Friday, June 24, 2011

I Don't Know Jack.

It's true.
I don't.
Neither do you.
Nobody does.
And that's because he isn't due until August :)

That's right... I get another nephew in August!
And his name will be Jack.
I know, I know, you're jealous of all the sweet little babies I get to hold, right?
You should be.
I'm lucky.
And babies are cute.

I've been pumping out some custom crib sets over here in my neck of the woods...
and the latest one just happened to be for my sister-in-law Emily and her hubby John.

So, Em decided on her
color scheme and sent me some pics of fabrics she liked and I went to work:

I think it turned out great!
And I think Jack will be nice and cozy... don't you?


Here are the fabrics used:
bumper: Anna Maria Horner Woodcut in DayDream (home decor weight)
Amy Butler Sunspots in Midnight (home decor weight)
bumper ties: Joel Dewberry Nap Sack in Sunset
crib skirt: Amy Butler Sunspots in Tangerine with a border of Nap Sack in Lake
crib sheet: Leaves in Blue


And for the quilt (40x60") I used all the above fabric
(except for the Leaves in Blue)
and added in a little Amy Butler fabric from my stash.
The binding is a grey/aqua stripe Lacoste flat sheet that I found at TJ Maxx
that matched perfectly.
It is machine quilted, machine stitched binding, and made with LOTS of love :)
jack quilt front and back
front and back of quilt

And here's Emily opening her new bedding (while Willow and Peyton help) at the shower:

Congrats to Emily and John!
They will be amazing parents and I can't wait to meet (read: hold) Baby Jack.

And for those of you who are curious, Jack makes the fourth new nephew in the last 11 months.
It's Babypalooza.

P.S. You can score your own custom bedding set over on the top right-hand side drop down menu!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Back into it.

We're finally back into our groove.
Well, at least I am, anyway.

I was feeling pretty topsy-turvy there for a bit.
Not really comfortably seated in my new-but-still-my-old life.
It wasn't sad. Or bad.
But it just wasn't working for me.
I didn't really fit the right way.
For the past two weeks I've been trying to find my comfy little spot that means I'm good.
And I think I finally found it again.

Let's see...
This morning I found about $60 worth of beauty products in the toilet.
We're going on Day 10 of no (good) food in the house.
I ran out of Gain the exact moment I felt gutsy enough to tackle the laundry.
And yesterday, I got my first taste of projectile spit-up.
Well, I guess it would be my second first taste.
Thank you, Ellie.
And I don't mean literal first taste, because that would be gross.
But I'm sure it's bound to happen at some point.
Let's be real.


And, strangely, those events make me very, very happy.
(Well, except for the food thing. I like options...)
Yes. That's right.
Because, according to me, that means we're back to real life.
We've got an extra little puddle of baby to love on everyday now,
but life as we know it has resumed.


Willow was a serious booger for a good chunk of those last two weeks.
Like, to the point where I wanted to crawl under the table and just tell her to
leave. me. alone.
And cry.
Bad attitude, misbehaving, massive fits, driving my insane...
Yeah, serious boogerishness.

Willow taking a much-needed nap at the hospital. Being a big sister is hard work!

But now?
Now we're back to her fiesty-but-likeable attitude,
her funny little mischief that makes me laugh,
(but where she can't see me, of course)
her little spats that end with either a hug or big fat smooch on the lips,
she has made me fall in love with her all over again.


I'm glad to have her back.
I was starting to worry.


All the hospital craziness is over with.
We got to bring Ellie home.
We've accomplished the New Baby doctor appointments.
We remembered how to change diapers and work as a team.

Ok, pretend Willow is smiling and that the quality of the picture is a thousand times better...

The idea of our little family of four has turned into reality
I think we're rockin' it.

Ellie's Little Blanket

Wanna hear something super cute about the blanket Ellie's got?
Willow made it.
She sure did.
I had a small stack of little squares that I couldn't do much with,
so I asked Willow if she wanted to make a present for her little sister.
I gave her the stack of fabric
and told her to make a square without having any matching ones touching each other.
I sewed it all together, quilted, and bound it while she was taking a nap (it's very small)...
And there you go.

Awesome blanket for Ellie.
Willow is super-duper proud of it.
And I discovered that a stack of fabric squares keeps Willow busy for about an hour.

Everybody wins!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Here She Is...

I'd like all of you to meet the newest member of our family:
Ellie Drew.

We got to meet her little 8 lb, 21.5 inch body at 7:57 am on Friday, May 27th.

Our second daughter...
It was amazing.

When they held her over that little curtain and I got to see her for the first time,
the first thing that popped into my head was,
"She's so pretty!"
And she really is.
She's so petite and girly and... pretty.


So, if you've been wondering why it's been so quiet around the blog lately,
it's because we're quite smitten with this little lovey at the moment:
ellie blanket

And I must say,
it's much more fun snuggling your new baby than it is uploading pictures of her....
Ellie fingers

Mom and Dad and Willow and Ellie are all doing great!
I'm finally able to get up and around; recovery has been good!
Thanks to everyone for all the sweet emails and texts and posts and
whatever else technology has to offer...


I'm back to sewing and will be sharing what I've been working on soon...
along with more baby pics, I'm sure!

I've just started catching up on emails, as well, so please have patience and I will get back with you as soon as possible!