Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sweet Pea Pilot Cap

Sweet Pea Pilot Cap made by Momma.
Originally uploaded by Saunch09

I made some really adorable hats for Benjamin with some old sweatshirts. I used the pattern and tutorial from Meg McElwee's blog. She's from Durham!

I've got some secret projects in the works for Christmas and one of them even involves something knitted!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


My baby is one year old today!!! We plan to celebrate with some gingerbread cake later this evening when Daddy gets home from work. We are also going to celebrate at Grandma and Grandpa's house this weekend. Benjamin shares his birth week with Thom so it is the perfect time to take a weekend to relax and visit with his parents. We bought him a few little musical instruments, a wooden xylophone and recorder and a cute little thing that you hum into called a hum-a-zoo. His best gift of all, in my opinion, was a membership to Marbles. We can't get enough of that place!
Benjamin has recently transitioned to one long nap a day. By long, I mean 2-3 hrs! Yesterday I decided to try and get some sewing done. We bought some new curtains for the living room at Ikea but they needed to be shortened by a foot. It took me a long time to get it done and unfortunately they are uneven at the bottom. It happened that I didn't know the rule about measuring from the top instead of the factory-cut bottom and apparently Ikea didn't make the bottom hem very straight so I just shortened (unevenly) some already wonkity curtains. Oh well, I live and learn. I also made some washcloths from a baby towel since we have a million baby towels and for some reason our baby washcloths and bibs keep mildewing. I blame NC humidity. After finishing both of those things and still having some Momma time to do as I wished, I had the idea to use an old shirt that Thom decided to give to the thrift store and make Benjamin some romping around pants. I saw a link to this tutorial on the Wardrobe Refashion blog that looked so easy and creative. It took all of about 10 minutes work (spread out over an hour since I had someone wake up and pull at my ankles for most of it). I plan on making some more of these. They are so adorable and were so much fun to make. Here is the shirt before, well....not actually before but I put it back together after I realized I had forgotten to take a "before".
Instead of measuring Benjamin, I used a pair of pants that fit him now. I added 1" to the original size for seam allowance. See here:
I used the first cut out as a template for the other sleeve and sewed them together, right sides facing. I then turned down the waist 1", added some elastic and sewed it all together. I went over the seams with a zig-zag stitch to keep them from fraying. Here is the finished product:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sewing class and the unexpected vicodin slip-up.

** This will now be my only blog because Typepad won't let me sign into my other blog without reactivacting my FB account. (My own fault for using FB to sign into EVERYTHING).

I've been taking a sewing class at Durham Tech. I want to be able to say that the teacher is fantastic and I've been learning so much but all I can say so far is that she has been helpful a few times and for the most part we have been teaching ourselves by reading the pattern. First off, we are all making the same dress. I hate it. It is so not right for my body and I would never choosethis style for myself. After being bummed about that I decided that her job was going to be to teach me to make this style of dress fit my style of body. We finished putting most of it together yesterday and I was right, it's terrible. My dress is black cotton. It looks like I am making myself a habit. Possibly I can use it for a Halloween costume? I think most people use the nun costume to either be a pregnant one or a slutty one and my Halloween costume standards are just way too high for that.

Besides the horrible pattern, our teacher showed up about 50 minutes late for class last week and without even apologizing she gave this explanation. "Oh, I'm such a dummy today, my doctor gave me vicodin and I forgot which campus I was teaching at." Holy hell woman! She could have just used the "family emergency" excuse. I guess I have to give her some credit for not being a liar.

I have done a few refashions. I cut the feet out of Benjamin's pajamas all of the time because of my own sensory issues concerning feet (that counts, right?). Today I shortened a curtain intended for a french door so that we could use it on the small window in our living room door. So much sun comes in through that window that our living room is unbearable in the late afternoon. I turned a dress from H&M that was incredibly unflattering on the top into a skirt by cutting it and attaching an elastic waist. I used this tutorial for help. Unfortunately (for you, not me), I forgot to take a before picture. Here is the lovely after. Thom was nice enough to catch me professionally getting rid of a loose thread during our photo shoot. It's too funny not too include. 4968815170_e08795b42b


Now that I've gotten rid of that nasty facebook I will most likely have more time to sew, take pictures and possibly finish knitting a hat for my sweetie. I miss knitting, specifically while watching football. I also miss watching football. We decided to get rid of cable a while back and it's been so great but now that football is back, I miss me some Tom Brady.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Freddie & Ben
Originally uploaded by dogs & music

