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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Turkey Day!

Royal Southern Baby has a holiday collection of unique sweatshirts, t-shirts, aprons and appliqued apparel for the holidays. Please check with us for specific designs. We hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Just in time for the holidays...Christmas is right around the corner...Are you ready?

This little one children broke out the Christmas movies the day after Halloween and are already begging to set up the tree! Just wanted to help you all get into the holiday spirit along with us at RSB, so here's a little sneak peek for ya!

Keep checking back because we have lots more to show you!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Nursery Rhymes

Little Boy Blue come blow your horn...

Jack and Jill went up the hill...

Hey Diddle Diddle

Please contact for sizing and pricing for these daygowns. These designs may also be made into other garments...A-Line dress, romper, bubble and little boys shortall or longall.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Halloween Cuties

Halloween is just around the corner and our kiddos are so excited. Here are a couple of our latest appliqued t-shirt designs. The kids love to wear something
"Halloweeny" each day to school so they are trying to look "spooky" here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halle's Portrait Dress

This dress was created for a little girl's 5 year oil portrait painted by Leon Loard. The smocked to the shoulder style dress is hand embellished along the bottom of the smocked yoke with accents of pale pink and ivory bullion roses and embroidery. The full sleeves are embellished with gathered laces framing Halle's embroidered monogram surronded by floral bows and lily of the valley. The skirt is finished with a fancy band of rows of lace, sating ribbons and Swiss embroideries. This makes a beautiful dress for a flower girl, First Communion or a special portrait. Call for pricing and sizing details.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fancy is for Flower Girls

June wedding bells will be ringing soon and now is the time to choose that special dress for your favorite little flower girl. This one of a kind creation is made of ecru silk dupioni skirt, with a french blue crocheted bodice. This is the perfect dress for your little princess flower girl. A sweet little binding of ribbon rosettes accents the waistline and ties in a sash on the back. This gown may also be made in ivory and pink or tone on tone white. Sizes 12 mos, 18 mos and 2T

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Baby Nurseries

When my daughter and son-in-law found out they were having their first child, a boy, I was so excited at the prospect of helping my daughter design their first nursery. Erin was on bed rest for most of her pregnancy so she would lie on the sofa and watch as I painted and readied the baby’s room. We bought the new baby an ivory iron bed and we worked everything around this to create a complete circus atmosphere. We really were thrilled with the way that it turned out and the baby thoroughly enjoyed all the colors and patterns in his room as he grew.

When baby #2 was announced, a girl, they knew that the first little house would be too small for both children. The thought of them moving away and leaving the baby Barnum & Bailey room was so sad, but alas, Erin and I realized we would have 2 more rooms to design and play with. I am very blessed that my daughter allows me to help and be a part of designing the baby nurseries. We have very similar tastes and truly enjoy decorating, sewing, painting and crafting together. You can not imagine my excitement when we found out that baby #2 was a girl. I have been collecting and storing little antiques and baby girl shabby chic items for years just with this in mind. Please enjoy looking at all the fruits of our labors to create just the most perfect cozy nest for our expected little princess.

Annie Frances is now 2 – ½ years old and guess what…she can climb out of her iron baby crib!!! After a few split chins and the fear that she might knock out one of her baby teeth, we decided it was time to take down and crib and move her into a big girl bed. Oh, how upset Erin and I were losing this beautiful little baby nest. Well, we quickly busied ourselves to try and redesign the room using as much of the existing design elements as possible. First we needed to find the perfect big girl bed for her. Our search began throughout Nashville at flea markets, antique malls and stores for a special antique iron bed for her room. The room is very small, so we knew it would need to be a twin or junior bed. Our hearts were set on a white iron bed so after exhausting just about every spot we knew, we found this one. It is an antique French iron bed and was just the right size. I know you are all going to cringe, but yes, we are going to paint it. It is lovely in the black and gold, but everything else in the princess’ room is white and pink. Annie Frances was so excited about her big girl bed, that we went ahead and put it up for her now. Since it has only been about 25 degrees this past week here in Nashville, we will wait until the temperature is warmer and then we will repaint. We’ll show pics of it then.

