Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Long time comin'

I should be packing.....but I deemed it necessary to take a break :) I'm sorry that I've been neglecting to post anything as of late. Life has been way too busy. I promise to be much better after we've moved and settled in to the new house. Here are some of the items that I have completed in the last month or so. This is my nephew, isn't he just adorable. He loves to be snuggled in at night but always ends up kicking his blankets off. My sister asked if I could make him a snuggle pod so that he would stay warm and snuggled in at night. I thought it would be so fun to make one for him as he just turned 1. Seeing him in it made me giggle, i'm used to little babies being snuggled up in them. He thinks it's pretty cool and she says that he now stays snug and warm at night. I had fun playing with the stripes too.
I finally got around to making myself a pair of slippers. I decided to make them a mary-jane style with a strap. They turned out great I think and they keep my feet nice and warm. I may work on some kids sizes too, now to find cute buttons to go on the straps. :)
I've had these cute little buttons stashed away for so long now. I think they fit quite nicely with my new slippers, don't you think?

I had a gift certificate to amazon and I scored some very cool books. I Can't wait to plunge in and make some of the beautiful projects in them. Here's my take on the books, just so you know what to expect if you get them. We'll call it a book
Bend the Rules Sewing (Amy Karol) - you can find her blog at
If you are anything like me and you don't always follow all the instructions to the letter then this may be a good book for you. She gives you a brief rundown of sewing instuctions and tips which I thought was great. I learned a thing or two, who am I kidding I learned tons. The projects are fun, whimsical, and not too in depth. The patterns needed for the 30 projects are templates in the back of the book that you photocopy increasing the size of some. Generally though most projects are based on squares or rectangles that can just be measured and cut from the fabric.
Seams to Me (Anna Maria Horner) - you can find Anna at I love her fabrics and her playful nature. You will see this in her book. She gives you an in depth run through of all things sewing in the beginning. Which I thought was great, since I still consider myself a newborn to sewing. Her projects are fun, eye-catching, and stylish. I can't wait to make the Bo-Peep skirt for my girls, so cute, and the bags, Ohhhhh the bags (It's a fettish of mine, bags, purses and pouches, oh my) I'm just looking for the right fabric to make some of these. 24 patterns are all in an envelope pouch at the back, no copying and up-sizing, which is awesome.
Amy Butler's Little Stiches for Little ones - You can find her at Who doesn't love Amy Butler's fabrics, I mean come one they are all the rage these days. So calming, beautiful, and elegant. Her book gets right in to the projects with a few tips here and there. The projects are perfect for those expecting a little one or if you have little ones underfoot. It gives you projects for everything you may want to have for your baby, yet stylishly done. She also rates the projects based on skill level. These handmade beauties will be cherished and passed down from generation to generation, i'm sure of it. 20 patterns are in a pocket on the front cover of the book, once again no re-sizing needed here.
My dear husband surprised me one day and told me that I could finally purchase the camera I've been wanting for so long, pretty much since we got married 7.5 years ago. I now have the Nikon D90 in my possesion. It's awesome, I love it. I kinda felt guilty buying that much camera, but the thing that sealed the deal is that it will shoot HD quality video. The salesman said that they didn't have camcorders in stock that could compare to the quality this thing will do. I was beaming. We've been debating getting a new camcorder for a while now. We have the type that uses tapes, but I wanted to be able to put them on my computer. I still have some reading to do in the manual yet. I just discovered today however that the pictures it takes are of such a high quality it will take blogger forever to upload them :( Anyone have this problem and know how to solve it? I wanted to post a picture of our new house, but can't. I'm sure I can "dumb down" the quality a bit if I know that i'm not going to enlarge the picture or anything. Hmmmm just thinking outloud here. Anyone have any ideas?


Kay said...

seriously adorable slippers! You are so talented! Sorry been out of the loop, so busy! How much are the slippers? Thinking I may need a pair! Too cute!

TinaLaRae said...

We have the D90 too. The last pics I posted only worked when I uploaded 2 at a time. Kirk also only take RAW pictures with it and uses Aperture 2 to "fix" them up a bit. Not sure if any of that makes a difference in uploading on here though?