Sunday, November 28, 2010

Home sick and a couple purses

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spend it with Adam's family in New Jersey like we normally do. This year Adam and I brought veggies (asparagus) and a tradition from my family, deviled eggs. We were told there was no need to bring pies, but Adam and couldn't just not make them, so we made a coconut cream pie and have the fixings for a pumpkin pie. Still haven't made that one yet, but I will!

Friday Adam ended up sick all day. Saturday he felt better, but I started getting sick. Last night we were both miserable, waking up all night long. He had church meetings early, but is coming home now to take care of me and the kids.

I made a really nice purse last week that I wanted to share.
It's actually hunter green. It doesn't photograph well.

I really like the diagonal weave. This purse is really nice.
I recently joined a team on Etsy. They have all sorts of teams for stores with common interests or locale. The one I joined is a a treasury-making team. Treasuries are member-curated lists on Etsy that usually have a theme. Really good treasuries are selected to be on the front page of Etsy for an hour. It's great advertising, so everyone on Etsy wants their items to be on the front page. Well, since joining this team (I'm just a trial member so far), I have ended up on the front page three times and got a sale from Australia as a result. It's pretty awesome. Anyway, I showed them the green bag and one lady said she would love to see that bag in leather. At Joanns I looked at their faux leather and found some basket weave fabric I really liked. Yesterday I worked hard and created this:

I really like this purse. My machine had issues with all the layers of taffeta in the green purse, so I made sure to buy heavy-duty needles, and they had no problems with this purse.
The inside has two pockets, one of them zippered.

It's not really done yet--I still have to do the handle. I still need to figure out exactly what I want to do with it.
Thankfully Adam will be home very soon, because Daniel is getting fussy and tossing him random toys and items to play with isn't placating him for very long.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Busy Busy

I have a backlog of pictures I wanted to share and more Katrina-isms that I've thought of, but I'm just so busy this week! I have five purses in progress (two I finished last night, but they still need ironing), plus one I want to start from scratch. I have to practice like crazy for the Messiah because it turns out there are only two first violins this year and so I have to play first stand, which means I'm part of the chamber orchestra that plays with the soloists. There are some really tricky pieces that I've never had to worry about before. Somehow I've got to fit practicing in. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are big on Etsy, so I'm trying to finish all these bags by then, and then on Thanksgiving I'm going to have to edit everything in my store to be ready for the next day. I also have to plan and create invitations for our Relief Society Christmas activity, which is going to be lots of fun. Phew, I'm getting overwhelmed just thinking about it.

Here's a couple things about Katrina while I'm thinking about it. When I go to get Daniel in the middle of the night to eat (he's been waking most nights again), Katrina used to always cry out "help, help!" until I adjusted her blankets. Her new thing is saying, "Kiss! Kiss!" So then I have to awkwardly bend over with Daniel in my arms and give her a kiss, and then I go feed him.

That reminds me of something Daniel does. He's been learning the sign for "all done," and uses it with gusto. He has a block on the sign for "more," unfortunately, and uses "all done" for that too. You can see the quandary! We're always thinking, is he saying all done as in more, or all done as in all done? The other night I fed him in the middle of the night, and when he was finished, he looked up at me, grinned, and waved his hand "all done." It was darling. Normally he doesn't really interact at night, so it caught me by surprise.

I tried to enlist Katrina's help to get Daniel to say "mama" or "dada." He says the syllables, but not as names for me and Adam. The other day, I was telling Katrina to tell Daniel to say different things. "Get him to say, 'Mama,' Katrina." "Baby! Mama. Mama. Mama!" "Get him to say, 'Dada.' " "Baby, Dada! Dada!" (Daniel):"Ayeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah!" (Katrina): "No baby, no yeah-yeah, Dada!"

She's also getting better at singing a melody, but mostly just likes to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." We'll hear her jumping on her bed singing it, though she likes to throw in different words. Sometimes she'll sing, "Me me me me me me me," or "Nina nina nina nina." We joke about her being self-absorbed! At other times she tries to sing the actual words, and it comes out, "Tinkle tinkle ih'll tar, humma humma humma humma, diamond ih a sky, humma humma, what you are!!"

Sunday, November 21, 2010


With a greater vocabulary, Katrina is becoming increasingly entertaining. The other day I was showing her the Ensign with all the temples. We were flipping through and I was identifying all the temples.

"This one is the Bolivia Temple."

