The Cutest Embroidered Baby Bibs

Are you guys ready for all the cuteness?!  Some of my more popular items in my Etsy shop are embroidered baby bibs.  I started making these for a local vendor fair I was attending.  Since most of my embroidery work is personalized or business logos, it can be hard to show up at a vendor fair with ready-made items to sell, so baby bibs were the perfect solution for me.

Below are the pics of my faves and most popular.  What’dya think?  My favorite are Diaper Loading and AB/CD!  🙂

Why I Have a Worm Farm and You Should Too!

Hi folks! This post contains an affiliate link to the Worm Factory 360.  If you choose to buy one from the link provided below, I will receive a small percentage of the sale (at no extra cost to you).  This small commission helps me run and maintain this blog. The purpose of this post is NOT to sell you anything but only to tell you how much worm farming rocks!  Thanks!

Vermicomposting: Why I have a worm farm, and you should too! It’s been a long time coming, but this is something I’m so excited to tell you guys about.  I’ve been worm farming or rather, vermicomposting, for almost a year now.  When I started gardening last year I was determined not to make the same mistakes, so after much research I decided the most sustainable and eco-friendly/natural way I can garden and maintain that garden is through worm farming.  Sure, they may seem nasty but these little guys are a gardener’s best friend. 
worms-worthI wasn’t sure how well the worm compost would work for me or even if I could do it!  But I just felt so guilty throwing away scraps, and my hot compost bin wasn’t working, really it was just attracting pests, so I decided to start my worm farm.  I found really easy ways to make my own, but for my first worm bin I wanted to ensure success and didn’t want to take chances on messing up my own DIY bin.  What if my worms found a way to escape?  Or worst, they died!  So I ended up buying the Worm Factory 360 off Amazon and am so glad I did.  I had some gift cards I could apply to it so I ended up getting it for a steal.  It came with a ton of instructions and a book on vermicomposting that answers a ton of questions.  I still refer to it often, plus it came with really great supplies that I wouldn’t have thought of making my own – like a shovel, a scraper and a thermometer.  To me all that, plus the starter kit was totally worth it.

 I followed all the instructions that came with my snazzy new worm bin and set up my first tray.  At first I had it inside the house (don’t judge, they said I could in the videos.).  But that lasted less than a week, I ended up moving it outside in the shade, protected from rain.

Worm Factory 360

Worm Farm
I found a local guy who breeds worms for a living, I drove over to his farm (impressive btw) and bought 1.5 lbs of worms.

Ok, now I’m going to tell you how I got my amazing worm compost!  Ready?!  It’s SO EASY!

Worms doing what they do

This is a shot of my worm farm outside already in action.  You can see some scraps to the sides and some coconut coir to the right and newspaper around the scraps.  Worms are buried under there, just chillin’ minding their business, making my compost.

Below, are the extra kitchen scraps that I didn’t want to throw out.  I chopped them up kinda chunky-small and shredded some old junk mail and newspaper.  I set the food to the sides of the bin, leaving a space that has no fresh food so the worms are not smothered.  (Actively composting food can get hot, and worms need a cool place to move to in case it gets too hot for them.)

Feeding the WormsNext, cover up the worms with some damp newspaper. This helps keep critters out and the worms cool and happy.

Cover the worm bin up with damp newspaper.I learned the hard way, that keeping a worm bin outside has it’s challenges.  One morning I found my worm bin ransacked and toppled over, apparently a racoon or some other scavenger got to it eating the scraps and more than likely some of my worms.  So now I bungee cord the top on and have had no issues since.  You might also be wondering what that white dusty stuff is, that is Diatomaceous Earth and it is safe for worms but keeps the bad critters out like ants, beetles and other potential worm predators.  I had some red fire ants invade the worm bin at one point so I dusted it and got them outta there quick!

Bungee Cord The Worm Bin ShutHere’s a close up of the top of the bin.  It gives you some great tips on how to care for your worms and what they like and don’t like.

