Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Poppies from Cutesie Clips to match Poppies from MonsterBug Blankets!

About a week and a half ago,  Jennifer of CutesieClips on Etsy, contacted me about collaborating on a project.  She wanted to make Felt Hair Clips to match some of my Poppy Onesies!  We were both excited about this!  And so she went to work--above is her Poppy Flower Felt Hair Clip, and below is my Poppy Onesie that matches! I recently ordered a purple butterfly hair clip from Cutesie Clips--and it is AMAZING!  Bug loves it to death!  The quality of her handiwork is top-notch!  And I love the hand-sewn details--makes me want to swoon! :)  

Be sure to visit Jennifer's shop and look around!  She has such beautiful items for sale!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Busy Week, what i remember of it....

After clicking AGAIN on a couple of blogs I love, and getting frustrated that THEY hadn't updated recently....I realized I'd only updated my blog once in the past week and a half.  Oops.  

It's been a busy week.  Lots to sew, lots to clean, sick right in the middle, and storms that kept us on our toes!  (Bug was very upset when she didn't get to sleep in the tub.  It was lined with quilts just in case we had to hang out in it for a bit cause the "freight train" was coming.  Oh, you gotta love tornado season in SE Alabama!)  And with non-stop rain, I've had zero chances to get any pictures taken!  I think we get sunny weather until Wednesday or Thursday.  maybe.  we'll see.  

I almost have 8 more Propeller Onesies done and ready to list on etsy, I have a couple of custom blankets to get done and shipped by Wednesday, and I have 5 tshirts to make--similar to my giraffe and propeller onesies--for the bigger kiddos!  I'm hoping and praying I can get the shirts I want at Target.  I like their T's.  

That's about it--I'm getting that heavy feeling in my arms--too tired to hold them up! :)  Sleep tight!
MonsterBug Blankets

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Propeller Onesies

Yes, Hubby and I are aviation geeks--the maps, the smell of avgas and jetfuel, the feeling just as a plane lifts off the ground....  I was a student pilot many, many moons ago, and he's qualified in both single engine airplanes and in helicopters. We're a match made in heaven! :)

Kiddos have the bug, too!  Bug was not even two years old when she had the chance to ride in the back of a Cessna.  She LOVED it, and cried when it was time to get out!  Both kids are getting close to identifying the different Army helicopters that fly in our area.  They go NUTS when they see ANYTHING flying--and Bug about went berserk when she saw her first bi-plane last weekend!  And what other two year old do you know that screams--"A CONTRAIL, Daddys, A contrail!"?  

Our love of aviation has led to many items in my shop.  Now I've added these sassy onesies to the mix--my Propeller Onesies! :)  I soooo love the prop of an airplane--it's gorgeous to me!  And these I made bright and bold--such a fun way to combine fabrics! :)  I currently have them in my etsy shop, and hope to add more to my 1000 markets shop later this week or next.

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Giraffe Onesies

Had fun making these yesterday!  I love appliques! They make me smile!  These giraffes were patterned after the giraffe tshirt I made Bug for her birthday.  I used the same pattern for Bug's shirt, but once I cut out the giraffe, I realized that newborn shirts and 5T shirts are somehow NOT the same size (imagine that!), and I had to re-draw a smaller pattern!  

For these new ones, I wanted to use polka-dot fabrics.  I LOVE polka-dots!!!  And I had plenty of polka-dot scraps left over from the latest bibs, burp cloths, and diaper & wipes holders I've made.  

I'm still trying to decide on whether to do eyes or not.  I like the simplicity of the shapes, yet wonder if they need a little something more?  Back and forth, back and forth! :P  I'm always like this with the things I make!  Anyway, there are 10 of these so far--the other five are made of the same fabrics, but the faces are turned opposite from what is above. :)  

I'm still trying to write the description for the Poppy onesies I did earlier this week.  When I get the chance to sit down and try to write--it's after the kiddos go to bed at night, and my brain is pooped!  Definitely NOT a good time to try to think! :)  I'm mulling on it, though, and am sure I'll come up with something--then get these all listed in my 1000 markets store! :)  YAH!

That's it for today--kids are awake and needing some breakfast and love--though not in that order! :)

MonsterBug Blankets

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Appliqueing Onesies!

Oh My!  I had sooo much fun this afternoon!  I started on the onesies above--cutting flowers, adding details, pressing them on the onesies with wonder-under.  I still need to stitch them, but wanted to play first!  I have 8 more flower ones to make--then I'm going to try my hand at giraffes and helicopters.  I'm a little nervous about those, as they are new to me--but playing is soooo much fun--so I will enjoy them, I'm sure!  

I purchased these onesies a whole year ago!  A lady on etsy was getting rid of them--wish I'd purchased all that she had!  But I bought what I could afford, and I knew it would be awhile before I could get to playing with them....(never thought a YEAR later!)  Just seeing these makes me super-excited about the tshirts and hoodies I bought for the fall/winter!  (Which are laying in stacks on a chair in my workroom!  Monster likes to knock the top two or three over every time he passes by...)

