Monday, February 28, 2011

Baby Mac Gift set

I LOVE making baby gifts!
It was so fun to make this set for my cousin to gift.
It's for the same baby as this set I made for Judy to gift.
His momma, my little sister, and my cousin were collage roommates.

Kourtney wanted practical gifts with an owl theme and this is what I came up with.

I knew I wanted to use some of this adorable Riley Blake fabric for the big blanket!
I've been dying to get my hands on some of this.

I used flannel on one side and fleece on the other and then used some handmade bias to bind it with.

The search for a masculine owl was difficult... you guys know how much I love eyelashes on my designs... but I finally settled on this sleepy little guy.

I think he's so cute!

The name was made with this font by Lynnie Pinnie, but I just left out the fabric from the applique.

She also needed some receiving blankets. I make my blankets 45" square, so they are much bigger than the store bought ones.

I love how they look tied together with a little toy!

She also needed some burp rags.... every Mom needs burp rags!

I usually make my burp rags with one layer of flannel and one of terry cloth, but I decided to try something new.

I used this tutorial by Homemade by Jill and I just love how they turned out.

I love the fluffy little edges

and my little tags.

They are SUPER soft with two layers of flannel sandwiching a soft batting and super cute- I just hope they are absorbent, because I hate pretty things that aren't practical!

I wish it would stop raining around here.... I'm ready for summer!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Just because...

My sister is adorable.
Celebrating 100 days of school as an old lady.

When she came over to my Mom's house after work one day I just had to get some photos.

Judy is in her first year of teaching and loving it.

Ella doesn't understand why Aunt Judy can't teach her for Kindergarten next year.

Who wouldn't want Judy for their kindergarten teacher?

Isn't she the cutest!?
Reminds me of when William dressed up for the 100 days of school.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Little Darlings Give-a-way

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up about this give-a-way from Julie at the Little Darlings blog.
Julie is such a sweet friend, always leaving me encouraging comments and was one of the first to start following my blog!

Please stop by her blog and say hi and enter this give-a-way!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 5- Sophie's 2nd ensemble

2nd ensemble?
... of course. You should see this kid's closet!
Being the baby of the family with 5 female cousins before her has some advantages.
She's also the first baby at all on the other side of the family- she's pretty spoiled!

So naturally, she had the pre-party outfit and then the after-the-cake party outfit.

She's just the happiest little thing!

My sister made the tutu for her and purchased this little owl applique to match her party.

I appliqued the shirt for her before her 1 year check-up on her real birthday.
I'm not sure who my sister purchased it from, but it's not a great file... I wouldn't recommend it anyways.

It matched all the other owl party things Megan got, though, so it was cute.

the balloons

the food

the candy

and of course, the pinata

My little sister worked really hard on this party!
We all love this little girl so much.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 4- Sophie's 1st birthday ensemble

The tutu and onesie were ordered from Amazon by her mother.
Very cute!

I was commissioned to make the hat and the bib and shoes (which... sadly did not get made)

I got all the supplies for the hat at Hobby Lobby, including the paper hat I used as a pattern.

I really like how it turned out and actually spent the most time working on it.... even though Sophie wore it for 0 seconds.

All babies hate birthday hats, it seems, but none more so than Sophie.
She really hated her hat!!! (yes... it calls for several exclamation points!)
Why do I spend so much time making these... I wonder?

It is a good looking hat, though. If I do say so myself. :)

The bib she didn't mind so much.

I used this adorable number applique from Digistiches- a favorite among the young mothers.

We added some be-dazzles to it, too!

The bib wasn't merely for looks, either.
This girl loves CAKE!

REALLY! Look at her!

Have you ever seen anything so cute?
Babies are so cute...... sigh.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 3 Sophie's birthday- Three Peas in a Pod

Three peas in a pod...
has special meaning for me.

I have two little sisters.
We share/shared a business together- called Three Peas in a Pod.

I'm constantly looking for three peas in a pod things to give them.

Like these....which I got us for Christmas one year


or these... which I still want to get


So, naturally, when I saw this pattern I squealed for joy!


Sophie's birthday gave me the perfect opportunity to make one.
It won't be the last.
I think I'm going to have to have a set for myself, too.

This was the last of the toys I made, so I knew already to do my own faces.

I made them look like us.

The big, smiling, red-lipstick-wearing one is me. The oldest.
The smirking, light lipstick one is Megan. The middle pea.
And last, the sleepy, long eye-lashed one is Judy. The baby.

I knew my little sister would love them.

But the babies and even the big girls liked them, too.

Lucy even helped me make them by stuffing the little peas.

