Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas Sewing Mania

I've been busy with Christmas sewing. Lately it's been crayon rolls, diaper covers and diapers. Today, I made a mini diaper bag to go with the dolls Mikayla is getting for Christmas. Overall, the pattern was easy, but I made a goof. The pockets are tall enough, in my opinion. Well, at least I know for next time, right? Anyway.. on to the details. The bag is made from two layers of plain cotton quilting fabric. Two Tinkerbell prints. It has pockets on both the inside and outside. If I wouldn't have added the snap, the bag would be totally reversible. I wanted Mikayla to have the closure ability though, and I just couldn't figure out the reversible snap thing!

Go to the Diaper Bag tutorial to figure out how to make one for yourself!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Potty Training and a New Diaper

So.. Bryson decided to throw a fit at changing time today. Arching his back and crying. I finally figured out that he was saying "Wet, Wet" through the sobs. He wanted to go on the potty. So we ran to the potty. He peed and was very excited. He helped empty the little potty and was so proud of himself. We went back to the little potty to re-assemble and he decided to play around. I left him with the potty and went about picking up toys. I look back and the boy had missed the potty and pooped on the floor RIGHT NEXT to the potty. Finally got that cleaned up. I don't think he liked the poop IN the potty. He kept saying "EWWWW, EWWWW".

So despite our slow attempts at potty training, I'm still sewing diapers. Here's my latest. A fitted from the FattyCakes pattern. It's a flannel outer. Has two hidden layers of hemp jersey and an inner of suedecloth. The flip out soaker is suedecloth topped, has a hidden layer of microfiber and two layers of hemp jersey. I get to try it out on Bryson tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Been busy crafting

I've been very busy crafting for Christmas. Here are some of my projects.

A newborn set for my nephew

Soft soled shoes, hat, bib and burp cloth. All made with a Micheal Miller cowboy print fabric.

Some aprons for Mikayla and my neice.

Pull-on Fleece diaper covers for Bryson.

I've also sewn up a bunch of crayon rolls, but haven't uploaded the pictures yet.

And here are links so you can be crafty too!
Soft Soled Shoes, Bib, Crayon Roll, Pull on Fleece Diaper Covers,
Dishtowel Apron

Friday, November 16, 2007

Of free turkeys, bad starters, and crayons

Today overall was okay. I woke up early. Bryson played well. Mikayla woke up in a good mood. We had to run and get cat food. All well and good. The cat was so glad to eat again (and no I hadn't been starving her, she's just used to access 24/7.)

Every year, my job gives free Thanksgiving turkeys. I made arrangements with a friend to watch Bryson since my idea of fun is not taking a 21 month old into a busy, dangerous warehouse. Dropped of the boy, drove all the way across town. Stopped and visited with all my co-workers before getting the turkey. I go pick up large, free turkey. Say good bye to everyone and go to the car to leave.

The car wouldn't start. I figured it was the battery since we'd been having some problems with it. Nope, a jump did nothing for it and all the electronics in the car were working fine (clock, radio, etc.) So the next logical choice, the starter is bad. Not like I can get that replaced right now. So..

The car is across town at my job. Sitting there locked. Sad and cold and not starting. I'm home with a free turkey, a boy and a dog. Mikayla is at Grandma's and I've got to figure out how to get her and get back before Brad needs to go to work tomorrow (and at the same time manage to leave him enough gas to get to work!) Boy this is fun.

To help make the day better, I started sewing up Christmas presents. Didn't get as much done as I wanted to, but it's a start! I'm sewing crayon rolls for all the little people I know. This should be fun. I only have like 10 left to go!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New diapers from Old Stuff

I found a new diaper pattern to try. I think I like it. Very quick to sew. Looks like it will fit right. I haven't tried it on Bryson yet though. And the best part is, I've made them all from stuff laying around the house. This batch was made from some flannel a neighbor gave me and some old shirts given to me by a fellow mom!

The fronts are kinda boring.

But, Boy, oh Boy... check out the backs!

If you want to try your hand at sewing cloth diapers, here's a link to the pattern I was using. Rita's Rump Pockets, a one size pocket fitted made with long wings so you can use one pin!

Toilet Training

Bryson knows when he is wet. He knows when he is dirty. He demands to be changed and will even scale the climbing table and willingly lay down for a change. He likes the potty. Likes to sit on it and get paper. Likes to splash in the water. You'd think these would all be signs of being ready to potty train. That's what I thought too. I bought him a potty. I let him play with it. He hasn't peed in it yet and we've had it a month. This is what he does with it.
You mean I'm supposed to pee in it? I like the stool effect. I can reach all the buttons and tick off my sister by totally blocking the TV.

Real Moms

Real moms don't go to bed until midnight. Real moms then get up at 6am when their toddler thinks it's 7am (thanks to the time change). Real moms cook breakfast before their eyes can focus. Can anyone say pancakes? Real moms don't have time to sweep their floor.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

These are the days

Two kids. One mom and one dad. Add a dog and a cat and you have CHAOS! It gets crazy around here around 10:30 and around 3:30. I have no idea what my kids think they're doing, but in reality, they're just driving me crazy. Mikayla is screaming for candy. Bryson is trying to flush pieces of toilet paper so tiny I can't see them. Then the dog is chasing everyone and nipping at their heels. The cat can't keep her head out of our drinks and then there is the fish that we always forget to feed!

Oh.. and then it rains and you realize that your car windows are down
just enough to let the rain in and soak your seats. So you throw on some shorts and go running out there to roll the windows up. Whoops! You sit on the wet seat and your windows refuse to roll up. I swear these are they days no one tells you about.

All in all though, I thank God that I have been so blessed. I have a wonderful husband who cooks dinner when he's home (nothing gourmet, but it keeps us fed!) and two beautiful children who love me. I have a house and food and gas for the car. We're healthy and happy. God is Great!

Monday, November 5, 2007


Halloween was a hit around here. Mikayla was a pink princess and Bryson was the frog prince. Bryson got so many comments on his costume.

I really loved it for sure! They had little trick or treat bags from First Convenience Bank that we got at Kroger's earlier that day. Those little 8x12 bags were FULL to the top of candy. Honestly, I don't think the kids will eat it all before next Halloween. We JUST finished the candy that Mikayla got last year. Now we have twice as much to eat this year. That said, both Mikayla and Bryson are candy monsters and it should go fast.

We went to story time at the library on Halloween day. I figured they would so some sort of Halloween program. WRONG! It was a fire safety program. Both kids enjoyed it and we got to take pictures in the fire truck. Added bonus: They were in costume!

Mikayla has been in the fire truck about 5 times already so is a PRO at the pictures. Bryson LOVED the fire truck and wanted to push all the buttons on the computer you see in the background. I had to bribe him with candy to get him to look at the camera. I'm really glad I had my camera with me for the picture.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Finally.. A dog!

We finally got a dog. Through connections at work, I found out that I could get a beagle puppy for free! I jumped at that since I LOVE beagles. Yes. I know they bark. Yes. I know they dig. But I also know they are loyal, great with kids, and very affectionate!

Our little girl beagle, Nella Blue, went on her first trailride over the weekend as well. Actually, she stayed behind to guard the dog pen. The biggest problem there was keeping all the kids out of the pen with her.

Bryson and Mikayla are in love with her. She's already walking well on the least at 7 weeks old! She's had no accidents in the house, goes potty on command and has the cat totally freaked out!