I thought I would share some 3D pictures that we had taken on Monday (11/14/11) of our baby boy. I am currently 29 weeks and in my 3rd trimester, baby is doing great, measuring correctly and so far everything is just trucking along. I am happy to say that I am feeling a tad bit better, and food isn't as disgusting to me anymore, which is really nice and makes a lot of food available that wasn't previously. Maybe I will have a normal Thanksgiving, or at least be able to eat a little of everything! That would be nice.
I had a little discussion with my Doctor on Monday regarding the fact that I had my first son prematurely at 35-36 weeks. I basically was asking if I had my first son early, what are the chances that would happen again with this pregnancy. I fully expected him to say that every pregnancy is different and you never know. But.....instead he said the odds were really good that I would have this one prematurely as well. I wasn't expecting that. So we are now mentally preparing for this baby to be born around Christmas instead of his January 28 due date. We would rather be mentally prepared (and physically prepared house wise) for an early birth than be totally surprised like we were with our first. If I carry him longer, great (and we are really hoping for that) but, I am no longer going to be delusional that it won't happen early again. This being said, I will be a little more vacant from my blog, preparing for not only the holidays, but also the arrival of our new baby boy. I'm not disappearing, I just have to shift around my priorities at this point, and unfortunately it does involve a lot less sewing....BOO! And yes, i am really sad about that aspect of this whole thing. But what can you do?
The good news is that since I am having another little boy, we virtually have everything we need already, and I spent the day yesterday washing little baby clothes and organizing. It is amazing to me that even though my first son wore all those items of clothing, I didn't even remember half of them, so I guess that says more about a new mom's frame of mind at the beginning! HAHA Wish me luck on my numerous projects and my one big really important one!
If you notice a weird discoloration on his cheek/nose region, apparently it is just something floating in the waters. Kinda yuck.
My mother-in-law has taught me A LOT about cooking, some good, some bad, but I am very thankful for every tidbit of information she has shared with me over the years. I have eaten things at her house that I would have NEVER eaten before if it wasn't for her, and that is such a good thing. One of the things that she taught me was a little pearl of wisdom that makes so much sense. If you purchase a food item, and it comes with a recipe, it usually is really good. Why? Because the food manufacturer wants to show off their product in a recipe, and isn't going to give you a mediocre recipe, they are going to give you a really good one. Now this doesn't apply all the time, I have tried some that were gross, but on a whole, the majority are fabulous! That brings us to the recipe below. I had never had a really good cold spinach dip, until I had it for the first time at my in-laws. Low and behold, it wasn't a family recipe or secret, but rather the recipe off the back of a soup package mix. So if you are looking for a great appetizer during this holiday season, pick up a pack of Knorr Vegetable Soup, Dip & Recipe Mix, usually found in the soup section, somewhere around the packaged stock, and whip up this delicious dip. I think I'll be making some myself!
Photo Credit: Knorr.com
Knorr Spinach Dip
Makes about 4 cups. Serve in a round bread bowl, or just a pretty dish!
1 package (10 oz.) frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed and drained completely
1 (16 oz.) container sour cream
1 cup of Mayonnaise
1 package Knorr Vegetable Soup, Dip & Recipe Mix
1 (8 oz.) can Water Chestnuts, drained and chopped, optional
3 Green Onions, finely chopped
In a medium bowl stir together all ingredients until well mixed. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours to blend ingredients. Stir well and enjoy! Serve with cut up vegetables or crackers.
Linking up to Tuesday at the Table
over at A Quilter's Table
. Hop on over and visit the others and their great recipes!
My normal WIP Wednesday list is on hiatus for while. Between the holidays and my due date (in January) I am just focusing on what needs to get done NOW. Instead I have decided to do a special edition Christmas WIP list! The list above shows the things that I would like to get done before Christmas, all of these are gifts. Honestly, in my head this list seemed a lot longer, so it really feels good to actually put pen to paper and write the list out. It doesn't seem so overwhelming now, which is really a good thing. Most of these items have not been started yet, but some are in the works, and others are in the "pulling fabric" stage, like the pillowcase below.
