Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Crafty Tuesday - Shirts for Lindsey

One of my coworkers has a daughter that is mildly autistic. She loves orange, so I had made her some shirts in the fall with her name on them. It turned out that she loved them, and was still wearing them, even though pumpkin shirts tend not to be in fashion in the summer time (although anyone that has worked with three year olds knows, being stylish is not really a battle that is worth fighting). So I decided it was time for me give her a few that were updated.

Ruby Slippers

Pink Anchor


The name in the last one is a little off center, but that's what happens when you are doing something as you rush out the door for work and want to take the thing you are sewing with you...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crafty Tuesday - Monthly Onesies

Like I have said before, I am always on the lookout for good ideas for baby gifts, since I know so many people having babies. I have found it to be a challenge to come up with some gifts when people don't share the name of their baby before the birth, or when they don't know what they are having. This is mostly tough for me because I do mostly personalized gifts, which are usually gender specific. Not to mention that a lot of my baby gifts go to coworkers, so I don't feel like I can give the same gift to people, I feel like I have to change things up a bit.

I have seen the monthy onesie stickers that you can purchase and stick on a onesie to document the first year and how a baby grows. I thought those were cute, but I was pretty sure that stitched onesies would be even cuter! I knew that this baby was a boy, but not his name. I tried to match the fabrics to the holidays that occur during that month (I knew when the baby would be born, because I knew she was scheduled for an induction), so I used orange for October, brown for November, etc.

I have to say, these onesies were quicker to do than I expected! Which was a very nice surprise indeed, since onesies are often a bear to stitch on due to the small size. And I was pleased with the final result. And more importantly, so was my coworker!

These are the first six months, because I didn't start making them until the afternoon of the shower, so it turned into a mad dash just to finish and I did not have time to take pictures of the last half of the group of onesies. But you get the idea anyway:

Monthly Onesie - 0

Monthly Onesie - 1

Monthly Onesie - 2

Monthly Onesie - 3

Monthly Onesie - 4

Monthly Onesie - 5

Monthly Onesie - 6

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Crafty Tuesday - Baby Karlee

Several months ago there was someone on a forum that I am a member of who was clearing out some of her stock of bags. I thought that they were super cute, so I snatched them up, completely unsure of what I was going to do with them.

They sat in my closet for quite a while, until one of my former coworkers had a baby girl. And, coupled with a set of burp cloths, it makes a nice gift!

Karlee Bag

Karlee Burp 3

Karlee Burp 4

Karlee Burp 1

Karlee Burp 2

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Crafty Tuesday - Baby Miles

My coworker had her second son, who surprised us all and showed up six weeks early! He was just as adorable as if he would have been fully cooked though, and he deserved a few things to make him stand out from the other babies in the nursery!

Miles Burp 1

Miles Burp 2

Miles Burp 3

Miles Gown

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Crafty Tuesday - Onesie Gowns, Collegiate Style

Along with the burp cloths from last week, the other part of the collegiate set was some onesie gowns. These gowns are quick and easy to make, and are my favorite gifts for baby girls.

I like to think that these are just girly enough, but will make a nice outfit for those fall football games!

Jayhawk's Onesie Gown

Jayhawk's Onesie Gown 2

Cowboys Onesie Gown


Onesie Gowns - KU vs OSU

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Crafty Tuesday - Class of 2035

Can you believe that babies born now are part of the college class of 2035?! It seems like that is so far away...although I am sure it will be here before we know it!

I am always on the lookout for ideas for baby gifts, since I know about eight million people having babies these days. And when I saw some college fabric, I knew exactly what use it for...burp cloths! They are quick and easy to make, and even boys shouldn't be too embarrassed about some collegiate themed gear!

I know that these are the same, other than the school, but they were for a friend who went to KU and has a husband that is a doe hard OSU fan. And I hated not to give each school an equal chance of this new baby girl dazzling them with her presence. You know, once she exits the womb. And does a little more growing after that...

KU Burp Cloths 1

KU Burp Cloths 2

OSU Burp Cloths 1

OSU Burp Cloths 2

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Crafty Tuesday - Polka Dot Tote

It's Crafty Tuesday again. And so I have...more totes to show!

I might have a small obsession with bags.

Polka Dot Tote with Monogram

Monogram Close Up

This one is not from Dollar Tree. And yes, those are my initials. I liked this one so much that I wanted to keep it for myself.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Birthday Girl

My best friend, after trying for years, had a second baby girl.

Who is now a year old. Okay, technically now she is almost 18 months. But who is counting?! And watching my best friend get what she has waited so long for? Is beyond fabulous.

Happy Birthday Kate (78 of 82)

Happy Birthday Kate (63 of 82)

Happy Birthday Kate (50 of 82)

Happy Birthday Kate (45 of 82)

Happy Birthday Kate (7 of 82)

Happy Birthday Kate (82 of 82)

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bridal Shower

My sister is getting married, I just a couple weeks in fact. And we all know what comes with weddings.

