Sunday, February 28, 2010

Baby Love

Here is a picture of my love. MY LIFE!!!! Well that also includes my hubby Les, and the rest of our little family who have 4 legs...Billie and Gingi and Max. But this one is the sweetest. I love that smile!
He is what got me starting with blogging in the first place. I started a blog just for him and our first year together as a family. Then, from there I started this blog. So far it's mostly been posts of all the things I make and create, but I would like to eventually get it going to be a little more about me and my life. Right now I am a bit too busy to think about journalling much on this blog but I am trying.
If you have been following you know that I am on a journey to lose baby weight and excess pounds. I have been losing steadily since December 1, 2009. Really it hasn't come off quickly but that's okay, at least it's coming off. And maybe then I won't have that rebound effect that has happened to me before. Anyway I am still trying to get to my goal which is actually is pretty big...50 lbs!! That's lots!
I have begun my training for my 60 km walk in August and everything is going well. The fundraising is a little slow. Many people have generously donated, but I have lots to earn yet. There have been people who say that they will donate, but haven't yet so we'll see I guess. I know I have probably done that to people in the past. Ooops! I just hope that doesn't happen to me now. I don't usually join fundraisers for the fact that I don't like asking for money, but I needed some inspiration and motivation to lose the weight and change my life style to a healthy one.
I am a lone ranger now. I originally was going to be part of a team, but none of them want or are able to do the walk now. Oh well. I will have to be brave, meet people, and/or crank up the ipod! It's going to be a cool experience anyway. I haven't done anything like it before.

Well I want to write about a few more things here but I think I will end this post here and try to post again tomorrow. I have been doing some thinking about my crafting/sewing and how I want to tweak my focus a bit.

Saturday's Trade Fair

Well Saturday I spent the day in Cold Lake at an event called Family Fair. It was the first one ever so it's brand new. Anyway things didn't go as well as I had hoped. Mostly because it wasn't very busy. I was quite disappointed since I worked really hard to get so many things ready and didn't get to sell much. There were a number of things that I think deterred people from coming but I am not going to go into that. Either way at least I got out there, met some very nice people and got to network a bit.

Most of the things I had made prior to the fair are still here and for sale. This includes many bags, 3 baby quilts and over 20 fabric flower hair accessories. So if you are reading this and are interested in any of these things please feel free to contact me! I have posted previously, many of the things that I made. I just have to tweak the posts a little so you know what is available!

Thank you to my good neighbour Val who made a very cool banner for me! It's awesome to have such a nice sign to display and such a cool gal for a pal!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mommy loves big bibs!

FOR SALE!! 4 in the pattern above and many more can be made to order!!

I hate that many of the bibs you can find in the store are so small. They are great when baby is very young to clean up a little milk dribble and maybe catch some drool. My baby is a real drooler! But when it comes to meal times, they just don't cut it.

I had found a bib at a garage sale which ended up being the best bib of all...because it actually covers him! So I traced it out onto some paper, then began to sew! And voila! Here is a bib I like, and I am sure you moms out there will too!

They are big, soft, and made of flannel. I have yet to find a suitable waterproof material for the back. Some plastics are nasty. So when I do, I might modify I bit. But for now, these absorbant-buddies are my best friend.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cancer Fundraiser


Okay now that the little guy is in bed I have a few minutes to write down a few things. First, I mentioned in my last post that I will be at the Family Fair in Cold Lake on Feb 27. I have decided just to do the one day since I don't have very many items made. I hope it doesn't end up being a total flop for me, since I don't have much to show. I have been sewing steadily, when I can, to have some things to sell and display. But it's really hard to do that kind of thing with a little one. Oh well, that's the way it goes, and it's only because the pressure is on to have things done by then!

Anyway, moving on, as some of you know, I am doing a cancer fundraiser this year. I am participating in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers on August 7 and 8, 2010. I will be walking 60km in Edmonton. I have been so fortunate so far to have people who have donated money. I have raised $200 of my $2000 dollars. That's exciting!

One especially exciting thing that I am doing to raise some more funds is making and selling fabric flower accessories. So far you have seen them on some of my bags. But now I am attaching them to hair elastics, and clips too. These look awesome in your hair and also on your wrist, as you can see in the picture above. All of the ones for my fundraiser will include the color pink, since that is the representing color. But I am going to add some other colors in the mix too.

I am selling them for $3.50. That might sound a little steep, but keep in mind all of the money will be going toward my cause. So essentially I am donating all the time it takes to make them and the cost of the materials.

They really are a bargain. When was the last time you were in the mall and saw such a unique and pretty accessory for a great price AND a great cause?

Hurry Up & Sew


Recently I was asked if I wanted to particpate in Family Fair which is a trade fair happening in Cold Lake at the end of the month. The link is Of course I was not prepared because I had not heard of it. Now I have been trying to sew like a mad woman to have a few things for my display. Here is what I have made so far.

The crib quilt is pink and brown, with tied pink yarn and is rag time style (frayed edges).

The Left overs quilt is a topper I made out of left over pink and brown flannel. I didn't have enough to make another patch work.

Sorry I don't have time to write too much exciting detail since my Cody wants my attention!

Here is another version of Simplicity Pattern 2750, the same as the one I posted earlier made with the pink and white circles fabric.

And the Sarah purse is one I made my own design with, by modifying another pattern. It is similar to the Pursey pattern but has a rounded bottom.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Easy Purses

Here are a few more purses that I have finished. They are for an order which also includes the blue Pursey one that I posted earlier. Sorry ladies they are all sold! But I can easily make more and plan on it! Making these bags was fun and easy. For the one with the circle fabric I modified the pattern to include a zipper. I haven't done this before. It was a little tricky but it turned out fine. I think I will now be able to add zippers to more of my bags.