Monday, December 10, 2012

Simply genius!

My customers are genius! Some of my best, and most favorite, projects come from ideas and requests from customers!

This request is for a waterproof nursing pillow cover to go under a decorative cover. Made of PUL, the waterproof fabric used in cloth diapers, this cover will protect the pillow from spit-up, leaks, etc. Take off the decorative cover, then wipe or wash the waterproof cover. The actual pillow won't need washed nearly as often and can retain its shape and fluffiness for longer! I will definitely be adding this to my list of items I make often!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cute custom sleeping gown!

I made this for my cousin and her sweet baby girl for a long-distance baby shower. It would make a great gift for a new mom and baby in the hospital!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Pajamas for the whole family

I had the privilege of making custom coordinating pajamas for a family for Christmas this year. After ordering from someplace online last year with limited options, they decided they wanted to choose exactly what they got--and this is it! I love the way they turned out and hope that they do, too. Mom and daughter will sport matching top and pants with ruffles on the bottom hems, while dad wears a more manly version with straight pants and a split hem on the shirt. I hope they have fun cozying up during this Christmas season in their family pjs!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nursing cover

LOVE this fabric (I think I say that about 99% of the projects I do for others...people have such great tastes!) Made this for a friend. Note the adjustable neck strap, the boning in the neck to allow mom to peek in at baby, and the terry cloth pocket in the lower corner to stash a burp cloth or wipe a mouth! These nursing covers are a great size for laying on the ground for baby to roll around or to throw over a car seat to keep out germs, weather, etc.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Getting ready for snow

Inspired by how much my boy loved his hat and cheek/neckwarmer combo last year, I just hat to make more before winter sets in! Children's hats are my new favorite. This hat/neck warmer combo is a favorite at our house. We love the book/movie that inspired this adorable orange creature, and was a starting point for many other hats and combos (pictures of those to come soon). I welcome custom requests and ideas for your little person!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012

These pics were taken about 1/2 way through the day on the first day, so already a lot of stuff picked over! I am still in awe about Pumpkin Patch and what an amazing weekend it was...the weather was perfect, the sales were great, the friends and family helping me out made the days so much better...all the vendors I spoke with agreed it was an exceptional weekend!

The displays were an added bonus this year. I borrowed them from my in-laws who own a mercantile. Meant for DVDs, they were great for showcasing the 120+ reusable sandwich bags (which sold out) as well as the embroidered onesies and infant beanies. The taller displays in the back were perfect for tablet/e-reader clutches and the children's hats.

Thanks to all who came out and helped, shopped, and enjoyed the weekend!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Black and white giraffe diaper bag

Love the color combo on this one! Needed it to be gender neutral, so went with a yellow changing pad--and it really popped!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Teacher gifts

Since school has started again, thought this would be an appropriate post. These were end-of-the-year teacher gifts for G's preschool teachers, but wouldn't these be fun anytime?

Thanks to Family Fun magazine for the inspiration. We made our own sugar cookie recipe that calls for jello powder to make them colored and flavorful. Cut out a flower shape, then cut a circle in the middle. Lay on a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and tuck a lollipop/cake pop stick under the cookie so that it shows in the middle of the cut out flower. Place a hard, not gummy, lifesaver in the middle of the hole and bake. As it bakes, the lifesaver melts and fills the hole. Cool and you have a beautiful flower!

We then painted pots with chalkboard paint and wrote the teachers' names on them...they could also be used later to mark what is planted in each pot! We put baseball ribbon around the rim of the pot--with G, everything needs to be baseball. Filled the pot with dried beans, taped a packet of wildflower seeds to a stick to add to the bouquet, and there you have it--very cute, yummy teacher gift! We will be making these frequently I am sure!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Farm blanket for the senses

I made a blanket like this for my son several years ago. As a displaced farm girl, I felt like he should learn about the farm at an early age! The best thing about this farm though is that his clothes didn't get dirty!

Actually the best thing is the many textures on this blanket. The one pictured, along with the soft tractors, are ideal for my nephew who is turning one this week. The softness of the fabrics, the rows to resemble corn or freshly planted wheat, the slight terraces, and even a farm pond that is silky to the touch! Happy birthday, T! And sis, hopefully this Labor Day is much easier but equally as joyful as last years'!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Toddler Fair coming soon

MandiMoo Designs will be at the Toddler Fair at the Manhattan Public Library September 12. See the flyer, and we will hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weekend projects

We got RAIN here this weekend...and lots of it! Good thing I bought vinyl on one of my frequent trips to the fabric store. Why have an umbrella when you can hold a roll of vinyl over your head while ushering your two small children, each with their own full- sized umbrella, through pouring rain? Ha! Let's just say we were quite a sight!

