Sunday, December 28, 2014

First Christmas!

Christmas for David this year started out in Spokane, WA to see David's grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends!  This was a trip to enjoy Brian's side of the family!

We returned home in time to spend the actual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our house with my parents.  It was wonderful to be home for Christmas!  David received many cool gifts from his grandma and grandpa! 

The best gift we received as a family was a bike trailer!  Now we can go biking again!  I'm so happy!

I had a hard time figuring out what to do for David's first Christmas ornament, so I decided to incorporate this bike trailer into things, because it definitely marks our first Christmas in my memory!  This is what I came up with:

Tomorrow I can finally finish it by sewing it together with some fabric.  I love it!

And the last picture... an outdoor swing indoors?  Why not?!  He LOVES his swing!  Tonight I put him in it right before bed and in about 10 minutes he became very relaxed and sleepy.  He didn't even fuss when I put him to bed!  (Well, he doesn't usually fuss much most of the time when I put him to bed anyway!  We lucked out!)

What a great first Christmas for the little guy!  It was so much fun to see so much family, but best of all, I really enjoyed having a new baby boy to share it with this year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Stocking... check!

David's stocking is complete, and if he were awake, I would set him next to it for a picture!  I'll save it for tomorrow because you never wake a sleeping baby!  :)

The inner liner is handwoven pinwheels made of perle cotton.  It's nice and soft for little hands to go digging into this stocking!

What a fun project!

By the way, this little fellow is an over-achiever, too.  He grew 4 teeth in a matter of a few days!


(Sorry about the up-close snot nose pic... apparently some kids are lukcy enough to get really runny noses when they grow new teeth!)

Whew!  It's been a rough few days, and I'm glad we're almost through the worst of it!  :)

He's been chewing on everything!!

"nom nom nom"

Friday, December 12, 2014

David's Stocking

In our family, stockings are serious business.

When my sister's kids were born back in 2001 and 2002, I made it my job to make their Christmas stockings!  Here they are years and years later, hung by the fire with care...

I knew as soon as I got pregnant, I would need to make my baby a stocking.  I fretted about it for MONTHS because I took it so seriously!  I thought I needed to come up with a completely original idea, but my hubby kindly reminded me that I could repeat a Rudolph or Frosty and nobody would know!  So, I went with Rudolph!  Here is the pattern I drew up:

I was so happy when I came up with this idea!  I decided to do wool applique, and in order for it to stay together even better, I used some of the iron on stuff that would stick the two layers together.  I used it for everything but the snow.  Hopefully the snow will stay on ok! 

Here is the outside finished:

The outside is made of 100% wool, but it's not my handwoven wool.  It's pieces of old sweaters, jackets, and other wool things we got from thrift stores and felted in the washer and dryer.  We have made plenty of things from these scraps!  The inside liner is going to be made of handwoven perle cotton pinwheels.  It is in the works right now!  I am weaving it from two shades of green in thick and thin yarn.  I will probably use iron-on interfacing to make sure it holds together nicely!

And if this wasn't enough to make it awesome for my very first born child, I decided to put lights into it!  I used conductive thread and small leds.  I also used a programmable circuit board so I can make the lights blink however I want them to blink!  It turns on by the press of a button in the collar.  You can see it here in this video:

David is going to love it!