Tuesday, January 28, 2014

kids clothes week day 1: baby leggings

Technically today is the end of day 2 of Kids Clothes Week, but I'm showing what I made yesterday so I'm pretty sure all these posts will be a day behind or so.

I made leggings last night (and this afternoon).  I have so many leggings patterns, this is the first I've tried.  Such a quick and satisfying project...unless you forget to buy enough elastic like I did...oops...

Anyway, I made this striped pair from the sleeves of a shirt I had that got into some unfriendly accident in the washer and ended up all bizarrely stained, but the sleeve pants (slants?) turned out great.  They are quite long on Sam but that's fine since they'll probably be pajamas for the most part anyway.

Then I made this pair of 6-9 month leggings from this pattern from Brindille and Twig.  Pretty much revolutionized the way I put in elastic.  No joke.

I made two pairs that I didn't have elastic for until we went to buy some more this morning.  They are size 9-12 months, because that's primarily what Sam is wearing these days, she's growing so fast! Besides this strawberry patterned pair, there is a purple polka dotted pair I'll show you tomorrow (She's sleeping in those right now).

I found that these, even sized at 9-12 months, were super tight around the calves.  The 6-9 month pair wouldn't even fit over her knees... Maybe Sam just has super muscles, or chunky legs, but next time I make these (which will probably be soon), I'll use the 9-12 size, and cut at least another 1/4 inch around the pattern piece to make sure there's a tad more room in there.  The good news is they fit perfectly over her bum, and with the cloth diapers she has a big one.  It's so cute.  Anyway, other than that tiny fit issue, I loved these.  Definitely worth the adjustment.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

a swap

Recently (close to a month ago now...?) I did a trade with Marika through Instagram for a pair of these adorable baby booties she makes and sells here for a grey polka dot flannel scarf that I made.

Sam has worn these almost nonstop since they arrived, and I LOVE that they stay on.  Seriously.  They are pretty darn good.  Our kids always seem to have extra long or extra slippery feet and usually can't keep socks or any kind of footwear on until they're walking so these are a welcome relief for that problem.

I'm going to try making my own soon but doubt they'll be as cute as these!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Felt Bows

I caught this through Pinterest, but you can find the tutorial here from Oliver and S so you know it'll be good. 
I had some leftover wool felt from making the stuffed lambs (almost done with those) and decided this would be the perfect way to use it.
Aren't they sweet? 
Luckily I have two little ladies with luscious heads of hair but even they don't need this many bows. 
I put the rest into my Etsy shop so you can go take a look.  I'll definitely be making more of these in more colors very soon!
I also wanted to mention, the pattern template printed regularly gets you the large bows. My husband figured out how to get it to print on half a page and that's how I got the smaller size. Either way they turn out amazing!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In 2014 I want to...


...be intentional

...organize, get rid of clutter and be mindful of what we add to our home and schedule

...explore and create with my kids (a little bit of homeschooling and good old family time)

...finish (books, quilts, cross stitch projects...the laundry...everything)

...use what I have first

...savor things (2013 seemed rushed and while it was a great year, I felt like we were always hurrying towards something.  I want to soak up every bit of 2014)

...read more.  At least 1 book per month. (I already have a nice pile to keep me busy - will share soon)

...keep track...of everything that deserves or requires recording

...DO more and make fewer lists about what I plan to do

...write (here, in my journal, with my kids, snail mail, start the novel I've been too chicken to start)

...be a better example of service

...take care of my body (eat whole foods, exercise regularly, get more sleep, drink more water - pretty much an always goal for me) 

...be more selective about the things I begin (do I really like it/want to do it? Or do I feel obligated?)

...less screen time (phone, computer, tv, the list goes on.  I love the progress and convenience technology brings.  I want to be more mindful that I don't waste too much time on these devices that I'm missing out on other things.)

There are some lofty goals here but I have big ideas, and big hopes for 2014.  

I love a blank year.  So full of potential! 

xoxo - Marian