Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alyssa Grapes Birthday Part II

Oh... Alyssa... you are growing up so fast!
I had so much fun making your birthday presents!

I love making things for people! I want to make something for everyone, literally. When I hear what other people's kids are into I just go into... they would love this so much mode... in my head I'm dreaming up all the things I would make them if I had the time and money.

I'm not really that generous... I just love to make things that someone will love and that you can't get anywhere else. That joy of giving something you made and they will love is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

My older kids and nieces and nephews are a blast to sew for because they TELL me what they want me to make and then they're never disappointed. But... Alyssa is FUN to sew for because she doesn't need or want anything... so I get to make whatever I want to. It's awesome!!!

I've been dying to make one of these Doodle Girl dolls. I saw my first Bit of Whimsy doll on etsy a few years ago. I have to admit that it is what made me fall in love with etsy and start selling on there. I think Sarah's dolls are just the sweetest. I have several of her doll patterns and have made a few, but I would love to make time to sew more of them. I REALLY enjoyed making this little 'zeebee' Doodle for Alyssa and I hope that she will love it for years and years. Especially since I left off the little 'I Love You' button that I REALLY wanted to sew on there- but Grandma said was too dangerous. Ugh! But I did sew one of these adorable tags on the back... have I mentioned how much I love these tags from Digistitches? They are the perfect addition to special homemade things.

Her sweet sleepy face and very securely fastened bow for decoration.

The back of her.

My sweet tag.

I also got to make Alyssa some party stuff!
Thanks to Jerry's cousin, Terri Jo, over at Ruffles and Ribbons, I was able to make this adorable birthday hat! All the supplies are from Hobby Lobby and the embroidery file was from Stitch on Time. (Who by the way is NO longer selling anything that could have a copyright infringement. Yes- I already cried last night. I'm seriously devastated.)

It needed a tag, too.

In action.

I also made her a little matching bib with the same applique, some awesome hot pink chenille from and some cotton 'zeebee' fabric. I used the toddler bib pattern from the Sew Expected ebook by Strawberry Truffle. This is a great ebook for beginners! Leigh Ann was so kind to send me this ebook after I raved about her 3 Basic Bibs pattern. Thank you so much Leigh Ann!

And lastly, this AWESOME banner for her birthday party!

The banner file is from Embroitique. I love how it came out. I just took the one that I made for Valentines day and changed the font to Boys R Gross. I love how it's tied together with bits of fabric, ribbon, and tulle.

I can't wait to go home tomorrow! Will you guys miss me?? I will be gone for a whole 10 days in TEXAS!!! Wooo Hoooo! I'm not sure I'll be doing much sewing... but I know I'll have FUN!


Julia said...

What a lucky birthday girl!

ShirleyC said...

Everything is so cute, but I really love the little doll.

Liz said...

I cant even express how much I LOVE all of these! You are the best!! We cant wait to see you and the kids!

Terri Bowden said...

Omgsh this is my favorite...everything. I love love LOVE that doll and the banner. Ah. I was looking at the dolls the other day and wondering if I would be able to do it! I am 3/4 done with my Feliz!!! Yay =)

marissa said...

oh it all turned out so wonderfully, lucky lady

BConky said...

Can't wait for you all to get here where it's always warm and fun. ha ha Stinks we are going to have a cold front come in on Saturday. William won't think Texas is always warm.

Jenn said...

I'm so jealous!! Really wish I could have been there. Hope you smooched her for me.

herboldb said...

Hi...I just love your blog and looking at all the great things you create. I just fell in love with this little doll, so I bought the pattern. I want to make some for a friends little twins that will be turning two with the leftove fabric from the cute little outfits that I making them. I am having the hardest time with the facial features of the doll. Can you tell me how you did the facial features? Did you add the hair piece and eyes and mouth before you stiched her together? The pattern says

Cole's Corner said...

I embroidered the facial features and hair before I sewed the doll together. I think she has you sew them at the end so that the fabric is taught. You might have to embroider them in a hoop to keep the fabric tight. I didn't. But the face I did was really simple.

I don't know if that helps you or not, I hope so.