Despite curbing my Etsy business recently, I have managed to stay pretty busy with lots of other fun projects.
I finished these two Halloween Minnie and Mickey dresses. The Minnie one sold and has made its way to its new owner in Canada. (The Mickey one on the right is still available! Size 4) These are incredibly fun dresses with lots of great colors and details.
These sets were a birthday gift for twin playmates. I made Minnie Mouse dresses for their birthday last year. This year they love Doc McStuffins so when I found that purple and pink polka dots I knew it was perfect for Doc. They even got corresponding outfits for their dolls.
These outfits call into the “Giving Back” category, they went to a family for a Make a Wish trip. The little girl is 4 and has leukemia. She has an almost-3-year-old brother, so they each got a special outfit. The girl’s mom sent me a message saying that her daughter declared it the best dress ever and that the princesses at Disney World will know she is a princess too. Neither one of the kids wanted to take their outfits off.
And this swashbuckling duo is getting ready for a Disney trip too, these are their outfits for their Pirate makeover at Pirates League when we visit over Halloween for their 4th birthday.
And one more set of Disney-inspired sibling set, these dresses were made for a college-friend’s daughters. They just got back from their trip and I am told the dresses were a hit. Her younger daughter reportedly told Tiana all about the dress, even though she wasn’t wearing it at the time.
I am off next week to Sewing Summit, but I am hoping I can start ramping up my business again now that my kiddos are spending at least a little time in preschool, and the holidays are on the way. I just received the Christmas PJs so I will be starting on those in the next couple weeks. If you pre-ordered holiday pajamas, keep an eye out for an email to finalize your designs.
My inspiration behind Just-Joshin is these guys:
My amazing little boys, Justin and Joshua. I am lucky enough to get to spend every day with them. This whole adventure in kids clothing started when I decided to make them a couple matching shirts to wear to Disney World way back last summer. Now they have an entire wardrobe of custom clothing, but whenever I am working on shirts, they always ask if I am making new shirt for them. When I came up with the idea for these shirts, I knew I needed to make theirs first. They were so excited to wear them with their Mickey hats we brought back from Disney World. I love the joy the memories for Disney World bring them, I can’t wait to take them again! I love these shirts because they are simple and iconic.
Here are just a few examples of new designs I have added to my shop recently. I have had a lot of fun creating new designs and even more fun seeing them modeled by a ton of cuties. More in the pipeline, so stay tuned. Big thanks to all the families who let me borrow these adorable little models and to Loch and Key Photography for the amazing photos of all these cuties.
These adorable and impossibly tiny onesies are on their way to a customer for her twins due this week. This design turned out so cute. I was lucky enough to have a friend let me borrow her adorable twin boys for a photoshoot. My dear friend Amanda has started her own portrait photography business and helped me out with the camera work for these tiny models.
Oh, and some gratuitous baby feet! I LOVE baby feet.
You can find these here.
With Christmas in the rearview mirror and the New Year upon us, it is time to start thinking of all things love. I have been working to add some new cute Valentine designs to my shop, and just posted the first two today. With these, I have introduced personalization. I have been working with embroidery design software to put together cute designs and fonts to make these designs more personal. I have several other Valentine designs, as well as lots of other fun stuff in the pipeline.
Thanksgiving is behind us now, and I have started really concentrating on getting new things into my Etsy Store for Christmas. When I started the shop, I hoped to get more Twin Sets done, since I have a set of twins very dear to me. Many of my sons’ playmates are also twins, several are Boy/Girl twins, which are much harder to find coordinating outfits. Here are a few things I have come up with this week. More coming soon!
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.)
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.