Friday, May 25, 2012

Introducing Avinell Anjanette!

She's here! What a absolute wonder! She didn't arrive the way we had planned, but she is healthy, happy, and amazing!

Avinell Anjanette Born May 22, 2012 8lbs. 3 Oz. 21 Inches

I went in for my induction as planned and that is where the planning stopped! The induction was coming along fine until the nurse realized that Avinell's little head was tilted back! She was looking down and out instead of having a nice tucked chin. My labor was stressing her out because instead of coming down it was tilting her little head back further and further. The doctor came in and checked and tryed to get her to turn her chin with no luck so off to the operating room I went with Dad in tow. I was very concerned, but the team of doctors and nurses were amazing! I was in and out in no time with a beautiful little healthy girl! Dad got to go to the nursery with her for her check up and he helped with her first bath  while I was getting all taken care of. I'm feeling surprisingly well and getting around pretty good. I'll heal in no time and having the Hubby home and helping is fantastic. I don't have access to all of the photos I'd like to share as I can't do the steps yet to get to my desktop computer. I'm using my work netbook to do this post.

Here is little Avinell all dressed up in her coming home outfit made by the amazing Heidi (Digital Misfit) She looked so darling! The nurses couldn't get over it. She is such a good baby! So cuddly, quiet, and an excellent eater.
I'll share more photos in a few days! We are one big happy family!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Today Is The Day!

I just wanted to let all my bloggy friends know I leave for the hospital in approximately an hour and ten minutes! Hamster won't be born tonight, but the process will be underway. I really didn't want to have to do it this way, but at this point it is necessary. She is just to dang comfortable in there! I thank you all for the kind comments and well wishes over the last couple of weeks. It has really helped me keep a positive attitude! I'm hoping she will be born sometime tomorrow afternoon and I will be home from the hospital as quickly as possible (i'm hoping Wednesday!). I thought I would share the very last preggers belly photo of me. My father in law took it on Thursday of last week after my last doctors appointment.

I have a silly look on my face and Merlin is creeping in the background, but it proves just how preggers I am! I'm not a huge fan of photos of myself, but this one seems important. To document something huge!

I will appreciate all of the good thoughts, lovely mojo, and prayers that are sent my way. Time to finish crafting the biggest project of my entire life!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hamster Update

STILL no Hamster! I'm still here though. Sewing away. Maybe tonight will be the night. If not tonight then Monday it is regardless of if I want it to be or not. I'll be 9 days past my due date! I'll start the induction process on Monday late afternoon. I'm just hoping that she comes this weekend on her own! Send me good thoughts, please!

I'll leave you with a picture of a little monster I doodled the other day! Hopefully my next post will include a healthy little Hamster photo!Green Rawr!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Little Ruffled Sunhat

STILL no Hamster! The waiting is driving me mad! I don't want to wait until the 21st, I don't want to be induced, and I certainly don't want her to have gotten to big to be delivered normally. I just feel like I could throw a tantrum. Not that it would help. I'm just trying my best to stay calm and think positive thoughts. I was awake a lot last night and that didn't help my mood today either. No sane person should be awake at 5 am pinning on Pinterest if they don't have to get up!
Last night before bed to ease my brain a bit and get my mind off things I made Hamster a little ruffled sunhat. Another Pinterest pattern from this blog. I will certainly be making these in all sizes! The pattern is super cute, easy to make from scraps, and will work wonderfully!
With no little noggin to model I turned to Merlin. He certainly wishes Hamster would come soon so he can stop being pestered into wearing her accessories!Oh, please!

More leftover scraps from the Half Moon Modern fabrics from Moda that I am making the crib quilt from!Ruffled Sunhat

I guess by delaying her entrance into the world this little girl is working on a killer wardrobe! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Still No Hamster, But I Made Her A Friend!

Hamster hasn't arrived yet! I had a wonderful Mother's Day anyway! Hubby, Hamster, and Merlin gave me a gorgeous emerald and diamond necklace! Emerald is Hamster's birth stone (if she ever decides to show up!) I set to work making Hamster a friend yesterday too. I needed something to keep my mind off the fact that I was 1 day past my due date and still feeling fantastic.

I found the Molly Monkey pattern on mmmcrafts blog and just knew Hamster would need a friend. I've named her Sunny. The yellow, gray, and white fabrics are from the Half Moon Modern line that I'm also making the crib quilt from! It will match her room perfectly. I had leftovers after cutting out the quilt pieces so I thought I'd make a few other things with it too. 

Sunny's Close Up

Isn't that face just adorable? I'm hoping Hamster is just as cute!Sunny's Backside

Sunny stood up to show off her tail! Also the cute little bow on the back of her beret. Everything is sewn on so Sunny and Hamster can have a ton of fun adventures together without her loosing her hat or shoes! Also as I want her to be loved and snuggled things sewn on are probably just safer. 

