Bye Bye 2012

This is my last post........  of 2012. (Scared ya there didn't I) *^_^*
I'm not big on New Years Resolutions. I honestly don't see the point to them. They are never stuck too, and then I'm just cursing myself for the rest of the year because I didn't follow my Resolutions. So I've made it a point to no longer rely or make Resolution's. I figured, I'm just going to do What I want, How I want to, and When I want to do them.
Like for the last 2 years I said I was going to blog more.
2011, I went through a lot of trial and error with things, trying to work out kinks in my shop and preparing for Mizz Sprout.
Then 2012 was a little rocky with having a new baby. Feeling like a new parent all over again. Trying to get Bug through school and the trials of not being an only child anymore, and going through some other family things. It just didn't work out for me.
I'm hoping 2013 will work out better for me this time around. I hope to get more projects done and definitely blog more about my goings on then I have previous.
So if you do make Resolutions more power to you, good luck and I hope you can stick to yours better then I can. I you don't good luck in the new year. 
So here's saying GOOODDDD BYYYYYEEEE 2012! HELLLOOOOOOO 2013! May you all have a prosperous, loving, & Happy New Year!

From myself, the Hubs, Bug & Sprout.
Photo: found on google here

Kawaii Christmas

 
Aren't they just adorbs!
I hand stitched them using eco-fi felt. They are just too cute to not give away. I'm going to have to make some more.
Just when I thought Urban Threads couldn't make anything cuter, they prove me wrong and make the Kawaii Christmas Design Pack!! :)
 
(Photo from UT site. Click photo to be taken to the Design pack)
 

Meet Zap our Elf on a Self

Oh yes! we have an Elf, an Elf that sits on our shelf. Well at least that's where he starts off. Follow along if you will and see what sorts of predicaments our pesky little elf gets into. *^_^*
Day #1
Poor Fuzzy Bean, you see the worried look in his eyes?, I think Zap just told him he may need a bath!! Eeekkk!!!
 
Day #4
Zap taking a ride
 
Day #6
Checking out the Nativity Scene
 
Day #9
Rocked to sleep by an Angel
 
Day #12
Relaxing and reading
 
Day #15
Roasting marshmallows
 
Getting down to the wire, soon it will be time for Zap to leave us till next year. But I've got a feeling his shenanigans have just begun.....
Stay tuned!

26 Acts of Kindness

I know it's still very fresh in every ones minds and hearts what has happened that tragic day on Friday the 14th, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.
Even now as I'm writing I can't stop the tears. I know everyone has a different emotion for what happened that day. I being a mother of an elementary school child and a 11month old couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the news that day. My heart just sank hearing the stories and the count of victims. Then realizing most were children, I crumpled to the floor and just remember thinking "WHY?!" "How could someone do something like this?!".
My heart and thoughts go out to all the families that have had to go though this tragic loss. I can't help but think of those little faces that will never get to grow and do wonderful things in this world. The adults that risked everything to protect those children. They are heroes.
I remember going to pick up my son after school that day, he had asked what was wrong as I hugged him and silently cried. I explained to him what I had seen/heard on the news. (We talk with our son a lot about what goes on and things he has questions about, we explain fully) He was very saddened and started to cry. He hugged me very tight and asked what we could do to help the families. It made me smile, my son has a big heart for an 8yr old. I told him because we are in another state  unfortunetly we couldn't do much, but we can remember them and pray for their families. Maybe find a way to send a letter or message to the school and families.

Then I saw a Facebook page about
photo from Facebook. Click to be taken to the page
 
 
I thought "what an amazing idea!" We all need to bring some GOOD back into this world. I think along the way over the years, this world has become a me, me, me train of thought. We need to get back to thinking of everyone. Not just ourselves. Just one Act of Kindness, no matter how small can replicate into dozens of more acts.
My family and I will join in on doing 26 Acts. I hope others will join me as well.
Lets remember these Heroes and Little Angels for years to come. Lets show there is still real GOOD in this world!.

