So, Valentines Day was NOT perfect. Can you imagine?
I mean, it was good. It was really good and we all enjoyed each other's company (for the most part) and I am pretty sure the boys were purposefully keeping their "i'm going to kick your face off"s to a minimum just as a gift to me. But, you know, sometimes reality doesn't live up to what is in my head... often because of my own failures. I feel really grateful that even when things aren't perfect, which is most of the time, that I have a family that truly loves me. Scatterbrained, silly, undisciplined, neurotic, little ol' me. Thanks guys. I love you too.
On to..... something else that didn't turn out perfect! ;-)
Yesterday afternoon I attended a baby shower for a girlfriend of mine. Oddly enough, she's having her third girl, so one would think she doesn't need much. She is due in just a couple of weeks and only a few weeks ago, she discovered that her SIL had given away all the newborn things she had loaned her. Yikes! It wasn't done maliciously. For some reason she had got it in her head that they didn't want them back, but you can imagine my friend was just a tad stressed out thinking that she had no clothes for #3. Another friend from church decided to just throw her a clothing shower because, well, tiny baby clothes are fun and it's a reason to get together! We had a nice time with delicious cake and coffee and Korana got some lovely gifts.
I had decided to sew something for her awhile ago and knew I would make something from the pattern that got me back to sewing in the first place. But then I came across this tutorial recently and just thought it rocked. Super cool idea, right? I didn't have any appropriate t-shirts on hand, but thought I would just use some terry and repurposed material from my bins to see how the pattern turned out. Let me just say, I don't know what I did when I printed the PDF, but this was the result:
Cute, right? But GIGANTIC!!!! As you can see, I ended up just leaving off the bottom elastic and turning it into a nightie for Elle. Seriously, WHAT did I do? I thought it looked big, even when I was cutting it, but just kept telling myself that after the seams were in and the elastic and all that it would turn out just fine! Well, now I have a nightie and t-shirt pattern for Ellerie. Oops. If any of you try this, let me know how it goes. There was also something goofy when I attached the sleeves. I ended up cutting off a huge bit from the pattern. I would be curious to know if this happens to anyone else!
Thank goodness for old favorites. I didn't have a newborn handy, so one of our bears agreed to model. Stuffed animals are so lovely and cooperative.
They are both out of some nice soft flannel. Although it is hard to see, the light one is covered in pink and green polka dots. I was bummed that I inadvertently bought the wrong width of bias tape for the brown one, but it turned out ok just a little less dainty looking. It might soften up a bit after it's washed. I wasn't about to make another trip to the store.
I hope they come in handy, Kor.
I've been doing some more sewing too.... whipping up some knit cotton pants for Ellerie-long-legs. I'm sort of getting the hand of sewing with knits I think. I definitely feel more comfortable with it the more I do it. It has been good to get back to doing some more clothing. The kids are going to need pajamas this spring and summer and I need skirts and tops too..... although I am a little afraid of sewing for myself, being a tad intimidated by "real" patterns.
But the sewing will have to wait this week. I am going to finish up Tate's scarf and Tate's suitcase applique....long, dragged out, procrastinated project that I will be sure to post pics of when I manage to complete it. And we are, illness pending, headed to my folks' for a few days this vacation week. Oh kids, please don't stay sick, please don't stay sick, PLEASE don't stay sick....
*ok. Everyone seems to be commenting about the bagels, so I feel compelled to give the credit to Panera's asiago cheese bagel. It seems so obvious to ME that I would never take the time to make heart shaped....oh, probably anything....but I thought you all should be clued in as well. They were, however, as delicious as they look.