WIP Wednesday

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Look what I just finished :)

I LOVE this dress. It is beyond sweet. And looks adorable on the little who will be wearing it for her first communion  this weekend. I used a white Robert Kaufman for the main fabric and used Cottontails from the AGF Studio's Littlest Collection for the accent.

Here is my current selfish sewing (i.e not paid) project list. You'll notice this hasn't changed much from the last time. I've been really busy with A2 Designs orders but once I wrap up the last few projects I'm working on I'm going to take a break from orders to get my own stuff done. I do have a birthday party to plan and a wedding cake to make!

  1. Baby blanket for Rhys (fabric cut)
  2. Birthday dress for Miss K (fabric cut)
  3. Zigzag quilt for Amelia (fabric cut)
  4. Toddler top (fabric selected)
  5. Toddler top (fabric selected)
  6. PJ pants for Austin (He picked the fabric and will help sew them up!)
That list doesn't include my A Squared Designs work which gets done before the selfish sewing does.

So that's my WIP...what do you have on the go?

To the Lady at the Mooseheads Game- Don't touch my kid!

Monday, April 21, 2014

I like to think I am a very reasonable person. If one of my kids is acting crazy or disrupting others, I'm the first person to speak to them and ask them to stop. As a parent it is my responsibility to ensure my children are behaving appropriately and to model for them how to behave in public.

Last Saturday night we took the kids to see the Mooseheads play in round 3 of the playoffs. Ozzy was beyond excited! He loves going to the games. Even though my friend and I were online for tickets at 10am sharp we ended up in the nosebleed section. Thankfully the kids didn't seem to mind. They could see the ice and spent the whole game cheering, playing with their "Go Moose Go" clappers and chatting with the folks around us.

In the row in front of us sat three grown women. It appeared to me to be a mother and get older daughters (mid to late teen and one in her early 20s).  The mother kept putting her arm around her daughter's seat and letting it fall behind into Ozzy's foot space. During the last period he was getting a bit restless and at one point put his feet up to push himself back into his seat. When he did this he did accidentally touch the back of the girl in front of him. Before my husband or I could ask him to move his feet and apologize for his actions (which were totally unintentional), the mother turned and proceeded to hit Oz's feet, slapping them down off the edge of the chair! I'm sure my jaw hit the floor. My boy started crying, saying she hurt his foot and I looked at her in amazement. My husband and I exchanged words with her and then I asked him to switch seats with me.

Once I was sitting behind the lady (and I use the term loosely) I explained to her that she had no right to touch my child and that if she had an issue with him she should have spoken to either my husband of I. Anyone who knows me knows that I watch my kids and try to correct behavior before it becomes an issue and I am the first to say if my kid is out of line. In this case I can honestly say that he was on his best behavior that night.  When said that he had been kicking her arm during the game, I told her that if that was the case then she should not have been draping her arm into his foot space AND again that she should have mentioned it to us. She had no right what so ever to lay a hand on my child. She never apologized...if she did I didn't hear it.

We're blessed to have very healthy kids, but what if he had a condition that his bones easily broke or that he bruised easily. She hit his feat with enough force that had he had anything like that she could have caused injury. What if he had a behavior condition or developmental delay? Her actions could have caused much more aggravation and disruption then they did.

It is absolutely, positively NEVER okay to use physical force on someone...including someone else's kid. If you are seating in front of a family, keep your body in your own space and if you are bothered by something, speak to the parents. Especially at an event like a hockey game where there is a lot of excitement and energy. Had she spoken to my husband or I, we could have addressed the issue, asked our son to be a little more careful and asked her to keep her arm out of his leg space. She didn't afford us the opportunity to address the issue- we weren't even aware there was one.

I'm really proud of how my son behaved at the game. He listened well, used good manners and didn't go all crazy. He had a great time chatting with the folks behind us and dancing to the music. And then the lady is Section 41, Seat 4, Row P ruined our night. My husband and I kept our cool but it absolutely took the fun out of the evening for us and for our son who is a major hockey fan. My blood is still boiling over the incident. I didn't speak to the usher because I didn't want there to be anymore disruption. The woman did shift her family over three seats so they weren't in front of us anymore. Oh and those three seats had been empty all game...if she was that bothered by our son she could have moved earlier and the whole scene she caused would not have occurred.

I hope that the woman doesn't touch another child like that again...I have my doubts as she didn't take any responsibility for her actions....if we're lucky enough get to another home game this series and we are even luckier to get tickets I certainly hope that we don't have the same folks in front of us.

