Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Give A Hoot

I'm not much of an internet surfer, well, I'm a lazy internet surfer. I get on to do what I want to do, get sucked into Facebook, go BACK to what I got on to do, then jump off before J's realized how long my tush has been in that computer chair. So I love when I can come across something inspiring without all the leg work.

I got onto this blog, Ucreate, to find a good pattern for an apron. And I come across this (the shirt idea, not the girls :) although, that would have been pretty cool. or creepy...) :

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A pattern for little owl appliqued t-shirts?!? Yes, please.
The designer's name is Ashley and she has a business/finance background, Abbey has the same little dress her girl is wearing on her sidebar picture, and that's about where our similarities end. This chick is wicked creative, I love it. She's like Ashley Pace 2.0

I had never appliqued but heard it was easy. I did learn a few things, if you've never done it. If you have, you probably have a better method or think this is common sense. But I bought this stuff called Heat'n'Bond (an iron-on adhesive) because I didn't want the edges to fray. I wish I had ironed it to the fabric before cutting out the owl pieces. Would have made the project easier and life simpler, I'm sure. Then I just top stitched all the layers. And since I was in the mode, I made up an extra one for this adorable fairy princess:

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Sam has a birthday coming up and wanted to give back to the 'Make-a-Wish Foundation' that made one of her wishes come true. Instead of gifts, she asked that people bring a gift to donate to the foundation. This little girl had me after the first time I met her and told her I loved her hairbows; she snuggled right up to me on the couch and hung out while we chatted. I thought it was such a generous thing for any little girl to donate her birthday gifts, but still wanted her to have a little something for herself.

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They had this great face painter at the party and I was a little surprised Abbey was so into it. I hated face paint as a kid. I loved her look of enchantment when she looked at herself in the mirror. It was magic. Poor little Sam got so sick the night before the party and was inside most the time. When her mom brought her out in that sweet costume, looking so beautiful, to blow out candles, I think all the moms there were fighting back tears. I was.

i love sweet, little girls

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18 comments:

Allison and Noah Riley said...

I am fighting back tears over that sweet picture with Abbey's arms wrapped around Hayden - such sweet little sisters!

The shirts are a-dorable. I wish I would have told you about my applique-ness before you upstaged me in the most amazing way. Mine didn't look anything like these!

Natalie said...

ADORABLE!!! and IMPRESSIVE!!! Are you taking orders?

val said...

i've always wanted to try the whole applique thing. love the owl shirts, so festive and fun. maybe that can be my next project...once i figure out how to do ANYTHING with two kids :)

koryn said...

Love them - and the shirts too! Can I get instructions for Whit to have one too? I think all female cousins should be part of the fun. Fabric leftovers? Remebember the closest fabric store is 140 miles away to take pity. I am also loving the face paint on Abbey. I didn't think it was possible for her to get cuter - oh - there it happened.

Tearsa said...

What a crafty mama you are! So cute!! And your girls are gorgeous as always...looks like a magazine add :)

Ashley said...

They turned out SO great! Thanks so much for linking to me too ;) I'm loving them! I'm still lens shopping....hopefully I'll make a decision this week and my photos will start turning out like yours!!!

Raquel said...

Ash. you are such a great mom. And to die for shirts. Can you make me one...maybe not cause then folks may think I am a Hooters Girl!

allyn said...

no way! these are adorable. and of course you had the cutest tights and other accessories to make the cutest pictures. please don't tell me you got matching skirts from a yard sale.

LOVE IT!

Randy, Alanna, and Keira said...

Smash,
Your ablitiy to create what you see is awesome. It looks like you guys are doing great. We can't wait to see you in few months. I hope the single parent life is treating you well.

Randy and Alanna

adam and erica said...

You're girls are soooo cute! Abby looks just like a Furniss, but Hayden? I don't know who she looks like but that little toothy grin and the tights are too cute! Miss you!

Ashley said...

Hi there again. Would you mind if I used one of these photos on my blog tomorrow and linked back to you? I wanted to do a gallery of recent outfits I love originating from LBB?

cacrowell said...

Oh my DARLING!!! Love, LOVE the lil'leggins!! And that beanie--SO cute! Way cute shirts Ash--I love the fabric and the button eyes.

Jeff and Holly said...
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Jeff and Holly said...

I found your adorable pictures on Ashleys blog and had to tell you how cute your girls are. Those owls are adorable your pictures might have just given me the extra push I needed to do something with those cute owls! Did you make those girls skirts as well?

Landry said...

I just came across your blog from LilBlueBoo and wanted to join the others in complimenting your outstanding photography skills!

May I ask what you use in post-production (PS or Lightroom?) and what you used for lighting? I can never seem to get mine right...

Thanks for the tips!

Jeanine said...

What a great project! The shirts turned out so cute, not to mention the pictures. Your little friends Sam sounds like the sweetest little girl. Great face paint too. :)

Ashley said...

Landry--thanks so much for stopping by! I use Photoshop. I have some friends who use Lightroom, but I honestly don't know too much about it. Photoshop though, I can't say enough good things about it. Love, love, love that program. It definitely has a learning curve and can be frustrating at first, but I have had so much fun figuring it out. As far as lighting goes, I am a natural light photographer.

Tristie hearts Dax said...

Ashley, They turned out SO cute! Good job. I have something to go with them. They'll be in the mail as soon as you email me your address.