Monday, August 27, 2012

First Week of School Craziness

Last week was the first week of school for my kids.  So, I was not posting much anywhere.  Also, my father had surgery and life was just crazy.  School starting changed my schedule and spending time at the hospital visiting my father and spending time with my family kept me from posting any blogs.  My kids are enjoying their first few days of school and seem to be getting off to a great start.  My father's surgery went great and he his home recovering.  It was a week of blessings all around.  My brother and my sisters and I were together for the first time since 2008.  That was fun.  I was sad to see them all go home, and will cherish the time we spent.

Now, life is somewhat back to normal.  I continue my training for my next half marathon in October.  My daughter is in a production of "Charlotte's Web" in October.  My husband and my son are just trying to keep up with everything.  It is amazing how once school starts the lazy days of Summer disappear so quickly.  Bummer!  I like lazy days.

Before things got crazy, my daughter and I decided we would try to make a tutu dress.  I have seen these all over Etsy and Pinterest, and they are so cute.  My first attempt was to crochet a headband and attach the toile to the spaces in the headband.  It was very difficult, and it looked funny.  So, we put it aside for a while.  Today I transferred the toile to a piece of elastic.  WOW!!!  So, much easier.  It looks much better and I can't wait to show off the finished product.  I am hoping the finished product will be good for a little girls tutu or a dress for "dress up".  However, my advice, if you ever work with toile, DO NOT use the stuff with glitter.  We have glitter all over the house and I keep finding it in very strange places.  Also, toile is not cheap.  As outfits go, the tutu dress or tutu are very easy to construct.

Right now, I have several Fall items on my Etsy shop for sale.  I would love for them to find a good home.  If you have a little one that needs a dress or a Baby Shower that you are attending, consider one of my items on my Etsy shop.  The link to my shop will be at the end of this blog.

My knitting practice is going well.  I have a piece that is pretty long.  I am hoping that I will have a Baby Blanket when I am done.  It won't be the best, but that is why you practice first.  The more I practice, the better I get a feel for the stitches.  The purl stitch is a struggle for me, but it is getting better.

Tomorrow, it is back to the glitter.  I will be finishing up on the tutu.  I can't wait to show off the colors.  It reminds me of the Tinkerbell  movies.

Have a great evening.

Sewing Sweet Shop

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Yesterday was not extremely productive, but I did finish one dress.  This one is sized for a baby that is 13-15lbs and 25-26inches long.  I am thinking it is like a 3 to 6 month size.  I love the colors, but it can be made in different combinations.  It will probably not be listed on Etsy until next Spring, so if you want to purchase it before then let me know. 

Very cute sun dress for your little 3 to 6 month old.  The ruffle add so much character to the outfit.
Beanie hat to add to the outfit.
Bloomers to make the outfit complete.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Today has been workout day and movie day around here.  I ran intervals this morning, the kids and I worked out on the elliptical at the YMCA, and then we spent most of the day watching "Fiddler on the Roof".  For some reason, I have been in musical mode.  Last week it was "Carousel".  Not my best choice, however when we were younger my sister and I loved "Carousel".  I watched it last week  and thought, "Boy!  This is corny!"  The next one on the list is "West Side Story." 

While I have been in movie mode, my hands have been busy.  I have completed a little dress for a 3-6 month old little one(no buttons yet), and been practicing my knitting.  I never thought I would have so much trouble with knitting, but it has been challenging.  I have done a washcloth before, but I thought I would try a baby blanket.  It will not be a great blanket, but I am glad that I am working through the project.  The dress has been a lot of fun.  I can't wait to complete the whole outfit.  The plan is to have a dress with bloomers and a  hat.  It is a pattern that I have done before, but I wanted to do again.

My brain has been thinking about smocking lately.  What will come next?  I would like to do some Fall and Winter outfits, but I am not sure what patterns that I will do.  I would love to make my Garden Tea Party dress with Christmas colors, but that is going to take some time.  If you are interested in any Fall, Christmas, or Winter outfits, let me know soon.  I would love to create something beautiful for Christmas Card pictures or just for fun.