Monday, July 14, 2008

Crafts and Projects

As some of you know, I like crafts and crafty things. There are a lot of different things I would like to learn how to do, but don't have a lot of time to do them. Last year, with my mom's help, I learned to crochet. I made Penny (Sug) an afghan and gave it to her for Christmas. I wasn't quite finished with it then, but wanted her to have it to open. We moved and had lots going on, but I've picked it back up and hopefully will get it totally done before this Christmas. lol The length is done, but I have a little more width to go. It's almost there. Here's a picture of the work in progress:



I also like to bake. For Mom's 50th birthday last week I (and Matt) made cupcake pops. You can find that recipe and lots of other fun ideas on Bakerella's website. She's amazing. Here are the pops we made:

Can you say delicious?!?! You should try them.

My latest project that I started this weekend is appliqueing. So far I love it. I'm definitely an amateur. :) The reason I wanted to try this is because I saw a cute shirt on Etsy that I wanted to get Bryan for his birthday. It was a simple navy shirt with a 2 appliqued on. I thought to myself that I could do that. So I tried it and here's it is:



The first shirt I did was for Allison. It's a little off center, but still cute.


(the shirts are wrinkled because I washed and dried them to make sure they wouldn't fall apart. hehe)

My favorite shirt is the one I made for Grant. I wanted to save it and surprise Lyndi with it this weekend, but it's too cute not to share. Surprise Lyndi!


I was thinking yesterday about starting a shop on Etsy. I would sell different colors and sizes of baby/toddler and childrens shirts with numbers, letters, and hopefully shapes. (fish, cars, fruit, etc.)Before I think about selling shirts online, I would like to ask you a few questions. Is this something you would purchase for your child/grandchild? for a baby/child gift? There are endless possibilities with appliqueing. If the shirts did well, I could applique tote bags, pillows, etc. Since I am a beginner, I thought about selling them for $12-15 each. (Others on Etsy start around $20) Any other ideas or suggestions? I'm open to anything.


14 comments:

The Walker's said...

How cute is all this stuff! I would pay you to make Anna Kate a shirt with her initials (AK) Her fave colors are purple and also pink. You could do a lot with that, even canvas carry bags and pillows, I think of a million things. I also think what you made your Mom was adorable, I could taste it through the screen. I never knew you were so talented!

carla said...

the pops are sooo cool, are they hard to make? i really like the shirts too. you have talent girl!

jamie b said...

carla-the pops aren't hard to make at all! here's the link to the instructions i followed: http://bakerella.blogspot.com/2008/04/make-your-cupcakes-pop.html

jamie b said...

i should say that the cupcake pops are time consuming, but i think you all would have fun making them. of course the best part is Eating them :)

The Walker's said...

Okay Jamie, Kelley and I thought up a name for your new venture 'JAMBA Designs' (Jamie Baker)

Lyndi Soles said...

Awww! That is so cute! You can do burp cloths, diaper bags, shirts- pretty much anything! I say go for it!!:) I love Grant's little onesie- and the color is my favorite!!!

rachel freeman said...

I'd buy your cute items in a heart beat! Love the food ideas too....you are in another realm when it comes to crotcheting (or however you spell it) there is no way I'd try that hard/time consuming stuff. Looks like you got lots going on!

Linda said...

Go for it, Jamie. How cute!!!!!!! I think you have a big winner.
Punkie

Kimberly said...

I LOVE Jamba Designs! Your crafts and goodies are beautiful, Jamie! You are doing fantastic work. Keep going, girl! Love ya!

Kimberly

Lindsey said...

Jamie... those shirts are adorable. Are you hand appliquing? How long does it take you? Would you put up the ones online you've made or would you take orders? Love JAMBA for a name too! love, linds

Amy Lynn said...

Oh.My.Gosh. That onesie you made for Grant is adorable! I would definitely buy shirts/onesies for zachariah or any of my future children!!! I am a cheap-o so I probably wouldnt pay $15 for a onesie... but heck, there are tons of people that would. So do it to it! You have really made me want to try to learn that. Was it hard to learn?? We definitely need to talk. :)

jamie b said...

Lindsey-i am hand appliqueing. i want to learn to do it on my machine. i tried and i'm not good at it at all. haha kim mcdowell is going to teach me.

i would put different ones than i made online. probably like 5 or 6 different ones so people could see what i do and then i'd take orders as well. :)

Lindsey said...

Well... if you get too many orders, u can hire a workforce. You go girl!

C said...

thought I'd let you know my opinion...AWESOME!