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Camilla’s Peacock Outfit-Matching bib and headband, too!

Check out baby Camilla in her Peacock Outfit! I honestly love giving out fashion advice, not only for the little ones but also for us moms and dads. My favorite tip for dads is to get an rfid wallet to keep with them at all times to stay looking fancy. What a little sweetie! Camilla’s mommy had extra swatches of fabric that she loved and wasn’t sure what to do with them. Every mommy with a new baby needs bibs and burp cloths, you can also get customized labels for clothes on your burp cloths! So, I fashioned several bibs with matching burp cloths, headbands and a few hair barrettes that can even be used as a decorative pin to add to a hat, outfit, or little purse! I hand embroidered a combination of Camilla’s first name, first initial and monogram on the bibs and burp bloths.

Mommy Melissa’s favorite fabric was the one reminiscent of Peacocks! I loved it too, and wanted to do something extra special for that one. I found this adorable little no sleeved onesie and embroidered a peacock design on the front bodice panel, added some ruffly layers on the bum for a peacock “tail feather” effect and added some french knots to the ruffles as well. I also made some larger headbands for big sister Lyla or for Camilla when she gets a bit bigger. For more onesies for your kids visit kigurumi.co.

I loved being able to create these for this darling little girlie!  Thank you so much Melissa for the great pics of your sweetie! Check out Melissa Rieser Photography here.

For your own custom Coffey Creations email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop!

 

Claudia’s dress!

This sweet dress started out as just a “under dress” for a dress that needed a bit more puff. I added silk flowers, with french knots for stamens, french knots of different lavenders and white throughout the skirt, along the waist, the top of the bodice, and to the hem of the dress. For the neckline I added a double wrapped dotted stitch in two different colors of purple.

I’m still hoping to get a picture of the pretty young lady in her custom Father/Daughter dress! Hope you had a great time Claudia and JR!

 

Golden Power Ranger Costume

Go Go Power Rangers! Ahhhh, why is it the Power Ranger they want to be is one that isn’t made?!!!!  Making this costume was definitely worth it to see the look on my little guy’s face.  As I typically don’t use patterns to make my children’s items I was able to look at a picture and make this pretty closely resemble the actual golden ranger’s costume.  One problem I had was not being able to find a gold material that was a little bit stretchy…that would have made this costume perfect-and much easier to make.  Alas, last minute Halloween costume making has me using what is available and stretchy gold fabric is not.

So, the big tip for Halloween Costume making is this, use stretchy fabric wherever possible! It allows the fit to be more comfortable for the child and enables you to not to have to have the fit exactly perfect. Also, velcro closures are easy for kids and moms. The velcro dots are great but be sure to get the NON sticky kind!  Want a costume for your child that is unavailable? I will be happy to help or make it for you!  Contact me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com

Penguin Onesie and Matching Hat

After I made the Ornery Penguin Set for baby Miles, I just couldn’t stop! Penguins are just too darn cute! I made this coordinating hat and onesie set with the cute little penguin who was holding a snowball-just where he is intending to throw it I don’t know!

To purchase this hat and onesie set check out my Etsy shop. Also check out the coordinating Snow Day canvas for sale at my shop!

To see the Ornery Penguin Snow Day Canvas click here. To see the custom set for baby Miles-including the mini blanket, penguin stuffed animal, 5 little penguin cardstock book with 5 little penguin finger puppets, keepsake box and hand painted card (all personalized for baby Miles!), click here!

Make your own custom photo necklace!

I LOVE being able to use pictures in such a fun way! And let me tell you, these were EASY! I save the little index prints that I get from Shutterfly (my absolute favorite photo website) and always find something fun to do with them. They are perfect mini pictures-that you get free when you order prints of any size!

I found these lockets at Michaels for under 10$ each. You open the necklace and insert your trimmed photo. How easy is that?! Not sure about exactly how to trim the photo? Take the sample photo out and use it as your template. With these necklaces you can actually put one photo on the front and one on the back. AND when your little one grows up a little more? Or you get a new favorite photo? Just switch it out! Truly the gift that keeps on giving!

Also check out my “micro mini” photo books. Fun to make with scraps of card stock, odds and ends and those great index prints! Here I’ve also used a bit of clip art of some of my guys’ favorite things! Create your own mini photo album, alphabet book, kid brag book (your little one’s favorite things), the ideas are endless. And, let me tell you, the kids LOVE them!

Have fun! E-mail me for your own custom children or baby items or for any questions or tips on how to create your own fun albums. Also check out my Etsy shop!

Art Smock for BOYS! and dry erase cat puppet!

School has officially started-and so begins the accumulation of school supplies. My son’s school requested an art shirt and a sock for dry erasing (among lots of other things). I scoured the internet in search of a really cute art smock for my 6 year old boy. I found lots of cute smocks, but they were all too girly.

What a fantastic repurposing of Daddy’s workshirt-Daddy gets a kick out of his little guy wearing his shirt, David gets a fun paint shirt, and David’s regular clothes stay paint free! I’m not big on machine embroidery (I don’t even have an embroidery machine!)-I did the embroidery years ago on an old sheet at my mother-in-laws-but I LOVE the formal look of it on a faux tie. I made a tie out of the embroidered material, and then sewed it onto one side of the shirt’s opening. I attached velcro to the other side of the tie and to the shirt to make fastening it a breeze for my guy.

