Sunday, January 31, 2010
What's in store, you ask?
I've got a superhero cape to make for a certain little guy's birthday this weekend... more cookies for the Etsy shop and perhaps some aprons as well... and I've got a pettiskirt that's been awaiting my return.
Better get some shuteye while I can - I predict some late nights at the Singer this week.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Giveaway ends on Friday, February 5th... so these will arrive just in time for that special little one's Valentine's Day!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Next, trace your chosen phrase onto the felt with your disappearing ink pen. I went with "Love Ya", and used some basic letter stencils to trace it onto my guidelines.Now it's time to cut out your letters. I used my Martha Stewart craft knife to cut along the straight edges, then cleaned it up with craft scissors. **Note: Use firm pressure while cutting with the craft knife. Otherwise, you'll just pull your felt and make it stretch, leaving a not-so-pretty edge to your letter.Ta-da! Be sure to save the inner portions if letters require them, as in the "O" and "A" above.
Now, you're ready to add the contrasting felt. Trim felt to fit within the borders of your pillow. Apply felt glue to the wrong side of the pillow front around the cut edges of your letters.
Then, apply your contrasting felt piece and allow to dry.
Add inner portions of letters with glue, and add extra glue around letter corners. It should look something like this when you are done.
Next, cut a three-inch wide section of felt for the side portion of the pillow. The length will depend on how large your pillow will be. Mine was about 40 inches long for a 10x10 pillow.Beginning at the pointed end of the heart, pin the felt strip to the wrong side of the fabric. Join the ends with a straight stitch. Using a straight stitch, sew around the edges of the heart using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Repeat for the pillow front, pinning right sides together along the edge. You want your pillow front to hug the inside of the pillow back after pinning (see picture).
Sew the seam with a straight stitch, being careful to not catch the pillow body fabric in the process. Leave a two inch opening to allow for turning and stuffing.Now turn that baby inside out and fill generously with polyfil.
Use a needle and coordinating thread to close opening with mattress stitch.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Work has been... weird. I'm supposed to be "winding down" from my management role, but feel more like I'm being treated like a secretary and gopher. Whatever. I'm trying to exude grace during my final three weeks, so I'm praying for the Lord to help me cause He knows how much my tongue wants to betray me!
Big Sis passed her tummy bug onto Lil Sis, so I'm hoping tonight will be pukey-free. *fingers crossed*
Oh. And I just sent in my application for graduate school.
AND HOW IS YOUR WEEK?!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I just love how this turned out. I used a prefab topiary form found at Hobby Lobby and attached some moss with spray adhesive (thanks for the idea, sis!). I then proceeded to add the gazillions of little pink circles with straight pins.A little ribbon border and tulle-wrapped dowel later... and it's pink valentine perfection!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Perhaps a little weekend crafting is just what the doctor ordered?
I'm thinking of finally taking down my Christmas decorations (Yes, they're still up) and pulling out the pinks and reds for Valentine's Day. Have you seen the Felt Heart Wreath tutorial over at The Idea Room? Fabulous! Oh, and check out her Valentine Topiary as well! I am in love...
Oh... and I got a certain little something in the mail yesterday and I'm dying to take some pictures but I have to spiff myself up a little to make sure I do the necklace justice. God had impeccable timing with this unexpected gift... amazing.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Yesterday I accepted a new position.
Today I turn in my resignation.
This is so scary for me, because it is so uncertain as to what will happen once I resign. Will there be words? Will I be asked to leave immediately? I just don't know. I'm going in prepared to be dismissed though, so I'll be cleaning out my things as soon as I arrive, just in case.
This is sad for me, because I love the people I work with... I just can't work like this anymore and I don't believe the situation will change... and I've already sacrificed enough of my family life.
This is disheartening for me, because I have a great deal of integrity and obligation to my workplace. I feel like I'm abandoning everything.
This is also exciting for me, as I have a new opportunity awaiting with (I hope) less stress, less responsibility, and the ability to have my life back.
It's exciting that I might be able to go back to school.
And it's a leap of faith. I'm trusting the Lord opened this door for me because He knows it's time for me to close the other one.
Now if only He could take away the butterflies in my stomach!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I sat in on my Sunday women's bible study this morning. They're doing Beth Moore's Esther study; one which I began with them a while back and had to abandon as I couldn't make the time for the homework. Anyhoo, the subtitle of the the book is that it's tough being a woman, and boy is that ever true.
Tomorrow, I am contemplating making a huge change in my work life. Without releasing too many details, I'll just say that I don't have the best work-life balance right now. Some of it is my own doing, but the larger portion of it is simply due to the expectations and responsibility placed upon me. This has been causing me quite a bit of inner conflict for some time now, for several reasons, and it's just gotten to a point where I have to make a change.