"Ee-ya Temple!" (Ee-ya=Olivia, as in Olivia the pig from the Nick, Jr Cartoon and a popular childrens book).

"No sweetie, the Bolivia Temple, not the Olivia Temple." I turn the page.

"Ian Temple, Ian Temple!" (Ian is Olivia's brother).

Me: gales of laughter

Speaking of Olivia, I was relating to Adam a scenario in nursery today where one little girl was trying to get me to pretend to eat a little pig toy. Katrina piped up in the back seat, "Eat Ee-ya, Eat Ee-ya!"

I said, "No, we are not going to eat Olivia!" Then all of the sudden Katrina burst into inconsolable tears. We're still not sure whether she was upset that she couldn't eat Olivia or upset at the thought of eating her. Anyway, it was weird.

Another thing that she does in the car is give things to Daniel. They can barely reach each other, but they pass toys back and forth, food, blankets. Yesterday I looked back and they were reaching out their little hands to each other and grasping each other's fingers. It was really the most precious thing ever. They had big smiles on their faces too. I'm glad my kids love each other!

Well, I was going to try to remember a few more things she does, but it's almost eleven, so I need to go to bed. I'll try to remember some more later.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fun bag

I'm particularly proud of this bag. Someone saw another bag in my shop and asked me to make the same one in black but with a red lining. She also wanted a chain.
It's hard to get the color of the inside right on camera but it's a pretty red.

I couldn't find the fabric I used before in black, so I went through all the sections until I found a fabric that I liked, which was a polyester shantung (imitation silk). It feels so soft and I seriously just want to keep touching it!
And an action shot in my stained pajamas!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Furry baby booties

So my almost-year-old son has an intense dislike of socks. However, since it's getting cold, I want something on his feet. He's nowhere close to walking, so he doesn't really need shoes yet. I've tried different fabric shoe tutorials before, but they didn't stay on. So when I saw this tutorial for wool slippers, I decided to tweak it into what I needed.
I got this super soft fabric at Joanns with suede on one side and sherpa fur on the other. It was about $24 a yard, but I only got a third, and I have plenty of leftover fabric.
Not only were they fairly simple to put together, but they are super cute. I did make one change, which was to sew the elastic on the outside but cover it up with a strip of the fabric with the fur poking out for some aesthetic appeal.

They took some effort to get onto Daniel (I might make some with a little room to grow), but they fit perfectly and have stayed on his feet all day. These were technically supposed to be a birthday gift, but they work so well I just might use them until his birthday and then wrap them up as a gift. :]

Also, one of my purses ended up on the front page of Etsy twice this weekend! And I got a custom order from it. Very fun.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Scary monsters, Mommy

I've showed Katrina the movie Monsters, Inc several times and each time I've wondered if she would develop a fear of monsters or something after watching. So far, she has seemed unaffected. But then last night, she ran out of her dark room saying, "Monsters in room! Scary." Now, she's at a stage where she kind of gets a thrill from being scared, and I can tell the difference between that and true fright. I could tell she wasn't really scared, but could become so if I wasn't careful. So I went around her room with her with a spray bottle saying, "Go away monsters!" and spraying with the spray bottle. She proceeded to thoroughly spray the room and entire apartment, ensuring that no monsters could frighten her again. She even sprayed Daniel and me and herself for good measure. I think I handled it pretty well. A few more times she ran out of her room talking about monsters, so each time I asked her to find her monster spray and she sprayed things down again.

So on Wednesday the Early Intervention evaluators came again. I was worried again about a month ago and called to get her checked again, like they recommended in May. Well, it turns out I have nothing to worry about. Her vocab has blossomed lately and she's even speaking a little more grammatically correct. Her enunciation is improving. The evaluators were very impressed with her knowledge of shapes, numbers, colors, and her comprehension. That was excellent to hear. They did tell me I might want to check out Daniel, because he's behind in a few areas, and I might do that, because I've been worried about him too. However, just in the past few days he's developed the ability to sit up from a laying down position and is perfecting his army crawl/worm crawl. I'll wait a few weeks before calling to see if he continues to make such quick strides.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My fun hospital stay

Around 5:45 yesterday, we were on our way out the door for family pictures, when the trouble hit. I spent the next several hours dealing with some nasty food-poisoning-type symptoms, and some of them were a little worrisome, so we decided to head to the emergency room. By the time we got there, the majority of my pain was over, but they were still worried (GI bleeding), so they did some CT scans and blood draws. Then they absolutely floored us with the news: I had appendicitis. I couldn't believe it, because I had no localized pain, and when they pushed around, I didn't have any pain, but the CT scan showed that my appendix was inflamed, so they admitted me.

