Category Archives: Mommy

Developments in Mommy’s life.

Family Pictures

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While we were out riding our bikes, I wanted to stop and get some family pictures at a couple of places.  Hubby obliged and we stopped, and we self timer-ed our own family photos.

Other than the fact that we’re in our workout clothes, we’re hot and sweaty and my face is all red because I’m tired.  I quite like how these photos turned out.  Ok, I think they are great locations.  I could really work more on how I look.

I like this shot because you get a good view of the whole city behind you, some of the lake, but you can still be close up to us.  C1 was super cute, he put his hands on my shoulder all by himself, we didn’t prompt that.

Accepted

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I applied to be apart of the 7th annual Hyde park arts and crafts adventure, and I was accepted. This will be my first ever booth and I’m very excited. I have a small inventory of things that I have been trying to sell on etsy, but now that I have to fill a 5 x 10 space of stuff, I really need to get cracking on sewing things up. For a while I might just be posting pictures of things I’ve made that day. I won’t be updating my etsy shop, so if you see something you want, just send me an email and I can sell it to you instead of putting it in the ‘adventure’.

*what I started with before I was accepted.

I have 5 weeks to make enough stuff for this two day adventure. Between sewing lessons, being a wife and a mother and helping watch kids before a friend moves, I am only able to make one thing per day, usually.

If you have any suggestions of things to sell, I’m all ears. I’ve been mostly been working on boys and girls clothing type items, I need to start working on bags of sorts and other generic type things that are not size related.

I’m excited for this, but I’m also stressed about making enough product. Wish me luck and keep an eye out for updates of what I’m making.

*what I currently have so far.

New Shirts

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I’m expanding my homemade wardrobe, and I love it.

This shirt i started making not long after Hubby and I got married, 4 years ago.  I learned to sew as a teen, but after leaving the house, I didn’t get my own sewing machine until I was married.  I knew some, but I wasn’t very good.  I cut out the pieces for thus shirt, got to step one of sewing and gave up, because something didn’t  work.  I don’t remember, but I think it’s that I didn’t know how to sew knit fabric.  I pulled it all out again and finished it up in a few hours, almost without a hitch.  I’m glad to know that my skills have expanded over the years.

This was fun to make because I just made it up as I went.  nothing fancy at all.  I’ll have to write up a tutorial for this.  It seems to be my favorite shirt right now, but the weight of the fabric is best for fall weather.  I like the color as well.  It’s exciting having a hand full of homemade shirts in my closet.  Now if I could learn to make my own pants.

Summer goals

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I found this great idea HERE, and liked the fun way to remember the fun things we wanted to do this summer. The original idea was to have your kids do chores in order to pick an activity, but C1 is a bit little to have regular chores.

Some of the things listed on our summer fun list is:
Library
Bowling
Fireworks
Swimming pool
MSI
Make crayons
Children’s museum
Hotdog stand
Aquarium
Field museum
Self family pictures
Navy pier
Movie day at home
Planetarium
Gherridelli
Play group 4 times
Play with grandma and grandpa
Visit cousin in WI
Art institute
Sox game
BBQ
Botanical gardens
Play group 4 times
Beach
Taste of Chicago
Face fountains
Go fishing
Cold stone
Six flags
Get a fish
Beach
Zoo

We have just about done them all and a few of them wont get done this summer, but that’s ok.

I liked this idea so much, I decided to do a list for crafts and me things I wanted to get done this summer.

On my list:
Pillow cases
Catch up on farmers wife blocks
Learn to play 1 hymn on the piano
Jog a personal 5k
Yoga mat – gift
Sewing lesson
Pin cushion on machine
Swim robe
Be attitude quilt top
Finish a book
Pillow shams
Baby snuggle wrap
Jenny’s garden quilt
Donation quilts
Art smock
Makes ties to sell in UT
Scan photos for dad
Cut squares for space invader quilt
Circle jean quilt
Quilting practice quilt

I think I will continue this format for each season of the year to help me break down my 101 in 1001 goals.
I also get a bonus this summer because I get until the end of September.

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Flower shirt

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I was running low on my boy fabrics, so I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some more. On my way to the check out I walked past a maniquine that was showing off a pattern for a shirt. I liked the neckline of the short, so I bit. I bought the pattern on a whim and made my way home. I picked out the knit fabric that I wanted to use and got to making myself a shirt.

I love quite a few things about this shirt; the neck line is flattering on me, it was super simple to make, and it doesnt have sleeves, but still covers my shoulder. I tried it on when I was done to show Hubby and he thought It looked a little big around my middle and didn’t look good.

I ended up adjusting the sides by taking them in even more. I am really enjoying my new shirt. It close to the first time using knit fabric and it the only shirt I’ve made myself that fits well.

Shirt refashion

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I don’t like to shop for clothes. Most of what is in my closet is a hand me down, homemade or something I just happened to get. Turtlenecks, or high neck lines don’t look good on me, it makes me look larger than I already am. However, half my closet has necklines that are too low. I usually wear a camisole or something under. I don’t like wearing so many layers, especially in this hot summer we have been having.

I decided to finally do something about my shirts. I took all my camisole shirts, cut them up a bit and sewed them into my shirts. Now I can wear my shirts all by themselves and I love it. I have extra shirt parts, so I can “fix” any more shirts I need.

Navy Pier

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On Saturday we decided to go for a bike ride up to Navy Pier.  It took a while to get there on our bikes, but we were more about being out and together than getting to our destination quickly.  It’s about 10 miles from our door, to Navy Pier and it took us about 45 minutes.

Once we got there we decided to go on the farris wheel.  So we paid our money and got on the farris wheel and when up and around.  It was Hubby and C1’s first time on this farris wheel.

We then decided to get ourselves a Jamba Juice while we walked around for a bit, then biked back home.  It was a lovely way to spend our Saturday morning.

I’ve been really enjoying riding our bikes and wonder how we didn’t buy me a bike sooner.  I think our Phil & Ted stroller misses us though.