Custom sewing & embroidery for all with a small collection of ready-to-ship items at http://droolist.etsy.com

Some families have small gymnasts, scientists, or artists. Our family ... we had a droolist. Our third child was a soaking wet mess from 4 months until he was over two years, and I developed some super absorbent dribble bibs to save myself some laundry! Fortunately for me, my solution was able to become a solution for others, and my sewing and embroidery work grew from there. Currently, most of my sewing and embroidery work is done to order with some ready-to-ship pieces from the original line of my dribble bib & baby accessory collection at Etsy (http://droolist.etsy.com). My favorite work is custom work -- bibs for adults and older kids with special needs, special outfits, creative solutions, and "I saw this on Pinterest" project work! From memory animals and pillows to baptismal dresses, and from baby gift sets to birthday shirts, and everything between, I love working to make unique items that are fashionable, functional, and -- of course -- drool-worthy! I look forward to hearing from you! Britta Sincerely, Britta

It’s that time of the year!! Whether you’ve been meaning to get yours done or just got a new set, I have time set aside for stocking embroidery.
Bring your stockings, choose your embroidery colors and font, and I’m happy to take care of the rest. 🎄


Dumpster Fire Ornament by droolist: 2019 ugly Christmas ornament, white elephant gift, dirty santa swap, tacky gag gift

When you’re ready to let it all burn down this holiday season, I’ve got you covered with the ugliest ornament ever.

etsy.com It’s that time! The trash pile that has been 2019 is ready to toss into yea olde green metal dumpster as it’s lit aflame. Say goodbye to your 2019 dumpster fires with the tackiest, ugliest handmade ornament i have been able to muster. I’d love to help commemorate this Dumpster Fire of a year a...

It’s that time of year!
—Christmas Stocking Embroidery is underway. Currently, it’s only a 2-3 day turnaround from your drop off until they’re ready for pick up.
—I’d LOVE to have your orders for embroidered personalization of Xmas gifts for friends and family in by 12/1. I’ll take them after that, but only as my schedule permits.
—... AND ... I’m fully booked for sewing projects, including alterations, through the holidays. I’m happy to provide referrals or to book you for 2020.

Sometimes life’s best things come in small packages. 💕

I always have a t-shirt quilt of one kind or another going while other projects are in process. When I got a request for a CRAZY quilt for a wild child, I took some ideas from her mom and made possibly the craziest quilt yet. Baby clothes compose both sides, and the asymmetrical piecing along with appliqué work help make it completely one of a kind... and the binding? That’s actually from a blanket and a nursing cover. Missing only one little attachment point— her lovie from the baby days will have a prominent position (but be removable for washing). 💕 👧 😎

My heart is overflowing today. Thanks so much to this guy. His mom shared pictures from the wedding he was in... and that I was invited to help with some functional accessories for. The faux tux front and the chevron bandana bibs were a collaborative effort between his mom and me, but the confidence and style are all his!

One of the things I love most about being a small maker is the ability to take on one of a kind, custom projects. More bridal embroidery is underway, and oodles (that’s the technical term) of Christmas gifts lie ahead.

Working on custom projects is always my favorite! These flowers are going to be beautiful.

Many of you know me for my embroidery or memory bears and t-shirt quilts, but the majority of my Etsy business has always been bibs for older kids and adults with swallowing difficulties. The start of the school year, the holidays and season changes are always busy times, so if it takes me a bit longer to turnaround local projects, this is why. Thirty seven, yes 37, are shipping today and more than that will go next week. It’s always my pleasure to make these special, functional accessories. 💗

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I get to work for the best people around. These bears came to me as clothing and are now back in Illinois as precious gifts. It’s a privilege to create for people who have loved deeply.

And this is probably the kind of embroidery work I love most during back to school season! 🥰

The final countdown to school for the little ones is on where we live and I’ve lost count of the projects, but I have to give my clients credit for their choice in designs. These are two of my favorite monograms from last week.

There’s still time to get those backpacks and lunch boxes embroidered before school starts... but not much. 🤓 Let me know how I can help.

True story!
Maybe tomorrow. 😂🤷‍♀️

🎯 Stylish and school-ready kids 📚
Back to school season around here means embroidering backpacks and lunchboxes, monogramming bag tags and shirts, and creating countless (well, not exactly, but over 50 ordered this week) bibs for big kids!

A little riff on the science and tech a newly minted 7 year old loves? Absolutely!

🌞 Such a busy summer, but there’s always time for one of a kind baby gifts. If there’s anything you need, just ask. 🙂 I love your custom order requests!

I’ve had several inquiries lately regarding baby clothing and what to do with it. If you aren’t ready to invest in a quilt or you only kept a few, favorite pieces, a bear might be the way to go. 🐻❤️
Check out these little gals, and see what a handful of special clothing pieces can become!

Here’s your ear worm for the day!
Do do do do... 😂
What else is one to do when families are meeting up at the beach? I hope this crew has a wonderful time. 🏖

I’m so glad this large T-shirt quilt made it back safe and sound to Washington! It comfortably covers a king bed, and is perfect for all seasons. Thirty years of rides with shirts from nearly all, and one empty canvas in the lower corner for the winner of this fundraising piece to use for their own choice of embroidery or vinyl in the future! What a pleasure to put this together!

For all the big people who have little people out there, take a peek. These terrycloth backpacks unfold to be beach towels! One of my clever clients snagged hers at HomeGoods, so keep your eyes peeled. Think of how much they could carry on their own if they had their own towel-packs!!

