Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mama Mia!




Our babies coming any day now! My KCW plans kind of fell apart on the weekend. I did a little pattern making on Saturday, but on Sunday I was surprised with a blessing way gathering of local mama friends, so all previous plans went out the window. I do have some kids clothing projects I want to finish, so perhaps I will be able to squeeze them in this week. 

The blessing way was a lot of fun and low key (just the way I like things). There was some yummy brunch food, a bead blessing, some very sweet gifts (some literally sweet... chocolate truffles, yes please), and just a nice day out away from my crazy toddler with Mama friends. 

The kitty above is like this kitty which was based on this kitty constructed from my own pattern and variations and is a birthday gift for one of Oona's good toddler friends. I still have one more set of these to make for Oona that is in progress that she will get as a big sister gift when the baby arrives. I had orignally intended to give her friend these matryoshka dolls, but we missed the party because we were sick, and Oona got so attached to them in the mean time, that I couldn't take them away from such an appreciative owner. 




Friday, April 26, 2013

Sunny Day Baby Bonnet


For the fifth day of KCW I made a baby bonnet for my May baby. I might need to make a bigger one for Miss Oona as she had quite the temper tantrum when it didn't fit her.


Bear was happy that it fit him, though. Hopefully it will have plenty of room for babies head to take us through the summer months. And it's reversible for when baby wants to go all polka dots!


I used a baby hoody to get the shape of the head to help make the pattern and then winged it. I'll probably make a few more at some point if it proves to be a good sun bonnet.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

KCW Days 2,3, and 4


I've been diligently trying to keep up with the KCW challenge this week, but yesterday the warm weather lured Oona and I outside for some sun and sand for a good many hours. It was nice today, but a bit colder, and easier to stay in the warm corners of our home. The sundress above was actually finished up yesterday morning, and I meant to blog about it yesterday evening, but when I uploaded the photos I realized the camera had been on a funny setting, and they all came out fuzzy, so I took some new photos this morning.


I made a simple rectangle pattern for this and did two rows of gathered elastic, stitched on with a zig-zag stitch to give the top edge it's scrunchy look. A few hems and ribbon, and Oona has a new sundress, if the weather ever gets warm enough for it.  I made it from the remainder of "Liberty" fabric I had from making this baby quilt. I love that I was able to stretch that yard of fabric to make something fun for both my girls.


Here's Oona in her big girl bed modeling her new dress.

 I criss-crossed it in the back to help the straps stay up and to give it some extra cuteness.



 Did I mention it was incredibly difficult to get this busy bee to stay still enough for a few snap shots?


Today my mission was to get two more diaper covers done for the baby. Do diaper covers count as "clothes"?.... my answer was yes because she'll be wearing them. I'm not sure what I have planned for tomorrow.


Monday, April 22, 2013

KCW


Hello folks! I decided to participate in "Kids Clothes Week" again this Spring, even though I have a crazy amount of stuff to do before the baby comes, am fighting off the tail end of the flu, and am extremely exhausted in the final weeks of this pregnancy.  For those who haven't done it before, it's an hour of making/ sewing kids clothes each day, for seven days, starting today.


In honor of Earth Day (happy Earth day!) my first project used upycled t-shirts. The shirts were both a bit wonky... too short, for one thing, and with strange cuts. I picked them up at the thrifts store for cheap, knowing they would make good cutters.

I used this gown pattern again from "Growing up Sew Liberated", but used the existing neck and bodice with buttons so I wouldn't have to add binding (plus, I think it makes for a nice variation).


 For the knotted baby cap, I made my own pattern, measuring the circumference of an existing baby cap. I have a little bit more of the cut up t-shirts that I think will be made into matching sister leg warmers or perhaps another baby cap.

I probably won't be posting everyday, but I'm going to try to get some cute things done for Miss Oona and the baby this week.


KCWC

Friday, April 19, 2013

One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dream Catching

The time is drawing near... I got the babies barrel bassinet ready for a slumbering baby this morning. The barrel was made by my grandfather and has been used by all of the children, and many of the grandchildren and great grandchildren on my Dad's side of the family. My mom painted the picture of the sleeping baby on the front when we were babies. It's gotten a new coat of paint from time to time, but the picture has remained. My dad gave it a fresh coat of yellow and green when Oona arrived.