They have set me an induction date of May 21st, but I'm hoping I can coax this little Hamster out on her own! I've been trying everything to get her to start her exit, but nothing has worked so far. I've felt so good these last few days it is amazing. I'm hoping she gets a move on! So while I wait I will be as creative as I can to keep my mind off the wishing she was here!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Little Sunshine

I couldn't resist making a little something today. I've decided Hamster will need some toys made by Momma too! I found this pattern on Pinterest too! A little sunshine with some rainbow taggies!Sunshine Taggie Plush made by me!
He is made from some super soft minky fleece in a soft butter yellow. I used different ribbons, lace, and rick rack for the taggies. I think he is super sweet and will be loved.

Still no Hamster to love this little taggie though! I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning so we shall see. My due date is Saturday! Wish me luck! I feel she will arrive later rather than sooner. ;)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Yuki the Magic Bunny

The wonderful I Sew Cute , who designs amazing embroidery patterns, asked me to stitch up one of her new ones! It is based on her adorable bunny Yuki! I swear this rabbit is a super star! Her photography of the little critter always makes me smile. I jumped at the chance to stitch it up, especially since stitching requires sitting still. A huge thanks to June for giving me something to do yesterday!

Yuki the Magic Bunny

I found this wonderful Emerson quote on line and really liked how it went with this particular version of Yuki. So full on contemplation and wonder. 

Yuki the Magic Bunny

Here is a close up of just Yuki. I stitched the entire thing on some unbleached linen in 2-3 strands of floss. I used split stitch, back stitch, and a touch of satin stitch. I'm not sure what I'm going to create with this little lovely! It is about 8X10. I was thinking maybe a lovely throw pillow cover for Hamster's room or maybe just frame it and hang it up. What do you think?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

WIP Sunday: Memories Of Grandpa

My Hubby's Grandpa passed away before Christmas. It was a hard time for everyone as it was very unexpected. A while back I called Grandma and asked if it was alright for me to get a few pieces of Grandpa's clothes to make something for his very first great grandchild. She agreed and we drove out for a visit a little over a week ago and she let me pick out 3 shirts and a pair of overalls. I brought them home and they sat for awhile folded on my sewing table. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to cut them up. I contacted my quilty mentor for some advice and she kindly spent a day designing me a pattern! I couldn't have done it without her! (Thanks Norma Lee!) I have the top all finished and will be taking it to my long arm quilter tomorrow so she can help me decide on the best way to quilt it. Memory Quilt
It turned out lap sized so that Hamster will have it forever and never outgrow it. Grandma helped me choose shirts that had a bit softer colors and I added the colored setting squares to make it a bit more girlish. Sorry it looks so wrinkled! It needs one last good press before heading to the quilter!

I had just enough of the overalls left to make one more little special thing. A pinafore jumper! It is for size 6-12 months and can become a top after it is too short to be a dress. I found the pattern on Pinterest!Grandpa's Overalls Jumper

The overalls were a bit stained from hard work, but that makes them all the more special. I had to do some creative cutting to have enough fabric so the under back flap is cut with the stripes going the opposite direction. Also I included a back pocket on the back flap just for fun. The lining is some blue cotton that looks like hankie print!

Grandpa's Overalls Jumper Back

Wishing everyone a fun filled Sunday! I'm off to think up something new to make!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ruffle Bum!

I've had a few really lazy days where getting off the couch just seems to much of a chore. I'm feeling great today though and wanted to share what I made earlier in the week before I couldn't hoist my giant house sized belly from the couch.
Ruffle Bum Onsie

My sister in law bought a pack of these super cute sleeveless onsies for us. I couldn't resist ruffling up the bum of one of them! I'll probably do it to a couple more eventually since plain white onsies are fun to make pretty! I also added a little ruffle at the sleeve for some extra fun.Knotted Jersey Headband

Last night I wasn't feeling particularly active, but after an afternoon nap and many episodes of Top Gear UK I had to create a little something before bed. I went to Pinterest and found a tute for this sweet little knotted head band . I pulled out some jersey and whipped one up real quick before I ran out of energy. I didn't include ties, but instead just sewed up the back since it will be perfectly stretchy enough to go around a wee little head. Mine is also a bit daintier than the photo because I used thinner strips of jersey. I want to make a couple for myself too I think! 
I've had a wonderful windfall of energy today and finished up something super special to share with you tomorrow. I'm off to make something else to go with it!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Little Sunshine Bonnet

I'm a bit bonnet crazy! Here is bonnet number two with the free pattern from Pinterest.Little Sunshine Bonnet

I'd like to make one more bonnet, but we'll see how far I get!

I also want to wish everyone a Happy May Day! I stopped in to a small antique shop downtown and purchased Hamster 2 little May Day gifts.
A pair of wool felt baby shoes from the 1930's. There were no laces so I came home and added my own thin ribbon to match the tiny embroidery on the toe and I think they are just darling. If they fit I'd love to see her wear them with the lace onsie dress I made!1930's Baby Shoes

The other item was something I couldn't seem too leave. It is the smallest 1920's mesh purse I have ever seen! The lady said it was doll sized and more than likely made in Germany. She also said she purchased it from a man that came in needing money and he said it was his grandmothers.  I didn't find a marking in it at all, but it is in very good shape. I talked her down a few dollars and made the purchase for something special to hang on Hamster's wall and a fun little story to tell her on May Day. Wee Mesh Purse

So Happy May Day (Or Bealtaine) to you and yours! I hope you have sunshine and smiles all day long!