Monday, August 19, 2013

Baby Sewing

My friend had a baby and last week I had the chance to go to Washington to visit with them and I sewed up a storm during nap times and in between snuggling the little one.

I haven't bought any patterns and have been using Pinterest exclusively for patterns/tutorials. It's been pretty successful thus far. Here is my run down.

Itty Bitty Dress: Rae was not lying when she said it was itty bitty. I sewed it in an afternoon, it was super simple. I even made it reversible. Then we tried it on the baby and it hardly fit. She looked visibly uncomfortable and was crying so we took it off. It was quite humorous. She is growing so fast! I figure the dress will fit a little doll. If you make this dress either size it up, or make it for the baby to wear home from the hospital. I also think making it reversible helped the sizing issue. It is awfully cute and easy. I'd make another, but in a bigger size. Lorelei hung the dress on a mini hanger in the baby's room for decoration.

Baby Bibs: I didn't use a pattern, I just traced a preexisting bib. I hate sewing snaps so I used velcro. Worked well, and I sewed these in no time at all.

Baby Car Seat Blanket: This was pretty easy to sew as well. I didn't add the hood so it could fit a little baby and a bigger baby. I really like the color combinations, and realized that I had bought this same pattern in cotton for an apron a year or so ago. Very easy to follow tutorial, I approve.

Quick Change Trousers: Am I the only one who laughs when someone says trousers? It sounds like such an old fashioned word, like slacks. These are from the book Handmade Beginnings. The pattern says to make the pants reversible but I didn't have enough coordinating fabric, so they're only one sided. But they are pretty cute.

 That's the sewing I've done over the last week and a half. I had such a good visit.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Painting; The Month Long Process

It took us almost an entire month but Charlie and I are finally done (at least I hope) painting the house. My main goal was to finish the painting before we got the rebate back for the paint. We were successful, but that could be due to the fact that I just sent in the rebate last week, oh well, it's done. 

Since painting the house wasn't enough painting I also painted the cement foundation. I didn't like the look of the black sealant. 

Yesterday we were able to finish this side of the house, the scary tall side. It doesn't look really tall, but it is. If only ladders were easier to climb up and down, and not so shaky, and not so high. It also doesn't help that I have fallen off of a ladder not once but twice. My motto was; "Coat it thick and don't look down." I told Charlie the next time we paint the house I plan to be 8 months pregnant so I won't have to do it. 
Those two pictures didn't make it look scary enough so I took another picture. Scared now? Can you tell which part of the house we are both too scared to paint and therefore are going to pretend doesn't exist? I'll tell you at the end. 

This side was also scary. Luckily yesterday I only had to paint the cement.

You'd think I'd be sick of painting, but I'm not (rolls eyes) I still have to paint this shed. Isn't she a beauty?
I might even get around to taking the pine needles off of the roof. We'll see.

If you actually read this far the answer the the question is:
Luckily the paint color we spent an hour picking out, was the exact color the house already was, so you can't tell that we didn't paint that part. If you can tell you have two options 1. Come paint it for us, or 2. Don't say anything about it lest you hear my wrath.

Just kidding.

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