Sunday, April 29, 2012

Changing Pad, Burping Pad, Lap Pad... All Three Rolled Into One

After making a reversible flannel blanket, I had a touch of the print flannel fabric left over.  I decided to  try and find a use for it.  I coupled it with a solid, light pink flannel and cut both into four rectangles 15 inches by 20 inches.  I used one solid and one print to make one pad.  I rounded the corners and serged the edge and voila... 2 changing pads, burping pads or lap pads.  Too easy!

I made the blanket out of the same print flannel shown above and backed it with a light blue flannel, trimmed out in yellow blanket trim.  I love the colors in the print flannel.  So cute!

Last week at the baby shower a lady was wearing a nursing sling. Have you seen those? Man, they are so cool. I would say her little boy was about 18 - 20 months and she carried him in it while nursing and was able to keep her privacy. I was amazed that just a piece of fabric could do so much!

I found a website that sells a version called the Maya Wrap, and it looks a lot like the one she was wearing.  some of them even have a pocket for a diaper and wipes or keys, how convenient is that? sells ready to wear wraps, but they also have a tutorial page so you can make your own, you know I have to try making one.  Look for it to be coming soon to my blog! You can find the tutorial here.

I also have to announce that I won a giveaway this week on the Elephant Is Love blog!  It is a handmade sachet, I can't wait to get it.  I will be sure and post it on the blog so you all can see!  I am so excited.  I hardly ever win anything.  Thanks Punky!
Isn't that a darling sachet?  And yes, I was lucky # 13!
Punky has a great blog and a wonderful  Etsy Shop, also called Elephant Is Love,  so please click on the link and check out all her darling, hand made items!

Last but not least, I want to share my beautiful Knock Out Rose Bush.  It is so full of roses that it is about to burst!   Considering my husband ran over it while sliding out of the driveway in the snow in Jan of 2011, it is doing great!  I am so proud of it, it was a gift from my step daughters on Mother's Day, 2010.  It has grown like crazy!

Until next time,
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me 4/23/12

Acting Balanced

 Again this week I am joining Acting Balanced for her Monday Quiz About Me.  She will ask four questions for me to answer and I will finish up with a fifth question for you to answer.  It is a lot of fun and a great way to get to know other bloggers.  If you would like to join up and hop around with us just click on the pictured link above.

Ok, let's get started!  This questions for this week are:

1. Finish this sentence - I am glad it's Monday because...

2. Where did you spend your last vacation?

3. Who is your favorite author?

4. What other Memes do you participate in during the week?

Here are my answers:

1.  I am glad it is Monday because...It is the beginning of a new week and when the week draws to a close on Friday, it will be only 3 weeks and four days until school is out for the summer..ahh  summer break!!  Yippee!

2.  I spent my last vacation where we always spend our vacation.  Atlantic Beach, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  No where else in the world I would rather be!

I have so many favorite authors that it is hard to choose just one. Pleasure reading would be Stephen King or Dean Koontz, but for sewing information it is Nancy Zieman, no doubt about that! I love reading them all on my kindle, I love it!

4.  Presently this is the only meme I participate in.  Although I find them great fun, I think too many of them would take me away from the main reason for my blog.  Sewing, crafting, and family have to be the main bulk of what I do on my blog, but I could always change my mind and join up with more!  You just never know about me!  lol

Ok, here is the 5th question for all of you to answer:

5.  I recently lost my best bud, my yellow lab named Buddy.  Labs are very gentle and large dogs.  Which do you prefer, a large dog or a small dog, and what is your favorite breed of dog.  I have been looking at those teddy bear dogs alot, they are a kind of designer dog and they look precious!

So there it is,  let me know your favorite kind of dog, what kind and is it large or small.

I hope you all have a great Monday!

Box Full of Baby Goodies

The baby shower for Harper was yesterday. She had a great turn out of family to celebrate the anticipation of her birth sometime in June. She is going to be the best dressed  baby girl in town! Christa was absolutely glowing with pride and excitement!

I have had so much fun getting ready for Baby Harper! Although she is not my first grandchild (not by a long shot!) she is the first one to be born since I have taken up sewing again, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed sewing for children! I made a few things last summer for my grand-daughters and plan to make a lot more, but it has really been fun getting ready for a newborn!

Packing the box for the shower gift was so much fun, I had bought a few things, a book of lullabies with the cd to match, the wireless video baby monitor they wanted, a couple of wrist rattlers, two door hangers one that says, "shh, mommy is napping" and one that says,  "quiet, the princess is sleeping", and a set of small snack keepers.

