Bird nesting. 

No, this is not a cute Colorado girl post about lovely birds. Although I really wish it was. Bird nesting is when your sewing machine decides to eat what you’re sewing. Google Bird nesting image

ARGHHHHH! I had cut out 17 bibs to sew tonight. I got through 2 and my machine did this 😰😱😡Now I have no way to finish my projects. I’m sure there is an easy fix but I’m a beginner, and don’t really know that much about how my machine works, so I’m going to take it to a professional fixer! Finding a sewing machine technician in a small mountain town isn’t that easy. Stay tuned and see how far I end up driving! And please send good vibes to my machine 😜

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Playing Tetris. 

Whenever I cut the pattern for the baby shoes I make I feel like I’m playing Tetris. I want certain parts of the fabric to face/read a certain way but there is a lot of patterns in a little space!  It takes a lot of coordination between my husband and I for me to have time to myself on the weekends and we finally did it! Since he was so wonderful and took the children away and here is what I accomplished while they were gone! 

Newborn shoes (2 pairs)


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6-9mo-2 pairs

This pair is for E

 

And this is the last pair I made  tonight. 


Notice a repeat in the fabric? I am hoping to sell them at a local store and wanted them to look more uniform. But if you like what you see head on over to Sewsewcute4baby Etsy shop

A place for me {and all my junk!}

Our house here in Colorado is an upside down house. No, it’s not literally upside down. It means the bedrooms are on the first level and the living room and kitchen are on the second level. Apparently this is very normal here in CB because it keeps the heat in common areas and allows everyone to have some mountain view. I do not enjoy this layout. But, my point is, our master is upstairs and it’s the whole length of the house! Huge (please say in a Donald Trump voice). There was one weird thing though. At one end of the room there was a 3 ft recess in the wall. We originally wanted it push through and make it a closet for the living room but then we saw the base board heater and realized we didn’t want to deal with moving that. Sew, I mean, so, my hubby decided to make me a sewing desk! He’s pretty handy ☺️. He finished it Monday night and I used it for the first time last night. Love it!!

Here is the beautiful finished picture!

I forgot to take an empty before pic but this is the finished space!

Here’s baby E trying to eat all my sewing stuff from its ‘home’ for the last year. 

All put away and organized!

First project,  cubbies baby bib for some friends

Late night sewing of a dress for my 4 year old. It’s half an old tee+1/2 a yard of fabric. Super simple! Stay tuned to see what craziness comes out of my little corner and what fun ways I plan on decorating it! 

Ps. If you want any info on how to make your own desk, leave a message and I’ll have Hubby write a post about it! 

CATTLE CALL!

I have a BFA in dance performance and danced semi-professionally for a while before having kids. In the dancer world hearing the words Cattle Call meant that you were going to an open audition with a million other people, that was probably union mandated and no one was actually going to get hired, but you go any because it’s always good to be seen and network (at least that ‘s what I told myself!). Fast forward to living on a mountain with cattle all around me and it takes on a whole different idea! The first year I moved here I saw a reminder in the paper (that only comes out once a week) about the cattle drive coming down the mountain, through town and then on to the next town. I loaded up my 1 year olds classroom (I teach preschool) into the radio flyers and headed down to watch. It was so neat to see these silly cows meander down the road being herded by cowboys/girls on horses, it was exactly how I imagined it.  Then a few days later I was driving to the next town over to get groceries when I passed a truck on the side of the road “SLOW DOWN, CATTLE DRIVE AHEAD”. Now in my mind, even though I had just watched a cattle drive go through our downtown, I thought it would look like this

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Out in the fields not really in my way.  Instead I was now trapped in the car surrounded not only by cattle and cowboys/girls but also cars coming straight at me from the other direction because the road is down to one lane! This is really what it’s like (pic taken on my way home from work today)

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Moral of the story, if you’re in rural Colorado be prepared for anything!

PS. This is a pic from our way home from a camping weekend.  Its a little blurry because (thankfully) we had to zoom in to really see him. Also notice the blobs behind him, those are buffalo. #momontherange!
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How do you have time for that?

This is the first question I hear about my sewing endevours. Answer: I don’t. 

I look for windows of opportunities on the weekends and sew like crazy! It’s usually if the hubby takes the dogs and our 4 year old P on a walk and I put E down for a nap. I do as much as I can, as fast as I can. I have started timing myself and it seems that each set of booties takes 1-1.5 hours 😳. I’m slowly getting faster, slowly. 

Here is a look at what it takes to make these adorable tiny booties. 
1) cut fabric

2) sew heel sections together right side to right side.  (Forgot to take this pic 😩)

3) turn fabric right side out and sew seam. Insert elastic. 

4) sew toe piece to heel piece. I have layered this incorrectly and ended up with fabric facing the wrong way and/or mismatched fabric ☹️

Once you turn everything right side out you get the top(s) of your reversible shoe!

5. Add bottoms. This is the hardest step for me. You have to scrunch all of the tops to fit inside the bottoms. 

Then sew around but leave a small opening. 

