Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mike's Watercolor

My husband Mike is quite an artist. He decided to paint a watercolor for his mom, and here's what he completed in basically one evening...

It's his first watercolor... I am impressed.

The Oldest She's Ever Been

Or Threadless, Part 1...
For Christmas we bought Phoebe several Threadless shirts to initiate her into our family of Threadless shirt lovers, and then I forgot to wrap them. Ah well, she gets to wear them all the same. She didn't even notice that we forgot one of her presents...

In the background of this picture you can see our stereo, which is her buddy. That chair she's sitting in is the chair that I feed her in, and whenever she's done eating she stares, smiles and chatters at the stereo. And most of the time it's not even on (we mostly listen to Pandora), so there's no music or lights to react to. We have no idea why she loves that stereo so much. Maybe someday she'll let us in on the secret.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

3 Months

Hip Baby Bag

Every mom needs a large bag to tote around all the paraphernalia that is necessary for every possible occurrence. My purse wasn't quite big enough, and the diaper bag I made for my sister was just a little too big for me. Then I found A Mingled Yarn's tutorial for her Hip Mama Diaper Bag, and I knew it would be a perfect fit. And let me tell you, I love it. I use it every day, and it holds nearly everything I could ever need (Jess's huge bag isn't looking so over the top now that I have a baby of my own).

The tutorial was great, and the instructions were very easy to follow. The only changes I made were to use fusible batting inside the strap and to add a loop with carabiner for a key holder.

Now I just need to make a changing mat to go along with it. I love this bag!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Post Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! We did Christmas a day early so that we could celebrate with Ali & Devin (Santa even made a special early delivery), so today Mike, Phoebe and I lounged, played games, read and didn't get out of our pjs. It was lovely.
Our Christmas was a marvelous success! I ended up with a wonderful set of cast iron cookware and nearly every Nigella Lawson cookbook there is, as well as Really, REALLY Fudgey Brownies and Scottish Shortbread, with the cookbooks to go with the recipes, plus so much more! The kids got many things from their wish lists, and a couple things not on their lists that were a big hit. I made Mike a book wallet and a monogrammed card holder (which I will get pictures of later).

The Christmas knitting was mildly successful. Mike's hat was perfect. The hats for the kids were ok... they have bigger heads than I thought! They've both grown into adult sized hats all of a sudden. Ali's hat looks pretty good on her, but kind of creeps up a bit, and Devin's hat doesn't get very far down his noggin... it makes him look like a fisherman.

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

Christmas PJs

It's Christmas PJ time, and I got them done before Christmas Eve! And since I was so ahead of schedule, I decided to make some matching slippers for Phoebe (using this pattern)...

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!