Archive for the ‘Sewing Projects’ Category


Get moving, worn, ready for summer

January 31, 2017

1. Scrambling this morning to be ready to go with S so we’d have the car today for errands. I don’t mind being a one vehicle house, but it will be wonderful when we add a second one back in.

2. Noticing that I’ve worn a hole in a pair of jeans and that the hem is fraying. I’ve waited a long time for this.

3. Finishing the buttons and button holes on a dress for Rachel while she napped this afternoon.


Resistant to change

November 17, 2016

1. These Christmas ornaments I’m working on just might be the cutest ones I’ve made yet. There’s a lot of hand stitching, and a lot to make, but they’re the sort of project that won’t suffer from being interrupted and also don’t require any real concentration.

2. I’m happy about my upcoming hair trim appointment in December and glad that Baby is going to be babysat for it. I’ve never left her with my mom, but she’s done so well in the nursery and with S’s mom that I don’t think she’ll have any trouble.

3. I made a diagram of the living room on graph paper to see if we can rearrange the furniture to have a better setup. I think the answer is no, and I’m a little disappointed. It’s taken over a year for me to warm up to the idea of changing it.



October 26, 2016

1. I made Baby a pair of fleece slippers with claws to go with her costume. I didn’t have any non skid slipper fabric so I used some slip proof shelf liner for the soles. This is the pattern I used for the slippers. They were so simple and I think I’ll make her more for the winter.

2. Baby seems to be throwing temper tantrums when she wakes up from her naps. She’ll be standing up in her crib when I go in to get her, then when I hold out my arms, she flings herself away and back onto the mattress and rolls around all angry. I’ve tried walking out of the room and telling her I’ll come back, and also just sitting in the rocking chair ignoring her until she is settled down. When she does it, my first instinct is to walk out, but it feels mean to leave if she’s upset, but I don’t want to give her positive attention for that sort of behavior. Sitting in there ignoring her seemed effective this afternoon. I was watching her out of the corner of my eye and she was peeking out at me. She’s been happier this afternoon than she was this morning at least.

3. Baby crawled up the stairs after S today. I went behind her to catch her in case she slipped. Now we really are going to have to keep a gate up!


Home fires

October 24, 2016

1. I ran to Wal-Mart to pick up the base for Baby’s Halloween costume while she napped this afternoon (S took the day off to recover from our trip). She’s going to be a little monster and I was able to get started on making eyeballs and teeth and ears to attach to the hood of her little jacket. Next is a fleece fringe around the neck, wrists, and ankles, and then spots.

2. Our trip didn’t really wear us out that much. It was really nice to get home, and Baby slept through the night for the second time in her life last night, but it was probably the most relaxing trip we’ve taken yet, even though we had so many different people to visit. I think it’s partly because Baby is a little older, and mostly because we didn’t have to cook at all.

3. S and I have started reading to each other in the evening after Baby goes to bed. I like this.


Completion, change, interaction

October 13, 2016

1. I finished Baby’s birthday stuffed animal. I kept track of my time because I want to see how practical it would be to make and sell a couple of them. I logged 6.5 hours over 9 days stretching from ┬áSept 29-Oct 13. There are some parts I’d be faster at next time because I had to remember how to do it, and it would also be faster to make them assembly line style with several being made at once. I feel like I could get it down to 5 hours per animal if I made 3 or 4 at once.

2. Our walk this evening was really pretty. The changing trees look especially beautiful against the blue sky, or with the sunlight filtering through the leaves.

3. At the library today, a little two year old was trying to play with Baby by crawling around with her. She was sad when Baby seemingly ignored her and crawled away. I like seeing the way babies and little kids interact (or don’t). That same little two year old threw a sympathy fake crying fit when another little one threw a real one. She’d look up every few seconds to see if it was still going on. I thought we were all lucky the room didn’t descend into chaos with all the babies crying.



October 4, 2016

1. Baby’s nap in her pack n play didn’t go well, so I ended the attempt and went for a walk up to a park instead, hoping it would put her to sleep. I pushed her in a swing for a while, which she was very pleased about, then walked back down the hill, and further from home, until she finally nodded off. I probably obsess too much about naps, but she’s happy when she gets them, and I want her to get used to the pack n play so she can take naps other places if she needs to.

2. I didn’t exactly like the walk up the hill to the park, but it did put us at a level to see a lot of the surrounding hills with their changing leaves.

3. Making Baby’s birthday stuffed animal and having to remember how I constructed them in the past. I really should write the process down, or make them more often so I don’t forget. Too much gets forgotten in six years.


Hair, learning, and thoughts

September 14, 2016

1. My hair has been cut and it’s such a relief. Who knows if I’ll still like it tomorrow, and it’s just barely long enough for a pony tail, but those just give me headaches anyways. Baby was held by an aunt and behaved like her little subdued self when she’s in a new place around people she doesn’t know.

2. Learning how to make ribbon roses to put on the front of Baby’s dress. The ribbon gets folded in the same way I fold my straw wrapper when I’m fidgeting with it in a restaurant. Pull one end, and there you have a rose. I made three in a row, decided to leave them connected, and added some green ribbon leaves before attaching them to the dress.

3. I end up with spare time during the day sometimes while Baby is napping or happily playing by herself. It’s not enough to consistently plan something, and sometimes I need to cook or do other household things, but I’m finding myself wanting to fill that space, and I’m not sure how right now. I might bring my sewing machine down to the kitchen since the room I sew in is far from baby proof. I want to keep balanced though with putting care of Baby first; she’s the primary reason I’m home, but I think it would be good to have some productivity beyond housework when it’s possible.