Bridal showers. Lots of them. I think my sister had 7. Or maybe 8.

Luckily, as I am not particularly one to get super excited over weddings or anything wedding related, I was not asked to attend all seven, just two. One hosted by my cousin and aunts. Apparently it is "tradition" for your godmother to host your bridal shower...who knew? Also? If that's true, I am in trouble if I ever get married. My godmother is my aunt (ex-aunt?) who used to be arrived to my uncle (my dad's brother), who isn't anymore. She is sweet, but also...eclectic. And I can't imagine her attending a bridal shower, let alone hosting one.

But my sister's godmother is quite lovely (also, normal) and hosted a lovely shower for my sister. Complete with take home recipe books that she collected from guests prior to the shower (although not from me, I totally spaced out and forgot to send her anything...whoops). Luckily, my sister's other bridesmaids are much more into all things bride and wedding and put together a lovely shower for my sister.

June 2 (2)

June 2 (15)

June 2 (1)

June 2 (20)

June 2 (23)

June 2 (24)

Like I said, the wedding date is fast approaching, so there will be more wedding mania to come. Complete with photos of my dress. Which is taffeta. And fuschia. And has a flower on it.

And if the idea if me in that doesn't just make you beyond curious, then you clearly have no sense of humor.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Crafty Tuesday - Totes

I have a new love in my life...

Dollar Tree.

And, wouldn't you know, everything in the entire store is $1.00 - and that's it! Including these bags:

Tote 2

Tote 3

Fifteen minutes with my machine and these Dollar Tree bags aren't too shabby, if I do say so myself. Which is a not a bad thing, since I have thirty more stored in the closet.

Just in case I need a last minute gift...

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Friday, July 6, 2012


It isn't Tuesday, but being a day late seems to be the story of my life some days...

Fourth of July T Shirt

And I since this was a holiday themed shirt, I couldn't let it get too far past the actual holiday. And I love the red sequined fabric!

For a wealth of creativity (and people who probably aren't several days behind) see what's being shared at Carrie's!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012


I looked at the calendar. It's July.

And I have no idea how that happened.

I swear, it was April just the other day. Then I blinked. And now it's July.

Life has mostly been one of those things where the weeks fly by and the days drag on forever. Which, I suspect, is not all that uncommon. And not every day drags on -- in fact, even the days fly by for the most part. May was not my favorite month, and the days of May most certainly felt like they lasted a lifetime. Every day. And not in a good or enjoyable way. But now it's mostly a distant memory...with so much between then and now that the details are already fuzzy, washed from memory in that nice way that unpleasant things so often end up.

I have not had an overly exciting holiday. Or maybe I have, depending on your definition. I started out the holiday at work (oh, the glories of the night shift) and not long after midnight a patient walked in. And ten minutes later I had her two pound twin A in my hands, handing her off to the nursery team. And not long after that I did the same with twin B, another 2 lb girl...a matching set of tiny new humans.

Which, I suppose, made for a fairly exciting July 4th indeed. Admittedly, more for my patient than for me. But even still, there is something pretty amazing about blinking and then there is a brand new person there. Most people don't ever see it, other than their own babies. But as someone who has seen thousands of tiny humans blink into an existence, I assure you, it's pretty impressive. Every time.

But other than tiny humans, my fourth was blissfully uneventful. Not even any fireworks, since I slept right through them. I spent most of the day after I got home from work doing paperwork and organization type things. Which is apparently a tiring activity. Well that, or because I had been up for 36 hours.

But I am pretty sure it was the organizing.

That's exhausting.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Crafty Tuesday -- Ruffle Pants and Flourish Shirt

I belong to a group, Appliqué Forum, which is full of some of the most creative and crafty ladies on the planet. There is seriously no end to their great ideas...or to their willingness to help answer anyone's questions.

A few weeks ago one of the ladies posted a picture of an outfit that she had created for her granddaughter...and it was so adorable I just had to seeing I could recreate it! I did the best I could -- and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out!

The ruffle plants are from a pattern by Romeo and Mae, and the shirt is embroidered with designs from Embroidery Boutique.

See what everyone else has been creating at Carrie's!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Crafty Tuesday - First Birthday Edition

I realize that technically it is no longer Tuesday. But these days being on time seems to be something that is a struggle. So, for this week, Crafty Thursday it is!

One of my coworkers saw something on etsy, and wondered if I might be able to recreate it, since she needed it sooner than the two weeks the seller had listed in her shop. And while I wasn't sure that I could do quite as good of a job, I told her I would give it my best shot. And I have to say...I was pretty happy with the final product!

It's a tie, a birthday hat, and a diaper cover....and a birthday shirt to match!

To see what everyone else has been crafting, see what is being shared at Carrie's!

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