Monthly Archives: August 2011

08.31.11First Days and Stroller Woes

***I am currently working on the feedburner thing. I will be honest I have no earthly idea what I am doing but I figure with enough google searches and a bit of luck I can figure it out. Sorry for the inconvenience***

As I am sure most of you have experienced, it is back to school time!! Wooo hooo! Goin’ it alone the past seven weeks has made me really excited for school to start. I think the kiddos are just as excited as I am, all my jokes and antics are getting pretty old by now. Finn was lucky and started two weeks before Sawyer. Thank heavens he LOVES it. It was a constant battle to get him to go in Timor and I just wasn’t up for that. Since Sawyer is my super social boy I knew it would be no problem. He walked right up to his door to two boys standing there and said “My name is Sawyer whats yours?” The boys were slightly taken a back but told him their names. Then came the ice breaker from Sawyer “Do you like Star Wars?”, a very deep and I am sure philosophical conversation began and that was that!

Evie and I had no idea what to do with ourselves and our free time, it was lovely! We have also officially arrived as a “soccer” family. We spent two hours last night watching the chaos that is K and Pre-K soccer. What is hilarious is what polar opposites the boys are. If we wanted Finn to pay attention we literally all had to yell at the top of our lungs to follow the ball. Otherwise he spent the majority of the time turning his shirt around to make sure his number 6 was still there.

When I asked him why he kept putting his hands in his shirt he told me it was so he wouldn’t touch the ball. When he ran around with his eyes closed he told me it was because he wanted to “surprise” the other team. Sawyer on the other hand is SUPER competitive. He has been talking all week about how bad he wanted to win, and score, and not get a red card (I don’t know why I even told him what a red card was).

Luckily he had a great break away and stopped 6 goals. After I told him “You did such a great job buddy!” He responded “yeah, I know”. So, apparently this doesn’t need to be a confidence building experience, we’re good in that area ha!

That is the craziness we have been up to. Now on to my seeking some advice. I sadly enough have very lazy cuties. I mean, “mom can you carry me to the car from the front door” lazy kiddos. Since there are three soon to be four of them this makes the battle over the stroller a fierce one. At the zoo the other day I thought the zoo keepers were going to get involved ha! We are currently in the market for a new double. Ideally I want to purchase 2 doubles so that there is some semblance of peace as we attempt to blend in in Paris and stroll down the seine as a family. Do any of you have a COMPACT, awesome double stroller you just love? So far I am swaying toward the Phil and Ted (though at first the whole baby stacking totally shocked me)

But my dream is the Baby Jogger City Select Double. This looks fantastic!

But the price tag literally made me gasp. When I talked to Chris about it he joked “well if we are going to spend that much we might as well go all the way and get the Peg Preggo double, I mean it is only $1,200.00″ OH MY GOSH. Who has that kind of mola? Anyway I would love something similar with a family friendly price tag and would love any suggestions.

Cheers to all us Mommas trying not to take up the entire walkway at the mall right?

Kelly

Imported goods from Timor

Alright! I have finally imported all the posts from this blog over to the new Sewing In No Mans Land. You can now find all my old posts, patterns and random ramblings (what I know you really tune in for eh, eh?) over there. You can also subscribe down at the bottom if you would like with google reader/ friend connect. Hope you will follow along because next I will be sharing the pattern for this super cute Chef’s hat. Yup, you got a sneak peak here first!
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08.30.11Why my readers are cooler than yours

Okay, so actually that is not very nice, and I abhor bumper stickers that say things like “my grandkids are cuter then yours” blah blah blah. But I do have some pretty wicked awesome readers from all over the world. While here in the states I have been lucky enough to randomly bump into some of them. The first time was on my lil’ sisters wedding day. I am sooooo glad that she came and said hi. I told her it made my day, then felt bad because, well, it is my sisters wedding day ha! I made chris snap a quick photo. Man did it hit home I have got to stop enjoying the plethora of good food available ha!

The next time I was at the children’s museum downtown, then a local restaurant… it just has been really fun. I also received my first gift for little peanut in the mail the other day. Jessica is the fabulous photographer behind Chirppy D Photography. If you are in AZ and have a newborn you have GOT to have her come snap away at your newborn.

Newborn photography takes a special talent and this girl has got it. Anyway she sent me this crocheted crown she whipped up:

I died when I saw it! It is perfect since it can go either way boy or girl. Although I must say I am pretty anxious to know what this munchkin is ha! Only a few more weeks. Anyway I just wanted to say thanks for all the kind words about the new website, the patience during my break and all the sweet emails I recieve. They make the blog worth it!

You are the best! Cheers!

Kelly

 

PS remember to scroll down and leave a comment to be entered to win Evie’s Apron!

