Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Lesley Poole & the Littles Part 2!
|*pictured above ~ Little Lifesavers|
|*pictured above ~ Ta Dot, Little Lifesavers|
|*pictured above ~ Little Lifesavers|
|*pictured above ~ Ta Dot, Little Lifesavers|
I am thrilled to share that I have a guest post (my first!) over on making it fun, the blog for Michael Miller Fabrics.
|*pictured above ~ Which Way Stripe|
Can you smell the pencils being sharpened? Yep, it’s that season again. The start of school is around the corner. This always brings feelings of excitement and nostalgia for me. Have you done your back-to-school preparations yet? We’re part-way there, but I got distracted when a custom request for a preschool book bag came my way. Then I realized that Duncan could use a little newness to start his year off right!
My quest for the perfect “preschool book bag” has been a bit like Goldilocks searching for the perfect chair:
Last year’s bags (Book Bag Fever) got the boys through the year, but improvements were needed. As time wore on and washings were necessary, the bags required some maintenance and a few of the fabrics didn’t hold up as nicely as I would have liked.
I’m really excited to think we’ve got a winner to start Duncan’s preschool year off just right. Duncan is excited because his new school bag is blue and has “race cars”. Thankfully my preschool age audience isn’t too picky (about some things at least)!
Things are a bit crazy right now! It is the first week of summer for the kiddos and things are also getting busier with Poole Party Designs! I have been spending a lot of time at the sewing machine and it makes me think back to what was going on a year ago!
1. We were celebrating the upcoming birth of a good friend’s baby: Inspiration
2. School was coming to an end and my thoughts were on how to document time: Holding A Memory
3. My baby was still spitting up and the Poole Party Burp Cloths were born: Product Testing
Time can feel like it goes by quickly, yet look how much has happened!!
So I was wandering the intoxicating halls of Pinterest the other day and came upon the neat project of sewing giant floor pillows. Since my children adore all things associated with forts and pillows, this seemed right up our alley! I am envisioning using these goodies for cozy movie nights, pig piles and all things requiring a bit of cushioning… The awesomely graphic fabrics make them even better! The directions and inspiration are found on Mandy Made’s creative blog and I’m sure you will find all sorts of other things you want to make once you take a stroll through her pages!
I loved the idea of how simple this project looked and couldn’t wait to begin. I happened to have some home decor weight canvas hanging about, just waiting for the right project! As I began this project, I felt like Mandy’s directions were very good and nicely simple. I had a little trouble getting the corners just right, but I still think the pillows turned out well. I made two giant cushions; one following Mandy’s plan of using scraps to fill the pillow (#1, grey with white sides) and one with a little more structure using a foam rectangle covered in batting (#2, yellow with grey sides). If I make more (which I will, since I have three children and currently two coveted pillows), I will follow the second strategy. I like that pillow #2 ended up a lighter in weight and more reliably full. We’ll see if I end up remaking pillow #1, or leave it as is.
I also worked on a different closing method on pillow #2, as I realized that it would be nice to to wash the exterior case. In a house with three kids and a dog who has a penchant for all things soft (and a tendency to shed), these will need to be washed periodically! I ended up using an iron-on velcro closure, which worked like a charm!
The best part about these pillows is I had barely finished closing pillow #2 before the cushions were being put to use in a serious play session! The kids could not keep off of them, as evidenced by these photos (below). I could barely take a picture before the pig piles began! A true sign of success!
Happy Pillow Making!!
One of the most fun things I get to do with this mini-business / hobby is hear when people have something exciting going on in their lives. My girlfriend called the other day because a new baby had been born in her family! She wanted to celebrate the birth by giving a gift to her nieces when she goes to visit next week. She asked if I could help and we came up with a plan. The new sisters share a letter, both of their first names start with “H”. We decided to make them a coordinating t-shirt and onesie combination with a big “H” for big sister and little “h” for baby.
I love how they turned out and I hope that the girls enjoy sporting their special letter around town. Sisters get to share so much – how fun that they also share a letter! This gift will look fantastic in pictures with the new baby. I love that it celebrates both the family’s new addition and also big sister’s new role!
Remember that Poole Party Designs is happy to work with you on special projects and gifts. If we can help you come up with the perfect gift for a special someone in your life, that makes our day! Hopefully it makes your life easier too…
On another note, the blog has a new look! Spring is around the corner and the blog needed some freshening up! I am still working out some kinks, so please excuse me while we transition! I love hearing your comments, so feel free to let me know your thoughts on the new format!
