Matching Cuties, and A Wedding.

As you probably know by now, I have two adorable boys. Often boys seem to not be as much fun to dress as girls, not as much pink and ruffles. Well that is true, I don’t normally dress my boys in pink, but they are SUPER fun to dress anyway. At least for me. And since they are so close in age its great to match them.

These cute hats

These cute hats

These hats were a gift from Susan at Denzel’s Baby Shower/Sprinkle. They came with matching outfits that I haven’t been able to get on them at the same time yet :-) Laundry you know.

So this summer my little brother got married, to the wonderful Mallory, and of course I wanted my Boys outfits to match. I looked all over town to find something wedding appropriate and in their sizes, Jesse was 17 months and Denzel was 3 months, and I couldn’t find anything I liked. So I decided to make them matching outfits. It started with vests:

Matching Vests

I didn’t have a pattern for the vests but I did have vests that fit them at the time so I just copied them (I promise I’ll give a step by step tutorial on how to make a vest, pattern and all, but it will be in a later post. I didn’t have time to take step by step pictures along the way while making these) I thought I’ll make vests and just get white shirts and tan pants. Well I couldn’t find those either in their sizes, without costing an arm and a leg, so I planned to make the whole outfit. Here are the fabrics I used:
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I did use a pattern from Butterick for the Shirts and Pants it is number #B5510 and can be found here, or at the local Joanns fabric. This pattern was VERY Simple and I loved it. The pants were made from a thicker almost corduroy fabric. The shirts were just plain white cotton. I do wish I had used something a little different for the shirts since they wrinkle really badly when washed. Also I would make them longer next time. Here are a couple more pictures along the way:

august 2014 055The pants just had stitching to make it look like they had pockets and a fly, but they didn’t :-). I top stitched the waste band as well.

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I top stitched the entire collar and down the front to keep it all laying flat. I also found a great youtube tutorial of how to make my machine do buttonholes. It can be found by clicking here.
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Jesse helped a ton :-) Here are the vests before they had buttons or were top stitched. I decided to top stitch them around the entire edge just to make them lay flat. I love the pocket square.

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All done and ready to wear:
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Unfortunately the pictures we took of them together at the wedding got deleted but we got this good one of Jesse:
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The two of them goofing off:

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The following are a couple pictures of them in matching outfits just because I couldn’t resist. (Thank you Sharon Gross)

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This is from their Yiayia (greek for Grandma): Thank you! This picture was difficult to get as they kept wrestling, and honestly I think Denzel was winning.
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And this is a picture of them on the right with Dominic and Uncle Cris when they were around the same age on the Left. The outfits were from Aunty Connie Laipis. Thank you!
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And finally Jesse and Daddy with matching smiles :)

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I would like to invite any local Moms who would like to do a small sewing project to contact me by commenting and we can find a night to get together and sew something small (vest for a boy, skirt for a girl). I would love to help you with sewing projects if you are interested.

This is a picture taken at the wedding, of my immediate family with the happy couple a little left of the center, we are on the far left.
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Next up, Halloween Costumes.

Baby Bassinet

When we found out we were Pregnant with our second baby it was a bit of a surprise, not unlike our first baby, but we actually realized what adding a child to our mix looked and felt like. Jesse was only 6 months old and we were just getting used to his little self being there. It was pretty surreal. But more then that it was going to take some thought to manage these two littles, since Jesse was nowhere near being done with his crib. So I thought about getting another crib, and a very good friend even offered me one to borrow, but then one day on my ramblings through Goodwill I found this:iphone june 2014 074It was priced for $25 and my pregnant brain couldn’t decide if that was too much or not. So I texted a picture to my Husband and he laughed and said you better get it or I will go there and get it. I just about missed out because of pregnant brain. I took it home and then I got excited realizing the fun I could have. So one evening I went to Joann’s fabrics (click here for a link to coupon page) and probably spent two hours feeling all the fabric and looking at EVERY conceivable material that could work and eventually I settled on this mixture of prints and patterns:

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I love that its yellow, teal, and grey, and has birdies. Not too feminine for a boy (even though at the time we didn’t know what we were having) and definitely made me smile. Most of these will be made into a patchwork blankie, with the grey mink as the backing, but that hasn’t happened yet. I only got the bassinet done before the baby was born, but I am planning to make the blankie yet for him, because nobody ever outgrows a mink blankie. Anyway back to the bassinet, I had to build the mattress and bumper pads from scratch, so really all I did was measure the bottom and sides and cut foam to that size and then sew a cover for the foam:

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I found the Green foam at Joanns as well and cut it to size. I did two layers since the thickness wasn’t enough with one but all the other kinds of foam Joanns had were too thick. I didn’t want him to sink into it.

The second picture is of the end of the zipper. I sewed it in flat and then made the corners of the cover by turning the whole thing inside out, folding it diagonally against itself, and sewing a line across the corners. Like this:

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It was a fun Project but I got close to not finishing because I went into labor a week early and was still working on the bumper pads for the sides. I didn’t get any good pictures on doing that process since I was kinda just trying to stay sane and focus through the contractions. But I did get the mattress and one side done before the little man came the next day. Here is a picture of him breaking it in just home from the hospital :)

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And here he is today just playing in it for fun.

