An Announcement

So we've had a surprise development in our household...
When we came back from our cruise, I wasn't feeling well and, after doing some calculations in my head, I asked Tye to pick up a pregnancy test from the store. We both laughed and laughed about how hilarious that would be if it were positive. He brought it back, I took it, it was positive, and all the laughing ceased. We were completely shocked. It took several days for it to sink in and that's all we could think/talk about, but eventually we realized what a blessing this is for us. I've never felt "done" with our family, but we've always been perfectly content with the beautiful girls God has given us. I'm going to be 40 in a couple of months and our other girls will be 9, 12 and 14 when this baby is born, so this definitely won't be a traditional 4th baby, but I am confident that he/she will the perfect addition to our little family. The girls are absolutely ecstatic and are already thinking of names, Ava has designated herself the baby book keeper, and Tatum already kisses my tummy and says "I love you" to the baby. Gentry has requested sharing a room with him/her, which I am seriously considering. Having teenagers with a newborn may be the easiest thing ever!

For this reason, especially because I'm having some pretty yucky morning sickness, I need to suspend new orders for a little while. I'm trying to catch up on my current orders, but it takes me significantly longer to accomplish anything because I have a small window each day of feeling well enough to work. Hopefully this will pass (usually around 14 weeks for me) and I can get back to sewing again. If you've placed an order with me, I'll keep you in queue and get it done ASAP. Thank you so much for understanding. I'm not sure what my plans are after the baby arrives, but I would like to keep The Chocolate Zebra up and running after I find a new "normal". I would truly appreciate your prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby. I'll be back soon with new product posts!

Name Pillows

I think Brynn Leigh's pillow wins as the longest name I've fit on a pillow. Love the monochromatic color scheme.
 Gabriel's is subdued with shades of navy, gray and khaki.

Traditional red and navy for Hunter
and browns and camo for Knox, whose daddy is an actual hunter.

Bibs and Burps

Monogrammed Beach Towels

Beach towels are really popular right now for birthday and teacher gifts. I try to pick them up wherever I go and see fun patterns but stock varies. 

Anchors Away

I'm just a tad behind on the blog due to spring break and being under the weather for a few days, but I'm trying to catch up. We went on a cruise to the Bahamas over spring break a couple of weeks ago so I monogrammed some new beach towels for the girls. 
 I also made some fun anchor monogram tees for them to wear on the ship.
Can you see how the stitching creates a chevron pattern? They were tricky to stitch out so I'm still trying to perfect it without puckering.

I'm backed up right now with about a 3 week turnaround, so please keep that in  mind when ordering. I'm trying very hard to get caught up before summer gets here and I need to close up shop for a little bit. Let me know ASAP if you need to place an order and I'll get you in queue. Happy spring!

Closed for Spring Break

I'll be closed for spring break this week to spend time with my family. I won't be checking email so please remember that when contacting me. I'll be back up and running next Monday and will respond to all email requests then. Thank you, and have a wonderful spring break!