Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This post will have no pictures.

I do a lot of things all the time, very few of which warrant taking photos or blog posts. To be perfectly honest, even my best days rarely make for interesting reading. So here is just a list of all those things smooshed together.

1. I am absolutely obsessed with Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey. Like. Forget Game of Thrones – I need my Neil deGrasse Tyson in real time. Not that I even have HBO to watch GoT live anyway.

2. I have been sewing, but just a lot of things that I've already sewn before.

3. Elanor rolled over. Clara got bangs.  I didn't post their weekly pictures from last week yet but I did take some. And this is my blog so really nothing can ever be late.

4. Clara is just getting over a hellacious 10-12 days of high fevers and cough and sick an terribleness that I would not wish upon my worst enemy.

5. I have been planning a big event for my mommy group that takes up a good bit of time and gives me absolutely nothing in return except keeping the organization alive that keeps my sanity within reach.

6. I turn 30 on Sunday.

7. High waist jeans are a girl's best friend. Especially a girl with a flubby tummy due to having a couple of pretty babies.

8. Speaking of flubby tummies – I've been trying to do the Tracy Andersen post-preg workout as much as possible. By as much as possible I can get about 3/4 of it done like 3x a week. But hey -- it's something.

9. I'm going to see Kelly & Michael on Tuesday and am totally stoked.

10. I have been making a real effort to buy more quality/less quantity food. I go to the local butcher for meat and we've been trying to go to the actual bakery for bread (thats a tough one since fresh bread goes stale so quickly). Cannot wait for summer farmers markets.

So…. that's what's going on over here.

Friday, March 28, 2014

13/52 : Little Ladies

Clara // I got the paperwork to sign her up for preschool this week O.O
Elanor // I think is starting – slowly – to get at least one tooth. I ordered an amber teething necklace. Never used one with Clara but heard great things so thought I'd give it a try this time.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lullaby Layette -- All sewn up

I felt like Nathan and his Mario games -- always Day 1 purchase and Day 1 play -- I ordered this Lullaby Layette set from Oliver + S basically the second I saw it and as soon as it came in the mail (yes! a paper copy and everything!) I traced and cut and got my snap tool and got to work. I made 2 of the bodysuits at the same time and I absolutely adore how they came out.

And even though I said I'd sew from my stash I didn't. These two prints were on sale (the coral polka dot was a remnant for less than $2!) and I couldn't pass them up. 

And this is how she generally feels about Tummy Time (even with baby Anna):

And so close! But not yet:

I think the shirt will be next. And pants. And everything. As always -- so so pleased with Oliver + S. I always feel like an actually talented seamstress when I finish anything by her and so proud of my work. I think my husband could do without the "LOOK HOW NICE THIS LOOKS" after every step but whatever.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

10/52 & 11/52 : Little Ladies


Clara // getting ready for her first swim lesson. where she was amazing. and did wonderfully. and keeps talking about "swimmin' school" with "teacher derek" and "clara got wet!"
Elanor // just hangin' around.


Clara // testing out my new DIY quilted pillow cases
Elanor // modeling a metallic gold confetti dot boppy cover

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring Sewing for Baby

I missed my Little Ladies post this week – It was bound to happen. But I did take pictures, I'll just have to double up this week.

Anyway I'm posting because my most favorite pattern design ever has just released her Spring 2014 collection and I am actually giddy with excitement! I've fallen off track with sewing for my girls for a number of reasons -- first being it's cold and I like making dresses. Also I have been concentrating on sewing for the shop (need crib sheets? or a pretty personalized swaddle blanket? I do those things.)

So it's been freezing and I had a baby and I've been generally busy on other projects. But Spring is trying to be sprung and I am ready to make pretty little things.

Clara has very seriously taken to dressing in pink only, and she prefers costume-grade super tacky princess dress up dresses. Much to my chagrin.

However Elanor has no opinions and I can dress her like a doll for at least the next year or so.

I've committed myself to sewing from my stash -- at least for a little while -- but I can't help but window shop the pretty things that are coming out now that the weather is getting nicer.




I have at least one pregnant friend right now and lots of new babies everywhere I look so I'm sure I can make good use of the whole collection. It'll work for boys too -- I'm just inclined (for personal reasons) to be drawn toward pretty girl prints.

I actually bought the paper version of the pattern -- which is unheard of for me -- and I paid full price + shipping which I never, ever do. So that shows you how freaking excited I am about these.

Now I need recommendations for a snapper thing. Help?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

09/52 : Little Ladies

Clara // We have almost hit our cabin fever limit. Swimming starts next week. There is not enough coffee for this winter.

Elanor // I remember always having a terrible time getting Clara to look at the camera for me (even still she's a bit camera shy). Not with this gal -- total ham.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Something a little special for the little one

So for no reason other than I am essentially exhausted before I even get out of bed in the morning, my sweet darling Elanor has been getting the short end of the party-planning stick. For Clara's Baptism I designed my own invitations and made a bunch of tissue paper poufs (a la pinterest) and I had a menu and made a beautiful cake and yadda yadda.

I didn't even send invitations for this poor child :( I did, however, get my hair cut the day before so my blowout still looked good.

Momma-guilt got the best of me so I thought it would be nice to do something special for the thank you notes after her sorta-party.

Since I do have a decent-enough handle on Photoshop, I usually would create something myself and have it printed on cardstock at the UPS Store but let me tell you, I can see why people pay for this type of stuff. I ordered these from TinyPrints which I've used in the past for other projects. The paper is so nice and it has a simple design on the back and even the envelopes are nice. Is that weird? That I think the envelopes are nice? And with that pretty face on them, really, they're perfect.

I also picked up a personalized return address stamp. I've been using the free stickers from various random charities for far too long. The laurel design is pretty but not too girly so my husband won't be like "really? flowers?" so that's another perk.

You can get free shipping on orders over $49 right now too, which is easy to do. Code is FREESHIP49.


The Thank You notes & return address stamp were provided by Tiny Prints for my review. For blog sponsorship details, read on here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Custom Crib Sheets & Other Things

I've been making lots and lots of crib sheets and changing pad covers. They are so simple to make (and only a little tedious when threading the elastic through) and make such a huge difference in making a nursery more personal. I can't believe I didn't think to do this when Clara was small.

This is what happens when the big one photobombs the little one during a photo shoot.

This one is actually a custom order from my shop -- I always like to try my finished products on my mattress/pad at home to make sure it will fit right when it gets to its new home. Don't you just love that gold metallic dot? I'm pretty much obsessed with the Confetti Dot & Confetti Sparkle collections from Dear Stella. Every color is perfect.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

08/52 : Little Ladies

Clara // We've got a regular Princess Elsa/Princess Anna over here. She even sings the songs. And uses ice magic to build palaces.

Elanor // still doing a lot of the same lol