Friday, August 29, 2008

So you thought your due date was the 18th did ya?

A few prayers would be most appreciated.
We found out yesterday that the Placenta is failing.
The baby is not getting what it needs.
I am probably going to be induced tonight or tomorrow.
Right now the baby is doing fine.
The lungs have been checked and they are developed enough for the baby to come now.
I have great doctors and David is right here with me.
Jesus knows and is on control.
I will update as soon as I can and hopefully I will have new baby pictures to share.
Finally we will know if it is a boy or a girl!

Hugs!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Nothing a Little Soap Won't Fix...

Elijah is officially over the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.
Thank you Jesus.
He is back to his old self.

He loves to:
rough house
eat
"read" books
sing "la la la"
be outside
dole out kisses
run
make messes...
He was given cottage cheese and left unattended...briefly.
I don't know how he did is so fast.
Needless to say, he had a bath.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Paper Packages, Tied up with String...

Every little girl needs a doll of her own.
This one is on it's way to Oregon for the first birthday of my cousin's daughter Claire.
Plus, polka dots are just so much fun.
I wish I could be there to give it to her myself.
Happy Birthday sweet little girl!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ready for Autumn...

What is it about this time of year that makes one's thoughts turn to Autumn?
The summer sun is still beating down on the golden tassles of the corn in the fields and yet I am already dreaming of pumpkins and warm, cheesy casseroles.
I try to remind myself of how much I longed for Summer after that long, bitterly cold winter, but, I am ready for the move into crisp, cool days.

Elijah has been sick the past few days. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease made it's first appearance in our home. Yuck! I wonder where he picked it up at? It couldn't possibly be that he has a fondness for putting his mouth the handles of shopping carts could it? Eeeewwwww. Time to pull out that shopping cart seat cover that I forget about. Poor thing had trouble eating, so I whipped up nutrious smoothies to sooth and nourish. I was able to stay home with him from work for two days and what fun we had. Books, ball throwing, Finding Nemo, and naps for both of us. I wish I could do that permenantly...but, not just yet.

The little dolls quilts are half done and the softie dolls are cut out and ready to whip up tonight. A doll and quilt set each are going to two little girls that are turning one in the coming month. I love making little gifts for little people.

The baby's bag is packed for the hospital and mine is in the works. The house is getting in order and a quiet anticipation has settled over me. I'm at around 36 weeks, I think. I had Elijah at around 38 weeks, could this one come early too? We shall see!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Busy Bees...

My to-do list today:

Menu plan and grocery shop.

Sewing...these are just a few of my projects in the works.
I love the vintage velvet ribbon.

Quilts, softie dolls, tiny baby clothes...

I will certainly be eating a bag of this...with Little Man of course.

And finally, the long ago promised better shot of the Market Basket.

The weather is lovely today...
After a few errands, we will come home and play.
Read books, dance, nap, sing, bubbles outside...be together.
Maybe make granola, yummy hamburgers for dinner.
Packaging a couple of boxes to pop in the mail tomorrow.
Vacuum, dishes...but, if something better comes up, the chores can wait.

Hugs!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hugs to All!

Thank you all for the comments and craft love! I so enjoy hearing from everyone.
This little blog community has enriched my life so much.
God bless each and every one of you!

So sorry that the link for the bird pattern hasn't worked.
Let me try that again.
The direct website is: www.spoolsewing.com and the pattern is on the blog.
Here is the direct link to the pattern: http://www.spoolsewing.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/birdpattern1-1.pdf
And finally, here is the link to the post that shows the fabulous mobile that inspired me to make my own little creation: http://www.spoolsewing.com/blog/2008/05/16/bird-mobile/
I just decided to put the links directly into the text of this post, so hopefully they will work this time around.
If you decide to make your own, I would love to see pictures. So please let me know.

