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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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.

I’m wearing my homemade tank today.  This is right now.imag0089_27945547236_o

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.

 

Summer so far

It’s Summer!  We moved back into our house in Mt. Lebanon.  We moved back at the end of March.

The boys just started Mother’s Day Out once a week so 3 hours to myself once a week!  You can’t do much in 3 hours.  Once you account for driving home and then driving back to pick up, it’s really only 2.5 hours, but better than nothing.

But it leaves very little time for blogging or sewing.  Sam doesn’t nap anymore (and hasn’t for a long time) so I don’t have nap time anymore.

Tucker will be 2 at the end of September and Sam will be 4 in August!

We just booked a quick trip to Florida for July.  Just 3 nights!  My sister-in-law is turning 30 so I was going to go by myself to celebrate with her but since Aaron had to take off work anyway to watch the boys, they just decided to come too!

Other than that trip, we don’t have any vacation on the horizon.  I kind of wish we were taking a week long beach trip like everyone else on Facebook but that’s kind of hard with Aaron’s job.  Maybe next year?  Not that I’m a beach person but a week long vacation would be fun.

Sam and I are starting to go a little stir crazy in the afternoons.  Tucker is a really good napper, which is awesome, but that means were stuck home all afternoon, every afternoon.

Yesterday I took the boys to the South Side to play in the fountains.  Except Sam doesn’t really like spraying water and it turned out that Tucker was sick.  So it didn’t go over so well.

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Here’s Tucker later in the day being a poor, sick baby.

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We’ve been making lots of these chocolate popsicles with our 99 cent Ikea popsicle molds.

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And we finally threw in the towel with our oven that has caused problems since the day we got it.  Out with the old and in with the new.  I got this LG one this time and so far it’s awesome!!

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As for sewing, I have about 20 things that I really want to make but the only time I have to do it is Sundays and evenings after the kids go to bed.  And when 8:30 rolls around and the kids are finally in bed, the last thing I feel like doing is sewing.

I just saw this awesome fabric at Spool.  It’s cotton chambray.  I want to make a shirt out of it for myself.  Plus they have paper airplane printed cotton!

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Alright, time to go bring clothes in from the line outside.  I love how line dried clothes smell.