This week I managed to get some sewing done! Yay! I am busy working on Lillon’s Easter dress, but I decided I needed a break from it to test an awesome little jacket pattern from Pumpkin and Bunny– the Lily. It was love at first sight when I saw it pop up in my fb news feed! It was just what I had been looking for to go over my girl’s sleeveless dresses to keep them warm in the cooler months.
The pattern is a cropped jacket with long, mutton sleeves. It has a steampunk feel to me! The fit is really good on it. The sleeves are snug, but not too tight. There is lots of nice topstitching detail. All of the seams are enclosed, so the inside looks good, too.
For the technical details…the seams are 3/8″. The pattern pieces are layered, so you only print the sizes you want to print. The pattern instructions are well laid out and easy to follow. It uses clear photos for the tutorial. If you need any help or want to see more you can join her pattern group on fb. Guess, what??? It is FREE. I think there has been as much or more detail put into this free pattern as a paid one. The Pumpkin and Bunny Lily pattern designer gets an A+ in my book! Get your free Lily pattern! There is also a coupon code for her other patterns. Coupon Code: happy2bunny for 20% off! (Expires Monday, March 21st)
The first whiffs of spring are in the air here on the frozen tundra. There has been several warm days this week and the snow is well on its way out. Will there be more coming? I don’t know, but my mind has turned to my garden. I am thinking of planting some seeds inside to quench my thirst for the soil. I bought a fluorescent shop light at my local hardware store and some lights ( 1 warm, 1 cool) to go with it. I still need to figure out where this is going to go in my house.
Meat chicks are also on my mind. They are fun while they are small and a blessing when I reach into my freezer in the winter. I make some killer chicken noodle soup with those homegrown chickens! My layer chicks I bought late last summer are laying now. Fresh eggs daily! Mmm!
Violet is growing into a chubby baby. It makes my heart glad to see a baby with rolls of fat! The other kids are enamored with her and still fight to hold her.
Another thing I am looking forward to this month ( no, not my birthday, though that is this month, too. 34 years old!) is The Heart of a Pioneer Woman retreat. I have never been to something quite like this before. A friend of mine works for the camp and invited me. They are having classes on gardening, cheese making. essential oils, and pie making. I am hoping for some sweet fellowship with other Christian ladies.
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During my “resting” period after Violet’s birth, I decided to fill some of that time being useful. I crocheted her a warm sweater! After browsing my Pinterest board for ideas, I went with a pattern that I used when I was pregnant with Abigail. It is a free pattern from the Bella Bambini, the Sweater Coat.
The pattern was easy. It needs to be if I can do it! I am no pro at crocheting. I tend to do it when I am bored and need to fill some time. That means I rarely do it. Ha! It also means I don’t make much progress in my skill level. Anyway, back to the pattern. I ramble. The fit is spot on for a newborn. I used two different yarns for some color contrast and interest. I shortened the length by a couple rows and added a scalloped bottom instead of a plain single crochet edging. The sleeves were adjusted for a slightly smaller scalloped edging. The scallop pattern came from ” 5 Crochet Edges You Should Know” on Craftsy.
For the buttons, I cheated and didn’t make button holes. The buttons I used fit nicely between the double crochets. They came from my vintage buttons stash. Picking out buttons for an outfit is always fun! My girls hear me rooting around in the buttons and come running. They can’t resist running their fingers through the buttons, either!
This pattern would work well for a boy or girl depending on the yarn you pick out. If I had to do it over again I would have crocheted up another sweater on the blog that isn’t too far off from this one, “Sam’s Sweater” . The bottom has a more feminine stitch. It is probably getting too late to make another newborn sweater. Violet probably only has another week or so in newborn sizes. She is growing so quickly!
Readers who followed my journey through abdominal rehab for diastasis will know I am a big fan of the Tummy Team. Every year on her birthday the founder, Kelly, has a sale! Yay! I bought my program 2 years ago on during this sale and have never regretted it. It really has helped me feel stronger and look better. I could tell a big difference between this pregnancy and the last. ( and the births!) The work I did with the Core Foundations made that difference. ( I may post about that later if there is an interest!) If you want to read about my 8 weeks with the program, the posts are here: Tummy Talk
This isn’t a fitness program- it is REHAB. So many problems stem from a weak core- pelvic floor weakness/leakage/prolapse, back pain, digestive issues, hernias, and many other issues. I am thankful not to have dealt with a lot of those- mostly back pain.
There are five programs to choose from depending on your needs.
Core Foundations– 8 weeks that focus on strengthening your core and other areas that are connected.
Prenatal Core Training– 6 week program that focuses on pregnancy and birth prep.
Core Preparations for Cesarean– 4 week program for mothers who will be getting a planned c-section
Core Preparations– program for those who will be needing some sort of abdominal surgery. ( hernia, etc.)
Core Integrations– 6 months access to integrating your core into every day life. It is for those who have done the Core Foundations or Prenatal Program.
Use the code “HAPPY44” to get the birthday deal!
I hope that those of you who are having issues with how you look or feel will look into these programs. The Core Foundations program really helped me learn that I needed to take care of myself to take care of my family. God bless!
Post contains affiliate links, because I think Tummy Team is awesome. 😉
When the original Autumn Grace pattern came out I was unable to test it due to having morning sickness/fatigue. I was so pleased when the expansion pack came up for testing, and I got to pick an option to test! The tunic version with pockets caught my eye right away. My girls always love something with pockets! The Expansion Pack from Pollywoggles has 5 options that were not in the original pattern- tunic, pockets, cowl, hood, and sleeveless.
