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Ode to a Favorite Spud

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This whole endeavor started with an idea that I would make two matching shirts for my boys for our Disney trip. (30 days to go!) It quickly got out of hand, and they have so many cute outfits for the trip. While they already had plenty to make it through our week there, I found this fabric and decided that they had to have shirts featuring Mr. Potato Head. He is. after all, a long-time favorite in our house. The boys received a set for their 1st birthday and here we are closing in on their 3rd and they still regularly play with him. 

I love how these shirts came out, they are colorful and fun and honor a favorite character, with a nod to his role in the Toy Story movies, also favorites in this house. I can’t wait to see these in action!

These are an example of how custom clothing can be. I was lucky to find the fabric featuring the Potato Head family, but with the appliqués, I can do lots of characters even if fabric is not available.

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Test Driving our Disney Shirts

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I started this endeavor with the crazy idea of making custom shirts for my own sons for our Disney World trip. We are going in about a month and a half, but I started sewing them clothing for the trip months ago. What started as one shirt each has exploded  into not only an entire Disney-themed wardrobe for them, a handful of things for the parents and our friends, but a whole working-from-home business.

Of the shirts I have made for our trip, I have only let my boys try one set on, and only briefly. I really don’t want them ruined before our trip, so they are quarantined until then. I made an exception this week, though, since we were invited to a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party for another twin family. I made the girls their Minnie birthday dresses, which they loved and looked so cute in for their party. I let my boys wear Mickey Mouse shirts I made. And of course they got pink frosting on them. Sigh. Luckily, nothing that didn’t wash away, thankfully.

And now, the inspiration for Just Joshin, my sons Justin and Joshua in their Mickey Mouse shirt test run (and the adorable newly 3-year-old girls.)

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Quilts as cute as your baby

This is a baby quilt I made as a gift for a friend’s new baby girl. It wasn’t my first quilt, but it was the first one I added appliqué and I love how it turned out. I can see a lot of potential in dressing up quilts with appliqué, especially for babies and kids. I love picking fabrics for quilts and now I am having even more fun picking an appliqué design to go with the fabrics. So much fun!

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Ruffled

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I just finished two dresses for a Minnie Mouse birthday party, twin girls turning three. These were a custom order, based on their Mom’s request for pink Minnie dresses for their party. For me, it was my first foray into ruffles. The nice thing about making clothing for twins is you get a lot of extra practice! I was able to quickly master the shirt pattern I made for my boys, and these dresses were no different. By the second one I was a ruffling master. I can’t wait to see the birthday girls in their adorable dresses. I hope the love them as much as I do.

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Getting Started

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It’s always busy around my house, even when we do nothing all day. I am a mom to twin toddlers, affectionately known as twin tornadoes or the duo of destruction. They go-go-go all the time, so when they nap, that is my time. The past few weeks, however, have been turned up to 11 so to speak, busy-wise. I decided a couple of weeks ago to launch my own custom kids clothing store on Etsy, and since then I have tried to work on projects for that every day. There are the samples to be made for sale, a logo to design, a business license to apply for, and lots and lots of pictures to take, accounts to register and much more. My head is spinning. I am fortunate to have an amazing friend in Amanda who set up all my website and blog, right after she helped me corral my kids at a touch-a-truck event yesterday afternoon. Now that’s a dedicated friend. My husband has allowed me to spend his days off holed up in the bedroom sewing and working while he is living the life of stay-at-home Dad. Today I sent them all to the zoo to enjoy the nice weather and get out of the house. (It’s so quiet it’s almost disorienting!)

So far I have been able to list a dozen or so items, some pre-made ready to ship, some are samples I will make to order. I also have a to-do list for our Disney trip in just more than 2 months, and whipped up this cute UP sweatshirt for the amazing Amanda for her birthday. I have so many projects on my wish list, and I am enjoying working on all of them. 

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you’ll check out my wares on my shop.