Wednesday, November 16, 2016

She's here! Surprise!!!

I'm extremely grateful to be alive today and have my little baby girl with me, too.  I only remember after thursday afternoon last week but apparently it's been quite the trip since the previous Sunday morning.  In the very early morning while sleeping, I slipped into a complete eclamptic state and went into a full seizure with a blood pressure so high that I'm lucky I didn't end up with a stroke. I went straight to the eclampsia stage, no pre-eclampsia.  Thank goodness Brian was there and called 911. I vaguely remember some jovial guys in the ambulance but that's about it. I had an emergency c-section, an MRI (kind of remember it being loud), and spent days in the ICU in a coma while baby Natalie spent time in the NICU.  I'm slowly learning my story and it's so wild and weird. I missed my daylight savings celebration and the of course, the election.  But we're thanking God that we get to go home and be together as a family of 4. I never appreciated life so much. Go hug your loved ones today and tell them how much you love them.







Natalie Amelia was born November 6th at 8:55am and was 17.5"long and weighed 4lbs, 9oz.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Baby girl's room


We finished putting together our baby girl's room!  She will be here in two short weeks! Time sure went by fast this time around!



I love the way this room turned out. Most of it is handmade stuff, recycled, or purchased from Craigslist. The crib was given to us and we sanded it down and painted it mint green. The dresser was from Craigslist and so much cheaper than new!  The only thing we bought new was the changing table, and that's because the ones on Craigslist were more expensive than new!  All the walls have fresh paint and Brian even painted the ceiling fan!




Can't wait to bring our baby home and give her lots of snuggles and kisses!




Saturday, July 30, 2016

Baby girl!

Sewing like crazy is an under-statement!  I'm almost done with preparations for newborn to 6 months, then I can focus on 6mo-12mo.  One step at a time!  Today I put the finishing touches on a pink and white houndstooth blanket I wove for her. I love it!



I've also finished 3 crocheted hats, 16 pairs of pants, a Drunkard's path quilt, 3 dresses, and several up-cycled onesies from David's collection. I cut out a stencil in freezer paper, iron it onto a onesie, and then put on fabric paint. It's a great way to cover up old stains!







And some pics of David I took two nights ago and the week before.  He's going to be such an awesome big brother!









Friday, July 8, 2016

It's a.......


Make sure you turn up the volume for this video!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Airport quilt

Our fellow flight friends are having their first baby in Oct and it's a boy!  I knew they would have a flight theme for their baby's room, so I instantly started brainstorming!  I didn't have a pattern, so this quilt idea came from my head. I machine quilted it, and it's full of mistakes but still turned out really cute!  I used flannel in the middle instead of batting and I sewed it into a pouch and turned it so it's bindingless.  It also has two weaving scraps in it!



I knew it would be cute so I made two, one for them and one for us!


It's sized for use with hot wheels cars, planes, and helicopters. It can be used right away or later as a playmat.

Here's some pictures of the process!



Monday, June 13, 2016

Color Explosion

My goal here was to make a blanket out of stash yarn for our baby due on Thanksgiving day (Nov 24th)!  We don't know if it's a boy or girl yet, but I feel that this blanket would work well with either one.  I used 8/4 cotton from Webs and wove it on my 8 shaft baby wolf using doubleweave. It's done in plain weave to minimize the baby pulling on threads. (My two year old has a twill blanket and he likes pulling threads out!)  It's very soft, and I'm extremely happy with how it turned out!  I can't wait to wrap our new little baby in it!







And now a few of David, who is growing like a weed!








Saturday, June 4, 2016

New baby



Finished a new blankie for new baby! This is just using up yarn I have on hand. It’s a cotton/linen blend I bought years ago and I’m tired of packing it up and moving it from house to house! My goal is to weave up a bunch of my stash yarn before our next move. Don’t know if new baby is a boy or a girl yet, but these are still my favorite colors (blue and green) and also hubby’s favorites, too… so gender doesn’t really matter!
I'm did plain weave and not twill because David likes to pull strings on his twill blanket and I’m constantly fixing it. Plain weave should be a little more robust.
Threading= 1-8, every other thread is every other layer
Meaning one half is odd shafts (1,3,5,7) 
The other half is even (2,4,6,8)
Tie up is one half of first layer, all the top layer plus half the bottom, all the top layer again and the other half of the bottom, and then the other half of the top layer.
Treadles look like this: 
1= 1,5 
2= 1,3,4,5,7,8 (all but 2,6) 
3= 1,2,3,5,6,7 (all but 4,8) 
4= 3,7
Finished size 41”x44”.
Sett was 12epi (24epi for doubleweave)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

David's pants


Here are some of the pants I've made for David!  The first picture is the fox pants made from a hand carved stamp. 





These pants are the pinwheel fabric and matching pinstriped fabric.







And these pants were made from a hand carved colorado stamp and handwoven fabric.



It's almost shorts season so I've also worked on some of those, but not out of handwoven fabric!  I'm not sure I have the energy for shorts made from handwoven fabric right now!









Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Surprise!


David is going to be a BIG BROTHER!!!


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fabric Making

I've been dying to make David a pair of pants from the 8-shaft pinwheel pattern, but I always chicken out at the last minute because I'm afraid that the 4-thread float will be too long.  But this time, I decided to not let it scare me!  I made it out of 16/2 thread so it will be very fine fabric and also the 4-thread float can be very short!  While weaving the pinwheel fabric, I decided that I really wanted to make a matching fabric, since the pants pattern I have takes two fabrics.  But I had to think about what wouldn't clash with the already busy pinwheels.  I chose plain weave with the green and one thread of the teal every 1/2".  I wove 8 yards of the pinwheel fabric, and I'm currently working on weaving 5 yards of the plain fabric.  I'm about 75% done with the plain weave!




While designing these fabrics, I decided that I really liked the designing part!  I started thinking while weaving the fabric if I could actually print on fabric.  After a little research, I found some ink that is oil-based, but cleans up with soap and water.  It's the Speedball brand, and you have to let it set 1 week before washing.  I just barely made the samples last week, but here they are!  I just washed them up today and the ink seems to be holding ok!  Here are my samples:



Hand-carved fox stamp:


Hand-carved orange stamp:

I also got some stamps from hobby lobby with letters so I can put some words on his clothes, too.  He really loves letters right now and pointing them out and naming them!

I think in the future, one of these prints would look awesome paired with a handwoven plaid fabric!

This little boy is growing up so fast, and will be 2 next month!!





In-between taking care of David and designing fabric and doing all the housework, I've also been playing with a very easy to use time lapse camera and I've had a blast!  Here are some of my videos:

Dancing Clock:

video


Sunset:

video



Garden of the Gods:

video


I have a ton of ideas to do with this camera, too!  There is just so many fun things going on right now!  :)