Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Well unfortunately I haven't been sewing as much as I'd like, almost not at all :(.  But hopefully that will change this weekend, we'll see if the hubby will let me have some time.  I have been digi scrapping here and there when I can and am now up to June of last year for the 2011 book.  But seeing how much I've been using my awesome new camera it'll take me a while to get caught up on this year!
Hubby got his great new gift for Father's Day, a really big tent!  I definitely do NOT camp, but he loves it.  He's been wanting to take the little one camping but I thought it would be a good idea to test it out a few times by 'camping' in the backyard to get him used to the idea.  I think I'm pretty brilliant that way, and he agreed.  Last weekend was rainy and nasty all weekend so he wasn't able to try it out but I think it will be tested out this weekend, and that's when I'm hoping to get some crafting done :)  See, his Father's Day gift works for everyone!
Some big changes are happening in August, I am going to be going full time at work.  Something I never really thought I would do, but I will stop going back and forth between days and nights!  That's been pretty hard on me and everyone. I will be working the night shift and I couldn't be happier.  The hardest part of this will be adjusting myself and Hunter to my new schedule (hopefully I'll get a peak at it tomorrow) because I am pulling his little butt out of daycare.  Some people are behind us with this decision and others think I've gone completely out of my mind.  My thinking is that he still takes naps and even when he stops (that thought scares me!) we'll institute a quiet time each day so I can at least get a little rest.  And depending on what my schedule looks like I'll look into Mother's Day Out programs in the area.  But I will suck it up and make this work for our family so we can save a huge chunk of money each month.  Maybe even put that savings toward an embroidery machine by the end of the year!!  ;)  But we are really in need of a new car, I'm pretty sure this will be my little cars last year.  So this will really help us out and I just can't see spending that money for him to be in daycare all day when I'm at home.  Wish us luck, I'm so excited and know that this is going to be an amazing thing for our family!!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Been hard at work over the last week or so at the sewing machine and at the computer doing my digi scrapbook.  I am almost up to date with this year and then I started last year and am up to April.  This time around I've backed the scrapbooks up to my external hard drive, a hard lesson I learned after my other computer crashed!  I would love to be all up to date by the end of the year, but as I keep taking so many pictures with my new camera I don't know if that's going to happen!
So excited, went to Joanns yesterday and took full advantage of their Memorial Day sales!  They had their Simplicity patterns 5 for $5 and because I wanted more than 10 (their limit) I took my mom with me and got about 15 of them!  So after I finish the bag and dress I'm working on right now I will try and figure out which pattern I'll tackle first!  I'll keep you posted :)  Hopefully I'll be able to get some work done today on both sewing and scrapping!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Quilts for Kids

Just heard of an amazing program that Downy is a part of, Quilts for Kids. They have been around for a few years but I am hearing about them for the first time.  They are a group that helps make quilts for children in need, little kiddos in hospitals.  Their mission statement is: Transforming discontinued, unwanted and other fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse.
How awesome is that?  I haven't created a quilt yet, but in a few weeks I will be attempting my first.  You don't even have to cut your fabric, you can request a kit be sent to you here.  I just ordered mine a few minutes ago and will be waiting not so patiently for mine to arrive in the mail.  I am going to see if I can copy the fabric cuts with my own stash and come up with at least one more to send off along with the one that comes in the kit.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

And again it seems like ages since I've posted anything!  Well it has been!  And it's been ages since I've actually made time to get on my sewing machine.  But for Mother's Day I decided it was time to get back into it!  So Friday I got off work early and after doing some shopping for my little man, he needed a whole new summer wardrobe since he decided to grow!  I went to the local Joann's and got some fabric and new patterns.  One that was even for me!
Saturday afternoon was spent at my parents house cutting patterns and fabric.  They have an awesome oversized island that is perfect for cutting, and they're super nice enough to let me use it whenever I want.  So after cutting I went to work on creating a new shirt for myself.  One that is nice for summer and roomy enough in case I get pregnant in the near future.  I used Simplicity pattern 4127 and went with view E to start with.  I used very soft, thin and stretchy denim.  It went together very easily but I ran into some issues with the elastic because I didn't use the lining (wasn't really needed).  But I just created my own casing and slid the elastic in.  But I ended up having to cut out about 8 inches from what they said to keep the shirt up.  But I think that was because I could of gone 1-2 sizes down from what I cut.  I am going to try view C later this week/this weekend with a much lighter fabric and lining and we'll see how that works, I will go 1 size down.
I also got McCall's M4643 for my son, this was hubby's idea.  He claimed that he needed a terry cloth hooded robe to roll around naked after bath time.  So that'what I set out to create.  The fabric suggestions didn't include terry but I went ahead and tried anyway.  I decided on a yellow color because I also got some lightweight flannel fabric for jammies.  One with airplanes and one with helicopters since he's obsessed with both, and the yellow matches both as well as the other jammies I bought him at Carter's.  I started putting the robe together during nap time Sunday and was finished with it by the time he took his bath that night, I always have tons of interruptions while I sew unless I'm at home alone!  I was so excited with how it turned out, it was so easy to put together and fits him so well!  
I just finished up the shirt from the jammies last night and today I'll finish the pants.  I had to get his exact 



waist measurement for the pants or they would of been done already.  The shirt fits him very well but I think for the next one I am going to skip the Velcro and just make the neck hole a little bigger, not a huge fan of the Velcro placement.  He was already playing with it and he only had it on for about an hour.

I'm also super excited because Brother has come out with a very affordable Embroidery machine, $300!!!  It's smaller then some of the others and doesn't sew but that would be fine since I already have an awesome sewing machine and a serger!  I am going to start saving my pennies and hopefully I'll be able to own it before the end of the summer!

And another new thing, I am now an Advocare distributor!!!  I started in January by doing their 24 day challenge and I've never felt better!  I have so much energy and feel amazing!  Not to mention I've lost almost 30 pounds since I started :)  Now we're a total Advocare family, hubby is doing their system and even little man is taking product.  Little man takes his probiotics, vitamins, calcium (since he hates milk), meal replacement shakes in the morning (he's so picky about breakfast and would eat and eat and eat crap all morning long, but now he gets this and stays full on good protein and vitamins) and he does 1/2 ounce of the Sleep Works to help him wind down at night and stay asleep (he was a sleep walker!)  Don't worry, I consulted with a local pedi about everything and not only has she been giving this and more to her own family she also recommends it to her patient, but he's been doing so well with everything!!!
So if you are interested in anything feel free to visit my website:  Advocare Store
If you sign up to be a distributor you get 20% off everything and your discount can go up depending on how much you buy!