Friday, August 31, 2007
Some projects are older. Like the brown corduroy pants I started after Sawyer was born. I started them in October. And they didn't fit. So I left them. Unfinished. I think it's high time to finish them. Or I could put it off until the weather is a little cooler ... (It's a slippery slope, I tell ya.)
And the Strawberry Shortcake backpack I started for Spenser during a snow storm. Yep. Still waiting, too.
And the pile of totes (one from leftover fabric of my black and white skirt and bib). And the shirt (I don't think I ever blogged I was making that one. Does it still count?). And the short-sleeved jacket. And the monster trees waiting to me made into something. And the shirts to be appliqued. And all the mending. Or at least some of the mending.
I think the oldest WIP is the pants, although I could be wrong. They've been waiting almost a year. How about you? How old is your oldest WIP?
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Spenser volunteering Taylor to be an extra in a skit.
Italian ice to cool us off. It helped ... for about 15 minutes.
Jackson's been a naughty boy.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Yesterday's sheet has now been repurposed into a skirt. The skirt is the "Breezy Beach Wrap" from the Sew What! Skirts book, which I received for Christmas. This is the first time I've sewn from it and I'm not really sure why I didn't try it sooner. I love it!
It was fun to take my measurements and make a garment just for me. Just for my body. And the length I wanted (just below the knee).
Even if some of the stitches in the ditch aren't in the ditch, I still love it. It just makes me want to make another one.
With the colors in the skirt, I think it's the perfect end-of-summer-almost-autumn skirt.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
So what does a mother of six do when she only has two at home? She goes to the library. The thrift store. The grocery store. And the post office. And she does laundry. Lots and lots of laundry. And dishes. Hmmm ... Now that I think about it, it's not too much different from when I have all six at home.
Ignoring Joe's "advice," I found a brightly colored vintage sheet at the thrift store. I just had to get it. In fact, it was quite convenient that I was doing laundry yesterday because its already been washed and cut.
So far today the house is quiet. Except Spenser keeps telling me that I'm mean ... she wanted to get on the bus and I wouldn't let her (I'm mean). Then she pouted and wanted to stand in the middle of the road and I wouldn't let her (I'm mean). Then she wanted to stand on the front porch while I came inside with the baby (I'm mean).
There was a moment yesterday (or quite a few) that Spenser was crying. She walked through the house and, when things had quieted down, I went to look for her. I found her sleeping in our formal living room. For a few minutes, I enjoyed simultaneous naps for Sawyer and Spenser. This is especially rare because Spenser stopped napping this summer. It was a nice break for me.
She's two. What can I say?
(A funny little story: This morning I was packing lunches for the boys and Carter, age 8 1/2, asked me not to pack the applesauce I had packed for him yesterday. It was cherry applesauce that had an Elmo on the lid. He said the children at lunch were calling him "Elmo lover." I tried not to laugh, especially as I was telling Joe in front of Carter.)
Monday, August 27, 2007
I ashamedly admit that when the bus pulled away, I "woo-hoo"ed loudly as I walked back home. Of course with a giant smile plastered on my face.
It was a long summer. With lots of boy energy.
Now it's just me, Spenser and Sawyer at home. Only two! And it's quiet. And peaceful. Ahhhhh. I could get used to this. Do I have plans ...
(Of course, every morning that starts with school ends with an afternoon of tired, grumpy, full-of-pent-up-energy boys. The hard part of the day will be around 3:45 p.m. Wish me luck.)
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
So we met the teachers. One teacher looks to be about 18 years old. Nice and friendly. But young. One teacher we've had before and we like her. However, she misspelled our last name on everything. One teacher barely acknowledged we (especially my son) were in the room. (I'm going to have to keep my eye on her this year.) She did not seem friendly and I was not impressed. One teacher was very friendly. There are other teachers that the boys will have for different subjects. All three of them are ones we've had before, so I'm happy about that.
One teacher was my third-grade teacher. And I loved her. I'm so happy that Carter will have her for one subject this year because the rest of the time he will be with Ms. Unfriendly-Unacknowledging teacher, who worked on the bulletin board the entire time we were in her classroom.
Two of Taylor's teachers are teachers who moved up from lower grade levels and he's had them both before. So I'm pleased.
Not only do you get to meet the teachers, the kids can play "games" and get free snacks. We all enjoyed a snowball, even Sawyer (in his clear, vinyl bib that folds up perfectly in my tote).
And most of the children ate hot dogs and/or chips and drank lemonade.
I guess the boys couldn't get enough of school yesterday because last night they were playing school. I found this note on a bedroom door last night before bedtime.
And, I finished 15 of the 16 pencil rolls. I ran out of flannel for the middle layer. That's okay though because my sister never RSVP'ed, so I'm assuming she's not coming. I have more time to finish the last one now.
Mason's birthday party is 11:00 this morning. I still have muffins to make...
(And for those inquiring about the fabric, it came from Ikea.)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
My overflowing scrap pile.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
In the middle of cleaning yesterday, I stopped and took some time to craft. I have a to-do list as long as my arm and this is just one of the things I hoped to have finished for his birthday. Beki did it and Kirsten did it. It was time I did it.
