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.

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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