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Finished Weekender Bag

3 Jun

I’m guilty of neglecting the blog again. This time I have a good reason. Our little family grew.
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And now here we are a little over 6 weeks later, a little more adjusted and sleeping a lot better. Having 3 kids is no joke! I knew it would be hard, but seriously, at the end of the day I sometimes feel like the kids won. It’s been an adjustment for everyone and we all act out in our own ways to the change in our family dynamics. For me it was the loss of “me” time. Breastfeeding really ties you to a newborn baby like nothing else. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE it, but you know, the boob could use a break every now and then. I’m thankful that Finnley nurses every 2-3 hours now as opposed to every hour during the day and once in the night. In fact, you could say that we are spoiled as we have already had an 8 1/2 hour sleep stretch and a 9 1/2 hour sleep stretch. During the “attached to mommys boob” early weeks I really missed my sewing machine. I missed creating. I finally told my hubby that I needed a break to sit down and do something for me before I went crazy, and this happened.
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The infamous Amy Butler Weekender. Some peeps over at Love by HandSew Lux, and Modern handcraft had a little sew along on Instagram and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to finally make this bag and do something for me. It’s my first time ever participating in a sew along and it was awesome. It’s wonderful watching the progress of everyone and getting little tips and encouragement. This bag was by far the hardest thing I have sewn so far and I am pretty damn proud of myself for finishing it with no tantrums thrown. A lot of muscle is involved in the final stages of this bag and my shoulders were sore for a day or so after. I did study up on this bag and read a ridiculous amount of blog posts on how to make the bag so I felt prepared for the battle ahead.

My two cents: GO SLOW. I never tried to rush at any point and during the “dreaded step 11c” I set my machine to stitch the slowest speed possible so that I didn’t accidentally stitch over a finger and I had more control. It really helped.  I took my time and enjoyed the process. Is it perfect? No. Do I love this beast of a bag? Hell yes!! I also lengthened my straps about 10 inches more and sewed down both sides of the handle all the way to the bottom of the bag to avoid the gap some had said the pattern creates. My piping is far from perfect-hey it’s my first time!-but I used fusible tape like many had suggested and had one less line of stitching to worry about showing through. I also added two zippered pockets and a clip to attach my keys to.
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That lining was to me the hardest part of the whole bag to make. I mean, hand stitch it in?? WTF. I had my head in there and upper body all in there trying to tack that thing down, which I had also never done before. It was a workout. I hated it in the moment but once I was done I was so happy with it and it was worth the struggle.  I’m glad I put in the extra zippered pocket in the lining and in the front pocket.
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And here’s a shot of the front.
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I love the way the mini swoon looks! The other side is the same and on the end pockets I made wonky star blocks. I really am proud of myself for making this bag and keeping up with the group of talented gals participating. There are some amazing bags that were made! I’m linking up over at Love by Hand. And here’s one more shot of the bag just because it’s awesome!

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Another Finished Road Trip Case!

3 Mar

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I finished Gavin’s Road Trip Case today!! I’m so proud of myself! This time I decided to try to machine stitch the binding down. It was my first time attempting this and while it will take some practice to make it perfect, I’m pretty happy with the results. I think this case needs to be sturdier and machine stitching the binding makes sense if these are for kids. Now I need to go and make myself one!

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I’m so happy with how these came out and the second one definitely came together in half the time it took me to make the first. I definitely learned some new skills sewing these up and it makes me so happy that the boys love their new cases.

 I read this article today on Facebook “Mommy, Somebody Needs You” and I had to share it here too. This really hit me hard. There are some days I want to pull my hair out in frustration, days I can barely keep my eyes open I’m so exhausted, and days when taking a shower and brushing my teeth are last on my mind as two little voices are telling me they’re hungry yet again. These days, right now, are so hard and full of constant need yet they truly are the most beautiful. Just today I was going to the bathroom when Gavin ran into the doorway and said “Mommy, I love you” and ran away back to what he was doing. There will be a day I will miss that. A couple days ago we had a thunderstorm which is extremely rare in Southern Cali and Gavin got so scared he would not let me move my arm from his grip. The simple act of my arm being around him and my hand in his was enough to make him feel like he was safe. There are days when Caleb comes up to me and just throws his arms around me and hugs me and looks into my eyes and tells me he loves me and I feel like I am complete. These moments go by so fast and often get overlooked by the temper tantrums, fights, the constant need for something-anything, that even in these moments I should just remember that this is what I have always wanted. This beautiful chaos. Motherhood. Some day there will be all the time in the world for me, but right now, I am loving that somebody needs ME.

#33weeks only 7 more to go!!  #pregnant #babynumber3 #readyornothescoming @readysetren

And next month we add to the beauty and chaos. I can’t wait.

