Thursday, November 22, 2012


It's Thanksgiving and we are all enjoying a lazy morning. The kids are watching the Thanksgiving Day parade and I thought I would take advantage by doing a blog post which doesn't seem to happen very often these days.  This time of year seems to have days and weeks pass so quickly.  Next week we find out if we are having a boy or a girl. I just can't believe I'm almost halfway there.

Well, I have a long list of sewing projects that I want to try.  I usually shy away from clothing, especially for me, but I got a little spark in me to try it- without a pattern! And I'm actually pretty pleased with the results.

First, if you have a 4 year old girl, or want to readjust the pattern, you must try this pattern by Un Petite Design.  I have a hard time buying dresses for Madeline that fit her around but aren't too short.  This fleece one is so cozy and comfy. Perfect for wintry days. She loves it.

And my mom thinks I'm crazy, but I've been messing around with making maternity clothes. I made this one out of thicker jersey fabric - kind of like sweatshirt fabric and just used another shirt to draw a pattern.  I had been wanting a longer shirt to wear with straight or skinny jeans for the fall.  To accommodate my quickly growing middle, I added some elastic on the sides as ruching.  I used this tutorial as inspiration. Sometimes the neckline looks a little homemade, so I just took a tube of fabric, sewed it to the neckline and made a cowlneck. Here is a tutorial.  Just attempting it gave me a lot more confidence in trying to make or rework clothes I already have.  I'm working on fall/winter tshirt dresses for me and madeline. I'll let you know how those go...

Feeling a little awkward about posting a "posed" picture of me on my blog.  I tried cropping my head off but that just looked even weirder. Madeline and I had fun taking pictures of each other. We got some very silly poses.

Girls are so much fun to make things for. I think I need to come up with some boy ones so Charlie can get in on the homemade action. Although, a couple of weeks ago I looked at all three of us sitting on the bench at church and realized I had made something on each of us.  It was a little embarrassing!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are missing family today, but putting on our own Thanksgiving makes me feel kind of grown up - I guess expecting my third child, being married for almost eight years, and having a husband in a medical residency doesn't really provide that, but being in charge of a turkey does?! :)  It will be a good day.  My little family is together and we have so very many things we are grateful for.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Our Fall

The weather here in Iowa City has been gorgeous this fall.  Usually, it's sunny and just a little crisp. The leaves turned beautiful colors. Against the fields and old barns, there is a lot of beauty here.  We have this fun orchard near our house with amazing varieties of apples. They really suffered this year because of the warm, dry weather, so we didn't get to pick apples, but we did go let the kids pick out their pumpkins.

 Madeline requested Hello Kitty on her pumpkin and Charlie wanted Curious George.  Matt and I had our work "cut" out for us.  Madeline surprisingly got her little hands in all that goo and made sure it was completely cleaned out - not a seed anywhere.

 Madeline wanted to be Madeline from the books this year.  It was fun to make her costume and even more fun to have her want to be the character that we got her name from.  Charlie was thrilled to be a skunk, and I was happy to have him wear it, since I didn't need to do a thing!  My mom made this cute costume for my oldest nephew 16 years ago!  We pass it around the family. We went to our church party and trunk r treat, which satisfied the kids. We only had one trick or treater, which means we have A LOT of candy left over.  ugh....

We had a fun Halloween and are excited to hunker down and get ready for an Iowa winter.