Category: Baby

Hey, Jude

My “maternity leave” is almost up, and the picture above is a pretty accurate one when it comes to the reality of our lives for the past few months.  At first, Josh and I thought we hit the jackpot.  Our baby boy Jude didn’t cry and he put himself to sleep.  But each day that seemed to change, as Jude became more and more unhappy.  I adored the little man, and so I just endured his crying.  I didn’t call our pediatrician until my oldest sister, who was visiting over Christmas, said that our precious Jude was the “fussiest baby she has ever seen”.  Yikes!

After a few visits to the doctor, we finally figured out the cause of Jude’s discomfort and we have learned how to manage it with medicine, a new bed, and some simple feeding rules. He has what’s called “Silent Reflux”, ironic I realize.  I wonder if there is a support group out there for parents who have infants with reflux –there should be.

Every day, for a few weeks after we put Jude on medication, my husband would come home and ask if the day was better.  My response was always, “Look around.  The house says it all.”  If it looks like a tornado has come through the home, not a dish is clean, dust-bunnies are blowing around the floor like tumbleweed in a desert, and I’m still in my PJ’s and hungry because I was unable to eat lunch, well, that explains the day.

Lately, things have been different though.  Jude seems a little bit happier with life outside momma’s belly.  He allows me to put him down when he naps, and instead of crying around the clock, he smiles and coos at times.

I’m hopeful that soon he will outgrow most of this, and be just a little more content to, say, for example, sit in a baby swing, awake, by himself, for more than 5 minutes.  (Sorry for the sarcasm.  Josh and I have found humor to be a good coping mechanism.)

In the meantime, I’m making lists and setting goals.  Ambition is creeping back into my life, and work opportunities have been knocking at my door.  Every day’s prospect of actual productivity is a mystery, but I’m hopeful nonetheless.

And truthfully, for the most part, I guess I’m just thankful.  I have two wonderful children who have brought such purpose and happiness into my life.  Work can wait, but these two kiddos, they just keep on growing and changing.

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.

Some Good News

An entire month has passed, and I have only posted on my blog once –I wonder if I still have any readers. Well, for those of you who were about to send out a search party, there’s no need, I’m alive, and I guess I owe you an explanation. Would you like to guess where I’ve been?

Where has Angela been?
A) On Vacation  B) Sleeping & puking  C) Getting her computer fixed  D) All of the above

And the correct answer is D) All of the above.

Yes, yes, I actually have more than one excuse. My computer broke, but it’s now fixed. Also, we took a long and needed vacation to Florida, while it rained and snowed here in Utah. But the main reason for my absence is reason B) Sleeping and puking.

This brings me to my good news, I’m pregnant!

Unfortunately though, pregnancy in my world for the first four months is hell. I realize that some woman go through pregnancy without a touch of nausea, but for other woman, we aren’t so lucky. Nausea, and extreme fatigue have plagued me, all day long, for weeks. My poor daughter asks me a few times a day, “Mommy, you sick? Your belly hurt?”, as she plays in the bathroom while I hug the toilet. In the past, pre-pregnancy, I always worked from 5-7 in the morning, over Monet’s afternoon nap, and in the evenings after everyone had gone to bed.  Lately though, sleep has taken priority, and so I’ve been away.  I do hope you understand.  The good news though is that I’m starting to have good days here and there, and hopefully, this “morning” sickness too will pass.

So, what have you been up to while I’ve been away?

Forest Friends Fabric Line for Project Selvage

Forest Friends Here are a few pictures of the fabric designs I have been working on for Project Selvage.

birdsforestfriend

Contest participants are expected to design a baby boy print.

Final_forest_FriendWhat do you think?

Don’t Throw it Out, Fix it: Kids’ Velcro Shoes and Snap Fasteners

Instead of buying new all the time, throwing out the old or the broken, try fixing things instead.

Last April, I participated in an event called, April Stash Bust.  The idea behind this event was to use what you had, instead of buying new, for the entire month of April, in honor of Earth Day.  I gladly participated in this event because I believe in being a wise consumers for the sake of our planet.  Here is a fun example of where I re-purposed an old mini-skirt into a reversible bag.

Just this week, instead of going out and buying Monet a new pair of shoes, I fixed her old shoes.  These shoes were hand-be-downs from my sisters two girls.  They are adorable, but they would never stay on Monet’s feet because the velcro was worn out.  Along with that, it seems Monet always wants to taker her velcro shoes off and I wanted these babies to stay on, so when I went to fix them, I used snap fasteners instead of velcro.