As for the shirt itself, I just cut it down and sewed it back together so that it wasn’t overwhelmingly large on my little guy. He loves it! Easy to use, fun and personalized!

Then the little kitty! I know my guy is partial to “tiger cats” and was thinking how fun it would be to turn a sock (the requested item) into a puppet to use for the dry erase boards at school. No sock we had was quite the right color, then I remembered Martha Stewart had once turned old mittens into stuffed animals! I thought, hmmmm, how about a “hand erase puppet”?! It was really quite easy. I cut off the thumb and two middle fingers down to the base of the mitten, the two outer fingers I left a smidge of fabric in a triangular shape (kitty ears). I turned it inside out and sewed the ears and top together. I filled the longer fingers and thumb (to be the tail) with polyfil stuffing and then sewed the legs and tail in place. For the arms of the kitty I made extra holes in the side of the mitten and set the shorter fingers inside (with the kitty inside out) and sewed all around the edges of the finger and to the body of the cat. When finished, I turned it back out and voila! My little guy can put his hand inside and his fingers in the kitty’s arms to make the little kitty actually erase the board! Way too much fun!!!

For your own green items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop! Or, if you’d like to try it out yourself, don’t hesitate to e-mail me for more detailed instructions! Have fun!

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!

Pumpkin Baby Brennan Gift Set

Brennan’s mommy LOVES orange and pumpkins! This set was custom made just for baby Brennan in honor of his mommy’s favorites. The mini blanket has a tree with silk embroidered green and orange leaves, the tree also has a squirrel holding an acorn sitting atop one of the branches, and one down below in it’s hollow base. The framing of the white part of the blanket is done in a forest green dotted wrapped stitch and each corner shows off a little pumpkin with silk embroidered leaves.  The center of the blanket shows off Brennan’s monogram in a dark brown. The outer edge of the mini blanket is a soft khaki and the blanket’s back is in the same white cotton as the blankets’ center front.

This special gift set includes the mini blanket, handprint/footprint kit, deluxe custom keepsake box, coordinating onesie and hat, and handpainted personalized notecard.

The Handprint/footprint kit comes with three personalized notecards, 5 embellished watercolor papers (in case one or two get smudged), two pots of coordinating paint, and a sponge brush. The embellished water color papers are to put the little guy’s handprints or footprints on. They each have a handpainted pumpkin or squirrel with leaves and or acorns to coordinate with all of Brennan’s fun things!

The onesie has a little squirrel holding an acorn and several pumpkins along it’s collar, and a fun orange dotted wrapped stitch around the cuffs. The matching hat has a larger pumpkin on the left, a few acorns atop a forest green dotted wrapped stitch leading to a squirrel sitting atop a pumpkin holding his own acorn.

All of Brennan’s gifts were contained in a personalized custom keepsake box. Brennan’s box shows the same squirrels and tree scene as on his mini blanket, and his full name is framed off to the side in a fun font.   A handpainted personalized card was also included in little Brennan’s set.

For your own custom hand made children’s items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out some of my premade items at my Etsy shop.

Lyla’s Dress, Purse, and Hair Accessory (not to mention panties, too!)

I can’t believe little Lyla just turned 2!!! Lyla’s mommy loved this fabric-who wouldn’t?! It is too darn cute! This little dress was made in the same style as a dress that Lyla’s mommy loved. I recreated the dress in the new fabric and added a pretty white crocheted lace to the sides. I decided that a purse and hair accessory were an absolute must!

With the left over material I was able to make a 6 month size swing shirt and boy pants. To purchase these items go to my Etsy shop.  Sorry, the little dress and purse are unavailable.

For your own custom children’s and babies items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com

The photos of Lyla were provided courtesy of Melissa at MelissaRieser.com Thank you so much Melissa!!!!

Little Boy Summer Fun Crab Gift Set

Ahh, little boys and summer-what could be more sweet? This adorable Birthday Gift Box for Her set comes with a mini blanket, a coordinating onesie and hat, a footprint/handprint set and a hand painted personalized notecard. I found many such gift sets on a website online. But I wouldn’t imagine that everyone would be looking for the same gift sets. I’ve found many different kinds of gift sets. You can find them here.

The onesie has a crab and some bubbles along it’s neckline and a crab crawling up the bum on the back of the onesie! The hat has a few crabs and bubbles to match. The crabs are done in a light aqua with a darker teal a bit of lime green and orange.

The coordinating mini blanket has Lincoln’s name done in a dotted wrapped stitch right in it’s center. The framing of the blanket is a soft cotton fabric with blue and the occasional tan dot.The same material is used on the the back of the blanket. Mini blankets are the perfect size for new babies and later as lovies for little ones.

The handprint/footprint set comes with three notecards, 5 watercolor papers-with little hand painted crabs and bubbles on each one, a pot of coordinating paint and a sponge brush.The extra watercolor papers are for-oops-smudges of little hands or feet, or to share extra prints with family members and friends. Each notecard has Lincoln’s name or monogram on it and a label that says 3 months, 6 months and 1 year old, to keep track of just how small those little feet were.

This gift set also includes a hand painted personalized note card with Lincoln’s name on it. The crab was painted in the same colors as the blanket, onesie and hat, and as the handprint/footprint cards.

Welcome to the world little Lincoln!

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