Note to self..keep it simple!

Okay, I admit it. I tend not to keep projects simple in my life. THERE I said it. There are few projects that I stop at the right point. Sure sometimes over the top is perfect and cute, but a lot of times sweet and simple are even better.

Case in point…

A few years ago, I decided to make 4th of July T-shirts for my kids.  I cut out an outline of the US and then stitched the words “happy birthday” on them. They turned out so cute..and were so simple. Take a look:

See..cute and simple:

This year I decided to try that idea again…but I didn’t stop. I wish I would have stuck with the original one line “happy birthday”.  At least he loves it. That really is after all, all that matters.
I made the shirt using the US map pillow template and just sized it down.  Worked great.
What do you think…how would you improve it?  Do you tend to keep things simple?

9 thoughts on “Note to self..keep it simple!

  1. Tanya says:

    Sometimes the more simple projects are the best. Those shirts are adorable!

  2. texas is for lovers says:

    I love both versions! Actually, I went out and got my little family some shirts and am going to try to make some… well, the simple version bec you have way more talent than I do.

  3. Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft says:

    Goodness gracious, how cute is that?? Thanks for sharing!

  4. Alison @ mommadidit.blogspot.com says:

    I love them both!

  5. Ami w/AliLilly says:

    I think it looks great!! BUT I do the same thing. I am a lover of SIMPLE yet I try to embellish it and it's usually a FAIL!

    LOVED your post on Whipperberry! I follow you EVERYWHERE now!! 🙂

  6. Haley K says:

    goodness you have some gorgeous kiddos! 🙂 and i love your creativity 🙂 Happy Birthday to the US…I think I'm going to create a similar shirt for my little man for the festivities this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration! And about keeping it simple…whatever you're doing, simple or complicated, keep on doing it 🙂 I just found your blog (from Whipperberry) and I love it!

    Haley {Life is Sweet}

  7. Danielle says:

    just found you over at whipper berry and these shirts are too cute. I love both versions:>

  8. Bryony says:

    Agreed: both versions are really cute! I don't think I'd do anything different other than maybe experiment with the idea of slightly patterned fabric.

  9. tginguyen says:

    Did you have a hard time sewing the pattern on the onesie?

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