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At least for the summer, I have decided to take some time off and work on stuff for my family--I have lots of birthday and wedding gifts to keep me busy, too. Our summers are always busy with trips--so it will be hard for me to do much else. You can always feel free to contact me to see if I can fit something in for you--but it will depend on how busy I am.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beach outfits

I finally got around to doing a shirt for those reversible seersucker shorts that I made for my little man. I had done the Applique Cafe Tree Swing applique to match the green side--and here is the Embroidery Boutique whale to match the blue side:

And here is Embroidery Boutique's Sand Pail Applique:

The shorts are actually a pair of Rosalina shorts--my son has a collared shirt with the gingham piping that match these. I thought--why not make him a t-shirt to match, as well. I started to add a name to this one, but decided I liked how simple it looks without one.

A Couple of Gifts...

Here are a few gifts I've done recently:

I got this super cute beach towel at Target. It already had the pirate ship applique at the bottom--I simply added a name to the striped band. We are a pirate family (the mascot at my nieces/nephews school is a pirate--it's also where my husband graduated from--and I also taught there for my first year of teaching--I'm a lion, but now I'm a pirate, too). And pirate stuff has become really popular--so I'm always excited to come across pirate loot!

I got both of these bags from They have many more bags to choose from. I recently made my first purchase from them (I needed some toddler shirts to monogram--and Walmart no longer has the short sleeve shirts). They ship for pretty cheap (cheaper the more you buy)--and I ordered on Saturday and got my stuff on Tuesday--I thought that was pretty good. I thought the pink one would work good for a beach bag for my mom---I monogrammed a beach towel for her in an earlier post. And the second bag was done in Winfield Pirate school colors for my nephew. I love cinch bags. We probably have about 10 of them at our house that we use for various things: these are great to hold a beach towel and sunscreen--let each child be responsible for carrying their own stuff (I am personally having a hard time finding anything large enough to carry all of our pool stuff now that we have a toddler). I also have one that I keep all my softball stuff in that I can just grab and take with me when I'm running out the door to a game (it keeps my cleats and my glove--I just recently pulled it out for this summer season only to find that it was also keeping a pair of socks that I wore in the last game of last summer---yikes!). Jiffy Shirts has these cinch bags in lots of different colors--I went ahead and ordered a few extra since summer is also birthday season for my family.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

It's been a while...

It's been a while since my last post...I have not been able to get alot of work done because I've been really sick. Here are some things that I have got a chance to work on in the past month or so:

These are actually the shorts I did back at Easter. They are reversible with green seersucker on one side and blue seersucker on the other side. At Easter--I did the Applique Cafe Easter Truck to match the blue side. I also plan on doing the Embroidery Boutique whale in blue seersucker. Needless to say--we should be able to get alot of wear out of these shorts! I also have a pair of brown gingham pants that I have made that shoule be able to carry this shirt into the fall--I love being practical!

Monogrammed beach towel--it's always such a nice break to be able to simply monogram something--other than to spend alot of time and attention on applique. I have just made an order from for some shirts and I also ordered some bags--one of which to go with this towel. It's the first time that I've ever ordered from them--so I'll let you know how it goes. They have good prices on stuff and great shipping prices.

Embroidery Boutique Octopus paired with a pair of Garanimals shorts. I thought I would do the orange thread to make the applique a little different and to pop a bit more--there is a tiny orange stripe in the shorts. This one is actually for my little guy. I don't like to always put his name on stuff--because I would like to hopefully reuse his stuff if we ever have another little boy. Even if we don't--it will be easier to consign (there's not alot of Jonahs out there). I'm quite frugal--when I do decide to put his name on a shirt--I usually buy it a little larger, so that we can hopefully get a couple of years out of it.

I love Madras fabric! Maybe I can get a pic of Jonah wearing this one to post.

Embroidery Boutique Surfboard Applique

I also did this little turtle on a onesie for a test design for Applique Frenzy.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sail Away With Me...

Here is another Garanimals outfit that I've done.
The Walmarts around here have now put out new plaid shorts different from those that were available a couple of months ago--the ones used here can no longer be found. Walmart has also started putting out sleeveless shirts instead of the solid short sleeve shirts. I wish they wouldn't do away with their shirts so early in the season (they stopped selling the long sleeve shirts in December). Luckily I had bought up several shirts to use for my little guy--just hoping I can find some time to work on them.

In other news--Florence is getting a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft! I am so excited--I've never been in one before, but I always like to have more options when it comes to fabric.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Customer Photos

Here are some pictures of A Whale's Tale creations being worn by some precious cuties:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monkey Birthday

It seems like I don't get to sew as much as I used to--so it was nice to get back to my sewing machine to make this ADORABLE outfit! My friend's little boy is turning 1 and he's having a Mod Monkey birthday party. She passed along one of the birthday hats for me to match the colors of the outfit with. I knew that I had seen the monkey face applique design out there somewhere--and I am so glad I found it--it's simply too cute!

Here is the birthday hat the mom gave me to match colors, etc:

Here is the birthday outfit:

The mom wanted pockets--and I just love them.
The dad absolutely did not want polka dots--so I went with a gingham instead of just a solid color.
 This is the first time I've added pockets to a shortall--but I think they make the outfit.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Super Heroes have birthdays, too!

Here is a shirt using the diamond patch for a little super hero I know.
Happy Birthday, Super Hero Adam!