Thursday, February 12, 2009

What time do you get up?

Particularly if you're a stay-at-home mom, what time do you get up in the morning?  Normally I get up at 7 and shower and get dressed, while Bruce and the kids are having breakfast.  Then I come downstairs and have my breakfast and coffee, and start the morning chores.  I find though, that by the time I get my chores done it's 10:30-11:00 some mornings.  By the time everything is done, it's too close to lunch time to really go anywhere.  Also, I don't like to talk to people until I've had my morning coffee.  And I have very, VERY chatty children.  So, needless to say, I'm cranky in the mornings while my kids are asking me 5 million questions (each of which begins with MOM...) while I'm trying to get my coffee into me.  So I was thinking...  what if I got up before everyone else...  say, at 6.  I could have my breakfast and coffee in peace, then I could go up and grab my shower when everyone comes down for breakfast.  Then I'd probably have my morning chores done by 9, which would leave us much more play time in the mornings (we might even get out more!).  I think I would be much less cranky in the mornings if I took a little time for myself before having to meet everyone else's needs.  Even if it means sacrificing an hour of sleep.  

So...  what time do you get up in the morning?  And how does it work for you?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hole be Gone

These are the pants I mentioned in my last post.  I didn't have anything in my fabric stash that I really liked, so I did end up buying 2 small pieces of fabric to do this - but I think the total cost was less than $2.00 (still cheaper than new pants!).  And because the minimum I could buy of each fabric was 0.2m, and it was 45" wide, I still have plenty left. I thought I might make her a pencil case or a small purse out of the scraps.  

It was actually REALLY easy to do.  I did it one evening while watching t.v.  I used Heat 'n Bond (not necessary, but definitely makes it easier).  It's basically an iron-on adhesive.  So you iron a piece of fabric to the glue side of the Heat 'n Bond, and then cut out your desired shape.  (Bruce suggested a butterfly, but I thought I'd stick with something a little more simple!).  Then you peel off the paper backing, and iron it to the pants.  Since I wanted to use 2 fabrics, I just repeated the process for the smaller heart.  Then, using a hand sewing needle and co-ordinating thread, I did a simple applique stitch around each heart.  (The Heat 'n Bond is really only to hold it in place while you sew - if you didn't sew around it, it would likely fall off after a few washings).  The applique stitch is really simple, just decide how long and how far apart you want your stitches, then weave the needle in and out all the way around your shape.  It might take a few stitches to start getting them even, but that just adds to the character.  :)  And voila - good as new!