Some of you know this school year has been a little different than others for me. New job & medical issues for hubs, our kids in 4th, K, and PT Preschool, my business, and an 11th hour decision to finally jump in and help my friend Precious Hiyas-Lopez weekday afternoons and evenings at her Ashburn studio, Sew Magarbo, with their after school creative arts program kept me HOPPING!
The only way I could pull this off was having my own kids with me at Sew Magarbo, and they all participated in the programming. I need to tell you, if you’re local and looking for after care that’s more than just a child repository (ooh, I know you know what I mean😂), or stand-alone classes for yourself or your kids, this is a wonderful option.
After wrapping up a year of projects, they’re all working on quilts right now, and I’m super proud of Big Kid. The blocks are hand sewn to join, then he did a self-binding backing and machine quilting to finish. He’s ten.
Whether you’re ten or ten times another number, there’s always something more to learn & there are always people willing to help you. It’s so nice to spend time working where that’s true. 💗💗💗

Amid the chaos and commotion, an amazing package arrived from Raspberry Creek Fabrics today containing a print my actual human friend Courtney designed for them! 🥰🥰🥰 I am so excited for her, and I am thrilled RCF is tapping into her work. Needless to say, Mila approves.

It’s that time of year! Preparations for Ramadan are underway in many households! If I can help, let me know. Any listings with shipping included come at a discount for local clients who pick up—I’m always happy to invoice over PayPal as well.

Oh my gosh!! Spring is... springing?! I’ve been busy, busy, busy and I’ve finally been able to put out The Magic Box! Local clients who do drop off and pick up, it’s that spectacular time of year when you can let me know you’re leaving your unfinished project in The Magic Box and then I can tell you when it’s finished and ready for pick up inside The Magic Box! Ohhh! Aahhh! Sooo fancy!

I love it when a wonderful plan comes together! It was my pleasure to make several of these for a local fundraiser.

I’ve had several people asking lately about memory or keepsake bears and other animals, and —YES— I’m happy to work on these for you.
They’re labors of love. I need at least one adult shirt OR other similarly sized items (2+ children’s items, 3-4 baby items, or one hospital blanket) to make most. Current turnaround time is 2-3 weeks, but I expect that to extend a bit again as we head into my busier spring season. With over twenty individual pieces for several of the commonly requested patterns, I work these in between other orders and treat them with the care I’d want my own loved ones’ items treated with—These aren’t ever rushed. All fabrics are stabilized for durability, stitched twice for the same, and stuffed firmly.

These little ladies are heading to their homes soon. Memories of the young lady the clothing belonged to are sure to be present every time they’re looked at and held.

For everyone celebrating love and friendship across the miles today, here’s to you!

When baseball is your daddy’s bread and butter, you’re automatically on the team!

Home again! Home again! Back from a spectacular week of training, and rolling through lots of wonderful weekend work!

Thank you all for your patience with me this week while I’m away from my own studio and in St. Louis courtesy of Precious Hiyas-Lopez’s shop, Sew Magarbo for the Baby Lock USA full-line training. I am so excited to bring all of this knowledge back to you next week!

Marie Kondo clearly doesn’t have a sewing business. Today’s urgent order of business is to alphabetize my custom pattern special needs bib orders from 2018 so I can file them. These aren’t my standard patterns (because there’s a nice, organized set for those), only the ones for clients with special requests for particular sizes, closures, or fabric combinations. It’s a little overwhelming to see this much work laid out at one time.
There’s not one of these I pick up without feeling something good. Clearly, I’ll be keeping them all!💗

I love supporting my local shops, and hope you do, too—wherever you happen to live.
For my sewing friends, here’s the forecast— I know you’ll sacrifice as you must. 😂🤣😂

Just in case you're wondering.....

So much lovely embroidery heading out in the coming days! A favorite this week was this custom order.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but these weeks with snow days and school delays leave me at loose ends. I’m so thankful for your projects that keep me grounded. I got to ship out a special needs order yesterday that included these gorgeous bibs among others—I love them so much that I’ll be adding them to my regular Etsy offerings soon!

Sometimes the projects take control and I am just along for the ride. This was one of those cases.
I knew glow in the dark thread was a must, and it didn’t disappoint.

Custom projects have been peppering my studio this year, and I’m always happy for the creativity they allow me!
Here’s a reminder to save a few baby clothes or blankets from the kids or to collect a couple items from parents & grandparents. Bears aren’t the only keepsake animal you can create. This lion from baby sleepers is a new favorite.

Happy 2019!
I started the year yesterday with an urgent poncho make for a little girl who broke her clavicle, and did another today for a smaller one with a fractured arm. Other life surprises aside, it’s Etsy orders and planned makes for the rest of the week!

Local friends, I have three pillow lounges (for 4 standard pillows) remaining and ready for pick up before Christmas! Let me know if you need one so I can hold it for you. $40 cover only/$50 with pillows.
—Dots [SOLD]
—Llamas [SOLD]
—London [SOLD]

When people wonder what it’s like living with a maker of things this time of year, I usually say it’s an adventure. Truthfully, though, it’s barely controlled chaos and the maker’s wares have exploded beyond the studio and have taken over the whole house. Orders are printing, labels are being affixed, photos are underway, lists are being checked twice and pick ups (starting at 6:30am!) are being organized.

‘Tis the season of giving! Today I’m swooning over this custom gift order.
And, yes, I *can* work with any state.

Among the Etsy orders going out today are a few Dumpster Fire ornaments. And because it’s 5am and I’m on four hours’ sleep, I’m laughing too much at this gift note from a buyer:

Amidst the madness and hustle, when I see the love emanating from those I’m privileged enough to work for, I take a deep breath and say, “THANK YOU.”

This elf is busy, but not too busy to share a few highlights. Four big memory bears, two little onesie keepsake bears, two onesies, 13 stockings, three backpacks, one car seat canopy, a customized robe (featuring an avocado ...), and 20 of the remaining 50 special needs bibs down. Send my magic-making machines good vibes!

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