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He has out grown it now, so we found a different use for it:

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I do believe they have too many stuffed animals, but oh well at least they have a place to put them :-)

Till next time, hug your babies tight and remember to thank God for them everyday.

Next up Matching outfits for a wedding.

And Its a Boy!!

Well, since the last post a lot has gone on in our little house, so I’ll start a series of posts today  to try to catch you all up. First and most importantly, we had a baby boy! His name is Denzel Martin Jones. He is named after my Dad. And he is a Gem. He is also very smiley and crawling already too. He was born on the 10th of April. And here are a couple Pictures of him.denzel 001He was a week old in this picture, and just perfect. He had tons of straight hair, not curly like older brothers. I love this picture because it is so sweet, yet really shows how full our hearts and hands are with these two little men.

Now to introduce the Hat Model, Mr. Denzel Jones!

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He is an absolute joy and he is a great hat model :-) I also made a big person sized hat (which I finished yesterday which prompted me to remember I had that other one for his pretty little head.) Here he is playing with it. Hats 011And finally, Mr. Chubbs

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It’s a messy life

This past year I’ve been a part of our local MOPS group and was asked to give a little talk about my story. Since the theme of the year was ‘A Beautiful Mess’ I decided to talk about my issue with having messes around :). The following is what I came up with:

My name is Felicia and I come from a large family, I have six brothers and two sisters making nine of us in total. I’m right in the middle which seems like the best spot to me.

Growing up we had a lot of messes, I wouldn’t say our house was a messy house, but with that many people, well let’s just say you should have seen the shoe closet.

I liked cleaning up and organizing things and my mom loved that I did too. One time while mom was in town shopping, my sister and I took the biggest box we could find and we cleaned up and threw everything we thought was junk or unnecessary clutter in it and taped it shut. When she came home we told her what we had done and that she was not allowed to open it unless she missed something in her day and thought it was in there. Well she never missed anything, so in a month we threw it in the trash. She still asks what we put in there, and honestly we don’t even remember.

Well things have changed and now I’m a mom and I realize keeping a neat and nonmessy house is next to impossible. It’s very frustrating to me and often I feel like a failure as a wife, if by the end of the day my husband comes home and the toys are all over the floor, books are scattered everywhere, and the cupboards have lost their purpose because all the pans are being used as drums in the middle of the living room. I also realize I only have one little guy and this is going to get a lot worse. So in trying to find a way to look at it differently my husband encourages me in seeing the life in the mess. Sure everything is in the wrong spot and nothing seems to be being used for what it’s original purpose was, but that will come with teaching and wisdom over time. Right now all Jesse sees is joy in things to play with, discovering new shapes and putting things inside each other.

I realize more each day that the mess is where the life is, it’s filled with joy and learning. And not every day needs to be mayhem, but some days should be. And it makes my husband happy to see the mess when he gets home and Jesse sitting in the middle all pleased with how much work he’s done to make the room look like this. Over time hopefully I can teach him the joys of organizing it and putting it all back, but for now I need to see the mess and see it as life happening, right there in my living room. And putting the mess in that light, I can go to bed after parting a path through the toys and books and smile knowing it’ll get better, and messes are better then having nothing to clean up because there is no one to make the mess in the first place. I love my job as a mom and need to remember daily that messes are a symbol of beauty and life not failure.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. (Proverbs 14:4 ESV)

If you or a friend are interested in joining this MOPS group please click on this link and you should find all the info you need - Redlands Community Church Grand Junction

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Another one . . . . And a free pattern.

Well this post is about another hat. One with a little more intricate detailing then the previous hats. It’s also about another baby Jones. We are expecting to welcome a new little Jones in the next month or so, which is very exciting, as well as scary. With our first little monkey we decided not to find out the gender before he was born, and we are doing the same with this baby Jones. So I needed to make a hat for this baby that can work for a boy or a girl. Because every baby needs to be welcomed with a hat, or ten, duh.

So I choose this teal cotton since it works for a boy and with a little embellishments and bling also works for a girl. Here are some pictures:

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Here is a link to the free pattern which is called the horseshoe lace cap.

The band of this hat is worked in the rib stitch, one purl one knit, but the knit stitch is worked in the back loop which gives the band a nice tight braided look. Here is a picture of what the rib stitch worked in the back loop looks like:

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This is what a normal rib stitch would look like:

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Now in case it’s a girl, I found this great tutorial on how to crochet triple layer flowers

I haven’t sewn the flower the hat yet, but plan to fix it with a big sparkly button in the center of the flower if it is a girl.

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Here is a picture of the top, with my little guy modelling it. The picture is a little dark, but it shows the details very well.

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So to conclude, if you would like to find out whether we had a boy or a girl, comment and come back to get details and pictures. Then be sure to bug me till I post pictures if it takes more then a month, and a half. :) >

The Mad Hatter

Well its been a long while since my last blog. Lets just say life has been very busy and the time I have managed to set aside for projects has been limited, so therefore blogging time has been even more so.

