Saturday, May 24, 2008

Perfect gift for a grad

I received one of these when I graduated from high school. Of course, I didn't appreciate this right away.... not until the first visit home, laden with a couple of weeks' worth of laundry.

The stencil was my first attempt at stenciling, and I suppose I liked it. It was nerve-wracking, really. One smudge, and your fabric is toast. But I think it turned out OK. This bag was crafted from some denim (new) that I found at the thrift store. I also found two large lots of khaki there, which will probably be made into laundry bags, as well.

I think this bag would partner well with some dryer sachets (and maybe a roll of quarters) for a super gift for a college student.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Just one mention, because I'm too tired for anything else....

I love The Storque on Etsy. I skim many of the articles every day, and read a good deal of them. Look what I found in the article, "A Dude's Perspective: The Men Series!"

Yay! My Arrowsmith wallet!

I haven't gotten much sewing done lately. It's sporadic, at best. Not good timing, as I have a couple of big orders that I need to finish. I did finish the "perfect gift for grads" project today. It felt good to accomplish a task. I just need to take photos of it. Tomorrow, maybe.

A happy milestone -- Owen is one month old today!

Where has the time gone? He smiled at me on Tuesday. A real smile, not gas-induced. My heart melted, and I cried a little. Made all the sleepless nights worth it.

Another question...

Is fatigue cumulative? Over days or weeks? I think I've reached a fatigue not previously experienced in my lifetime. I'm exhausted.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

And the winner is....

Congratulations to ihchicky on winning the set of recycled record bowls! Yay! Thanks to everyone who dropped by and commented, and to all who helped us celebrate Etsy Texas Crafters' 2nd birthday!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, ETC! and my first blog giveaway!

Happy Birthday, Etsy Texas Crafters!
Today is our street team's 2nd birthday! It's such a fantastic and diverse group of artists. Please drop by our team's blog and shop to get a glimpse of these amazing artists' works. You can also join us in the Etsy forums today -- HERE.

In celebration of our 2nd birthday, I'm offering a special giveaway!

I am giving away a set of record bowls! Just leave a comment (and pretty-please visit our teams' sites!) and tomorrow, I'll enter all the commenters' names in a hat, and draw one lucky winner! Then I'll contact you for your info, and a nifty set of 4 of these will be shipped to you!

Spread the word! And Happy Birthday, ETC!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Yummy muffins, and a new wallet

I made these super-easy, very yummy chocolate chip muffins for breakfast today. (Just click here for the recipe!)

I saw them mentioned in Danielle Bean's daily blog, and wanted to try them. Several of the posters recommended increasing the milk from 3/4 cup to 1 cup, so I tried that. They turned out fantastic!

A new wallet...

I listed this cowboy wallet yesterday. It's made from a vintage Louis L'Amour novel.

I also listed some new lavender dryer sachets....

I haven't gotten to sew a stitch yet today. We've been cleaning the house and doing a little grocery shopping (always an adventure.) I wore little Owen in the sling I made (pictured in this post.) I am happy to report that he loved it. I hope to do a little sewing tonight if that tiniest of Monkeys will cooperate.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I'm back! And a pound heavier, too....

Today's the day! I'm so excited to re-open my Etsy shop! I can't tell you how much I've missed it. This week I hit the thrift stores -- hard -- and have some fantastic fabrics for new totes! I also have some new sketches for the recycled felt ipod cozies; a couple of manly ones, too. One other new idea I have is for a perfect gift for the high school graduate... to be revealed very soon. (I had one of these way-back-when, so I know how handy they are.

Here's a new listing for today:

And a few dryer sachets:

And look who's a pound heavier...

(Thankfully, it's not me.) In one week, little Owen gained a whole pound. So much for the fretting and worrying in last week's post! I just made sure to wake him if he was wanting to sleep through a feeding, and feed him as much as he wanted. No over-feeding. He's been more alert these last few days, and is practicing holding his big head up.

Monkey 5 (she's 6 years old) took our picture today.... a little blurry....

And three weeks old! These past three weeks have been a blur. Mostly due to interrupted sleep and trying, desperately, to get back into our normal rhythm. I just forget how much time a newborn takes.... rocking, snuggling, crying, eating.... for hours. These hours have flown by, though. Although I'm super-excited to be back at the sewing machine again, I have had to reconcile with the fact that my time there will be very limited for a while, and that's a good thing. Newborns have a way of making us slooooowww down, and enjoy the simple act of nurturing another (very dependant) human being, often at a large sacrifice to ourselves. And those sacrifices, in turn, help us to grow emotionally and spiritually. One of the many hidden blessings of a new baby.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Some Etsy goodies

I'm a sucker for cute, cuddly (and not-so-common) baby toys. I came across this little guy on Etsy, and Owen just had to have it. He told me so.

See how happy he is? It's from minimeg's shop. I am planning to remove the button eyes (as they can be a choking hazard) and embroider some eyes in their place. My 6 year-old Monkey 5 is in love with this octopus. She tells me she's just holding it for the baby. So I've secretly ordered a pink one for her from minimeg -- just in time for her birthday!

Monkey 7 also likes it. Below, he's showing baby brother how to play with it.

I also got this sweet (and super-soft) wool hat for the baby. This was crafted by unwaveringfaith. Neat lady, and very well-made hat!

I cannot wait to get back to sewing! I have so many new ideas (and a few new fabrics, too....) I wasn't allowed to drive for two weeks after my c-section, but I can tell you that on Day 14, I was in the van and headed to the thrift store (where I found those "new" fabrics.) I'm addicted to thrifting and fabric, I think. And felt.

This is some fabric I found.... SO cute!

I thought it was a pillow case, and planned to make more dryer sachets from it. But once I got it home, I unfolded it and realized that it was a large, hemmed piece of fabric -- perfect for a light baby blanket!

Speaking of two weeks after delivery, Owen and I went to our respective check-ups, and are both doing very well. Owen hasn't regained his birthweight yet, and that has the doctor a bit concerned. She just told me to feed him more, and more often. I already feed him on demand, and as much as he wants, so it's hard for me to force-feed even more. We'll see in a week if he's gained enough weight.

Now, off to school I go....

Saturday, May 3, 2008

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