Monthly Archives: September 2008

Makes Me Happy Monday

So the whole reason I started doing this weekly post is because Mondays are hard. It is hard starting off a new week. Getting back into the swing of things. After taking the Sabbath to rest, the house is a little messier than usual. And usually Monday is the day I do the grocery shopping. And grocery shopping is not my favorite thing. So I thought this weekly post would be great for me to look for the “good” things that happen on Monday. And let me say, that since I started these posts, it has been hard to pick just one thing. I have had amazing Mondays (and it wasn’t because I didn’t have to do the grocery shopping on those Mondays). But today? Well, let’s just say it’s the reason I started the posts. 

So today I am thankful for naps. Because if I wasn’t given a nap today, I’m not sure if I would have made it. But I did. We all did. We made it by the grace of God. And at the end of today, nothing has really been accomplished. The house is messy. There are no groceries. There has been no creating. 

But I am happy. I am happy that we can have a day of just surviving, and at the end of it all God is still God. He still loves us. Mark and I still love each other. We still love Karston and Kyrie. And we will, Lord willing, wake up tomorrow to a new day!

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Girl clothes

are so much fun to make! I have a whole head full of ideas for clothes to make for Kyrie. I would never have enough time to make her everything I dream up because the ideas are never ending. Nevermind all the beautiful fabric that I just have to use in some way. I still have a long list of things I want to make her, but here’s a few pictures of what I’ve made so far. 

I made this back in June while we were in Longview. I know it’s summery, but I like it.

I have since taken apart the skirt to make the fabric panels horizontal as opposed to vertical. Like it so much better. Will have to take a new picture to show you.

 

And here’s another really quick and simple dress I made for her. I love it because it was so easy to make, and these little dresses can be worn all year: by themselves in the summer; with a turtleneck + pants in the winter. Plus they can last for years. As dresses for babies and tops for little girls.

I will be making several more of those. Now this next one I am especially proud of….you know why? Because I followed a pattern! Now I know that may not sound like a big deal to you, but it is huge for me. I am much better at making my own designs. I must have read and reread and reread forever! Reading words and then doing what the words said. That was the challenge. (And by the way, this was NOT a hard pattern) I just kept telling myself, “Isn’t it more creative to make your own patterns anyways?” Just trying to make myself feel better. Anyways here it is. 

 

 

This was a pattern from the Little Stitches book that I mentioned here. Still really like the book and am looking forward to using more of the patterns. Hopefully I’ll have some more clothes to show you soon!

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Big Project #2

The next big project really didn’t take too much time…at least compared to the others. And it was a change of pace so that was fun for me. It was Karston’s twin bed! Yes, he is a big boy now.

 

 

My parents bought him this bed for his birthday. It was unfinished wood, and this was my first time trying the Minwax color stains. The sample looked a little closer to navy at the store. I tried to get the navy by adding a second coat, but that covered the wood grain and just looked like paint. It didn’t look bad, but if I had wanted to look like paint I would have used paint. I am actually very happy with how it turned out. You can see it looks a little distressed on the edges.

Mark said, “It’s a good thing distressed is in right now.” (and that actually refers to big project #3 also) Even if it weren’t in I think I would still want it that way. With children furniture is bound to get knicks and bangs and worn spots, if they are already there I don’t have to get upset when they happen. I can be glad the furniture has even more character!

Karston loves sleeping in his new big bed. Partly because it is Uncle Trey’s- mattress that is. And he loves Uncle Trey. And partly because there are tractor sheets that Nonna bought him. And he loves tractors and Nonna. And partly because he now shares a room with Kiki. And they both love each other and having each other near.

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Makes Me Happy Monday

70 degree weather! It has been an absolutely stunning day! It was 69 degrees at breakfast. We decided to go on a walk right after breakfast to enjoy this nice weather. And boy was it enjoyable! The highest I ever saw it get was 80. I think this is the most excited about fall I have ever been. Summer was always my favorite time of the year. I loved the hot weather. I never liked the cold. But now I’m not sure if it’s just that I can’t tolerate the heat as much or what, but I am totally loving fall. Now it’s Texas, and I don’t expect this weather to stay or considered that fall has “arrived,” but I will welcome as many more days like to today that the Lord wants to give.

Walks after breakfast.

Playing with the neighbors in their backyard.

Oh it’s wonderful!

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Big Projects

If you know me, then you know I am always working on some sort of project. I’ve had several BIG projects in the last few months. Big meaning take up a lot of time + space (and space relative to how much we havewhich isn’t much). And those projects were all going on simultaneously. I said they take up a lot of time, right? Well, that’s what you do when you need a change of pace: you switch to another project before the first is finished. And then you have not just one big project going on but several. So I decided that I was not going to start anymore projects until I finished the ones I had already started. Then, I would take a break from “big” projects and do some smaller ones- ones that you can feel the satisfaction of accomplishment more immediately. I finished 3 of the 4 projects! So good for me!! Especially when I was so tempted to move on to something else. No, I still haven’t finished the fourth. I’m in a little creative rut with that project (need to finish though because I have had Diane’s staple gun for forever now and need to return soon so she will let me borrow things again in the future!). 

 

So here’s completed Big Project #1

 

 

 

 

 

So happy with how it turned out! Of course, there were many changes along the way, and it didn’t end up exactly how I thought, but I love it! And I think she does too. She likes to curl up in the corner with her back facing the bumper. I think it has a “being held” feel to it. I know that Heather Bailey came out with new fabric lines (which I do like), but I just found the Freshcut line and am so enjoying it!

 

Oh, and yes I know Kyrie is almost one. Why am I just now making her crib bedding? Because she was in a mini crib up until a month or so ago. She just moved into the full size crib when Karston moved out. Here was her bedding that I made her for her mini crib (and it was finished before she was born).

 

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Order

I made some lacing cards for Karston a while back. I just made some simple shapes on the computer and printed them off (should have printed them on cardstock because I ended up gluing the paper onto cardstock). I also drew a couple of pictures with plans to do more at a later time. A really quick project. He enjoyed them for that day; then I put them away and forgot about them. I brought them out again yesterday and today. 

As you can see they got bent up (Kyrie wanted to sew too), so it would probably be better to laminate them. I’m not in any rush to laminate them- if they get messed up that’s fine. They were so easy to make. And in the future we will work on the order of sewing. As you can see here on the bird Karston just threaded whatever whole he wanted. I was just proud, and so was he, that he had put his “needle” (tape wrapped around the end of the yarn) up-and-through and down-and-through the holes!

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Makes Me Happy Monday

To see the way they love each other. They may scream or push one another, but when it comes down to it, they love each other so much.

Today Karston went down for his nap 30 min. after Kyrie had awoken from her morning nap. Mark put him in his bed, and Karston said, “Kiki sleep.” “She’ll come in here later,” Mark replied. About 30 minutes later I heard Karston talking. I proceeded into his room thinking I would find him playing, but much to my surprise he was in Kyrie’s crib waiting for her to come to sleep. Totally melted my heart.

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