Friday, October 28, 2011

Winter is coming...

The snow is sneaking down the mountains. The yard is frozen when we get up (and for a good portion of the day). I am actually wearing a coat to go outside. I had to scrape my windows yesterday (and my new 4-runner has far more windows than my old little truck!).Winter is on its way. I'm quickly realizing that I don't have appropriate clothing for Sawyer yet... he has a snow suit (which he has almost already grown out of....) and a lot of light weight coats, but no heavy winter jacket to wear when we run errands or go for short trips where wearing his snow suit would be silly. So, hopefully I will be able to find something at Kid 2 Kid this weekend that will fill that gap in his wardrobe.  He also needs mittens.... have to keep those baby hands warm!

I'm also in the process of knitting a hat for a friend. He asked me to knit him a simple alpaca hat, so I did the math the other night and I'm ready to cast on.  It should be a quick knit...

I started the first of three bears for Sawyer, but I'm not happy with it. I think I might try and go down one more needle size and see if that looks better. I also messed up the pattern (thanks to trying to knit in the car with an upset baby) so I have to start over anyway. Blah. Not sure if I'm going to get all three done by Christmas, but that is the goal.... (in case I didn't mention it, I'm knitting the three AK bears, a big white one, medium brown one, and small black one)

Other than that, I've just been sewing and getting things ready for a craft fair I'm vending at next month. I will post some pictures of what I plan to sell as the day gets closer. I am hoping to come up with some fun things... I have lots of ideas brewing! Of course, it is on the 12th of November, so it is coming up quick! I have quite a few things already ready, that just need tags, but I still want to get a lot done. Now, with Sawyer's party out of the way, I'm focusing all of my energy on that.

No big plans for the weekend. Weston is heading up to the cabin tonight, so it will just be Sawyer and I. We are planning on going to the Fall Carnival at the rec center on Saturday... hopefully Weston will be home in time to go with us. If not, I'm sure we will run into friends from Toddle Time, which will be fun! Between that and preparing for the craft fair, we will stay busy!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and stays warm!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Party Pictures

Sawyer's birthday party was on Saturday and it was a blast. I think everyone (including Sawyer) had a great time. I was really happy that all the time I had spent on the party paid off... everything (minus the cake pops) turned out exactly as I had envisioned it. (The cake pops were still delicious, despite them not being decorated like dogs. The multiple ways I attempted to decorate them just did not pan out...)

Here are a few pictures of the decorations. More pictures on are my Flickr photo stream, and on Sawyer's blog. I made the flags out of fabric and bias tape (they will be saved for future parties!), the happy birthday sign out of paper and ribbon, and I hung 8x10 pictures of Sawyer growing up down the hallway. I also had cut out and assembled paw prints to hang around the house to incorporate the dog theme.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


My little boy is one. A whole year. 365 days since I brought him home. Which is crazy. I feel like just yesterday I was still pregnant and terrified of giving birth. And then I was eating Moose's Tooth and told it was time to go have a baby. And now he is a year old. He is napping right now, and I am frantically making cake pops, paw prints cutouts, onion dip, etc... for his party of Saturday. And, yes, I know he won't understand it's his birthday and that the party is really for me... but I'm excited. We've lasted a year. If I can make it through the first one, the rest are going to be a piece of cake... right?!?

First picture at home. I knitted his outfit and made that quilt. :)

Being crazy yesterday. I made that baby... 

Monday, October 17, 2011


I love mail. I love mailing things. Sometimes Weston jokes that I could single-handedly keep the USPS in business. (I actually have 12 envelopes that I have to take to the PO today to mail... they are not regular letters, so I have to make a trip) I love having a blog for Sawyer, but I also know that people enjoy having pictures for their fridge. I have been pretty good about sending pictures for holidays, but I wanted a way to do send them on a more regular basis.

Then I found out about Postcardly. This is a service where you can send an email to someone (using the email address they have set up for you...) with an attached picture and they turn it into a postcard and mail it! It is pretty cool. It is great for people who don't use the computer, and it is a quick and easy way for me to get something in the mail! I don't have to leave the house. :)

Anyway, I wanted to let other people know about it, as I think it is pretty sweet and have used it quite a bit.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It is rainy and BLAH here. Hopefully it gets sunny or snows soon....

Friday, October 14, 2011


Yesterday Weston came home at 12:30 so that I could take a half-day off from my job as a mom. Which was much needed. Wednesday night was rough... Sawyer basically spent the entire night climbing on me and crying because he doesn't feel well (his nose is stuffy) and he is still teething (I think, he won't let me look in his mouth) PLUS he is getting ready to walk. The perfect storm.

The first thing I did was run to JoAnn's and sign up for a cake decorating class.  I've been wanting to do that for a while, and the dates (in December) worked out with my schedule, so I went for it. I also picked up a few things to finish up stuff for Sawyer's party.... then it was off to my massage. I had never had a massage before. Weston had given me a gift certificate for one for Christmas, and I just got around to using it! It was SO worth it! I loved it. I wish I could do that every month. (But, at $80+tip, it is a bit out of my price range!) So relaxing and a nice break....

After that I took myself to lunch and just enjoyed some time alone. It was nice to eat a meal and not have to pick anything up off the floor or have to listen to banging utensils, etc.... There was a baby there that was a bit younger than Sawyer, and seeing her made me miss him... so I headed home.

So I enjoyed my mom break. I am going to try and take more time for myself, even if it doesn't include a massage... I find that I am much happier to spend time with Sawyer if I get a break.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kids Sewing Challenge

I'm thinking about participating in the Kids Clothes Sewing Challenge next week... the challenge is to spend one hour a day for 7 days sewing/crafting for kids. I have plenty to work on, so I think if I can get my act together and make a list of things I would like to finish, I could get quite a bit done. For more details on the KCSC go here...

Not much else to report. I finished Sawyer's dog toy for his birthday. It is stashed away until the 20th when I'm sure he will open it, throw it on the floor, and move on with his day. :) I enjoyed knitting it, and I used my handspun, and I am really happy with the results.

The pattern is a cheezombie pattern, and all of the patterns are SO cute! I have far too many of them... the whale, clam, turtle, mushroom, veggies, etc. etc. If you are in her Rav group (rav link) she often has 50% off sales, so that is awesome! The patterns are easy to read, quick to complete, and fun! There was NO sewing on this dog. Everything is picked up and worked directly onto the dog's body. Great construction.  She is also starting to create crochet patterns of her animals so everyone can join in on the fun.

Alright, off to try and clean up my sewing corner and think about what to sew next week!