Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Odds and Ends

(Vintage fabric I spotted on a chair at an antique mall.)

 The family has come down with colds, so my heads been a bit foggy... best to post in list form...

Odds and Ends:
- We had brownies for dinner (Bob Atwood's famous recipe... thanks Dad!)
- Oona went wild monkey on us after having just a little bit.
- Little sister is quite the mover and shaker. I feel like she's just going to punch right through me one of these days.
- We've made a decision on babies birth... more on that tomorrow.
- Cleaning up a leaking pipe is not fun.
- Especially in a freezing cold room with freezing cold water everywhere.
- I need to buy some glitter.
- I love it when Daddy puts Oona to bed... much needed head space for Mama.
- Especially when Oona wakes up really early, and invades Mama's normal "alone" time.
-  I hate being sick, and hate it even more when my little darlin' is sick.
- Toddler snot is not that cute.
- Her sick voice does make me say, "aww..."
- I need to make some art.
- I need to hang a bunch of art on the walls too.
- I need to make a lot of things.
- Time to get doing while there's no interruptions.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Three to Tango


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Buddha is in the Details

(Can you find Buddha's face in the tree? Our friend Sam spotted this on a walk. Picture taken by Mr. Wildwood)

We've had some big life decisions to think about lately... one very important one being the birth of our baby girl this Spring. I've been going to the same birthing center I went to with Oona for my prenatal care, but something hasn't felt quite right this time. I've felt a lot of fear and anxiety with this pregnancy that I didn't have with my first. In part, I'm sure, because of my birthing experience with Oona was far from ideal. I've never fully written down Oona's birth story... when I started to after she was born it was too fresh and raw in my head. I know I should do it before I have another one and things start to get muddled together. But, anyways, there's been a fair degree of uncertainty with the path we're taken on this birth, and just last week I decided it might be a good idea to at least consider some other options.

One option is that there are two more hospitals, slightly farther away, that both have midwives... but they are big hospitals and I worry I will be pushed to use drugs or into a cesarean or other medical interventions I hope to avoid. The birthing center I am at now is attached to a hospital, but still tries to respect natural birth wishes. Still, it's probably worth investigating. 

Another option under serious consideration is a home birth. My sister and I were both born at home, and I don't have quite the fear of it that I know some people do. For Oona, it would mean possibly more involvement in the birth and not needing to be separated from me for near as long. For me, it would mean knowing exactly who my midwife is going to be, having the comfort of our own home, and having the support I feel is lacking in my current care. But there would also be more home preparation involved. The major obstacle for us is the cost. Insurance doesn't cover the full amount (even though hospital births are typically more expensive).

We could also stay where we are, and I could try to ride past the bad for the good parts. I don't know at this point. But it has got us really looking at our finances and how we can improve things so that we can make the choice based on what we want, and not what we have to do. Time to make a serious budget plan.

Any thoughts?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Baby Quilt and Mushroom Rattle


 Two more baby projects were finished today...


Babies quilt is made from Liberty of London quilting cotton  (which I got on sale!) and a peachy Kona cotton with navy and white polka dot binding. The backing, which you can't see, is a very soft bamboo velour. The purple stars you see on the peach are hand embroidered.
 Big sister, of course, had to try it out. She is not quite liking the idea that everything I make isn't always for her... but she is teaching little sister about sharing... by making sure to use everything that's hers.


The second project I finished today was a crochet mushroom rattle. I should write up my pattern for this because it's pretty simple.


 She gave it lots of shaking to test it's strength. Thank you big sister.... we wouldn't want the mushroom top to fly off in babies face!


It's a good thing it'll be a while before baby cares if Oona takes her stuff.




Saturday, January 19, 2013

Snug as a Bug

One blanket finished...



One blanket started....
 

And one little froggy snug as a bug in a rug...


Hope your weekend is full of cozy things!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Oona Getting an Early Start on her Valentines

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Baby and Me


 Today in the craft room there was a little something for baby and a little something for me.


