Thursday, August 16, 2012

One of the many reasons I love sewing for small children

You can buy two yards of fabric for about $9 each (with free shipping), use it to make a reversible top AND shorts -

(looking a bit like a young Nicole Kidman in this picture)


- reversible, as in double the fabric needed ...






and still have enough left over to make a little top and skirt.



And STILL! have enough scraps to make hair clippies (if I ever get around to it), and a skirt for Miss Liza (beloved doll), too, because Miss Liza is a superstar like her namesake and requires a lot of costume changes.

Of course, this requires some careful cutting, but I seem to have a knack for getting every available square inch of usable fabric out of a yard, and ending up with only tiny squiggles and triangles left at the end. ;-)



She was so excited about her new outfits, she had to dance it out.




Two complete custom outfits (one reversible, so it's really more like three), plus a doll skirt and hair doohickeys, for $18? Woohoo! (I know, I know, value of time and all that, but the feeling of pride is such a bonus in my book, that part certainly evens out.)

I know these outfits are super-summery and fall is coming, but (a) summer here lasts until late October, at least! and (b) I actually finished the skirt and tie top back in early July, but didn't manage to finish the rest until this week, even though they've been cut out and ready to stitch for months.


Evidence: H and Mama on 4th of July weekend

Oh, well.  Sigh.  Those shorts are long enough that she may be able to wear them next year, too.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Checklist for traveling with baby

Ever since having the nugget, traveling has been ... interesting.  It's become a running joke that we always forget at least one important (and totally obvious) thing.  When I went to her first pediatric visit, after having her at home for one day, I forgot her diaper bag! It hasn't gotten much better since then. 

So I finally sat down one day at wrote down every single thing I could think of that we needed for traveling with her. (I added the stuff I needed for myself for good measure.  Because, to be honest, I pretty much always forget my toothbrush or something, too.) 

I've used this a few times now and found it to be a nicely comprehensive list.  Of course, we won't need all this stuff every single time.  And some of it might seem weird to some people.  (Like, there are guns on the list, because usually when we go to my parent's place in the country, we end up doing target practice. FUN!)  But I thought I'd share the list just in case anyone else out there might find it to be a useful starting place!

Here it is!  Let me know if you have any trouble with the link -- I have never used Dropbox before.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

One of the many reasons I love sewing for small children

You can buy two yards of fabric for about $9 each (with free shipping), use it to make a reversible top AND shorts -

(looking a bit like a young Nicole Kidman in this picture)


- reversible, as in double the fabric needed ...






and still have enough left over to make a little top and skirt.



And STILL! have enough scraps to make hair clippies (if I ever get around to it), and a skirt for Miss Liza (beloved doll), too, because Miss Liza is a superstar like her namesake and requires a lot of costume changes.

Of course, this requires some careful cutting, but I seem to have a knack for getting every available square inch of usable fabric out of a yard, and ending up with only tiny squiggles and triangles left at the end. ;-)



She was so excited about her new outfits, she had to dance it out.




Two complete custom outfits (one reversible, so it's really more like three), plus a doll skirt and hair doohickeys, for $18? Woohoo! (I know, I know, value of time and all that, but the feeling of pride is such a bonus in my book, that part certainly evens out.)

I know these outfits are super-summery and fall is coming, but (a) summer here lasts until late October, at least! and (b) I actually finished the skirt and tie top back in early July, but didn't manage to finish the rest until this week, even though they've been cut out and ready to stitch for months.


Evidence: H and Mama on 4th of July weekend

Oh, well.  Sigh.  Those shorts are long enough that she may be able to wear them next year, too.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Checklist for traveling with baby

Ever since having the nugget, traveling has been ... interesting.  It's become a running joke that we always forget at least one important (and totally obvious) thing.  When I went to her first pediatric visit, after having her at home for one day, I forgot her diaper bag! It hasn't gotten much better since then. 

So I finally sat down one day at wrote down every single thing I could think of that we needed for traveling with her. (I added the stuff I needed for myself for good measure.  Because, to be honest, I pretty much always forget my toothbrush or something, too.) 

I've used this a few times now and found it to be a nicely comprehensive list.  Of course, we won't need all this stuff every single time.  And some of it might seem weird to some people.  (Like, there are guns on the list, because usually when we go to my parent's place in the country, we end up doing target practice. FUN!)  But I thought I'd share the list just in case anyone else out there might find it to be a useful starting place!

Here it is!  Let me know if you have any trouble with the link -- I have never used Dropbox before.