I officially hate Wonder Under. I’m trying to applique a letter onto a onesie and the friggin’ paper keeps getting stuck to the webbing. Grrrrr!!! So irritating! I’ve used this batch several other times and have had few, if any problems, so what’s the friggin’ deal now? Anyone have any ideas? Suggestions? Thoughts?
After I posted the candy corn dress, my cousin-in-law, Angela, told me I would become addicted to applique. I don’t think I’m quite addicted yet but I’m getting better and really enjoy it!
Case in point: I made Aidan this cute little A-line dress from the same Children’s Corner “Lucy” pattern that I used on the candy corn dress. It goes together super easily and quick and looks adorable. I used chambray and red plaid to line it and top stitched the bottom hem to add a little something. I also used these adorable little Scottie dog buttons but I still felt it was just a little too plain.
It occurred to me that I could applique a little Scottie dog onto the skirt. Angela recommended that I use tear-away stabilizer to prevent puckering. It totally worked! Love it! 🙂 It turned out really cute and I know Aidan is going to love it…she loves animals.
Thanks, Angela! I believe I’ll be trying t-shirts and onesies next!
Here’s my little gypsy, on our way to the church Fall Festival today. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures at the actual event, camera batteries died.
Daddy sent his girl a DVD of him reading 2 bedtime stories to her. It’s so absolutely sweet and precious, I sat crying watching the 15 minute DVD.
(Yes, she is wearing 1 pink mitten…she’s quite the fashion maven)
As I was driving home from school today I noticed some stuff outside a house not too far from ours. Aidan and I got home and then walked over to the house to check the stuff over. A family is getting ready to PCS (move to another post in Army-speak) so they’re getting rid of a bunch of stuff that’s just too hard to move. Here on post, when people move and they don’t have the time or inclination to sell their stuff, they set it outside and it almost always gets picked up. Freecycling, Army style!
Anyway, the stuff looked good, especially a few things so we walked back home, got Daddy’s truck (which needed to be driven anyway) and drove on over to pick up a rather large item. A nice soldier in a Mustang stopped to help me put it in the truck and Aidan and I got it home and set up in the backyard. Its only got one minor flaw that Ryan can fix when he gets home next month.
So, we are now the proud owners of a FREE swingset! Aidan LOVES it!
She was yelling for me to get up out of the grass.
Action shot…I was at the bottom of the slide, photographing her as she slid down. Don’t mind the non-matching shoes and socks, it was Tacky Day at her school today.
One happy girl
I found this meme on Scrapsadaisy. Where was I 10, 20 and 30 years ago?
10 Years Ago – I was 20 years old and a junior at A&M. Well…sort of. I was 20 but I wasn’t at A&M that fall…I earned what I refer to as “my bonus semester at home.” My sophomore year I made some unbelievably crappy grades. I hadn’t learned how to balance my academic, social and extra-curricular lives and my GPA showed it. So, A&M invited me to go home, take some summer school courses, do well and spend the fall semester thinking about what I want to do with my life. So, I went to the University of Houston, waited tables and got my life in order. While I hated not being at school that fall, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I got my head on straight, learned how to balance the different parts of my life and decided to major in something that I enjoy (history) rather than something that I think might make me money (biomedical science or business…I majored in both). I did graduate from A&M with a BA in history and wound up getting an MA as well…heck, I’m still in school! Not bad for someone who almost flunked out!
20 Years Ago – Lets see…I was 10 years old, it was 1987 so I guess I was in the first semester of 5th grade. My teacher’s name was Mrs. Henderson and I just adored her. I had bad hair, liked to read reference books and had the classroom nickname of the “Walking Dictionary”. Mrs. Henderson whet our little fifth grade appetites for adventure by offering to take any of us who were interested and could afford it to Washington D.C. Two boys and I went with some kids from other schools. I was the youngest and smallest and got lost quite frequently…well, I didn’t think I was lost…everyone else did, though!
30 Years Ago – I was almost 6 months old and coming into my last few months as an only child. My brother and I are 16 months apart so my mom got pregnant with him when I was 7 months old. YIKES! I don’t remember much from back then. I know we were living in a tiny little town in the Panhandle of Texas, in the same neighborhood as my paternal grandmother. We had a Boston Terrier named Prissy and I looked just like Aidan did at 6 months old.
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To kill time before class a couple of weeks ago, I went into my favorite local fabric shop, Sweet Treasures, and the first thing I saw was this adorable little A-line jumper that I had to make. It went together really easily. I used the Children’s Corner “Lucy” pattern, baby wale corduroy, orange pima check for the lining. I stacked a yellow and black button and stitched them on together.
This was my first time appliquing and it went pretty easily. The fusible interfacing didn’t stick to the corduroy very well so that made it kinda tough and I somehow got the corduroy a little lumpy between the candy corns but, overall, it turned out pretty well. I need to get better at sewing straighter. The original had yellow ric-rac going around the arms and neck. I tried sewing it on but I just can’t seem to get the hang of sewing ric-rac on…I’m just too crooked and all over the place.
Aidan’s going to wear it tomorrow to the pumpkin patch for some photos, hayrides and, of course, pumpkin picking.
I saw this meme on Berlin’s Whimsy and had to post it.
Here’s the meme details… You open the book you’re currently reading onto page 161 and post the fifth sentence on the page, then think of 5 bloggers to tag.
I’m reading A Year Without Made in China by Sara Bongiorni. I bought the book because I’m becoming increasingly concerned about the Chinese-ification of the global marketplace and I wanted to read about a family’s struggles and experiences trying to eschew China from their purchases.
Here’s my sentence:
“The gleam in his eye fades as we encounter one Chinese item after another.”
She’s referring to her son (who is 7, I think?) and their trip to Target to find Halloween decorations.
I’m not tagging anyone. Just post your blog in the comments and let me know if you’re playing along!
Fall has FINALLY arrived here in West Georgia. Took her long enough!!! Aidan and I spent the weekend being domestic. The commissary had a great deal on apples so we grabbed up a bag and brought them home to make some yummy fall apple tasties.
(She’s “cutting” with a butter knife here)
I found a recipe for Apple Crisp in a cookbook and we got started…
One hard thing about cooking with a toddler…it’s harder to follow the recipe so we TOTALLY made this wrong.
We were supposed to do the dry ingredients separate and then sprinkle the crumbles over the top of the apples. Instead, we just mixed it all together. Oops. I didn’t realize it until I put it in the oven.
While it cooked I worked on some laundry and Aidan played. She found a new “play house” when she realized that the front door and hall closet door made a little room with a view!
An hour later, we got it out of the oven and it was brown and bubbly and looked fantastic. It tasted even better! The only thing that would make it better would be vanilla ice cream.
Happy Fall, All!