Archive for February, 2011

Isaac learns basic sewing

Isaac has not been interested in much in the home economics department but I think the sewing machine might have caught his attention.

He made a little pillow and is now eyeing up the embroidered plushie doll pattern I printed out.

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While the sewing machine is out…

We bought one of the beginning sewing, or should I say threading, kits during our splurge at the craft store. The kit included a heart and a cat to thread and stuffing…

Xander tried the heart and decided it was a pretty lame activity.

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I suggested he try the cat on the machine and it went from lame to super fun! He handled the curvy seam like a pro and now he knows as much about sewing as I do;)

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Zipper pouch made by Jason

A new project was born from a need for better containment for my knitting notions. Everything stuffed in the inside pocket of my bag has lead to things spilling out the second I throw my bag down many times.

So…..I thought what I needed was a pencil pouch. After searching stores and not finding what I needed, a Google search turned up this adorable zipper pouch sewing pattern, with embroidered applique.

I still have very little patience for sewing. Isn’t it sad to want the product but lack the skill?

Jason once again joined me on the project and did most of the machine work while I tackled the embroidery part of the pattern. Embroidery? Who knew it could be so fun?!!! I had so much fun, I’m trying to think what else needs some embroidered flair. ha!

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Aside from the little embroidery, this is really a show and tell for Jason. He is getting really good! This might be the first time the old sewing machine has had the zipper foot used. He rocked it out like a pro.

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Jason had fun too because he wants to make a money pouch for one of the kids.

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Ninjas and stuff

The boys are thrilled with the shirt ninja mask we figured out how to make last night. A whole lotta wooop-POW going on here!

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So now while I’m innocently chillin’ on the couch watching the Phineas & Ferb marathon this morning, I look over to see this face next to me…

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Other happenings today…Jason thought today was a good day for green eggs. No reason.

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And, I might be breaking out the sewing machine again but *only* because I need something for my knitting. This could get ugly…

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crafts today

Since we ran out of perler beads, a trip to the craft store was DIRE (keeping the craft supplies stocked is important around here;).

Along with the three giant buckets of perler beads, we grabbed a bunch of new crafts to try, including these bead kits…

The middles (that’s my new nick name for Xander and Simon…I do love the symmetry of having four children!) had fun making themselves a necklace. Xander says he’ll make me one but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

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Another project that landed in our shopping cart was a blanket we put together.

Aundi and Casey made us a cozy fleece blanket that’s blue and red with trucks on it a few years ago. We have been using it for Lotus’ “nest” on the couch, where we tuck her in when she’s napping. Jason and I made another one in a fun girlie print last night.

Awfully cute blankie for only $13 at the fabric store!

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Cooking class

An amazing day! We got all three boys into the cooking class together!

This never happens…getting them all into a class together I mean. Classes always seem to be broken into age groups that just miss including one brother, but not today! We lucked out…with such small class sizes the teacher combined the two age groups and let Simon join.

I took the pocket camera the kids usually use and snapped a picture of the class eating the meal they created…

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I’m not sure why the photos are so long and lean. I haven’t touched this camera in a long time and I’m not even sure how to change the settings.

Check out the other photos I found, that the kids took.

Lotus sleeping in our big family bed…haha!

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Isaac and his DS

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One of Xander’s creations (I believe this box is what later evolved into “my first studio apartment.”

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Random kid perspective pics of Lotus

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On Isaac…

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On me…

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An older one, modeling one of the cable hats I made…

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This one must have been taken by Simon. Completely out of focus but I love how it shows Xander at the table where he spends much of the day working on his crafts, And Jason popping up from his spot where he uses his computer.

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Finished projects

I finished a little sweater for Lotus out of the leftover yarn meant for Isaac’s sweater (that turned out small enough for Xander and Simon).

This is supposed to be a 12-18 month size. I think it will still fit next year but I’m not sure. The pattern does seem to run a little small after knitting three of them. They are so cute and cozy though.

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Xander made a house out of cardboard and some paper people to go with it.

I’m calling it “My first studio apartment.” It just needs a kitchenette that can be hidden by a curtain, a futon and a few pieces of hand-me-down accessory furniture. 😀

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Two month old babies are awfully cute…

…and so are nine year olds.

Isaac sharing his passion for gaming with Lotus….

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Lotus gives it a try. Jeez, these kids are learning how to work a computer earlier and earlier! 😉

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I guess she fits in the Ergo baby carrier now but I’m not sure it’s okay for her legs to be out yet. They seem pushed out too much for a little baby.

But, I’m also having trouble fitting her legs inside the Mei Tai carriers. Maybe a side carry is the best for now. I’ll have to play around with the carriers and see how a side carry can work.

Picture complete with baby spit shirt.


Baby Icen, 11 days old

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His little belly button from the side is my fav. Reminds me of a Cabbage Patch doll belly.

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Valentine fun

Jason and I surprised the kids with some Valentine fun when they woke up.

Just some streamers on the door and handmade valentines but you would think it was Christmas by the sounds of their excitement when they woke up and saw it. haha!

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Part of the fun of making these Valentines was having them in the living room “not looking” while we made them. It amps the excitement and shows them the work we put into it because we love them. Just like knitting for them…they get to watch a sweater grow from the yarn they picked out, see all the work I put into it and enjoy the finished product that much more. 🙂

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!!!!!