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Boys and Bonnets?

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Do boys wear bonnets? My husband says definitely “No.” I think they might. Surely until they are a year old Moms can sneak a bonnet over those “Oh so adorable” curls that they refuse to cut.  Boys need the sun kept out of their eyes too- and a bonnet is the perfect solution for little ones that need to lay down.  A boonie hat or a beach bucket hat on a baby less than six months old is impossible to keep on.  The bonnet however is flat on the back of their head- a thin and more manly tie keeps it securely in place.  I say, “What could be more practical then a bonnet for boys?”  Here is my first attempt.
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This bonnet is called “Danny’s Dinosaur”- Ode to a favorite book of my childhood.  I couldn’t resist the red rick-rack on the brim- depending on feedback from Moms  I might need to on future boys bonnets.  The ties are narrower than the girls bonnets.  Instead of floral embellisments I went for another felt applique like the cupcake bonnet.  Here I cut out a dinosaur/Godzilla character and embroidered details using a great book by Aimee Ray called Doodle Stitching The Motif Collection.  This book was lent to me by an a great and talented friend who has inspired me to embroider.  My maiden voyage here- I might have to find some extra patience somewhere so that my stiches are more even…
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I have just finished a second boys bonnet for a friend and this one is called Jonah and the Whale for most obvious reasons.
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When I was researching online how Jonah was being depicted as a children’s character I came across a really great site Laura Thoughts and she has a tutorial for these really cute “Quiet Books” that she has made for her children.  There is a Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, and a super “Armor of God” felt book where you dress the little character in his spiritual armor.  Her Jonah is much better then mine. So, so cute- so make sure you check out her site.  When reading the Aimee Ray book I was enamored of this stitch where you make a running stitch and then weave in and out on the top of the prior stitch with a different color.  I thought how great this would be for his hair-it would give me another color for texture- and when I cut out the hair I made it larger than the face because I surmised that he might have a beard.  Now I am thinking that Jonah might be looking a little more like a lion than a man.
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I need also some instruction on how to make a curved line with my stitches as the whale’s spout is a little straight.  Well- Live and learn.
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I hope that my friend enjoys this bonnet for her little boy.  You can let me know what you think on our Facebook page for Glory Bee.  Friend us there and you will see links to all new posts from our blog displayed on our timeline. So- do boys wear bonnets?

God Bless You!

 


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It’s A Cupcake Party!

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I have been on a roll making ten bonnets in all and a few baby fascinators in the last three weeks.  All this flurry of activity due to an interest of some lovely Moms at swim lessons.  Someone said, “Do you make those bonnets?” Then they said, “Do you sell them?”  A tentative “yes” and I am off and running.  Here is a picture of the bonnet that I came up with for this wonderful Mom who posed the question.

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The fabric is all seersucker- an adorable print with candy and cupcakes and the contrast is a beautiful bright pink. My oldest daughter (and art director and partner here at Glory Bee) cut out the cupcake from felt for me and I embroidered it to the hat and added the seed bead sugar with the puff ball cherry on top.

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This bonnet is just SO CUTE!! I started here adding tulle to highlight the embellishments and as you will see with future posts that I am continuing to think that looks great. Here is the detail on the rick rack brim trim.

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I am celebrating with this cupcake bonnet the grand opening of my shop GloryBeeBonnets on Etsy this week.  Please check it out or friend us on Facebook at our Glory Bee page.  You can contact me directly at glorybee@glorybee.us or on our contact page.  The bonnets listed there are just a beginning.  I am happy to fulfill a custom order for a baptism or special occasion- or you might find a dress that is delightful and we can work to match the colors for a beautiful bonnet.  The more I make them the more I just love them.  They are a fitting crown for these little blessings we receive from our Lord and Creator.

God Bless!