Friday, August 21, 2015

WIP Wednesday/Finish it up Friday

Warning: This is a picture heavy post!

Hello! I hope you've all been well. I've been reading about so many kids going back to school already and even though Max has been doing the summer program at his school, he doesn't start his new school year until 9/8! That seems so late but they typically start after Labor Day and that's late this year. Oh well. I'm just thankful for summer school and a happy, easy baby so that I can get some projects done!

I finished up my custom order on Wednesday but didn't have a chance to blog about it. I did post a couple Instagram pictures so if you follow me over there, you've seen the completed order as well as what I'm working on now, my Double Crossed quilt. Here is the custom order:

I was able to get half of my triangles sewn onto my Double Crossed quilt blocks yesterday and finished about 24 sets last night. Only 36 more to go and then I can trim and square the blocks and start arranging them. I'm really excited to see this quilt come together!

Last week, I received some new fabric, Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff of Just a Bit Frayed, the owner of Pink Castle Fabrics, and spent some time planning a Swoon quilt (Camille Roskelley) and a Wheels quilt (from Joanna Figueroa's Craftsy class) using the 1/2-yard cuts that I got. This is my absolute favorite fabric line right now and I can't wait to dig into it! These are the ones I chose for my Swoon quilt but I'll end up using the whole line for my Wheels quilt. Aren't they just gorgeous?!?

I've also been doing a little home decor after living in this house for almost 5 years! I guess it took having a second child to finally get the inspiration I was looking for. :) I recently discovered Life Expressions Decor, which is a company that was started right here in Southwest Michigan. They sell custom vinyl that you see everywhere these days. They have a huge everyday catalog as well as seasonal catalogs but they can make a vinyl sign for literally anything you can think of! They also do make and take parties where you can paint a wood board and apply a vinyl saying to it. I hosted a party about a month ago and it was so much fun. I ended up making 5 boards and ordered 5 more! Here is what my wall currently looks like along with the photo collages of my kids that still need to go up. All of the signs are Life Expressions Decor signs. I love them!


So that's my life right now! I am linking up today to Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP and crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.  And by the way, Sarah, who rungs Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict just passed 1,000,000 page views on her blog and hit 300 followers on her Instagram! She's having an amazing giveaway so check it out! Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Commission Work

Hello everyone! This has been an exciting week for my kids. Max just turned 6 yesterday and had a super fun birthday party last weekend with 20 of his friends! And Annabelle is 4-months today! Where does the time go? I cannot believe that I have a 6-yr-old and that my teeny, tiny jellybean is a big, chunky monkey now! :)

I have made good progress on my commission work. All of the microwave bowl cozies and key fobs are close to being done and I have all the pieces ready for the zippered pencil pouches.

I'm excited to be able to get back to several of my other projects that I set out to complete this year before I got "sidetracked." My $5 quilt (see the end of this post) and the Double Crossed quilt are up first. I also have several other projects to start. This has been a busy week over at my Etsy shop and I will be participating in a craft fair again this November so I need to build some stock back up, as well as create some new items.

For Mother's Day, I finally upgraded my dinosaur flip phone to a smartphone! I really like it. And I finally broke down today and joined Instagram. So, if you are so inclined, you may follow me over there @sewcraftyjenn. I think I'm doing that right. :)

I'm linking up today to Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social.

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Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Back in the Saddle!

Hello! After over 5 months of not sewing or blogging due to some major life events, I am ready to start "working" again!

As a reminder, I was hospitalized towards the end of February with pregnancy complications. I was only 22 weeks pregnant. To make a long story short, and to spare you the gory details, my body apparently thought we were done! Medication and bed rest improved my situation but every time the high risk doctor would mention the possibility of me going home, my body would do something else that guaranteed further observation time in the hospital. After a while, we just stopped talking about going home! Throughout everything, Annabelle was never in distress. She was such a good little girl, taking everything in stride!

I was due June 26, but on April 3, at 28 weeks pregnant, I went into labor. The doctors and nurses (best nurses ever!) were able to stop it but labor began again on Sunday, April 5 (Easter). This time there was no stopping it and Annabelle was born, via urgent C-section, at 9:22pm, weighing in at a whopping 2lbs, 14.2oz and 14" long!


As tiny as that is, she was classified as large for her gestational age. And being in the hospital for 6 weeks and 2 days before she was born, I was given 4 steroid shots to help her lungs develop. So she was only on a ventilator for about 13 hours, then c-pap for 5 days. She ended up needing a nasal cannula for supplemental oxygen but came off that on April 25. So at 3 weeks old (31 weeks, gestational age), Annabelle was breathing completely on her own! She spent 60 days in the NICU but never had any health issues. She's been home since June 4 and we couldn't be happier. So far, she is healthy and meeting all developmental milestones! Oh, and she's about 11lbs now! :)


During my "down time," my sewing room looked like a tornado blew through it! Every time I walked in to try to do something, I just didn't know where to start and walked right back out. But I finally plugged away over the last couple weeks and it is now rearranged and reorganized and I feel like it is in good, functional form. Before I was hospitalized, I was contacted by a lady who had purchased a couple of my microwave bowl cozies from my Etsy shop. She sent me some fabric to make more, along with some key chains. Luckily, everything she wanted was for Christmas gifts so she wasn't in any hurry to get them. We've been talking back and forth the last few days and I now have a complete list of gifts to make for her: 6 cozy sets (6 small and 6 large), 4 key chains and 3 zippered pencil pouches. I can't wait to get started!

I am linking up today to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.
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Have a sew crafty day!
Jenn

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Unexpected Blog Hiatus

Hello everyone. Unfortunately you will not be hearing much from me for the foreseeable future. I was admitted to the hospital on Friday in pre-term labor. I'm only 22.5 weeks now so am on medication and complete bed rest to prevent further labor and hopefully reverse the process. I will be here at least 2 weeks, hopefully much longer, so I will obviously not be sewing/blogging. I will try to provide periodic updates and appreciate all positive thoughts coming my way.

Thanks.

Jenn