I've tried to get a better photo than this, but six-month-olds are just too floppy and squishy to model dresses. Oh, well. I love the Lisette print, and isn't it great that baby sewing usually takes less than a yard? The pattern, by the way, is the "Country Mouse" dress from the Autumn 2011 issue of Ottobre magazine. The bloomers came from Lotta Jansdotter's baby book, and I want to make dozens more of them.
Another set of Amy Butler Kimono PJs. I made these before Christmas, but she's just grown into them, and she will probably wear them three times before she grows right back out of them. Ah, they do grow too quickly, don't they? And not just for sewing purposes.
How many sets of these PJS have I made by now? Seven? Can't remember. Anyway, it's a great pattern. My only issue is that I always have to shorten the arms a bit. This time, I decided to just keep it all one print, rather than adding contrasting bits. It's different. I like it.
Must go. Jonah has climbed something and gotten himself stuck again. I can hear him wailing from the other room. Mom to the rescue...
I love living in Idaho. Even though the weather is crazy and the winter is long, Idaho just has this "feel" to it. I'm trying to figure out the best way to explain it, but how exactly do you describe home? Idaho feels big. The first thing you notice when you fly into Idaho is the space. I remember flying into the Pocatello airport after spending over a year near San Diego, where houses are piled on top of houses, and just being shocked at the space. Huge expanses of empty, open space. (OK, not technically empty. Most of it is farmland. But a lot of it is just straight nothing. In any case, Idaho is wide open.)
At the same time, it feels close, and homey. We know our neighbors and they know us. Not only do we know our neighbors here, but we know half of the people in the communities that surround us. We visited a church in a neighboring city last week and I laughed at how many people we knew, or that knew us, or that knew my parents. There were a couple of little old ladies there that knew exactly who I was because I look "just like my Grandma Shirley, with just a little twinkle of Grandpa Wayne." I laughed at that. Just a twinkle.
But, oh. The wind.
I HATE wind. I hate wind worse than any other sort of weather. And Idaho has an abundance of wind.
The kids have been a little wild lately. We all have cabin fever, and we're all ready for winter to be over. On top of that, we are adjusting to "Spring Forward," which was not planned by a mother. The more kids I have, the more I am convinced that DST was a bad idea to begin with. A mother would have known that it is always a bad idea to mess with the sleeping schedules of children, not to mention their mothers. Last night I was up on the hour, every hour, with one kid or another. When the 6:30 alarm rang, my first thought was "I'm up every hour, and now they expect me to get up an hour EARLIER? You've got to be joking." You can't make me Spring Forward. Except you can. I digress...
Anyway, the wind. If you wait for a wind-free day to go outside, you may as well just park it in your living room and plan for a long spring. So, yesterday, I bundled all three squirrely kids up and took them to the park. It was a good chance for Jonah to test out his new jacket. He calls this is "Jacket and Annie." We've been reading Magic Tree House books.
This is the Two-in-One Jacket from Sewing for Boys. There are so many books and patterns for little girls, and it's about time that someone came out with one for the men! It's books like this that make me wish I had endless time for sewing. You really could make a whole wardrobe for a boy out of this book. It's great. I only wish the patterns were sized big enough for that other weed of a kid who lives at my house!
The great thing about this pattern (besides the good instructions for welt pockets, which I had never done before) is that it's reversible! Jonah will look like a tiny, nerdy little professor with this plaid, but that was sortof the idea.
And he's off...
He doesn't stay in one place for long these days. Keeps me on my toes, this one.
I used to think I was a swaddling pro. My little burritos were totally baby-proof. No way those boys were breaking out of those things. But Sofie's latest funny game (besides the "let's see how many times I can get mom to cave and be my binky in the middle of the night" game) is to see how quickly she can completely bust out of her blankets. And then she lays there wailing because she's not all wrapped up and snuggly anymore, and when you go to rewrap her, she gives you this sad look like "Why aren't I snuggly?"
So then you rewrap her, and she busts free again...
Babies and their logic. Sheesh.
