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Baby Sewing

Thank You for all the birthday love for our little FinallyAGirl.  We sure had a fun birthday weekend and I wish we could do it all again!  Sadly, the little family is moving to Utah this week — they’re in the middle of the move as we speak.  The U-Haul full of goods is somewhere in Wyoming, FinallyAGirl and her Mummy are flying today, and the Girls Roadtrip Car Brigade (that’s MyDadLovesMeBestSister, MeMum and I) will be leaving soon.  I LOVE a good Roadtrip, so I can’t wait!

As I mentioned in my last post, I made some clothes for FinallyAGirl for her first birthday.  In the rush of getting everything done, there wasn’t time to get any pictures of her actually IN her new clothes, but I’ll be working on that in the next week or two.  In the meantime, here’s all my fun sewing:

I made two little dresses/tops and two rompers.  Here’s the first dress — a little ruffly, girly sundress.  The pattern is Elyse by Bonnie Blue Designs and the fabrics are Sarah Jane’s Summer Garden Bloom and the Japanese honeycomb dots in pink.

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This is a super easy pattern — although, with all those ruffles, not particularly quick.  I do love a cute little ruffle-butt though!

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For the other little dress, I wanted something fairly simple-looking.  I had a white linen blend in my stash and I teamed it up with the Spechler Vogel Pima Cotton Classic 1/32″ Check in Red from my little etsy shop.

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I embroidered these little red and blue flowers at the pleats and then gave them a tiny button center.  (The instructions for these flowers are contained in the Blair romper pattern mentioned below.)

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The pattern is Butterick 3405 and I had to make a little Purl Soho sunbonnet to match.  FinallyAGirl will be living in the land of sunshine-all-the-time, so she’ll need a little face/eye protection.  We LOVE those Purl Soho bonnets!

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SweetiePie will probably not thank me for having buttons all the way down the back — FinallyAGirl is a wiggly little baby — she doesn’t have time for dressing as it interferes with play time!  Hopefully a little flag ribbon and stamp at the side seams will make up for it ;-D.

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After dresses, I made two little rompers — we LOVE babies in rompers !  The first little romper came from a free pattern that was included with the Summer 2016 issue of Classic Sewing Magazine.   It’s called the Blair Romper and I very unimaginatively used the same fabric that they used in the magazine – Liberty of London Phoebe in pink and aqua.  There are four white flower buttons at the shoulders, but I had to wait to put them on until I had a rough idea of where to place them.  FinallyAGirl will have a little growing room in this bubble.

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I’ve saved my favorite for last ;-DDDD.  This little bubble is from a downloadable Australian pattern (of course!) — the Rose Bud Romper by Felicity Sewing Patterns.  I LOVE this cute pattern and the instructions were very detailed and easy to follow.  The straps are just pinned to the hanger in this picture, but they’ll actually be tied into cute bows on the baby’s shoulders.  The fabric is Liberty of London Felicite in Pink and Blue.

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Another sunbonnet and ruffle-butt!  I can’t wait to see FinallyAGirl wearing this little outfit.

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So, Grandma got a little carried away this time.  Can you tell that after only boys, I’m having a great time sewing for a little girl LOL???  Ok — must run — lots to do! Have a wonderful weekend!!!
XOXO,
Anna

A Birthday Party

Ya Know. {Sigh.} These gaps between posting seem to be getting looonger! And I keep thinking things will slow down a little more. Really, I keep telling myself, they will. We’ve been in a swirl of activity with the kids this month as they get ready for their big move out west AND the big one-year-old birthday — this week!

You may remember last summer I posted this picture of our little cherub shortly after she was born.

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And this weekend, we took a follow-up picture. Our little princess has GROWN! And how different it was to take her picture now. It was a hurried affair trying to keep her happy — she didn’t like being up on that pile of “matresses”. We were in such a hurry that we forgot to make the bed properly LOL!

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We had a little family birthday party for her this weekend too. LOTS of pink and lots of fun.

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I was in Columbus, Ohio last weekend and I found these darling birthday party hats. When I saw they were made to look like Liberty fabric, of course, we had to have them.

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Aren’t they cute???

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We had a traditional little birthday party — but without the games haha.  We ate lunch and then had cake and ice cream.  We had a little smash cake for FinallyAGirl, but, having never had any sugar, she wasn’t really sure about the whole cake and frosting thing.  (It didn’t help either, that she’d just had a very large lunch and wasn’t hungry at all.)  I think the sugar confusion was enough at one point for her to see if maybe those cute balloons might taste really good too LOL!

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We had lots of fun and it was so sweet for our family members to give up part of their Father’s Day to join us.  We took lots of pictures (because that’s what you do to get a few that you love.  ;-) )

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I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed.  We adore our little FinallyAGirl — she’s such a sweet little cutie and she knows just how to melt her Grammy’s heart — which she did rather effectively several times this weekend.  What a fun, wonderful year we’ve had (and I’m betting even her sleep deprived parents would say the same thing!  ;-D )

XOXO,
Anna

P.S. This Grandma did some sewing for her little cherub and when I get some pictures organized, I’ll post all about it.

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Three Things

1. Yipee! We have a finish over here! FinallyAGirl’s little spring bunny dress is all smocked and done. It would have been nice to have finished it by Easter, but we had a little unplanned hospital time with TheManoftheHouse, so there were other priorities. It’s all good though — little bunnies are just as happy in the spring and summer as they are at Easter!

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I purchased my patterns online at The Children’s Corner Store. The dress pattern is Lee and the pattern for the smocking is Baby Bunnies. There are kits available, but I had my own fabric — the pink 1/64″ pima cotton microcheck that is available in my little etsy shop. I love this teeny little check — it’s so sweet and it was a dream to smock.

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I put my favorite little flower buttons on the back and added white piping where I could. I really wanted to add piping on the sleeve cuffs, but I wasn’t sure those little bias strips of fabric would be very happy with a straight-cut piping putting a crimp on their stretchy style. There’s a deep hem in this dress — maybe with any luck, FinallyAGirl will be able to wear it next Easter. Or, maybe, with even better luck, she’ll wear it out this summer and I can make another dress! ;-D

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2. I updated my blog header. Yipee Again!!!

3. I was surfing around Ted Talks the other day and ran across this interesting talk by the author of “Still Alice”.   “What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s”.  My first reaction was to go learn how to knit.  But I already know how to do that, so, I need to find some new skills to learn.  Every. Day.

Here’s to smooth sailing into the weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

The Princess and the Pea

I had baby cuddles last weekend! We visited FinallyAGirl and her parents and mostly just laid around. And took some pictures! SweetiePie saw a baby picture months ago that we liked, and we decided when the time came, it would be fun to try and re-create it.

I’m generally of the less-is-more camp when it comes to pictures – especially for babies. But, once in awhile it’s fun to play, so we did. First, a few tools were required. I scavenged some old pallets from work (well, I didn’t really scavenge – they cost me $5 – the only part of this project that I didn’t have at home), gathered the tools, and cut the pallets up and re-sized them.

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It was time consuming, but, really not that hard (except for a few stubborn nails).  After the pallets were cut to size, I covered the fronts and sides with fabric that I raided from my stash/etsy shop.

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We hauled those pallets with us on our little visit, set them up, and then, Ta Da! The Princess and the Pea.

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Fun, huh? Kind of a lot of work for just a few pictures, but I figure the bed can be used for dollies later, right? Or, if you need a picture of your little princess, you know who to call for the bed LOL.
While we were playing, we took another fun shot.

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It was a little nerve-wracking to have the baby hanging there, but we hurried, and protective arms were never far away.

Ok – that’s all I’ve got. The weeks of summer are flying by – I hope you’re having a good one!
XOXO,
Anna

Baby Bibs

Ok, I gave you a break from baby stuff with the little backpacks on my last post, so, now I’ll make you suffer again LOL.  Really, it will slow down after this because I haven’t been working on any more baby stuff.

I made FinallyAGirl a few bibs before she was born.  I love to make bibs — you can do almost anything with them.  When TheFirstChild was born, someone gave me two really cute little homemade bibs and I loved them so much that I traced around them to get a pattern that I’ve been using for many years.  I was going to say that I used my embroidery machine on a few of these bibs, but, as it turns out, I used it on all of them.  First up — some elephants that I’ve used before on terrycloth with a simple bias binding.

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Next, simple cotton with a ric rac edge.  SweetiePie loves polka dots and monograms.  I think this one might be her favorite.

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She also love pompoms.  This little bib is like the tied quilt that we made at the baby shower.  I don’t think those pompoms will last very long, but they’ll be easy to cut off if they start to look ratty.  ;-D

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And this last little bib is my favorite.  A little pink plaid ruffle, some big stitches, and a Peter Rabbit embroidery.  I know it looks like Mama Bunny is putting Peter to Bed, but she’s actually feeding him.  Poor little Peter must be sick.  I Love Peter Rabbit!

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Now it’s back to regular programming.  I’ve been working on a new shirt and I need to get started on FinallyAGirl’s quilt (I keep saying I’m going to get started!)  It’s also that fun time of the year when market purchases start to trickle into quilt shops.   These fun crochet-edged double bias tapes arrived last week.  They’re SO cute and I’m looking forward to using them on clothes and quilts.

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Have a great week — it’s supposed to be blisteringly hot here by the end of the week … Think SNOW LOL!
XOXO,
Anna