My favorite projects start out with a custom request!
My wonderful friend Andie said, “Hey Lesley, I have a god son who has begun losing his teeth. I would love to be the one to give him a tooth fairy pillow. Any chance you could make one?” What a fabulous idea!! I played around with a design until I was satisfied and now Andie’s god son has a sweet little home to keep those baby teeth safe until pick-up from The Tooth Fairy.
And now, the pillows are available for your little ones as well on Poole Party Designs!
As I look at what I am creating these days, it has a lot to do with milestones. Shirts that recognize how many years a child has under his or her belt or a onesie that announces the letter or name that is bestowed at birth. We celebrate birthdays at our house with quite a lot of hoopla and other milestones seem to be the same. As time passes in both a whirlwind and quite imperceptibly, it feels like the only thing I can do is notice, document, and celebrate!
One milestone that we are inching ever closer to, but have yet to hit is the losing of baby teeth. This rite of passage officially moves a child from baby years into kid years and is one more thing to relish and celebrate. The Tooth Fairy. Yikes. As a parent I look at it this event with a bit of trepidation as well. Here is yet another imaginary individual who we, as parents, will answer questions about with false confidence in an effort to make this legend appear magical versus creepy. The fact that we allow a fairy to enter our home undetected time after time is already enough to make me lose a bit of confidence in the telling. One more legend (like the darn Elf on the Shelf) that I will try desperately to remember and try not to totally screw up. Then there is the actual execution. My children are light sleepers. I do not look forward to entering their room once they are (finally) asleep only to possibly wake them up while rummaging around under their pillow! And to remember to do this over sixty times?!?! Wish us luck!! Maybe a personalized pillow will help?!?! Here’s hoping.
Note: My husband would like all readers to know that our family does not necessarily endorse the giving of paper money if and when The Tooth Fairy visits. As I said, we have yet to cross this bridge and don’t have a clue what we are doing! Paper money has been used above for artistic purposes only!
:: Order your holiday onesies for wearing now…
:: And your monogram totes and shirts for easy gifting!
:: Free gift wrap available and custom orders encouraged!
:: We are happy to send gifts directly to your recipient, to help you check things off your list!
When my second son was born, my favorite presents were those that differentiated his arrival from his older brother’s. Having been through it once, we already had all the equipment, clothes, and “stuff” we needed and the correct gender to boot. I loved receiving things that were personalized for him. Whether it was a name or a letter, I found this gesture of individual recognition to be so very thoughtful. I have kept that sentiment in mind to this day. Often, when I give a gift to a family that already has one child, I try to personalize it. It is nice to recognize those older sibs as well!
The “letter” and “number” shirts have arrived! Simple cut. Clean lines. Gotta have ’em.
American Apparel 3/4 sleeve, personalized, raglan tees. Now available for the big kids! Poly-Cotton construction. Durable rib neckband. Available in sizes 2-8. The perfect gift for big brother or sister. Great for birthday parties and sibling photos. An ideal tool for teaching letter and number recognition! Start your engines and get ready to be a monogram trendsetter at school! Head over to Poole Party Designs to start shopping the new collection!
Apples on the trees, school in session – seems like the perfect time to start making some book bags!
I will admit that this project began out of necessity. The boys’ new preschool does not like the kids to bring backpacks. Curious. Apparently, the cubbies are just too small. They were being overwhelmed by backpacks. I love the image of backpacks pouring in from all corners, filling the room! Be that as it may, the kids are bringing stuff home every night – artwork and papers everywhere! Hence, the need for a slimmer, more streamlined bag to keep the mama from losing her head. Ideally, it would be appropriately sized for a preschooler to carry. Where does one find such a thing? “Hmmm…” I say, (with a closet full of awesome fabric…) “I’ve seen a book bag before, I bet I can figure this out.” And so the bag-making frenzy begins at the Poole house…
Why do school supplies evoke such lovely memories? Even though I don’t need to buy myself #2 pencils or lined paper anymore, these book bags make me feel like a kid all over again! This little project was not based on a pattern, so if and when I refine my process, I will post a tutorial. Also, I am feeling a bit obsessed with monograms, if you haven’t noticed. You will be seeing more of them in items soon to be listed to the shop. In the case of the book bag, there was a dual purpose for the monogram; easy preschool identification and style. Here is Duncan modeling his new tote (I find his cross-body-carry especially hip). My personal favorite, to date, is the elephants!