Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Yellow Dress...


Here is the last dress for Evelyn that I talked about awhile back. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and she has already worn it to church...she wore it with stripy tights and looked adorable. I decided several months ago that I wanted to make her a yellow dress...the idea just sang to me and I had a vision in my head of what I wanted and not being a pattern maker, I thought my best shot would be a pillow case dress. I would post pictures of her wearing these creations, but the girl does not stay still. She is 21 months old and a great deal of her recent pictures are blurry. I keep them anyway, so I can remember this stretch in her life.
Anyway, I made this pattern up. I took what I thought would be around the right amount of fabric for a pillow case dress and then using my armhole curve I just guesstimated how I would like indents for the armholes to be. It turned out much too large, so I had to take it in. Instead of threading ribbon through the casings around the neck to be tied as bows when worn, I taught myself how to make spaghetti straps and then made a loop and button closure instead. I was foreseeing that ribbon ties would be continually coming undone. Like I said before, she is always on the move, jumping, running and throwing herself off of things. The system that I came up with worked well when she wore it and there were no clothing malfunctions.
The pink flower is a ruched fabric pin that was made for me by a co-worker a few years ago. I had set out to recreate one for Evelyn's dress, but then I thought the pink looked perfect with the yellow and I pinned it on and love how it looks. It will be easy to remove for washing and just adds a nice touch of whimsy.
As the dress was on the hanger to to photographed I kept thinking how cute it would be as a top for say, me. So after I have this baby and start to get my figure back, I think I will have to make a version for myself too...wider and longer of course.
After I finished this dress I made a little pair of pants out of the same fabric for the new baby's coming home outfit. Being as we don't know the sex, I thought yellow would work well. The sewing machine has now been put away. I am still shocked at myself that everything I wanted to get sewn, got sewn. Many times I start things and then take months to finish them...this has to be the nesting kicking in. Now I just have the yard sale to get done this weekend and a few other odds and ends like making up activity craft packets that I can throw at the kids when I am busy with the baby. I had also decided to whip up a bunch of meals for the freezer and I now have 12 or so stocked away waiting to be put to use after the baby comes. I think they will come in handy. I worked on them piece meal throughout the last few days and I am happy to have those done as well. Again, that has to be the nesting...I am normally not this organized, I promise.
Well, It is time for sweet sleep, 6:00 am, will be here before I know it.

Monday, May 17, 2010

One Thing...

Some days, who am I kidding? Most days, it's all about the little things. One of my favorite things involves crossing things off of my to-do list. My piano teacher in high school once gave me the same advice that her mother gave her when she married:
"Do one thing every day that you wouldn't normally do and you will always get things accomplished."
I have been taking that to heart more recently. Trying to do those things that are so small that they often get looked over time and again, yet they nag me and lurk in the back of my head taunting me. They can be as simple as hammering one upholstery tack back in place on the rocking chair, or switching the direction of the ceiling fans for the coming warmer weather...things that take two minutes to complete yet clear up a mile of space in my over crowded mind. I find that getting one of these things done breeds me accomplishing more then I had set out to do throughout the day. And I am fostering a sense of accomplishment.
Now I challenge myself daily to find that one thing and cross it off my list for good...my mind and my house are finding themselves a lot more orderly these days.
It's a great feeling.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rabbit holes...

I wonder often these days, as I am sure many a pregnant woman does, what day this baby will be born. I think of Elijah's and Evelyn's birthdays and how they used to be just days, nothing special really and now they are very special. I wonder at how many times I coasted through those days unaware of the significance that they would one day hold for me. Were they mostly good days with a few bad ones sprinkled in? Did I live them to they're fullest? Did I enjoy them as I do now? This gets me thinking about living in general. How many times do I just get through a day? I spend my days like I have an infinite number ahead of me and even though the day may be "just another day," I still need to treat it as a special gift. I need to get back to mindfullness, but, as we all know that is a hard to state to stay in constantly and consistently...it's rather exhausting really. Maybe we are not meant to be aware totally all the time that our days are numbered and that we should squeeze every amount of joy possible from each moment. Then wouldn't we feel a sense of urgency and obligation that would deflate us and take that same joy away? Maybe we are suppossed to take the good, the bad, and the ugly (excuse the cliche) and go with it...not to over think it.
My mind likes to go in all kinds of pretzal rabbit holes these days. There is nothing like a looming event of huge significance that I have no control over or say in to get me thinking. I had an ultra sound this afternoon and the baby smiled. What a lovely thing that was...made my day really.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Not to complain or anything...