 
 


The Giving Bunny Project

What is this?, you may ask. The Giving Bunny?? ...
I enjoy a wonderful embroidery site called Urban Threads. They have such cute, fun, playful little designs that just makes you want to embroider everything you possibly can in the world.
Now, I know what your thinking.... "Rachel you don't have an embroidery machine" ..... Yes this is true. Still to this day that pesky machine eludes me. I need to get one!. I do all of my embroidery by hand. It takes quite a bit longer but I can get the job done for the most part. I vow to have a Embroidery machine I can call my own, One day. Oh yes, One day. Then look out world!. *^_^*

So any way back to The Giving Bunny. I was on the UT blog Stitch Punk the other day and there was a cute new post about the Giving Bunny.
 (Click the photo to be taken to the post)
 

Yes it sounds a little odd "The Giving Bunny, but it's a really great gesture.
He's a stuffed little (or Big depending on the size you choose) bunny that you can easily put together just to, well basically as the title says give away. You can make him yourself or be one other the lucky strangers to find his little cuteness some where in the world.
There are others out there, like me, who have decided to make bunches of them and set them out into the world (or town that you live) for people to find them and take them home.
Bug liked the idea so much I'm now having to make them for his class. We made one for his teacher all ready and are going to make a few more for the school office as well.
He's excited to go somewhere and leave them for someone to find. So keep an eye out when you are out and about on your days endeavors and see if you can spot any little bunny's waiting to be found and loved.
 
So far we have Bon Bon and Elouise:
 
Tyler and Leapster:

 
 
Don't forget to go on the site at the bottom of their name tags and let us know that you found them and they made it to a good home.


New addition's

It's here! it's here! Sprout's new friend has arrived.
My dear friend Lindsay from Hedgehog & Rabbit has made a new darling collection "Dolly, The Handmade Friend". They are just adorbs!. She had just started posting pictures on IG (Instagram) of a few she had made. I took one look at the picture and just fell in love with one. She was going to be selling them at a Farmers Market where she lives, so I hoped (fingers crossed) that the one I liked would still be available. I left her a comment about it and she replied that the Dolly I wanted was! (wooo hooo!) She makes different styles also child/baby safe as well. She's even making some with different colored hair.

 Sprout loved it too I guess, since she practically tore it out of my hands when I opened the package.
To my surprise (well I knew just wasn't expecting what else came) there were some other goodies in the package also.


Bug got a new furry little pal (That he named Fluff) to go along with another character he picked out from Lindsay's lovely bunch of creations Fuzzy Bean. Fluff is a mini bean that is also a magnet. :)
I got a cute little spool necklace, some wooden gift tags, and some great red polk-a-dot material. It was a wonderful package to receive.

If you get a chance, Go check out Lindsay's shop!. Her creations are just awesomesauce! (yes i said that) Just click on the button to the right over there. The one with the cute little Sloth couple.
 

Flutter top Knock off

While scouring the Clearance racks a few days before Thanksgiving I found this cute top by Mossimo. I scored it for $6.00. Yes this is what I wore for Turkey Day. :)

 
So on Saturday, what? you really thought I'd go out on Black Friday, with an 8yr old and a 10month old?!?! hahahaha! yeah no.... (This mama doesn't do that. It's safer for the people that do go out from me and my big mouth.) *^_^*
Anyway, on Saturday the 24th it was Shop Small. I decided to go to Rainbow Fabrics instead of Jo-Ann's like I normally do. I've never been in but they had lots of gorgeous fabrics. The personnel was so helpful and kind. Especially having 2 littles with me it was a breeze to get in and out. I found a gorgeous jersey knit fabric with a tiger print (can you tell i like stripes??) on it in their clearance stash for only $1.50 a yard.
                                                                                         
Sorry picture isn't all that great, flash went off when it wasn't supposed to... grrr but it's a light roseish/tan with black stripes. I had the perfect project in mind for it when I spotted it. To make a replica of my Mossimo Turkey Day top. :) yay.
 
I don't do measurements well off of pre made items (never comes out right when I try to). So I drew out my own pattern, like so:
 


 
 I know very odd shapes. Maybe when I've had a little more experience making patterns I can turn this into a tutorial and printable pattern. (not yet there though sorry, it's not you it's me.)
Here's where I started sewing it: (Only the second time working with Jersey knit. First attempt, well lets not go there shall we)


About an hour and a crying baby later,
Ta Da!!, Finished knock off...


