Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Polka-dotted Infant Coverall

Hubby asked me to make gifts for the two first-time mamas who work in his department. Both are having boys, so I settled on a cheerful bunting or coverall or snowsuit...whatever you want to call it.

I used the "Corduroy baby coverall" pattern from Ottobre 6/2007 (#10, size 62).  I followed the pattern for the most part, with just a few minor changes -- like snaps instead of buttons up the front, and making the bird an applique rather than a 3D stuffed critter.  Oh, and I made the pacifier tether with a snap on the end rather than one big loop that could prove to be a strangulation hazard.

The shell is soft baby wale corduroy I picked out at JoAnn specifically for this project.  The lining is organic cotton sweater knit from Fabric.com that I had leftover from some clothes I made for Miss M.  I ended up using every last bit of it!  It's very, very soft and snuggly!  I got the blue, red, and orange ribbons at Hobby Lobby, using  scrap of the corduroy to match polka-dot colors.  I didn't originally envision red snaps (with the orange lining, it wasn't intitive), but once it came down to it, they just looked so right!  I really love how cheery they turned out!  Perfect for a long drab winter!

I made two, virtually identical, but I didn't photograph them together before packing them off to their recipients.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How much can you do in an hour?

Sometimes the house is such a mess it's hard to know where to start.  Sometimes I want to bury my head in a pillow and hope the mess goes away on its own.  Sometimes I do...but it never does.  I've figured out a few mind games to play with myself that have been quite effective.

First, don't let Tuesday off the hook.  Tuesday likes you to think it's an unimportant beginning-of-the-week kind of day.  There's a whisper in your ear, "It's just Tuesday, you have plenty of time before Friday."  But somehow, it jumps from Tuesday to Thursday in the blink of an eye and that means Friday is the next day!  I have learned that Tuesday is pivotal.  If I slack off on Tuesday, I'll regret it on Thursday and Friday.  If I banish much of my To Do list on Tuesday, the rest of my week flows much more smoothly!

Second, set the timer.  Maybe I just work well under pressure, but it seems if I ask myself, "How much can you do in an hour?" and then set the timer for precisely that length of time, I can get a surprising amount done!

My kitchen was a mess...dishes from the weekend...toys, craft supplies, and clothes left by the children...drygoods from Sam's Club not yet put away.  So I set the timer for an hour, cranked up the music, and went to work.  An hour later (okay, only 50 minutes this time...Little Guy came and asked to nurse -- he can sign it now -- and I had to quit early) my kitchen was a decent place again!

I didn't get to sweep, but if I hadn't been interrupted by my wee man, I'd have finished that in the remaining 10 minutes -- might have gotten it mopped too!

 So how much can you do in an hour?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What does your mama do?

My mama sweeps the floor.

My mama carries cookies on a tray.

My mama irons a dress.

My mama puts the baby to sleep.

And that is how Miss M answers the question, "What does your mama do?"