My Joann's Shopping Bag of goodies from a few months ago.
(Entirely unrelated to this post)

Goodness, you all are so nice. I guess I hadn't realized how long it had been since I posted a picture of me. The flower hid a multitude of things. I must be honest and state that I am not in my most favorite condition these days. I have hormone induced acne, so a glowing pregnant woman I am not. And I feel like a beached whale most days. I hobble about like a 90 year old woman because my hip bones and sockets are in perpetual pain because of where the baby is resting. I don't sleep well because that's when this baby likes to kick, I'm boiling hot most of the time, and my appetite comes and goes.
I hope to not come off as complaining, so many other woman have a much harder time being pregnant than I, I know this...but, I also know that I am ready, ready for this baby to get here, ready to know if it is a boy or a girl, ready to start running again, ready to get through the sleep deprived weeks, ready to nurse...but mostly ready to hold the little one in my arms and to count fingers and toes.. I will be 35 weeks on Friday...so close.
So I guess through all of this I am trying to say that I don't feel so picture worthy these days. However, aren't I my own worst critic? Will I want to see a picture of my pregnant self 40 years from now? I don't know...maybe, I'll ponder it for awhile. The thought that I am being selfish today towards my older self years from now begins to wrap my brain into a pretzel.
God is so sweet in his plans however. All of the discomfort and pain builds the beauty of the end result. It makes it all that much more worth it.
So I leave you all with that, I must go try to sleep for awhile...

Oh and P.S.
Elijah didn't care for the homemade lemonade...oh well, I'm digging it. :)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Spring Flowers...

My Sweet ones made these flowers at story time last week...paper plates, flower petals of construction paper, and Popsicle sticks lovely.



Elijah took this picture of his silly Mama...not bad at all.
Have a great weekend friends.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I "heart" David Gray

This is a song I am loving right now. I heard it for the first time at the concert we went to in March. We now have the CD and it is on heavy rotation at our house and in the car...turn it up and rock out!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

More Nesting...(A whole lot of random).

Lots more sewing has happened around here. Let me preface this by saying that most of the fabric was from my stash and I made these clothes instead of having to buy many things for my growing children. I do enjoy it yes, but also I had our budget in mind as well. Also Spring light is so persnickety, so forgive the poorish quality of the pictures. I made Elijah and Evelyn both several pairs of pajama bottoms for this coming late Spring/Summer/Early Fall seasons. Lightweight cotton, elastic waist...simple. I used Simplicity 2826 for all of these.
Planets, Doggies, and Pirates for Elijah...
Butterflies, Appley Checks...
and fun florals for Evelyn. The above two pairs were made from a couple of vintage sheets that I got at a tag sale last year.
Another pair of Summer overalls for Evelyn as well as...
A dress made from my leftover pillow fabric. And...
A dress made from a sweet bird print from my stash. These were made from the vintage pattern mentioned a couple of posts ago.
I do have one more dress to complete. I made a pillowcase dress that still needs a couple of things done on it and then I am done with the sewing until perhaps this Fall. I know with a newborn I can't hope to complete much. That is why I have been pushing myself so hard to get it all done.
Evelyn is turning into a little girl as she loves wearing skirts and dresses and she enjoys wearing an array of bead necklaces that she has been given.
Elijah thankfully didn't need much in the way of Summer clothes this year. He has been blessed with lots of clothes that his cousin has grown out of.
I rounded out the outfitting with swimsuits and new shoes. Their drawers have been purged of too small items and everything is organized and ready to go. Our weather has been quite nice, so many things have already been put to use.

We try to keep busy in other ways too. I uncovered to boxes of colored pencils from when I was in high school and the kids love putting them to use. We color on the backs of used papers and the pencils are stashed in an old Mason Jar when not in use. It has the old metal lid they used to come with. Perfect if you asked me. We still hit the library for Story time and new books and DVDs to check out each week as well as get-togethers with other little friends and MOPS. Gosh I love MOPS. It will be ending for the Summer soon and I am sad to see it go. Those ladies have been such a blessing to my life. I also have started going to a church with my neighbor. We both had been wanting to start going, so we made up our minds and did it. We load up the kids and go and so far we are both thrilled with what we are learning and the fellowship as well.
I made homemade lemonade today. I got a bag of lemons on sale and I told Elijah we should made lemonade from scratch. He was all for it. The recipe actually makes a syrup that it mixed with water a glass at a time. We haven't tasted it yet, but it looks and smells perfect. The recipe is from Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
Boil two cups of granulated sugar with one cup of water with the rinds of three ribbons cut into thin strips for five minutes. Let the syrup cool and then add the juice of eight lemons. Strain and store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Use two tablespoons of the syrup for every glass of ice or carbonated water to make lemonade.
I also made a wonderful Baked Raspberry Custard from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food April issue. I ate it so fast that there are no pictures to share, it was that good. I topped it with a dollop of sour cream and went to heaven eating it. I think it would be good with any berry. I have some strawberries so I think another one will be made this week.
I am also eating Watermelon like it is going out of style. This new craving can stay as I know it isn't as bad for me as all those Blizzards. I guess we have already embraced Summer around here.