Thursday, January 29, 2015

Here We Go Again!

Cardigan: Made by Me
Top: Banana Republic
Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes: Anthropologie

Hello all, I've got simple outfit post and some exciting news to share.  If you follow my blog regularly, you have already seen every piece of this outfit in other posts.  In truth, it's not the most exciting outfit, but it works for what I need at this moment.  And what I need is something that has room . . .


 room for my growing belly and baby!  That's right, hubby and I are ecstatic to announce in the spirit of the more the merrier - we are about to become an even happier family.  I'm currently about 15 weeks along, which gives us another late July baby.  I'm contemplating saying it's going to be an August baby, since our first little darling was nearly two weeks late, but let's just say late July at this point.  (How many 42 week pregnancies can one woman handle?)


So in case you are wondering why my daughter is bundled up like it's January in the mid west, and I'm not.  Well the answer is that it's warmer than usual, but I'm actually freezing my pants off in these photos.  Bump shots don't do much when you have a jacket on, and evenings just produce poor lighting in the house this time of year.

Ha, well now you have an explanation as to why there was a serious decrease in my sewing productivity this fall.  A week after I posted my last sewing project is when I found out I was expecting - and then proceeded to spend the 11 weeks sleeping every chance I got.  I'm slowly finding more energy again, but haven't quite gotten back into sewing yet.  I am going to start pulling out my patterns to see what maternity appropriate clothing I can make.  Hopefully I will have more to share soon.

Annabelle

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Congratulations Vicki Kate!


Dearest Vicki Kate, today is the day that some of your blogging friends have decided to throw you a surprise baby shower!  A whole group of us have been plotting and scheming for a few months, thinking of you and your soon to be new bundle of joy.

Of course there will be no games of toilet paper diapers or guess the baby food.  The virtual world also limits the ability to provide a table of yummy goodies - though I may be munching on my current weakness of chocolate covered pretzels as I compose this post.  However, there is one traditional aspect of a baby shower that will be included in this shower - gifts!  Yes, we have all been setting aside hours of unselfish time to make something especially for your baby.


When I set out to make a gift, my plan was always to make a gender neutral cardigan and sew on pink or blue buttons at the last minute before mailing it.  Then I decided that your little one deserved a sweater made just for him or her - so as I result I knit two cardigans.  A blue and cream one if you have a boy and a purple and cream one if you have a girl.

The little boy cardigan is made from a bamboo cotton that washes up so soft and wonderfully.  I love this yarn because you can throw the cardigan in the wash machine and dryer - not needing to worry about handing washing, special detergents, or laying flat to dry.  With a baby, it's nice to just throw things in the wash and treat it like all of the other cotton onesies and receiving blankets.


The little girl cardigan is made from a purple cotton yarn that I received from a friend.  I have been holding onto the yarn and saving it for something special because the color is so lovely, then I decided what would be a better project than a gift for a dear friend?  I tried so hard to find purple or cream buttons to match, but luck would not have it so I settled for grey because I've always liked that way that grey and purple compliment each other.


So Vicki, as you can see I have two sweaters waiting for your little one.  As soon as I hear the news of a boy or a girl, I will be sending out your baby's gift.



For those of you who are curious who else is participating in this little scheme, here is a list of the lovely blogs:

Being Frank
Dottie Doodle
Ginger Makes
Modern Vintage Cupcakes
Symon Sez
Thread Carefully

Annabelle

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Looking Back at 2014

Well happy new year every one!  I wanted to get this post up last week, but life was a little crazy - so here I am one week late with my 2014 round up.

I can't believe that I have enough to even blog about for 2014; six months into the year I had only completed two sewing projects - and only one of those was something to wear!  The next few months proved to be pretty slow as well, but by fall I was kicking out out garments almost as fast as I could plan them (and practically ignoring all household responsibilities in order to make it happen).



I have to admit that I feel a bit proud looking at all of my projects like this!  After having my baby, I really struggled finding the time to sew; I won't go into all of the details as to why - but seeing what I was able to accomplish has made me happy.  The best part is that I have a reason to love every single thing I made.  At least if I didn't produce high quantity, there is definitely high quality.  My fall projects were my favorite and not a week goes by where I don't wear at least one of those pieces, and usually it's more like three or four of them.

Making a cohesive wardrobe that allows for different looks really works.  I remember on Thanksgiving when I wore my brown shirtdress, paired with the tie belt and my Renfrew shirt underneath (as seen in this post), my sister asked me if it was a new dress.  I told her it was the same dress she saw me wearing just two weeks ago at our sister's baby shower (worn then with the green belt and high heals).  She told me it looked like a completely different dress styled this way!  Yes that compliment made my holiday, even more than the pumpkin pie.


Hat.   Cowl.  Sweater.   Hat.

And then, of course, there is the fact that I have someone else to make things for!  I think that the best part about sewing and knitting for my daughter is taking pictures afterwards.  She is so photogenic and fun to take pictures with.  (Am I aloud to brag like that?)  My favorite thing that I knit for her was the cardigan, I just love the colors on her.

I'm hoping to pick up progress on knitting and sewing now that the holidays are over.  December went by so fast that I haven't even started planning anything for 2015 yet!  I'm thinking that I definitely need to do another capsule wardrobe like I did this fall.  Other than that, no specific plans.

I hope you all have a wonderful 2015 and I am looking forward to spending more time with you here in this space.

Annabelle