Saturday, August 21, 2010


Meet my new baby Ryan!

Actually he's not my baby in the "has-my-last-name" sense,
and I have to give him back each night at 6 pm,
but I do love him so.

He is also a bona fide miracle. You see, he tried to make his entrance into this world at 22 weeks gestation. But thanks to some modern medical magic, lots of sincere prayer, and his mama parking it on the couch for 4 months (when she wasn't parked nearly upside down in the hospital, that is), he made it! You can meet his family at The Bedrest Bugle.

So anyway...

The theme at Necessitae this week is "Back to Old School".

I sewed some rompers. Love them!

Conveniently, I just happen to have this delicious one year old model in-house for the month of August.

Oh the feet. The FEET!

I know the baby totally steals the post, but I made a girly romper too.

I was tempted to put a bow in Ryan's hair and have him model in baby drag.

Lucky for him, it was nap time.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

He loves NY

I've been feeling very non productive lately. I haven't added a single item to the online boutique that I sew for in a month.

I blame blog reading.

Not for the time it takes away from being productive, but for making me feel that in comparison to all the other sewing mamas in the world, I get nothing done.

I wonder if they have nannies. Or if their houses smell bad.

I like to imagine that wildly creative and productive people have tragic hidden flaws. Rats live in their bathtubs and their children have to forage for lunch betwixt the couch cushions.

Then I feel better about myself because I'm small like that.

I'm mostly kidding.

I decided to forgo sleep last night and sew a shirt for my son. He says I ONLY sew for his sister. And she is the ONLY one who is photographed. And I NEVER put him on my blog.


(except for today)

I used the CarlaC All-the-Rage Raglan pattern which can be downloaded from It's a fabulous basic raglan tee pattern with lots of variations for both boys and girls. And it's extra great if you don't have much experience sewing knits since it includes detailed photos, instructions, and construction tips. I highly recommend.

At least I can cross "alleviate mommy guilt" off my list today.

Now, off to chase the rats out of my bathtubs.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sew-n-Show Catchup

I've let a few sewing projects slip by undocumented.

So.. for the record:

The top is the Round Neck Top pattern (found on and the pants are from the ModKid Sophie pattern.

This outfit was finished months ago (February?), but the pants were too big. As you can see, they still are! But she's grown at least an inch since spring and at least now they are wearable.

By the way, I LOVE both of these patterns! Well drafted, great instructions, fabulous results.


And a few itty bitty baby projects. Each set has a newborn sized kimono, booties, and bloomers.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The last little birdie

It's back to school time here in Utah. Yes, already! We're on a year-round schedule, so our "summer" is only three weeks long. But before you feel too sorry for us, we get another three weeks off in September, which happens to be a fabulous time for family vacations.

And it's no ordinary back-to-school this year.
The littlest Carrot Top started Kindergarten today!

I took lots of pictures.
She quickly tired of it.

It's a family milestone. All of our children are now in school.

No, I did not wear mascara to her send-off.

Yes, that was a good decision.

No, I did not come home and take a nap.

No, I did not go shopping.

No, I did not sew anything.

I had a sick seven year old to contend with. Actually, the Playstation contended with the sick child for the most part. But I doled out Kool-Aid and cereal as needed.

Oh, and I have a baby.

Not MY baby, of course (see "family milestone" above). My BFF's son Ryan is hanging out with us in August while her regular babysitter (aka Ryan's grandma) attends to her husband's (aka Ryan's grandpa's) medical needs.

Anyway. I didn't come home to an empty house and tiptoe through the tulips nor cry into my tea. It was kind of a normalish afternoon for a mother of four, despite the empty nest milestone. And that was okay, because I'll be all alone soon enough.

When I came to pick her up, she was all a twitter with the day's news. Everything went great. We own the book the teacher read. She got to sit next to her BFF (aka our neighbor Madison). They sit at the Yellow Table. They get fruit snacks for good behavior.

She did not appreciate having only through the teacher's count of five to drink at the water fountain after recess.

"I was freakin' thirsty!"

(It is, after all, 97 degrees. I do hope the teacher counted, "One Mississippi, Two Mississippi.. ")

She has adopted her preteen brothers' vernacular.

It's precious, don't you think?

My last little birdie has flown the nest.