To these things I added the items that were made by Nana for my special little one!  The first thing was the turtle blankie I made and blogged about in my post Quick and Easy Baby Blanket.

 Next was a Turquoise  Minky blanket I made with a satin border.  It is so soft and cuddly, I almost wanted to keep it!  LOL

Next was the  white with pink border blankie I made.  It is a very light weight cotton (Ballard Bliss) for those summer days and nights when she will need a little something, but a regular blankie would be too warm.

Last, was the little top and bloomers set I blogged about on my post Dress for Baby Harper.  It is so darling!  It was a big hit at the shower!

I covered it all with a piece of tissue, placed the card on top and put the lid on the box.

 I had wrapped the box and lid separately, which made for easy opening and closing.

What a great Saturday it was!

I have so many more ideas for things I am going to make for Harper!  Believe me, you will be seeing more!

Happy Sewing!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

Acting Balanced

I am taking part in the blog hop hosted by Acting Balanced.  This is taking the place of the Meet Me On Monday hop.  If you would like to join us in this fun hop, click the link at the top of this post!  Hope to see your blog listed!

Every week she will ask four questions and I will add a fifth that you can answer in the comment section.  Have a great Monday!

This week's four questions are:

 1. Finish this sentence - I dream of....
 2. If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?
 3. What was your favorite toy as a child?
 4. What color looks best on you?

Here are my answers:

1.  I dream of a world filled with peace and happiness.   I know that sounds like a cop out, but that is really what I dream about.

2.  Wow not sure I want to think about my last meal, but it would be a filet mignon steak grilled to perfection, my husband's broccoli casserole, baked potato filled with  butter, sour cream and cheese and a huge glass of sweet tea! YUM

3.  My favorite toy was a "Baby Dear" doll.  She was soft and looked like a real baby.  I carried her to school with me almost every day.  I even rode  around  with her on my bicycle!

4.  I am not sure what color I look best in, I used to wear purple all the time (Red Hat Society) but now I wear a lot of greens ( lime shades), peaches, corals, and turquoise.  But I wear a lot of black too.  Go figure

Ok, here is the question for you to answer:

Do you have any big plans for the summer season.  I am going to the beach in North Carolina,  how bout you?

Have a great week everyone!

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dress For Baby Harper

This was such  a joyous project and so much fun!  I love the Kwik Sew pattern #3901 and it all went together like a breeze!

I really love the fabric and the colors.   I think the colors really compliment each other.

This was the first time I have ever made little bloomers.  They look so cute, even unfinished!

But finished they are even cuter!  I love the skirt effect!  This pattern does have some ruffles,  but using a zig zag stitch over a piece of yarn to make your gathers is much easier then doing the two rows of stitching.  If you have never tried the zig zag over yarn trick, try it next time you do gathers.  I love it, gathers don't even worry me any more!  (I hope to one day have a ruffling foot, that would even be better!)

I added a little bow to the right lower front.  I just felt it needed a little something.

The Pattern called for the back to close the other way, but I guess I am just opposite of normal lol, I like it with the overlap going to the left.  I used flat buttons so they won't dig into Harper as she naps or sits in her car seat.

I can't wait to see Harper wearing this little dress, well I can't wait to see Harper period!!  If you are looking for a cute pattern for baby, and one that is easy to make you should try Kwik Sew 3901.  It really is a great pattern!  Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Getting The Most From Your Multisize Patterns

Buying a multisize pattern is a great way to make your sewing dollars go further, but not if you have to trim it away just to make one size. I have found that tracing the pattern onto either wax paper or freezer paper can give you great results without ruining you paper pattern, thus allowing you to use it again for a different size.

I prefer using wax paper because it is easy to see through.  To do this you will need:
1.  a roll of wax paper
2.  tracing wheel
3.  permanent marker or ink pen( I prefer an ink pen as a marker sometimes smudges)
4.  multisize pattern of your choice.
5.  zip lock bag

I am tracing a Kwik Sew pattern for a baby.  I love Kwik Sew patterns, they use such a great grade of paper for their patterns.  This pattern is extra easy because all the pieces fit within the width of the wax paper, but if yours do not you can simply tape as many pieces together as you find necessary.

After determining which size you are going to use, place a piece of wax paper on top and secure with pins.  Take the tracing wheel and go along all the lines of the pattern piece.  Write all the info on the wax paper piece (size, pattern type, brand and number, strait of grain, small dots, large dots, front, back, gather lines,and any other info you might need).  Now simply trim the wax paper piece ( be sure to use your paper only scissors when trimming the wax paper pattern piece).  You can trace around and cut out the notches if you like, but I usually just cut them off because I mark them by making a slash inward toward the inside point on my pattern pieces as I cut out the fabric.