I think I've decided to keep this blog. If you know me at all you know that making decisions without going back and forth a million times is not one of my strong points.
I should be saying that as of this moment, I've decided to keep this blog. I like having a place to talk about being a Momma and sharing family news. I'll keep the other blog for my crafting disasters.
Just a quick little update on what we've been up to:
We spent the 4th of July at Thom's parents' house in VA and we had so much fun watching Benjamin get to know his Uncle Freddie and Aunt Denise and be loved immensely by the rest of his family. I'm so happy that Thom's parents live relatively close since my family is much farther away. We plan on going to PA in August after my niece has a baby. I'm going to be a GREAT AUNT!
Benjamin is crawling and climbing and standing and moving around like crazy! He is starting to reject me feeding him with a spoon and wants to do it all by himself. We've been giving him little finger foods like Cheerios and cut up banana. I'm going to make him some sweet potato fries in the oven tonight. Sweet potatoes are one of his favorites. We are pretty lucky that he hasn't rejected many foods and if he does, I just mix them in with sweet potatoes and he gobbles them up.
While we were in VA Benjamin went on his first boat ride. He was pretty tired, the lifejacket got on his nerves and I started to get motion sick so it was a short but fun ride. We didn't take him swimming in the lake because there were so many boats in the water that weekend and the waves were pretty rough against the dock. He has been swimming at Jordan Lake a few times and at the pool here in our neighborhood and much to my delight, he loves the water!
We also ventured out to Natural Bridge but when we got there we realized it is horribly commercial and they charge $18 a person to see it. You have to pay to go through the wax and toy museums and you don't get the choice of just seeing the bridge. Needless to say, we were pretty disappointed and ended up just taking a beautiful ride through the VA woods, some of it on the Blue Ridge Pkwy. Thom and I both love rural areas and we hope to some day live in the middle of nowhere, or at least somewhere that you can't see a neighbor out of every window.
Summer has been awesome so far, naps are plenty and the summer veggies from the farmer's market have been keeping us all happy!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Movin' and a groovin'

The Crawler
Originally uploaded by dogs & music

Quiet simply, my blog is moving to here...
Sewing and whatnot mostly.
I'll try and keep the whining to a minimum.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ya'll are brutalizing me.

It blows my mind that I don't hear more stories about people being scalped, blinded, de-throated, maimed or in some other way permanently scarred by 8 month old babies. They climb on you, pinch, bite, scratch, kick, pull hair and grind their knuckles into your eye sockets, among other things. All the while grunting and breathing heavy like some brutal invader. Yet, we choose to co-sleep and we've never given it a second thought. It's been so much fun having my sweet baby next to me while we rest. I hope I come out of this with two intact eyeballs.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Uno, dos...

Uno, dos...
Originally uploaded by Saunch09

Wow. I'm thanking my lucky stars I won't be getting bit in the nipple by those bad boys. So nursing didn't work out for us in the "end". We gave it our all and WAAAAAAY more. By "we" I of course mean all three of us. We're glad to have moved on and things have been getting more and more exciting everyday.
I'm thinking about my sewing machine again, probably because naps can be pretty long when someone is using up so much energy learning to crawl. I've taken the first step and cleaned off my sewing station. I'm thinking about some sort of sewing that can incorporate all of the beautiful colored thread that I have. Still haven't come up with anything and open to suggestions.
I'm so not a blogger.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Serious soothing gums business
Originally uploaded by Saunch09

I'll admit that I am the first person to bust a gut when someone takes a spill. I could nearly pee my pants watching those video compilations of people eating dirt and taking a random fence post to the crotch. I have witnessed some incredibly memorable falls in my time, some resulting in broken wrists, some in horribly scraped up elbows, some in concussions. I laughed at them all.
I fell with Benjamin about two weeks ago on a walk around our neighborhood. This particular spill...not so funny to me. I had him in the Moby wrap, facing me and my fall to the ground was more of a fast crumble. I stepped up into someone's yard because a car was coming and there aren't sidewalks through most of our little development. When I stepped back down my "bad" ankle gave out. Benjamin didn't get hurt and my right palm suffered all of what little damage there was. On my scurry back to our house the memories of my giggles after watching someone bite it haunted me, but I'll probably continue to laugh when I see someone fall. Karma shmarma.
In other news, take a look at that wonderful daddy in the above photo. He's incredibly serious about soothing those gums.