i guess people have replenished their bank accounts from all the holiday shopping because my custom orders have recently picked back up again!! (january and february were slooooow!!)
as i said earlier, i FINALLY got some japanese imports! (and totally on another note, i just ordered some more over the weekend! trouble trouble...the box has been opened and now all i want are japanese fabrics!)
my cousin in california is a huge Hello Kitty fan. she picked out this really cute beige Hello Kitty print with little apple trees on them, and wanted a normal tote bag! i had just enough fabric and was able to add on a little zipper pouch too!
she also wanted a reusable tote bag, and i found this cute "Peace & Love" Hello Kitty print at the local Hancock Fabrics. i was surprised they even had any there, but i found it hidden, and was pretty glad i did!
my cousin also ordered this play mat for a baby gift. after going through several different color schemes we stuck with a neutral theme and she picked Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley in Piney Woods and also Moda's Oz in green. since we did a quilting cotton for both sides (generally i'll do a soft minky or chenille for one of the sides), i ended up using two layers of traditional batting, that way it would be extra plush and soft for the baby! i also added some toy links so that other toys could be added. i love these mats- so great for tummy time too!!
i also got another custom order from another cousin's co-workers. she is jewelry consultant and wanted a "catalog bag." i had never made one before, but essentially it is a tote bag with a clear, vinyl pocket in the front, that allows the catalog to be shown through the bag. originally the tote bag was going to be a fairly average size, but as i started working on it, i was a bit skeptical about it. the first design i had, the vinyl pocket was going to just be on the front-from top to bottom. if you've ever worked with vinyl you know that it's not that easy to work with- for one you can't iron it, and two, you can't pin it!! so as i started constructing it, i was a little worried that with a lot of use, the corners at the bottom of the bag would tear where the vinyl was. since vinyl can get "crunchy." i worried that it would split at the corners, especially if it got banged around a bit! so, i started on a second model, which had a band of fabric at the bottom, then the vinyl pocket starting above that. this way, even if the corners of the bag got banged around, it would still be reinforced with the extra band of fabric. with the second model, i had just started cutting away, and before you knew it, the bag was nearly twice as large as i intended it to be!! but, the customer was ok with that, so good news for her, she got a much larger bag for the price of a much smaller bag! guess she will have a lot more room for her catalogs and samples to tote around!
and finally, i started making some aprons. this is a halter style apron (which i love, and can't wait to make one for myself!) this was made for a co-worker of my sister's who loves baking. my sister said she liked dark colors, and luckily i was able to find this cute black cupcake print!
i've always had a thing for monkeys and since i've had several requests for more boy items, what better theme to go with than monkeys!
i just added another flannel and chenille blanket (which is ohh sooo soft!)
and also this Monkey N Round gift set that includes a boys blue kimono top and chenille burp cloth. there are three circles that have cute little sock monkeys in them that are appliqued to the bottom of the shirt. it's also machine stitched for extra decoration and added durability!
i'm sure you've been sick of looking at the ugly ol' comforters i've been using for my niece to sit/lay on- i know i am! so i finally got around to making her a little play mat! i was at Joann's the other day and found some remnant flannel in a butterfly and flower design, along with some pink minky fabric. they were both around the same amount of yardage so i thought it'd be perfect to make a blanket for her! when i brought it home, i realized the flannel wasn't as wide so i was way off! but luckily i had some leftover pink swiss dot fabric from other projects (i like the pink swiss dot print for linings in some of my bags). i was able to whip this up within an hour and had it ready for her after she woke up from her nap! the inside has a high loft batting, so it's extra soft- which she needs since our floors are all wood!
for my sisters baby shower a month or so ago i wanted to make her something that she'd be able to show/give to the baby just to remind her of the day. i was at the fabric store and saw some quilting kits that could be used for baby showers, bridal showers, and weddings. i thought spending $50 on a quilt kit that wasn't really her style would be a waste of money and thought it'd probably be more fun to make one up myself! so i ended up getting some canvas, cut them into squares and bought some fabric markers and pastels. the guests were able to draw or write on the squares and i turned the pieces into patches for the blanket. i FINALLY got around to making one of the blankets yesterday! (i ended up needing to make two blankets because there were just so many squares! so i made one blanket for the friends that attended, and am still working on one for the family members). the quilts are a lot smaller than a normal child's quilt, but i thought this would be a good size because then we could use it as little play mats. i put some nice cushiony batting inside, so it's supersoft!Â i definitely need to look more into quilting. i think once i get the hang of it i'll enjoy it more, but right now it seems so tedious especially since i don't have all the necessary tools...i get a little too bored and want to move onto something else real fast when i'm just sitting there cutting out square after square! i'm also trying to figure out how to make the quilting stitches on my sewing machine...i think my quilts would probably look better if i could get those fancy swirly designs stitched into them!
i guess we should get bad weather more often...i'm actually hanging around the house to work on some stuff! although i guess one reason i'm sticking inside is because i took a spill yesterday when my husband and i decided to head out to get some groceries for dinner. you know, this winter mix we had, really wasn't much of anything. pointless precipitation really. but anyhow, got down the stairs to our house just fine, got to the store, no problem, but the second we came home...before i even got all the way out of the car, my leg slipped, my knee banged into the car door, my back slammed in the seat, and the arm that was holding the bag of groceries, twisted. so today, i'm pretty sore. my knee hurts like a mother! i swear, not even 30 yet, and i'm already falling apart!