Well we’re starting off 2011 with an odd title aren’t we??
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! We had such a great time visiting with family and friends and playing with the kids and just relaxing. But I feel like I haven’t posted in forever and I’ve missed it – and you!!
I want to share some things with you that I made for Christmas this year. It was a flurry of last minute gift making – as usual – but I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to show you everything.
We’ll start off with the gifts for my little nieces. They are almost 4 and almost 2 and they love to match each other. So my sister and I came up with the idea to make them matching outfits aaannnndd matching toys. Can you get much cuter?? ;)
Here is the oldest’s set:
The set was based on Oopsie the Octopus – made from the darling Melly and Me pattern that is available For Free at the Moda Bake Shop website. (Which I love by the way)
The pattern calls for yo-yo’s on all the feet and a few on the head of the Octopus for decoration.
Because I hate yo-yo’s with a fierce and unreasonable passion, I made some rosettes out of coordinating fabric.
Still so cute yet not rage-inducing like those nasty yo-yo’s.
For the outfits I recreated the Oopsie as an applique from the same fabric for the shirt – and added a rosette to that too.
The edges are raw so they’ll fray and curl just a bit when the outfit is washed. I love that.
The pants and top have little heart appliques to tie everything together. I finished the set by making a little rosette headband out of the matching fabric.
For her younger sister, I did a matching outfit but in different colors – so there are no messy, “That’s My Oopsie” issues.
(Not that my nieces would ever argue – but still. ;)
The lavender and orange looks so great!! Not two colors I’d ordinarily put together – but I love how it came out.
Because she’s not quite two years old, her hair is a shorter and finer, so instead of a headband she received two matching little hair clip rosettes.
I don’t have pictures of the girls with their outfits – they had to be shipped to AZ. But they were a big hit! Christmas success. ;) Yay!
I have two more “Gift Posts” for you this week – I’d love it if you would check back in. :) I’m also working industriously on a blog makeover that I can’t wait to show you.
This year is going to be a blast!! Thanks for visiting and following along. :)
those are super sweet! Great job!
Jennifer Dawn says
These are SOOOOO cute! I love that the little toys match.
Cute gift ideas!
I love these sets! Super cute! I made a monster shirt for my nephew….now I’m really wishing I had thought of doing a little stuffed monster to go with it. Ahhh, there’s always next year
Mandy [Mandipidy] says
OH MY GOSH, Bev, these are adorable!!! You absolutely blow my mind sometimes! I’m so sure the girls LOVED them… heck, I’d cuddle with one of those octopuses! :]
I love those Oopsies! Heading over the Moda Bake Shop now for the pattern. Thanks for sharing!
Those are adorable!
Debby Messner says
Those outfits are so cute. I hope you can post their pictures in them sometime. Can’t wait to see your makeover.
Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants says
That is just adorable! Did you get the deer I sent you? I hope you have a great New Year!
Admitted Fabricaholic says
What a cute idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing :)
Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 says
Bev, Happy New Year. You’re really starting out the New Year with a spectacular BANG! WOWZA!!!! Those gift sets are positively the most original, most exquisitely detailed, charming, whimsical, and stylishly done children’s ensembles EVER! One question, do they come in my size? :-)
Suuuuper cute stuff! Visiting from BNOTP!
Heather Graham says
Super Duper Cute!
Erin @ Crafts & Sutch says
Oh my cuteness! Those are just darling! I adore those octopi! :)
Wow those are GREAT!! Think I’m going to have to give this one a try myself… at least the stuffed octopus! :)
very very pretty! What lucky little girls those are, well done!
Judy @ In His Grip says
So, so cute.
Those are adorable gift sets! Who knew octopus could be so cute! Love how their plushies match the ones on their shirts.
this is absolutely adorable!! Come link up @ handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings if you have a chance! http://www.ladybug-blessings.com
Oh my . . . you are a super gift-making machine!
Awesome and adorable. Being half of a sister duo, I like the pink and purple combination so that you’re the same but different! Also, because as the little one you get the hand me downs, so it’s fun to get a new color of clothes instead of a bigger size of what you already had :P
Your octopus doll and outfit is so adorable! I would love it if you would come and link up to my new link party,
Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link is already up, I hope you can join the party!
Happy New Year!
That is so cute, love the raggy applique. Wish I had a litle one to make one for. Super cute! Going over to get the pattern, just in case, haa
Annette W says
You are one talented lady! I just love your shop, too.
Do you think a beginner sewer could make Oopsie? I really like it!
Can’t wait to explore your site more!
Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue says
What an adorable outfit. Love all of the bright colors.
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
Too cute! I just love the matching stuffed octopus to match the shirt. So so cute!
So cute cute cute! I must to do this for my little girl!
I absolutely adore the octopi. Looks like a lot of work. They came out amazing.
Beverly - Green Gracie Home says
Adorable…the mix of colors and patterns is delicious!
Emily @ Frilly Details says
Oh my goodness Bev, those are adorable!!! Love the matching octopus! Too cute.
Pumpkin Pie Painter says
WOW!! These are GREAT! I’m not much of a sewer, but these look so fun and my son LOVES octopus, so I think I could make a shirt for him as well, with boy colors of course!! I’ll be looking around your blog! :)
Pumpkin Pie Painter says
Hey, I just became your 1000th follower. That’s a first for me! :)
haha! so cute! I love softies and appliques. They end up looking awesome and they are so fun to do! :)
I’d love for you to come link this up to my linky party! http://www.littleEme.blogspot.com
Oh my word! Adorable!!
Wow!! These are so fantastic! I think my niece would love something like this. So creative – and the color combinations are great!
Erin @ Making Memories says
Awfully cute!! Thanks so much for letting me know about your stunning creations! I love them to bits!! :) :)
How adorable!!!! Love it!!!! You did such a super job!
Those are absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to try and make one!
Madigan at madiganmade says
These are adorable! My fav part? The little eyes on the creatures! So cute. (and I love your mix and choice of fabrics. Orange and purple are perfect for this project.)
I love the octopus. I will bookmark to try later. Thanks.
wow ! you have been busy !
That octopus is too cute. I love those bright fabrics!
THese are just too cute! Thanks for linking up!
holy cow these are amazing and you crack me up with your strong dislike for yo yo’s!
I wish my girls were little again, so I could use these cute ideas.
Those turned out really sweet and cute, I especially love the purple!! Thanks for sharing!
oh, my, these are so cute!!! They remind me of a calico kitty project that I made as a kid.
I don’t know what’s cuter – the little outfit or the stuffed animal! They are both so darn cute! Linda
This is very darling! and the outfits!!!!
Come by and link this up to my linky party!
I also have a $15 GIVEAWAY going on that you will love!
Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 says
Bev, I was so thrilled to see that you linked this post at “A Little Birdie Told Me…” You know how I feel about your host of whimsical octopi creations — LOVE them! Looking forward to making them a featured submission for sure! I look forward to seeing what magic you’ve whipped up to share tomorrow *wink* *wink*. Your friend, Jenn/Rook No. 1
Michael TheMonkey says
Happy New Year!! We would like to be friends with you! Follow us on http://travelwithmichael.blogspot.com/
love love LOVE these!!! I am featuring your amazing-ness on my blog AGAIN tonight!!!! How do you do it??? Come up with and make so many amazing things. Really, I can get a few out, but you like triple my productivity, as well as amazing-ness levels!
Holly L says
too cute! my little jules needs an octopus outfit…i too despise yo-yo’s…love the rosettes.