Two of the items are on the "if it doesn't get done, that is ok" list. The bookbag is going to be for my son, and honestly if it doesn't get done, oh well. The other is the table runner I am considering making for my mother-in-law, once again, if I get it done, great, otherwise, maybe next year.
The one project that I am smack dab in the middle of is the pirate blanket for my son. I am making a large 25" x 26" block (seen below) from the Modern Blocks book. It is almost finished (the water is laying down and is Heather Ross mermaids and fish.) I just have to add borders so that the finished size is closer to 36" x 40." I have not decided how to quilt this one yet (machine or hand) we shall see what time permits! Wish me luck on all my projects, I may need it!
Supplies for Pillowcase. Most of the prints are from Tanya Whelan.
Pirate blanket for my son. Please excuse my stray threads!
Congratulations to Lee! She has officially been hosting WIP Wednesday for one whole year now! Head over to Freshly Pieced
to have a look at what everyone else is working on and a chance to win some great prizes!
My husband's Aunt shared with me a delicious recipe for something that I had never heard of or eaten before. Steak fingers. Can I sum it up in one word? Yes, absolutely delicious! The reason I am sharing this recipe today, is because my husband and I have been eating a lot of steak lately. I crave it all the time, probably because my iron levels are low and I am craving iron filled things. Anyways back to the point, our discussion was over the fact that we know of no restaurants that serve this dish, and why not? So then we said we needed to open our own restaurant (kidding.) Oh well, until a local restaurant (or chain) decides to serve this dish, I am stuck making it for myself. I am sure my version would taste better anyway!
Click on the photo to visit Easy Everyday Cooking for another version of this recipe. Photo Credit: Easy Everyday Cooking.com
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
1 pound Round Steak
1/2 cup Milk
1.5 cups All Purpose Flour
Cajun Seasoning (like Tony Chachere's) to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
Tenderize steak by pounding with a mallet. Cut into 3 inch long strips by about 1/2 inch wide. Combine egg, milk, salt and pepper in a shallow dish, stir until well blended. Combine flour and Cajun seasoning in a gallon Ziplock bag. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the 1/3 cup Oil (or enough to cover the bottom of the pan.) Coat steak pieces in flour, shake off excess. Dip into egg mixture, then dip into flour mixture again. Fry the strips in the hot oil until golden brown, around 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb oil. Serve, and enjoy!
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These are the latest blocks I created for Round 5 of the Scrapbuster Swap
. This round was Christmas themed (obviously) and we had two options, wonky stars with white background or white wonky stars with colored background. I chose to create 5 of each. The funny part was that I was worried I wouldn't be able to make them "wonky enough." I didn't have that problem, if anything they are super wonky. I am hoping to make some table runners for Christmas gifts, but we shall see. If you want to know how to make these blocks yourself, the tutorial is HERE
.The blocks below are what I received from Round 3 of the Scrapbuster Swap, plus the addition of one that I made for myself. I love the diversity of the blocks, though I am still undecided as to what I will be doing with them. I think for now they will have to wait until next year.
I love participating in this swap, and it is always so exciting to get that package and see what you get in return! You can join in on this swap at any point, so I hope to see you all in Round 6!
BonBon by Echino
The lovely Sara over at Sew Sweetness
hosted an Echino 10" square swap a few months back. She choose 10" over the normal 5" swap because Echino fabrics are usually larger prints and patterns and with 10" you get a bigger chunk of fabric. Cool right? I jumped right in, because I love Echino fabrics! The fabric above is the one that I picked for my choice. I sent it to her and just waited to see what lovelies I would get back!
Here are all the lovelies I received from the swap! No duplicates, 28 different prints/colorways of Echino fabric! I love it!
This past month, Sara decided to host another round since the newest Echino fabric line was due in stores any minute. Of course I signed up again. I do believe that the majority of prints in this round will be new prints, and there will be very few duplicates from the first round, which I am really excited about. The bird print below was my choice for this round. I can not wait to see what we receive in turn! Thanks Sara for hosting such a great swap and for all your hard work!
Migratory Birds by Echino
The super sweet ladies over at Craft Buds
and Crafty Girl Workshop
hosted a yellow, aqua, gray 5" charm swap. I love these three colors together, so of course, I signed up for this one too! Below is my gray fabric choice. i can not wait to see all the squares we receive in this swap!Now all I have to do is decide what to do with all this fabric, which seems to be a running theme in my life these days!
