Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wow, it's early this year. Maybe it feels like that every year.
This is the first year we're going to light candles and give a gift every night.
I wonder what the reaction is going to be, from the girl who has become so aware of gift giving over the past year.
I wonder if Mira will notice that she only has 2 gifts to unwrap, and Lili has 8. I wonder if Lili will notice.
Man. My back hurts. I should do this standing at a table instead of hunched over the floor.
More Hanukkah themed wrapping paper would be nice.
I'm so grateful to Omi for helping get the number of Lili gifts right up to 8.
8 gifts is alot. Even if some of them are little, like the cookie cutter, and the headbands.
I kind of wish I was getting 8 gifts. Being a kid is great.
Oh yeah, there's that B&N order coming. Oh, and that Sierra Trading post one too.
I hope that this giving getting family winter love celebration eating happiness pink cheeks season will be wonderful for all.
Monday, November 29, 2010
And came home. And went on the great internet search for cheap zippers from someplace I can trust. You know who came through? No big surprise, Etsy!
I found this zipper shop, and I am WAY impressed with the selection! And the reasonable shipping rates. And the fact that I can get a zipper for less than 50c. No way JoAnn can beat that. Lastly, SO GLAD that I can buy an assortment pack. That means I do not have to choose the colors myself. Cuz I take forever making decisions like that. Now I just hope they get here in time for me to return the JoAnn ones!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Incidentally, the "Dear Mom and Dad, it is November note" stayed up because "I won't live with you when I'm a grownup".
Fast forward to tonight, many minutes after tucking her in for bed, she comes out sobbing because "I don't want to live away from you and Mama". Sobbing. And I knew this day would come when she realizes that she's independent from us, but that thought is just so scary.
And so I held her tight, and cherished that moment, because I know when she's 14, or 16, or 18 she might not feel that way anymore.
I love you, Lil. And I'm happy to live with you forver.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Today (last night) is a sweater. The lessons I learned are:
1) Sewing kicks Knitting's butt. Seriously. Can you knit a sweater (even a baby sweater) in less than 2 hours? Didn't think so.
2) Things don't really ever turn out the way they do in your mind. I've been mind-planning this sweater for a few days, and it really didn't turn out at all like I planned. The sweater I planned will have to wait for another day.
So, this is what I started with:
A HUGE Old Navy sweater (size XXL - plenty of extra for pants, legwarmers, hats...)
A currently fits Mira sweater to use as a "pattern"
An old women's T shirt that I was going to use as binding but... didn't.
I would've/could've turned this into a tutorial, but since it didn't turn out as planned... I basically hacked away, and put it back together, filling in peices and sewing together as I went. And it turned out pretty well, I think. I was thinking of using the pink T shirt as binding material for the bottom, but just ended up hemming it. I thought the sweater looked busy enough as it is without adding extra material to the bottom.
And how does it look on her? You tell me:
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Anyway, I happened upon Above All Fabric, and they seem to have a great assortment of everything related to sewing. I was able to make a wishlist there, which is nice because I have trouble keeping track of all the nice patterns I see, and it was good to put them all in one place.
Anyway, things I notice...
Japanese prints are all the rage (hint to my cousin in Japan... wanna hook me up?) and I found this print that is just adorable. I love woodsy, whimsical.
And in my perusal of fabric online, I find most of it is quilting related. So I'm learning all these quilting terms for fabric bundles, such as jelly roll. It's a roll of precut strips of fabric. Absolutely genius. Already color coded for your sewing pleasure. And now I'm obsessed with them.
Another thing I've noticed is that my girls seem to have been "labeled". Lili is a floral and butterfly girl - her curtains, sheets, many clothing peices all have flowers and/or butterflies. But Mira? She's a bird girl. Case in point... curtains, bundle me, and one of her blankies all have birds! I didn't realize it while I was choosing the fabrics, but there you have it. And so this print really spoke to me:
And I realize that I just made a whole post about fabric. I wonder when the obsession will end... Off to sew!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Most recently, our hallway wall has turned into her personal gallery. I love looking at it when I'm going to the bathroom (with the door open - anyone who is a parent knows what I'm talking about), and as always, I get giggles looking at some of the things she puts up...
