Monday, May 13, 2013

Bags

Here are a few bags of various sizes and styles that I've made.

This one is lined with fabric that easily wipes clean.  
It's bigger than it looks, almost a foot wide and seven inches tall.
Lots of stuff will fit in this!



 I love the happy colors in this bag.  Like the one above,
it has a nice wide opening.  This one is a little smaller in size though.



This itty bitty crossbody bag is perfect for a little girl!
I no longer have the dotted fabric, but there are lots 
of other girly prints in my fabric stash.

Monday, March 25, 2013

More banners

I'm back to share more banners.
Lately it seems as if everyone wants the same thing. 
 For a week it's embroidered bows, 
then next week it's clutches. 

These photos are from the two weeks where
banners were the thing.

I LOVE the colors and patterns in these!
The first one was requested for boys, 
but green, yellow, and navy work for anyone. 

Since I had already ordered the fabric for the above banner when
the second request came in, I recommended the same palette.
The only difference in the two banners is the font style

The next photo is just real life. I have three dogs.
You've already met Daisy, the blue-tick coonhound. 
These are the Jack Russells.
One of them follows me all over the house.  
When I'm upstairs working, she crashes on the sofa in my sewing room.
When I'm at the computer, she crashes on the dog bed nearby.
The other dog likes to park himself on the pillows on my bed.

In order to take these photos, I move
all of the pillows on my bed away from the
headboard and hang the banners.
So in the middle of photographing
I happen to really notice the view below the banner.
Sigh.




Thursday, March 21, 2013

Banners

I've been making banners lately.
I've already shown this one from the fall.
This is definitely for a little girl.


This is great for all sorts of occasions.


Another birthday banner.  I decided after the 
You are Special banner that I like a bigger triangle.  
I've done other shapes in the past, 
lately the triangle shape is popular.

  


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Kindle sleeve

I wanted to share Katie's Kindle sleeve with you.
Katie saw saw a key fob in this fabric on my Facebook page
and wanted something special made in it.
She decided on a sleeve for her Kindle Fire.

Her needs for her Kindle were different from mine
and I knew that a different pattern would be needed.
Her reader had a protective skin on it already,
so the main purpose of this sleeve was
basically a holder with a pocket 
and a space for a notepad.
Of course, we HAD to have her monogram on the front!

The original pattern called for Velcro on the pocket, but
Katie needed this to be quiet since she uses her device 
when others are sleeping.....shhhhh!
So I replaced the Velcro with a button and loop closure.

Under the pocket is the sleeve for her device.

We did away with the zippered outer pocket and 
device holder of the original pattern,
flipped the interior around,
add the notepad holder.
Really, the only thing that was the same was the pocket and sleeve.
I even changed the dimensions to accommodate the 
protective skin on her device.

While both of the devices that I've featured
are Kindle Fires, I can create a unique sleeve or case 
for whatever you have- iPad, Nook, Kindle, etc.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A-Line Redo

This is Anna Lauren.
Isn't she a cutie?
I thought that I'd share what we did with her dress
to change up the look.
When it was purchased it had a large
removable Christmas applique on it.
It's fun to have a special holiday dress, but once the holiday is over
 the dress has an out-of-date feel to it.  
Kind of like a house with the Christmas lights still on it in July.
Except that it's February.  
And we're talking about girls and dresses 
rather than lights and houses.
But hopefully you get what I'm trying to say-
Christmas appliques after Christmas just don't work!

I wanted to embroider her monogram on the dress, 
but Anna Lauren's mom plans to pass the dress on 
once she outgrows it.
Here's PLAN B:
A removable applique with her monogram!

With a red dress there are so many possibilities-
removable appliques in a Christmas theme, a Valentine's
theme, and a 4th of July theme.
Even a back to school theme.
Or just a simple monogram or an owl,
cupcake, or whatever else the child likes.

Since this particular dress is probably not going to fit next year,
we went with just two, the monogram on a red gingham
and a heart applique in pink and red for
Valentine's Day.
I love the idea of changing the look of one dress this way.
It's a great way to personalize for a child and then pass on to a younger sibling.
I have been known to pull out monogram stitches, 
but I prefer this method.

While this particular dress was purchased, I do have a pattern for
an A-line dress.  Actually I have several dress patterns that
would be adorable with the button appliques.

Please message me if you would like your own
 dress redo or custom dress.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sweet things

I wanted to share some fun things I've been making 
in red and pink lately.

