Oh, Glorious Day!

Its in the 70’s outside and the windows are open! I love it!
Peanut isn’t feeling great today, but that doesn’t stop him from playing hard. Yesterday, I caught him playing with his toy box… instead of the toys!

Doesn’t he look like he’s having fun? He’s doing the “army crawl” more and more, but he still isn’t so interested in sitting.

I feel like I had some great luck today.  While out on errands, we stopped at the only children’s clothing thrift store I know of around here, Smarty Pants. I was able to get all this…  for $10. Yep, 2 pairs cotton 2 piece pjs, 1 really warm with a hood pj, 2 footie pjs, and 2 long sleeve onsies. Most items were off the clearance rack, which means one item at $0.75, and 2 at $1.00.

Plus, I got a stack of patterns off of freecycle.org…

These were up earlier in Jan, but when I emailed the gal, she said someone had spoken for them. She called me last night to say that the other gal never came to pick them up, so they were mine if I’d come and get them. So, I did.

women’s, non-maternity



Are items from the 90’s vintage, yet? What about 80’s? Anyhoo, I *think* with the right fabrics, these could make some nice outfits. And, luckily, there is one little girl in the family (a niece) because all the children’s patterns are for little girl outfits. Oh, yes, we’d love to have a little girl, but who knows what the Lord will give us.

Dinner is in the crockpot, the kitchen is just about cleaned up, Peanut is asleep and I’m having a cup of coffee (full caff! living on the edge today!). This has been a good day.

Celebrating the everyday

Getting the labels off books, using a just-the-right-size piece of wet paper towel.

Figuring out my baby clothes storage system. For now, I’ve settled on two boxes — 1 for 0-12 month clothes and 1 for 12 to 24 month clothes.

Making ice cream in my new, Christmas gifted, ice cream maker. Thanks, Dad and L! I’m on a ice cream making kick these days. I’ve even figured out, yes, already, a recipe that we like better than the one in the book that comes with the maker. More on these adventures later.

And taking pictures with the new, Christmas gifted, camera. Thanks, Mom and Dad – in-law! It even has a “food” setting, which is so totally cool.

And Peanut enjoying all the new-to-him board books from his cousins. We are now loaded with books. And Peanut has started actually looking at the books, not just chewing on them. He got several new toys for Christmas, and some hand-me-down toys, and as soon as I get the shelves in his room cleared off, toy rotation starts. Just too many to keep in the living room.

Peanut loves to pick things up to eat. Most recently, he’s started on goldfish. Mamma loves goldfish, too. He’s learning to use signs to ask for “milk” and “more”. I think he’s generalized “milk” to be “eat”, as he uses it in the high chair also. No, I”m not worried about it, but its funny to think about. Truly, nursing is the eating he knows!

Sweatshirt Saga continues, and slipper goofs

I’ve had a chance to really do some sewing in the past few days. I’m getting the hand, finally, of getting house work done, while giving Peanut the time he deserves and needs, and still do some of the fun, yet practical, things I enjoy doing.  I finished a pair of fleece overalls for Peanut, for our trip north come Christmas. Hubby’s home town is the furthest north I’ve ever been, and is actually right next to Canada — which is the utter north in this southern gal’s mind. Yes, Wisconsin is only just south of the utter north. Though its never been as cold as I imagine it will be when I’ve been there. But I’ve never been there in January or February… which I have heard is the coldest time. I have plans for another set of overalls, a fleece vest, a fleece jacket and a fleece hat. I might even scotguard one set of overalls and the jacket… but that might be overkill.

Anyhoo, the sweatshirt.  I had so much fun putting the snaps on that I put them on too well… and they cut the fabric. 

Argh, I thought. So, I cut the snaps out and am stitching on some patches. I’m planning on getting some sew-on snaps for the slippers, so I’ll get enough for the sweatshirt, as well. Hopefully the sweat shirt will be back in usable condition soon because this week is going to be chilly-chilly.

As for slipper goofs… I found a nifty slipper pattern here, but it is sized for a larger foot (I’m guessing a 3 to 5 year old foot?). I printed the pattern and then resized it on our printer/copier. I tried to calculate what amount I should reduce it by (copy at 70%, 60%, or what?), but when I went to copy, I realized our copier only offers particular resizing options (Legal to letter, letter to A4, etc). So, I printed a 70% copy and a 50% copy. One look said 50% was too small. I proceeded to make a “muslin” with the 70% copy, but that was also too small. So, I copied at 83%, and that “muslin” (even though the “muslims” are made with fleece reminents) worked nicely. I modified the upper part some; I made the upper look more like another pair of slippers Peanut has. They came out very nice, I think.

Why, you might ask, is one blue with a white lining and other white with a blue lining? Why didn’t you make them the same? Well, this is an aspect of a Rachael goof due to not thinking through right vs left. I think I was in college before I really grasped right and left, honestly. Not sure why those concepts are so difficult, really.

I made them both blue with white lining at first, but then I had two left shoes. Though it will be a while before I truly know if Peanut has two left feet, shoe wise he needs one right and one left. So, I took one apart and figured out how to make it a right shoe. I didn’t want to take the lined upper completely apart, so I just flipped it inside-out, resulting in a white she with blue lining.  I plan to make a second pair, where I will try very hard to make a blue right shoe and a white left shoe. Perhaps I will just be one really crazy and radical mama if I let Peanut wear one blue and one white shoe. That might be really groovy.

This week I hope to finish the Peanut winter wardrobe, the second set of slippers, and some slippers for me. I love slippers and house shoes, so I’m quite excited about this. Pictures promised!

More on "Growing Up Sew Liberated"

As I stated before, I like this book. But, more recently, I’ve found a few things that have caused me to like it a little less. None are issues that can’t be overcome, though.

First, it seems all her patterns are sized very small. I know my little Peanut is big for his age (he’s extra long, though of average weight — long and skinny he is). But when I make an 18 to 24 month top, I expect it to fit okay. Second, the clothes need to be appropriate for that age.

About a month ago I made the reversible baby sweatshirt. Its very cute and looks very cute on Peanut. I even made the 18 to 24 month size to allow it to fit well over a layer or two of clothes if needed, and to account for his extra length.

See how cute this sweatshirt is!

I more made it “lined” rather than reversible. And Peanut looked so cute in it, too.
I love those green striped pants. And doesn’t it look like Peanut and Hank are imitating each other?
The ties were an issue though. Peanut *loved* to chew on them, which untied them, and they are long. I was worried he would swallow it and I’d have to pull it out… oh, that sounds just horrible!
The body fits nicely and is big enough that Peanut can wear a layer or two underneath and have room to grow into it. That seems important at this stage in the game.
The sleeves, however, are quite snug. I think the author must assume that babies are big bodied and skinny armed, as those sleeves are a tight fit, even with only 1 tee shirt underneath.
I can change the sleeves on this sweat shirt, so I’ll just adjust the pattern for the next one. But the straps came off and I put on snaps. I love snaps… bang, bang and they are attached. Good for getting out aggression, too.  It not quite as cute any more, but now I’m not worried about sweet little boy chocking on the ties.
As a seamstress, I’m still learning how to cut the fabric such that I can trust the seam allowances. But that is another story of Rachael learning to follow instructions and color inside the lines.