Monday, September 5, 2011

Sew, What Have You Been Up to Lately?

I'm still trying to learn to sew, and it is pretty fun.  There have been frustrating moments, particularly involving buttonholes and a specific pair of longalls for Barrett, but overall, I really like it! 
Who would have thought, right?? 
It is gratifying to see it come together as you work on the project and I'm proud of the things I've made, even though they are full of mistakes.

Here's a few of my recent projects:
Purple dress for baby Charlotte, trimmed in gingham ruffles and lined with yellow seersucker.
I tried to take a picture of her in the dress, but it is WAY too big.  I even used a pattern, so I don't know why the sizing is off.  Oh well, she can always wear it next year.

Ruffled pink seersucker baby blanket with name monogram
Blue seersucker dress for Charlotte with ruffle trim and ribbon tie shoulders
The ribbon tie shoulders were a LOT easier than buttons, but she likes to untie them....when she wears this, she is usually sporting a one-shouldered look within 5 minutes of me re-tying the bows.

Truck pajama pants with appliqued shirt and name monogram.  I'm saving these for his birthday...  I think he will really like them because he is crazy about trucks and was very excited when I bought the fabric.

Sock monkey pajama pants with monogrammed shirt.  Also saving these for birthday, just to give him an extra present to unwrap :)

Crab shorts and applique shirt with button eyes

Crab outfit in action.
Notice the sticker is still on the apple...  yes, he snuck it out of the produce bag in the grocery cart and started munching before I could even wash it.  Ick.
By the way, he started chowing down on the apple AFTER he'd already opened the cherry tomatoes and squirted tomato juice and seeds all over the other groceries in the cart.  And yes, I did feed him before this grocery trip; he wasn't starving.
Lesson learned: he is NOT ready to ride in the big part of the cart!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Buddy, You're Way Too Young for This

Excuse me, sir?  I'd like to take this one for a test drive, please.

I think I'll name it the Green Machine...

Where's the gas on this thing?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hide and Seek

Where, oh where, is Barrett Klar?

There he is!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Carousel Tiger

Barrett loves loves LOVES to make animal sounds. 

Me: "What does a monkey say?"
Barrett: [pounds chest] "Ooo, ooo, ooo!"
A cow?  MOO!!
A sheep?  Baaaaaa
An alligator?  Chomp chomp
A snake?  Hisssssssssss

But his very favorite animal noise is a tiger: "ROAR!"
 So, of course, he has to ride the tiger when we go to the carousel.  After all, carousel horses are so mainstream and pedestrian. 

His favorite books right now are ones that involve animals, so he can point out each animal and say the sound it makes. 
I love this one.  Also good practice for naming colors.
This book is especially great because it involves counting AND a train too, in addition to all the animals.  His favorite things, all in one.

But, of course, tigers are always his favorite.