I chose the cowl option for the neckline. The cowl had some tweaking done with it after I tested it. Mine doesn’t sit quite nicely to the bottom. That was fixed in the final version. I didn’t end up making the final version since Lillon did not need more clothes, and I was getting close to my due date. I needed to do baby prep! I suspect I will be sewing up lots more of these in the future since it is cold weather pattern. It is hard to find patterns for warm clothes, and this one has so many options!
It was a fun pattern test and a quick sew. I made it up right after Christmas. I don’t usually work much with fleece, because it really isn’t my style. This really caught my eye, though, and I am so pleased with the pattern! The tutorial is clear and well done. The fit is good. There are instructions on how to mix sizes together for the perfect fit. Lillon’s tunic is a 5 width and a 7 length.
I enjoy working with this designer, because she is great about taking suggestions from the testers to make a better pattern for everyone. The Autumn Grace is on sale for a short time. It is only $5.13 US, so it is a good deal!
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the newest member of the family: Violet Faye! We are both doing great.
Ever have one of those projects that you put off for an embarrassingly long amount of time? I hate to admit it but I have quite a few. I crossed one off my list today, though! My girls have been without curtains for a very long time. I didn’t really like the lace ones that were there, and they were not not the same length.
About a year and a half ago I picked up some fabric at the local Humane Society rummage sale to make them. ( I told you this has been put off for a LONG time!) It was a roll of sheer, pink meshy stuff. At a buck, it wasn’t staying there. I probably used about 8 yards for the curtains and 1 yard for an earlier project- part of the skirt of a princess dress, if you must know. I have barely made a dent in it yet. Good deal.
The curtains are pretty basic. I cut the length I needed from selvage to selvage to save time hemming the sides. I left a couple inches for the hem and about another three inches for the top. Each of the four panels is two of these pieces sewn together. I hemmed the bottoms, basted the tops together, and then sewed the top that runs through the rod as one piece. The tie-backs are a wide lace that I picked up at the thrift store on half price day.
Price of curtains:
.50 for fabric ( being generous here)
.50 for lace
$1 for thread ( approx.)
I did put quite a bit of time in- maybe 4 hours? If my services were $20 an hour the curtains would be an investment of $82. That makes them some pretty snazzy curtains! My girls sure are in love with them. I happen to think they are pretty, too, but I may be a little biased.
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. Job 37:6
This year’s weather has been a little crazy for December. Usually, our first good snow comes sometime between November 1 and the 3rd week of December. While we did have a very faint dusting of snow a couple times, it never really covered the ground and was gone in a day. Apparently, whoever is in charge of the weather decided that they had been shirking their job and dumped us with 10 inches of snow in a 24 hours period! We hunkered down in the house and watched the snow come at a fast and furious rate. We also watched the scanner report accident after accident on the local roads. The interstate and a couple main roads were closed after a while. A friend got stuck in the MIDDLE of the road on her way to care for a neighbor’s animals. Whiteout conditions were reported. It was a good day to stay home!
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail? Job 38:22
Now it is no longer ugly brown outside out windows. It is a beautiful white- pure and clean.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isa. 1:18
The kids are very excited to have all this snow. They have been sledding, building forts, and throwing lots of snowballs! It has kept me busy making sure they all have an appropriate amount of hats, mittens, scarves, snow pants, and a warm coat. Before it snowed, Richie was convinced that it was not cold enough to wear a coat. With the snow he seems to get that it is actually winter!
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. Proverbs 31:21
Hello, it has been a while! Sometimes life has a way of taking over. I am still here plugging away at my normal things I do- homeschooling, sewing, caring for my goats, and raising my little monsters…I mean darlings.
In news that I haven’t announced here, I am expecting baby #5 at the end of January. That is part of the reason things have been quiet around here- the other part is that I lost my writing mojo. It really takes a lot of time to put together a presentable blog post! I spent the first 5 months of my pregnancy feeling like dirt. Exhaustion and nausea were my unpleasant companions for far longer than expected. Thankfully, I feel pretty good most days now. This me last week at 30 weeks along.
I thought it would be fun to post a picture of me at roughly the same time in my last pregnancy- before I did a lot of rehab for my falling apart body. I am about 28-29 weeks in this picture.
My pain levels are less this pregnancy. I have no sciatic pain, and I have had sciatic pain through at least part of the previous three pregnancies. My posture is better. Baby is head DOWN and not transverse. In my last two pregnancies, my babies hung out sideways until 35-36 weeks. This one has been head down since 28 weeks. I have a LOT more energy this time around! I felt half dead last time. I was so tired! This time around I am having trouble with leg cramps, and I feel like I have tried everything to get rid of them. I am hoping to be able to try going to the chiropractor soon. This has been going on since before pregnancy, but pregnancy does not help it at all. My hips are tight, too, but walking helps with that. Anyway, I am sure you have heard enough of my ramblings on pregnancy pain.
I thought I would quickly go over some things I am doing differently this time around in case they help someone else. One of the big/ little things I do to be more comfortable this time around is stretching. I stretch my calves and hamstrings several times a day. I usually do this while I am waiting for my goats to finish eating their grain. I have a piece of pipe and a freezer that works perfectly for that purpose. Walking is another thing I have started this month, and it helps with tight hips and glutes. I have heard that birth is like a marathon. We need to train for it.
Link for the calf stretch
Link for the hamstring stretch.
These are just a couple of the helpful stretches I do. I hope that you have some that you do each day. It can make a big difference in how you feel each day!