Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tampa Peeps Come See Elle Belle in Person!

Come out to Giggle Box Couture, a boutique in South Tampa, this Saturday May 2nd, to check out Elle Belle in person. This will be the first event Elle Belle has participated in since last December and you won't want to miss all the new stuff we'll debut! Get first dibs on new sling designs (including matching zip pouches), new cart/highchair covers, an all new line of pillowcase dresses, and even some new quilts! Here's all the info for this fun event:

Featured Etsy Blogger: Two Zany Zebras

Check out the Two Zany Zebras shop out of Southern California. How cute would your little monster be in this little monster onesie:

One of these googly eyed monsters in your little one's room might actually get them excited to find the "monster under the bed"!

Friday, April 24, 2009

My Space Now Hers

It’s a bittersweet day in the Whittington household. I’ve come to the realization that I’m going to have to give up my sewing studio so that our new little one can have a nursery… just until we move to a bigger house near the end of the year. I’ve enjoyed every minute of having a space of my own, I even posted about it a few months ago (check it out here) but the sacrifice will be worth it! I’m in the middle of the project to move all the sewing/craft storage into our main living space, so I’ll save that post until I have a before and after to show you, but what could be more fun than designing a nursery?! If I were putting together a story board for the initial concept of the nursery here’s what would be on it:

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Clips for a Cause

The company that I work part time for participates in Relay for Life and has events throughout the year to help raise funds for the cause. The most recent event is a craft fair/bake sale. Employees hand made items and baked goods that will be placed for sale in the craft show that will be open to internal employees only. 100% of the sales of all the items will go to support Relay for Life.
I'm happy to be participating and donated some pacifier clips and bib clips. It was a quick easy project that I hope will help raise some funds!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ribbon Blanket

I love making ribbon blankets! This one was especially fun to make since it's for our soon to be little one. I always enjoy picking the ribbons with lots of different textures but this time I envisioned my daughter's chubby little fingers curled around each one. The minky and satin fabric combination is so super soft, I can already picture her all cuddled up with it in her car seat. The crinkle material is one of my favorite things about my ribbon blankets... I can't wait to see her eyes light up when she discovers she can make that sound herself. Seeing Liv's name stitched out makes it all seem even more "real" for some reason.

Monday, April 13, 2009

An Easter Cottage

I had a little wooden family made for Elle last Christmas (see my I can’t believe it post). They usually live in the houses, cars, and little cities Elle builds for them with her blocks, but I thought they needed a soft cozy place to rest between block worlds. So I made her this little fabric doll house purse for Easter.

I absolutely LOVE the fabric I picked out with Karie at Fiberologie! I’ve been eyeing that lantern/ladybug print since my first trip into her shop and she recently got this adorable mushroom and fawn print in that was just begging for a whimsical project.

This was a different type of project than I usually take on. The house is constructed with sheets of plastic canvas wrapped in batting and then “slip covered” in fabric with stitches between each panel that become the fold lines.
There was also some hand stitching required and I didn’t have a pattern to follow... more like an outline. There weren’t enough “rules” to the process for my preference, but it came together well, and I liked working on the little details like the appliqué window and door with button knob and the fabric covered buttons that keep it closed. Elle loves her little house and wants to get to work right away making the family beds to sleep in.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Modified Onesie #2

A few posts ago I mentioned my melt down over not having any newborn sized clothes for Elle when she first came home from the hospital and posted about the little sweet pea gown I made for the new baby. 2 onesies came in the package I bought so I decided to try my hand at ruffle butts on the second one. What is it about big poufy diapered baby butts adorned with ruffles? You just gotta love it!

I may be the only sewer in the world who doesn’t hang on to every bit of scrap fabric… I have one medium sized bin and that’s all I allow myself, so I end up with only the bits and pieces I really love. This was a great way to use up some of those smallish scraps. I used Steam-a-Seam2 double stick fusable web to trace, cut, and iron on baby's name, Liv, in all lower case. Here’s the scoop on how I made the ruffles. Measure the butt part of the onesie and cut strips, mine were an inch and a half wide, of coordinating fabric twice the length (maybe a little extra if you want a more serious ruffle going on). I used pinking shears on both edges of the strip… it’ll fray a bit when washed but I kind of like that look anyway and it makes this project extra simple. Baste a line of stitches down the center of the strip. Pull the bottom thread of your basting stitch to gather it up. Line the edges of the strip up with the side seam of the onesie, pin the ruffle down randomly across the butt, ending with the other edge of the ruffle even with the other side seam of the onesie. Sew down the middle of the ruffle & pull out the basting stitches. Pin the next strip above or below it and repeat. Instant cuteness!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Featured Etsy Seller: Design by Nora

Isn’t this the perfect Easter purse?! It clutched in your white gloved hand would even make a great picture to frame & place on a vanity next to your makeup mirror… maybe I’m just in the Easter purse mood. I get a glimpse of Elle’s tiny white patent leather one hanging neatly with her yellow Easter dress every time I open her closet.

The Design by Nora Etsy shop lists this handcrafted beauty for her Uncle, Naz, along with others in his line that’s more than 30 years in the making. In addition to these lovelies, you can find Nora’s handiwork in the form of polymer clay stud earrings. The simplicity of these stars are just my style!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Elle's Jokes

A little 3 year old humor for you on April Fool's Day:

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Interupting Cow
Interupting Cow Wh...

Why did the chicken cross through the park?
To get to the other slide!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Atch Who?
Bless you!

What did the zero say to the eight?
Nice Belt!

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