I need to fix the sirring in the front (it's a little to big other wise) But I'm happy with the turn out. (Sorry for the really bad lighting/bathroom shot)



 
 

Baby Jean upgrade

Did you ever realize how fast babies grow?!? I mean really. It's insane. Then it's like the sizes they should be wearing aren't right either. Sprout is 9months and is wearing 6-9 months in some outfits. Pants depending on what they are can go anywhere from 3-6 to 9months. I'm half tempted to just stop shopping for clothes for Lil' miss Sprout and just start making her clothes my self all together. Lol. I'm just tired of getting things and they don't fit right. So anyway (sorry about my rant there). Here's a little upgrade for those pesky clothes that are still wearable and just need a few tweaks.
 Well of course Pinterest is an inspiration here. (If you have not experianced Pinterest yet... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!) If only I had enough money for everything I have pinned to try from that site..... oh the Joy I would have. *^_^*

Here is the Pin from Pinterest:
(the photo is from Totsy.com where they sell the pants like this.)
 
I decided to take Sprout's bottoms that still fit her waist and just lengthin them this way. I thought this was such a cute idea. Saves money and your child gets more use out of their clothes. Perfect for Sprout, I've had many clothes that she's only been able to wear once because she out grows them too fast.
 
Here's her cute little 3-6 month jeans:
They have become capri pants on her. Which would be fine if it was still the season for it. But it's fall and she needs to cover her little legs.

Here's the upgrade:

I opened up the hem on the bottom to give me a flatter area to sew onto and add about a half inch to the jean length. The black is a cotton fabric. I cut two strips to add about 3 inches to the pants. The finnishing touch was the little pink bows I had. Just to add that little something.


Here she is with a whole new outfit for fall: (The coat is from the previous blog post  Cute fall Swin Coat)

 
 




Cute fall Swing coat

So it's fall here in California (finally!) and now it's a scramble to get nice warm-ish clothes for Lil' Sprout. (Which of course if you have kids, and a little girl, you know how expensive it can be) Unfortunately she is a lot like me and Bug and we get hot very easily. So I tend to have to watch what I get her material/ clothes wise.
Well I found some nice semi warm long sleeved onesies and a great free pattern from The Mother Huddle for a coat. It's call the Central Park Swing coat.
(Click picture to be taken to the blog tutorial and pattern)

It's more like a capelet to me. But it's still very cute and I figured I'll later play around with the pattern and create full sleeves for it. It's actually a pattern sized for 3-5T, so I tweaked it a bit to make it work for 9month old Sprout.
So I searched through Jo-Ann's fabric's till I found the perfect print in fat quaters for this cute coat. I was able to use 2 fat quaters, plus I had just enough of some plain flannel fabric left over from making Bug's Link costume.

Here's the fabric I chose. The tan/brown fabric is the left over flannel I had. This print was very cute. Reminded me of peacock tail feathers. It's a pretty coral pink type color.
 
 
I added a bit to the front of the coat to overlap. I was going to make it a button up, but then decided to close with snaps. I Like that it's also a reversible coat as well since so much of Sprouts wardrobe has prints on them.
 
Here's the coat finished.
 
 
 
Here's Lil' Miss Sprout in her new coat last night after I finished it. (Note the pj's. lol)

(I think she Loves it!)
 

 


 

Picture Saturday

Sprout got cute polk-a-dot PJ's
 
Bug's new PJ's with skulls and other doodles.
He thought they were awesome! *^_^*

Handmade costume baby Leia

Yes you read that right. Baby Princess Leia!
I haven't touched on my husband much so far in the blog but to put it bluntly, "HE IS A STARWARS NUT". It's true! in one of those you can ask him any question pertaining to Starwars and he can give you the answer in so much detail that you'd ask him to stop talking. Lol
I love Starwars too. So he tells everyone that he is so lucky to have found me. We like/love the same things, we are both gamers, I'm better at shooters then he is though, (you can ask his friends, they tell him all the time they would rather play MW3 with me then him cause I stay alive longer) haha.
But anyway. Back to the task at hand....
Round 2 of costumes goes to my daughter Sprout.
I was having a tough time trying to figure out what to make her. Hubs wanted to make her a troll. Yes I said a Troll, remember them, the ones with the colorful hair and the jewel on their bellies??... yeah those. But she doesn't have enough hair for that.
So I thought I'd make hubby happy this year and make a Princess Leia Costume.
Of course he was led to believe it was for me.... (hahaha)

Here's my references:
 
Here's Sprout with the hair:
 
The making of the costume:
 
The finished costume and my little character Sprout:
 

Isn't she a cute Leia!
I had to make a few adjustments but all in all it came out great. I can't wait to take her out for her first Halloween.