Monday, January 28, 2013


If you haven't noticed, I've gotten really excited about doing applique on my embroidery machine lately.  I found some fun websites that have such cute applique designs and now I want to put them on everything. :)
This past June I decided I would make Bubbo a shirt for his birthday.  I let him look through one of the websites and pick out a design.  He found a drum set that he really liked.  So, we went to the fabric store and picked out fabric together.  His favorite color is green so it was only natural that we gravitated toward some green fabric.  We found what you see below on the drum set and decided we liked it.  But, he also found some maroon camo fabric that he really liked.  I just couldn't put the lime green fabric with maroon, so I told him I would make him a football helmet shirt with the maroon fabric for Aggie football season.  
 When you have a boy that's this cute, you kinda want to make him whatever he wants. :)
 Here's the football helmet applique that I did on his shirt.
 I think I'll keep him.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sock Monkey Applique

Several years ago I saw this super cute sock monkey applique tutorial shirt on Angela's blog.  I fell in love with it and filed it away in my "to make someday" folder.  Then along came time to plan MM's first birthday party (last May, I'm posting a little late).  Hmm, what kind of theme should I go with?  I have kind of become a huge sock monkey fan in the last couple of years and thought it would make a fun theme.  Plus it's perfect because one of MM's nicknames is Monkey Man.

So, I made a little sock monkey bunting to hang on the wall...

Made a monkey birthday cake...

 Made a sock monkey for the birthday boy...

And finally made the sock monkey applique shirt that I had bookmarked years before...

I think the shirt is so cute, but even cuter when worn by this little guy...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Look Back at 2012

Even though I wasn't very active on my blog, I was pretty active in my sewing room. Here is a sampling of what I worked on in 2012:

Did some appliques on shirts and other things.
 Did much more customer orders in 2012 than in 2011.  I'm finally getting my name out there a little bit. :)
 Embroidered different items including capes, shirts, and stockings.
 Improved my digitizing skills, including an actual customer logo that I digitized.
 Made quite a few key chains.  Gave some away and actually sold some too.
 Embroidered on quite a few towels - hooded and just plain towels.
Overall it was a good year.  I enjoyed most of the work I did and I love being able to do more things for customers.  I'm hoping 2013 allows me even more time in my sewing room and more opportunities to sell my work.