Category: Moment

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.

Wrapped in Love

handmade blanketsExactly one month ago, Jude Harvey Eugene was born at 8:30 in the morning.  The date was 11/11/11, my husband’s 30th birthday.  I would like to mention that the birth was completely natural, not induced like many people assume.  Ever since his arrival, my life has been a combination of euphoria and fatigue –just like the birth.

Jude, like all babies, loves to be held.  And to be completely honest, I love holding this little man.  Multiple times a day he falls asleep in my arms and instead of putting him down, I hold on tightly to the little guy, loving his warm body next to mine and his face so perfectly peaceful.

handmade blanketsJude’s older sister Monet, is adjusting well, although she is jealous at times (which is to be expected).  When she gets sad, she says to me “Mommy, I want to hold you.”  Unfortunately, I sometimes cannot, and she has to wait to be comforted.

handmade blanketsThe other day, both Jude and Monet were unhappy at the same time.  I needed to either nurse Jude immediately, or listen to his screams, which I honestly find impossible.  While I nursed Jude in one arm, I wrapped Monet up in one of her handmade blankets.  I gently put my other arm around her and told her the story of how the quilt was made with love, just for her, when she was a baby.  As we talked about all her handmade blankets, and who each one came from, Monet was honestly comforted and soon she was back to “normal”.

handmade Charley Harper QuiltI love this idea, that the work and love put into a handmade item can be felt long after it has been made.  And with that thought in mind, I finally finished Baby Jude’s quilt this week.

handmade blanketshandmade Charley Harper Quilthandmade quiltWords cannot express how in love I am with these two kiddos of mine.  And yet, more than anything, I want them to always know how loved they are.  Hopefully, after I’m gone, and everyday until then, the handmade items I give will remind my children of our relationship, and how loved they are.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is 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.

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.

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.

Nesting

For the past 5 months, I have sewn for everyone but my family.  The work has been wonderful, and I have enjoyed making every piece, yet at the same time I have longed to sew for my daughter, and the little boy in my belly.  This past week, I took a day off and did exactly that –I made a few skirts for my daughter.  Here’s the pattern I used (it’s a great free pattern from Oliver + S).  I’m so happy with how the skirts turned out, and I’d be lieing if I said I didn’t love all the compliments we get in public.


I have one more custom quilt to finish this weekend, and then my work will be done.  I have about 10 other projects I can’t wait to jump into, including the baby’s quilt.  And so officially, I think “the nesting” stage has kicked in.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is 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.

Sharing a Personal Story

machine applique interactive play quilts and wall art

I’ve been holding onto some emotions for a while now, since December to be exact.  I decided that the best thing to do, was to share my feelings with the world, as a means to move on.  Along with emotions, I’m also sharing a handful of work that I’ve yet to reveal.  The two are connected, and you’ll see why when you read my story.  This is my moment for the week –letting go of the past!

You can read my story over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Also, check out my shop if you would like to see all the new items I listed this week.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is 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.

Caring for Baby Chicks and an Urban Garden

caring for baby chicksMy family roots tie me to farmers, yet I find myself drawn to wanting to live in the city– I sometimes feel like I’m living a double life.  My backyard, while very small, is a garden haven in the summer.  Most of the yard is filled with raised beds where we grow various vegetables.  In the spring, we cover the raised beds with green house covers so that we can have a cold crop before we plant the summer crop around Mother’s Day.  We also compost.  And now, as thought our little city garden wasn’t enough, we have added chickens to the mix.

caring for baby chicks

caring for baby chicks

I can not tell you the joy these little chicks have brought to my home.  About 10 times a day, my little daughter says, “Mommy, lets go see the chickens”, and to be honest, I think I would visit them just as often, even without my daughters prompts.

cold crop plants and green houseAlong with that, my husband, daughter, and I have spent a ton of time in the garden.  Along with sewing, gardening is therapy to my soul.  So soothing and rewarding.  My moment for this week came when I realized that my daughter honestly loves gardening as much as I do.  Often, on nice days, we don’t even get out of our pajamas, instead we head straight outside to play in the dirt.  I wonder, is there a garden gene, do family roots run that deep?  Just like I use to sit with my grandmother and “help” in the garden, Monet now does the same with me.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is 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.

A Valentine’s Date

My husband is from ID and I’m from IL –we currently live in UT.  What does this mean?  Well, it means that Monet’s grandparents live very far away, and as a result, Josh and I go on very few dates without our daughter.  And in all honesty, that’s ok, I love hanging out as a family, all three of us.  But every once in a while, it’s nice for the focus to be on Josh and I, instead of our sweet little girl.  Selfish I know.

My moment for this week was when Josh and I went on a date, just the two of us, to a fabulous restaurant called The Cooper Onion.  The wine, the company, the conversation, the food, and dessert were all top notch.  I had the most lovely time, and in this moment, I was reminded of all the reasons I married my husband, and all the reasons we fell in love.

The Cooper Onion RestaurantThe Cooper Onion Restaurant

The Cooper Onion RestaurantThe Cooper Onion Restaurant

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is 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.

Loving Play

Monet is getting to the age where she LOVES play and pretend.  I know what you’re thinking, what child doesn’t like play?  I don’t know why, but just recently this has really developed strongly in her.  She’s a bundle of energy, jumping from one activity to the next, using her imagination, and her creative side to play.  I love it!  Lately she has loved coloring, playdoh, and playing with fabric and buttons in my studio.

I wonder if she will be an artist like me and my husband, or if she is just playing pretend.

This week’s moment, came the other night before bed time, when the three of us were playing with playdoh.

Actually, make that, as the four of us were playing with playdoh 😉

As we acted silly, and played pretend, the house filled with laughter and smiles.  I can see why Monet loves this so much.  I think maybe this love for play, is really developing strongly in my husband and I as well.

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

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On a side note, Anna, from Road To The Farm, Creating a Handmade Life is posting creative process interviews on her blog every Friday.  Guess who was featured today?  Yours truly 😉  Check it out!

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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.

A Touch of Sunshine

January has been a rough month, between all the snow and the sickness.  First a cold, then I caught that horrible stomach bug, then another cold (or the same cold, who knows), and then a sinus infection.  Ugh!  Along with that, the inversions have been long, and the snow heavy.

My moment for this week came just the other day, when we went to the park to get a touch of sun; and even though it was still cold out, there was no snow, no inversion, and no sickness for the first time in a month.

Ahhh, I literally breathed a sigh of relief.

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

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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