Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sunshine at Christmas

A few months ago my daughter saw a kimono robe on the Anthropologie site, and fell in love with it.


Of course, she asked me to make her one.  Then, on a spur of the moment trip to Fabricland with my Grandmother and I, she found the perfect fabric for our version. It is a lovely heavier weight polyester satin, perfect for this project.  I used an OOP Newlook pattern, that I can’t find at the moment to give you the number. (figures, lol)  It worked up very quickly, which was just what I needed.  A quick, feel good project is sometimes the best medicine when you are feeling down.

Unfortunately my pictures don’t do the fabric or the robe itself justice. The fabric is such a beautiful bright sunny yellow, it makes you happy just to look at it. I took the pics in the evening, but with the dull miserable weather we’ve been having, I don’t think taking them during the day would have made much difference. 

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Hillary is thrilled with her new robe, and already has a list of other things she would like me to make for her!

Can you believe Christmas is so close?  With all of the turmoil and illness we have had here I am soo far behind. I still have sewing I have to finish, baking to do and shopping… I don’t even want to think about the shopping.  Hopefully I get it all finished in time.  For those of you that read my last post, there have been no new developments. We are still not able to see MacKensie, and miss her terribly. Hopefully that will change soon.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On Christmas and other things…

I have debated writing this post for weeks.  Even now I don’t know what to say. That is, I’m not prepared to disclose too much, but I need to get it off my chest.  As many of you know, my son became a father for the first time in late August to a beautiful baby girl. Everyone immediately feel in love with her. She and her mom spent many many hours and days with us, almost living here. Well, about six weeks ago, mom decided that she wasn’t happy with the situation, and broke up with my son.  While it was devastating for my son, and the rest of the family, we all understood that these things happen. For the first few weeks, my son spent as much time with his daughter as he could, which in turn meant that I was also able to see her on a regular basis. Then things started to change.  Mom made excuses not to let baby come over, resulting in visits becoming much further apart. Last week mom decided to effectively cut my son (and us) out of MacKensie’s life.  My son is desolate, as am I. The mom has given my son instructions that he may see the baby once a month at a local coffee shop so that she may collect her child support.  Obviously I am leaving out a great deal of the story, things that I am not able to tell. All I can say is that my son has done nothing wrong.  He lives for MacKensie, and has done as much as he could possibly do for her. The mom has simply ‘moved on’ with a new boyfriend, and has no wish to have my son involved in their lives. This means my son will not see his daughter’s first Christmas and too many other ‘firsts’ to think about. The worst thing? There is nothing he can do about it at the present time. It will be months before a court date could be set.
I just don’t understand. How can anyone be so cruel?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Red White and Blue

As I was looking through my pictures this evening I came upon this little dress.  I made it back in August for my Etsy Shop, but with all the baby excitement  and a visit with my grandmother, I completely forgot to post about it.  I think it is adorable, but then I could be just a little biased!  It sort of yells ‘SUMMER’, doesn’t it? It was so easy to make,and I’m sure I’ll make loads more for MacKensie as she grows.
I didn’t think to take pictures of the process, but it is pretty self explanatory. A regular tank top is layered with ruffles to make a dress for a toddler, or a top for an older child. The fabric is a fun baseball-esque print cotton.  I sewed the flower to a pin back, making it easier to wash, or even wear on another outfit.

I love adding fabric flowers to my projects. They just seem to add that extra little personal touch to any outfit.  I’ve been scouring the internet for more tutorials, looking for as many different ones as I can. These are a few of my favourites.
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This is a Russian site, with links to several Kanzashi tutorials.
‘Anna’s Flower’ from Sew Ritzy Titzy
And these beautiful ribbon Peonies from Make It Do.
There are literally dozen’s of tutorial’s to be found.  The hardest part is deciding what to make first!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Strange Animals…


This is what I found on my sofa the other day…..


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Yes, Beau has his legs resting on the back of the sofa, and is lying on Abby’s tail.

Who said cats and dogs don’t get along?  Somebody obviously forgot to tell these two.



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It’s Summer Somewhere in the World……

Just not here.  The cool weather has been creeping in, signalling to one and all to dig out warm weather gear.  But, in my usual fashion, I’m behind the times.  I made this little outfit a few months ago, and only just listed it in my Etsy shop tonight.  Better late than never, right?  I love it.  The pink eyelet is so soft and feminine, and the twill is a cheerful combination of white, yellow and pink.  I used a vintage Simplicity pattern, (7304) that I can’t find a picture of anywhere. The pattern also includes shorts and a dress.  I made the same top for my daughter in white eyelet when she was small.
I have several more items in various stages of completion that I will soon list. (hopefully! lol)
This past weekend my daughter Hillary and her boyfriend Ben came home for a long awaited (in my eyes at least) visit.  As always it was wonderful to have them home. Ben has recently started a photography business, and was kind enough to take several pictures of MacKensie, along with her Mom and Dad.
Ben did such a fantastic job!  If you would like to see the rest of the picture’s, hop on over to Ben’s site and take a look. Just click on the first pic to start the slideshow.
I think they are fabulous! (Of course the little model may have had something to do with it…)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MacKensie’s First Outfit From Nanny

Well.  No one can say that I rush things.  I made this outfit for Mackensie way back in May, and I’m just getting around to posting it!  I found the vintage pattern in an Etsy shop named Kallie Designs.  The pattern is still available as a PDF download. I highly recommend it. It is quick and easy to put together, and so adorable!  It is a size two, but would be easy enough to re-size. 
I did make a few changes to the pattern. Instead of using seam binding around the neck and armholes I completely lined the bodice. It seemed a bit flimsy for my liking without the lining. I also omitted the pockets and added ruffles to the bum. (you can’t have bloomers with out ruffles!) I used coordinating quilting weight fabrics from Fabricland, and lined the bodice and bonnet with some white broadcloth I had on hand. (Yay for stash busting!) I wasn’t sure about black for a baby, but now I love it.
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The bloomers were hanging a little low here. In reality they are tucked up underneath the dress.
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See the ruffle peaking out?
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Now, my favourite part. The bonnet!
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As the first of what I know will be many outfits I sew for MacKensie I’m very happy with how it turned out.  The most difficult thing will be choosing what to make next!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

This is me. Is that you?

I thought I would pop in and say hi this evening, only to realize I’d neglected my poor blog for so long that I had forgotten how to use my Windows Live Writer. Sad smileSo after a quick review, I have at least gotten this far without too many problems. So, would you like to see what has been occupying alot of my time lately? Brace yourself for some major cuteness!

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MacKensie and Uncle Colin
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Mackensie and Auntie Hillary
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Mackensie and Great Great Nanny Dorothy (yes, that’s right. Two greats!  Mackensie is the fifth generation)
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MacKensie and Uncle Adam
Boy time flies!  Mackensie will be eight weeks old in four days.  It seems like yesterday we were still waiting anxiously for her to arrive.  As you can see, she has won over the hearts of everyone in the family.  Even her big manly man uncles are impatient to hold her!
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

She’s Here!

My  sweet granddaughter arrived yesterday afternoon at 3:40, after nearly 17 hours of labour. She was 8lbs 6oz, and 19.5 inches long.  Mom and baby are doing great. Dad is in love, and keeps marvelling at baby’s fingers and toes.
We are all beyond happy!
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Many more picture’s to follow!

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