The morning came, a new shift of doctors arrived, and they told me they didn't think I had appendicitis after all. They started talking colonoscopy. Then they weren't sure about that. The day went by, my pain and symptoms grew more and more occasional, and finally I asked to leave. So the conclusion is that I need to see the GI doc next week with a possible colonoscopy. Oh, and they found elevated white blood cells, so my current illness is from some sort of infection.

I'm currently still sick, but I'm happy to be home instead of at the hospital. I'm not on any antibiotics because they still have to finish the cultures. Unfortunately, because of the meds they had me on at the hospital, I still can't breastfeed Daniel. It's proving to be a real pain (literally), because I'm having real issues with pumping not working. Daniel did all right today with normal food, water, and a few ounce of formula, but I need to have him feeding normally tomorrow or else I'll be in great pain, and then start to dry up, neither symptom which I want to deal with.

So life stinks a little right now but I'm happy to not have had surgery and to be home.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bag review and giveaway

My bags are being reviewed and one of them offered up in a giveaway over at Mint Green With Envy. Check it out!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Katrina Dress

This is my Sew & Tell post this week.

We have family pictures tomorrow and I needed something blue for Katrina to wear, so I found a pattern that worked with some blue fabric I picked up recently in the remnant bin. I'm getting better at reading patterns and this all came together last night except for the hemming and zipper that I did today.

I can't get her to try it on, sorry, or I would post a picture. It's probably better, anyway, because once she puts on a new dress, she refuses to take it off. But I would really love it if she would try it on before tomorrow so that I know if it fits or not! Also, now I need to finalize what I am wearing. That's the biggest problem. :[ I can't figure out what to wear.
This is another bag I finished today. It's one of my favorites so far. I'll need to take better pictures tomorrow, I was just eager to use natural light before the sun set.

I also just sold a bag tonight, so I'm pretty happy.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

A few pictures

Last night we went around IKEA with Daniel in the carrier (on Adam's back). He really liked it, and got really upset when we took him out. Today I tried again with the carrier, and I realized something important--I was wearing it too low. Apparently I have been looking at too many pictured of long-torsoed people wearing carriers, and I have a really short torso. So instead of wearing the belt at my hips, I hiked it up to my natural waist, and suddenly everything felt more comfortable.

Notice the clean mirror?

I went to Joanns today and took Daniel with me. Normally I'd be rushing to get done and worried about keeping him happy the whole time. This time, I took my time, consulted him on various things (bet that looked strange to other people), and enjoyed the trip as much as if I had been solo, or more, because I didn't have to stress about how Daniel was doing at home and whether he was fussy and driving Adam crazy. After I was done shopping, I didn't want to go home, so he and I walked to another store for some paper. At both Joanns and Staples the cashiers were suprised when they realized I had a baby on my back, and both ladies thought it was awesome. So I'm guessing I'll be getting a lot of use out of it!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I've got a kooky kid

No, I don't know why she was doing this. She was even saying, "cheeeese," while covering her face. But it made me laugh. :]

Monday, November 1, 2010

Soft-structured Baby Carrier

I just finished one project of note this week to share at Sew & Tell.

I've been planning on making one of these for months. I decided to finally do it. The cost for the buckles and straps from was $8 (including shipping). Cost of fabric and foam was maybe $20? I can't remember. I got everything 40-50% off.

This is the pattern I used. I changed a lot of things though. I used 1 inch foam instead of half-inch, used foam in the shoulders instead of fleece, padded the head, padded around the legs, changed the shape of the sides, and eliminated the two side buckles.
I forgot one key thing though--I am short. The carrier is a bit too tall for me. Also, I already have sloping shoulders, and the angle of how the straps sattach to the body make it so the carrier slips right off my shoulders when I wear him on my front.

When I wear him on my back it works much better.
Pardon my mirror. I always forget to clean it until I take self-portraits.
Adam likes it. He agrees with me that it puts most of the weight on the shoulders instead of the hips, which is sad.
(UPDATE: I figured out I was wearing it too low and remedied that. It feels much better now. Here are some pictures with me wearing it correctly).
Daniel was thrilled. He was super wiggly at first and kept twisting around trying to see things, but he finally settled in. He wouldn't stop babbling.

For visitors from Sew & Tell, here's my sewing post from last week, when I forgot that there was no Sew & Tell for the week.

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