Monday, March 30, 2009

on again off again

So I haven't been blogging. Perhaps you noticed? It started with baking and frosting 250 mini cupcakes, turned into a week-long Montessori conference (in Honeyville!), and culminated with being seduced by the sewing machine. I have some pretty sweet fruits from my labors, but I sort of have a really tumultuous, hot then cold relationship with the sewing machine. I sew myself into a frenzied passion for about a week and then don't even glance in the sewing machine's direction for months. I think I'll be back to blogging regularly now until the sewing love affair resumes in oh, probably June. 

If you live in Utah and have small children please tell me you know about Babinski's Baby. I love almost every single thing in that store, but most of it is WAY out of my price range. My mom and I were there a couple of weeks ago and I spotted some darling little vests by Sandbox Rebel. I loved the casual, almost punkish look of the vests. But they were $35.00 for one little tiny vest. Anyway, I showed my mom and then I was like, "I could totally make one of these." Which at the time was all talk because I'm not a talented or experienced seamstress at all, but I knew I could figure it out. So the vest became my mission. I found a pattern that I sort of liked (in case you were wondering, finding patterns for boys' vests is a nightmare), altered it a little so the shape was more what I wanted, found the material (not exactly what I was going for, but it worked), and spent an afternoon ignoring my child, poor little thing. But he got a vest out of it! And it turned out better than I was expecting, so I went to Saver's and got some mens' suit coats for 99 cents that I can cut up and make some more out of. I'm pretty happy about it. Here is the vest:
Here is Baby G sporting his new apparel:

Since I was in the relationship with the sewing machine, I decided to go ahead and make an apron for Baby G. I have been wanting one for a while because he loves to help me cook and I knew he'd love one, but I hadn't found any cute ones for boys. I found some cowboy material and went to work. 
He especially loves the pocket. He likes to put mints in it and get one out to eat whenever he wants.
There were a few other items on the sewing agenda, but this is what you get for today. I have a few more blog posts brewing, so hopefully it won't be too long.

13 comments:

Lauren said...

I LOVE Babinski's! It is very pricey, but I love to go in and daydream shop! That vest you made is adorable!

Ani said...

Way to go! I am the same way! I sew and sew and sew, and then I don't for a looong time.
I love the vest though! That makes me excited to have a boy someday.
He is just way to handsome.

KaCHeRS said...

those are adorable! i love the cowboy material. what a cute kitchen helper you have.

Mama Janet said...

Wow, how clever of you. I love that you can sew and do such fun things. Sewing is such a lost art. The vest and apron are darling.

The Osborns said...

so talented! they turned out darling! I can't sew at all--i even brought my husbnads shirt to the dry cleaners when a button fell off...okay that was laziness. my mom would kill me if she knew i'd done that. but i blame her for my inability to sew. anyway. as i was saying, they look awesome. but we're glad you're back blogging.

Brooke said...

Those are both sooo cute!! He is so stikin cute that you could put anything on him and it would be cute!!! Seriously though, good job!!!

The Edwards Family said...

Way to go!!! I am an awful sewer! Luckily I have a mom who loves to sew and is nice enough make things for me!

Teacher Mama said...

I particularly like the sock apron combo.

the mama monster said...

good job liz! i love the vest and think i need to copy it. seriously i love it! what pattern did you use? here is the link to that skirt http://deannasstuff.blogspot.com/2009/03/make-girly-twirly-skirt_31.html
and here- http://www.craftzine-digital.com/craft/vol06/?pg=70&pm=2&u1=friend
and here-
http://www.polkadotchair.blogspot.com/2009/03/skirt-tutorial.html
and i have a bunch more. maybe i should make a list on my blog so i can find them easier.it was fun to see you guys today. maybe the zoo nest week if the weather gets better?
ps the apron is darling too. you are a great seamstress.

Bryan and Christy Clark said...

sell those vests! I will buy one! =)

em&m said...

Yay! Good job on the sewing projects. I also have a love hate with the sewing machine. Mostly though, its hate on the machine's side.

Mandy and Roger Woodhouse said...

love the vest. He showed it off so well too! Sewing is one thing I never did well.... not a strong side to say the least... oh well. I'll stick with running. :)
(and yes... you should do the Bryce half... you and Em, remember?)

Kim said...

GIRL! We are kindred spirits...you and me and the sewing machine...SAME THING HERE! In the midst of making a blessing dress and I just want to gag. LOVE your vest, makes me wish I were having another boy! DELISH...and OH love me the Babinski's but with you on the outrageous prices...sigh.