I am a wife to the most amazing husband of 11 years. Mom to three very busy boys and 1 little girl. Samuel 8, Josiah 6, Caleb 4 and baby Elisabeth 2. I believe the more natural the better in all things. I babywear, breastfeed, make my own cloth diapers, EC (elimination communication) and enjoy homeschooling Samuel and Josiah. I love to sew anything I can get my hands on. This blog will be what little I know about the things I'm most passionate about. So from unassisted pregnancy and birth to projects around the house. This is my life.
We are just settling in from a wonderful vacation at Edisto Beach! My whole family gets a house together every year for a whole WEEK! This year we had 18 people! It's always a crowd anytime my family does anything, but that's the fun of it (most of the time) :o)
This was Josiah's permanent look the whole week. He wasn't a big fan of the wind :o)
He was a really good sport though, and did start having (more) fun the last day or so.
I love how Samuel does his best to get into every picture possible.
This was about the fourth day and Josiah would play just as far as he could reach :o)
This is a very typical first-thing-in-the-morning picture of Caleb going potty :o)
Dad and Pasha working on one of the puzzles that were completed that week.
and Samuel having some iPhone time.
The only sewing project I made any progress on was reading half of The Idiot's Guide To Sewing. I've had it for about a year but never really spent much time going through the whole thing. It is a very informative book, and I would say it's definitely worth the time it takes reading it!
Everyone had a great time relaxing and just being together without having anything to do but just that.
So now vacation is over and I know I HAVE to start seriously working on the boys' quilts or they will never be ready in time. I tried a few different ways to applique the pieces on, but settled for a machine zig-zag stitch to get the job done in the shortest amount of time. I really like the look of hand-stitching the pieces in place, but after 5 pieces and about 2 hours I decided to try another way. I still like the look of doing it by hand better, but I'm happy with the zig-zag (and it will save me so much time!) So far I have 3 tractors
and 3 taxi's finished,
and it took me 3 days, so I'm feeling better about my time. And I have some ideas for everyone else's Christmas presents that are fun but should be pretty quick projects. So 3 1/2 months and counting... that's just CRAZY!!!! Its going to come sooo fast and right after Christmas Caleb turns 1. I was just telling a friend that I'm going to go ahead and start crying about that now because it's going by way too fast!!! I love seeing my boys grow and do new things, but I wish they would stay little just a little bit longer :o(
P.S. Caleb said momma this week :o) Some things about them getting bigger are good!
If I start now and don't stop for even a minute until Christmas maybe I'll finish 3 of these in time :o)
Think I can do it??? I'm sure gonna try!
This was a pattern that my mom got sometime in the 80's, but she was busy homeschooling and never got around to making this for my brothers, so she gave it to me a while back when she was cleaning out some stuff and I stuck it back for sometime later. I have thought about it from time to time, but it was never in front of me, so it was always just a thought until I did my organizing last week and decided now is the time if I ever want to get it done. I also thought that I'd better do it now before we have another boy and then I'll have to make 4 :o)
I'm not pregnant by the way, but I guess I just assume that we'll have boys for a while. I could be wrong and I already told Tim that the day we have a girl I need more money and a sewing room because I plan on sewing all day from that point on!!!! Sewing boy stuff is fun, but I'm sure it will be nothing compared to all the lace and frills that I have waiting on me!
Anyway, I just figure we'll never have less than the 3 boys we have now, so I should hurry up and do this before I have less time.
I need 60 12x13 inch squares of muslin for all 3 quilts (20 per quilt), and after Tim helped me with my math we came up with 7 yards at 45 inches wide. That gave a little room for it to shrink in the wash before cutting and it was perfect! Good thing I was very careful cutting, because there was no extra.
I had seen the muslin for $1.99 a yard, so I was planning on $15. But it was on sale so it was about $9 :o)
I can't wait to get started on these!
I love the tractor and think all the hand quilting will give such a nice touch!
Because I had already planned on $15 I thought it was only right for me to have a quick look around ( because Tim was with the boys waiting on me in the car) and I saw a .50 cents a yard table with this pretty yellow flower gauze. So I couldn't help but get 6 yards when it only cost $3 right? I'm thinking summer jammies shorts shirt robe maybe pants too or use whatever's left and make my own piping for pillows in my room :o)
I can't remember the last time (if ever) that I got 6 yards of something. It's usually just a yard here and there and I put stuff together at some point, so this is quite the occasion! And I got some interfacing, and my total was still only $14!