Archive for August, 2009

Daycare Baby Blanket

My sweet and rascally niece started daycare today.  She has spent the first 2 1/2 years of her life running around her own house and sometimes mine and now she will have to actually take a nap on a mat at a very kind lady’s house.  So I made this blanket for her, a copy of her blanket she sleeps with every night that I made for her when she was born.  It is the same except that I sewed in photos of her and her family around the border.  If she can’t sleep in the new place very well at first, at least she will have pictures of her loving family to look at instead of the ceiling, or the other kids asleep.

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I used washable, printable fabric that I put through my ink jet printer.  You can see a skipped stitch in the top left corner of the photo .  I had to change to a fresh needle because it was a bit tough to sew through.  Then the skipped stitches went away.  The quality of the printing is pretty good.  I hope it will hold up well, too.

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Inner Peace

I found this on a blog that was found on Gabrielle Roth’s myspace page, and I don’t know who that is yet, but I liked it a lot.

UPDATE:  The original author of this is Saskia Davis and you can view her entire message on a poster for sale at her website.

Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
A loss of interest in judging other people.
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of the ability to worry (this is a very serious symptom).
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others, as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

I might add, boredom may occur too! Yes, I want peace. But also excitement. I haven’t jumped into any projects since staying up late with the tote bags because I am afraid of the huge mess I will make.  So, having a cleaned-up house helps me feel peaceful, but makes me afraid to mess it up again.  That means I don’t have inner peace (according to thought #1 above).  So it appears peaceful, but is not.  Hmm. . . And I am bored.  I want to get into another project.  Can I not make a huge mess that takes all day to clean up.  Let’s see what happens today!

Inner Peace AND Creative Excitement, here I come!

P.S.  I have to add, I had a great time making those bags and I did it spontaneously and feeling just about all the symptoms on the list.  I just did it when I should have been unpacking from my trip to Cape Hatteras.

Here’s one of my favorite pictures of the place, on a windy evening before a thunderstorm.

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Birthday Decorations

I’ve been busy living, so not too much time for blogging.  I am not sure how some people do it:  living life to the fullest, then writing about it and adding fabulous pictures, to boot.  I guess I am too simple and lazy.  I really like to daydream.  Not much comes out of it, but it is a very pleasant thing to do when you have a nice window to sit by.  So when I am not busy, I don’t always think, oh, I should blog.  No, I like to sit in a rocking chair in the coolest room in the house and feel peaceful.  Oh, maybe that’s what I am–peaceful.  Not simple and lazy.  Yes, that sounds better. 🙂

However, I did get away from the window to make some decorations for Claire’s birthday party.  The garland pattern came from Stitched in Time by Alicia Paulson, the author of the blog Posy Gets Cozy.  For once, I did not make modifications.  I even used the same font she did for the lettering.  This was a very fun, but time-consuming project.  The fun outweighed the time, so I recommend this project.  Plus, you can use it year after year.

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Collin and I made the pom-poms, using this tutorial at Martha Stewart Living .  This was SO easy and cheap.  I think it cost $3 all together.

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The bags were a last-minute-stay-up-late and wake-up-early-and-trash-the-house-in-the-process project.  The fun in this project was that I didn’t use a pattern, didn’t measure much, didn’t pin or press much, and used what I had at home!  But it did take about 5 hours total to make 8 lined canvas totes with each child’s first initial.  I made these for the scavenger hunt and take-home goodie bag.  Children of this generation and demographic expect goodie-bags and although they are usually filled with junk (mine included!), the kids really like them.  They like junk!  They like to collect little trinkets and tiny bits and pieces.  They are definitely in tune with their hunter-gatherer instincts.

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Sheepy Skirt

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I recently bought the Sheepy Skirt Collection pattern from the Ravelry store. This comes with 19 different skirts!  Not to mention the variety of edgings you can do.  I had a hard time deciding on one to do, but after a few evenings of looking and looking and Collin saying, “pick one already!”, I choose the tiered skirt version.

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Yarn: 100 pure wool; color "Hardly" More details at Ravelry

It has a nice flounce when Claire toddles around the house.  It’s great for somersaulting.  And it does its main job of covering cloth diapers very well.

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The designer, Amanda Harrington, has a cute website with her creations called Sheepy Time Knits.  She was, maybe still is, a moderator on the Yahoo! Wool Soaker Group.  I used to spend hours while nursing in the early days reading all the knitting and off-topic advice on that group.  I had to quit it just to free up some time, when Claire became more mobile.  It’s interesting how close you can get on a Yahoo! group.  This one is a kind-hearted group and off-topic posts are okay if they are somehow related to mothering.  Heated discussions are usually ended by the moderator.  I decided to join back up because I missed all their chatter!