2011 New Year’s Resolutions

Last new year’s eve. Cady and I both brought pajamas to the party and were wearing them by 10pm. We went home before midnight and probably will do the same this year.

Well, I guess I started thinking about New Year’s Resolutions even earlier this year (a couple weeks before Thanksgiving) than last year. What can I say? I get excited by the new start. I was looking over my list from last year, and I’ve decided that some goals just won’t get done, which is fine. Some goals were also kind of vague, but that’s okay. Some of my new ones are, too.
I have an even bigger, more ambitious list for this new year:

– cook new recipes and learn Filipino cooking
– sew, crochet, other crafts, and Silhouette machine projects
– cake/cupcake decorating
– get out more and explore fun things to do in the area
– improve photography skills, photograph daily (and sometimes, be in more of the photos)
– take more family videos
– take dogs to dog park, spend more quality time with them
– give Cady more opportunities to play with other kids
– learn how use Photoshop and to install and use Photoshop actions
– go to church at least once a week
– work on decreasing “Real Age” (eating red meat once a week or less, eating fish more than once a week, flossing, exercise, taking a multi-vitamin daily, eating better)
– post tutorials and recipes on the blog
– spend time with mommy friends (I’ve been a hermit unless Tim was taking me somewhere)
– write to my sponsor child every month and mail letter in a timely manner

“When you are through changing, you are through.”
Bruce Barton

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It could be sew me…

As a kid, I remember making my own paper dolls. I also had a Barbie designing set that allowed you to trace over a lightbulb, use textures for fabric patterns, and create mix and match designs. I even had a Barbie fashion design software that allowed you to design your own clothes on a computer, see Barbie model them on the virtual runway, and even print out your designs onto printer friendly fabric to really create the clothes.

I’ve always wanted to make my own clothes, and now I’d like to create styles that are exactly right for me. This desire is now coming from necessity in a way. A lot of clothes I like are much more than I’d want to spend.

I’m not trying to be a fashion designer or a contestant on Project Runway (although I do have some of their Simplicity patterns). I’d just like to have the clothes I like at an affordable price and a good fit. I know that doesn’t sound like too much to ask, but it actually has been a pretty difficult task trying to find what I’m looking for.

The more and more trouble I am having finding what I want by shopping, the more I think I should really work on my sewing skills. It should be interesting. I actually have no idea what I’m doing. I’m going to try to make a trip to Jo Ann Fabric’s this week and get started.

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Baylor Baby T Shirt Dress

Yay! I’m so excited to have completed my first baby t shirt dress. I used Lil Blue Boo’s Recycled T Shirt Sienna Dress Pattern that I purchased at her Etsy shop. Cady’s with her grandparents, so I’ll have to update with pictures of her modeling it another time. It turned out great despite one visible mistake that I’m just not in the mood to fix right now, but I’ll probably do it before she actually wears it to homecoming.

Before: two shirts that didn’t fit well anymore

After: a dress for game day!

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I won a giveaway for the first time!

I’m so excited because I won a giveaway for the first time, and it’s for something I really like! I won The Twirl Skirt pattern from Lil Blue Boo.

{By the way, this post was not requested by LBB as a condition of my win nor do I get anything from writing this. I just wanted to share.}

Here’s what’s included in her original PDF pattern & tutorial:
16 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
41 full color images, diagrams and drawings to demonstrate pattern specifics
10 pattern pages which include separate patterns for each size
Options for adding maternity waistband or lengthening the skirt and an idea book

The sizes included in the pattern are:
12-18M, 24M/2T, 3T/4T, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12
Women’s XS to XL
Doll size patterns for 10″ and 15″ Waldorf dolls (Bamboletta, AppleTreeHouse, Dragonsfly Hollow etc), American Girl, Pottery Barn or other similarly sized dolls.
 
In case you didn’t know, she sells patterns and clothes, and I absolutely love ’em. I’ve been eyeing her Sienna Dress Pattern to make a t shirt dress for Cady to wear to homecoming in October. I’ve really been slacking off on my sewing and was focusing on cakes instead, but after Cady’s party next month my goal is to get back together with my poor, neglected sewing machine (and give crochet another try, too).

I’ve been looking through all the photos of clothes people have made using her patterns on Facebook and Flickr, and the wheels in my head are turning.

Here are some links to LBB:

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Unfinished (Unstarted) Projects

I’ve been so busy buying cake supplies, thinking about cakes, taking cake decorating classes, making and decorating cakes, and looking at every cake related thing online, that I’ve completely neglected my sewing machine!

I have so many patterns I have yet to use and so much fabric just waiting to fulfill it’s destiny and become something. I realized today that I had made a resolution to make something like 40 crafts this year, and I haven’t made a single one.

