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!