Month: October 2011

A Children’s Black Swan Costume

Childrens Black Swan costume

A few months back we asked my daughter what she wanted to be for Halloween.  Her reply was a “princess ballerina” –completely predictable.  My husband and I were hoping to do something a little more creative though and so we decided on “The Black Swan”.  Yesterday, we tested this costume out, and it was a big hit.  However, I did have one concerned mom come up to me and ask, “Has your daughter seen that movie?”.  What kind of mother do I look like?

Childrens Black Swan costume
Childrens Black Swan costume Childrens Black Swan costume

Happy Halloween!

Childrens Black Swan costume

The Calm Before the Storm

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quiltThe past four months of my pregnancy have been difficult.  When I was pregnant with Monet, despite the morning sickness at the beginning, life went on as usual those last 5-6 months.  Everyday I walked to and from work 3 miles, I was energetic, and ready to take on the world.  I felt like a superwoman.  This pregnancy has been much different.  I have been struggling on a daily basis with intense back, hip, and sciatic problems, and as a result my normal busy-bee type personality has been put to a halt.  I can honestly only do a few hours of work a day when it comes to anything that involves walking, standing, sewing, gardening, and lifting my daughter.  Over the past few months, I have been very frustrated with this fact and I have struggled with it on a serious level.

When I started making Baby Jude’s quilt a few weeks back, I purposefully picked images that had a lot of hand embroidery in them, keeping in mind my situation.  For the past two weeks I have sincerely enjoyed sitting and resting while my daughter plays, and I comfortably sew by hand.  It has been rewarding and peaceful to say the least.  I can honestly say (now that the baby is only a few weeks away) I find my mind being alright with this idea of slow and rest –I’m calling it the calm before the storm.

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

My moment for this week came just yesterday, when I finally finished the last 4 blocks.  I know these next quilting steps are going to be much more difficult to complete in my situation, but my mind is at peace knowing that it is ok if I don’t finish the quilt until after Jude is born.  So far it is spectacular!

Soon Jude will be with us, and hopefully with his arrival my busy-bee personality will also come back, as I heal and my body returns to “normal”.

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

Now I just need to decide how to arrange the images on the quilt.  Any suggestions?

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, are truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

Sewing Clothes for Kids

sewing for kids girls shirtFor the longest time, the idea of sewing clothes intimidated me.  It all started the day I accidentally pinned my 9 month old daughter while I was trying to alter a dress that I had made for her.  Ever since, making a quilt has honestly seemed easier.

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sewing for kids girls shirt

In preparation for Baby Jude’s arrival, the cold weather ahead, and my growing daughter, I have been sewing lots of clothes for my two kiddos these days.  Can I say two kiddos, even if one is still in the oven?

sewing for baby kids pants

And I’m happy to report that I have honestly enjoyed all the sewing projects that I’ve done.  I’ve learned a lot and we have all stayed injury free.

I still need to get a dress form some day, and then I’ll tackle making clothes for myself, but in the meantime I’m enjoying sewing clothes for my kids.

Here are some bibs I made for Baby Jude: (this pattern comes from a dear friend of mine, Nicole from Elsa Bags)

sewing clothes for kids baby bibs

Here’s another skirt I sewed for Monet (along with the two skirts I sewed for her a few weeks ago).  I made this skirt reversible, so really it’s two skirts in one:

sewing clothes for kids girls skirt

sewing for kids girls skirt

I still have about 10 more items waiting to be sewn –the fabric yells at me every time I walk into my sewing studio.  So I guess this is just the beginning.

What do you think I should sew next?

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Sewing Patterns I used:

Quick Change Trousers from Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress

Oliver + S Lazy Day Skirt (After making this lovely skirt so many times, I have now started to add my own alterations and embellishments.)

Making Another Charley Harper Quilt

machine applique and embroidery quilt Charley Harper

Three years ago, I truly enjoyed making a  Charley Harper Applique Embroidery Quilt for my daughter Monet.  It was my first quilt, and so I think it will always be my favorite, as this is when I discovered and feel in love with the process of quilting.

I have always wanted to make another quilt following this pattern, as I really enjoy Charley’s images and the overall whimsical feel of the quilt.  Now that I’m pregnant, and the two kids will be sharing a room, I figured this was my chance.  Monet’s room was built around a gray and pale pink color theme.  I’m going to make Baby Jude’s quilt using a gray and pale turquoise-blue color theme.  I’ll post more later with how I’m going to integrate Baby Jude into Monet’s room, so that the room feels more gender neutral.

My moment for this week was being able to finish two of the blocks for the quilt.  The results are adorable and the best part was seeing how excited Monet was to see the blocks, in anticipation of her baby brother’s arrival.  Monet brought the blocks into her room and played with them.  She pointed out the fish block and the beetle block on her quilt.  She talked about how Baby Jude was going to sleep in her old crib –she went on and on.  And the entire time she talked about Baby Jude, her face was bright and smiley.  I know times will be hard when Baby Jude actually joins us, but I’m hopeful that these two will grow up to be the best of friends.  I can’t express how much that idea warms my heart.
machine applique and embroidery quilt Charley HarperBecause people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, are truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

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