I saw this quote a while back and LOVED it. So I decided to alter my red "LOVE" sign:
altered w/patterned paper, silk flower, button, and ink
This 2ft x 6" Altered "LOVE" sign is for sale! - $45 (+ $8 shipping) SOLD
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. to purchase!
Tried out a new layered color look on this most-recent sign:
I call it the Black-on-Brown-Burn.
This 3ft x 6" "THANKFUL" sign is for sale! - $35 (+ $8 shipping)
Contact me at email@example.com. to purchase!
I've had this Imaginisce Spooky Town collection on my shelf for months. Loved it, but wasn't feeling to "fall-ish" in the 99 degree weather. So finally today, Ayla and I pulled out the pumpkins, she wore her pumkin shirt ($1 at Walmart last year), and we made ourselves some Halloween decorations:
Can't wait to play some more with these!
Did you see? I've added a new section to my web site. Introducing "Signs by Andrea". I've had so many people ask me about the signs I've made for gifts over the past couple of years, that I have finally decided to start selling them.
Interested? Want one? Good! I'll make you a personalized, one-of-a-kind sign for your home or office. Or, you can buy one for a gift -- Christmas, birthdays, and don't forget the most perfect occasion of all for a personalized sign -- WEDDINGS! Every bride will be thrilled to proudly display her new last name.
Check 'em out, tell a friend, and keep 'em in mind the next time you want to give the PERFECT personalized gift! I'll ship to anywhere in the United States!
I've always liked my Baby Bjorn and carried Ayla all over Rochester in it her entire first year (and a little beyond!). Paxton is going to prove to be a little more difficult to carry with it, because he's so big!
A friend of mine here in Birmingham uses a sling that she made to hold any of her three kids (3, 1, and 1 month), and it's SO cute. She was nice enough to make me one too (I even got to pick the fabrics), and I'm in love with it.
Paxton loves it too. I carried him around tonight for about an hour when I went to pick Ayla up from VBS, and he never made a peep. Just sat there and enjoyed the ride with his little hands folded in front of him, smiling at everyone.
Thanks to Hilarie (who SO needs to open her own Etsy shop with these and the adorable bags she makes) who made it for me! (She didn't ask me to drum up business for her, but I could probably convince her to make a few more if any of you want to buy one from her...just let me know!)
I threw a lingerie shower for my friend Tiffany this past weekend and wanted to share my centerpiece idea....a little bit of tulle, lace trim, beaded trim and a hot glue gun...so easy!
Plus, I HAD to make her one of my signs....every bride should get one:
Looking for something to do this afternoon, I decided to see if I could make Ayla some Easter puppets to play with this week. A little bit of scrap fabric, buttons, and a hot glue gun, and here's what we came up with:
For a bridal shower recently, I made this monogrammed name plaque for the bride & groom:
The last name was kind of tricky to add. I had to cut out a negative stencil of the cursive word. It worked out pretty well though in the end. It was a big hit at the shower, and it looks like I might have a few people interested in buying custom signs from me!
It really wasn't too hard...but I can't guarantee their launder-ability. :) I'll wait until after the photos are taken before I wash them!
- Pick a simple block font and cursive print to make your t-shirt saying.
- Print it on computer paper.
- Choose a t-shirt to alter and a contrasting color fabric for the block letters.
- Use straight pins to pin the saying to the front of the shirt where you want it to be, layering the contrasting fabric BEHIND the front of the t-shirt. (contrast fabric, then t-shirt, then printed paper on top).
- Hand-stitch with a backstitch around the outline of the letters, including any center sections (as in B, R and O).
- When you've finished stitching, gently tear away the paper (GENTLY). You should see an outline of the letters you just stitched on the t-shirt.
- Inside each letter, carefully separate the t-shirt from the contrasting fabric so that you can cut a small hole in the t-shirt fabric. Do NOT cut through the contrasting fabric or the stitching.
- Trim carefully around the inside of the stitched outline to reveal the contrasting fabric underneath.
- Turn the t-shirt inside out and trim away any excess contrasting fabric.
- When the block letters are finished, pin the cursive word above the block letters on the front of the t-shirt. Use several pins to be sure it stays put.
- Hand-stitch with a backstitch along the cursive font.
- When you've finished stitching the font, gently tear away the paper and you're finished!
- Use a light gray font on the paper and a contrasting thread color so that you can easily see where you've stitched.
I need some practice still, but I like how they turned out. And I like the price. I had everything on hand except the t-shirt for Ayla and brown thread. Total cost: $4.50. When compared with the prices you'd pay in a store...likely $30 each or more...
I put these thank you cards together this afternoon for my upcoming baby shower...
...love how they sort of "match" the new nursery decor...which will look something like this Photoshopped mock-up: