Sunday, May 31, 2009

Perusing Fun

I found this great blog called Glitter, Vinyl and Thread while perusing the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaways this weekend. Look at these vinyl purses! Look familiar? I love making this kind of thing, too. I'm so inspired! I need to get out my crafting vinyl again. It's been way too long. (You know, like two months)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

My Baby's Sling

I love this baby sling. I have used it so much, and I get compliments on the sling all the time. I put the collage together when I posted these photos on Flickr a few months back before I started my blog. So I thought I would include them here. I had to put up some recent pictures of me using the sling to show how good it is for an older baby, too. Monkey Two is 12 months old now, and I always keep my sling handy. In fact, I even caught my husband using it last night (now that would have made a good picture. Darn). He had the baby more in the front, and they both looked very comfortable. And oh-so-stylish. I made the sling last year, copying a Hotsling. I highly recommend them! Disclaimer: I didn't take these pictures for my blog (in fact, I didn't take most of these), so they are completely natural pictures of my baby and me. And a cut out husband. Sorry for the unprofessionalness of it all.

I don't know if you can tell, but the sling is lined with brown on green Moda polka dots. I love this fabric, and used it on the baby's car seat cover as well (which I still haven't blogged yet). Usually the sling is not lined. I added that bit myself. I also cut it out on the bias since the real Hotslings are made with a thick, stretchy fabric. In these pictures Monkey Two is 2 to 4 months old.

Now that I've proved I would make an awesome hitchhiker, you can see how it works on the twelve month old Monkey. The seam usually goes on my shoulder, but I must have been in a hurry. The padding goes under the kid's legs in this hold.

And one more. Marito is cut out of the picture, but I don't think he'll mind.

So tell me: Don't you just wanna carry one of these cute little guys of your own? Oh, and the baby, too?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wedding Bow Ties for Little Boys!

These were for my sister-in-law's wedding last weekend. I must give credit to my sister, who helped me figure these out. Thanks, Bridey! Also thanks to my aunt Cynthia, who provided the entertainment (in the form of her I Love Lucy Season One DVDs) while I did the hand sewing until 2am.

Nine bow ties in three different sizes: four and six year olds (4), one and two year olds (4), and newborn (1). They match the groomsmen's ties and handkerchiefs. Actually, they were made out of some extra handkerchiefs. We only had to cut into three! And almost not even that. I decided to simplify the project by putting them on ribbons that tie around the collar and tuck in (instead of using hooks and eyes, velcro, elastic, or a combination).

My boys, sporting the bow ties at the wedding. (Monkey Two is making a funny face--he usually doesn't look that monkeylike)

Ah! Now I can cross those off of my to-make list!
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