It’s Beginning to Look…

Like I don’t blog here anymore ūüôā
All joking aside, another year down, another triathlon or two in the books.  I love training for those races, but man, it eats up my sewing time.

The family update: My family and I have had a fun summer and fall! ¬†We’ve taken several family trips, had a few local getaways camping and to hot springs, and enjoyed our Montana summer and beautiful fall. ¬†My oldest boy¬†started kindergarten this fall¬†and has already lost his first tooth!¬† My youngest started sleeping (through the night) at the end of the summer, has been at the same Montessori preschool this fall, and¬†is becoming quite the entertainer. The sleeping has been a huge change for us. ¬†I think it had been 5 years since my husband and I slept through the night. ¬†I am finally feeling like a human again without the aid of high amounts of caffeine to function!

Besides the gym bag, I really haven’t done a whole lot of sewing. ¬†I trained for another Ironman 70.3 that was in June, followed up with some local races, and just haven’t made the time for my sewing. ¬†Not that I don’t have numerous projects that I want to get done. ¬†No excuses, I just haven’t gotten to it. ¬†Here’s what I have been up to:

I made a toddler backpack for G’s first day of preschool back in February. ¬†The only modification is the zippered pocket on the front. ¬†img_2207 img_2211

A Peek a Boo Lullaby Line baby gown for a gift.  img_2483 img_2482

And I am currently working on a quilted tree skirt for Christmas for our tree. ¬†It’s my own design, with inspiration from Pinterest. ¬†It has 8 blocks of quilted trees on a white background. ¬†The backing will be red, as will the binding. ¬†I love how it’s looking! This is just a teaser until I get the whole thing done ūüėČimg_2787

And with that, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Cheers and happy crafting!

~Ingrid

 

 

Back to School

Our oldest son started preschool this fall! We are so excited for him. We fell in love with the Montessori program when we toured the school last spring, and couldn’t wait for him to get going.

As it was his first day of school (ever!), I felt like he needed a little something special from his mama. Enter Made-by-Rae’s Toddler backpack. ¬†I had visions of grandeur about sewing this for him weeks before school started, but (as always) the time got away from me, and there I sat with my fabric and new pattern on the night before school. ¬†I was only going to get as far as I could get, but by 10pm, I was so close to being done. ¬†By 11, I was done…until I realized I had put the straps on backwards. ¬†By 11:45, I was finally done, and ready to send my Big Little boy off to his first day of school.

sock monkey backpack¬†It really is the perfect size for a toddler. ¬†Not too big, not too small. ¬†Just right (apparently he’s a boy goldilocks?)….

IMG_0081No, we didn’t send him to school in his pajamas. ¬†At least we haven’t yet. ¬†That day might come.

IMG_0064Sock monkey fabric from JoAnn fabrics, Red dot fabric (Robert Kaufman, I believe) from the Sewing Palace. ¬†I did have to line the front and back with a heavier fabric to make it a little sturdier. ¬†I didn’t fuse it into place, just basted the lighter fabric to the heavier fabric before sewing the pattern pieces together.

IMG_0062He is still loving his backpack three weeks in. ¬†Success! ¬†And well worth the lack of sleep to see a smile on my boy’s face!

IMG_0077~Ingrid