Friday, October 28, 2011

Pretty in Pink Fundraiser

My day job did a fundraiser with Pretty in Pink last weekend -Pretty in Pink Foundation is an organization that helps pay for breast cancer treatment.So I made a bag and some bookmarks (all in pink, of course) to be auctioned off.

I was inspired by this to do a line of products for breast and ovarian cancer - bags and book marks  in pink and teal - on my etsy site and plan to donate 80% of the proceeds to FORCE a national non-profit organization that helps support, instruct, and research breast and ovarian cancer.  I am really excited about this and can't wait to get started!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rachel's Diaper Bag

My friend Rachel just had her second daughter, Paige, and really wanted a new diaper bag.  She wanted a messenger bag in grey (so it would match everything) and teal, with a cool applique and left it up to me to do the rest.  I love having that kind of creative freedom to come up with something that just shouts that person to me.  And I think this bag calls out Rachel's name!

I am absolutely in love with how the tree came out - the corduroy was an inspired choice if I do say so myself. 

I used two coordinating fabrics for the lining, which I think turned out pretty cool - but the color came out kind of weird and under water looking in the photos.  I tried in all kinds of light, inside and outside and this is the best I ever got.  But trust me it looked great. 

 I, of course, also had to throw in a few extra things for her, so I made her a coordinating wristlet for quick diaper changes.

And I couldn't leave out a present for Grace (3 year olds deserve presents when they become big sisters) so I made her a coloring wallet out of fabric that I know her mom had been coveting.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Primary Apron

My friend Catherine loved the apron I made her so much, that she commissioned me to make her another one.  This one is for singing time with the Primary kids at church.  You see she wanted an apron with a lot of pockets so that she could put a picture about a song in each pocket and then the kids could reach in a pocket, pull out a picture, and guess which song they'd sing next from the picture.  Fun, huh?

So I thought since it's for primary, I should do it in the primary colors - red, yellow, and blue.  I found this great yellow polka dot fabric, used red rick-rack, and trimmed it all in blue.  I slightly modified the pattern I had so that it would have 12 pockets, including 2 little red heart pockets.  And I pretty much love it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Daron and Elisa's bags

Since my friends Daron and Elisa waited so long for their precious son Jack I decided they both deserved a diaper bag.  Elisa loves Hello Kitty and so I searched for a long time to find Hello Kitty fabric that wasn't too childish.  And when I saw this I just fell in love with it and knew it was for her.  (I actually bought it a few years ago in anticipation of this event!)  I had some fun with this one and made 3 optional pins for the outside of the bag - so she can change it based on her mood.  And I made a little matching wristlet perfect for holding wipes and a few diapers for a quick change.

Daron on the other hand needed a manly diaper bag.  And since I know for a fact that he seriously considered giving Jack the middle name Tiberius - after James Tiberius Kirk of course- I knew that he needed to receive my first Kirk bag.  Which I think is pretty cool, cause it functions as a diaper bag or a laptop bag. (Phaser not included.)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lily's Birthday

For Lily's 3rd birthday I knew I had make another set of matching pillowcase dresses for her and Claire.  Especially since the one's I made last year were my first ever attempt at making clothing, so I knew I could do a better job.

I also wanted to try doing some smocking so I made an adorable smocked top, complete with a little heart pocket and a matching skirt for her too.

And though my first attempt at smocking is by no means perfect, I think I did a decent job and am looking forward to doing some more.  (Practice makes perfect.)  One day maybe I'll even be good enough to do some tight smocking with embroidery on top?  One can always dream...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

John & Meaghan's Wedding Present

I decided to make his and hers aprons with matching kitchen towels for my brother-in-law's wedding present.  I wanted to do something that had a vintage look and I fell in love with this color combination!  I think these fabrics look so weathered and cool together - in that you wouldn't automatically put them together but somehow it really works way.  I did a retro-inspired gathered apron with a scalloped edge in this lovely beige and olive green floral fabric with grey trim for Meaghan, and a solid grey canvas apron with a towel attached at the waist for convenient hand wiping while cooking (and also so that I could add some of the floral fabric for matching) for John.  I also included a recipe book with some of my favorite recipes to finish off the gift - I think it all turned out great, and I hope they like it too.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Catherine's Retro Apron

My friend Catherine just bought her 1st home - so I had to make her an apron for a housewarming present. She loves purple and pink and when I saw this fun mod fabric it immediately made me think of her. I got an apron like this when I got married and I adore it! So I decided to copy the pattern and I think it turned out great. I'm kind of addicted to retro aprons right now and just got a book of patterns for future apron making, so don't be surprised if you get an apron for your next present.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More Bubble Skirts

For Claire's 1st birthday I made her (and her sister Lily) matching bubble skirts. I loved this fabric when I saw it and immediately thought of Susy and her girls. And I think that little girls wearing bubble skirts are stinking adorable!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Abby's Outfit

For Abby's 2nd birthday I had to make her a little outfit. (I've become addicted to making kid's clothes!) I fell in love with the pattern for this little sleeveless top, and then used an old pair of my jeans to make a little denim skirt to match. (Could you just die over the frogs in mason jars on the accent fabric? It kills me!)

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