Turn it inside out and…

Woohoo! Booties!

6. The ending. After you turn them inside out there’s a small hole left that you have to hand-stitch close. It took me a while to figure out how to actually have the seam be hidden. 

And they’re done. A lot of work for some pretty cute shoes. 

Long time/Busy time

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It has been about 5 months since my last post! I have found that as a parent life flies by. I used to call my grams every day and if I missed a day I would always say “I’ve been really busy. I don’t know with what, but I’m busy”. I feel like that is my life lately. A big part of that is probably because I work 3 part-time jobs, am married, and have 2 kids. THINGS COMING AT ME FROM EVERYWHERE! In the midst of this busyness I have tried to start an Etsy shop sewsewcute4baby I really thought that I would put these designs on Etsy and people would start buying them. Boy was I wrong. I am lucky enough to have friends who are supporting the business but I’m struggling on how to appeal/sell to people I don’t know. A big thing that might help is having 3 extra hours in the day when my kids are asleep and I can work, hahahaha! mom joke! Seriously though, a big help is that my husband has been so supportive and is building me a sewing desk in our room so I’ll have my own space (I’ve been working at the kitchen table). With this new space I hope to really learn to make “work” time for myself, maybe 5 hours a week to start with. I’m hoping by doing this I can take the time I really need to finish my products, promote my shop and design new products, #lifegoals. Hopefully I will figure out this work, kids, work, marriage, work, self, work, balance and start to really succeed 🙂

Hit me baby one more time! 

Well, I finished the travel changing pad. The original pattern that I downloaded (see last post) didn’t have a pattern on it! It was 12 pages on what to do but no pattern. I tried multiple different downloads and couldn’t find one so I decided to wing it, which is always a bad idea. 

I cut the fabric, laid out what I wanted it took look like, sewed it, added the vinyl and realized I needed to add the vinyl in the beginning. So I unstitched everything and sewed it all back together ONE MORE TIME. I used white thread thinking it would be a good contrast but in hindsight I should have used black thread to cover up my mistakes! 

Lessons were learned.  I am going to continue making travel changing pads to try and improve on my design (I will also continue looking for a pattern!). 

I would walk 500 miles…or I would drive 90 miles for fabric. 

We live in western Colorado in a small town 

It’s very picturesque. The down side to a picturesque town is that no one wants Target, Michaels, or Wendy’s in the picture, we have no chain or box stores here. The town next to us has 2 grocery stores and the smallest/dumpiest Walmart I’ve ever seen.  So I drive 2 hours when I need something that Kroger and Walmart can’t supply. 

On Sunday I loaded up the kids in the wagon and headed on our way! (Dad stayed home and built shelves and did other manly things in our garage). 

So away we went on a 2 hour drive for fabric. It’s 90 miles of highway driving which normally would be 1.5 hours but we have to go down the mountain about 3,000 feet so it takes a little longer. It is a beautiful drive past the Blue Mesa Reservoir My daughter likes to count the tents ice fishing. There’s usually at least 50!

The Black Canyon National Park is also on the drive  Since it has been so uncommonly cold here and we’ve had 100+ inches of snow it has forced the animals to come down from the mountain tops, not great for drivers but fun for passengers. We saw a giant herd of at least 100 elk  and of course, deer the crazy part about mountain life is when you drive 2 hours you go from this to this50 and sunny!! 

We hit up our favorite Jo-Ann fabrics and, of course, Target then headed back home for Family slumber party night.

 I ended up getting fabric for a diaper changing station I hope to turn all that in to this:http://so-sew-easy.com/baby-changing-mat-pattern/#_a5y_p=2597443

I also got more fabric for shoes and bibs! Oh boy!! I tried to buy a lot of mix and match patterns so the shoes and bibs can compliment each other. We’ll see! 

Booties, booties, booties, booties rockin everywhere! 

When my daughter was born my friend Jess made her the cutest baby booties ever! Perfect for her tiny feet and reversible.  That was three years ago(!) and now with the arrival of baby boy I decided to try and make them on my own. My friend Jess had moved away so I was on the search for a pattern of my own. I immediately went to Pinterest. There are lots of options so I tried to find the ones that looked the most like my daughters shoes and that also had easy in he title. The first type I made was very easy but not reversible and had visible seams sticking out. I did some more searching and found the reversible pattern. It is a little intimidating and I am still working on it but here is the first pair I made…

Step 1: cut out pattern.
Step 2: cut out fabric, 4 of each= 2 shoes.
Use this thing

Ta-Da!

(Please excuse the messy background!)

I was so excited to have found this new pattern that I called one of my friends, who runs a local children’s clothing shop, and asked her if she would be interested in selling the booties. She loves the booties and that they are reversible! She suggested I also make a baby bib to coordinate with the shoes and we can sell them as a set. 

Today I got one pair done and am looking forward to making the five next pairs with matching bibs. Let’s see if between teaching ballet, working at a preschool, having a newborn, having a threenager, and being a wife I can finish these five more booties and six bibs!