New stuff…

I’ve written about a dozen posts in my head since the new year, even went to so far as to create an outline of things I’d like to blog about (should have posted that here huh?) but somehow my posts never make it to the blog.

Since starting a blog and discovering the blogging world some 5 years ago now, my taste in topics to read about have changed, well actually just broadened to include all areas that interest me. In the beginning I started out trying to find all the info I could on knitting, it was new to me and I needed advice on patterns, gauge, yarn and the like. Through these sites I also picked up a few sewing blogs to add to my blogroll.

Then I discovered DIY/house blogs, here I gathered tips on painting, decor, design and basically just great ideas to daydream about doing to our house one day. I found the Nester and her sister, Emily through this avenue and again my interest broadened into finding blogs about Christian living. Last year (actually 2 years ago) when I became a Mother, I looked to these bloggers for info and examples of being the best Mother I can be.

As these women who write these blogs lives have changed so has mine, sometimes we’re changing in the same directions and other times, no so much. I have learned a lot from these women who put their whole lives and families out there as examples for the world to see. Not only have I picked up some great DIY/Sewing/Knitting/Christian Living/Mothering tips and tricks but I’ve learned a lot about myself in the process.

Recently my interest in sewing has peaked, yet so did my interest in frugal living. When you marry the two you get thrift shopping/re-purposing at it’s best. I’ve become more aware of the clothes I wear and what they are saying about me. Caveman has always said I look great in anything, but with the potential to move up in my current position I really wanted to get more on-board with creating the latest styles at a super cheap price.

I also love sewing and creating things for Cavebaby! Sometimes he likes them and others – again, no so much. He has two twin girl cousins coming in a few weeks so in preparation for their baby shower last weekend I pulled a couple of all-nighters and whipped out some adorable baby shoes using this pattern. I, of course, forgot to take final photos of the finished shoes, but I’ll get some soon. ūüėČ I do have a photo of the work-in-progress shot that I’ll get on here in the interim. Right now I’m using a combination of the baby shoe pattern & a self-made pattern from Cavebaby’s leather shoes, only trying to enlarge them ’cause his leather shoes are getting tight, to make test flannel slippers for Cavebaby. When I know the new pattern I created for him is good, I’ll make some fake leather (read vinyl) shoes for him. I’m also creating a couple of toy pillows for Cavebaby and his new cousins. The pattern for one pillow can be found here and the other of which will result in a new pattern for all of you, made by little ‘ole me!

So check out all the great links listed above, and keep your eyes open for a new pattern. Until next time… Happy Knitting/Crafting/Living ūüėÄ

Hello 2011!

My boy

2010 flew by in a whirlwind of activity, changes, growth and finding our new normal. It seems that just when we got used to a new change something else would¬†change and we were trying to find our balance again. 2011 looks to be no less challenging with lots of changes on our little horizon. I guess every new year will bring changes, it’s just how you adapt to them that counts, right!

I’m not much for making resolutions for the new year, but¬†I saw over on Knittymuggins blog that she was going to be joining in a “Handmade Pay It Forward” challenge for 2011. I think I can manage it since I have the whole year to pay it forward,¬†so it goes a little something like this:¬† “I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here.¬† They in turn must post this and send something they make to the first 5 people to comment on their blog. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 recipients sometime in 2011.”¬†¬†

I commented on¬†Knittymuggins’¬†blog so I’m now obligated to pay it forward to 5 others.¬† Now it’s your turn,¬†you have¬†the chance to receive something handmade by me and gift something handmade by you in return!¬† As Knittymuggins’ said, “Who couldn‚Äôt use a little sunshine this upcoming year?”¬† And also like Knittymuggins, if you play along with me, you are about 99.9% certain to receive something hand knit or sewn by me. ūüėČ

Happy Knitting!

Cloth Diapering Adventures

I have long wanted to post about our choosing to use cloth diapers on Cavebaby!¬† Before the little¬†guy was born I researched cloth diapering “systems” and thought these were great, but extremely pricey. Being the crafty sort that I am (LOL), I found a great deal on some PUL fabric on eBay (most of which was already pre-cut by another crafty Momma) and began sewing.

**Let me just stop right here and say that this was a joint decision made by Caveman and myself. He has been extremely supportive of this decision from the minute we found out we were preggers. As most new moms know this is huge because everything becomes overwhelming, so a great support system is extremely important. And while I’m at it, let me just also say that Caveman is a great father and a wonderful husband too!! I love you honey!**

Through my research I used a conglomeration of instructions that fit my type of fabric and the notions I had on hand. I really couldn’t find (probably because I didn’t try hard enough) the knit/elasticized binding I had seen used in some tutorials, so I used plain ol’ binding that you can get from JoAnn’s and 1/4″ elastic sewn about 1/2″ to 3/4″ inside the legs, and at the top of the back and front of the cover. Then I added velcro (again just plain ol’ velcro you can pick up from just about anywhere) to the tabs and front panel. As Cavebaby has grown¬†I have removed the velcro and reattached it accordingly, but the integrity of the diaper hasn’t been compromised in any way; something I had feared.

Caveman¬†knew¬†how to use¬†cloth diapers with the big diaper pins and plastic panties and we¬†used that method some while we were making our way through the learning curve of using the home-made diaper covers I had sewn.¬†But everything changed for us after finding this great tutorial, made especially for a little boy!!¬†From then on¬†we used the cloth diaper specially folded with the diaper cover over it and presto-changeo we’re ready to go! She also got us started on diaper liners (link in her post)!! These things are wonderful! They have really helped to¬†cut down on the mess!! ūüėČ

In the beginning, when Cavebaby first came home he was way too small for any of the cloth diapers I had, so we did use disposables until he was about 2 months old, but¬†by that time we¬†were using cloth diapers exclusively at home. I¬†had also wanted to use disposables when we were out somewhere,¬†simply because I thought it was more convenient; but¬†from about 5¬†months old on, I am proud to say¬†we¬†have been¬†using cloth all the time.¬† I just keep a plastic grocery bag or two in the diaper bag for the soiled wet diaper and leave the cover out to dry (if it’s wet at all).

There is so much info on the internet that it is overwhelming at first¬†and I had a hard time wading through it all. If you use the cloth diapering kits there is plenty of clear info, but when you want to save a few bucks and go it alone, you really have to do your research and just go though some plain old trial and error. Sure we’ve had a few messes with the cloth diapers, but I’ve actually had more messes with the disposables!

Now to potty train Cavebaby at 10 months! ūüėČ Until next time (which will hopefully be very soon) have a wonderful day!

Silence to end soon…

I’ve had plenty of grand ideas¬†for blog posts recently, but alas¬†notime. ūüė¶¬†Cavebaby is growing like a weed though! He’ll be¬†6 months old tomorrow!!¬†It’s hard to believe because it feels like only yesterday we were heading to the birthing center to watch him be born.

February was a very busy month for us, Caveman’s birthday started it off, then there was lots of snow, Valentine’s day was wonderful & now March has roared in like a lion with warmer temps and thunderstorms – Yeah! We are currently all in various stages of a nasty virus/cold. There has been some sewing & knitting (4 hats to be exact & hopefully a pair of socks soon) going on,¬†plus I want to share my adventures in cloth diapering with all of you too. So more blogging soon.

Until next time Happy Knitting & Sewing!!