No longer. In the battle of wills between Sofie and I regarding whether or not I will be her binky, I always lose (never thought I would have to admit to losing any battle of wills with any of my insanely stubborn children, but I digress...), but this one, I win.
Because she will never, ever, ever bust out of this getup.
This is the Lotta Jansdotter Snuggler, from this book. (You can get the pattern for free right here!) It came together SO quickly! I keep seeing these things made with these really modern prints, and they look so great. So, I was looking for something along those lines when I was shopping for fabric. Turns out, though, that the mod thing just isn't me. So, funky cartoon flowers it is. The inside is a fuzzy cotton chenille, which is really nice.
She can't get her arms free no matter how much she squirms. Also, I predict she will grow out of this in about two weeks (I should have made this MONTHS ago!). But, I think she likes it.
And if Sofie sleeps through the night tonight, I am totally going to mail Lotta Jansdotter a giant box of cookies.
As you know, we've been getting allkindsofpress for the valentine crayons that we made several years back, all at a time when we've been trying to figure out what we wanted to do for Valentine's Day this year. Blog traffic is crazy. (Hello, new readers!)
So, you know, no pressure.
You all know that the crayons weren't originally my idea, right? I keep feeling like I need to point that out, like someone will think I am totally cheating if I don't.
But, whatever, we all know I'm totally cheating ALL THE TIME! I was talking to one of my friends last week (on facebook, of course, because everyone also knows that in real life I don't actually socialize with grownups), and she was being all nice and telling me I was amazing (thank you, but no...), and I said, "Leslie, (because that's her name), I'm sure you know that I only do all of this stuff to distract everyone from the fact that I am a complete disaster, right?"
So, there it is. I may have had you all fooled before (except for my mom), but now my secret is out. I am a mess. And, let me tell you a few things about why I am a mess... Wait, look, something sparkly over there!
But, no, seriously. I do love to make things. But I can't take credit for any of it, because I borrow almost every idea I have from elsewhere. There are so many great ideas out there! I am on inspiration overload all of the time. I will literally never have the time to make all of the things I see that I would love to create. I really, really, really love to make things. And I'm just thankful that someone else out there can come up with all of the ideas so that I can steal them! (Because I am handy with tools, and I am a quick learner, but I'm actually not all that creative.)
I was laughing at Ryan last night. We had recruited him to help put together Matthew's valentines for this year's school party, which he was thrilled about, as you can imagine. He's so into crafts, that Ryan. (Actually, he is more crafty than he will admit--last week he built a subwoofer, which is a story for another day...) And he said something like, "Someday, you are going to look back on this, and you are going to wonder why you spent so much time dreaming up complicated projects that second-graders will not appreciate."
And I was like, "No, I KNOW that second-graders will not appreciate it. But I also have this idea that someday my kids will all look back and remember that I spent time each year making something awesome with them instead of buying the same boring store-bought valentines that everyone else gives away."
So, it's not really about the finished project. It's about making memories. And that's the other reason why I do this stuff.
Though, I have to say, the finished project for 2012 is kindof cute...
And it is also another stolen idea! Thank you, Family Fun! You can even download the printable for the iPod face over there. (Our printer is worthless. If you make your own, I hope your iPod face prints out better than mine!)
We had a good time making these. It was a good opportunity to spend an hour teasing Matt about a girl he likes, because he was too busy manning the glue stick to run away.
I know. We're terrible.
But he knows what her favorite pencil is! How cute is that!?? Don't you remember those elementary school crushes, where you totally knew these obscure details about your friends? I don't even know what Ryan's favorite pencil is...
I did stop Ryan from writing extra hearts all over her valentine, which I'm sure would have caused some embarrassment, so I think I should at least get points for that.
And the cherry on top is that the same project is also being featured over at Glo Magazine today (along with a lot of other really great ideas from other bloggers)! If you are arriving here from there, welcome! Hope you enjoy reading about all the good times at the Petersen house and that you find something useful/funny/interesting while you are here!