Worm Factory 360 - helpful tips
Worm Factory 360 – helpful tips

End result?  All those kitchen scraps and old newspaper turned into this pic below!!  The most amazing and nutritious compost!!!  Amazing right?!

The Most AMAZING Compost Ever!!
Wondering what worm compost can do for your garden??  Check out what it did for mine.  I’m not kidding, this is the first year of gardening that I have had a tremendous yield and tremendous success.  I only garden naturally, so I never use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.  I give credit for last season’s plentiful harvest 100% to worm composting, regular watering and weeding.

My beautiful daughter holding her freshly picked harvest of carrots for the day. We ate it for dinner the same night! So yummy!
My beautiful daughter holding her freshly picked harvest of carrots for the day. We ate it for dinner the same night! So yummy!
Vine Riped Tomatoes
My gardening helper, picking these huge ‘maters.
Luscious tomatoes
Tomatoes ripening on the vine.
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Freshly picked tomatoes from the vine. So delicious!
Eggplant harvest - over 20 eggplants on 4 plants because of worm compost! Amazing!
Eggplant harvest – over 20 eggplants on 4 plants because of worm compost! Amazing!
Lettuce Vertical DIY Garden - Seedlings starting to flourish.
Lettuce Vertical DIY Garden – Seedlings starting to flourish.

Pretty cool right?!  What do you think?  Comment below and if you worm farm, I’d love to hear about it too!   🙂

The Tardis Meets Towel

My friends recently celebrated their little boys 3rd birthday.  Yup, the big “3” and who would’ve thought that he could be a Whovian already.  This of course makes me so completely happy because I love Dr. Who and so does my own big boy.  We watch Dr. Who together all the time and I’ve made him Tardis pillow case before.  🙂

I was excited to give Ryan his birthday hooded towel, and even better I found the perfect Dr. Who font to use when embroidering his name.

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Ryan opening his Tardis Hooded Towel

He loved it, thought it was so cool!  I, of course, had to take pics of him modeling it.

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I thought the Tardis was fitting for this little Whovian. He may be small but he definitely is “Bigger on the Inside”.

Close-up of Dr. Who Tardis hooded towel.
Close-up of Dr. Who Tardis hooded towel.

Hipster Stylin’ Babies

 

Ya’ll, this mustache craze is so cute! I knew I’d have a blast when a mommy who’s having a splash pad party for her little one asked me to make some tank tops with the “mustache”.  She had a very specific style and color scheme in mind, and I was able to work with her to get the perfect custom embroidery t-shirt.

This awesome mom wrote me:

My lil guy is turning 1 in September and I’ve been having the hardest time trying to find what I’m looking for. He’s having a splash pad party so I wanted to get a tank top embroidered with “1” and a mustache, with a lime green “1”. Is that something you can do?

Yes ma’am,  I sure can make that!  She loved it so much that she ordered another shirt, similar with that hipster, mustache style.

Here they are!  Aren’t they so cute!?  Perfect for summer, and perfect for this little boy’s big day turning “1”.  🙂  I know how important these shirts are for our birthday kids, so I’m so honored to be able to make their day a little extra special.

Custom embroidered hipster birthday shirt with mustache applique Custom applique hipster birthday shirt with mustache and lime green embroidery

 

Doing What I Love Best: Embroidery & Applique

 

Hello friends!

I’m very excited to officially announce that I am expanding my business and doing what I love best, embroidery and appliqué.  I’ve always had a passion to be creative and when my husband gifted me my embroidery machine, it seemed as though the clouds parted, and the sun shined brighter.  🙂  I’ve been creating custom embroidered shirts, onesies, towels, aprons and so much more.  Check out a few of the shirts and projects I’ve worked on recently.

custom embroidery shirts onesies Orlando, FL Winter Park WindermereEmbroidered ApronEmbroidered Towel - Orlando, FL Embroidered Towel, Embroidered Shirt, Embroidered ApronIn the next few weeks, I’ll be updating my site and adding more of the fun things I’ve been creating.  I’ve already added most of my designs to the shop section of the website.

