Saturday, April 26, 2014

Feeding the obsession....

So my mother-in-law's birthday is this month, and she loves playing Candy Crush, for some reason.  And so I made her a Candy Crush key fob at Christmas, but then I saw this Candy Crush-inspired fabric at the quilt store at their New Year's Day sale, and I just couldn't resist. ;)  So I made these six towels, using all the main colors of the rainbow for the towels.  She gets the green and purple ones, and the rest will go into the gift stash....And now I'm in total hanging towel mode, and I'm planning to make up a bunch more - this Christmas might be towel-themed!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Still more key fobs - and a new use!

So I had made my friend some "Proud to Be a Nurse" key fobs, and she wanted more to distribute among her coworkers for Nurses' Day (May 6th, in case you aren't aware).  She chose the webbing colors from the ones I had available.  The Candy Crush key fob is for my aunt's birthday in the fall - yes, I too am shocked that I'm this far ahead of the game on that one! And the Lego key fob is for my son.... make it harder for him to lose his jump drive!  This particular jump drive is to be used for his programs for the Lego robotics club, so the Lego ribbon is perfect.  I let him pick the webbing color, too, and I am hoping this makes it easy to hang onto his jump drive, or at least much easier to find when he invariably misplaces it.  (These jump drives are TINY!)

I think this is a great way to help keep track of jump drives, and I'm thinking that I'll be making some key fobs for my own jump drives!  Time to make those suckers harder to lose!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

More Star Wars clothes!!!

 It's been about nine months or so since I made my niece the girly Star Wars shirts.  And apparently she is outgrowing them, so my brother requested some new ones.  Well, how can I say no?  So I bought several different colors of the very same shirt (Garanimals brand - short sleeved toddler girl's shirt - just a bigger size this time) and got to work.  This time I went for some Star Wars Lego images, which I just thought were awesome.

Meet Yoda:

And R2D2:

And you can't have Star Wars without Darth Vader (with the appropriate colored lightsaber):

All the shirts together - I love how they turned out!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

More pillowcases

It's getting to be birthday party season again, after a break.  So I started making pillowcases.  This was the first one that occurred to me: Thing 1 has a friend who loves reptiles, and the idea came when I randomly happened to see this flannel at JAF.  Good thing!  He loved it!

So then Thing 2 had a birthday party a week later, and that friend likes Minecraft.  So I pulled some flannel out of my stash and whipped up two pillowcases, with different Minecraft ribbon bands (bought from a coop), then let Thing 2 choose which one would go to his friend.  The other one is going into my gift stash.

After that, I was on a roll, so I pulled more flannel out of the stash (I love using up stash!) and made two Angry Birds pillowcases.  These are intended for Christmas gifts for a pair of brothers.

Pillowcases are a great gift - always useful, don't take up much space, and can be easily customized to suit the recipient.  And they don't take much time!  Bonus!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Angry Birds

So, Easter is coming....and I thought my niece could use a cute shirt. :)  Okay, so it's really that I needed an excuse to use the Easter Angry Birds print, and I thought it was a little too girly for my son.  But, you know....

So I spent a little while walking around the keepsake calicos, trying to find something to go with the print, and I finally settled on this multicolored hearts on a black background print.  I wasn't totally sure how it would work, but I thought it was the best option I saw that day.  And I think it looks okay!

This is the Izzy top again, by Climbing the Willow.  Based on the feedback from the two I sent in February, I made this the size 2T but added 2 inches in length.  This should be perfect for awhile.  Here's hoping she likes it!

Friday, April 4, 2014

More key fobs!

I recently made a bunch of key fobs and thought I'd share them.  These are so quick and easy!  The first set went to my high school friend who is a nurse.  I told her to pick her favorite and then see if anyone at work was interested in buying the others.  (Yes, I'm selling them - if someone is willing to help fund my new ribbon obsession, I'm totally willing to let them!  $6 each plus shipping if anyone's interested)  I think my favorite is probably the red one, but the blue goes almost perfectly with the blue in the stethoscopes, and the black looks pretty classy.  I'm thinking that in the future, I'll make sure that they all line up with the phrase complete on each side. 

These two are random gifts.  I know someone who loves Legos and was in need of a pick-me-up - I hope that she liked it!  That would potentially be a nice fundraiser for a Lego robotics team, too....And the eyes one is going to a friend who works in an ophthalmology office.  Maybe her coworkers would like some?  We'll see....

And these were commissioned by coworkers at the animal shelter I occasionally do work for.  One of the techs saw the key fobs I made for the other doctors, and she asked where I had gotten them.  When I said that I'd made them, she asked if I would sell any.  I thought about it and said sure, and she collected orders.  My favorite is probably still the turquoise, but I'm also partial to the purple and the green.  I also really like this ribbon on black, but no one ordered it this time.

I hope that everyone likes their new key fobs!  I'm currently semi-obsessed with making them, but I have to wait until my hardware order arrives before I can make any more.  These are great gifts - relatively inexpensive, but super cute and very useful.  I'll definitely continue to make them as gifts, especially when I need multiples.