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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ladybug Towel

I took a short break from making Christmas presents to make a cute little ladybug hooded towel for a girl in my church who also lives a few doors down from me. I didn't know her at all until a few weeks ago. But when I heard about her situation I got her number and called her up (something I don't usually do because I'm rather quiet) but I decided I wanted to make her and her husband dinner once a week in the effort of getting to know them. So every Tuesday I would walk the two doors down and bring them a hot dinner so her husband could have a break at least once a week.

I guess I should tell the story....

She is on strict bed rest until she delivers her baby. She isn't due until the middle of January. When I first heard about her struggles with pregnancy I instantly felt like I wanted to help somehow.  She lost her first baby over a year ago before we moved on the block and then in July around the time I delivered Jack, she was pregnant with twins and lost one of the girls. She has been on bed rest since that time and was in the hospital for a few months. She was able to come home in October but had to be on strict bed rest. I can't imagine the struggles she has gone through. I would actually look forward to every Tuesday. You always think the struggles you face are so difficult until you meet someone else fighting a harder battle.

As I was planning dinner for that Tuesday night I got a call from her telling me she hoped I didn't start on dinner yet because she was in the hospital. The doctor decided they needed to take the baby since she wasn't growing properly. She delivered a 3 pound baby girl, and they are both doing well!

She is having a baby shower this week and I tried to think of a gift. I usually give burpies and pacifier leashes but I wanted to venture out and do something new! For some reason I wanted to make a ladybug towel and I scanned blogs to see if I could find a tutorial, unfortunately I couldn't find one anywhere. I only found an etsy shop where they sell for $40! So I came up with the idea myself!

 Here are my supplies, there are so many tutorials out there for hooded towels, but here is one for a cute ladybug!
- 1 bath towel
- 1 hand towel
- black felt
- white scrap towel pieces
-coordinating thread

 I'm not detailing every little step because I'm sure most of you know how to do this! If not there is plenty of help out there. Cut out the sizes you want for your eyes and pin to towel.

 I cut 7 black circles out of felt and pined and sewed to back of towel.

I zigzagged the eyes on to hopefully prevent fraying of the white towel.

 Make sure you sew very slowly when attaching the hood to the towel, it gets pretty tricky going through so many layers.

 Here she is!

 All I have are boys, so my little one here is modeling the towel. He didn't want to take it off!

I just realized I didn't get a good picture of the antenne, but I just used felt and tied knots at the top and hand sewed them to the hood.

Off he goes!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Cute and easy pumpkins

Alot of you remember this post from You Craft Me Up. The second I saw these pumpkins I knew I had to make them. However, I'm not living in Utah and couldn't hop on over to her craft night. Hopefully someday I will be living there and can attend! (Never thought I'd say that)

I was so nervous about going to Home Depot and asking them to cut my wood. On my way to the lumber section I ran into an older man i used to work with and he asked me what I was doing at Home Depot on a Saturday morning. I said, getting some wood cut for these pumpkins I'm making. He just laughed. Luckily the folks there are so nice and didn't question why a lady with a baby needed 4x4 wood cut into different lengths. a month later the wood was still sitting in my garage. Little baby was less than willing to let me do anything other than cuddle with him.

 I didn't take a before picture, but I'm sure you can imagine wood without grooves. 

 My mess

You need some sunglasses to look directly at these pumpkins!  Wish it was a little more dull.

This week has been a turning point. Little baby can now lay on the floor and he has begun to grab toys! I am even getting him on a nap schedule and I can get stuff done! I'm so excited. I started chiseling away at the wood to make the cool grooves, painted them orange (a little brighter than I like), nailed the tree stems to the tops and put them out by my front door. I think next year I'll make the sign to go with them, I just wanted to at least have them on display for the last two weeks of November.

I am so so happy with how they turned out! And on my first try. They are super easy to make, it does take some time to chisel away the wood, but that step is so crucial to making them look crafty instead of blocky.

Halloween.... alittle late.

i have a problem with not writing up posts for all the things I've been doing lately. I finally feel like I can get back to crafting and sewing now that my little one is 3 and a half months old. Before he was constantly demanding my attention and my 2 and a half was going through transition with a new baby in the house. Well I'm so happy to announce I'm BACK! I'm so excited to get back into the crafty blogging community! it's been too long! I don't know where to start first!

Halloween this year was a big success. My 2 year old was a mad scientist and a very happy one too. Every year we trick-or-treat at my husband's work. The employees extensively decorate their areas and all the children walk through and get candy. This year was really the first year Ian was old enough to walk through it and not be scared and was looking at everything. I made his white lab coat out of one of my husband's old church shirts. He wore his geeky glasses, made from his sunglasses that he broke one of the lenses out of. He also had an empty soda bottle with two glow sticks inside to look like a concoction. I was afraid a liquid would be too heavy and annoying for him to carry around.

My little 3 month old was a Jack in the box. I was perfectly content with him being an old Navy store bought frog since I'm trying to make my life stress free and not striving to be perfect for a baby who will not remember anything about this day..... but I couldn't do it. I had to make the perfect costume for him, after all, when his big brother celebrated his first Halloween I made his costume. My little Jack did way better than I thought. He LOVED sitting in his little box and even almost fell asleep. People didn't even realize he was a real baby until they looked again at him.

Both costumes cost less than $2 each. I used alot of things I already had on hand. They turned out way better than I expected. My goal next year is to plan their costumes at least a month ahead of time. I made both in just 3 days. That was a little too stressful.