The Mr misses out. He gets to go to work. And he gets to deal with the house in the state we leave it in upon departure. But he also gets 2 nights at home sans children. (or more importantly 2 mornings!)
There is much excitement (think :: chaos) in the house...suitcases are being wheeled around with reckless abandon, I'm wearing shoes to protect my toes. I'm overhearing whispered conversations about sneaking more 'essential' items into said suitcases. I'm ignoring it.
It has been a perfectly ordinary week which I've been feeling thankful for in the light of others in the midst of less ordinary circumstances.
celery experiments (I can grow it, I just can't stand to eat it raw)
copious amounts of breastfeeding
park visits where 2 boys ignored all the play equipment the entire time
Inexplicable excitement over visiting the dentist, equally inexplicable gloom over not having a new tooth growing like her brothers.
The house and yard are littered with paper planes, paper planes in production, discarded paper planes. I find myself watching you tube clips on making paper planes (over, and over, and over again), I have discussions about what paper planes are the best, what makes a plane fly...or more often why it will not fly as predicted. I know there are planes packed to see if they fly better when launched from a lighthouse (they would have to, I'm certain!)
It seems a long time since I took part in 'Creative Spaces', mostly as I have not had the time to make much or I have not had the time to browse around all the other creative spaces.
Them's the breaks I guess.
But with the outbreak of warm sunny weather since my last post, there has been a need for summer baby pants, the kind where toes may wiggle freely.
Everyone has been enjoying the bare feet, or bare bodies that warm weather herald.
The pattern is this one with a few modifications for a bit more room in the seat for cloth nappies and the waistband from a cotton/elastine t-shirt rather than elastic for a more comfy feel...it's more of the shirt from my last round of baby sewing. The rest of the pants are made from vintage cotton sheets, nice and soft against baby skin.
Now to see if I can get some of the various sized shorts sewn up while this weather holds out!
Sewing for babies can seem a pointless task at times given the deluge of barely-worn baby hand-me-downs that you receive when people hear you are pregnant. And the fact the good old Bonds wondersuit is all they need most of the time as a newborn. Plus it can be super fiddly working on things that small.
But it is such an easy way to use up small amounts of fabrics, to experiment with upcycling and because if you want your smalls to wear handmade, you need to start ASAP because before you know it they will not be so interested in wearing those pants you made from one of dads old shirts!
Having said all that I've managed very little baby sewing so far (which is fine). But having recently carved out a little sewing space after some major spring cleaning and rearranging I did manage to make a start.
These wool pants were actually made the week before Rueben was born. Or they were sewn up the week before he was born, they were cut out a few weeks earlier. I used an not-so-old fine merino wool jumper of mine that had a few holes in it (Ahhh!). I used this pattern with a few modifications. They turned out to be rather high-waisted which actually works well as warm overpants when going out as they add another layer to his tum.
I'm not that into baby socks as they always seem to be too small, fall off after a few squirms or get lost in the wash. Consequently I am into pants with feet to keep those little toes warm. As Reuben has started to stretch out as well as grow he is growing out of his pants/suits with feet in length only (squashed toes can't be comfy). So rather than face any outing with 4 smalls in tow I decided to just add length to some of the baby pants and suits.
It was quick easy sewing with great results...
It's not really a tutorial but here are some pics that might show you how to do it.