Such as the following, just outside our bedroom door:
Because, in case we didn't know... "Good Morning Mom and Dad It is November."
Sunday, November 14, 2010
There is a great fat quarter giveaway here, and since I'd like to enter I'm posting it here on my blog. Let me know if you hear of any other cool fabric giveaways!
Another fabric giveaway here!
Friday, November 12, 2010
I definitely didn't save any money on this project; it was about the same in materials as a new one would cost, and it took me a few nights of steady work to complete it. But it was worth it! It turned out just like I had hoped, and Mira loves it especially because the inner fleece lining feels just like her blankie.
This is the first tutorial I've done, so bear with me. This project is for an experienced sew-er familiar with zippers, easy quilting, and buttonholes. It is essentially a glorified sleeping bag :)
Materials: 18-24 inches of each (depending how wide you'd like to make yours) -
Front cotton print, nylon weather resistant layer, polyester batting, and fuzzy fleece interior.
Back fuzzy fleece interior, and heavy duty non pill fleece outer.
2: 32-26" parka zipper or separating zipper, plastic, heavy duty.
You want to use poly batting because it will still insulate when wet. You can omit the nylon, but for winter weather it is good for wind and water resistance. Plastic zipper is a must - the metal can be dangerous in freezing temps.
For the front: cut width x 32" (measure the length of your stroller, along the back, seat, to the end of the footrest to get the total length) of the cotton, nylon, and batting. Layer together and quilt together however you like. I just did diagonal strips.
After it's quilted, layer the fleece lining under it, and cut all the corners rounded however you like (I used a plate as a cut form). Place zippers so that the ends of the zippers meet at the bottom.
Sew the near side half of the zipper inbetween the quilted front and the fleece lining. You'll have to do this wrong sides out, so leave a hole at the top to flip right side out. Check you've done the proper side of the zipper (leaving the outer half of the zipper for the back portion), then sew the top hole shut, right sides out. Now you're done with the front/top peice of the bag.
The back peice is shaped to fit into the seat of the stroller. You'll have to cut a longer peice of lining fleece and backing fleece than the front. Measure your stroller to check. Cut the peices, and cut roughly 10 x 18" triangles for the side gussetts.
Measure your stroller as to where to place the seat gussets, then sew them onto the main fabric, creating a "seat" out of the fleece.
Round the corners of the back peice, and sew the free side of the zipper inbetween the fuzzy liner and the antipill backing fleece, just like for the front section.
Then place the seat peice into your stroller and mark where the straps should come thru. Sew buttonholes at strap locations so that you can thread them through.
Zip the top onto the seat peice, thread thru the straps, and you're ready to go!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
makes 4 dozen
1. Mix flour, tartar, soda, and spices in medium bowl. Set aside.
2. Beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Cover. Refrigerate 2 hours or until dough is firm .
3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in additional sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. (Be sure to line the sheets - the cookies stick!!!)
4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Monday, November 8, 2010
But he also said... she'll get used to not having them. That's what everyone says. She'll get used to it. And they're right. In a week it'll probably be part of history, but for now it's just sad. And it's hard to see my baby cry. And so I get it. I get why Suri, at 4 years old, still uses a bottle. And you know what? I'm not gonna judge.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Garlic Knots are rising in the oven. - homegrown garlic and King Arthur Flour
Nanita's Flan is cooling on the counter. - Shadow Cross eggs
And Rachel's potato soup is simmering on the stove. - our garden potatoes and carrots
Yay for Sunday Suppers!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Mira ate: 1/2 banana, handful of cheerios, 1/4 bagel, and one fried egg. And I bet that's a better breakfast than most of you had this morning.