Axelgirl is home from camp! She just spent 3 weeks at Joseph Baldwin Academy at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. It is a gifted and talented camp, and she got to take a class on geneology. We've only been home for a bit, and she is still unpacking, but I can't wait to see what she has put together. Right now, she is unpacking, sorting and organizing all of her 'stuff'. We have missed her, but I admit, because I wasn't wearing all of the mom 'hats' I had more time in the sewing room. I'm hoping to find a way to continue that. We are very proud of her for successfully completing all 3 weeks. They had an 'all-nighter' last night before we picked them up. I must say all of the kids and especially the staff looked exhausted. I will also say it is a relief to see her healthy and in one piece after the camp, even though I know she is old enough to take care of herself.
Since I bought the fabric for the sewing room, I have been working on that, as well as deciding it was a good time to clean/reorganize/declutter. I've also been finishing up the embroidery for a Gail Doane jacket, hopefully to construct some day soon. More on that, and details on the gifts for my niece next week.
One of the things I worked on was a baby gift for a former coach of hers. She just had her first baby, and it was a lot of fun to make baby things for her.
I will say, the trend for baby boys seems to be blue/brown rooms. So part of the gift is based around that. I made a 3 sets of matching blanket/bib/burp rags for her.
The blankets are Joanns flannel. The finish at about 43" squarish. I buy 1 1/4 yards of flannel for each, and serge a rolled hem all the way around in a coordinating or matching fabric. The bibs are from Kohls/BabiesRUs/ToysRUs. I buy the blank packs and just use what I need, keeping the extras for the next baby gift. Burp Rags are made from unfolded gauze type diapers. When making a gift, I usually try to monogram a set, do one set (or more) based on the room theme if possible, and then whatever "I" like. Sometimes inspiration comes from the print on the flannel, parents interest or hobbies, a cute ribbon, designs I have, or just 'unknown inspiration'.
The first one is an example of being inspired by a ribbon. I just loved this monkey ribbon. Originally, I was determined to stick will all browns/blues, but this monkey ribbon was just too cute. I think it will be great for girl or boy gifts in the future.
Daddy is a musician, so I did a music themed one, again in blue/brown