Headbands!  I have all sizes, from 1/8" up to 2 1/2 inches wide.
These are the 2 1/2" width. 
That may sound too big for little girls, 
but I'm going to let you in on a little secret:
these babies stay put!
Unruly hair seems to look a little tidier with this width.


I made this design on a onesie, 
but it would also be cute on a pillow trimmed with
dots and ricrac.
Or is it ric rac?
Or maybe it's rick rack.


 I'm not a big fan of scary monsters,
but this goofy little love monster is precious!


Not sure what it is about this tweetheart design, but I love it.
Question: Am I the only one who gets 
motion sick just looking at the dots and the blue font?


Here it is showing off the shirt a little better. 
Aren't the ruffles cute?
I can stock these in short sleeves also. 

And last of all, this sweet little elephant.
When I posted him on Facebook
(yes, it's a him!) 
I shared that I had a hard time choosing colors. 
Couldn't you see him in aqua and red?
Or aqua and pink?


Monday, January 14, 2013

More on felt dolls

 Since I've had questions about the felt dolls, 
I thought I'd share more details.

I've been asked about the size of the dolls.
As I stated in my last post, each doll
is about five inches wide by seven inches tall.
Here is a photo of one in my hand so that 
you can "see" the size.  I like that
they're not too small for little hands.

Another question that has been asked is how the clothing 
goes on and stays on.
I think that originally the design was intended for regular
felt and that the clothing would just stick on because 
of the fuzziness of the felt.

I made these dolls from wool felt,
and have added Velcro to the dolls and the clothing
so that a small child will have no trouble 
pressing on clothing to the doll.
I'm going to be keeping some of the dolls and outfilts
to entertain any little girls who come to visit my home.
Somehow there are plenty of things around here
for little boys, but not much for girls.  

If you have any questions or are local and want to
see the dolls, please email or message me on Facebook.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Better than paper dolls?

A long, long time ago when I was a little girl
I played with paper dolls.
Perhaps you have fond memories of 
playing with paper dolls yourself or even memories of
making them.  
The hardest part of paper dolls was cutting them out.
I liked the kind with the little perforated lines around 
them so that I didn't have to hunt for scissors.
For some reason, scissors were always hard to find
in our home when I was young.

These dolls aren't made of paper; they made of felt.
They're not as little as my old paper dolls were either.
They're about seven inches tall and five inches wide,
a good sturdy size.

I like that they have girlish rather than more womanly figures.
But we all know that the fun part of paper dolls
was always about the accessories.
I had a lot of fun making their clothing.
Who knew that someone as old as I am
could make such a mess going through my special 
scrap box and looking for just the right fabrics?

These would make great birthday gifts
for a little girl. And, of course, we can
match hair and eye colors to the recipient.

I've always loved this navy print for bags and such.
But look how cute it is with the coordinating wool
felt and the little shoes with flowers!

I have other dolls and outfits,
but I ran out of day to get a photo in good lighting.

Email me if you'd like a set.

Friday, January 4, 2013

My most difficult customer

I'm sure that I'm about to break a business blogging rule.
I'm going to vent about my most difficult customer.

I have some wonderful clients that I get to make 
all sorts of pretty things for, and this brings me a lot of
satisfaction.

But THIS customer.
Oh, let me tell you.

She's very loud.
She is so demanding.
And she is incredibly smelly.
It's true.

Her name is Daisy, 
and she is my son's blue tick coonhound.

Daisy is why I got started making dog collars
and leashes.
Here she is modeling the very first collar that I made.
See how nice and bright that lovely red is?
Well, Daisy likes to chase things into the marsh behind 
my house on a regular basis.
That red was a marshy, smelly brown in just days.
No problem. I just threw it in the washer.
Over and over I washed it,
until the red was nice and faded.

No problem.  I made her another nice bright color.
Actually, she had two like this so that 
one could be in the wash and one could be worn.
Daisy recently wore these out as well.

I have two other dogs who are still wearing their  
original collars, and they look brand new.
Daisy was making my product look bad!

I decided that I was going to have to find something a
 little more durable for the old girl.

LAMINATE COTTON!!!
Here she is in her newest collar. 
The fabric is laminated and has a nice sheen to it.
I'm hoping that it wears well for Daisy,
the most difficult of customers.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Diaper clutch set

I got a message from a man who wanted to get his 
wife a diaper clutch and changing pad for Christmas.
Since the gender of their baby was going to be a surprise,
he wanted to get two bags, one in girl colors and one in boy colors.

I encouraged him to get just one in a neutral color and suggested
this lovely gray fabric.
I have always loved this print.
It's feminine and goes with so much.
 I chose yellow for the lining and the changing pad.