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Monday, February 6, 2012

The Henry Shirt

Hey there. To begin, isn;t this a cute picture. It was one of our Christmas card pics.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Gomez Photography
Okay, so now to what I am really talking about today.
In November I won the phenomenal sewing book
Sewing For Boys
by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage.

I won it from Stacey over at the amazing blog Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!

Then in January I had the honor of guest posting with a project from the book, for an event based on the book, at the very same blog.
Yes, I felt special!!!

She had a series based on the book, and she is having a year long sew along.

The projects are great!
The book is great.
The ladies are GREAT!!!!!!!!

As some of you know, I have two wiggly boys who I love so much.
They are known to the world as Monster and Roly Poly.
We live a Rockin' Life Fueled by LOVE,
and we are making leaps and bounds that keep us busier and busier by the day.

Okay, so on to the project at hand.
I instantly knew that I would be sewing the Henry shirt when my book arrived.

I have some fabric set aside that I really want to use for this shirt,
but as a first try I used some remnants. 

I used material left over from Monster's first birthday party;
it was a Vintage Americana theme because his birthday is Fourth of July.
I also cut up an old sheet for the main color.

The Henry Shirt is found on page 30 of the book.
And, although this pattern is labeled Advanced, 
I found that I was able to complete this project in one LONG night.

There are of course some flaws in my sewing because I am truly an amateur,
but I know that next time I will be able to navigate around these puckers in the fabric.

So, even if you are a beginner,
I say brave this pattern.
Try it!!!

You will be surprised at how much easier it is to follow 
than those silly ones from the sewing section at retail stores.

I am already planning my next project from this book. 
I think I am going to do the patchwork quilt.

Monster is excited that he will be wearing this to his friend's Birthday Party Saturday.

I wish all of you boy moms, grandmas, aunts, and friends

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What? I have a blog?

Right now I feel like I forgot something.
What did I forget?
Oh, I forgot about this here ol' blog.
This is a photo from our Christmas shoot this year.
Courtesy of Chris Gomez Photography.

Really, I just have been enjoying time with my family,
relaxing, doing nothing, and in many ways
re-prioritizing the way I spend my time.

What this has meant is less technology, less blogging,
less reading of blogs (like ZERO),
less sewing, less crochet.

It is not that I do not plan on doing stuff,
or even that I haven't sone some stuff.

Instead, it is that I plan on making this 
blog a place for only the best.

I believe that I, like others I am sure,
began to feel obligated to post.
This meant I felt obligated to do.

It began to feel daunting.
I just couldn't keep up with myself.

In October I totally over crafted myself by 
saying yes to sewing some stuff for a church event,
plus product to sell there.

I think after three weeks of all nighters,
I needed a LONG break.

I am beginning to feel ready to create again.
I just think at a slower pace,
especially since I will also be taken on a second 
class this semester.
Since I haven't taught it before, 
it will be an additional challenge.

For those of you who stay, thank you.
For those who go, thank you too.
I understand.

I love blogging.
I love the community of ladies and creativity.

I hope to continue to bring to the world
 some pretty and fun things.

Keep creating.
I will have more soon,
like maybe I will be guest posting somewhere tomorrow.

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