You can see most of the designs I have here:

If you have some time, feel free to stop on by and see what goodies I can create.  🙂

 

 

Hooded Towels

 

I have been so busy playing and creating with my new embroidery machine that my hubby bought me last year for an early xmas present that I didn’t realize I never really announced it!  I thought it was due time for me to share a little of the projects I’ve done, specifically, the cute hooded towels I’ve made for my kids and other sweet kids.

I made this monster towel for a little boy named Jayven.  I participated in a group effort to provide these sweet kids with something they could call their own.  My baby modeled this one for me so I could capture how cute it came out.  🙂  I know that Jayven will love this towel as much as I loved making it for him.   I’ll always treasure it, not only was it was my first hooded towel but it was one that truly pulls at my heart – making this for a child in need.

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This towel I made for my boy.  It was an early birthday present.  He loves ninjago and thought a Kai towel would be so cool to have.  🙂  Cute right?

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And last but not least, a Nightmare Before Christmas hooded towel for my birthday girl.  Yup, she’s a bit obsessed with Jack Skellington, lol, and the color turquoise.

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Don’t these make the most perfect gifts?!  These kids seem to think so. 🙂  Want to make your own?  Here was my inspiration for these, they are super easy to make and you can make your own for those special kids in your life!

 

 

Reusable Hand Towels Make An Excellent Housewarming Present

 

My big brother just moved into his new pad and I found myself a lot more excited than I probably should’ve been!  Yeah, of course there was the typical,”Yeah!  I’m so excited for you!  Wow this space is awesome!” type of feelings but deep down I was just so friggin excited to make him stuff!  A legitimate excuse to make all sorts of awesome sewing creations, and who better to make them for than someone you love?!  I mean, honestly, I am truly blessed to have two of the most amazing siblings in the world and I just LOVE making stuff for them!

I’ve made my sister some reusable paper towels before as part of a thank-you-basket for hosting my baby shower and my brother thought they were the coolest idea.  So, I promised him I’d make him his very own when he moved into his new place.

Reusable Towels
Reusable Towels

Though these towels can be a bit time consuming, they are so worth making!  I’ll be making some for my home as well.  I’ll be saving money on paper towels and adding style and decor to my kitchen and/or bathrooms.

Interested in learning how to make these?  Let me know and I’ll show ya how!  I could always document the next batch I make if that’s something you’d like to know.  🙂

Suzy

 

Sew Crafty!

When I was a little girl my cousin taught me the ropes around a sewing machine.  I remember her giving me a ton of fabric and me creating a quilt.  I worked on that quilt for days and days.  I wish I still had that quilt.  Anyhow, it amazes me how something that happened so long ago can stick with you for so long.

Fast forward to 2012,  my hubby and I were expecting our third child!  It was starting all over again since my youngest at the time was still 8 years old.  As my pregnancy progressed I got the urge to start making things for the little bundle of joy we were expecting.  As I discovered the wonders of Pinterest, I got brave enough to whip out the sewing machine again.

I have made so many cool things that I figured, “Hey!  Why not document the fun along the way!”  I think one of my fave things to have made was the nursing cover and burp cloths for me and my bestie (who was also pregnant at the same time as me).

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That was me on the right! My bestie was about a month ahead of me!
My completed nursing cover and burp cloths.
My completed nursing cover and burp cloths.
My bestie's cover and burp cloths.  Pretty fabric right?
My bestie’s cover and burp cloths. Pretty fabric right?

Since then I’ve done some other fun projects like a really cool casserole carrier and completely reupholstering the nursery glider.  I can’t wait to share my projects with you!

The next project I’ll be working on will be a sling for my baby, Silar.  He loves to be with me at all times so it’s about time I start wearing him with a custom made baby sling.

Stay tuned!