The Big Boy Room

When Erin moved to her new home, Collin was just turning two and since we needed the iron baby crib, it was time to move him into a big boy bed. Grandy and I searched for a perfect little bed for him since we like to help buy the children’s beds for them. We found an antique reproduction bed for him that was painted just the perfect blue for his room. Collin loves trains, planes, cars and airplanes, but he really loves trains. I knew that a transportation room would be the perfect choice for him. Again, Erin and I began collecting antique toy cars, trains and planes. Michael Miller had just the perfect fabric called Transportation that we used for bedding and draperies. We had an antique wall desk that had belonged to Erin’s Aunt Carol and a trunk that had belonged to my mother. All these antique pieces helped to pull the room together. Since Collin loved Thomas the Train, I painted him a large mural on one wall that was his very own personalized train engine.

Throughout this process, I have been asked on numerous occasions to help with other baby nurseries and baby bedding projects. We are happy to quote prices on helping to decorate other nurseries or make special pillows and bedding.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Baby Boy Blue

We recently had a special client from Texas send us a picture of a beautiful antique cradle she had acquired for her expectant baby boy. She loves shadow work embroidery and asked us to design a special bedding ensemble to fit the cradle. We used their initial monogram and designed a flowing ribbon design accented with baby blue birds for the headboard and accompanying bumper pads and cradle sheet. After the baby was born, she sent us this adorable picture of her little one in the cradle. Isn’t he so sweet? We plan to use this same monogram motif for custom pillow orders. Just contact us with your initial and we will make you a special heirloom layette pillow for your special little one too.

Our client also loves our Nursery Rhyme collection garments and requested a special daygown for her new baby with a “Hey Diddle Diddle” Nursery Rhyme design embroidered on it with a little matching cap. This baby boy is so adorable in his shadow embroidered daygown. We can make customized daygowns for special orders for either baby girls, with added lace ruffles, or for baby boys using any of the Nursery Rhyme designs. Please contact us for our entire line of shadow embroidered baby layette items.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Valentine Cutie

At 2 year's old Annie Frances is not really sure what Valentine's Day is all about, but she does know what "Smoochie Kisses" are (Hershey's Kisses). She expects to get to eat lots of "smoochie kisses" wearing her new Valentine's Day outfit that I made her. She wore her new outfit to her Valentine Party at her playschool and pulled all the red ribbons out of the eyelet trim on the pants. I had to replace them and I quickly learned that they needed to be tacked in so that she couldn't take them out. Erin wasn't so sure about having her wear a little peasant style smock, but after we finished it, we just loved how she looks in it. The little puff sleeves show off her little chubby arms and the fullness of the smock is just perfect for a little one's tummy. She is growing up so fast and we don't want to give up our baby yet, so this style really suits her well. We plan to make lots more of this style in more fun and trendy fabrics and we'll show you more later.

Brother/Sister Outfits

Erin is planning on having a special oil or pastel portrait done of Collin and Annie Frances so we are experimenting with outfit styles and possible settings for the portrait. I really love this Carolina Blue corduroy bishop with the chocolate accent smocking for Annie Frances. Erin was also able to find a matching sweater vest and plaid corduroy pants for Collin. (He is not too big on his grandmother making him "heirloom style" clothes anymore.) I think these style outfits would make a great look for their portraits. We went down to this little park after church on Sunday and played with some different settings to see what we liked. We took a picnic lunch and the kids had a great time exploring the old barn, rock walls, bridges and the stream. I had a really fun time snapping lots of pictures of my sweeties too!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Has Springtime come to Nashville?????

The weather was gorgeous Monday and the temperature finally got up into the low 70's here. All week has really been beautiful with the exception of a little storm midweek. We just couldn't stay in the house any longer and decided to trek off exploring with the kiddos. Erin and I love to just get in the car and take off with no special place in mind...just let the scenery lead us on. Monday we ended up in one of our favorite spots, Leiper's Fork, TN. If you've never been to Leiper's Fork for a special outing, it is really worth the trip. Lots of unique little antique and gift shops, art galleries, Puckett's Grocery and Cafe and beautiful rolling hills and countryside with fabulous horse farms. Take a little peek for yourself at

Lilac is just the prettiest color on Annie Frances, so I couldn't wait to make her this sweet little bishop with pink and lilac smocking for one of her springtime dresses. She received lots of sweet compliments when we went in to Puckett's for lunch.
As you can tell she filled up on potato chips and was fat and sassy before her grilled cheese ever made it to the table!
Collin got a really special treat today too....CocaCola to drink! We have never let him have a real coke...only sprite (no caffeine!)

A little rest on the old bench outside in the warm sun after lunch was much needed.

Of course we had to make a special stop for the kids to get out and see the ponies before heading back home and naps for all.