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"

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Nursing cover

I have always wanted to make a nursing cover, but never got around to one! So I was really excited when someone requested a matching nursing pillow cover and nursing cover.

One-hand adjustable neck strap
Corner pocket for storage
Extra large for full coverage
Boning in neckline so you can maintain eye contact with baby