Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Birthday and Toy Society

I turned 27 yesterday. We started the day off with breakfast, got up and went swimming. We came home and I finished up a little dress for another doll I made, then went for a walk to drop it at an outside play area in doernbecher childrens hospital. R left us to go study at the library so baby T and I walked around the area so we could check back by and see if someone found it. As I left the play area a family had arrived, by the time I got to the elevators that look at the area they had found it =) Hope they open, keep it, and love it!!
For this doll I changed it up and made her naked to begin with in hopes to make cute clothes for her. That didn't go so well, the body is just to hard to fit. I ended up making a dress with an elastic top out of some scrap bamboo fabric. I think she turned out pretty cute!!
The rest of the day was just as fun, and it was wonderful to celebrate with my little baby T, its her turn next. Only 2 more months... YIKES!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Easy Skirt

While in Manzanita, OR I stumbled across a wonderful fabric store 'Creative Fabrics'. They had such a great variety of quilters' cottons, a lot of fun handmade things, oh and an amazing view. Baby T picked out a finger puppet and I picked out 3 different fabrics. One was this wonderful Alexander Henry 'favorite things' print. I got it out today and whipped up a very easy to make elastic skirt. I like it a lot but maybe I should have gone with a different look. Maybe put in a few pleats and a different color waistband, or just some darts and a facing.... I am going to wear it like this for a day or two and revisit it later.

*Just outside of the fabric store above the quilt hanging up was a bird's nest with the sweetest little babies waiting their turn for food from mama. I was able to capture this after my dorky pose in front of the shop =)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wedding Recap

We had a lovely time at the coast with our friends. It was a beautiful wedding on the beach and perfect weather for the occasion. I wore my hemmed vintage dress and got many compliments! Thanks for all your comments, they are probably the reason I wore it! Before I left I had enough time to whip up a little skirt for baby T out of the remaining fabric. Since it was a windy day we paired it with a long sleeve onesie (I was going to doll her up with a cute top but I had to be practical) The onesie did say LOVE on it so I thought it was appropriate. Here are a few pics of us in our matching outfits, which got a lot of ohhhs and awws.

throwing sand (yes she ate some)

on our way to reception
meeting the princess

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Vintage dress shortened

I have a wedding to go to this weekend at the coast. I have a few go to black dresses that I may end up wearing but saw this vintage dress in my closet and thought I would at least try. My mom was here all week (she left today) and she helped me pin the length. I cut and sewed it in no time, and I think it looks pretty cute now! I just have to decided if it is right for a Sunday night wedding on the beach. Any thoughts?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Just can't do it...

I totally wanted to post everyday this month with some progress of a project, but my plans have not come to reality. My mom is in town and we are in constant motion. We have been crazy busy for 3 days straight with no plans on slowing down. So posting on here is harder than I thought.. I have been working on things but will have to postpone my plan of doing this daily til another month. I will go enjoy the family, and the doggie in diapers now!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bruno Bruno

One of the loves of my life:
*He is almost blind
*He has selective hearing (can hear the word treat sometimes)
*He has a back problem and all sorts of stiff joints
*He tinkles where he should notHe is 16, we got him when he was 12 in Princeton, NJ. I don't know what my life would be without him, he is what completes the Bruno family. I mean how could you not love a dog with your last name. So to help Bruno out we are in need of doggie diapers. I made these, but think I may need to purchase a real one and copy the pattern. These are just a bit to baggy and seem pretty uncomfortable. So I will have to check out some pre made, or try and find a pattern... which I have not had success with so far (know of any?).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they are here to stay.

We watched a funny beatle's movie called Help the other night, writing the title to this post made me think of it then I had to sing it, and now it will be in my head for the rest of the day. GREAT!
So yesterday T and I had a full day of playing, not much sewing happened. I cut out a few pieces for the doggie diaper I am making, layed them out, and figured a few things out.
On todays agenda is to pick mom-mom up at the airport. YAY!! We also picked a few apples from the tree to make a pie.
But back to mom-mom! Since my mom is in town I am hoping to get a few projects done!! (seems like I write that a lot) We have a couple things planned but I think I can sqeeze in some sewing. We will have to wait and see!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

slow sewing

I only managed to sew the parts for another doll today. That was after some frustration trying out shirring or smocking on an outfit. I had everything right (I think) but the top thread kept looping in the bobbin, was my tension to loose?! I tried several different things but nothing seemed to work so I did the quick sewing of doll parts. Any advice or wisdom would be appreciated, I really want to get this right!

I also got a bike today! I'm pretty excited about it, can't wait to take a ride. We have some bonding to do but I think she and I will like each other a lot. =)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Happy August

August is my favorite month! It is my fav. number (8) and has my birthday at the end (24th), it also is usually filled with fun parties, sunshine, and good fresh food from the garden. I have decided to challenge my self to blog everyday this month, hoping that they will be filled with fun craftyness or just updates on what I am working on and how it is going. Obviously I didn't get a great start as today is the 2nd, but I was working on something yesterday until I got invited to one of those fun summer parties! I had the intention of posting last night but did not get home til 9 o'clock and I only had the energy to sing my sweet baby to sleep then fall asleep myself.
Today I am anxiously waiting for R to return from his conference, 5 days is to long! I do not know how my sister does it with a husband gone for 6 months over seas (he is in the navy)!! *4 more weeks J!
And for my craftyness today I will continue where I left off of the muslin I was working on yesterday, hopefully get that done so I can go pick out some cute material sometime this week. I will also make a cake, maybe even decorate to say ''glad you are back", because really you should have a cake to celebrate everything!
Also just to let you know I have some rhyme to my reason, I have planned out this month by picking 20 things from my never ending list to finish this month. Some are really easy, quick projects others will take some time. I mapped out the supplies needed for each project and I feel like I can get everything done, I think posting everyday will help push me to do a little bit each day =)

Just one more thing, On our walk this morning we went by the playground at dournbecher just to make sure the doll was gone, she was!! When we walked back home we passed some art work in the hospital. All ages with epilepsy and some with autism find there relief with drawing. Some had a little blurb written with them that was pretty inspiring. It made me want to make another doll and leave it next to the paintings....

Here is a picture (taken with phone) of a 4 yr olds drawing. Written below said that this was a self portrait with tears because some time seizures make her cry.