Anyway, that's my fun for today!  I also worked on listing a few more burp cloths to my site, but then I realized I'd photographed them wrong. :P  And, with our new Mac (whooooohooooo!), I haven't figured out how to re-size the pictures--so the files are HUGE, and they take forever to load. :P  So just a few were done.  More later!

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Thursday, March 12, 2009


I'm awake and it's after 1am--just barely. It's been a busy day--sick kiddos (teething, I think--do 4 yr olds get new molars?), lots of cuddling in my chair. Doesn't make me unhappy in the least--when do I get to snuggle with the whirlwinds UNLESS they feel yucky?

I feel content that part of my getting-ready-for-TroyFest-projects for this week are complete! 14 bibs, 14 burp cloths! (And seven yards of white chenille to be delivered to my door tomorrow!) Now to get started on my secondary project for the week: Alabama and Auburn Diaper and Wipes Holders! Yah! (I guess, if'n you like one of those teams.) :)

My dishes are done, my laundry is all folded, and I have 1.5 loads to wash tomorrow--and my floors need vacuuming--then my house will be clean for the week. :) (Of course, that means it'll be clean for about 2.5 seconds! Whirlwinds, remember?!)

So, things are done, accomplished, yet I cannot sleep. Maybe I need to bask in the completion? Or I forgot to take my tylenol pm? Or maybe I'm finally starting to get caught up on my month of little sleep--and needed a night of insomnia to push me back on the other side? :P (The DARK side!)

Anyway, out of my not able to sleep-ness--you get to read this silly post! :)

MonsterBug Blankets

PS--I realize that it is now Thursday (though early!), and I have not yet photographed OR listed the bibs I promised would be up on Tues or Wed. Well that MAY end up being next week--depends on if the kiddos are still feverish and needing to be held constantly! :) And if our plans for this weekend go through or are rained upon. :P
Hahahaha--I guess what I am referring to above is from the post I ended up NOT posting the other day. Hmmmm--so sorry. THIS IS WHAT YOU GET when I do not sleep! :)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

12 Years Ago

Twelve years ago, I said "I do" to my dear husband. :) I cried out of joy as I walked down the aisle on my father's arm. My hubby made me laugh the whole ceremony. :) The rest seemed a blur--pictures, an appearance at the reception, and then we were off--and hungry. Cause WHO even eats at their reception?

My mind has been on our wedding since I photographed the wedding on Valentine's Day. I searched Flickr for Hotel Roanoke pictures. :) I thought about our brief time in Washington DC--I had to get a military ID card before hubby departed back to Germany! (And I cannot believe the lady granted me one without an official marriage certificate! She told me to fax it in when we picked it up!?) We spent several cold, snowy, and wonderful days in upstate NY. :) And then we visited with family and friends before my husband left to return to Germany--with us both unsure of when I could join him again. Ah, the joys of military life were just beginning!

It's been a wonderful 12 years! I would not trade them (or him!) for anything!

Happy Anniversary, Love!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Baby Blankets

So here's hoping my brother and sister-in-law don't peek at my blog between today and Saturday (their shower)! Cause these are the baby blankets for my niece to be! :) SIL loves Winnie the Pooh--so I made a Cozy Blanket with this pretty blue toile Winnie the Pooh fabric. I added an "I" in pink rick-rack to the bottom right corner. :) The back is white chenille. My bro is a baseball fanatic--so I just HAD to get this baseball fabric for his baby! I bought it before they found out the sex of the baby--figured I could girly it up if need be! :) It has a red swiss dot backing, a layer of batting, jumbo red rick rack around the edges, and I tied it with red ties. :) I normally do not like ties on blankets/quilts--but this one--with the vintage-looking baseball fabric and the sweet rick rack--it just NEEDED red ties! Nothing else seemed right to me.

I'm super-tired today--last night I was FULL of ideas. I spent 2.5 hours turning my bedroom light on and off in order to write everything down (cause I'm horrible at remembering things). Ideas for the craft fair displays, ideas for new things to make--it was crazy! :) Why do these ideas seem to always come when I'm supposed to be asleep? :)

MonsterBug Blankets

Monday, March 2, 2009

Custom Order for C

I love realizing that I didn't take a "group shot" of my custom order AFTER it was packaged and waiting on the front porch for the mailman to pick up. So that just means you guys get to see three pictures instead of 1--ha! :) This order was for a Cozy Baby Blanket, a bib, and a burp cloth made with Mod Dots in Fire. The colors are bold and vivid--so pretty!
I have 42 baby onesies in the dryer right now--I believe my schedule has me appliqueing those in two weeks! I hate the wait, but there are many things to get busy with between today and then! I realized this weekend that I had 8 weeks until Troy Fest, so I came up with a plan to get everything done. When I made my plan, I thought I only had 15 short sleeved onesies--not 42--so they may take a little longer than I planned--but boy, was I EXCITED to have that many! I felt very limited in my plans until today when I realized my mistake. :) So far my plans include helicopters, poppies, and giraffes. :) :)
The next couple of days will be used to work on things for my niece-to-be! The shower is Saturday--and I just didn't realize it. :P So I have to get cracking!
:) MonsterBug Blankets