I’m the oldest of four siblings, all born within six years of each other.
(Looking back now, with the experience of having my own family, I wonder how on earth my Mum coped without having a serious breakdown, or running off with a Greek waiter at least once in my childhood. But, to the best of my knowledge, she never did…)
I don’t remember my next sister or brother being born, but I do, very clearly, remember the excitement I felt at my youngest sister’s birth. Or, more accurately, the excitement I felt about the fact that she brought me a present when she arrived. And not just any present, oh no, this was a ballerina Sindy doll… …one that my parents had already told me I wasn’t allowed to have.
Ha ha, parents, take that, it’s me and my new sister together against the world!
Personal memories aside, I’ve been given advice by almost everyone I know with more than one child to buy the older sibling a present “from the new baby” as a softener and I’m certainly not above bribery to try and make everyone get along.
So the sproglet has been purchased a couple of new books; one about both doggies and counting, which are two of his absolute favourite things in the world. And last night I finally got around to making him some T-shirts with some more of his favourite things on the front, following my usual method (see more info at my fabric transfer tutorial).
This is they, photographed against the bare plaster walls of our bedroom, shortly before being wrapped.
The dog print is my favourite. The image is from the Graphics Fairy website (here: vintage dog pic). There’s something so comical about waddling little dogs with long bodies, isn’t there?
The “R for rhinocerous” is from this amazing vintage alphabet I found at Rook No 17, with which I have also planned many, many other projects, but not quite got round to making any of them yet…
Yes, it’s just possible that the sproglet’s actual name starts with an R.
Here’s the full alphabet in all its glory as well:
Finally, this circus elephant image is also from the Graphics Fairy: circus elephant.
There is a whole selection of circus animals from the same series, again I have had something planned to make with all of these for ages, but once again not got round to it. I did, however, use the giraffe a while ago on another T-shirt as a present for a first birthday.
So, hopefully these will appease the sproglet just a little when he suddenly has to share his Mum and Dad with a milk-guzzling interloper. Fingers crossed, at any rate…
- You can find all my vintage image pics saved on my Pinterest board Free graphics.
3 thoughts on “A boy’s favourite things”
These are so adorable!! I’m in the midst of making tons of baby clothes for my brother and his wife who’s expecting. I love your prints! Do you have any tutorials/instructions on how to apply the prints and make them permanent/washable? I would love to try these for some baby onesies!
Oooh, yes, I do, I have a whole tutorial! Plus, a few more tips on how to get the best results. I am a fabric transfer addict, it’s so satisfying and so quick and so pleasing to make personalised things (especially for babies!)
The t-shirts are adorable … I think you’re on to a winner there … my mum had three of us in four years and I went on to replicate the pattern exactly …. maybe you’re on course to do the same 😉 … have a lovely weekend … Bee xx