Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Now I just need to make a changing mat to go along with it. I love this bag!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Ah well, at least they humored me for a picture... Phoebe didn't get a Christmas hat since she got so many of them when she was born, but she will definitely be getting one next year. I really like this tradition.
The pj's were more of a definitive success. The pants fit everyone so well! It really helped that I measured them against pants that I knew fit them as I was cutting out and sewing them together, which curbed my tendency to make things roomier, just in case.
Monday, December 21, 2009
And don't worry, the rest of us have new slippers too... fuzzy Crocs for the kids and LL Bean classics for Mike & I. I can't wait!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Though the word "finished" is being used loosely because the crib still doesn't have a skirt (but it is cut out and in my sewing room), and the quilt I made is still waiting to be quilted. The quilt on the crib now is a gorgeous one my Aunt Terry made for Phoebe. But Mike got the trees painted on the walls the day before she was born. It's like she was waiting for that to happen before she came. "Nope, I cannot be in an undecorated room... I shall wait."
The art on the wall is all from Etsy. From left to right: Sharon Montrose, The Black Apple, Berkley Illustration, & Belle and Boo.
There is another smaller tree by the cradle that my dad made when I was a baby. He apparently designed it from these dishes. The story goes that when he was making it, he wanted to see what I (as a baby) was going to see, so got into the cradle, and got stuck. Now, I'm not sure whether he got stuck first, or fell asleep first, but thank goodness a photo was taken...
It has always made me smile to look at this picture and imagine my pregnant mother trying to hoist my father out of the baby cradle.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
And speaking of rinsing, one tool we picked up that makes cloth diapering even more manageable is the mini sprayer. No toilet dunking for us!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Ali is becoming a prolific fashion designer. She's very organized about it, creating seasonal lines and keeping them all in books she makes herself.
I was once myself a prolific fashion designer (my mode of organization being clipboards filled to the brim with designs), and a current sewing/fabric-aholic, so I've been very excited to encourage her. So when we were planning our trip to New York, we decided we had to visit the Fashion District. For Ali. And, well, maybe just a little bit for me.
We took her to the Museum at the Fashion Institute, where she took photos and sketched her favorite designs.
And then went to check out some fabric stores, like real NY designers.
Luckily we were prepared with a project at the fabric stores (or at least Ali was), because it can get easily overwhelming being face-to-face with all that fabric. On the plane on the way over, Ali designed a skirt she wanted to make (though by the date in the photo below, I think this may not have been the original drawing)...
...carefully picked out the fabrics, and then made it when we got home. All by herself (with just a bit of guidance from me).
And it fits. And she loves it. I couldn't be a prouder step-mom... :o)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
First it started with an accident...
After knitting this hat for myself over a year ago only to realize that I am a tight knitter and it didn't fit, I passed it on to a coworker's daughter. She loved it, and then it was accidentally washed. So before I even knew I was pregnant, it was returned to me "just in case".
When I had officially made the announcement, my mom sent me this hat made for me when I was a baby by my grandmother. It was knit flat and then seamed, and it looks like she may have run out of yarn at the very end, and thus the little snow cap on the top, which is completely adorable.
Then my own knitting started in earnest. I scoured my knitting books and Ravelry, and the knitting marathon began with a Placket Sweater, and then a matching hat...
Then I had booties on the brain, so I made these...
Now I'm working on two sweaters simultaneously, a February Baby Sweater, and a Stripey Sweater. In my queue, with yarn a-waiting, are some Leg Warmies.
Um, yeah, so I guess you can tell we're having a girl, right?
Checking another item off my Catch Up post...
And the inside view...
Ok, so this bag is HUGE. Ridiculously huge. Like you could fit the baby in here, along with all of his stuff. And it will totally stand up on its own with all the layers upon layers of interfacing. It is definitely a sturdy bag. But my sister uses it, and that makes up for all the swearing I did trying to get the sewing machine to growl over the thick seams when I was topstitching.