All is well here. School was a good idea. At the very least, it gets me out of the house a couple of days a week, and I am learning all kinds of things about transvestites (yes, I'm serious) that I never knew before, so that's exciting. Today, I found myself sortof guiltily lingering in the Rendezvous building after class. It's so clean there... And quiet... And there is a starbucks, and there are Rugby girls selling cupcakes (did you know there were Rugby girls? I didn't!)... And it's SO quiet... I LOVE quiet.
I'm sure I will feel differently when midterms rolls around, but I'm enjoying having an excuse to hang out all by myself for a couple of hours here and there. But then, of course, I came home and had eighty-five reasons to laugh between 9:00 a.m. and naptime, which reminds me why I do this, why I stay home most of the time. Jonah's latest funny joke is to call whoever he can get on speed dial and announce to them, "Mommy's naked!" If you get a random phone call from my house, I can assure you that all my clothes are on, thank you very much. Still, I have to laugh. Sometimes, being a mom is so fun, even when your entire social network wonders if you have become a nudist.
In other news, I'm completely ready for January to be over. I am so done with dark and gloomy! It makes for sad blogging (which, you know, is the important thing...). I think I need to repaint my house all white on the inside, or something, because it's SO dark in here! This is my best case scenario...
Blegh. Gloomy. I hate January.
So, as far as this quilt goes, this is the best we could do.
Also, thank you to my very tall assistants. (And, yes, we have baby paraphernalia and clutter all over my house. We live here.)
Seriously, this is my favorite thing I've ever made. If I weren't so excited to mail it off to its recipient, I'd be sad to mail it off to its recipient. (I kindof want to keep it.) I have to say that this quilt was 50% inspired by Alicia Paulson. I recently saw a funny conversation on Facebook. I have this friend who knows how to do everything already (as in, she makes her own yogurt and knows how to match plaids). Anyway, she had a goal to learn to do something new this year, so she was asking us all what she should do. And someone suggested quilting, which led to a discussion on what is proper quilting and what isn't. Apparently, if you piece a quilt top, it is only proper to hand-quilt it, the old-fashioned way. Well, I've already done that, and it is NOT for me! So, thank you, Alicia, for giving us all permission to tie! Seriously, I was done with this in less than an hour, as opposed to the months-long "proper" quilt of doom. Also, I don't know if I would have been brave enough to try the random grabbing of pieces out of the scrap bin without her. The other 50% of inspiration credit goes to Denyse Schmidt, queen of wonk. I love wonk.
Even though I tied the quilt, I still handstitched the binding. I know there are ways to machine-stitch this on, but they all look overly-complicated, and I wouldn't trust myself to be able to sew them on straight. I love the look of hand-stitched binding. Plus, honestly, isn't it kindof nice to have a good excuse to curl up on the couch with a good movie for a little while? (I never have time to do that anymore.)
Well, that was fun. On to the next thing...
A random little tidbit of info. Next week (1/30, during the 9:00 hour, to be exact), there is a possibility that ChefMessy.com is going to be mentioned in passing on the Today show! And that's almost as good as being a celebrity, right? Haha. Well, if you're watching that morning, anyway, keep an eye out. It sounds like they are planning a fun segment - I was excited to be included.
Because, these days, a plain old blog photo isn't good enough, Jonah would like to help demonstrate a not-so-recent (actually from Christmas last year, and I just swiped them back so I could post them to Ravelry) project. Dialogue here is accurate and unembellished.
"You gots mittens? You gonna take a picture dese mittens?"
"I show you dese mittens. I puttem on."
"See? Look at that one!" (He says exactly this about pretty much everything.)
"Dese are nice mittens. Dey are cute mittens."
(And, yes, his hands are that grubby. We've been painting.)
"I show you so you take dis picture."
Thank you, Jonah. You are incredibly helpful, as always.
Since I have a million seams to press in the process of making these, I have been really enjoying one of my Christmas gifts from Ryan.
This thing? Best idea ever.
It's an ironing board, made from a TV tray. You plop it right next to your chair while you are sewing, and you are good to go. Cool, right? He used this tutorial, except he used thumb tacks instead of staples. Go, crafty Ryan. Handiest gift ever.