Silent Cinema by Jenean Morrison
Fox Trails, Scale: The largest character in the main print is around 2" tall, and the argyle print diamonds are around 0.5".
I need HELP! Do you see this lovely collection above? It is Fox Trails (plus the solid green is a shot cotton gifted to me by Debbie
, which matches perfectly, by the way.) I have every intention of turning this pile of fabrics into a quilt for our upcoming new baby boy, but I am struggling to choose a pattern. I don't want to choose a pattern that has a lot of sashing or solid colors in between blocks. Preferably, a pattern that can be just prints right up next to each other for the whole top! Below I have four examples from Flickr of patterns I am considering, and of them all, I am leaning toward the "plus quilt" located in the lower left corner, I'm just not sold yet. Do you know of a great pattern I could use, or have a great idea for these fabrics? Please share, I'm stumped!
On a side unrelated note, I thought I would share some pictures of a crochet blanket that I made for our new little one. I started this crochet blanket at least 2.5 years ago, reached about the mid-point of the project, and then set it aside. I simply didn't want to work on it anymore. Well....about a year ago, I pulled it out and finally finished it up, I just never posted pictures of it. I wasn't pregnant at the time, and knew I was making it for a future baby, so it was packed away for a while. I love the way it turned out, and it has these cute little "knobs" all over it, that give the blanket such a great texture.
There are two lessons I learned by making this blanket:
1. I taught myself to crochet, so reading patterns is a real struggle for me. I discovered that if you set aside a piece of work for more than a year, it is really difficult to pick it back up and remember how and what pattern you were even working on.
2. Buy enough yarn to finish the project! I didn't and was about 2/3 of the way done, and had to try and find a matching yarn since the one I originally bought was no longer available for purchase. This was a MAJOR PAIN, and resulted in traveling to several stores, and then having to settle on something that was "close enough."
I am quite proud of this one, and it sure is snugly soft. I just hope our new little one enjoys it too!
Hard to believe that this premature, 5 pound baby boy is now this 35+ pound rambunctious 4 year old. The little boy who was supposed to be a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie baby, who instead decided he wanted to join us early and be a Halloween jack-o-lantern baby instead. Time flies, doesn't it? (Taking a break to sob out/cry like a hysterical pregnant woman for a moment...) Happy Birthday ole' bear.
On a side note....Halloween. My little/big one was sick last year, and didn't get to go trick-or-treating, so that means that last years Hamburger costume didn't get used. So, this past Friday morning, I pulled it out to make sure it still fit him, because I had every intention of using it this year. It fit perfectly, too bad my son began to instantly scream (while tugging on the costume) "I don't want to be a burger!" So... I asked him what he wanted to be, and he instantly said, "a pirate."
Off we went to Hancock's in search of the fabrics needed. Luckily, I found everything I needed, and in about a day, whipped up his pirate costume. Inspired by the image below, my son was transformed into Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, his current favorite show. Now, I didn't make the eye patch or the wristband (or glow sticks) or the rubber boots, though I did add a fabric cuff to the top of the rubber boots to give them that "pirate boot" look. I was quite thrilled at how well the whole ensemble turned out, and my son was equally thrilled to wear it last night, and to be transformed into his favorite character. He made quite the haul of candy last night, his pumpkin bucket was filled to the brim, and so heavy, the handle literally snapped into two parts.
We had quite the fun evening, and I'm hoping that you also had a fun filled Halloween!
I just wanted to share some of my recent fabric purchases, and ask for some help from you guys, so if you just want to look at pretty fabric pictures, you can skip all my lengthy rambling and just read the last paragraph, if you don't mind helping a girl out!
Goodies from my local closing JoAnn Fabrics.
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law were nice enough to give me a gift card to Joann Fabrics for my birthday, and since our store is closing I went to see what deals I could score at discount prices. Pictured above are my goodies. Yes, the alphabet print looks the same, but the one on the left is vinyl like, though I don't think it is oilcloth, but I figured it would make adorable waterproof pouches. The store was pretty darn picked over, but I was happy with my purchases.
