Saturday, November 30, 2013

Give Thanks

I'm  thankful for my family

This week, we celebrated Thanksgiving with lots of food, lots of family, and lots of gratitude lists. Our family has a tradition where we go around the dinner table and say what we're thankful for. However many years old we are, that's how many we must list. It's kind of fun and sometimes a little silly, but it's a great way to remember little things that we really do appreciate. I'm going to attempt to put my list here, but it may be different from what it was on Thursday...

1. Ashley
2. Elsie
3. Parents
4. Siblings
5. Friends
8. Jesus
9. Prayer
10. Love
11. Food
12. Clothes
13. Home
14. Showers
15. Toilets
16. Music
17. Water
18. Sunshine
19. Air
20. Cars
21. Teeth
22. Mountains
23. Family

Well, there it is. I could do many more if I tried. Lolly did 72! I challenge you to make your own gratitude list. It will make you smile.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Pumpkin Patch

Well, it's definitely fall. Today Grandmom and Elsie and I went to the pumpkin patch together. It was Elsie's AND Grandmom's first pumpkin patch experience.
 There was a corn pit. Elsie LOVED it. I found a few corn kernels in her shoes afterward.

 She was following this little boy around and trying to copy whatever he was doing.
 There was a little petting zoo. This is a teacup pig.
 This is definitely not a teacup pig. I think it was about 2700 pounds.
 Grandmom got in the corn pit with Elsie for a little while and watched Elsie rolling in it...
 She admitted to me that she thinks it would be lovely to roll around in there. But she didn't.
 Then she pulled Elsie in the wagon over to the pumpkins, where we/Elsie picked out a white pumpkin.

That was the end for us because Elsie was tired (and so was I).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Girl

I've got sunshine
on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside
I've got the month of May.

I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Hi Again

Well, it's been way too long! My sister has practically been begging me to update my blog. I guess I just haven't felt much like a blogger the past few months. You know, like the kind of person who just sits down and has awesome pictures and the perfect words to share with everyone. But that's no excuse. So here I am.


Elsie turned 1.
So I made her a ONEsie (haha),

And a birthday cake,

 Which she very cautiously bit into, and thoroughly enjoyed.

The next week we had Elsie's first birthday party! It was a cupcake theme. Get ready for an overload of pictures!

my homemade cupcakes

all set up before everyone arrived

You can see my sister from Washington on the right

The cutest smile

The smash cake

The smashed cake

Too much sugar

Elsie's favorite toy turned out to be this balloon


My little sister Sarah left on her mission to New Jersey!

Here she is with Elsie and Quinn (second cousins?)

And we had some family pictures taken

Then... Ashley, Elsie and I went to South Africa for a whole month! I think those pictures will have to come in another post. But it was great! It was Elsie's first time meeting Ash's family. Also, Ash and I spent our 2 year anniversary there. <3 Love you, babe!

Now it's bath time and then bed time. But before I leave, I must show you a picture of Elsie's hair!

It's curly!

Okay, two pictures. I did a ponytail in her hair today.

Monday, June 03, 2013

8 Teeth

This post isn't so much about Elsie's teeth as it is an update. Here she is. 2 days ago.

Elsie is now 11 1/2 months old.

She does have 8 teeth. And she looks so much less like a baby and so much more like a toddler now.

She walks everywhere now! I don't know if I ever mentioned that she had started taking steps here and there. But this past week, her preference changed from crawling to walking -- almost running!

She blows kisses

She claps her hands ( no video of this yet... )

She just figured out the whole finger pointing thing

And her hair is just barely long enough to do little pigtails. Not that it ever lasts more than 5 minutes

Also, can you tell I just started this whole instagram thing?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sew a Baby Dress With Me!

I've made another dress. And guess what. This time it fit! Woohoo!

She likes it!
Okay, before I start this tutorial, I should probably let you know, I am definitely not a professional seamstress. So be nice. I'm a beginner. (But that also means that if I can do it, so can you!)

This is what I started out with:

One X-large men's dress shirt, and one dress that fits Elsie
First, take the pocket off the shirt. Then cut two lines across the shirt. This will be the skirt.

Next, take that dress that fits your baby and trace the front bodice onto the fabric. Leave about 1/4"-1/2" all the way around for seam allowance.

It doesn't have to be perfect.
Pin and cut out 2. Fold the fabric in half so the sleeves are symmetrical.

You should be cutting through 4 layers of fabric.

It will look something like this.
Use what you just cut out (folded in half) to trace the back pieces. Pin and cut (should be 4 of these)

Add about an inch on the folded side and make the neck line a little higher.
I used the sleeves to make these back pieces.
I also used the sleeves to cut out the sleeves. That way you don't have to sew a hem. I don't have any exact measurements, but keep in mind, you can always cut it smaller if it's too big.

 This is how the sleeves look when I cut them. They are folded in half.
And now you have all the pieces cut out! Here's what they all look like.

Now it's time to start sewing!

I like to sew up the front so it won't unbutton.
Cut the back of the skirt and sew it from the bottom up, leaving a few inches. We'll come back to this later.

Sew right sides together. This fabric was the same on either side, though.
Hem the bottom of the skirt.

Pin and sew (both the lining and outer layer) the bodice pieces together.

I used the piece of fabric with the ugly marks from the pocket as the lining.
Sew 1/4 inch seam
Now you will have 2 identical pieces sewn
Now you will sew on the sleeves.

Make large stitches along the curved side of the sleeve and gather.

Then sew the smaller ends. Right sides together.
This next part is a little bit difficult to show you, but I'll do my best to explain the pictures.

This is the outer layer with the sleeve pinned to the arm hole. Right sides together.
I realized after sewing the sleeve on that I forgot to sew the lining on as well. Basically, you want both right sides facing the sleeve so all the raw edges will be hidden.

The outer layer is on the left, the lining is on the right.
Now, for the other sleeve, I lined up where I wanted it to go and just pinned it in a similar way to the first sleeve, with the right sides of each layer facing the sleeve. You sort of have to push the lining through the sleeve. Hard to explain, but you will understand when you get there.

Lining up the sleeve.

Now you will have the lining and the outer layer sewn together by the sleeves.
Turn this inside out (everything will kind of be stuffed in the shoulder area), and sew the neck line and down the back where the buttons will be. Do NOT sew the bottom.

Sewing the neckline
Clip the corners of the neck line so it will lay flat when you turn it right side out.

Whew! The hard part is done!
Now all you have to do is sew on the skirt and the button (& button holes). Skirt first:

Gathering the skirt

Pinned to the bodice. Right sides together.

Sew them together!
Done! Let your cutie wear that dress!