Thursday, August 28, 2008

Newborn Fluff. :)

As you can probably guess, my snap press arrived today. :) Wazoodle rocks! I just ordered the thing on Monday, and when I got out of the shower this morning (at 7:30!), my husband told me it had been delivered. So I spent nap time today doing some sewing.

*Edited: Those pictures I took yesterday were horrible, so I took new ones today.






Here is the beginning of the newborn stash. :) Note how perfectly those snaps match! That was a total fluke. They send a few snap colours of their choosing, and I already had this diaper cut out and partly assembled when the snaps arrived. I couldn't believe the pink was identical!















...I couldn't resist a side-view. Look how little those leg holes are!















I put my hand beside it to give you an idea of the teeny-tiny-ness of it. :)















And the squishy inside...















My next major purchase will be a new serger. I've just about had it with mine. It eats things and spits them out. It skips stitches. And no matter how I adjusted the tension, my looper stitches AND my needle stitches were wonky. (Go ahead, look up close - I dare you!). I love how easy and quick serged diapers are, but I'm tempted to turn and topstitch, because the serging is so sloppy.

I used the free Darling Diaper newborn pattern (with the snap-down for the umbilical cord). The outer is just a lightweight cotton knit. The inner is microfleece. And the hidden soaker is two layers of warm and natural batting. I think I might make an extra lay-in soaker for some added absorbancy. I can't remember how much a newborn pees. :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

I did it!

I ordered the snap press. :) I'm totally pumped. I can't wait to make teeny tiny newborn diapers! I almost ordered some fabric too (Wazoodle has some wonderful cloth diapering fabric), but I've decided instead to try to make use of the fabric I already have. I have a few metres of flannel I bought years ago to make myself some pajamas, but I never ended up making them. It's not really babyish, but they're just diapers...no one will really see them except me! The only thing I might splurge on is some microfleece for the inners - it helps keep baby feeling dry, so it might be worth the bit of extra expense.

Now I'm off to clear out my sewing basket - I'm trying to force myself to finish old projects before moving onto new ones. So I have some mending to take care of, and an apron to finish. And then I can engage in guilt-free diaper sewing. :) Bliss.....

Friday, August 22, 2008

Kite Flying and Raspberry Jam

My daughter has been asking to go kite flying for quite awhile now. We thought going and buying a kite was for wimps...that we should make our own kite! So we diligently spent all of last week-end looking up instructions online, gathering the needed materials, and building the kite. It was actually a fun family project! I did the sewing parts, my husband did the wood and string parts, and my daughter did the painting parts. :) Sunday evening it was time for a test-flight. We all went to a park, and we tried, and we tried....but the kite would not fly. the tail kept getting badly tangled, until we finally got fed up and ripped it off.




The kids seemed to be enjoying themselves nonetheless! Who needs a kite when you have a wide open space to run around?


But my daughter was so disappointed that we couldn't get that kite up in the air. So we ran to Zellers and bought one. It cost $7.49 (less than we spent on materials for our homemade kite!), and it flew like a dream.


On closer inspection of our purchased kite, we realized the problem with our home-made kite... we had made it upside-down! We put the cross bars on the bottom of the kite, rather than the top...no wonder we couldn't get the thing off the ground! So it's back to the drawing board. I ordered a kite-making book at our library. If at first you don't succeed...try, try again!


And last but not least... the yummy result of my husband and daughter's raspberry-picking session 2 week-ends ago. I actually had nothing to do with this! They picked all the berries, and my husband made the jam. Yum! We were able to get 9 jars of jam - but at the rate it's disappearing around here I don't imagine it's going to last very long!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tempted.... ohhhh so tempted....

I've been dreaming of a snap press forever. Okay, maybe not forever... but for a good few months now. :) I think of how easy it would be to whip up some cloth pads or cloth diapers if I had one of these babies. Those snaps that you put on with a hammer...while they do work... are a pain in my butt. And I end up breaking at least 3 snaps before getting one that sets right. And I've only been doing a single snap on pads, I can't imagine having to put multiple snaps on a diaper. And I DO have to make some new diapers now that there is a new babe on the way. But I still don't feel quite justified in the purchase. I would be buying it out of my allowance (my husband and I each get a bit of blow money each month -that we can spend however we wish!), but I still wonder if it's a worth-while purchase.

It costs $100.00 (Canadian!), plus taxes and shipping, so I'm probably looking at $150, all told. It includes the snap press, size 20 dies, and 500 sets of snaps. See for yourself if you'd like. I'd need to save up my allowance for a couple of months to cover the cost, or else find a way to bring in a little extra money (like from selling pads and diapers, maybe??). There are 5 more available (just a week ago there were 8!).

I think I'll have to give this some more thought. Sometimes a pregnant brain can be irrational. Does it seem excessive to spend $150.00 on something just so you can put snaps on things??

Monday, August 11, 2008

Menu-Plan Monday

Well, for lack of anything better to post about, I thought I would post my menu-plan for the week. I've been winging it for the past couple of weeks, mostly due to the fact that I couldn't stand to think about food long enough to put a menu plan together, and also because I don't really know what I'm going to feel like eating until it's actually time to eat. But it was creating more work for me to have to go through the what-the-heck-am-I-making-for-dinner-tonight exercise each night, so I decided to create a tentative meal plan, and then I at least have the option of switching things around if I don't feel like eating what is scheduled for that day. I'm keeping things as simple as possible until I start to feel better, and am even incorporating some convenience foods (like pre-packaged, frozen garlic bread!) to make things even simpler.

So here you have it:

Saturday: Chick 'n Burgers, Swiss Chard (stir-fried with balsamic vinegar), Corn

Sunday: Potato Soup & Garlic Bread

Monday: Stir-Fry on Brown Rice

Tuesday: Fajitas

Wednesday: Goulash

Thursday: Spaghetti & Garlic Bread

Friday: Pizza

For more menu-plan ideas, visit www.orgjunkie.com!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Feelin' Icky...

(Singing that to the tune of "Feelin' groovy"...lol).

So yes, that describes how I'm feeling right now. Exhausted, unambitious (why does that look funny? Is that the right word? Why do our brains fall out when we're pregnant?), queasy, and feeling sorry for my poor husband who has to go out and get whatever it is I think I can eat that day. My normally fully-filled-in menu-plan board on my fridge now stares blankly back at me, because I can barely stomach the thought of cooking food, let alone planning what we're going to eat for the next week. And because we were away for those precious three weeks between when we found out we were pregnant and when my morning sickness kicked in, I didn't get a chance to do any pre-planning, or making and freezing meals for my family (if I can't eat, doesn't mean they shouldn't. :) And the only thing that got me through cleaning my toilet this morning was thinking that if I actually had to use it... in a non-customary way... that I would prefer it to be clean.

Anyway, that should give you some indication as to why I haven't really been posting... I barely have the energy to sit at the computer, and if I did, you would all get tired of hearing me whine and complain and would go find some other blog to read. :) I promise to be feeling better in just 5 short weeks. In the meantime, I promise I'm trying really, really hard to think of something upbeat to post about! I will even take requests! lol.

My cousin was just given a new-to-her sewing machine, and her enthusiasm has re-ignited my sewing itch (I go in phases), so maybe I'll start a new project that I can share with you all.
Anyway, I will think of something, and will be back soon!