Assorted Designer Prints
I find that once you start buying fabric, you can't stop. Does this happen to anyone else, or just me? I ordered a major haul from Hawthorne Threads. Pictured above from left to right is some Peacock Lane, the herringbone print is from Botanica by Paula Prass, then some lovely Heath (which I think is my new favorite,) then two prints from the Studio E Restoration Collection, and lastly a print from Alexander Henry, Rivoli. I LOVE these fabrics and have no real plan for them as of yet, just a tad bit of insane hoarding.
Joel Dewberry's Heirloom Collection
Anna Maria Horner's Needlework Collection, 54" wide
I also bought one of the colorways from Joel Dewberry's Heirloom Collection, which I wasn't crazy about at first, but this is one of those collections that you just have to see in person, it is beautiful! Next up are my two chunks of yardage from Anna Maria Horner's latest Needlework Collection. I ordered both of these with the intention of making tablecloths, Honestly, the one on the left is a little too pink for my table and kitchen, so I think it is destined for something else, though I have no idea what. The one on the right will eventually make it to my table, though I think I won't be embroidering it unless I just get downright crazy, which usually happens once or twice a year!
Assorted Boy Prints
Last but not least, I ordered several boy prints to make burp cloths, and maybe some pants or shorts for one of my boys, not quite sure yet. And here is where I need your help....see the pirate print all the way to the right? My son is OBSESSED with anything pirate and when I showed him this yard of fabric, he went absolutely crazy and laid it on the floor and practically rolled around on it until I ripped it out of his little hands. I want to make something out of it for Christmas, but I'm stumped on what to make. I am undecided about turning it into a quilt, but if you have a fabulous idea, please share. I do not want to make clothes out of it, and already have a plan to make a backpack out of other fabric. So what else is there? Help a girl out and leave me your suggestions. I know there is some great item out there that I am forgetting and you guys will know exactly what I should do with it!
P.S. I have one yard, my son is 4, and it needs to be something that my pregnant butt can actually get done before Christmas! Thank you guys!
I am proud to announce that I actually finished a Halloween project before Halloween! I think this is a new record for me, it seems anytime I start a holiday project, I finish it after the holiday is over with! Actually, to tell the truth, I had finished this one a little over two weeks ago, but my lack of energy and ambition kept me from taking photos of it. So last night I gathered my last bit of energy and took photos. I looked at them this morning and was so disappointed, I redid the photo shot this morning. To be perfectly honest, I'm not in love with the photos, but since I have reached that "I no longer care" phase, this is it baby!I bought this Halloween bundle of fabrics from Venezie Designs and is the lovely"Boo To You" collection by Riley Blake Designs
. I had no plans for the fabric, I just knew I wanted to make something for my home. After receiving the fabrics and taking note of just how large the characters really are, I just started cutting. The center fussy cut character squares range from 4" to 6" and then I just started cutting strips of all the rest. No real plan, I just started sewing. I added in some Michael Miller "Ta Dot" and a Kona Solid Orange left over from my Bottled Rainbows quilt. I had two blocks done when I realized that they both ironically measured the same size, so then I aimed for the other two to match that same size. Once I had the four, and I realized that the length and width would work perfect for a table runner, so that is what I decided to do!
I am happy to say that this is the largest item I have machine quilted, to date, and I was quite pleased with the results, even though I just used my walking foot and straight lines. I am really happy with the quilting detail shown above, that I refer to as "the spiderweb look." I kept the quilting simple to really showcase the fabrics, and I quilted each block differently, so each one is completely unique. I am also happy to say that this table runner has no puckers front or back! Yippie! I kept the back simple, and then machine stitched on the binding using a zig-zag stitch, this was also the first time that I did the binding completely by machine. I think that the zig-zag stitching really added an extra element to the table runner, and I am excited to use this for many years to come!
I had a few extra fussy cut centers left over, and some extra strips, so I decided to whip up two matching pot holders. I used two layers of Insul-Bright with batting sandwiched in between. They have that nice puffy look! I also machine quilted these two, but did the binding by hand this time (I need something to work on while watching TV at night!)I am linking up to Celebrate Color over at Stitched in Color
because what could be more fall like than Halloween!