You could also just trace the lines using a marker and cut along the lines, but I find the tracing wheel works best for me.  After I trace each piece I mark the original pattern piece with a check mark and write the size I am tracing inside the check mark, this helps me double check that all the pieces have been traced for the size I am tracing.   Keep repeating the process until all of your pieces have been traced and cut out.

I like to keep the pattern pieces I have made in a large size zip lock bag. I make a copy of the front of the pattern and a copy of the back of the pattern and sandwich my wax paper pieces between them and slide into the bag. I make sure to write the size on the front copy.

Hope you find this works for you and enables you to use your multisize patterns multable times! (You could press your wax paper pieces onto freezer paper if you plan on using them several times, this will make them a little more stable).

Well I am all ready to start sewing! Sure hope little Harper likes this dress when she finally arrives and is able to wear it!

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Meet Me On Monday 4-2-2012

Acting Balanced

Here it is, Monday again. I am joining Acting Balanced again this week for Meet Me On Monday.  It is a Linky Blog Hop.  Every week she post five questions and I answer them here on my blog.  If you would like to join the fun, just click on the above link and join us!  Hope to see you!

Last week was a bad week for me and I did not link up to Meet Me On Monday.  This week is going to be a lot better for me, partly because I am off all week on spring break...Yippie!  Ok, enough of that already!  Here are today's five questions, followed by my answers.

1. Did you prank, get pranked or ignore April Fool's Day?
2. What is the most unusual thing you have in your pantry or refrigerator right now?
3. If you were in the "Miss America" (or another) talent competition, what would your talent be?
4. What is one thing you miss about being a kid?
5. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?


1.  I did not get pranked nor did I prank. My oldest daughter is the prankster of the family.  She has always loved April Fools. She did leave a picture on my FB page though. Happy April everyone!

from my FB page via jin

2.  The strangest thing I have in my pantry is a tube of red decorator icing. I am not sure why I even have it.  It must be left over from some Red Hat event
I baked a red hat cake for..not really sure, but it most likely needs to be thrown away!
Wilton Red Decorating Icing???

3.  Ha Ha, oh yea I am so very talented.  The only thing I know how ( used to know how ) to do is twirl a baton.  I don't think that would win me any titles!

Me with my baton, many many years ago!

4.  The thing I miss most about being a child is the worry free, problem free and responsibility free life!

My grand daughter Brodi

5.  If I could change my name I would change it to Amy, I have always wanted to be an Amy.

Well that is it for Meet Me On Monday.  Hope to see you all next week!

I have been loving this early spring weather,  My roses are already starting to bloom and they are just beautiful!  Happy Spring Everyone!

First rose of the season, covered in rain drops

Happy Monday! Happy Sewing!

Everything From Rolled Hems to Toothpicks!

I sure have been missing the lake this week. I guess all the wonderful memories of Buddy reminded me how much I loved living at the lake. I don't miss it much during the winter months, but when spring is here, I long to be back there, riding on the pontoon boat and enjoying all the activities that come with living on the water! Maybe one day I will retire to the beach, that is my dream retirement!

This has been a week of reflection and I really have not done very much other than reflect. LOL  I did get around to making a table runner for my daughter and hemmed it using  the rolled hem stitch on my serger.  It turned out great!  It was the first time I used it on this serger and I was amazed at how easy it was to do.  I will be using it a lot more often!

My niece is learning how to sew, and she is doing a great job!  She recently made some curtains for her home and some throw pillows( without any patterns I might add!).  She sent me photos and I am very proud of her.  She has never sewn before ( well except for altering my sister's old prom dress that she wore for Halloween  you can see it here).  I offered to have her come up so I could help her but she said "it is all strait seams Aunt Glo, I think I can do it", and she did do it and very well.  I have to say that I did get a little tickled tho, I told her about getting needles for the sewing machine she borrowed and a few other little tidbits, but didn't even think to tell her to get strait pins, she was sewing burlap and used toothpicks instead. ( she lives in a log house and it is very rustic so the burlap looks great!)  What a Genius!  Love you Brandy and I am so proud of you!

I am on spring break this week and I hope to get a lot done!  Friday I get to go with my daughter- in- law and see the 3D or 4D( not real sure which one it is) ultra sound of baby Harper.  I have never had that opportunity before, always just saw the photos ( ultra sounds have come a long way since I was expecting!).  I am so excited!  Hope you all have a wonderful week.  And oh by the way...Happy April!

Happy Sewing!