I am playing around with a new product in my Etsy shop. I have these beautiful bibs that I've been making for years, and they sell very well, mostly as special baby gifts. But I wanted to think of something for that customer who wants a little bigger impact when their friend opens that gift.
So I took one of my favorite bibs and created a set of two matching burp cloths to go with it. Every parent knows that babies and drool go hand in hand!
I had a lot of fun picking a coordinating fabric for one of the burp cloths, and I even got to choose some fun ribbon from my stash for embellishment. I might possibly be addicted to ribbon, so it's great to find a new excuse to buy more a new use for it.
I'll admit it. Lately, on Saturday mornings, I've taken advantage of the opportunity to sleep in. Today, however, Radar had an early-morning call for a play he is in, so I found myself up at 7:00. After he was on his way, silence descended upon the house as everyone else was still sleeping. Hmmm... So this is what it's like when you actually get up before the rest of your family. I kinda like it. Time for a little baking. Chocolate chip muffins are on the menu for breakfast.
This is what my kitchen's baking area looks like when EVERYTHING has been removed and the counter scrubbed super-clean. At 9:30 at night. Why would I be doing that, you might ask? Well, it might be that I dropped the glass lid of the chocolate chip canister and tiny little bits of glass went EVERYWHERE.
Come to think of it, this hasn't been my finest couple of days in the kitchen. Last night, I baked a batch of fresh banana muffins. Yummy! That is, in theory they were yummy, until I tasted one and realized I had completely left the sugar out of the recipe. Cardboard muffins anyone? The Bossman gamely ate two of them this morning for breakfast. Bless that man, he is a keeper.
So what's a girl to do? Perhaps, try again with some muffins tomorrow (blueberry this time - I'm out of bananas for some reason).
Sometimes I sew things that I almost hesitate to put up for sale because I like them so much. This is one of them. I fell in love with this organic cotton knit fabric a long time ago and bought a couple yards of two different colorways. I already sewed up all of the pink, and now I'm working my way through this apple green.
This fabric, with its bi-directional, largely spaced print, encourages -- almost requires -- fussy cutting. Fussy cutting is cutting a garment with consideration of where the design elements will be placed. It usually results in using more fabric than you actually need, but the results are very satisfying.
In this case, I decided to fussy-cut the hat so that a group of gnomes would be centered on the cuff. I think it turned out really cute! However, let's not talk about how many cuffs I cut out, sewed up, and had to discard because it didn't turn out quite right. I'm still a little traumatized.
I think day gowns are just beautiful for infant wear. They have an aura of days gone by. They are also very convenient because it's so easy to change diapers with the elasticized bottom. I dressed all of my children in them when they were babies. This day gown/hat set will be available on Wednesday May 21st at Hyenacart. Previews are up now!
You may be familiar with the acronym HTF. This stands for "Hard to Find", and in the world of online sewing it means a fabric that everybody wants and no one can find. It's a perfect demonstration of supply and demand. You may see them up for sale for a pretty penny at eBay and various Facebook pages. Or, if you're like me and have been around the sewing business for a while, you may have lucked into buying some of these fabrics when they were readily available.
Of course then once you have it, the question is, do you hoard it, resell it, or sew it up? I say hoard it and then sew it up a little at a time. Cutting into HTF fabric is exciting and feels a little risky (what if my project doesn't turn out?), but it's got to be done. Sewing up your HTF fabric is like using the good china on a random Thursday. It just feels good!
Superman recently had another foot surgery, and pain management has been a challenge this time around. We are now three weeks post-op, and his pain is definitely improving, but he still wakes up at least once every night needing comfort and medication.
I'll admit it, this return to a newborn sleep schedule has been hard for me. I am discovering that there is a reason why most women don't have babies at my age (42). And actually, I do remember this sleep deprivation being pretty darn hard to deal with when I was in my 30's too!
Tonight was just like any other night. At 2:20 I was roused from a deep sleep and a weird dream by the sound of my child crying. I quickly dragged myself out of bed and staggered to the bathroom while shouting a quick word of encouragement to Superman. I turned on the light, shook the cobwebs out of my brain, and got the medicine. I carefully walked down the hall, trying not to wake all the other sleeping members of my family (lucky dogs!). Superman sat up, ready to take his medicine. After he took it, his face brightened as he realized it was after midnight. A huge grin appeared on his face and in that sweet voice that I love so much he said "Happy Mother's Day!" I gave him a huge hug and a sincere "Thank you!" And I meant it.
In that moment, even though of course I would have rather been sleeping, I felt like the luckiest Mommy in the world. And I thought of all the Moms out there, young, old, and somewhere in between, who were awake at that moment for various motherly reasons. And I silently wished them a Happy Mother's Day.