I Cor 16:14

"Let all that you do be done with love." I Cor 16:14

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ruffled Bumsies

Yesterday did not bode well for sewing my friends apron. I didn't check the design of the fabric before cutting it out and sure enough I had it upside down! Things got worse when I went to get more fabric and found they were out of stock! Oh, well! For now that project is on hold!!
So, instead I wanted to share a fun project with baby onesies. I discovered these adorable ruffled bumsies on Our Cozy Nest and I had a lot of fun experimenting. On the one above, I serged the edges before gathering the strips.

On this one I hemmed the edges before gathering which gave it a smoother look.

I did this one the same but in a mint green color.

The ruffles were attached closer on this one. I wanted it to look more full.

On this one I pinked the edges and only did 2 strips.

The fronts were just too plain to leave alone so I tried my hand at making yo-yo's out of the yellow and teal fabric and with the bright pink I formed a ruffled strip into a flower.

My friend's daughter is the recipient of these dressed up onesies. She was born after I moved away and I got to meet her for the first time a couple of weeks ago. She is sooooooooo adorable! I had so much fun getting to know her and spending time with my friend. I miss her so much! We spent nearly everyday together as we lived on the same block. We had a routine of walking with our sons in their strollers. After the walk we'd watch the boys play outside as we talked on the porch. Those were the days!!

May God bless your day, today!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Apron - Part I

I had a dear friend of mine come visit me. We have been friends since junior high but I haven't seen her in almost 10 years! We spent the day together and it was like time had never separated us! I have wonderful memories of our first jobs together, going through driver's training and countless hours, especially in the summer, of just sharing our hearts. Then there were those long summer days we filled with sewing. Unfortunately, my memory is very vague, but she insists we sewed poodle skirts and shorts. She's on a hunt for a picture of us in those poodle skirts. I can't wait to see it! Her eyes fell upon the above apron (Simplicity 3752) I have hanging in my sewing room and commented on how she needs an apron to protect her shirt when she cooks and one that doesn't tie at the neck. I excitedly showed her some vintage patterns my dear mother-in-law recently gave to me.

I excitedly offered to make her one. She picked out pattern #3702 which has straps that criss-cross in the back and button on the waistband. I found some fabric which I think she will like and I can't wait to get it started today! Stay tuned . . .

God bless!

Monday, June 28, 2010

End of Baseball Season

Whew! 6 games in 7 days! My son's team made it into the second to last tournament game. They were disappointed they didn't win to advance but they had a really good season and a lot of fun. They have so much to be thankful for. My son is already talking about playing "fall ball!" I don't think he wants the fun to end!! We're going to miss seeing them play that's for sure!!

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."
Psalm 42:1-2


Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Blessings

It is really the small things that count in life. These flowers were picked by my son and his good friend. My son spent part of the day at his friends home in the country. I thoroughly enjoy the drive to their charming home. Their driveway is lined with apple trees with shasta daisies and black-eyed susans in between. It is a feast for my city eyes! My son made me the mug for Mother's Day and this is the first time I have had occasion to use it.

This bouquet was another beautiful assortment they picked. We haven't planted any flowers since we moved into our home almost a year ago. It seems I am a bit numb from leaving all the flowers we planted at our last home. They were really beginning to take off when we had to move. To compensate I have been buying bouquets at my Farmer's Market. They really add life and beauty to my home! Yes, flowers do make me swoon!!!

His friend had picked us these berries, too. What a kind family they are and we feel so blessed to know them!

Hope your day is full of blessings, too!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Swaddler and Pouch in Aqua Dots

I had so much fun making this baby swaddler and pouch. I love the modern looking fabric in the brown and aqua color combination.

The patterns are found in this wonderful book, Simple Sewing for Baby, by Lotta Jansdotter. My husband gave me this as a gift on Mother's Day. I have had so much fun looking through it and dreaming of the possibilities in different fabrics.

My childhood doll, Beth, is doing the modeling! Isn't she a happy subject?

Newborns love to be swaddled as it reminds them of their time in the womb. When their hands are close to their sides it prevents the startling reflex that can awaken them. And we all know a sleeping baby is a happy mama!! The little pouch is perfect for keeping track of pacifiers, nursing pads or whatever! So much better than a ziplock baggie!

Be Blessed!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Prophetstown 1920's Working Farm

We recently visited a 1920's working farm at Prophetstown State Park. These sheep were not fazed by us parking our van next to them.

The boys had fun playing with the victrola and old typewriter in the home. The home is a replica of a 1920's Sears kit home done up in Victorian style.

I had to show them how to put paper in the typewriter! Does that make me old?

In the bedroom was this old treadle sewing machine. My son's first question was "is this plugged in?" My boys are so used to everything being powered by electricity.

I had fun looking at the items in the old trunk. I read a story or too from the book, "Dolly Dear."

In the barn we were greeted by these delightful kitties. I thoroughly enjoyed holding them and it brought back memories of my childhood cat, Socks. I was in awe over how these tiny creatures weren't fearful of the very large cow nearby chewing on dinner. She had been outside the barn just mooing away wanting to come in to be milked. She was shortly obliged and I was given the opportunity to try my hand at milking her. My kids were not so brave!!

Have a blessed day!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day 2010

The boys got right to work on their Father's Day cards after church. They creatively hung blankets over the french doors in the office to "hide" what they were doing!

In the afternoon, we went to see the new movie, "Toy Story 3." This was our youngest's first time in a theater. It was a great movie done in the same style as the previous movies. I have to admit the ending made me tear up thinking about our oldest heading off to college in just a couple of years.

After the movie we enjoyed frozen custard and then took a short walk to the playground.

We even managed to squeeze some time at the pool into our day.