Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sewing and Offspring!

It seems that once you have children, a simple task often turns monumental.  Yesterday, was not exactly one of our better days.  First, Violet has had a bit of a cold and around 3 a.m. she wanted a little company.  Instead of calling for us to come down and get her, or slowly walking upstairs while holding the railing; Violet runs up the middle of the stairs, without holding the railing, and screaming like a deranged toddler in turn scaring the living daylights out of her parents.  After three nights of doing this, tonight we will be putting a gate in front of our bedroom door.  What the heck does this have to do with sewing, you ask?  It has everything to do with sewing because I was exhausted and cranky yesterday.  Guess who else was exhausted and cranky yesterday? My children.  Therefore, we did not have a whole lot of fun.  By the time the children were all tucked in, all I wanted to do was sit on the couch, listen to the thunderstorm, and watch Modern Family reruns.  No sewing, not even a little.

New fabric, thread and ribbon
However, this morning, I woke up feeling surprisingly refreshed.  I got out of bed and got my ever shrinking big butt to the gym and ran for 30 minutes.  Ahhhh...that felt really good.  Honestly, it was a great way to start my morning.  The girls were in great moods and we got along famously.  We got along until I decided that I wanted them to eat dinner so the whole family could take a trip to Joann Fabric's.  That is when the cooperation ended.  I threatened to go alone but my husband insisted we all go together.  Once we got there, I got about ten minutes of pseudo alone time, meaning I could hear my children looking for me all over the store.  I bought two yards of fabric with the hopes of making combinations of pillow(s) and recipe card holders.  The recipe card holders are pretty little drawstring bags that hold...let's see if you can guess...recipe cards!  I was thinking this might be a good hostess gift, especially when bringing a dish or dessert to share.  Since holiday party season is not to far away, I thought I would test this one out.  

Still working off this morning's runner high, I decided after the girls went to bed that perhaps I should make another Pooh Bear pillow.  Being the self depreciation person that I am, I of course had zero faith that I could sew a pillow without my mom within earshot.  Yeah, I need to work on this self confidence thing because...I DID IT!!!!  While my stitches could still be straighter, the second is better than the first.  I guess it goes to show you, practice does make perfect.

Pinning the pattern

Still pinning

Latest and greatest Pooh Bear pillow on your left!

So soft!
Now, it is about 10:30 and I still have a runner high and pillow high and figured I might as well blog.  You're probably not going to hear much from me this weekend as I have little plans to sew, except maybe Sunday.  This weekend is our wedding anniversary and we plans to celebrate that don't involve a sewing machine and notions!     


  1. Ooooh, I like your new fabric!

    Great job on the pillows, I know your girls will love them!

    Tip: If you are going to be making a lot of pillows... ;) Get yourself a rotary cutter and mat and ruler. It is the best way to cut straight lines. No more pinning square can just cut out a 9 x 9 square (or whatever).


  2. Thanks for all the tips. I have never heard of a rotary cutter. But, anything that will help me cut in a straight line is probably worth spending money on!

  3. Hmmm...screaming in the middle of the night, scaring the living daylights out of people...who has ever heard of such a thing?!?!?

    Love finished pillows - really love the new fabric!