Tuesday, September 27, 2011

craft show!

This weekend I secured myself a table at the annual Bonsor Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 19th.  I did this craft fair 5 or 6 years ago with just my cards, and I was completely inexperienced.  I had put no thought into display and set up, and my packaging was minimal.  I can't wait to work on my table presentation this time around.

I'll be selling my greeting cards, as well as many of the items in my etsy shop:  felt hair clips, pacifier clips and toy leashes, some jewelery for mommas, baby blankets, nursing pads, crayon roll ups, embellished onesies, and a few other surprises.  I've also recently picked up my knitting needles and crochet hooks again, and will be doing baby and toddler hats as well.  Here's a little preview of something I whipped up last week:

I'm also looking at trying my hand at creating some crochet and knitted photo props for newborn photography (inspired by our family photo shoot last month).  Stay tuned, and I hope to see you on the 19th!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

citrus coasters

I saw these cute felt citrus coasters a while back on a crafty blog somewhere and I knew I had to try to make them.  They are completely cut and sewn by hand, so they are a bit time consuming, but they look beyond adorable when finished.  I gifted this set to a friend has a house warming present.  Now I've got to make a set for myself!  Perfect for a chilled glass of white on a hot summer day!

Friday, September 9, 2011

felt-y hair clip fun

I'm loving working on these beautiful little hair clips for girls.  If I cut the pieces out at night after the kiddies are asleep, I can hand sew them while I get a few minutes of down time during the day (which doesn't happen MUCH, but I can usually manage to sneak a few minutes here and there).

I bought a bunch of lovely prints yesterday to make some new crayon rolls... they'll be in my etsy shop once they are finished.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

an outfit for addy

My friend's little one recently turned a year old, and I decided I'd like to make her an outfit out of some super cute Riley Blake fabric that was in my stash.  I loved the way the little tunic dress turned out, especially with the tie at the side, and the diaper covers are SO easy to make (are diaper covers for boys a fashion no-no?)  Doing the gathered neckline was a bit tricky, but I love the effect.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

post baby dressing - AKA $#@^$!

Baby B is now almost 3 weeks old.  I can't believe how quickly time is flying, and how seamlessly he fit into our little world here.  Having your second child is easier in so many ways - you have confidence in what you're doing (hey, my first is still alive and breathing so I must have done something right!) and you have most of the gear and things you need already (but hubby draws the line at our son wearing hand-me-down pink clothes). 

My labour and delivery with little B was a bit of a crazy experience, and definitely different from my daughter's birth 3 years ago.  She came naturally on her due date.  With your first, you don't know what to expect when you give birth - I went in with an open mind, no birth plan, and a hope that I could deliver naturally.  All went well.  10 hours of labour and LOTS of laughing gas later, she was born.  My little man was overstaying his welcome, and my doctor decided to induce me at 1 week overdue.  We checked into the hospital at 8:30am and he was born at 12:34pm - a quick 4 hours later.  I had my water broken and was given oxytocin.  All the action happened in the last 30 minutes.  I went from 3cm to birth in less than an hour.  I pushed about 6 times (as opposed to over an hour with my daughter).  It was INTENSE.  Recovery has been a bit harder for me this time, but nursing has been super easy and my little chubbers is gaining weight like a champ.

One of the cruelest things I found in the whole birthing experience is that when you check into the hospital labour and delivery ward, the FIRST thing they make you do is step on the scale.  Great, thanks.  I gained 50 pounds with both my pregnancies.  With them being 2.5 years apart, I had time to lose all the baby weight from the first.  It was a slow and steady process with my daughter, but I eventually lost the weight.  Breastfeeding helped A LOT.  Burning 500 calories a day sitting in my rocking chair lovingly gazing at my kids works for me!

At 2.5 weeks post-partum, I have lost 25 pounds already - that's half of what I gained.  (Happy dance)  Problem is - I am too small for my maternity clothes (and want to burn a bunch of them anyways, I am so SICK of them), but too big for my regular clothes.  What's a girl to do?  I survived the end of my pregnancy wearing hubby's Ts and boxer shorts, and a couple pairs of comfy yoga sweats I got from Costco after Lexi was born.  I'm SO not ready for spandex yet (sorry Lulu's, you'll have to wait).  Here's what I wearing in the mean time:

- nursing tanks - I have a couple Bravado tanks from last time around, and these are great for feeding on the go.  I think I can speak for most new mom's when I say that I'd WAY rather the general public see my boobs than my post-baby belly

- before and after mat pants - I have a couple pairs of 'before and after' pants that I wore when I was around 3-4 months pregnant that I've pulled out of the closet for now.  They are an 'under the belly' style (no big belly panel) and tend to have (sigh) an elastic waistband in the back.  Hey, don't judge, it's survival for now!

- yoga style skirts - I had 2 maternity skirts in the SOFTEST material that I wore a lot in the last month of pregnancy (and have been loaned out to 2 friends who adore them).  I'm happy to say they are TOO BIG now.  I have a similar, non-mat, style that I got an Superstore (Joe Fresh line) after Lexi was born that I'm loving right now

- spanx - yup, don't laugh

I'm glad there will be a couple more months of (hopefully) nice weather so I can get out and walk with the kids.  I've so missed being active.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011