The only changes I made to the pattern, were the faces, obviously...
and I lined the inside with a pretty green satin instead of a second layer of fleece.
I thought it would be pretty and girly and also help little hands slide the peas in.

Here's the back with my little tag on it.

What a fun project.
This was by far my favorite thing I made Sophie!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day Two of Sophie's birthday- whittle whimsy doll

I just love Bit of Whimsy Dolls!
This is one of the first shops I fell in love with when I discovered etsy a few years ago.

I have MANY of the patterns, but have only managed to make a handful of them.

I'm really a sucker for those sleepy eyes!

I always want to make these, but rarely find the time or occasion.
Sophie's first birthday was the perfect excuse and I was so excited to get to use my new Harry and Ginny Wittle Whimsy doll pattern.

The pattern even comes with a tiny quilt pattern for the baby!
Mine is a little bit smaller, though, because I machine quilted it with this free file from GGDesigns.

I added 'Cole's Creations' on there, too, with this font.
Too bad I didn't get it lined up right... urg.

I tried to make the baby look like Sophie.

What do you think?

Look! You can see a little sneak peek for what's coming tomorrow....

What I love about her:
1. Her skirt- I just LOVE that fabric!!! I got it from in three color ways- so you'll be seeing it again.
2. How small she is- perfect for tiny baby hands
3. Her hair- I just love those pigtail poofies!
4. Sophie loves her!

What I'll change next time:
1. making the eyes closer together.... what's with the wide set eyes?
2. the raw edge on the arms and legs. I'll just add a seam allowance and turn them inside out.

But... overall, I just love how she turned out.
I love making little dolls!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day One of Sophie's birthday- Mermaid doll

I've got thousands... okay, well not thousands... but LOTS of pictures from Sophie's birthday celebration.

So I will be breaking the post up throughout the whole week.
Yes. The whole week.

Are you new here?
Well... let me introduce you to Sophie.

She is the adorable smiling baby in the center.
That's my littlest sister who just got married in November and all the other little girls are my other nieces and daughters.

Cute, huh? okay.... well.....

I knew I wanted to make some toys for Sophie's birthday.
I LOVE making toys and rarely get a chance to make them.

A few months ago I found this pattern online and knew that I had to make it. So I ordered some of this fabric, after I about died over the price.
But I've been stalking the fabric worm for months and nothing ever really goes on sale. :(

I've learned to just buy less of what I really want, though, instead of getting a bunch of something just because it's cheap. I've been working on that for a while.

I'm so glad I splurged on the fabric, because I just love it and it took so little for this project that I still have some left to hoard! :)

Sophie's Momma, my sister Megan, was a Little Mermaid hound dog so mermaids always remind me of her.

This doll is super tiny- about 6 inches long and very narrow. Perfect for little hands. She is also almost completely sewn by hand (which I surprisingly didn't mind)

My favorite things about her are
1. the fabrics
2. her hair
3. the crinkle sounding paper I put in her tail

but, really, just the hair. I LOVE the minky hair.

And the little tag, of course. I love tags.

Sophie liked her mermaid, too... here's the proof.

She liked the hair the best, too.

It's so soft and fun to chew on.

What I don't like about her
1. her narrow little arms were really, REALLY hard to stuff- they are kinda floppy from the lack of stuffing
2. her eyes are TOO wide set. She looks a bit like a mermaid who has one parent who is a hammerhead shark..... :(
next time I will do the face how I like it instead of following the pattern
3. I'm probably going to have to make a few more of these, but I get bored. For the most part, after I've made one of something... I don't really want to do it again.

But my nieces and daughters REALLY liked this little mermaid, especially Hailey.
She asked me to make her one... here's how it went.

Hailey: "Will you make me a mermaid today, just like this one?"
Me: "Well, it's Sophie's birthday, so I'm working on stuff for Sophie, but I'll make you one for YOUR birthday."
Hailey: (looking at me like I'm the stupidest person on the planet)
"But my birthday is AUGUST 9th!".... she says with disgust.
Me: "Well, I know, but I have a bunch of stuff to make for Sophie and then after that it's Alyssa's (her little sisters) birthday."
Hailey: Huge grin and VERY excited.
"Cole!~ I know exactly what you can get Alyssa! ...
a mermaid doll EXACTLY like this one. She would LOVE that!"

.... and you know what, she did love it.
She got a hold of that mermaid doll and would not let go.
I kept trying to get it from her and she would say (in the cutest 2 year old voice)
"Where's Ariel?"

so... despite my attempt to make a million different things for all the nieces, I guess it's one of these for every upcoming birthday.
Hailey's not the type to forget.