Monday, November 30, 2009

Ornament 1

I completed one of three ornaments I am making this year. I took over the handmade-mostly cross stitched ornaments for my sisters kids and mine because one of our fondest memories from childhood Christmas was getting our ornaments from our aunt and uncle. They have retired from the ornament making so we wanted to carry the tradition on for our kids. Previous years I copied some favorites of mine, and one year I knitted a little tree. This year I decided to do a bird theme, the kids will each have a different bird.

I will be participating in Sew Mama Sew Giveaway on Dec 2nd. I will have to whip something up for it tomorrow so check back on the 2nd to see what it is!

Monday, November 23, 2009

this is me journal and high chairs

One of the first blogs I started reading was Thismamamakesstuff, I thought it was wonderful, it opened my eyes to the world of blogs. She has amazing ideas from everything to where to donate your halloween candy to baby clothes to triathlon advice. She is also the creater of the This is me journal for kids. I was lucky enough to win one on twitter during her week of giveaways. I can not wait until T can start to draw, She has held a crayon to paper but still can't get past the urge to taste it. I have been recording on a weekly bases milestones and funny habits and games we play since birth in her book, the new baby's baby journal and when I saw the this is me journal I knew it would be perfect for helping T and I record her life.

Last month she blogged about a fabric high chair she recreated from a 70's version. This high chair is just amazing and after countless nights at friends houses of
just letting T roam around while we eat, I thought this was something I had to make as soon as I could. She created a tutorial for it and I got to work. It was very easy to follow and did not take a lot of time. I made one for T and another for a friend. Definitely go check out her blog!

getting back to sewing

I am slowly fitting sewing into my day again. Baby T is getting to be a bit more independent but still needs a close watch so I have a little more time to sew while she plays, but then quickly have to put things down when she starts grabbing doggie's (which she screams) legs to pull him off the couch. I think I have organised enough that I can in fact have my stuff here and there and be able to put it all away and come back to it during a quite time. That being said I did have to ditch some things on my list from the last post. I'm not going to be able to make the advent calendars in time, sorry Mc's I'll do one for next year!! I've still got the ornaments, and card table playhouse, and of course I have added a few more.

Today I finished a doll and 2 frogs for a Christmas project R's school is doing. The doll you have seen before, the frogs I freehanded a pattern based on this one from Lil Blue Boo -a blog I adore. I double stitched around, filled the mini frogs with barley and finished them on their right foot. These 3 things went in a snow man bag with some crayons and a notebook. I hope someone will have fun opening there gift!

* R is still going strong for Movember, he has been so busy its hard to get him to stay still for a picture..

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Movember Sewing

On my crafty list this month:
  • Card Table Playhouse for T's christmas present
  • Advent Calendar for The Mc's
  • Advent event banner for us
  • C, M, and T chirstmas ornaments
All the while I will be crafting and of corse playing with T, R will be growing a mustach for movember. He started the month clean shaven, and shaved for the first time yesturday. He grows a beard in less than a day so it should be interesting to see this stash grow. You may remember he won the mustache march contest a while back. I will keep a weekly or maybe more tab on him and let you know how it grows.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Baby

Oct. 31 2008
I got up at 5am with contractions and walked around to the song vogue by modanna playing in my head. I woke Richard up around 7 excited to tell him the contractions had been going on pretty steady. We called the midwife on call who told us to take a walk and try and wait to come in til my appt. at 10 if I could. After a walk under the big umbrella holding bruno on my big belly we packed the car with our things just in case and went to our appt. Cathy, the midwife, told us we would probably have her the next day, that I was only 2 centimeters. After that R took me on the longest walk up tons of hills to 'do errands' (he works at the hospital), 2 hours of walking the contractions got more intense, I remember walking on the bridge to the library having to hold R's hands who was walking backward, and thinking the people around me must think I'm in labor. Well I was! We made our way to the delivery room and 40 mins later we had our little girl.

Oct. 31 2009
Just as much emotion, we set up for our party while baby T took a long nap. The guests arrived, we played games, opened presents, ate great food, and handed out some candy. It was a beautiful day shared with some great friends and family.

The weeks prior to the party I had been working on a few crafts:
First up 'Pin the Smile on Jack' The orange material is from her carrot blanket costume we wrapped her in at the hospital last year

Halloween Banner with her name printed on one side

Trick or Treat bags for guests
and of course baby T's costume she was a plane and R and I were the pilots