The ebb and flow of my posting has been seriously ebbing. However, the ebb and flow of this house has been flowing like the Nile! (I'm shaking my head in confusion at myself for those sentences...)
Through it all, we're delighting in the creeping in of FALL! Though I've yet to give up my flip flops, I'm enjoying sweaters and jeans... and cuddly clothes on my cuddle bunnies!
Last week Hazel came down with a nasty fever and spent two whole days cuddled on my lap. She perked up just in time to get hit with a bad cold... which she gave to me... and now to Heidi. Heidi is one sweet lump of miserable. Yesterday she tried oh-so-hard to smile at us, but though we could tell she was trying, her red watery eyes just looked pitiful and sad.
Fortunately, her temperature has been normal all morning and she's FINALLY sleeping soundly.
We've also enjoyed a nice visit with Jake's dad and smom, a fall picnic with our church and some major crafting :) Again I ask: WHO AM I?
I can't yet show you a pic of my big project... 'cause it still doesn't look AT ALL like my vision. I painted our front door RED and am making a wreath. Hmmm... the paint color is perfect, the paintER was not. And that wreath...hmmm... still tweaking it.
However, I've had a few crafty successes this weekend. One simple project that I've been wanting to make for over a month: another tee-shirt reconstruction. This one was for Kenzlee, the sister of the boy who raises money each year for JDRF (juvenile diabetes research foundation). I also made her a hair clip, though it looks pretty great as a corsage. The discoloration around the waist is because I had just finished wetting and ironing the shirring and simply couldn't wait to get the picture taken and pass it off to Kenzlee's Grandma (Jake's smom, aka "Hadel's Gammy").
NOW... IMAGINE ME TYPING WITH MY PROUD FACE ON.
I seem to always have a problem with infant socks. They are always the wrong size. This problem is made worse by the fact that I refuse to buy socks because it's impossible to know if they'll fit. Now that the air has a nip to it, poor Heidi has had some cold tootsies.
Awhile back, I pinned this pattern:
However, the pattern costs $4! With all the free tutorials and patterns online, I'm spoiled and really hesitant to spend a whole FOUR dollars on a pattern! But then I got to thinking, "if I wait to make those baby boots and end up loving them, I'm really going to kick myself for not making them sooner". And you know what? I WAS RIGHT! The pattern comes in sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 & 9-12. I made the 6-9 month size as my first trial and they seem a little tight on my 5.5 month old! It took me about 4 hours to make the first set and I followed the instructions exactly. Then I immediately began making another set with my own edits: having a full liner in the shoe 'caused for lots of bunching inside and since the baby won't walk in them, seemed like overkill. Also, my babies have chubby feet and the toe section could use more height.
So here they are: the button pair are the original design, the flower pair was made with some adaptations.
*Partly due to my thrifty nature, but mostly due to my green nature, I intend to reuse clothing/fabrics instead of buying new when sewing items for my girls. For these boots, I bought a suit jacket at Goodwill for $2.50 for the exterior (plenty left for future boots!). The liner was made out of an orange fleece vest we've had in our sewing pile for years because its zipper was broken. I splurged and bought 6 new buttons ($.60 total) for the original design... next time I will think ahead and buy something at Goodwill that has buttons on it! I went to bed thinking that though I LOVED the boots, they are a tad boyish. Then in that sweetened state of creativity right before sleep, it occurred to me that I could use more of the fleece scraps to make flowers as the decoration on the velcro flap!
**I enjoyed making these so much, I'm starting to dream about having a booth at our local craft fair next year. AMANDA JANE.... robots and boots... has a ring to it doesn't it? Applefest 2012?