The last four months or so have been very prolific for me when it comes to crafting...maybe in the whole of my life. I can't believe how much I have made and have been able to give as little presents. Plus, my Christmas gift stash is steadily growing. I will be so happy come December. And I am just enjoying making the projects, more then I have in the past. Maybe my little shadow Elijah has a lot to do with it. He sits in the pink rocking chair while I sit at the sewing machine. Or he dances around to the beat the machine makes as it whirs along making stitches. I show him everything I'm doing and tell him about it. At times I feel like I am on some sort of TV craft show...it's great fun. I like having a craft buddy. I also love to show David what I have made. He's not really into crafting, but, it is his opinon I value above all others. He's always honest. So that has increased my inspiration too. I only wish I had more energy and time to do it all.
For those of you that are feeling inspired go to the Domestic Bliss blog and sign up for a fabulous swap. Fall is on its way and with it comes back to school fun! The delightful ladies at Domestic Bliss are coordinating a paperie swap of school supply goodness. Go sign up, you will enjoy it immensely. They used a favorite movie line of mine:
"If I knew your name and address,I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils."
- Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail
That is this swap in a nutshell. How can you resist now?
Hugs!

Monday, August 11, 2008

The love...

We have been kinda low key and mellow this past week.
I move a little slower each day.
I find a place my focus more and more on the simple things...
In a nut shell, being domestic.
I do what little bits I can and then let the rest go.

Elijah becomes more independent each day...*sigh*
He watched most of a movie wthout losing focus yesterday.
I don't know how I feel about that...conflicted.
We watched the new Charlotte's Web...sweetness.
He loved the animals.
He had shots on Friday...so maybe he was still feeling a wee bit puny.
We cuddled, ate applesauce, and doled out enormous amounts of kisses to each other.
I love hear him run through the house saying "Mama!"
I love how he jumps up and down in his crib when I walk in his room.
I love to watch him and Daddy roll around on the floor growling and wrestling.
I love how he can almost count to three and tries to mimic everything I say.
David and I are constantly saying to each other, "I love that little boy."
I love him more then I can say...
I am blessed indeed.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sewing...

I have mentioned several projects that I have been working on.
Starting on Friday I spent quite a bit of time this weekend trying to complete two of them.
Each involved hand sewing, which I love.
Some people relax by watching TV, or going for a run, I like to stitch by hand.

I finished the the bird mobile.
I plan to have it hanging over the new baby's crib.

If you would like to make birdies of your own, you can find the pattern here.
On the sidebar you will see free patterns, look for bird pattern. Download the Adobe pdf and you're good to go.
I really wanted to do the mobile pictured.
But, for my own sanity I went with something simpler.

Forgive the darkness of the picture.
I created loops on the backs of each bird with embroidery floss.
Then with ribbon, I attached them to a vintage metal embroidery hoop.
Next, I strung ribbon by which to hang the mobile to a metal D ring. I stitched those ends in place to make it secure.
I merely tied the ribbon to the birds, I'm not sure I'm quite happy with the size and color I used.
I wanted to be able to change it when I finally made up my mind.
I might make one more birdie and perch it on the hoop.
Why go with four when I could have five?
With this baby, I keep thinking birds. With Elijah it was monkeys, this one blue birds.
So this mobile was perfect.

I have been already thinking about Christmas.
I know sorry...
I am trying to plan. After all I will have a new born by the time the holidays roll around and if I can get some gifts sewn before then, by golly I'm going to do it.
I was inspired to make the market basket with veggies and fruits by the this post by Allyson Hill.

I got decidedly fancy.
I spent Friday evening and the whole of Saturday (Minus food, a nap, futzing, enumerable bathroom trips etc.) whipping up these little fruits and veggies.
I had no patterns. I just thought hard and flew by the seat of my pants.
I have one head of lettuce, two carrots, three potatoes, and four strawberries.
I was quite pleased that it could also be a counting game.


The potatoes have "eyes," the lettuce leaves have tucks for texture, and the carrots are just darn cute.
I am quite partial to the strawberries. The little stitches to recreate seeds took F-O-R-E-V-E-R.
But, I am ever so pleased with how they turned out...so worth it.
This will be a Christmas gift for the new baby.
I feel that this little person needs their own market basket with goodies inside.
I am contemplating making a couple of eggs and an apple to round out the collection.
But, if that doesn't happen by Christmas, I will be OK with that.
It appears that I somehow deleted the picture that better shows the basket itself. And since I can't ever figure out how to insert pictures exactly where I want them, I will post it tomorrow.

Today was cleaning, napping, and grocery shopping.
*Sigh* I love a productive weekend.
Plus, banana bread was baked and bubbles were blown outside with the Little Man. He loves bubbles.
How was your weekend?

Hugs!