Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Just a busy Momma!

Finally, after waiting all winter, the weather has turned nice!  Which means we are outdoors alot!  There are many beautiful parks and walks right here in the city.  To say nothing of little fairy tale houses you may stumble upon!

Here is a photo from a slightly hazy day - but you can see that the city is ringed with mountains.  I have heard that there are many trails out there that are just waiting for us to discover.  Soon - we will pack a picnic and make a day of it.

Last week we were given tickets for a small circus in town - so we went.  My son had never been to a circus before and we made it almost all the way through.  He is VERY sensitive to noise and I didn't have any of those yellow ear plug things with me.  We ended up moving our seats all the way up on to the back bleachers to get away from the speakers and that was tolerable.  His favorite things - the clowns and horses.  But really, he is happiest outside. 
It is school vacation week here and my DH and I got him a pair of roller blades.  After just 4 days on skates, he is doing really well!  The wrist guards are a bit scratched up, but that is what they are for!

We go to the park every day.  When you live in the city you can't just tell your child to go play outside.  You must bring them to the park!  Sometimes we go 2X a day.  Today we were there for 4 hours.  I am so happy that we got the skates because he really loves going up and the walkways!  He is getting good at manuevering the city sidewalks and even wore them when we popped into the grocery store today.  After vacation he will probably skate to school - it is a 20 minute walk so that will give him good practice.
Sewing wise - I made up this top (Simplicity 2415).  I am very annoyed because it looks nothing at all like the pattern photo.  Look at that ease!  Look at those sleeves!  So, I've taken it apart and will re-draft it and re-sew it.  The fabric is left-over from my homespun ocean waves quilt!  Here's what it looked like before I took my seam ripper to it.

And this is what it was supposed to look like (the SHORT sleeved version!):
I've also made a tank top and a gored skirt - have to take photos though.  And, I am making myself a pair of pants - I basted them and tried them on a few days ago and they are perfect! I am over the moon happy with them - just have to get interfacing and the zipper so I can do the zip and waistband.  The pattern is from a German magazine called Moden Diana - I am so happy I was able to figure it out without being able to read the German instructions!  I don't think I will ever buy a pair of pants again, honest.  I hemmed some pants for my husband, but after seeing my pair he wants me to try to make him a pair too.  And my son needs at least 3 pairs of summer pants too, so I guess I will be busy in the pants department for a bit.
Which reminds me - I pre-washed this fabric in February... I ALWAYS pre-wash my fabric.  Usually it doesn't bleed and I wonder why I bother... but every once in awhile I get a bleeder.  This one wins a prize for bleeding!  A little vinegar in the water helps.

So - we are all doing fine - just really busy!  All that fresh air makes me tired.  Plus the birds are very excited that it is spring and they make a racket at 4 am.  4 am!  Really!  So - I am usually up at 5 am having my tea, which means I go to bed earlier - and that is usually when I try to update my blog.  Not only that - the last few times I've tried to update, Blogger wouldn't let me add any photos.  And what fun is a photo-less blog?  Even if it just a bathtub full of blue water!  LOL!

Signing off for now... but I will be back with more updates.... soon, hopefully!


Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh look at him! He has grown up so much! But I always say that! Those pictures of town are very fun too!

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PaTcHwOrK jEnN said...

Wow I just made that top. I think you did what I almost did. You cut the wrong sleeve out. You cut the one for the long sleeve version. So you just need to recut the sleeves. Amazing that we have similiar taste in styles oceans apart.