Monday, November 2, 2009

Trick or Treat Fun

The images pretty much sum up our Halloween fun...

Friday, October 16, 2009


To Maari,

You think you are so funny, growing up so fast on your mama. You think you can just keep on getting bigger and bigger every time I blink an eye. Those cute little clothes, outgrown so quickly. But with this little hat I have tricked you.

Seven months later and it still fits! Yes, a snugger fit, but a fit nonetheless (thank you ear flaps). You can't fool me little girl.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Lost and Found

I have to say that Justin and I (Connor too) are not the most organized people in the world. We tend to misplace things - bills, glasses, keys, phones, bakugans... Then when I do try to put everything in its place I forget where that place is. We both lost our wallets in the same week. I was at a garage sale, put the wallet on top of the car while I buckled Maari into her car seat, and off I drove. I then spent hours walking up and down the road, emptying my car out, and driving around looking for that small piece of brown leather (all while lugging around the baby). I was lucky - a city worker found it and turned it into the police.

In a small attempt to organize myself, I made this. It is the Market-Run Checkbook Cover from Heather Ross's "Weekend Sewing."

I thought maybe if I make it prettier I wouldn't lose it. The logic here: I never lose my jewelry, it is pretty, maybe that is why I keep better track of it. So far it has worked. Several months and I have not misplaced it even once! VICTORY Now I guess I need to make something pretty to house my bills, glasses, keys...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Dress

Remember this dress? The one I found stashed inside the armoire?

Exactly one year later it fits!

It looked so big when I got it. How can it fit already?!?!

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Foods

We have been having a blast around here watching Maari discover new foods. It is like a guessing game, "what is Maari going to try next?" So far her favorite has probably been bananas. At first we thought she might be a little bit of a fussy eater, but no longer. I think she was just getting used to the newness of it all. Now she eats whatever, whenever. With the new eater, come new bibs.

These two are of my own design.

And these, from Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones. The pear design came from a bag pattern in Zakka Sewing.

Add ImageReally, I don't think you can ever have enough bibs!

We can only hope that she grows to be as fabulous an eater as her brother. That kid will try anything, which makes my life much easier and our meals much more exciting.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dress Up

I just have way to much fun dressing this child. It is a good thing I had a girl this time around! Here is the newest summer outfit:

I used a maternity shirt that I had picked up at a garage sale. Double thrifty - maternity top & baby dress all for 75 cents!

And to match, a reversible bonnet. Both patterns came from ithinksewdotcom.

The bonnet is a tad big. I am hoping it will fit better this fall, maybe next spring.

Yes, it is good to have someone to dress up. I was the little girl who spent hours and hours dressing and redressing my hoard of dolls. Even the poor cat was forced to wear doll clothes. Maari does not object quite as badly as the cat did.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Bubble Dress

Some new summer dresses (not that she really NEEDS anymore) that should last into fall:

They are from the Oliver + S Bubble Dress pattern. Love that poofy bubble effect. One in pretty flowers, the other in funny carrots.

The carrots?? Well, they are appropriate for the little carrot top!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Fun

A certain someone has been keeping us on our toes all summer.

So here it is, summer through the eyes of a seven year old boy.

Baseball (we have moved on from tee-ball, Connor has had to correct me on that one all summer)


And of course Popsicles!

And the rest of us? We are all along to enjoy the ride.

All that little boy energy can wear us out...but we all love it!

(one more sleeping baby pic because honestly is there anything sweeter?)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kimberly for Kimberly

The Kimberly bag:

How can one not make a bag with one's same name? And I absolutely love it. I hate sewing with heavy interfacing (bent pins, broken needles...), but love the end result. This bag has such great shape! The pattern is Amy Butler's Kimberly Bag. I used the leftover fabric from Maari's rocking chair. I love the length - very modern and, even given that nasty interfacing, it was fairly quick and easy to put together.

It was nice to make, or should I say actually finish, something for myself. The sewing around here has definitely centered around baby for the past year. This was a breath of fresh air.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

In the Front Yard

This lovely lady payed us a visit a few weeks ago.

And how do I know it was a lady - because she layed eggs (Connor counted 31) right in our garden.

We stayed our distance from her - she was a snapping turtle and we don't care to be losing any fingers around here. Also, we did not think it wise to interfere with her process.

She dug a nice hole and took her time dropping all of those eggs in. After she buried those 31 eggs she found her way back to the lake. We were a little concerned at first that she was not going in the right direction, but eventually she figured things out - instinct I suppose.

It is kind of sad to think that she will never see her babies, but we look forward to maybe catching a glimpse of them this fall.