Here are the shoes beforehand:

Don't Throw it Out, Fix it: Kids' Velcro Shoes and Snap Fasteners

First, I removed the old velcro.

Don't Throw it Out, Fix it: Kids' Velcro Shoes and Snap Fasteners

Then, I followed the directions on the back of the  Dritz Snap Fastener Easy Attachment Kit box.

Don't Throw it Out, Fix it: Kids' Velcro Shoes and Snap Fasteners

Presto, the shoes are fixed.  They now stay on my daughters feet, and are her favorite shoes and are our favorite shoes.

Don't Throw it Out, Fix it: Kids' Velcro Shoes and Snap Fasteners

Don't Throw it Out, Fix it: Kids' Velcro Shoes and Snap Fasteners

So remember, instead of buying new all the time, throwing out the old or the broken, try fixing things instead.

Quilts for Babies Using Bright, Solid Colors

Quilts for Babies Using Bright, Solid ColorsSomething is in the water –it seems everyone I know is getting pregnant, or trying to get pregnant.  Oh, how I wish I could make a blanket for all of them.  And while that’s unfortunately not possible, I must say all these unborn babies have inspired me to start considering a line of quilts just using bright, solid colors.

What do you think?

Quilts for Babies Using Bright, Solid Colors

Quilts for Babies Using Bright, Solid Colors

How about a line for babies and adults?

Quilts Using Bright, Solid Colors

Yes, I think my idea just got stronger!

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image credit:  Carina’s Craftblog, Screamy Mimi, Carson Too Modern Quilts, and House Doctor

A Simple Patchwork

simple patchwork quilt baby blanket by angela flicker from the artists house

I’ve been toying with the idea of making a series of simple patchwork quilts for babies, both for my Etsy shop and for the upcoming Beehive Bazaar.  The idea would be to keep them simple, sweet, and affordable.

simple patchwork quilt baby blanket by angela flicker from the artists housesimple patchwork quilt baby blanket by angela flicker from the artists house

Due to time and materials, a quilt like this would run around $100.  I’m still undecided whether or not to move ahead.  Most of my work is known for it’s applique and stands out due to all the detail.  I could put some simple applique on them, a few felt butterflies on this one for example, but that would raise the price another $30 or so.

Would this serve as an affordable option for people who love my work?

simple patchwork quilt baby blanket by angela flicker from the artists housesimple patchwork quilt baby blanket by angela flicker from the artists housesimple patchwork quilt baby blanket by angela flicker from the artists house

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I think I love the simplicity of it.

What do you think?

A “Here’s What I’ve Been Making” Giveaway

machine applique - home sweet home - suitcase and front doormachine applique - retro chair and lamp and books

machine applique - retro couch - living roommachine applique - retro tv

machine applique - bathroom with polka dots and blue tilemachine applique - retro kitchen - retro fridge

The above images are scans of machine applique blocks I’ve made.  Eventually they will be featured in a retro quilt I’m currently making.  These images are available as giclee prints in my etsy shop.  They can also be purchases as greeting cards.  I’m so excited to finish this quilt!

Along with the above images, I’m also finishing two other quilts.  Here is the first…

And here is the second…

Machine applique felt butterfly quilt

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Don’t you love how the quilted butterflies look?

felt applique pillowpatchwork pillowfelt applique pillow

This quilt comes with matching pillows (made from the leftover scraps from making the quilt top).  Both of these quilts will be available in my etsy shop soon, once I finish binding them by hand.

As I prepare for an upcoming art show called Craft Lake City, I’m looking to finalize all these pieces, plus more.  Cards need to be printed and stuffed in their nice plastic covers, prints need to be printed and labeled, prices need to be set, patterns need to be finalized, and applique patches need to be made.

I’m still trying to make some decisions and would love to hear from you.

And so I’m hosting a giveaway today.

One winner will win a $20 gift certificate to my etsy shop.

How do you win?

You can enter to win in one of FIVE different ways, or increase your chances of winning by doing all five of the submission choices below.

But, please note that you must enter in a separate comment for each entry submission.

1. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my work as I prepare for my upcoming show –offer suggestions, tell me your favorite, ask questions, be critical, give praise, etc.  What would you buy if you walked into my booth?

2. “Like Me” on facebook.

3. Make an announcement about this giveaway on your own blog, Facebook page, or Twitter about us. Then post your comment below with the link to the announcement.

4. Join my mailing list.

5.  “Heart” my etsy shop

The giveaway closes on Friday, August 6th at noon (mountain time). The winner will be contacted by email.

Good luck and thanks for the help!

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