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Pillow Signs!

These little pillows show off the child’s name and a character each with hand embroidery using embroidery floss as well as silk ribbon. Each pillow is framed with coordinating custom piping and has a matching ribbon to hang it.

Mackenzie loves mermaids-this little pillow sign will be sure to let everyone know that! What a better way to show off your little one’s favorite things and mark the entry to your little prince or princesses room?

Audrey is a bit older and her room is done in fun orange, pinks, and yellow. Owls just say it all, don’t they?! This one may hoot if you don’t knock first!

Also check out Natalie and Will’s custom pillow signs-each one reflects the child’s room and interests!

For your own custom children and baby items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids or check out my shop on Etsy.

Steve Spangler Science Kid Art! Forget Tie Dye-try this!

I’d been wanting to try out tie dyeing with my boys for a while when a friend told me about this Steve Spangler science experiment! All you do is make some marks on a t-shirt with permanent markers then drip some isopropyl alcohol right in the middle of it, a drop at a time, till you get the look you want. Easy enough for a four year old and the older kids enjoyed it, too! Check out his website for a video on the exact how-to.

The shirts really turned out cool, too. We found that instead of separating the front from the back of the shirt that we liked the look of keeping both sides together-that way you got a design on the back of the shirt as well!

I’d been worried about the mess with tie-dye, how to clean it up, how to minimize it…uggh….with the sharpie t-shirt dye you should definitely do it on a non porous surface. We did it on a formica table top. Sharpie marks got all over it-and guess what? They came right off with the isopropyl alcohol! Gotta love it!  The alcohol was a bit stinky, though, with 4 kids doing it (mine plus a neighbor friend). I would definitely recommend having good ventilation for this project.

I can’t wait to try out the giant tough to pop bubble recipe!

Madeline Step Stool for Natalie

Doing this Mad about Madeline step stool for little Natalie’s first birthday was a blast! Having three boys, I had only heard of Madeline. I picked up the Mad about Madeline book from the local library and started my research. We loved the Madeline stories and laughed out loud at her silly exploits!

Natalie’s mommy wanted the step stool in fun primary colors-mostly like the original paintings in the stories. We thought Pepito’s birthday cake would be quite appropriate for the top step of the stool. I just put Natalie’s name where Pepito’s name was and added a Happy Birthday bunting to the top sides.

Natalie’s mommy and daddy both play piano and have a grand piano in the house! So, the scene with Madeline and Genevieve at the piano was a must! I added “Chopin” to the music on the piano, and another sheet of music on the ground beside the piano with “Les Mis”, Natalie’s parents favorites!

With some extra space to the left of the piano, I added the scene of Madeline and Genevieve in school. I added more color to this painting (the original was all yellow, black and white), and added Natalie and her big brother Will’s names to the blocks around Genevieve the dog.

The other side of the step stool shows off Madeline getting measured-very appropriate for a growing little girl! And, too cute! Once again a little bit of space left over was just perfect to add the scene of Madeline where she was “not afraid of mice”.

The bottom step step of the step stool was a combination of many scenes from the Mad about Madeline stories, but the carousel was a completely new addition! Natalie’s mommy loves carousels, so we turned the gazebo in one painting into a carousel complete with horses. I added the little boy (big brother Will!) getting a balloon from the balloon man to this scene, a man on a bench feeding the pigeons, a fountain with more pigeons, and Madeline and Pepito riding the horse. And, of course, we had to put in Miss Clavel with the rest of the little girls, too!

To finish off the step stool is a special wish from Natalie’s Babcia (grandma)-hand written inside on the back.

Happy first birthday Natalie!

For your own custom handpainted items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop!

Finished Bunny Set for Baby Gus

This little bunny set was personalized especially for baby Gus.  Mommy’s always want special things for their lovies and this certainly fits the bill. Gus has his own mini blanket with his name on it, a personalized mini accordion album to record those special firsts-photos, footprints, handprints,  and a place to write special memories, and a keepsake personalized box to keep them all in. This gift set also came with a handpainted matching boy bunny card with Gus’ name on it.

The hand embroidered bunny is centered right in the middle of the white cotton blanket with Gus’ name stitched underneath in a dotted wrapped stitch. The blanket is framed with lines of dotted stitches in a an aqua blue.

The hand made box and accordion album also show off Gus’ name and coordinate with the mini blanket.

For your own  custom children and babies items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my premade items at Etsy.com . Also check out this amazing website that has all your baby needs http://www.babyidesign.com.