Monthly Archives: April 2008

Week 1

It’s hard to believe that a week ago I was in labor and delivered Easton! This has been one of the fastest weeks of my life – and such a fun (and sleepy) one too. We’re all slowly settling into a ‘routine’ and I’m doing lots of mental plans for upcoming sewing projects (as for the cupcakes – I finished an unembellished ‘mini’ version last night). But for today, here’s a few photos of our little guy:

Don’t forget today is the last day for the Sophia Carry-All Sew Along Contest! Be sure to upload your photos of your new bag by midnight tonight for your chance to win this month’s prize, Simply Stylish Bags: 18 Stunning Designs for All Occasions.

Good Morning!

It may be caffeine-fueled enthusiasm (it’s been a VERY long time since I’ve had ‘real’ coffee) or the fact that yesterday I had a lot of inspiration arrive in the mail (not only did my books arrive, but the felted sweater pieces I had ordered as well!), but today I am feeling a strong urge to make or create something! Now that I have some material to work with, I’m really leaning toward making at least one cupcake pincushion from Warm Fuzzies – the only thing I’m missing is that cute little felted ball that she sticks in the middle. I’m also hoping to squeeze in a bit of reading time – Easton and I already did a quick look through of The Big-Ass Book of Crafts – he seemed very excited over the Popsicle-Stick lamp shade and I earmarked (well, sticky noted) pages that would make great swap items!

Links Part I

I’m a bit behind reading some of my favorite sites – last I checked my poor feed reader had hundreds of posts for me to scan. So, it’s not surprising that I have a ton of links to share with everyone! Here’s some of my favorites in Part One of Links for the week:
With having a new baby in the house, I’ve been on the lookout for lots of baby related sewing tutorials and contests. Some of the most recent have been turning an old pair of jeans into a toddler’s dungrees, free infanttoddler patterns from Marie Claire, a cute diaper wipe case tutorial, instructions for a fitted crib sheet, Monkey Foot Designs Wet Bag giveaway, and Michael Miller’s baby bootie contest (free pattern included!).
There’s a new pattern up at The Sewing Republic – these adorable Roller Coasters from Chickpea Sewing Studio.
Being a bag-o-haulic, it only makes sense that I would love these quick tutorials for a reversible copy-cat bag and turning an old t-shirt into a re-usable shopping bag.
How to make a patchwork chair.

May’s Sew Along

First off, I want to thank everyone for all the well wishes, comments, and emails from the past few days – they are all very much appreciated! I’m slowly ‘recovering’ (I’ve found the ‘hard and fast delivery’ is definitely a strain on your body!) and we’re all starting to get ‘settled’ in. So far, aside from all the gassiness (thank goodness for Mylicon!), Easton has been doing great…. let’s hope it continues!
Don’t forget there’s still time to enter in Kris and I’s April Sophia Carry-All Sew Along! So far we have 35 participants and some gorgeous looking bags. You might also want to start thinking ahead to May – this month we’ll be making the Emmeline Apron (Kris has patterns available for those of you who need to purchase theirs)! We’ll be starting this project May 1 and will end the contest May 31 – prizes have yet to be determined, but it may involve some of Amy Butler’s yummy new Midwest Modern line and possibly a pattern or two!
Kris and I are both excited to start working on this project. I’ve even got a theme lined up for this one – “Naughty and Nice” (since the apron is reversible, you can see where this is going!). More to come on the apron fabrics next month!

We’re Home

Hi everyone! We’re home and everyone is doing well! We’re settling in (of course no sewing, although I’m growing a list of more burp cloths and blankets are definitely in order) and attempting to get used to a new routine. But I thought that I would first share one of Eastons first photos:

I’m working on a post for tomorrow with lots of links! In the mean time, I’d love to hear what everyone else is working on.

He’s Here!!!

I don’t know if it was Trudy‘s suggestion for a reflexology footankle massage, the spicy Mexican I had for lunch, or the big storm we had last night, but at 8:09 p.m. Wednesday I delivered Easton James. Everything went so fast – I arrived at the hospital a little after 7, got ‘checked in’, attempted to get pain management, but ran out of time before I started feeling the urge to push…. 5 BIG pushes later, our son was born. He weighed in at 7lbs 9 oz. and was 19 1/2″ long. We’ve taken lots of photos and will post them as soon as we get home.

The Update

All I can say is that it’s been a long (but good) day – my appointment was at 9 this morning and I didn’t make it home until almost 2! So, here’s the latest from the doctor: I’m currently 3 cm dilated, 70% effaced – I called myself a walking time bomb ready to deliver at any moment! We also discovered that I’m not having a huge baby (according to the ultrasound he’s probably 7lbs. 5 oz.), but have lots of amniotic fluid (as my doctor says, if my water breaks, I’ll know it because it’s going to gush and my stomach will deflate!). Now I feel like I should be sleeping on rubber sheets. LOL.
I had a biophysical profile done which looked good for the most part except we couldn’t get him to move because he was sleeping. Consequently, I was sent to the hospital for a non-stress test – which he passed with flying colors so I was sent home. I have an induction scheduled for Monday, but I don’t think I’ll be making it…. I’ve been having lots of contractions this afternoon. Hopefully, things will continue to progress and we’ll have a baby update within the next day!

Quick Note

Just a quick entry to let you all know, I’m still posting and sewing – in fact, the bodice of my McCall dress is finished. I have a doctor appointment this morning so I knew it would be awhile before I could put anything up otherwise. I promise to give everyone an ‘official’ update later on this afternoon of how the visit went, etc. along with some fun contest news from Kris and I.

Shopping And Sewing

Late last night I realized something – I probably shouldn’t be left alone. Not because I could deliver this baby at any time, but because instead of sitting around waiting I’ve been filling my time either sewing or shopping (o.k. the sewing part is safe, the shopping not so good on the pocketbook). Aside from the recent fabric (which I’ve been using for projects already so I’m not feeling too guilty about that) and book purchases, I’ve also been trolling Etsy where I’ve purchased some felted sweater pieces and one of Carrie’s cute scissor charms. I’ve also been lurking on eBay and was very happy to see that my favorite seller has Patrones once again (I was seriously contemplated picking this issue up)! She also carries KnipMode – I keep hoping I’ll find the ‘jeans issue’ that I neglected to pick up when it originally came out. As for today, I’m skipping the shopping (or at least trying) and concentrating on my McCall dress!
On the not so related to sewing purchases, I wound up buying a pair of Fit Flops. I love the idea that I’m ‘working out’ while wearing a pair of cute shoes. Anyone tried these?

New Project

Surprise! I’m still around, posting and sewing – apparently the full moon didn’t kick start labor for me. Drat. Since I have time on my hands today, I’ve decided to keep busy and start another project. This time I’m using McCall 5575 – the Hillary Duff dress and tunic. I really liked the purple dress on the pattern envelope and have decided to recreate it – I look horrible in that shade of purple, so I opted for a lighter shade (the lilac slinky that I recently picked up from Needle Nook). So today, my goal is get the pattern and fabric cut out and ready to sew. Anyone else working on new projects this week?