Posts Tagged ‘sewing


Another on-time completion

The July block for the SSS is complete! Actually, it was finished a few days ago; I’m just now getting around to sharing it with you. I’m knitting away on a maternity sweater for me to wear this winter before I cast on for August’s block. Besides, it’s not even August yet!

I am also happily, and frantically, sewing away on a gift for someone:

Don’t want to show too much; it’s still a surprise too!


Super Heros

Please excuse what just might be the world’s worst photos! The boys were recently invited to a birthday party for a friend; it was the first of a round of four year old parties. We are also in the planning stages for our own four year old’s party; he, however, refuses to turn 4. He claims that he does not want to get older, and although he loves parties, he only agreed to have one for his birthday this year if we agreed that he could stay 3. Enter super mama; we will be having a 3 + 1 party this year.

I digress; I thought long and hard about the perfect 4 year old gift for this particular little friend. Then I remembered seeing a super hero cape somewhere that someone else had made, and I knew just exactly what the little guy needed. I dispensed with a pattern, chosing instead to draw with a white charcoal pencil directly on the fabric. I cut out two black cape pieces, appliqued the letter and lightening symbol to one of them, and then stitched the two pieces to each other right side together. I left the top/neck open for turning, turned it right side out, pressed it, and used bias tape I’d made to close the neck and create the ties. Then I made a quick, unlined, drawstring bag to hold it; a boy can never have too many little bags! This was so simple and such a hit that I can see us using it as a go to birthday gift for a bit here. We might even need one for a certain 3 + 1 party I know is coming up…

I also need to share that the boy NOT turning 4 is teaching us exactly how difficult parenting a nearly 4 year old boy can be. Bedtime has become even more of a challenge, and this one is pretty determined that learning to use a potty is just not for him. We are currently going through more patience than we thought we had at our house, and I want to be the first to tell you the Hubby is super dad! He seems to know exactly when to stand his ground and when to offer grace; it is a delicate balance, you know. And I am proud to be married to the guy who can handle it so very well!


Feeling Loved

I made this fabric book for a print making project when I was in undergrad at KU. It’s about the seasons. I chose an image and a color to represent each season, and I sewed the entire thing together so it opens, alternately, up and down and side by side. I understand that the construction is a little odd, and truthfully, the project was not all that well received in critique or by the professor. I hung onto it anyway; I had worked hard on it. Even though the concept of the book was not entirely successful, the execution and craft were pretty strong, and I was certain I would use it later, for something.

:: Summer

:: Fall

:: Winter

:: Spring

:: The final page, a reprint of the cover with the season images shifted one slot in rotation.

I got the book out for the boys to play with when the toddler was a baby. It did not hold either of their interest much at all and ended up spending a lot of time at the bottom of the toy box. A few weeks ago I was cleaning up in the preschoolers room and found the book in his bed with all his blankets (I think there’s 7 of them…) and pillows. I held it up and asked him, “Have you been sleeping with this.” He smiled and said, “Yes.” Guess one of my two most important clients decided it was just right.



A certain little boy at our house turned 2 on Sunday. Two? Really? Already? Yep, 2. I’m shocked; it seems like just yesterday he was born. I clearly remember sitting on the coffee table for a tell tale round of contractions in the afternoon that subsided at about dinner time, followed by the “real” ones at exactly 9:20 pm. I recall making four phone calls, the doctor, our neighbor, a friend, and my mother-in-law before getting in the car and waiting in the drive way for hubby’s parents to be driving up the street. We actually waved to them from the drive way and ran at least one light on the way to the hospital. Eighty-seven minutes later he arrived at 10:47 pm. And now, he’s 2! The last two years have gone in a blink, and I am certain that the next 18 or 20 will seem to fly by just as fast.

We are trying to soak it all in just as much as we can with each of the boys, but it just goes by so very quickly. The little guy had a farm themed birthday party with a “seep” cake. I had a wonderful time getting ready for this one.

His mama made gift was a farm story board. I followed Bernadette’s directions here in Rhythm of the Home, but I pieced the background before attaching it to the base to create a hilly outdoor scene. I was able to do this from only materials I already had on hand, and both the boys LOVE playing with it. I can see us adding pieces to it in the future.

I also created a banner to hang for his party with bandana print fabric. This was both fun and easy, and I think we will be using it again for other festive occasions. We picked up a few bales of straw, a bunch of bandanas, and I drew a small farm themed coloring and creativity book to pass out as a party favor. All in all, we had a good time and both boys seemed to have a blast at the party. The sheep, who I named Jehosephat while piping “wool” on him, was devoured right down to his head. He is, of course, long gone, and I assure you that he was chocolate and not red velvet cake! 😉

Finally, I would love to tell you guys that my nearly two week long absence was simply because I was getting ready for a party and finishing up Inside Out, but, well, not so much. I was busy getting ready for the little guys party, but I opted to take the last week or so off as much as possible. I did not even touch what I have left of Shannon’s class during that time. I just plain needed to take a short break; we have a lot of things going on around here right now, many of them are possible big changes for us. With so very much for us to discuss and consider as we make decisions, I needed the time to think and pray about things. I am happily back, and I have so much to share with you. See you tomorrow!