BIG NEWS, again!!

In March 2008 my dear friends Jason and Anna asked me to do a secret project to help them announce the news that they were expecting their first child. Now they have asked me to help them announce the news that Torin is going to be a big brother!! :)
Jason is a big comic book fan, so he had two cute ideas. First we made this shirt for Torin:

The applique design is the same one we used for the superhero shirts we did for their nephews in 2007. I used Embird Alphabet #18 to add "Sidekick Coming March 2011".

The second shirt required a bit of digitizing. Kathy digitized the "4" using the Hall of Heroes Font and I placed it in an applique circle.

The back of the shirt is what really announces the news. Instead of "Fantastic Four" we stitched "FitzSimmons Four". Kathy digitized this for me using Fantasti-Font.

This was such a fun project to work on!!! Thanks for letting me be part of the excitement!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Reversible Pillowcase Dress

Little Kate's first birthday is this week! Her mommy Rebecca asked if I could make a reversible pillowcase dress for her. I've never done one before and don't have a pattern, but after a little google searching I found a free tutorial to follow. After making a sample and some measurement adjustments, my first one turned out pretty well!

Rebecca did the fabric shopping. She also picked the same embroidery designs that I used on Audrey's 1st birthday dress earlier this year, so that made my job a lot easier!
For the pink side we used a design to celebrate her new age. The "1" is from Chubby Wubby Applique Numbers from GG Designs, and the font is Jester from 8 Claws and a Paw.

The green side features her three-letter monogram. I used the Empire font from Embroidery Arts.

I can't wait to see pictures of her in the dress! Have a Happy Birthday, Kate!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Christmas Towels!

This week I tested some of the new Christmas Jolly Legs designs from 8 Claws and a Paw. I thought these designs would make a cute set of towels for a family of four:

What do you think? I didn't personalize them because I haven't decided if I'm keeping them or selling them. Any takers? :) There are two more designs in the set if your family is bigger than mine...

Here are close-up images:

Mrs. Claus:

Girl Elf:

Boy Elf:

Friday, September 3, 2010

Mommy's Lil' Rattler

I had the opportunity to test stitch this cute snake applique design from Lynnie Pinnie. As soon as I saw it I immediately knew what I was going to make. A friend of mine (who is expecting) is a huge FAMU fan. So I grabbed an orange bib, some cute green fabric, and got to stitching!

Even though it looks tricky, It really wasn't difficult to trim around the snake, and this is the 4x4 size. It stitched perfectly, as usual for LP designs! I added the text with Embird alphabet #8.





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