Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Crayon Notebooks!

Last year when I was opening a bazillion boxes of Crayola's so I could unwrap them and make chunky crayons from them, I kept most of the boxes. They were soooooo cute, and I could just see something adorable made with them. I put them in bags, threw them in my fabric closet, and mostly forgot about them (except when they'd fall on me!). Then this summer, I realized that my friend Patricia makes little notebooks out of recycled boxes and cards. I offered the crayon boxes to her to make and sell--but she had a better plan. She wanted to make the notebooks for me, and I would make some baby stuff for her. Fair enough! I cut all the boxes and shipped them to her--and these are the ADORABLE little notebooks I received in the mail today! YAH! I haven't shown them to Bug or Monster yet--they are going to go nuts! I already snatched one to write all my orders in--so I can flip back and forth and keep everything in chronological order. So happy!

So go, check out Patricia's shops:
(and my fave--yummy, yummy tea!)

:) MonsterBug Blankets


It's been a very busy week. We came home from vacation last week Monday evening. And right into craziness I walked. It was evident from the very moment I awoke last week Tuesday that the vacation was over. My sewing room looked like a Toys R Us explosion. Add in a few clothes, too! My to do list at home and for MonsterBug Blankets seemed insurmountable. I wanted to hole up somewhere and stay safe. :) I've been working and working and working on my to do lists. And today feels right. I feel sane. It MAY have something to do with FINALLY getting my clean laundry folded! The lists are still there--but my sewing room is clean, and the upstairs hallway has 2 baskets of folded, clean clothes (another basket is on my bed, and there's a pile of folded linens upstairs, too--lots of bedding washed over the past week!). I also sent out 5 or 6 boxes and envelopes the past two days, and added new stock to my bookcase at The Old Ice House. Whew! Now I feel like I can breathe! Much more to do--but the house is somewhat livable again--and that is important! ;)

MonsterBug Blankets

Monday, September 28, 2009


Belinda, of Wandering Whimsies, asked me if I could make some Turtle Towels for her. I was so excited to have ideas for a new applique! I made her towels lickety-split, then started making Turtle Onesies! The Onesies are in my shop--well, one is--guess I need to get the other in there, too! ;)

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Birthday and Tow Truck Shirts

Monster's 3rd birthday shirt
Custom Order Tow Truck Onesie
Two new shirts in my shop! Both can be made on T's or onesies. And any birthday can be made--1st-5th! I can probably do larger birthday shirts, too! ;)

I think all is caught up....did I show off my turtles yet?? I'll check, and if not--will do so soon!

Much to do today!
:) MonsterBug Blankets

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What's new around here!

The view from the back of our vacation home--Fairview--Amherst, VA
Pumpkin Chunky Crayons
Truck Tshirts and Onesies
Apple Onesies
Halloween Onesies and Tshirts
It's been busy here--getting orders ready before we left for vacation--and remembering to make Monster's birthday shirts the morning we left! The green one with the truck (above) is his! He also has a navy blue shirt with a 3 on the front--I'll have to post pics later--I think it's cute. :) I've been trying to stock the Old Ice House Antiques Shop with new items--the apple onesies I made for there, and this week I'll work on getting some Alabama and Auburn baby gear in there. The Halloween Pumpkin Crayons are just too fun! I saw the mold in Walmart yesterday--and HAD to have it. I also bought up the very last of their school supply crayons. I hope I have enough to last me through Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's, and Easter! I think I bought 135 boxes.....maybe I need to check other Walmarts, too? What else...the Boo onesies and T's--not sure I posted them before. I can do them on white or grey shirts. I still have Turtle applique shirts and a Tow Truck.... I've had a couple of orders for just the appliques in the past couple of days--that has been fun! One was for a girly crown--working out the details, but should have pictures soon.

Our vacation was lovely--we stayed in Fairview, in Amherst, VA. Man, was it gorgeous! And the VIEW! TO.DIE.FOR! I miss the Blue Ridge Mountains--I grew up in them! It was wonderful to see the mountains change all through the day! We visited Natural Bridge, Charlottesville, Dickie Brother's Orchard, Crabtree Falls, went fishing in Lynchburg, and visited Amazement Square and the Depot Grill, and had a family wedding, two family birthdays, and saw both Great-Grandmas. We stayed in two different KOA Kabins on the way up and the way back, too--ahhhh--wonderful! One was in Cleveland, TN, the other in Cherokee, NC. The kids enjoyed the bunk beds! We liked it way better than staying in a hotel.

Now we're home, and it is back to work! I'm still trying to get the house put back together--somehow nearly our entire car top carrier was full of toys on the trip home....grandparents, aunts, and uncles spoiled the wee ones ROTTEN! Not sure where all the Lightening McQueens and Monster Trucks are going to go....

:) MonsterBug Blankets

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Crib Bedding

I've been emailing back and forth with L. for awhile, trying to get all the details hashed out for this crib bedding. It is nearly complete--just the crib skirt is left! I love the fabrics and colors L. chose! I think the two of us might just be cut from the same cloth--our tastes are very similar. :)

I'm not sure I'll do more crib bedding in the future....maybe now that I know what I'm doing, it will be easier--or if the customer and I could go to the store together... It is hard to do a custom order and discuss things through emails. But I love how everything looks now that the order is mostly finished. Makes me wish I'd known more when Monster needed a bumper pad--I tried to follow a pattern--pinning and cutting a bazillion pieces of fabric and batting....this set was WAY easier! I realized all I needed was two 41"x 12" pieces (front and back) per bumper pad. Sew them together, leave a hole to flip and push foam through, and done. Oh, ribbons need sewn into the sides, too. The sheet was even easier! I had to dig Monster's crib mattress out of the attic to make sure my measurements fit the mattress. I did this AFTER I cut the fabric--yikes! But it was a perfect fit! I had some moments with the elastic--but I tamed it, and was happy with how the sheet turned out. I told L. that I almost want to have another baby--just to make colorful, fun sheets for him/her! Almost--but not quite! ;)

I'm working on more things, too--I haven't updated on here in awhile....but I'll leave them for another post.

:) MonsterBug Blankets