Thursday, May 5, 2011

Introducing Ridge...

On Monday, April 18th, I sat down to work on a pair of sneakers for the little guy I was expecting. I just started spring break, and had 1 week before my expected c-section date on April 25th. I made Sadie's coming home outfit, and wanted to make something special for this little fellow. Being busy with school and 2 other kids hasn't left me much time, but I found the cutest crocheted sneakers I thought I could whip up.

I went to work that early evening and finished 1 shoe. I decided to take a break and get my other 2 kids to bed. I went into their bedroom to get pajamas on, sat down on Brayden's bed, and my water broke. It didn't gush, but it trickled steadily. At first I wasn't sure it was my water, so I didn't tell hubby. It sounds silly, but I didn't want to be wrong. I kept going to the bathroom to make sure I just couldn't control my bladder. After the kids were in their pajamas, it became apparent to me that my water did break.

Earlier that day, I decided to pack the baby's bag for the hospital. I still hadn't packed mine, even though hubby told me to again and again for the last 2 weeks. It was on my to do list the following day. I called Stacie, told her what's up, packed me and the kids, and off to the hospital we went.

We got there around 10 pm, and Ridge was born at 12:46 am on April 19th. He was 7 lbs 8 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. He surprised us with light colored hair (our other 2 being born with really long, dark hair).

The kids just adore him! Every morning they wake up and run to give him kisses and are very willing to help when they can. After we brought him home Brayden said, "I think he wants to watch Megamind. He's never seen that movie".

The other day he was in his bouncer and started fussing. I went over to him and Brayden was there. He told me, "Don't worry mom. I'm watching out for him". It may be too soon to tell, but I hope he always watches out for him and that they have a great brother relationship!

Cousins Riley and Nicholas are just as excited about baby Ridge too! Riley asks to hold him all the time, and wants to know when he can go to his house to play!

They are very conscious of him and his needs and have been very patient when I can't help them "right now" because I'm feeding Ridge. We are so excited to welcome Ridge into our family!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Another Giveaway

Are you tired of giveaways? We hope not because we're hosting another giveaway on facebook. We're really excited about this one, because the winner doesn't win a pattern. Instead the winner wins an item made by us from one of our patterns. So, you don't even have to know how to sew, because we are going to do all the sewing for you! The winner will pick which pattern they want us to make and then we'll let you know what your fabric options are for the pattern. Follow this link to be taken to our facebook page to read about the giveaway and good luck!

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Giveaway

We are hosting a giveaway on Lil Blue Boo. There will be two winners. One will win 5 patterns of their choice and the second will win their choice of 3 patterns. Head on over as the deadline for the giveaway is April 27th.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

That's My Monster!

In our family, the book series That's not my ..... by Usborn Books are a favorite! My little ones have That's Not My Dragon and That's Not My Lion. I know Stacie has a couple of them as well that her boys love reading. Our older sisters' kids love them just as much. One of their favorites is That's Not My Monster!

Our sister Heidi, doesn't just read them the books though, she makes them their own personal monster. How cute is that!

With the help of my mom, they went to work. My mom did the hands, while she did the rest. I think they turned out so adorable!

Our sweet niece Carly and her monster!

Our nephew Athen and his monster!

While talking to Heidi about her monsters that she made, she told me her kids decided that their monsters needed to see the movie Monster's Inc. So they did. I love kids imaginations and the things they say!

On another note, while posting these pictures, Sadie was eyeing Carly's monster saying, "my monster?" Umm, looks like I have some monsters of my own to make in the future.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chasing Noah Giveaway

Sometimes you meet people in the blogging community and you think, "I think I'd get along great with her or we have a lot in common". Savannah over at Chasing Noah is one of these people. She's crafty, she's got a son and she's got a cute blog. She bought our boys tie pattern and asked if she could do a review on it and host a giveaway. Um, OF COURSE! Head on over to Chasing Noah to see what she has to say about our tie pattern and enter the giveaway. There are several ways to enter to maximize your chances of winning.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Madison 3 tiered skirt

We've really been working hard trying to get our last few patterns ready because after Stephanie's baby comes, we don't know exactly how that will affect our pattern making. I am really pleased with this pattern. It's another really easy pattern and a great one for beginners who want something a little different than your basic twirl skirt. There are so many different looks you can create with this by making it with all one fabric, or by using a different fabric for each tier.

And we've extended our sale so right now it's only $5.00!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Conquering the collar

I have to say my greatest sewing fear is the collar. My mom would say, "It's so easy!", but... I have disagree. (Sorry, Mom). I think that's why I don't enjoy sewing boy clothes as much as girl clothes. Most shirts for boys have a collar (um... no thank you), or you make him pants, but to make them real cute and different, I would want them embroidered, which is very time consuming. Whereas a girl, you could whip up a skirt or dress, in a day or two.

I don't know what about a collar shirt that makes it so difficult. I think it's a combination of the instructions and the pictures. They're just not speaking my language. My mom sat down with me about 3 years ago, and I made a collard shirt for Brayden. Then I did another one right after that by myself, for practice. It turned out ok, buy that was the end of collared shirts for me.

I wanted to try again, but knowing I wouldn't be able to put another one together without my mom right by my side, I decided to try the Carly C. Designs shirt pattern. I've used her patterns before, and her instructions and pictures are the best. She is so thorough in her patterns, I knew if anyone could teach me, she could.

Her pattern didn't disappoint at all. There are so many options for the shirt. She also clues you in on some secrets to make sewing a collared shirt, dare I say.... easy and painless!

I'm so happy with the shirt. I only feel bad, because I wanted to learn how to make a collared shirt for Brayden, and then I made one for Sadie instead. I should go make one for Brayden now.