Friday, June 22, 2012

Have Bag, Will Travel!

Well it is that time again, time for our annual trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Atlantic Beach here we come!  This year I will have my one of a kind bag to take with me!  Super roomy and just my style!

I started this travel bag in January, actually it was part of a Sew A Long and I was suppose to have it finished by Valentine's Day, but then I started sewing for Harper ( my grand-daughter that was born on the 11th of this month) and put the bag on the back burner for a while.  I am happy to say that it is finished now, just in time for the beach!

Simplicity 0109 Suede Says Pattern

made with double sided pre-quilted fabric
I am happy with the final product, even if I am four months late getting it finished.  It is very roomy with two pockets inside, 2 zippered pockets on the front and one large pocket with Velcro closure on the back. I love the colors, and am really proud to be able to carry it when we go to the beach. It was a snap to sew and really did not take very long once I was able to put my mind on it and off sewing for baby!

Inside front has a double pocket
Inside back has a mesh pocket

I have to admit that something happened while I was making it that has never happened to me in over 40 years of sewing. I sewed my own finger! OUCH


It is still pretty sore, but I think I will live. I was sewing and my husband walked into my sewing room and like a dummy I tried to continue sewing while I turned around to talk to him, sure won't ever do that again!

Even with the hurt finger I love my bag and I am so happy to have it finished!

See you soon~!
Happy Sewing

Friday, June 15, 2012

Father's Day 2012..The Celebration of a New Father and Remembering My Own

Dad in his favorite place!

Brand new Daddy Travis and his little bundle of joy, Harper

I have to tell you guys that she is Here!  Harper Miette Headrick was born on Monday, June 11, 2012. 7lb. and 15 oz. 21 inches long and a lot of hair!  She is a precious little real live baby doll!

She is perfect in every way!  I am so happy she was born before Father's Day. Now I have all three sons celebrating the glory of Fatherhood.  Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful fathers on this great big planet we all call home.

I shared a very special moment with Harper on Wednesday. I guess I was already feeling a little nostalgic as Wednesday was the 40th anniversary of the death of my father.  As I was holding Harper and taking in all her precious little features, I realized she has the shape of my Dad's head.  It was a very emotional moment for me and I quietly sat there with her and enjoyed that special moment we were sharing.  My father passed away on the the 13th of June in 1972.  This year each day falls as it did that year. The 13th was a Wednesday, he was buried on Friday the 15th and Father's Day was on the 17th.  For some reason on these identical years it is always a little bit more emotional for me.  It Seems to Brings back so many more of those difficult but dear memories.  As I sat there studying Harper and thinking of my Dad, I realized how wonderful it is that although he has been gone for 40 years, he is still so alive in all of us.  What a comfort to know he is alive and well in a small baby girl that was born almost 40 years(to the day)after his death. The moment I realized this, it was like I could see him smiling and hear his wonderful laughter and I new all was right in my world.  Thank you Harper for such a special and private moment, and I cannot wait to share it with you when you are just a wee bit older!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer Break Brings Lazy Days

I realize it is not officially summer, but I have been taking it easy and enjoying my first week of summer break.  I know it has been a while since I last posted here, but sometimes I just have to be lazy and do nothing!  I know it isn't very productive, but it sure is enjoyable!

I have not been so lazy that I have neglected my sewing!  I have made a large crib blanket and also a little dress and diaper cover for Harper. She will be joining us sometime this month, I can't wait to see that little bundle of joy!

The dress I made was New Look number 6793.  Which is an adorable little dress that ties on the shoulders.

I made a size small which fits up to 13 pounds.( shortly after I made it my  daughter-in-law found out by ultrasound that Harper already weighs 7lb. and 10 oz.  Oh my goodness!)  The pattern include some appliques, but I chose to machine embroider a butterfly on the front instead.  The appliques seemed a bit large to me.  I also chose the view that has no ruffle along the hem.(will save that one until she is a little older)  The view I chose has an extra piece along the bottom that turns up on the right side of the fabric to form a hem which adds a little something around the hem line.  I used the same fabric as the dress, it calls for coordinated fabric, but it is such a small dress, I didn't want it to seem to "busy".

I found the diaper cover I made at it is called The Perfect Diaper Cover and it really is.  It is a breeze to make and only takes a few minutes. I used PUL (polyurethane laminate) made by Babyville Boutique and used braided elastic, also made by Babyville, around the legs and waist. A free pattern and a complete tutorial are available at Dana-made-it.  She has a great website with many tutorials for all kinds of very cute items.

I made a burpcloth/changing pad using the PUL and flannel too.  It is my own pattern, if you want to call it that.   It is a 19 inch by 14 inch rectangle,PUL on one side and faced with flannel. I rounded the corners and then serged along the edge.  Easy, peasy!

The blanket was easy too, of course! I used baby fleece and the blanket is 54 inches by 60 inches and is finished with satin blanket binding.

Two of my grandchildren are celebrating Birthdays this week.  Happy Birthday to Meredith, my grand-daughter in North Carolina, she turned 15 today!(6-1)

Happy Birthday to Chanan, my grandson in Tennessee,  he will be 15 tomorrow! (6-2) I love you both very much!

Hopefully it won't be two weeks before I post again, but if it is just know I am out and about enjoying some much needed off time!

Happy Sewing!