Well since the year is halfway over, I am pretty sure I won’t make that goal, but it’s never to late to do something.

I have a luau themed cake that’s going to be picked up Saturday morning, and when I’m done with that, I’m going to sew something this weekend. I am determined!

Since the 4th of July is almost upon us, I’ve decided to make my first project making Cady and Quinn matching dresses with the patriotic Hello Kitty Fabric I bought last month.

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Cupcake and Hello Kitty Fabric

Back in January when I was looking for cute stuff for Cady’s first birthday in August, I found the cutest cupcake fabrics from Robert Kaufman’s Confection Collection. I thought they would make really cute bibs, dresses and aprons, which would be really appropriate for my baking hobby.

I finally went to buy some at JoAnn, and they had the pink one that I wanted most! Unfortunately, they were 1/4 of a yard short. Sad day. I bought everything they had and tried another location with no luck. However, I did find some cute pink “Happy birthday” fabric and a red/white/blue patriotic Hello Kitty print. Not that I’m going to give up on those cupcakes.

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Sewing projects to do list

Went to the fabric store and the craft store today and had a little bit of fun shopping. Now my head is swimming with more things I want to make. Oh, to be a Gemini with an endless swirl of projects all going on at once.

– t shirt bibs
– sewing machine cover
– baby sun hats
– soft book for baby
– quilt #2
– apron #2
– shopping cart seat cover

[ Because she loves to chew on everything nowadays ]

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Halloween

We had decided some time ago that because our baby was a big eater from the very first day, she should be a piglet for Halloween.

Originally I was just going to buy a piglet costume online because I couldn’t find any baby pig outfits in the stores. The problem with that plan was that the sizes online were very vague such as 0-6 months and 6-12 months. That can mean a huge range of different sized babies. Not to mention no sites listed the measurements of these costumes.

I used a Simplicity “easy-to-sew” pattern #5720 for Cady’s costume, and it was easy to sew as advertised indeed. During holiday sales (like the one for Veteran’s Day going on this week) at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Simplicity patterns go on sale to $.99 or $1 from the usual $15.95 of most patterns. These sales are pretty much the only times I buy patterns now that I know about them. I made a pink romper with the piglet hat and used buttons for the piglet face. I also added an elastic strap on for under her chin to make sure the hat stayed on. It fit her pretty well, but I know it’ll be a one time wear. She’s growing way too fast.


Despite having little free time to get any of the things done that I plan/hope/say will get done, I actually managed to finish Cadence’s Halloween costume just in time for the big day. Unfortunately, she doesn’t nap as much as she should when she visits her grandparents. We came to dress her and take her out for church kids event, but she was feeling cranky. We took some pictures in costume and then quickly put her to bed.

It feels good to have some “me” time and feel like I accomplished something by making something myself. I hope to get something else done soon, but I’m the typical Gemini with lots of different projects going on at once. Our sun room has stacks of books, magazines, projects, and “to do” lists that are all competing for my baby-free time after housework and rest, so we’ll see…

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Searching for the right fabric today…

A three piece Shabby Chic crib set at Target costs $119.99. A six piece Olivia crib set at Babies ‘R’ Us is $189.99. Now, I have a sewing machine that rarely gets put to good use and a lot of free time on my hands. I’ve decided to make my own crib bumper and crib skirt. Fitted sheets are $10.99 each and can be purchased in solid colors to match (you need more than one anyway). The baby blanket and diaper stacker aren’t really necessary, but I will go ahead and make them.

Coats & Clark has a book that lays out the instructions, and I can tell it’s going to be really easy to make. I just have to find the fabric patterns that I want. The foam for the bumpers can be purchased pre-cut, which is what I got. I also have coupons for Joann’s Fabrics. See, my sewing teacher told something very useful: at the store, they have this magazine, I guess you could call it, every season. It costs $2.99 and on the inside has sewing ideas, but on the back, it has six 50% and 40% off coupons. I’ve only used one to buy the bumper foam and saved $13.50.
Getting laid off wasn’t awesome since that was the right job for me right now, and it’s so hard to find something else like it nowadays. The project will give me something to do other than read, go to the library all the time, and take care of the dogs and puppies, which is good because I’m getting restless. Making dinner for Tim and buying groceries doesn’t take up the whole day. I’m really enjoying doing the baby preparation at the house though. Anyway, even with the cost of supplies, I’ll still come out on top, and I’ll have a custom nursery set that I had the pleasure and satisfaction of making myself.

The Simply Shabby Chic Lady Rose 3pc set from Target.com which includes the bumper, skirt, and fitted sheet for $119.99 plus tax and shipping.

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