Oona was quite fond of this dress too... I might need to make one for big sister.... or perhaps a skirt.


"Gnomes and dollies!" she exclaimed. Could it get any better?!
 

Two candles were lit for a mama and her sweet little baby who will be coming to this world anytime now.


And here is what I made for me... a pregnancy obi from "Handmade Beginnings". Perhaps I'll have to take a shot of my enormous belly that unfortunately swallows this belt up!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winter Walk

Breathing in.
Remembering that stress can be as fleeting as joy, and I'd much rather hold onto joy...

We took a lovely walk yesterday as the warm sun peaked out for a short time and thawed this land of winter. I need to brave the cold and get back to a daily walking practice, even if it means walking down our busy road. I'm so glad for my dear family who reminds me why we struggle, why we try... for the moments we can be together and enjoy this world of ours! 





Monday, January 14, 2013

Getting Organized


I've been trying to get myself a little more organized these days. The other day I made this little felt needle holder to hang on my fabric cabinet so that when I have left over thread on a needle I can put it there. Then I can use it again when I need the same color. I meant to do this a long time ago, but as with everything, when's there the time!

We also got the tree down today... takes twice as long with a toddler unpacking everything you put away, but what can you do?! It feels good to have the extra space again. I'm sure it will get filled quickly.

Now I've got a date with Jake, Oona and Downton Abbey. We watch it off the internet, so we're a day behind.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gnome Jammies

I nearly forgot to share the Christmas gnome jammies! Here's my disheveled beauties sporting them. I had originally intended to just make a pair for Jake, but when I realized there was just enough extra fabric to make a pair for Oona too, I couldn't resist. 

 The adult jammy pattern was found in my "Weekend Sewing" book by Heather Ross as mentioned before. The men's size I used was for a very tall gentleman so I had to adjust to customize the height on the pattern before cutting, but otherwise they fit great.  There are kid sizes too in the book, but not toddler sizes, so I traced a pair of Oona's pants to make a pattern for her. Unfortunately, Oona's came out a little on the short side... more like capris than jammy pants. I might add a red cuff to lengthen them or maybe just keep them as is (she grows so fast!).


Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I'm hoping to get a good nights rest tonight as our night owl has been keeping strange hours lately (always), and Mama and Daddy are exhausted.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Granny Stripes for Little Sister


My beautiful soft cotton yarn came this week, and I began a blanket for my sweet little May flower. I'm using a basic granny stripe pattern. I forgot how much I love crocheting in simple rhythmic patterns like this. It's so meditative. I could do it for hours if my hands would let me. The colors warm me, and I can't wait to snuggle my little one in it. This is actually my first project for the new baby. There have been so many new babies to welcome to the world of late, that I've been waiting patiently to start anything for our own little one.

Working on this blanket makes me feel closer to my little womb child. Being pregnant with a second child has been a much different experience then being pregnant with the first. You find yourself so distracted with the child on the outside world, that it is only in the really quiet moments of the day that I can pause enough to say hello to my little one on the inside. Oona makes sure to show baby lots of love as "big sister." Sometimes I imagine they can even communicate with each other on some level. I'm glad she is able to give baby a little attention, but I'm hoping to be able to give baby a little more attention myself before she arrives!

 

P.S. I did manage to whip myself up a new crochet hook holder like these ones I made for Christmas. It's so nice to have handmade items that you get to use all the time!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Oona and Sally

 

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Easy Wash Cloth Bib Tutorial

My mom gave me  a vintage bib a while back that was made from a wash cloth with crochet edge and ties, and as Oona's been running low on bibs for a while, I thought it would be a quick bib to whip up. I picked up a set of wash clothes a little bit ago with the intention of turning them into bibs, and they have been taken up space on my studio table ever since.  Why do quick things always take so long to get to? The day finally came when there was no other way to get them off my table then to turn them into bibs...