Childs Apron Tutorial over on the new blog

Ughh, I have been dying to get this post up. But I promise to make it up to you at the end of this post with a giveaway! This weekend we moved, yet again, and well, our friends invited us to their gorgeous cabin and when someone invites me to a cabin I drop everything and go. So, a lot of this went on:

One of the things I often received emails about is having to download page after page of patterns individually, the other is having the pattern pieces themselves be dotted lines to save on printer ink. Well I am happy to say I have fixed ONE of those things and am diligently working on the other. You can download the pattern for Evie’s Apron here all in one download! Yeah it was really easy and I am so glad I have fast enough internet to make it easier for ya’ll to print patterns :) Once again this pattern is loosely based on Sassy Little Sisters apron. I just feel like this version is a lot simpler and straight forward. I also love that I was able to make each apron out of two correlating fat quarters and some white fabric I had laying around. This was the only way I was able to afford making them all out of either Amy Butler , Joel Dewberry or Heather Bailey fabric :)

Once you have printed out your pattern, taped it together and cut out your fabric as directed on the fabric, fire up your iron so it is ready when you need it. Ya’ll know  me and my love of irons ha!

1. You should have 8 pieces

2. Take your two pocket pieces and lay them right sides together.

3. Stitch around outer edge leaving a small opening so you can flip it right side out. I like to leave the opening on the top where it is straight so then it is easier to sew shut.

“Cute in the Kitchen” Childs Apron Tutorial

PATTERN

 

Ughh, I have been dying to get this post up. But I promise to make it up to you at the end of this post with a giveaway! This weekend we moved, yet again, and well, our friends invited us to their gorgeous cabin and when someone invites me to a cabin I drop everything and go. So, a lot of this went on:

You can download the pattern for Evie’s Apron HERE all in one download! Yeah it was really easy and I am so glad I have fast enough internet to make it easier for ya’ll to print patterns :) Once again this pattern is loosely based on Sassy Little Sisters apron. I just feel like this version is a lot simpler and straight forward. I also love that I was able to make each apron out of two correlating fat quarters and some white fabric I had laying around. This was the only way I was able to afford making them all out of either Amy Butler , Joel Dewberry or Heather Bailey fabric :)

Once you have printed out your pattern, taped it together and cut out your fabric as directed on the fabric, fire up your iron so it is ready when you need it. Ya’ll know  me and my love of irons ha!

1. You should have 8 pieces

2. Take your two pocket pieces and lay them right sides together.

3. Stitch around outer edge leaving a small opening so you can flip it right side out. I like to leave the opening on the top where it is straight so then it is easier to sew shut.

4. Take your two “waist tie” pieces and fold them in half rights sides together. Sew across only one end then up the long raw edge, creating a tube. Using a pen or turning tool turn them right side out and press.

5. Take your neck tie piece, sew across one end, sew up the long side stopping in the middle to create a small opening making sure to back and forth to reinforce the opening. Continue down the long raw edge and finish sewing across the second end. Again turn it right side out and press. Top stitch the opening shut.

6. You should now have two ties, a pocket and a neck strap

7. Take your main fabric and pin on the pocket you made to the upper center of the apron. Topstitch it in place sewing from the top of one side around to the other. I think it goes with out saying but don’t sew across the top or will have a patch, not a pocket ha!

8. Pin the two ties you made on either side of your apron. I like to do mine relatively high up. I also fold them and pin them together so that there is no chance of them sneaking over and getting sewn where they shouldn’t be.

9. Take your ruffle piece and hem both ends. Now you can either do a fun decorative stitch on the bottom or hem the bottom.

9b. Take your lining and lay it right sides together with your fabric main. Slide your ruffle up in between the lining and main. I do not pin it because it takes constant “ease” stitching so it will lay nicely. Just work with the fabric as you sew around that part making sure all three layers line up.

10. Starting at the center of the left side with a front and back stitch, stitch all the way around stopping before you get back to where you began, back stitching again to reinforce. This means you have a little opening so you can flip everything right side out. I then clip (not clipping the stitching) around the neck and the arm slope. This just makes it lay nicer once you have turned it right side out. Trim off the excess from the two ties. Then flip right side out.

11. Once you have turned it right side out use your un picker to pull out corners and edges. Then iron. I then topstitch all the way around. It’s an extra step you don’t HAVE to do but I think makes it sturdier and look nicer.

12. Take two small pieces of velcro and top stitch them onto the shoulders.

13. Using the corresponding velcro pieces attach them to the ends of your neck strap. I like making these a bit long so it can fit a variety of heights :)

14. On the other side attach some cute buttons

15. hang your apron up and admire your work!

This particular apron is made with Joel Dewberry’s new line. If you like it and want it for your own munchkin leave a comment and you could win it! I will have random.org select a winner on Sept. 1 Good luck and happy apron making!!!

Cheers!

Kelly