December 30, 2013
1. I birthed a baby: my sweet Andrea will be 1 year old on Thursday!!
2. My niece Molly's blanket
3. We did a winter garden this year and it was super successful!
4. I've made lots of progress on those hexies. I will finish it in 2014.
5. I made about 3 sets of these car seat strap covers for the girls. Super easy.
6. Audrey's dress for her second birthday.
7. Audrey's doll's dress.
8. Andrea's dress.
9. Andrea's bloomers.
10. Vera's blanket.
11. Audrey's 2nd birthday cake and party decorations.
12. Starting with August, I made new shirts for Andi's monthly photo shoots.
13. September shirt.
14. October shirt.
15. November shirt.
16. December shirt. (I also made one for Audrey).
There are a few things I didn't include, like the 4 sets of hooded towels I made out of necessity for the girls. And the starts of quilts that still need attention. I actually hope to finish a cheater quilt by tomorrow for a baby shower, so that'll get squeezed in before the end of the year.
The coolest part of my crafting is that I conquered some pretty big garment-making fears and made dresses for my girls. Yay!
The sad part of all this, which will be remedied in the new year, is that I did not make a true quilt this year. Blankets, yes. Quilts, no. So sad.
Thankfully, I have resolved to make quilts for my 2 girls, and oh my goodness EVERYONE I KNOW is getting pregnant. Lots of quick baby quilts coming to a blog near you.
Here's to a happy 2014!
Posted by Abby at 4:44 PM
September 22, 2013
August 28, 2013
There's nothing worse than trying to wrap up a wet, squiggly baby with a small, poorly absorbing towel. Am I right? One of the best gifts we received were some beautiful hooded towels adorned with ribbon and lace and embroidery. As pretty and fancy as they are, I really just needed more big, fluffy hooded towels to get the job done once Audrey got too big for her baby towels. So I ran to Walmart, bought two bath towels and one hand towel and made up some big girl towels for Audrey.
With two little girls at bath time now, I've needed to make some more hooded towels, so I took pictures as I went in case you'd like to make some, too!
What you need:
2 full size bath towels
1 hand towel
1. Fold your hand towel in half like a hamburger (not a hot dog...) and cut it into 2 halves.
4. Find the center of the towel (long-wise) and the center of the bottom of the hood and pin them together with about 1 inch overlapping. Make sure the pretty side of the bath towel is facing you and the back of the hood faces you, too. I like the overlap because it gives some strength to the joined towels.
5. Using a zig zag stitch, sew along the four sides of the rectangle created by the joining of the hood and towel with the 1" overlap.
You can always pretty these up with trim or fabric!
I found these fluffy striped bath towels at Walmart and bought a bath towel and hand towel of each color so they could each have the stripes. There was plenty of towel left over to make a couple of bath mitts to add to our wash cloth collection!
1. Fold the towel in half with right sides together and trace your hand with a fabric marker. Be sure to add a 1" seam allowance and flare out quite a bit at the wrist to give your hand room to go in.
August 23, 2013
August 21, 2013
In preparation for potty training, I read countless articles and stories and talked to moms about their experiences and just knew that we would be able to train our bright, mature, sweet little 23 month old in 3 days like everybody else and their kid.
It didn't work. And that's ok.
I just wanted to put that out there for any other mom who was (or is) all gunned up about training their bright, mature kiddo, and finds that it just wasn't the right time. She had all the signs that said she was ready, but really, she wasn't.
It was hard to stop. We gave it a good 6 days before putting the diapers back on. We had 2 successes, but not enough to keep going, and not enough communication that she really understood what "needing to go" felt like. We did a combination of methods with the main goal of getting her on the potty as fast as possible when she started peeing and praise her and reward her for getting it in the potty. It didn't work. She started to hold it, which means she can control it, but just wouldn't try to get to the potty. AT. ALL. She would pee on the floor 1 foot away from the little potty.
So, take heart. If you have to put the diapers back on, it's not the end of the world. Since then, she is waaaay more aware of what is going on down there and will even "watch" as she tee-tees in her diaper. She knows when she's pooped and doesn't like the feeling or the smell. She'll go in her potty if she needs to before bath time, even. She has lots and lots of signs that she's ready, but I just don't think she's ready...yet. We still talk about it and encourage it and let her sit on that potty whenever she wants...and we reward her : ) Still training, just not formally.