Friday, October 29, 2010
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Some photos from trunk or treating at our church. We have a new small group called new or expectant parents and while it's still getting off the ground, everyone has participated wonderfully. We are very excited to see where this group takes us, our church and allows us to grow in our faith and perhaps impact the community while impacting each other.
We participated in the trunk or treat and had a "tailgate" party.....with a bunch of kids...yeah.
T was a tiger - at first. It was quite hot outside so he switched gears and donned his Saints attire (along with his mother).
Here he is with my pen pal's little boy, Tate. (yes, from when I was 11). I'll write more on that one day. Tate is 6 months younger than Troy.
Posted by Elyse at 9:50 PM
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A few (three) weeks ago, we headed to Blue Mtn. Beach. "We" means my mother (KK), both sisters, Troy and Colt. Relaxing? N0. Fun? YES!!!
Of course I got zero photos of all of us together. What's a girl to do, right?
Here are a few of my favorite photos below.
Thankfully, KK and Mary helped me a LOT with Troy. He's a busy little bee and my pregnant self would get tired going up and down the stairs with him. Thanks guys!
KK with Troy the one day we went to the beach.
Right after about the 100th time I told Troy not to eat the sand. He actually was putting it in his mouth and swallowing it. Yuk.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I have a separate sewing blog. Did you know that? Well, I haven't been great at keeping up with it (even worse than this blog). So, I've decided that, for now, I'll combine them both.
As was the case when we announced to our family about my pregnancy with Troy, I made bedding, curtains and pillows to announce the upcoming arrival of our second child.
I did make some pillows, pillow shams and curtains for Troy's soon-to-be new room. Our plan is to put him in the new room when the baby is a few months old and needs to go in the big crib. I'm praying and crossing my fingers that he'll cooperate in a full size bed at around 22-24 months old...
While I was making these curtains, I thought it would be fun to share with you how easy it is to make panel curtains. Here goes:
First, you should choose your fabric. Below is a photo of when I was trying to decide on the bedding, pillows and curtains for T's new room. Oh, and this is how I "announced" to Brian that we had another baby on the way. Surprisingly he "gets" my sewing mind sometimes and knew I was telling him we'd have to decorate the room:
Step 1: Measure your window. The width of the fabric of your curtains should be at least twice the width of your window. For my window, it is 6 feet (or 72 inches) wide. Double that and I would need two 72" panels. Honestly, I used two 64" panels (the same width of the roll of fabric). When purchasing the fabric, the length should be however long you want your curtains to be PLUS 10 inches (8 inches for the bottom hem and 2 inches for the top hem).
Step 2: Square up your fabric (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of this). Using a rotary cutter with a cutting mat and grid, cut each width and length straight (don't tear the fabric, sometimes it makes panel curtains more difficult - hopefully your fabric is heavy enough to where you can't rip it). Don't cut the selvage - that is your straightest edge.
Step 3: Cut the panels the length they should be (don't forget your extra 10 inches to add into your length).
Step 4: Lay out one panel and turn up the bottom 4 inches. PRESS! Turn up another 4 inches and PRESS. PRESS!!
Pin along the bottom hem. Straight stitch along the top pressed edge. Step 5: LINING. Yes, your curtains will be lined. If you've never done this before, don't freak out. To me, lining things is easier than not. Your lining material should be equal to the length of your finished curtains PLUS 2 1/2 inches. Also, the width should be SIX inches narrower than the width of the curtain fabric. Cut as appropriate using a rotary cutter to make it square.
Step 6: Turn up a 2 inch double fold hem (similar to the bottom hem of the curtain fabric). Press and pin in place.