WIP- Work in Progress Wednesday (2 days late)

Friday, April 18, 2014

I guess I should explain why my posts have been very infrequently lately. I've got several projects on the go and have been trying to get a whole lot finished! This has been a pretty successful week for that thus far and now I need to catch you all up!

Kids Clothes Week was another fun week and I am very proud of how my projects turned out. Usually I try to finish the items before the week, get them photographed and then blog them. I also work full time and am trying to spend as much time with my kids as possible so you can see why I'm behind :) It's a lot of work but it's so worth it to me. I love sharing what we've been up to.

I took Amelia's Easter dress apart and took it up at the waist. Then I made Austin a matching tie. 2 hours at Andrea's, a container of goldfish and one cousin nap later we got the pictures! I love how they turned out. Here is a sneak peek:

I just love this fabric collection...and I love how handsome my little CEO looks :) He hammed it up for Andrea and the camera pretty good.

Here is my current selfish sewing (i.e not paid) project list:

  1. Baby blanket for Rhys (fabric cut)
  2. Birthday dress for Miss K (fabric cut)
  3. Zigzag quilt for Amelia (fabric cut)
  4. Toddler top (fabric selected)
  5. Toddler top (fabric selected)
  6. PJ pants for Austin (He picked the fabric and will help sew them up!)
That list doesn't include my A Squared Designs work which gets done before the selfish sewing does.

So that's my WIP...what do you have on the go?

Kids Clothes Week- Project 2

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Clearly it is not Day 2 of KCW but I'm still sewing away and am looking at the week in terms of projects. I would have had another one finished last night only to discover that I only had enough I wanted to use for the skirt to do half a skirt...I called the fabric store and was told they still had it so I sent hubby there today to pick some up. (Ladies...that is love...a man who will go to the fabric store, deal with the fabric ladies and look through bolts and bolts of fabric for you). They didn't have it :(   So tonight I have to rethink the fabric choices for that dress. I was super excited about it which makes it even more disappointing....but I digress

Awhile back I made Miss A a gorgeous cowboy dress. It is one of my favorites. I had a request for a sibling set that was cowboy inspired but she didn't want the kids to look like Jessie and Woody from Toy Story. Here is the result:

I love this combo! The dress is a mix of 3 patterns, modified into one glorious dress. The straps and back each have elastic to get a better fit and longer wear, the skirt is full enough to twirl and I just love the vintage-ish buttons...sheriff stay inspired. The fabric is Michael Miller Horseshoe Red and  Lil' Cowgirl Blue.  I used a cow print that I had in stock.

Seriously, how can you resist this adorable print?! I had originally wanted to use the cow print for the suspenders on the shirt but it didn't look right. The brown looks so much better.

Tonight I'm going to work on a couple of Izzy tops and some leggings for Miss A who is growing WAY faster than I would like! I'm running out of pants long enough to fit her...I can't wait until it's warm enough for crops and dresses :)

Kids Clothes Week- Spring 2014- Day 1

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sew look what is here again already?!
kid's clothes week

I have a ton of stuff on the books for this week! I was fabric stalking one of my favorite sites, Hawthorne Threads, and came across the Littlest collection by AGF Studios. Easter and spring are in the air and I HAD TO HAVE this collection...congratulations to fabric fast lasted about a month...But really how could I not snap this up? It is fresh and classic and just makes me want to sew everything with it.

Despite what you all think I didn't immediately jump on the pink for Miss A's easter dress. I actually went with the "Pine Woods" border print and Teensy Weensy in Pine for the collar and trim.   Over the weekend
I finished Amelia's Easter dress only to realize that I should have made it about 2" shorter...but it's a border print so I will need to take it up at the waist. And the puff sleeves.... why oh why did I want her dress to be so vintage inspired? I need to thank the ladies in one of my facebook sewing groups for helping me out with the sleeves. I think you'll agree they look so much better now!

The pattern for the dress is the Sweet Dress by The Cottage Mama. I received her book Classic Sewing for Girls for Christmas and just love the return to very classic styles of dresses and smocks.

I haven't shortened the dress yet or added the buttons to the back so please forgive the hanger photo.  I'm loving the classic cuteness factor of the dress. The skirt could be a little more full so I think I'll double the skirt measurement when I make her birthday dress. Now to make a matching tie for Austin!
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