Mason has always been obsessed with his age (starting since he was 3) and the letter "M." These shirts are just perfect for him. I found the t-shirts on clearance at Target -- the set of two for less than $2. They were with the boys undershirts in a bag. (The one on the left is actually bright orange. The picture doesn't do it justice.)
This morning baby was awake early to nurse and after he went back to sleep, I decided to get to work on the pencil rolls. The most tedious step has been done: all the pencil dividers have been sewn. Now I just need to finish assembling them. I'm feeling a little more optimistic now. And I might just be able to work on another idea I've been brewing. A "Happy Birthday" bunting. We'll see...
(Kim, if you want to email me I'll give you more information on making the pencil rolls. My email is on my sidebar.)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Joe had a "briefing" on Friday morning at Fort Dix (New Jersey). I had mistakenly said he had to "teach a class," which is what he did, but the more technical military term is "briefing." My bad. (He still taught a class ... in my terminology.)
The children excitedly pumped water (and fought to take turns).
And walked over the footbridge over and over.
Except Spenser. She was afraid of the gaps between the planks of the footbridge. After halfway across, she would go no further.
Friday, August 17, 2007
(Kathy, can you name that hotel?)
I received a lot of questions in yesterday's post about my Japanese fabrics. I will try my best to answer them.
- The fairy tale/storybook fabrics came from Superbuzzy and Reprodepot. They sell out quickly so you need to check often and buy them as soon as you see them.
- The Wizard of Oz came from Superbuzzy. It looks like they are sold out now. It's a light-weight canvas and kind of pricey. I had a credit with them, so when I bought it, it didn't seem quite as expensive. (Do you like my rationalization??) I think Reprodepot carried it, too. They both have Jack and the Beanstalk, which is similar to the Wizard of Oz.
- The red fabric with the letters came from Superbuzzy, I think. Although both stores may have carried it at some point.
- The bird fabric is by Lecien and is called "My Folklore." It took me forever to track it down in the US. By the time I saw it on someone else's blog, it was nearly impossible to find here. I just found a source last week (when I was on my buying spree): Monkey Foot Designs. She sells beautiful handmade goodies and fabric. The best of both worlds. I ordered it late, late Thursday night and I received it Monday. Quick service.
- I have seen other colorways of the "My Folklore" at both Superbuzzy and Reprodepot. They are pretty, too, but not as colorful.
- How much do I buy at a time? I usually buy one yard. At Reprodepot, the minimum is one yard. At Superbuzzy, I think the minimum is 1/2 yard. The Three Bears fabric is only 1/2 yard. I think I ordered a yard, but they didn't have that much in stock. (Maybe how I got my credit?)
- Helpful Hint: When Superbuzzy restocks a previously sold-out fabric, it is not listed as a new product. You have to find it on your own via a search. I just missed out on some fairy tale fabric last week because I had forgotten that tidbit. By the time I saw it and was ready to order some, it was sold out. It can happen that quickly.
- What am I planning to make? I'm not sure. The "My Folklore" was bought to make new curtains for my room, but I'm not sure now about the white trim and the off-white fabric. My friend, Kim, has offered to help repaint my trim to match the fabric. What a friend!
All of the fabrics I bought were bought two at a time, maybe three. And it has been over the period of a few months. The fabric that I want most (and have for over a year) is the Little Red Riding Hood in the same style. I keep waiting to be able to find it again, somewhat affordably, in the US.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
These were bought over a period of time. Probably spanning a few months. I splurged. I couldn't resist them any longer.
From the bottom: Snow White & Rose Red, The Three Bears, Golden Goose, Monkey in the Persimmon Tree, something with a wolf and a goat dressed in clothes (??), and Hansel & Gretel. I haven't cut them yet. I'm afraid to. What's new?
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
So, what is there to do in a small, cramped hotel room?
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I found the fabric at the thrift store back in the spring (?) when the kids were still in school. It was being disguised as a tablecloth, but it was really just two strips of fabric sewn together. It was a challenge to find a spot that was large enough that wasn't stained.
I sewed it Friday. She likes to wear it. She wore it some on Friday. Then on Saturday. And Sunday after church. And then again on Monday. And she's such a ham, isn't she?
Stay tuned for Take Three.
Monday, August 13, 2007
A wienie roast in our backyard.
Homemade strawberry cheesecake ice cream (from a mix).
Sewing. And, hey! I used my walking foot again!
Friday, August 10, 2007
When Joe's away, I get lonely and bored. In the evenings I can be dangerous. One night last week I bought some fabric. Then a few minutes later I bought a walking foot for my machine. I have several ideas using my walking foot. The first being:
An "eye spy" or "I spy" bag. It's kind of like a bean bag with some trinkets inside and a clear vinyl window. I found some small choking hazards on the mantel of our family room (that keep finding their way into this room, where baby spends all of his exploratory playtime) and gathered up a few other things (i.e., penny, BB, jingle bell, buttons, etc.) to put inside. It is definitely not a toy for babies and other little ones. Especially babies with a mouthful of sharp teeth.
Baby book entry: Yesterday Sawyer was sitting on the floor playing with his ball and some Mr. Potato Head eyes. He got into this position and (right after I snapped this picture, of course) he stood up. On his own. Without using his hands for any support! Just right in the middle of the floor. Using only his leg muscles! I am so sure that I cannot do that! Amazing little guy.