I also finished the babies dream catcher. I can't believe I'll be watching this little person sleep so soon. I love this sweet little lullaby video by artist Phoebe Wahl. If only it was always that easy to put babies to sleep.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Less than a Month

There's less than a month until babies official due date (May 10th!). I can't believe we're going to meet this little person so soon. In roughly two to six weeks we'll be holding her (or him if the ultra sound tech was wrong!). There's definitely excitement, but also some fear and panic as we think of all the last minute things to get done.

When we visited CT last weekend we received some beautiful handmade gifts for the baby from Jake's Aunt Vicki that I have to share as this is technically a crafting blog:


She made a pretty quilt, flannel owl receiving blanket (I wish I had a close up of the owls) and a soft cotton sweater and hat set that will be just right for our chilly VT Spring. Tiny sweaters and hats just make this little person coming to live with us seem so much more real!


And she made Oona a little skirt to match the owl blanky... of course, when Oona saw the blanket, she flipped out and thought mommy had somehow destroyed her skirt and turned it into a blanket, haha.


And the butt shot... just in case you thought it might be different from the back... She was really working the camera.

There's other handmade goodness we've been given lately that I need to remember to share with you... a set of pretty light green hats for both girls from Baba and a new blue sweater for Oona from Moogi (two busy grandmas's!). I love these bits of handmade for my children as someone lovingly created them with them in mind and they will have them one day to put on their children if they like. There's something magical about things we create with our own two hands. I know there often isn't time in this busy world, depending on our jobs and other responsibilities, but it's nice when these things can find their way out of our daydreams into creations.

Ok baby, stay in a little longer so Mama can get her own projects for you finished. You can even come late if you like, but lets try to make it a speedy and painless labor, haha.




Friday, April 12, 2013

Babe and Beluga


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

See You on the Sunnyside

More AIO diaper covers for my May baby!

Hello! We went off on a long weekend to visit family in CT, and the yesterday was a recovery day... traveling pregnant and with a toddler definitely requires some recovery time. And to be honest, I've been feeling pretty down the last couple days, as the shift from beautiful 70 degree weather in CT to a cold drizzly wet return home, has been a bit hard on all of us. Something about those lingering bits of winter, when you're ready to be outdoors again and enjoying the sun, just brings out all the volatile emotions inside. And frustrations are high here with taxes due soon, car repair, bills to pay, and much to do before the arrival of our little babe. I'm hoping for sunnier days ahead and to catch up on some much needed sleep. I'll hopefully be sharing some pictures with you soon from our trip!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Handmade Baby Gifts

crochet baby hat and mushroom rattle

Over the last few months I've been secretly making some handmade gifts for my sister. Now that she's received them I can finally share them with you.

granny stripe car seat blanket and felt flower wreath

dream catcher

These were suppose to be hedgehogs, but they came out looking like kitties... oh well.



AIO diaper covers


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pregnancy and Mama's Milk Tea

 With a busy weekend ahead, I thought I'd share something relaxing! I recently hit up our local Co-op for some herbs to make my own pregnancy tea. I made up a recipe from a mix of recipes I found online for both pregnancy and mama's milk teas. I put a star next to some of the more important ingredients! Here it is!
Pregnancy Tea and Mama's Milk Tea Recipe:

Equal Parts:
*-Red Raspberry Leaf
*-Nettle Leaf
*-Alfalfa Leaf
-Ginger
-Chamomile
-Lemon Balm
-Lemongrass
-Oatstraw
- Orange Peel

1/4 Part:
-Milk Thistle

 (The ginger and Chamomile give it a lot of it's flavor.)



