You may not have noticed that I’ve been missing, but I have! Was I off dealing with that cute but rather fussy baby? Well, yes and no. My computer died almost a month ago, shortly after my last post, and it’s taken me this long to get the stupid thing replaced. First there is the denial (maybe it’ll come back to life!), then the half-assed attempt to fix it myself (will the vacuum cleaner help?), then the grief, then the period of pretending I know what the little numbers in a computer description mean so I can make a wise choice in a new one, then waiting for the damned sale to start (frustration is mounting!), then realizing that the stupid thing must ship from China (Costco, you’ve never done me wrong like this before!), and finally nearly knocking the poor FedEx guy over when he finally brought it to my door all these weeks later. In retrospect I should have just gone to a store and bought a machine that was more expensive but could have been in my hands immediately following the grief stage. My mental health is worth something, right?
Anyway, I seem to be up and running now (please, go knock on wood), and here I am. In the interim I’ve made matching Christmas outfits for my kids and they are cute. I bought a cotton plaid in Christmas colors at my local fabric store that seemed soft enough to put on a baby and used it for pants for Worth, a skirt for Dorothy, and a dress with bloomers for the baby. I also bought red t-shirts for the big kids from Children’s Place and painted a tree on the front with fabric paint. They have plans to embellish my tree with fabric paint ornaments themselves but we haven’t gotten around to it yet. Which basically means that the day Mommy could handle three kids, no computer, and permanent paint all the same day had not yet arrived, because it is still warm in hell. But I digress. The trees will be embellished in due time, before the outfits get worn on Christmas. That they were not yet embellished at the time of our Christmas-card picture-taking may have secretly been part of my plan all along, because who knows what they’ll look like after the kids go at them with paint. But if I had plans for a perfect Christmas card they went awry anyway, somewhere between not being able to get five people to look at the camera in a pleasant manner at the same time and having hair that mysteriously poofed into the shape of Church Lady hair on the day we took the picture. I promise the shape of it in this photo has nothing to do with my usual hairstyle or my actual theology, and it calmed down later and fell into a more natural-looking, messy, lefty-Presbyterian style. But I’m rambling. Just so glad to be back online.
Worth’s pants are from the book Sewing for Boys, Dorothy’s pleated skirt is McCall’s Easy Stitch N Save M5909, and Daphne’s dress and bloomers are from Making Baby’s Clothes. I need to make some elastic adjustments yet on the skirt and pant waistbands so they don’t fall off and ruin Christmas, but other than that they turned out well. Though I have to admit that after finishing two whole Christmas outfits and still needing to make one whole Christmas outfit it did occur to me that I actually have three whole kids now and that that’s kind of a big deal. Like, a lot of kids. But it’ll be fine–at least I’m online again. Oy!
Here are some pictures of the crib bedding I made for Daphne before she was here. I made a couple fitted sheets, the skirt, the quilt, the nursing pillow cover, the little bag hung from the end to hold sundries, and the mobile. The quilt is just strips sewn together, cut diagonally, then sewn back together in a different direction. I think the nursing pillow pattern was Butterick. The birds are from the book One Yard Wonders, and everything else was measured to fit our mini crib. The birds on the Love & Joy fabrics go with the bird theme in my bedroom but are girly sweet for Miss Daphne.
*Disclaimer: Before you turn me in to child protective services, the blanket and pillow in the crib with the newborn are for demonstration purposes only, blah, blah, blah…
After I took the cute picture of my last post with my three kids in their costumes I realized I needed a way to display favorite Halloween snapshots every year. I made this banner to hang in the pass-through window between my kitchen and dining room. I slipped cardboard into each flag so my photos won’t curl up and sewed a little clear vinyl pocket onto the front of each to slip a photo into. Now I can easily change the photos as our collection of favorites evolves.
I got out our Halloween “spider webs,” which are really my great-grandmother’s crocheted doilies that I have dyed black. starched flat, and populated with plastic spiders. The kids love these and so do I.
The big kids made paper jack-o-lanterns for us to string up over our hearth.
They made a spooky/cozy scene for us on chilly school mornings when we were happy to be staying in and cuddling our new baby and having school at home instead of waiting in carpool lines across town.
I also got out my wee poseable rubber skeletons to haunt my china cabinet. They bend kind of like Gumby and I enjoy arranging them in yoga poses or popping out of tea cups, clinging to candles, etc.
Hope your Halloween was happy!
Dorothy could hardly wait to finally put on her Halloween costume with her cat accessory present. I broke down and gave in to her pleading when Daphne (the accessory) was a week old. Here are the spooky sisters, together in costume at last!
And the whole crew, with our Spider-Man brother no doubt looking tender beneath the mask. Or something. Daphne’s little costume, a project from earlier in the fall, fit her well, but we skipped the mitten-paws because they made her mad. Dorothy and Worth’s costumes were store-bought, which is really my preference with Halloween costumes because I hate to put the effort into something that will only be worn once.
More baby stuff show and tell! If you thought you were sick of my trailer a couple years ago you’ll really get tired of my relentless baby posts. This picture shows the pretty Boppy pillow cover I made out of the Love & Joy birds fabric.
Here is Daphne showing off her company pride in a onesie I embroidered with her Dad’s business logo.
And of course her little trailer onesie (with pants knitted by a friend).
And decked out in all her fall finery! With the dress and pumpkin hat I posted about this summer. You think I’m enjoying her? I am!
Thanks for the well wishes! We’re doing great. This is me with Daphne the morning after she was born. When did hospital portraits get so fancy? Her birth went fine and we got to go home 24 hours after she was born. I am so uncomfortable during pregnancy, but each time I have felt great once it’s over. What a relief!
Here is the room Worth and Daphne will share. Daphne obviously is not sleeping in this bed yet (though it is a nice space for sister cuddling while Mom brushes her teeth!), but I outfitted the attic room kind of like a kid dorm, with two dressers, night stands, and beds. The beds and dressers are the IKEA items I bought unfinished this summer and assembled and stained green. Daphne’s dresser is stocked with her little clothes and the wire basket rolled under the bed holds her diapering supplies. The beautiful quilt on the foot of her bed has birds on it and was made jointly by my mother and her mother, who is the Novema of Daphne’s middle name.
This is a better view of the pillows I made for the kids’ beds. Daphne’s has a D painted on in fabric paint, and Worth’s has his W and is made in a coordinating print.
And here is Daphne wearing her Pretty in Pink Sundress from the book Simple Crochet for Cherished Babies by Jane Davis. It was a simple pattern and looks sweet in this soft wool blend yarn.
My countdown ended so happily with 9 days yet to go! Miss Daphne arrived safely on October 3. We’re home tonight and doing well.