Thursday, October 22, 2009

Family Pictures

Aren't we adorable??!

My friend Maria at MJWatts Photography really has an eye for photos. She does some wonderful newborn and family photos that I am proud to post. Not to mention our child was crazy and exceedingly difficult to photograph as the day went on. We are lucky we have ANY family shots let alone good ones! He just loved the squirrels......

These were shot at the Jesuit Gardens at Creighton University. I love that place- makes me feel like a student again (I know- I'm still a student, but you know what I mean). These are my two favorites....

Thank you Maria!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Toddler Hat and Scarf *second try*

I was happy and sad all at the same time today.

The Land's End jacket I ordered for Jake arrived. It's so cute! Goosedown, sweet little pockets, spice brown, and on sale for $19.99! (originally $60! and free shipping!) What I didn't expect was the RED lining. Not blue. Not blue like the scarf I had already made to match. *sigh* Time to run to the fabric store again....

Well, I needed a hat too. My husband thinks the one I made is a little girly. It's not. It's so cute, but you will have to take my word for it. Jake is asleep (I craft at night) and he is not really happy about wearing it in the house. Again, I will have to post another picture later.

The scarf was not quite long enough (I was running out of minky) so I improvised with the brown tails. I still need to figure out how to put a big red button on there to hold the scarf on his little neck. I'm going to ask a girl at work about how to make button holes...or maybe ask her to do it for me! : )

Happy crafting all! Back to homework....

Nap-time Gift!

This is a first birthday gift for a very special little lady. I know her mom frequents the blog-world, but maybe this one will escape her...

The owl is felt. I googled owls and found lots of different ones to pattern. I'm surprised how easy this was to do- I might have to make more creatures (monsters?!) for Jake.

The blanket is made from the prettiest cotton fabric I could find at Hancock Fabrics. The ladies that cut my fabric and checked me out kept saying how great it looked. The inside is crushed penne. I love how the deep purple looks, but man oh man do I hate sewing with this stuff! It is slippery, silky, and as Grandma Schwartzer would have said "gutty." It started as a much bigger blanket, but ended up a decent size. I love it though- so pretty!
The third item is a set of Old Navy birdie pajamas. Those pjs rock. Jake has quite a few pair- you can't have to many. There is something about a little toddler running around in their "jammies" that just warms my heart!

Going to be a great first birthday! Wahoo!

Toddler Scarf *first try*

Well, it snowed here in Nebraska. In October. EARLY October. *sigh* Looks like this year is going to be a long winter. So while I wait for the coat I ordered Jake online, I thought I'd make him a scarf for the cold winter days that are approaching.

This scarf is made of blue fleece and brown minky. THe minky is so soft I thought he would love it. Yeah, no. He'd rather play than let mom try on his new scarf. I'll have to post pictures when he is actually wearing it.

If you are confused, the second scarf is really my second try. The first one was complete while I had quite a bit of wine with my girlfriends. Wine and zig-zags don't mix people. So I started over...

Can't wait to show you more!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Homemade Christmas- crayon roll *second try*

You can get a LOT done in five hours. For instance, I was able to clean my house, catch up on emails, do some school work, finish Luke's gift, make Jackson's, and work on Jake's. Yep you heard me. I got all that done in five hours.

So I want to take this moment to thank my tired toddler. Thank you Jake. That miracle nap was super productive. We could do that once a week and I wouldn't mind at all.....

This crayon roll went super fast. Having one under my belt really helped it work a lot smoother. I ditched the close-together crayon spots because of the curling problem I had earlier. Best to leave well enough alone. I think it makes a cute little gift with the crayons, stickers, and coloring books. Hope he likes it!

Congratulations Beth!

I don't know if you remember previous posts, but my first nursing cover, pacifier clips, and burp cloths went to Beth for her little boy. I was one of the hostesses and got to make the cake too. I'm not super excited about how it turned out, but it looked ok-good and tasted better. Thanks to my mom for occupying Jake while I baked & decorated.

The girls are (from left to right) Melissa, Beth (mommy), and Becky. GREAT friends from college.

My husband suggested this one

Yep. I'm a messy crafter. I like to think of it as an environment of creativity. But, with a toddler running around, I can't leave all my pins just laying around. Sooooooo, inspired by Make it and Love it's pin cushion design, I picked up a tea light holder at the dollar store. Then, I took some super glue, a scrap of white fabric, some stuffing (I have BAGS of it for the felt food), and about 10 minutes out of my day to throw it together.

I think it turned out pretty good. Not to mention, I know where all my pins are now. How handy!