  


 I took some process shots to give you a quick tutorial on how I made them. Each bib has a front pocket. I am a big fan of bibs with pockets as it helps keep the little food dropsies from ending up all over the floor.  I'm also a big fan of tie bibs because you can customize the fit better and they're harder for a toddler to rip off.

I measured the width of my bib and then selected a height that seemed about right for the pocket. They were 10.5"w x 3.5"h and I added a half inch on each side for the seam allowance before cutting the fabric. If you cut the rectangle on the fold, you don't need to sew the top seam and can leave off that seam allowance.


 I sewed the rectangles right sides together and left a 1.5 inch opening to turn it right sides out.  Fold under the seam from the opening you left for turning. 


Next I made bias tape 40" long and .5 inch wide for the ties.


I used a CD to make a neck hole opening.  Just find the midway point of the CD to make your half circle for the opening.


Here are the pockets before they were sewn on the wash clothes.


Pin the pocket down to the bottom of the wash cloth and edge stitch around the sides and bottom. Make sure that the folded side is the top of your pocket.

Then pin the bias tape to the neckline folding it over so the it is on both sides of the bib, making sure to center it so the ties are the same length on both sides. It helps to fold the bib and the bias in half to pinpoint their centers. I stitched around the entire length of the bias tape attaching it to the neck.


 All done! I actually made seven of them, but Oona was wearing one when I photographed them as you can see in the bottom picture of her helping Daddy in his workshop.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tiny Baby Things


2013 is certainly the year of the baby in my world. There are so many babies to welcome into the world (including our own little pea pod)! These tiny baby things are gifts for my friend expecting in the beginning of February... another summer peasant dress, some felt booties, and a dream catcher. It seems to be my go-to baby package of late. I love the simple "Bittie Booties Baby Pattern" because it's so customizable. I haven't had a chance to try it out on an actual baby yet, so I can't give it a full testimonial. I've also found this "Sweet Little Dress" pattern by "Leila and Ben" to be a great quick-sew dress for little girls. I've made Oona a number of these dresses.



There are lots of projects in store for our May baby and the list is ever-growing. I am currently waiting for some new cotton yarn to arrive so I can start on babies crochet blanket. 


P.S. THIS IS A SPOIILER...  STOP READING HERE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW THE SEX OF OUR BABY...



it seems I'll be making more of that "sweet little dress" for "little sister" as Oona calls  her.  2013 also appears to be the year of the girl!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Papa Gnome

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

"Weekend Sewing" Bag


I've been busy doing a little post Christmas crafting for myself, hehe. Well, it was really out of necessity that I made this handbag because my old one is about to fall apart. I broke out some special Anna Maria Horner velveteen for the occasion. I had originally bought the fabric for a dress project for Miss Oona, but with only a yard to work with, she grew too fast to put the fabric to use. I might be able to make her a little something with the remainder.

 This bag is lined with purple corduroy and there's an inner pocket for your cell phone, etc. I decided to add on an outer pocket too as I thought it might be useful for little toys and whatnot that need to be found quickly.


The pattern is from "Weekend Sewing" by Heather Ross. I dusted the book off from the shelf to make some Christmas jammies for Jake (which I still need to share with you), and was reminded of this handbag pattern. The pattern is relatively easy, but be warned, the yardage listed in the book is wrong. It takes more than double the amount called for. You will need about a yard and quarter of each the main fabric and the lining to make it work. I had to fudge the directions a little to make it work with only a yard of each (I'm glad I had the extra fabric or this never would have come to be).

 

Another sewing note: the velveteen was a little bit difficult to sew with on the bias binding straps.  I love how it turned out, but you might want to go with something a little thinner if you don't want to have arguments with your sewing machine.

 Oona of course had to give it a try. You can see how big the bag is in comparison to my toddler. She promptly started filling it with blocks. I'm surprised she didn't climb inside it.


I also got to destash a cool vintage button and some embroidery ribbon I found recently for the pocket I added on the front.


I can't wait to fill it up! (Note to self: dump out blocks first.) Hopefully the two pockets will help me keep things slightly more organized than in my last handbag.