So I bought vinyl because I couldn't find an over-the-door shoe organizer at my first stop and didn't want to play out the above scenario at too many other stops, so I decided to buy vinyl and make my own! Pretty quick, used up some fabric and bias tape I had around, and much heavier duty than a purchased one!

Previously we had used muffin tins and magnets in the bottom of plastic cups to organize the ridiculous numbers of pens, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, etc. The cups were always falling over, I worried about someone swallowing one too many magnets, etc. I had found this idea somewhere and decided to give it a whirl! I think we may have finally found a solution that works!

The other project was blackout curtains for the kiddos room. We have been doing bedtime about 7 to accommodate an early school day, so needed something s bit more sleep-friendly. Will probably end up with a second panel on each window, but we will see! Sorry if the pics aren't in preview isn't working so I can't see what order they are in!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Another crib quilt

Love, love the fabric used for this crib quilt. Just one piece of fabric on the front and one on the back, but quilted together so technically a quilt! There were also valances that went with this, the same fabric as on the back (the fabric with more white space). Now that I think of it, the purple in this fabric would match the walls in the kids room...hmmmm, an update may be in order!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Updated nursery, personalized quilt

Do you remember the crib set I did for a dear friend of mine and her little girl, O?

Well, O is now a sweet almost 2 1/2 year old and was ready to move out of a crib and into a daybed. So I got the pleasure of updating her bedroom! They wanted to keep the same style but needed a quilt big enough for a daybed and a new bed skirt (which is in the same fabric as the crib skirt, so no pictures of it).

Fortunately we were able to find the same fabric--on clearance!--and then I was ready to go. From start to finish, this quilt was FUN! I considered sending it off to get it quilted, but then decided that I have a fabulous embroidery machine, why not hoop each square and quilt it myself? And that I did. And I couldn't have been more pleased with the way it turned out! What a precious keepsake!

The full quilt

I appliqued her name on the quilt as I had done on her crib quilt

A close-up of the quilting--I designed circles for the circle fabric and a stripe quilting stitch on the stripe fabric

And best of each pink square I quilted her name! In my spare time (haha) I would LOVE to make one for each of my kids with their names embroidered in them!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Black and white and purple--my favorite combination!

A custom diaper bag--wish I could have kept this! Black and white zebra print, my favorite, and purple? Of course! Some mom is going to look great at K-State football games this fall!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

School time!

I am testing out my new toy. An iPad! I am so excited to take pictures and blog all in one step! And It has this great dictation feature so I can tell it what to write. There are so many possibilities for my sewing business, such as credit cards at craft fairs, showing customers my work on the go, and taking photos and blogging without plugging in a camera or memory card and waiting on an upload. I have been saving up and it is so worth the wait! So please excuse mistakes as I go through this learning process.

Anyway, on to the blog. School is just around the corner, and for those of us with kindergarteners (shedding a tear here), that includes a nap mat. Who wants a boring, used nap mat that my sweaty little boy will stick to?

So of course I had to make our own. First a comfy cotton cover.

And of course a coordinating personalized blanket.

Elastic straps keep it secure to the mat and double as a carrying handle.

All ready for kindergarten!

And of course we had to make one for our dear friend B. Pink flamingos and sparkly flannel for her. (half the fun was letting them pick out there own fabrics). Now little Z is thinking she needs one to nap at home! Monkey see monkey do!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Easter basket

More fun ideas--a personalized Easter basket liner, complete with crystals in the center of the flowers!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

4th of...August?

Better late than never.

I saw these adorable socks at Hobby Lobby and just HAD to buy them for a dear friend who had recently had a baby girl. And of COURSE I couldn't just give her the socks, so I put together this cute little patriotic outfit just in time for Independence Day.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New favorite diaper bag!

My sister requested a new diaper bag for her birthday (yes, clear back in May.) I did get it done for her birthday, I am only behind in my blogging!

My thanks to her for all of her feedback and suggestions on how to make my products better--more useful, more efficient, more durable, more accessible. So I was really glad when we planned out specifically what she wanted in this bag, and I was even more excited when it turned out so incredibly well! I will definitely be using this bag style more frequently. For now it gets the name "Square Shoulder bag"

I LOVE the fabric that she chose, and the fun coordinating binding really adds to the overall look. This is similar in style to the boxy 3-in-1 bag, but has only a shoulder strap (as opposed to the optional backpack straps and stroller straps)

Here are the gusseted pockets again, outside...

...and in.

And an elasticized pocket on the side panel for mom's water bottle, etc.

Also, she is currently (though she hopes for only a short while more) diapering two children, so she wanted a diaper clutch that would keep two sizes of diapers, plus wipes. I think we still have some adjustments to make on this one, but will definitely be adding it to the product line. "Double Diaper Duty"