Thursday, August 30, 2012

Little Man Wet Bag

As you can tell, I'm kind of obsessed with the 'stache.  I think it's because my dad sported a mustache for the first 34 years of my life.  I'm pretty sure his upper lip was paralyzed for months after shaving it off.  He won't admit to upper-lip physical therapy, but it's moving now so I'm not totally convinced.  ;)

I designed the "Little Man" Wet Bag for my nephews, but my #1 client (who also happens to be hosting a mustachio baby shower) wanted one for her nephew as well, so I have two fabric combinations to share with you.

The following one matches the aprons I showed you earlier in the week.

This is the one I designed for my little guys:

I wish I would have had wet bags to keep in my diaper bag when my kiddos were babies.  I used to carry around plastic store bags and giant ziplocks to hold all of their messy bibs and burp cloths.  These would have been perfect.  Lucky for you, though!  Now they exist and you can get one for your diaper bag, or as a gift.

They roll up easily, so they won't take up much room!

You can even pair them up with the matching burp cloths!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fee Night, Speaking Spanish and Pencil Cases

Today I took my son to his 7th grade "fee night", which is exactly what is sounds to be.  You look for your child's homeroom on a list taped to the wall and wait in line with 30 other parents and students. When you finally meet the homeroom teacher, you hand her a wad of dough and  leave with a manilla folder full of forms and your child's class schedule.  Fun times.

He's got Spanish this year which is fantastico considering that according to his forms he's "Hispanic/Latino" but doesn't speak a word of it.  That is my fault, I know.  I started speaking to him solely in Spanish as a baby, but as soon as he started talking in English we just went with it. You don't have to tell me how much I suck.  I hear enough about it from my parents, in-laws and grandparents.

Speaking of back-to-school, I wanted to share some super cute pencil cases I've been designing.

This Mustachio Pencil case is for my daughter's friend "A".  She's all about the 'stache, so her mom thought this would be perfect for her 4th grade year.

My friend's son "C" is LOVE the Redskins, and wanted a pencil case with the 'Skins as well as some other NFL teams.  I lucked out to find this print!  It pretty much rocks.

Now this is one of my FAVORITE pencil pouches, because it's going to be used by my friend Natalia from Ma Nouvelle Mode as a cosmetics case.  I adore this fabric and I am happy that she was my very first client to choose it!

Pencil cases are lined in vinyl and measure approximately 11"x4.5".  Email me for more info.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A HUGE Score and a Mustachio Apron

I know it's late!  Who blogs at 10 p.m.???  Ummm, I do!!

I spent the day doing some back-to-school shopping with the kiddos, thanks to a nice gift card my wonderful mother-in-law sent them.  Then I did one of my ALL TIME favorite things....I went thrifting! 

I didn't exactly MEAN to buy anything.  I just walked into the shop to browse and kill time, and then I saw it. The sign.  It said "All clothing $1."  Say WHAAATTTT?

I decided just to peek in the woman's section. The first thing I found was a pair of gray Liz Claiborne dress slacks, in my size.  Right next to it a pair of taupe NY & Co dress slacks (also in my size!)  I found a couple of pencil skirts, a GORGEOUS button down black midi skirt, a beautiful navy Isaac Mizrahi dress, and a Simply Vera Wang top.

I was about to walk to the register when I saw a rolling rack with some newly placed items.  I found my daughter 3 cardigans, two from Gap and one from J. Crew.  My biggest find??  A pair of LIKE NEW Banana Republic jeans in hubby's size.  Keep in mind, these are $1 each!  ONE DOLLAR!  My grand total??  $14...CHA-CHING!  That was less than what I spent on ONE long-sleeve hoodie for my son at Kohls!

I don't have any pics of my score to share with you tonight. Half of the items are in the wash, and the other half are in a bag to go to the cleaners, but I will post some as soon as I can.

I'm not going to leave you with out any pics, though.  Here is one of 6 aprons I made for my friend who's hosting a mustachio baby shower. 


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to School and Mini Wet Bags

This is the first time EVER that I have been excited about the kids going back to school.  Maybe it's because all of my Florida friends have been posting pics of their cute kids wearing cute backpacks or in their cute classrooms with their cute new teachers.  Most likely, though, it's because my soon-to-be 4th and 7th graders have perfected the art of hovering over me as I work.  In fact, these last few sentences have taken 35 minutes to write.

Being a work-at-home mom comes with many challenges, especially in the summer.  I'm constantly stopping in the middle of a project to cook a meal, referee an argument, or taking the day off altogether just to get the kids out of the house.  I understand how it feels to be bored. 

To lighten the situation, I try to sneak in a little handmade gift for my own kids whenever I can't step away from the sewing machine.  Last week I tweaked the wet bag pattern to make my daughter a reusable sandwich bag for her lunchbox.

It's lined in vinyl for easy cleanup.  My favorite thing about this bag is the zipper to help contain the crumbs!

My friend J had been looking for a zippered reusable sandwich pouch, so she ordered a couple for her little boy who started preschool this week.  She wanted something that said "back to school" but also said her little guy loves Elmo and instruments.  How do you think I did?

It made my day to get this photo from my little buddy:

If you like these mini wet bags, you can find some now in my shop! They can also be custom made!  Email me for details!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

My Summer Hiatus (But, I'm Back!!)

Wow!  Does anyone remember me?  I can't believe it's been 6 weeks since my last blog post!  Yikes! In my defense, I did warn you earlier this summer that I would be busy making memories, and that I have.

Shortly after my Boho Headscarf post, hubby, the kids and I packed up our car and drove down to Florida to visit family and friends.  Our trip was originally scheduled to last about 10 days, but we ended up staying a little over three weeks!

If you follow my Facebook page, you will know that my nephews' infamous "twins shower", which prompted me to start designing baby gift items such as the neck tie and mustache burp cloths and the neck tie diaper and wipes pouch, finally came to fruition while I was in Florida.

I designed some super cute cupcake picks, a neck tie bunting and mini neck tie "capia" pins for the event. (Capia pins are traditional Latin American monogrammed pins that guests are given to wear at bridal and baby showers.)

After the shower, I spent a lot of time with my mom and sister.  Mom and I did some sewing:

and sis and I took our kids to the beach twice, to the movies and to lunch at the T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney!

Do you see my beautiful niece sporting her AquaSeventy6 flower earrings?
The rest of our trip we spent hanging out with friends and cousins.  We were strictly budgeted, (I mean, really, who can afford a 3-week vacation, even if they are staying with family?) So, our friends in  Land O Lakes, Seffner, Town N Country and St. Pete Beach took turns inviting us over for dinner.  I can't express what a beautiful gesture that was, and how much we enjoyed their company! (Thanks to R&M, D&M, J&R, A&L, J&Z, and J&C for your yummy homemade dinners, good conversation and your friendship!)

Since I've been home, I've started to work on some new items, which I will be sharing with you this week.  I also had a HUGE sale in my Etsy shop (another reason you MUST follow me on FB!) I have missed my little blog, and I hope you've missed me, too! 

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