Road Trip Case

26 Feb

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I bought this pattern a few weeks ago from Noodle-head.com  after I saw the post about it pop up on my Bloglovin feed. My boys are still at that age where they love having their mama sew things for them and I thought this would be perfect for road trips up North and a better way for the boys to keep their many drawing supplies together in a more organized way at home. As a bonus this pattern also came with the rights to sell finished cases! This was my first time sewing with Vinyl and I was a little nervous but using the vinyl foot my sewing machine came with made it so easy.

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Once I had everything cut and ready to sew it came together pretty fast. I’ve already started one for Gavin.

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Last night I quilted the outside and lining pieces and am hoping to get most of it put together tonight. While I was taking pictures of Caleb and his case Gavin kept trying to creep into the pictures so I told him to smile for me and got this little gem.

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 And now that the kids have been fed, showered-yes showered, they tell me they are done with baths because they are big boys now-and in bed I’m going to relax for a little bit and then get to sewing! But before I sign off for the night I’ll leave you with my 32 week belly shot, only this time Gavin my little photographer got my whole body! Yes, I do have a head!!

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Getting Ready For Baby

20 Feb

It seems that I have reached that point in my pregnancy where I am tired all the time again and could sleep for hours in the afternoon. Thankfully my hubby has been super supportive and understanding and sacrifices his own rest time so that I can get a little extra. Of course the end of pregnancy is when energy is down and there is the most to do! We have designated Sunday as Operation get ready for baby. I’ll be doing a ton of laundry, putting together the bassinet, making sure my breast pump still works, and making a list of the things we need. One thing I can cross of that need list is burp cloths. The other night I made 4 of them and was surprised with how fast they came together!

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I got the prints at my local fabric shop, Momen +, awhile ago during a remnant sale. I believe it’s a double gauze so it’s really soft and snuggly plus I backed it with what Joanns calls Soft N Comfy. I have some flannel I bought awhile ago when it went on super sale at Joanns that I plan on using to make a few more burp cloths. These days I really do love a fast easy project that I can whip up while dinner is being made. I’m gonna keep this one short tonight as my back is killing me. Earlier while I was putting something away in the pantry my cat ran ahead of me thinking I was going to feed her, got right under my feet and zigged when she should have zagged. I subbed my toes while trying not to step on her and fall and I think I may have just put a little too much stress on my back struggling to stay upright. So I’ll be spending the night relaxing waiting for my hubby to get home to massage it for me. Have a good night everyone!

6 More Weeks of Winter

5 Feb

My son came home from school the other day and informed me that the groundhog saw his shadow and we had 6 more weeks of winter. I kinda laughed because our weather this season has been anything but wintery. For weeks we had 80-90 degree weather while the rest of the country suffered through freezing temperatures. Finally last week it cooled down but I checked the forecast for the next week and it looks like we’ll be in the 80’s again! So Spring might be closer than that silly groundhog is predicting. To get in the mood I stitched up these.

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Sorry for the bad lighting, I came home after an 8 hour shift that started at 4am and crashed for 2 hours. I am so in love with these. I already have family snatching these up so I’ll be cutting some more of this fabric  tonight and prepping them for this weekend to stitch up. The support I’ve been receiving from my family and friends has been amazing. I’m so lucky to have people around me supporting my craft! I hope you’re all enjoying your week, I’m off to make a late-for us-dinner and get these little rascals of mine off to bed!

I’m back for real this time!

18 Feb

Well, hello again dear blog of mine. I took quite awhile off this time, but I assure you I was very busy. It all started after Halloween, trips to the in-laws, broken bones, hospital stays, botched holiday plans, Disneyland Annual Passes, school, work, and sewing. I think that covered it all. I also found during the holidays that planning events, outings, visits, working at the school, sewing up 2 quilts, and dealing with Caleb’s broken collar bone and then staying in the hospital for 3 days with Gavin who had pneumonia Christmas Eve to the day after Christmas, left very little room for blogging. Blogging was the last thing on my mind. And so now 3 1/2 months have passed and it’s time to get back to regular blogging. I’ve missed you. All 3 of you who read this blog. If you’re still with me, thank you for sticking around! I am going to try my hardest to actually blog regularly, of course I am at the mercy of my children so as long as they play nicely I can make a habit of this.

I just went into the kids room because they were awfully quiet-they’re supposed to be cleaning up-and what did I find??? They were drawing all over themselves with a pen. Caleb has ink all over his face and arms. Oi. I’m ready to put these little monsters to bed, kick my feet up, and catch up on Grey’s Anatomy. I better make the rest of this post fast. I leave you with a couple of things I’ve been sewing lately. More to come, I just didn’t have time to edit them all. See ya tomorrow!

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The quilt I made for my Mother-in-Law for Christmas

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