Everyday I’m Thankful

I thought I would dust off the old blog today.  It’s been a year!  I just checked.  Since I last posted, I had a third son named Sidney.  He’s 3 months old now.

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Sam is 5 and Tucker is 3.

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I did take a selfie while unmedicated and 8cm dilated.

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We still live in the same house in Mt. Lebanon that still needs work but I’m obsessed with looking at real estate so we’ve been shopping around for a new house.  We almost bought a house down the street… but we backed out after the inspection uncovered more work than we were willing to do for the price.

I haven’t been doing much sewing since the baby was born.  I gave up my sewing room for the baby to have a nursery (even though he doesn’t actually sleep there yet).  My sewing machines are set up in our bedroom but most of my sewing supplies are packed up downstairs for now.  I did sew a blanket for my friend’s baby shower recently. I used Riley Blake double gauze (like Aden & Anais fabric) for the two outer layers and a layer of cotton batting in between.  I bound it with pre-made bias tape because making bias tape is not fun.  Cats!

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What brought about this blog resurgence is that I was thinking of posting a thing that I’m thankful for every day this month on Instagram.  But instead, I decided to try to blog it every day. (laughing emoji)  If I somehow manage to blog every single day this month, it will be a miracle!

Today is November 2nd. So I’ll just start today.

I am thankful for coffee.  Not very profound.  But seriously, every morning, I’m thankful for it. ❤coffee_9073

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Life Lately

It’s nearing the end of August! We have a busy few weeks coming up.  Aaron’s band has a bunch of shows and then Sam starts preschool and then we’re having a joint birthday party for the boys.  The party is going to be farm themed because they boys love tractors.  I have grand pinteresty plans so we’ll see how that plays out.

I’ve made a couple things on the sewing machine lately.  My sewing room is a huge mess.  I need to come up with a pattern organization system because my current system involves throwing them in piles all over the floor.  And my sewing room is a spacious 8×10.

I feel redundant posting pictures of the things I’ve made lately because I think a lot of people that read this blog also follow me on Instagram and I’ve already posted pics there.  If you don’t follow me on instagram, you can! I’m pam_foxandcotton.  I’ve really been into the Instagram “stories” lately.  I just wish more people would post them because I like watching them.  I’ve also read that some people don’t have Stories on Instagram yet.  Is this true?

Here are some pics of lately:

We took the T to the Pirate’s game a few weeks ago.  It was fun! and HOT.  We stayed through the 7th inning and Tucker completely skipped his nap that day.

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We took away Tucker’s pacifier.  We started talking about taking it away around his second birthday which is the end of September.  And then one day Aaron was putting him to bed and Tucker didn’t ask for one so Aaron didn’t give him one…and that was the end of that.  It was way easier than I expected.

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I tried to take a picture of the boys with balloons for their birthday party invitation but they all pretty much turned out like the ones below. fail.

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I’m going to a baby shower this weekend and I’m making the cupcakes.  I made little fondant toppers for them which kind of made me want to make decorated cookies again.  Not enough to actually do it, but I thought about it for a minute.

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I made these little baby pants using this free pattern.  They are really quick and use the tiniest amount of fabric.  I did the whole thing on my serger.  No top stitching or pinning required.

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Now I hear Tucker waking up from his nap early… gooooo back to sleep

Slouchy Shorts for Tucker

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I have lots of motivation to sew right now, but:

1. I can’t decide what to make because there are approximately 187 things on my To Make list.

2. I can’t seem to make it out to the store to buy materials.  Or I go to the store and forget some necessary part because I’m frazzled from having two kids in a fabric store.

So indecisive, frazzled mom problems.

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However, I did manage to make Tucker a super easy pair of slouchy shorts from fabric I already had.  I didn’t use a pattern, I just traced around a pair of shorts that fit him, added a seam allowance and some length, then cut an upside down U for the middle of the legs part.  I decided to skip elastic in favor of a fabric waist band just because I wanted to use a different color.

Then I added a little faux drawstring.  For the leg hems, I just rolled them twice and sewed little bar tacks in four places to keep them rolled.

I like them!  They were easy and took very little fabric.  I might make them a little shorter next time and make the waist a little tighter.  I also might add a little kangaroo pocket to the front. 🙂

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Wednesday

The boys are at mother’s day out this morning!  I saw two mothers singing “Freedom, 3 hours of freedom” in the parking lot after drop off.

I sewed these two little hats over the weekend.  I used this free tutorial from Make It Love It.  It is e.a.s.y. and requires very little fabric. Plus just one pattern piece.  I’m getting sick of taping together patterns.  Especially since Sam finds and uses all of my tape all the time. (The only photo I had of them was from my Instagram)

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I also sewed this little pillowcase dress over the last couple of days. I kind of want to make another because I still have more of that pretty, green fabric.  My favorite thing about that dress is the pink bias tape.

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My phone almost died last weekend.  I ended up having to do a factory reset.  According to Verizon, it’s because I had 6,000 pictures on my phone.  Luckily, I did not lose them. What am I going to do with 6,000 pictures?

Yesterday, I massacred the hedges.  I don’t like these hedges.  They have spikes.  Who plants hedges that have spikes?  So after I trimmed them, I couldn’t pick up the clippings because they were stabbing me through my gloves.

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I watched the Game of Thrones finale on Sunday.  omg.  That show is crazy.  I told Aaron I think it’s the best show I’ve ever seen.  He’s never watched it.  Is another book coming out soon?  I’ll be curious to see how it differs from the show.

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Alright, 2 more hours until I have to pick up the kids. 🙂

Sewing Handmade Clothes

I think the next thing I want to make is this Wiksten Tank.  The pattern comes with a tank and a dress option.  And…French seams on the inside.  So fancy.

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Here’s the dilemma with sewing your own clothes: It often costs more to make your own clothes vs. buying.  Unless your buying $$$ clothes, which I do not.  #target

For example:

Wiksten tank pattern: $10 for the pdf download

Fabric: the one I want to use is $10.40/yard x 2.5 yards = $26

Total: $36 without considering time spent to make it.

Hopefully I’d use the pattern more than once so that would cut down on cost. And I could choose to use a cheaper fabric but $10.40/yard isn’t bad.

So $36 to make a tank top that would probably take 2-3 hours labor time!  #thestruggle

Kids clothes can be made more cheaply because they require such a small amount of fabric.  Like I think I made these pajamas with 3/4 yard, if that.

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But wearing/seeing your own hand made clothes on yourself or gifting them is totally worth it 🙂  Best picture I could get with a 1.5 year old.

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–> And in case you’re interested.  I used this Peekaboo Pattern Shop Pattern to make the pajamas.