Here's some more things you could add that I opted out of or they didn't have at my Co-op:
-red clover tops
-rose hips
-dandelion root
-fennel
-spearmint or peppermint
-milky oats
-lavendar
-blessed thistle (good for milk production)
-borage
-motherwort
-marsh mallow

You really don't need all these things... you could try four or five and mixing them together. It's also great just to drink raspberry leaf tea on it's own. Enjoy!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Graffiti Artist Strikes Again


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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Rainbow Necklace



Somehow when there's lots to do, my mind tends to focus on the things that least need to get done... or maybe I'm just honing in to thing that I most want to do. It's hard to say. I'm preparing for a busy weekend ahead with lots of preparation for a celebration, and somehow I found myself finishing up this crochet bead necklace... a little gift to myself. Here's the instructions I used, which I found off of "Ravelry" for any crocheters out there! They are simple to make, but because they are small and require a small crochet hook and thin yarn, they really put a strain on the wrist! I've made one or a two a night here and there, and it's finally finished. Doing anymore than one or two was just painful for me. I used stiff hemp yarn too, so that might have also been contributing to the wrist stress. Anyways, much to do... busy bee, busy kitty... meow, meow, meow!

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Felt Gnome Booties


I finally got around to making a pair of felt "gnome" booties for my little womb baby. I've made three previous pairs of these... two for friends and one set still has to be given, and I was saving making a pair for our baby for last. I made different adornments and color choices for each pair so they'd all be unique.


 The pattern is actually called "Bitty Booties" by Heather Bailey, but this particular pair does look like it belongs on a woodland babe. Note the pink moons in the middle of the flower... I like how they face each other so I know which side is left and which is right!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Birth Alter


This is the beginnings of my birth alter. I never made one of these during my first pregnancy with Oona because I labored at a birthing center, and it never even occurred to me. But I thought it might help bring positive energy to my home birth this time around. I made the felt flower, ten centimeters, with each circle of petals representing each centimeter I need to dilate. I hope it will remind me that as  hard as my body will have to work, this is not really that impossible. I also want to keep the image of a flower blossoming as a visualization through each wave.

On the shelf sits a wooden elephant that my sister gave me for my birthday. Through the lattice work you can see a baby elephant inside the mother. The candles were left over from a blessingway I threw for my friend, and I picked up the cute flower votive holders today on the cheap. Behind the alter in the window, my seedlings sit growing on another shelf, another reminder of the power of life.

I'd like to add to my alter photos, bits of nature, some words of inspiration and maybe a small painting. I'll post another photo when it's finished. I know that I might not even notice this alter during labor, but I think it's helping me now to create a more positive atmosphere for babies birthday. I want to remember that too... that the day my baby is born needs to one of beauty and love and celebration (as all of her birthdays should be), and I want to do as much as I can to bring those feelings into my home before she arrives.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Scenes from Easter Weekend

Here are some more photo highlights from Easter weekend, as promised.



Oona really got into dying eggs for the first time... she had a preference for blue eggs to be sure, which occasionally resulted in a yellow egg turning green. She held onto that blue egg in her hand above for the entire time we dyed eggs. There were also quite a few smashed eggs this time around, but I won't say who was responsible.


 I tried to make some natural dyes. The turmeric worked fine, but the rest didn't work well this time. I think I added too much water... so we gave into to food coloring. Unfortunately I only had three colors on hand, so we only had green, yellow and blue eggs this year. 


 Oona had a ball with Baba and Papa and Aunty Liv and Uncle Matt. I know she already misses everyone. Luckily we will see them all again soon when we go to CT.  We ate lots of bad treats... homemade doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies, homemade pb butter cup bark. We also had a grand celebration at the store with an open mic for "The Wildwood Flower's" five year anniversary on Saturday evening.


Mama was more excited about getting up for Easter morning than Oona. The little devil slept in late.  The Easter Bunny had too much fun this year.  I baked another braided bread wreath in the morning and we had a grand breakfast of scrambled eggs, homefries and toast. When she finally stopped snoozing, she was mesmerized by what she found in her Easter basket. She could only really focus on one item at a time, completely unaware of anything else while she played with one thing. When she finally noticed her little chocolate bunny, she tore it open and devoured it,  saving the cute little head for last.

 

 She finally got to wear her Mama-made Easter jammies and bunny ears.




Despite a little snow on the ground, we had  an Easter egg hunt at one of our favorite spots, the Frost cabin in the woods. This year, Oona was the only little bunny hunting. She did a great job finding every last egg... oops, except for that one that got left behind. 












It will be great fun next year to have two little ones to spoil and a little nephew too!  Thank you family for coming to visit and making it a special weekend for all!