Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's Out of Control

I really can't believe I haven't posted about this sooner since I am obsessed. But as most of you know I got a new sewing machine that sews and embroiders. Its hard not to want to monogram and applique everything!! And to think that less then a year ago I was learning to sew on an old Singer machine with just a little bit of fabric, 1-2 patterns and some thread. Now it's out of control! As you can see in the below pictures, we no longer have a guest bedroom because I have taken it over with all my sewing stuff. And the reason I have so much is completely because of the generosity of others. A lot of what I have is borrowed...sewing books/magazines, dress manican, pleater, and patterns. A sweet lady in my bible study that I have gotten to know who quilts and doesn't sew that much anymore loaded me up with fabric that she had and patterns and lace and so much more. So I really have been blessed by others generosity towards me. And I am so grateful because I just LOVE sewing.

What is sad about this picture is that this is only 1/2 of the disaster!! But between, measuring tapes, seam rippers, cloth setters, hoops, stabilizer, fabric scraps, fabric, pleaters, iron/ironing board, pins, lace/eyelett, and so much more - I mean really, where in the world do you put it all?

This is my new machine!! You just tell it what to do and then watch it do it!! (well kind of) All of this fabric was given to me! Thanks to Jennifer who organized it all...it was just sitting out in stacks in the middle of the floor for a while!Here is Kate's Thanksgiving outfit...I made it to go with her Spider outfit pants.
It has been a lot of fun to make burp cloths for people....Shea this one is coming your way for Kinley!!
I have been smocking a lot...here is Kate's christmas dress. Wreaths were the easiest christmas smocking plate I could find!
And here is my proudest accomplishment...for those of you who wonder why all the heirloom sewing is so expensive - this dress cost me a ton of money to make and I didn't even use that much lace and beading. The bottom of the dress still needs to be hemmed so imagine it half that length.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Like the kazoo video in the last post, I just think it is so fun to watch Kate be so proud of herself after doing something! We went to the park with cousin Hannah last week when she was in town and Kate loved to feed Hannah goldfish!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Musical Tunes on the Kazoo

When we were at my parent's house the other night my dad kept playing on the kazoo for all the grandkids. It was so cute to watch Kate do it...she was so proud of herself! But as cute as she was to watch with the kazoo, let's just say I am glad the kazoo stayed at my parent's house.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Pumpkin Patch

Kate's first trip to the pumpkin patch was also my first trip to a pumpkin patch as well. My whole family is in town so we packed up all three grandkids and headed down to Harpersville to the pumpkin patch on Saturday. The weather had gotten a lot cooler and I don't have that many warm outfits right now for Kate so I put her in what I had and what I also thought would look so cute in all our pictures. Needless to say, I somehow didn't process that white and pink corduroy overalls are not a great match for red mud pumpkin patches! So despite that fact that Kate would have loved to run wild, I held her most of the time so that she wouldn't ruin her outfit!! We had a great time and it was fun to be there with cousins Bryce and Hannah.

again, trying to get three one year olds to take a picture together...virtually impossible! this is the best shot i got.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

This summer we went to the zoo almost every week but we hadn't been in about 2 months until last week. We took Kate to the zoo and it was a completely different experience. Now that she is walking, she wanted out of her stroller so that she could run around and explore. And she was actually interested in all the animals. She loved the barnyard animals where you can pet them. I just thought it was so fun to watch her peer through the gates and squat and look for the animals. I just loved observing her and realizing how much she had grown and changed in such a short period of time. The goat above was really cute...if you Baaed at him, he would baa back at you! Obviously you can tell, Kate thought it was great!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Spiders, Tennis and More Birthdays

Okay, so as you all know I sew now. I was a little obsessed when I first learned but then over the summer I really didn't sew all that much. Well, I am back in the swing of things making lots of outfits and here is one of the latest ones!! Mrs. Burkhardt helped me with the applique which is the whole reason this outfit is adorable to me!

I grew up with my dad always playing tennis and Jason is a very good tennis player as well. I never got competitive in playing, I just like to hit it back and forth (however, Jason says that I am not very good at that). Well, I start tennis lessons this week and Jason couldn't be more excited. So I will have to let you know how it goes!! In the meantime, Kate has found yet another thing to play with that isn't one of her millions toys she has.

So this weekend we got to go to two birthday parties. Pictures are below in another post of the one on Saturday and then Sunday we went to my cousin's little girl's birthday party at another gym. Kate again had a blast! Not to mention she thinks she hit the jackpot...two pieces of cake and ice cream in a weekend, that's more then she's had in her entire lifetime!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

My Big Girl

Yesterday we went to a birthday party at Gymboree. It was so much fun and I was so sad all at the same time. I am just so used to Kate being too little for these things and not caring to participate but instead just running all over the place and uninterested with what all there is to do. But this time she actually participated. She went through the obstacle course and without my help because I was sitting there thinking that she couldn't do it. She just followed all the big kids around the gym and did what they did. The kicker for me was when she sat at the table to eat cake in a normal chair and stayed there. She even drank out of a juice box with no problem. I am NOT ready for her to grow up yet. I was so glad she had a blast but it was sad watching her and thinking of her as such a big girl now.