Thursday, April 17, 2014

Two Dresses For Ev

The Cottage Mama recently re-released her free pattern called The Party Dress. I've had my eye on this dress for awhile now, and I finally took the time to sew up two dresses for Evelyn! All of the fabric came from my stash - actually most of it came from Dan's grandma's stash that I came to acquire this past year.

The pattern is easy to follow and the finished dresses look so nice! I had fun picking out the buttons and ribbons - I figure the blue/red dress will be perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July and the purple will be great for Easter! Both of them will probably show up at a few weddings this summer, too :)

I'll be sure post pictures of Evelyn wearing these eventually!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Evelyn ~ 12 Months

Evelyn recently turned ONE! 

It's been a whirlwind of a year, but it's been a wonderful year as well :)

  • She is recently walking more than crawling, although she's still unsteady when wearing shoes outside and on uneven ground. She gets better every day!
  • She loves to eat. Cheese is a definite favorite. 
  • Naptimes are easier to come by - we read a story, we sing a song and we set her in the crib. Sometimes she falls asleep quickly. Sometimes she whines for an hour (if I leave the room, she screams). It's always an adventure.
  • She likes to climb. The rocking chair in the above picture is one of her favorite things to climb on.
  • She babbles but no specific words. 
  • She hums while eating. It's quite entertaining :)
  • Cloth diapers when we're home during the day. Size 5 disposables at night and while we're out and about.
  • She wants to be outside all the time - she will dig through a pile until she finds her hat or jacket and hand it to me, knowing that's what she wears outside.
  • She likes to mimic us when we nod or shake our head.
  • Putting objects inside other things (bucket, tub, baskets) is a favorite past time. I'm just waiting for the moment I walk in and there is something in the toilet... I've already stopped her from putting an entire roll of toilet paper in one!
  • Her hair is getting longer... curls in the back. I can easily clip bows in her hair, but I haven't yet tried a ponytail/pigtails.

She is our little sunshine - her smile lights up the room!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Evelyn's First Skipper Top

Ever since I had leftover fabric after making Evelyn her Comfy Christmas Dress, I couldn't wait to sew it into a Skipper Top (pattern by Sew Much Ado). 

Let me just say, I LOVED how quick and easy this pattern was! I was able to sew it in a few hours one night after Evelyn had gone to bed (I already had the pieces cut out). I'm sure it would have gone quicker, but I'm still getting used to sewing on knits and setting up my double needle.

I had her wear it the next day!!

I already have another top cut out, along with a matching one for her older cousin. 

I was busy sewing them during nap time one day last week and broke my double needle, so those are one the back burner until I have time to buy another needle. 

As you can tell, Spring has arrived! Admittedly, this week we're suppose to be a bit on the cooler side, but last week was simply amazing! 

And yes, the baby calves are starting to arrive! We even have a set of twins. I look forward to taking more pictures of these little cuties soon :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ALYOF ~ April Goal

April Goal: Finish two Monikered Baby Bags

I've got these two bags started - Mom did the appliqué - and now, I just need to sew them all together.

Not a part of my goal, but I have a third bag that I have a few pieces cut out for that I would like to finish soon as well. A cousin just had a little girl! Babies are everywhere :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wave Your Flag! {Blog Hop}

Welcome to my day on the Flags on a Stick blog hop! 

For this hop (that the amazing Mdm Samm thought up and instigated with the wonderful Thearica as organizer and cheerleader), we were supposed to create a flag... Thank you to both of you for all you have done, and of course, lots of love to our hop sponsors (See Mdm Samm's post for their information)!

I made a Birthday Flag!

You see, little Evelyn will soon be turning ONE! And, I wanted a little something to spruce up the dining area for her special day (this is definitely an inside flag). I also want to be able to use it through the years and use it for all the birthdays in the family... therefore I made it reversible!

See, here's the boys side! 

No, this is definitely not a crazy way to say that I'm expecting a little boy to be joining the family anytime soon (uffda!). I just figured if Evelyn and I get to enjoy the girly side on our birthdays, then Dan needs a boyish side for his birthday :) 

... and if it would so happen that we are blessed with a baby boy someday, then so be it, I already have a birthday flag ready ;)

I've been wanting to practice my lettering appliqué, since I plan on helping Mom make more of these Monikered Baby Bags in the near future (her usual new-baby-gift). I think I got plenty of practice in with this project! My flag turned out to be about 16" x 30" with the hanging sleeve.

While planning this project, I also wanted to use up my scraps - each of the letters were cut from my scrap bin of 5" charms. The balloons are made with 3" scraps, and the prairie points (a first for me! such fun!!!) were made with triangles cut from more 5" charms.

The ric-rac is from my stash (the blue package actually had a copyright of 1931 and told me to wash it by boiling it with pure soap or soap flakes. Hmm... not exactly my usual washing routine...)

The white fabric, binding and sleeve material are also from my stash.

I chose a windy day to take pictures... 
But then again, it's usually windy here... that's just the way of life out here on the prairie! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now, go see what kind of flag everyone else is waving today... 
And be sure to share some love with them!

March 27th

Bumbleberry Stitches

Quilted Delights

Red Quilts

On the Banks of Frog Creek (I'm waving from here!)

Words & Stitches

K and S Sweets and Stitching


PS: The entire time I wrote this post, I was singing my alma mater's fight song. The first lines go like this...

Ring the Bells for South Dakota... 
the yellow and the blue... 
daaa, da, da, da, da, da, daaaa, da... 
da, da, da, da, da, da... 
(Can't you tell I know it real well?! Ha).
However, for this hop, you know that I couldn't sing it correctly. 
I had to sing it like this...
That is all. 
Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ALYOF ~ March Goal Finished!

My March goal was to finish a quilt made with a quilt top that my Grandma made. 

(Number 85 on the Goal Setting Linky Post)

In that post, I wasn't yet sure if I wanted to quilt and bind it or if I was going to burp and tie it (also known as the pillowcase method).

I decided to quilt it with my walking foot with wavy lines from side to side. 

Many of the fabrics are from clothes that my mom and aunt wore (homemade) "way back when." :)
I made a scrappy binding out of 2.5" strips in my scrap collection. 
I used a white sheet from a thrift store for the backing.

 I look forward to working with another quilt top of my Grandma's soon!

What's a goal post without showing you my trusty cheerleader helping me take pictures.. and of course, there's Mute the Cat, too!

Linking up to several parties; please see my favorites' buttons in my sidebar.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Farm Baby Bib {Take 1}

I hinted to this project in this post, and I finished them soon after... but taking pictures took me awhile! Especially since 3 out of the 4 I made were sent to friends' new babies soon after they were finished - no time to take pictures with those! This last one has since been gifted out as well (to my brother's wife... baby shower was a few weeks ago! Baby Boy Q should be arriving in April sometime!!).

These bibs are one of the easiest I have ever made... and I've tried lots of different types of bibs. Plus, it was fun to tell my sister-in-law that these were from the "country cousin" of Evelyn :)

I hope to work up a semi-tutorial for these the next time I can fit these in my to-sew line-up... someday!