This project kind of jump started my knitting again since I hadn’t really started a new project after Jesse was born. I guess you could say my husband is my champion encourager since he bought me this pattern for Christmas and I couldn’t resist starting a hat right away.

Stash

Stash

Tiny Empress Set

Tiny Empress Set

So I dove into my stash and found this wonderful yarn that I had purchased with the gift certificate my husband gave me on our engagement treasure hunt.  I used five Double Pointed Needles size 5, and Cascade Cotton Yarn. I changed the yarn twice to add the nice little stripes. This wasn’t in the pattern but I thought plain yellow was too boring.

Halfway done.

Halfway done.

One thing to mention is that this hat is worked in the round and I learned very recently that to knit in the round is easier on your hands and muscles if you use Continental style knitting vs. English style. Now I didn’t know there were different ways to knit at all, but they are very different styles. English style uses the right hand and ‘throws the stitch’ over the end of the needle, while Continental style holds the thread in the left and ‘hooks’ the thread in a way similar to  crocheting. I was taught to knit the English style and had never tried the Continental, but this hat seemed the perfect sized project to learn Continental. I’ll admit it made me very frustrated to switch since I was very slow at knitting in the beginning and I just wanted to see the finished hat, but with perseverance I can now say I’m almost as fast at knitting Continental style. It really is a better style for knitting in the round but I still prefer English for straight needles.

For more detail on English click here, for more detail on Continental click here.

And here is a picture of the cutest model you’ll see, wearing the finished hat.

Hat Model

Hat Model

That was the first one, it came out rather big since I wanted it to be newborn sized so I went to Walmart and got more yarn (cause a knitter can NEVER have too much). I bought beautiful light pink, cause I’m optimistically hoping for a girl in April :). Here is a picture of the Crown of the pink hat, it came out much smaller then the yellow one. I used Size 2 needles on this hat.

Crown of Pink Hat

Crown of Pink Hat

Detail of Stitches

Detail of Stitches

By this time I was getting bored of solid colors so off to Hobby Lobby for more yarn, yes more. I made this little beauty for my nephew due in July. It is made with size 2 needles and a variegated yarn.

Little Beauty

Little Beauty

And followed it with this one, which I made using Size 3 circular needles instead of the double pointed ones.

Boy Hat

Boy Hat

So finally here is a picture of the yarn and needles used for each hat. And after all that work I got my copy of Vogue Knitting magazine in the mail and to my great delight they are featuring this exact pattern. So not only are these super fun to make, I can honestly say they are also ‘in Vogue’.

All hats and supplies

All hats and supplies

P.S. In Canada this hat would be referred to as a Toque, pronounced  tu-k.

Red Scarf For Christmas

After going through all the totes and boxes of various crafts, yarn and material this summer, I decided I have way too many unfinished projects. They are started with really good intentions but then that new pattern just screams to be made. So I put aside what I’m working on and start a new project only to realize a couple months later the first one isn’t done yet. So I made a pact with myself, for every two old projects I complete I can start one new one. That way its not just working on old projects all the time but eventually I should catch up, right? Well so far I have managed to complete four old projects (I think I might have started at least three new ones though, oops) I just have to post them now so you all can see the finished product.

This is a scarf I started last year around Christmas time. It was snowy and cold and I made the mistake of browsing the Hobby Lobby selection of new yarn. They had this amazing lace weight ruby red with sequins attached yarn. I needed it. It was perfect for this pattern which I got from the book ‘Knitted Lace Of Estonia’. It is a very good book, by the way, if you are interested in Knitting lace and comes with a DVD tutorial. So here are some pictures:

Cast on

Cast on

The cast on was a technique I had never tried but it wasn’t difficult to do. It started with a crochet chain of scrap yarn, you can see the grey I used. Then the lace yarn was picked up through the chain and cast on the needle. You can see this on the picture to the left a little better. After the desired number os stitches were cast on you just started to knit the pattern.

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The pattern was very pretty and it was called the Triinu Scarf. It is a variation on the Lily of the Valley pattern. As you can see it has little nupps in the center of the V’s. These are created by picking up seven stitches in a single stitch and then knitting all seven stitches into one on the opposite side. (the technique is a little tough at first but its not hard once you get the idea) If you have had trouble doing this one please comment and I can give you some tips on how I made it work for me.

Reverse cast on to finish lace edgingAfter completely knitting to the end of the pattern repeats and finishing with a lace edge, it was time to complete the matching lace edge on the bottom where the original cast on had started the scarf. This was so simple and something I will do again on any scarf.

The scrap thread was simply pulled back and the chain slowly undone to reveal the loop of the cast on stitches. As I was pulling the scrap thread out of its chain I picked up the loops with my needle and just like that had all the stitches cast on seamlessly. I then knitted the same lace edging as I had finished the other end with, and the scarf was complete. Below you can see the Lace edging drying  out after being blocked to make the points more prominent. And the final picture of the completed scarf.

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It was completed just on time for Christmas this year and I gave it to my Mom. If you look closely you can see that this scarf is also featured in the banner/picture at the top of my blog.

Merry Christmas to all and A Blessed New Year. My new years resolution is to complete more half made projects ;-) and start a couple of new ones.