Introducing: Party Animals!

Recently, I was approached by a lady asking for a sibling set for her twin boys. She’d fallen in love with the Party Llama, and was hoping I would be able to expand a little; a sort of variation on a theme. She suggested a Party Goose or maybe an Ostrich. The idea of a Party Ostrich tickled me greatly! And so we went with that.

Since her little guys are turning 4, she was justifiably leery of giving them white shirts to enjoy their party (and cake). So, we opted to dye the shirts. She chose a dusky blue and a soft green as well as individualized colors for the hats and noise makers. In order for the silhouettes to show up on the colored shirts, I made the gray darker than I generally do on the white onesies. And the bright colors for the hats and noise makers sure did pop!

Here they are, all done!

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I love that ostrich so much! My new plan is to make a trio set of Party Animals: Llama, Ostrich and a Moose. Stay tuned for the complete set!

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Custom Design

Recently, I had a request to customize the Party Llama design. This customer was going to be celebrating the 1st birthday for his daughter and they’re Peruvian, so he loved the llama and wished for some party balloons to be added. It’s such a cute idea! Here’s how it turned out:

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So cute!

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Settling into my work space

Wherever I’ve ever lived, it’s seemed that there’s one room in the house that’s always the last to get some decorating love. It’s the room you secretly sort of hate, but haven’t gotten around to doing much about… yeah, in my house right now, that room would be my work space. It’s on the lowest level of the house and I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. I’ve managed to make it functional in the last six months (since moving), but beautiful? Not so much. Honestly, it’s barely even organized. So, this being the New Year and all that, I decided to make some changes.

One day there WILL be a work table in there, and that will help greatly with organization and, by extension, the aesthetics as well. But, in the meantime I’ve been making some improvements with using the wall space around my desk.

Before:

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looking down, into the room

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Functional, yes. But lovely it is not.

So, I added a few  minor touches and I think it connects the space a little better:

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Yay! My drying lines are back!

Yay! My drying lines are back!

 

Back, before the move, I had some drying lines and I’ve missed them greatly so I’m very excited to have them again. Also, that little crate-shelf is perfect for adding more color and personalization into my space. This room is definitely a work in progress.. I have grand plans to do a gallery-wall of artwork and photographs above the lines, maybe paint the walls something a little more cheery.. curtains too, perhaps? But that’ll all be a while coming. Still, it feels great to have a little more order in my work space!

Happy New Year!

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Another Man-Sized Shirt (Custom Order)

Whew! This one has been lying dormant for a little while, due to Christmas secrets; can’t risk letting the cat out of the bag too soon! So, my brothers are all man-sized now. And, as most of my siblings are all grown and out on their own, we do a name exchange for Christmas. This year, I had one of my brothers who is a language-lover. He’s studying cultures and languages and it seemed like a great gift idea to make him a shirt to reflect that!

I decided to go with bunches of translations of the word “Welcome”. Thanks to Google Translate, I can be sure I’m spelling things correctly (though, I admit to being less than certain that these are the correct form, but it’s the thought, right?). Here’s the list of languages I came up with:

Welcome:

Mirëseardhje – Albanian

Arabic:

ترحيب

স্বাগত – Bengali

欢迎 – Chinese

Fáilte – Irish

Bienvenue – French

Mai – Maori

καλωσόρισμα – Greek

Benevento – Italian

환영- Korean

Akeyi – Haitian

And here’s the end result:

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Custom Design

Whew! It’s been a busy summer so far. Hubby and I moved to a new place (which is amazing and wonderful, and I may or may not occasionally look around and wonder how I’m Grown-Up enough for this!). Turns out, unpacking with a toddler around takes a little longer than before. However, we’re making good headway and my work area is starting to take shape. It still has a ways to go, but I can get things done now, and that’s a start.

So, a friend commissioned me to make two onesies for some of her friends who are Croatian. This means I get to play with foreign languages again. Happily, Croation uses an alphabet similar enough to the Latin Alphabet, that I could just type up the fonts in Word to use as a template.

Mali Mado means “Little Bear” which is a play on the friend’s last name. And Prva Velika Gospa means “My First Velika Gospa” which is a big, annual Croatian celebration.

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I love how they turned out!

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Sibling Set – Trains!

A friend of mine approached me the other week asking for a custom order for a sibling set for a couple brothers who are expecting a new brother. After throwing around a few ideas, we settled on a set of trains: one engine, one boxcar and one little caboose!

I sketched up some images and we went back and for a little to make sure that things were exactly what my friend was envisioning. She asked for blue shirts and left the colors of the images up to my “artistic expertise”. Here’s the end result:

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So cute!

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Dazzling New Items!

I like to call myself an armature seamstress, I picked up a few tricks while growing up from my mom. Now that I’m off and on my own, I’ve gotten my own machine and have been playing around; learning new tricks. My latest accomplishment is installing zippers! Once I got the hang of it, it’s not nearly as scary as I’ve always thought.

I combined the hand-painting from my MoMoPics shop with some repurposed fabrics to make some really cute zipper pouches for my DazzlingDoOvers shop!

Leafy Green zipper pouch:

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And also a shiny star pouch, with a little bit of a retro feel:

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Also, to showcase my love for road trips, I made this great little box which is decorated with vintage road maps and an artsy highway ribbon which would be perfect for organizing a desk or a dresser:

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