I bring up the premise of the Beth Moore tagline for Esther because I think, if I were a man, I probably wouldn't feel half of the way I do. I wouldn't be feeling the stress and loneliness that is management. I wouldn't be contemplating a work change primarily directed by my obligation to my family. And I wouldn't be feeling so guilty for wanting to make this change.
It's tough being a woman. It's tough being a mother.
Because I am a woman, I do feel that I'm missing out on so much of my children's lives when I drop them off early at daycare and pick them up late and when I'm having to take calls during dinner because there's some crisis at work. I do feel sometimes like I'm so busy building a resume that I'm not able to build a life. And I do feel, as someone who lost her mother at a young age, that I want my children to remember me as being not just there, but present, in the moment, absorbing it all.
I dread tomorrow and dread knowing that I'll probably be having a very difficult conversation with my boss which will more than likely include how he thinks I'll be wasting my talent and destroying an opportunity and making a mistake giving up my current success.
The problem is that to achieve this success, I've had to give up so much more.
It's tough being a woman.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
It is sooo cold outside - 13 degrees. In Texas. I don't even know how to function in that kind of cold! Nevertheless, I'll be venturing out with the chickies this morning for a playdate at McDonald's, gymnastics class, and a trip to the gym for me! (Resolutions, you know...) If the girls are cooperative after that point, I'm thinking of making a Goodwill run, since it's conveniently located next to a certain chicken place that makes crazy-good waffle fries. Ahem. I mean fruit salads.
I'm hoping to get in some sewing time today, as my mind is filled with new ideas. I also have some pettiskirts to finish and need to whip up some cookies and valentine aprons for the Etsy shop. Oh yeah, and there are certain decorations that I need to put away this weekend too. Yikes!
On a completely different note... prayers are needed. I've had an opportunity present itself for a new job and I have a very tough decision to make. I am praying for guidance that I take the right path for my family and my future.
That said... I'm eyeing the brownies I made last night. Breakfast, perhaps?!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I won her awesome jewelry giveaway!!!
What a way to start my day... off to pick something out!
*** The wind's picking up outside, and the temperatures are dropping. It's supposed to be in the 20s this weekend, people! Perfect weather for crafting and refashioning. I think a trip to Goodwill is on my list of to-dos to see what I can find!
Monday, January 4, 2010
1. Occurring at night.
2. Most active at night. Many animals, such as owls and bats, are nocturnal.
Right now, my oldest child is screaming and crying cause daddy just took away the last of her stuffed bedmates since she won't stay in bed, a routine we go through each and every night and one that is becoming most annoying...
"I need to go potty!"
"I need to go potty again!"
"Daddy, I want another animal!"
"Daddy, I'm scared. Give me an animal right now!"
"Daddy, I'm gonna get out of my bed!!"
Teddy Bear, the nocturnal hamster is running away on his little wheel, quiet and content as could be.
Do they make exercise wheels for four-year olds?
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
It was a learning experience for me, for sure.
Lesson number one: don't ever buy something called a "lounge set" unless you intend to do nothing but lounge in it.
Lesson number two: Maternity clothes are perfectly acceptable to wear not only home from the hospital after baby is born, but for as long as you darn please. You did have a baby, after all. Take advantage of that four-inch wide elastic waistband as long as possible!
This pair of pants was the first thing I thought of when I decided to try Disney's T-Shirt Scarf. Here they are, pre-slaughter.
And here they are after... wheee! This is my new favorite scarf! Dh's taking us all out for dinner tonight and I know exactly which pink lovely I'll have around my neck... thanks Disney for a great tutorial!Off to go find more treasures in my closet!
ended up as this, after I realized that I did a little too much gathering on the second tier of the pettiskirt. All 468 inches of it. Yeah. Just when I hit that point when I was screaming inside "WHYYY???!!! Why did I decide to make these?!"... I remembered. These two little chickies are worth all the effort, and the glee in their voices when they finally put the famous pettiskirts on will totally be worth it.
It's started out as a rather crafty little year thus far, pettiskirt disaster and all. I actually picked up my knitting needles and cast on for the first time in a very very long time. I'm using the Rowan Cashsoft that I scored on ebay to make the Kim Hargreaves sweater but after careful consideration of a pattern that uses size 1 needles, I changed my mind. I'm using a free lace pattern from Jimmy Bean's Wool. It's meant for larger needles, but I wanted to use my lovely Rosewood needles (thanks hubby) so I sacrificed size for the warmth of wood. It's knitting up nicely, and I must admit, it's rather comforting returning to my yarn and needles. It's been far too long. Looks like 2010 is off to a great handmade start...
On another note... I'm thinking of changing the blog background to something a little softer. I know I'd lose the fab MNATO look, but I'm itchin' for a change. Whaddya think??