Monthly Archives: May 2008

she’s sleeping in her own bed

…so of course I cannot sleep…half-listening to the monitor for signs of wakefulness…

She’s only 19 months old.  Last night she slept there from 9:30 to 3 a.m. with only one bout of wakefulness and to soothe her, I ran in to nurse her back to sleep, feeling useful.  At 3 a.m. J said “bring her in here” when we heard her say “Mommy” on the monitor, but directly after I picked her up into my arms, I realized she was already back to sleep and regretted taking J’s advice (despite the fact that sleeping without her is a major adjustment for me.)

It’s hard, when she’s ready to grow up and I’m lagging behind, but I never, ever want to hold her back.

 

So here I lie, in my own bed, awake.

(no new pictures, because she sent my SD card to the bottom of the pc case by sticking it into the CF card slot.  Waiting for a new SDHC card, but I do miss my camera.)

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Read me a story




Read me a story

Originally uploaded by Pranamama.

Ella suddenly remembers “pat-a-cake” and opens her book to point to the rhyme. I wonder if she has my photographic memory?

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I must be doing something right

MOTHER

Making the best cookies ever.
Often helping other people.
There are always peaceful solutions.
Helping hold the family together.
Everlasting love for me.
Repairing broken happiness.

By your son, Peter.

If those are all the things he ever learns from me, I’m happy that I’ve done my job. Thank you Peter for writing straight from your heart!

Happy Mother's Day to me!Happy Mother's Day to me!

We had a lovely breakfast with my mother in law and father in law at Atlas downtown, and watched the Turkish Formula1 race on our return (too bad Fernando wasn’t a contender this weekend) and then Ella insisted on some more Basketball.

Right now she’s sitting on her dad, reading Road and Track, watching the New Orleans and San Antonio Spurs game in her jammies top and a diaper in Peter’s baseball cap.

I did get some pattern drafting done today for all sizes from 18/24 mos-6 of the Lawn Dress, and am trying a new construction method for the Toddler Pocket Pants.  I’m really enjoying this Mothers Day.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!

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Ella in Bonnie Dress with Bloomers

Modeled. Please excuse the front door clutter.

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Getting close…

Originally uploaded by Pranamama.

 

 

 

I’ve been deciding what to place in my upcoming etsy shop and I think I have a winner here. I love the “Meadow Life” fabric, and I was so pleased with the way this came together. I cannot wait to take Ella’s picture in it. She was wearing it the other day as it was just a bodice with only one sleeve closed…refusing to return it for completion.

Sleeves and hem have a contrast brown linen border:
Bonnie Dress, hem

Bonnie Dress, sleeve detail

I’m calling it “Bonnie Dress” because it’s right up my mom’s alley….plus it is quite a bonnie dress! I love this Heather Ross fabric. Like every Kokka fabric I’ve tried, it’s a dream to work with. Fraying seems to be inevitable, due tot he looser weave of the linen/cotton canvas, but it presses beautifully, and I can finish it nicely, now that I’ve learned my way around the elna 845!

 Bloomers

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Getting close…




Bonnie Dress with Bloomers

Originally uploaded by Pranamama.

I’ve been deciding what to place in my upcoming etsy shop and I think I have a winner here. I love the “Meadow Life” fabric, and I was so pleased with the way this came together. I cannot wait to take Ella’s picture in it. She was wearing it the other day as it was just a bodice with only one sleeve closed…refusing to return it for completion.

I’m calling it “Bonnie Dress” because it’s right up my mom’s alley….plus it is quite a bonnie dress! I love this Heather Ross fabric. Like every Kokka fabric I’ve tried, it’s a dream to work with. Fraying seems to be inevitable, due tot he looser weave of the linen/cotton canvas, but it presses beautifully, and I can finish it nicely, now that I’ve learned my way around the elna 845!

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Hazy Jane skirt with Brother’s shirt

She insisted on wearing Peter’s shirt, but I think this skirt needs bloomers…Ella’s no lady and all the bending over shows too much diaper. Anyway, this is an almost-half circle skirt I’ve adapted from a beautiful Japanese sewing book by Nani Iro from my favorite etsy shop. I changed the angle of the curve to increase the flounce a tiny bit, lengthened the skirt quite a bit, and the hem is jut a tiny serged edge, folded over and topstitched.

I love the way this skirt turned out, and I think it will be a great shop addtion if I can come up with a cute embellishment for the organic t-shirts I’m picking up.

Next up – some little flower canvas by Heather Ross to turn into a round-collared dress. I’ve already modified my original idea to use brown linen as an accent as well. Covered buttons are intimidating to me, so I may be a couple days working on that one. Plus I have actual work to do…

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