Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Sewing

So, another baby was born in our church. I love these little shoes because they make such a nice welcome gift and they're fairly quick and easy to do. If I sew sleepy then I find myself stitch ripping, but if I am alert and paying attention then they're a quick sew. I used this tutorial again. I should mention that I use fusible fleece sandwiched between fabric for the sole and it makes a nice solid but soft bottom. I also like these shoes because they stay on Abigail's feet - a feat which not all shoes or slippers can say.

I have sewn 4 other things in the last month. 1 is a bag for my umbrella stroller. I have to remake it as I didn't give myself enough seam allowance and it's too tight. The other 2 things - a ring sling and a non diaper bag tote bag for my friend who has a baby on the way. In my excitement to give these gifts, I forgot to take pictures first *sniff* *sniff*. I fell in love with the bag and will be making one for myself and will show you pictures of it then. In the meantime, see what arrived...

...yup, more diaper sewing - the drama continues! On the diaper front: I sold the diapers that I ordered and decided to bite the bullet and make more. I love these diapers too much to balk at the work of making them. Really, these are as easy as disposables, so much better for the environment and there's something satisfying about your baby wearing something you (with the help of Mom) made! I did the math and it's half the cost to make my own and that's just too big of a price difference not to give it another go. I've decided to make 16 medium sized diapers. I've been working with 17 smalls and it's been plenty. I ordered all orange fabric - no guessing which is which size and the last time I ordered a gender neutral fabric kit, I ended up getting pink and blue in the kit. I'm still deciding what color to do large diapers in, maybe red or green - we'll see. Now that I know what I'm up against, I'm just gonna grit my teeth and get 'er done. Wish me luck. Oh, and side note - I'm looking to borrow a serger for a week or so - any ideas? UPDATED TO ADD: My friend, Jenni and her mom are lending me their serger - hooray!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Inspiration in the Mail

I got my parcel from Pink Chalk Fabrics today. Kathy, your service and packaging is amazing. You are so generous and thoughtful and I will definitely be making a purchase from you in the future! 3 of these fabrics you may recognize as the choices I made for the contest that I won. The black and white fabric is to accent a bag I'm working on and the Note Taker pattern has been on my pattern wish list for a long time. I can't wait to make one! Now I just have to pre-wash the fabric and I can get to my sewing projects! Go visit Kathy's store and fall in love with it like I have! UPDATED TO ADD: I have never had such straight cut fabric. Kathy, you're cuts are almost perfect!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Family Pictures - Celebrating 5 years of marriage!

David and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary next month. We thought that with the addition of Abigail it would be a great time to do a family portrait session. Back in February, Twila Mae took our picture at the King's Ball and we decided to give her a call. Well, I am so glad that we did! Twila did an amazing job and we are so happy with her work! Here's a sneak peak of some of the pictures, though we are saving our favourites for later. (That's killing me, by the way! I love them all so much and want to share them all, but it gives you something to look forward to later) So, without further ado:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

coaster love!

The lovely Patty~Jean gifted me these lovely coasters! Great colors, perfect size and pure delight to me! Thanks, darlin'! I'm not the best photographer and I am afraid they looked a little washed out here, but I assure you of their bold beautiful-ness!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Reason to cheer!

So I entered this giveaway and when I was catching up on my blog reading today, I found this! I will have show and tell when it comes in! Thank you so much, Kathy for such a great giveaway! Go visit her store - it's my favourite online store ever!

David crafts for me!

I saw these kind of wind chimes at the Forks last year and have been wanting one ever since. They sell for over $100 and I thought to myself, surely we could make one. So the hunt for silver began. Not much luck initially for finding silver inexpensively and so it got put on the back burner. Well, David and I were thrift store shopping on our holidays and he found me all the silver I needed. Then he bought a special drill bit and proceeded to make my wind chime. Total cost came to about $25. I LOVE it! Thanks, honey! Oh, and it sounds really pretty, too!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

In my head

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