Tuesday, July 8, 2014

June 2014 wrap-up!

June was a great month that just flew by!!!

I did get in a little  bit of sewing but NO blogging was done. Just too much going on :)
What I did make was some nice additions to my summer wardrobe.

So just what did I make in June:
1 maxi skirt, McCall's 6966 view D
2 shirts McCall's 6703 view A and B
1 pair of short pants or maybe long shorts.... Adapted from my favorite Silhoutte Jeans patterns.
10 burp pads
10 baby washcloths, give or take a few 
And
1 Moby-esque baby wrap

Now for the pics :)

Maxi skirt and one top

Short pants and another top

Pants detail... No back pockets and the front pockets were made from a starfish cotton print that my mom gave me. Love it!!! So summery :)

The baby wrap and me wearing my Grandaughter. 

And of course some pictures of Victoria :) 2 weeks old today!

I also have a Vogue dress on my work table that I have been working on. It's probably 50% done. I have a big work meeting later in July and hope to have it finished for then. 

Happy sewing!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The BEST June ever!!!!

I think I have a pretty good life! It may not be big and glamorous but it certainly is all mine and I love it. I have family and friends that I love and whom love me back ( so important in life!). I share my life with a several special canines. My home is modest but it is all ours and It is my sanctuary. I have steady employment that keeps all the bills paid and doesn't overly stress me out. I get to go on a nice vacation every year, sometimes even two! 

AND NOW....

I am a GRANDMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So blessed! My hubby and I are over the moon and haven fallen so deeply in love with Victoria, our Grandaughter. I find words difficult to express this feeling.

My daughter asked me to be with her during her labor and delivery. It was very exciting and exhausting at the same time. During her labor we were chatting, to keep her mind off.... You know, things.  I told her that it still amazes me to this day how I felt my entire life shift when I gave birth to her. It was like things that it thought were important the day before just all melted away and I had this brand new awareness of life and love. 

The point of that little story is that it happened all over again for me. It is like I could just feel my heart expand and take in this new little one and now I am made new again. I am a grandmother. LOL!! I just like saying it! I like being in the grandparent 'Club'! 

Makes me want to shout it from the rooftops and give great big hugs to all the grandparents out there! 

And now I have a little girl to sew for again!! Yipeee!!!

Meet Victoria Ann

Just hours old and checking out her world!

Momma and baby napping in the hospital.

Napping on grandma's chest!

I made a Moby wrap to carry her around while my daughter does laundry and errands.

Grandpa, singing to her darling girl!

The proud papa just minutes after she was born!  A big smile to hide the tears of joy in his eyes!

I actually did get a couple items sewn in June, never blogged about them. June was a bit crazy. My daughter was put on bed rest and due to her bad back was in quite a bit of pain at the end of her pregnancy. The doctors gave her muscle relaxers to use but she needed to be under constant supervision as a fall risk. So they moved into our house for several weeks and I was able to work from home during that time. I spent most of my spare time with Melissa and keeping her company. This meant blogging fell to the side for a bit. 
After the 4th of July weekend, I resume my regular work travel schedule. It has been so nice to have the time at home to take case of my daughter and enjoy the first several weeks of my Grandaughter!

So blessed!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Unintended Leave of Absence from the sewing room!

Im back into my sewing room with renewed vigor and tons of great ideas! 

Every once in a while it is nice to take a break and let the creative juices renew themselves. However, this time it was an unplanned break! The month of May was just a busy one, both with work and personal life and it was nice to just enjoy it :) besides Mother Nature finally decided to let Chicagoland have spring!!! (We did have snow flurries one day this may!)

I did do a couple of things. Embroidery projects on my Brother, other than that I did not do too much in the sewing room! In fact, I believe I went 10 straight days without even going in there. Crazy, crazy, crazy!! But the call of the deck and sunshine and planting flowers and most of all, relaxing with my family was just too strong to pass up!

So here are a couple things that I did do this past month:

Embroidered a 'Rockin Skull' on my hubby's black apron.

Embroidered a set of 4 placemats as a Thank You gift.

Want to my Nephews college graduation in NJ

I wore my 'skully' dress to said graduation!

Enjoyed a weekend with my parents in Deleware and enjoyed my dad's grilling!

Went thrift shopping with my mom in Delaware! Awesome deals!!

Tried on silly hats and sunglasses!

Sat with my daughter as she had the baby monitor on and got to listen to my granddaughters heartbeat for 20 mins =D I smiled like a silly fool all day after that one!

Enjoyed my Iris patch blooming in my garden!

Spent time with family and friends BBQ'ing at my home!

Happiness is a grill full of ribs slow cooked to perfection! YUMMY!!!! I had fun with that. :)

Happy babies making me smile!

We attended a wedding over Memorial Day weekend! Sarah is such a beautiful young woman :) 

I found a dinosaur ravaging Vermont!

Coworker and I took a selfie over the Qhechee gorge (also in Vermont!)

A stop in the Simon Pierce glass blowing studio. Hard to believe this was underwater during hurricane Irene floods!

And ate dinner over a waterfall in front of a covered bridge. So peaceful. 

And on top of that I spent numerous hours just hanging out with my little family! We planted flowers, sat on the deck and chatted, drank some beer, ate yummy food and played lots of games.

Life is good! And now I have my sewing mojo back!! Have a couple projects in the works, stay tuned :)