Thursday, April 28, 2011

First Fishing Trip

We always spend Easter afternoon at the farm and we always end up down at the pond for a few hours of fishing. I don't fish, but I do enjoy spending time with my in laws so I go sit by the pond and watch them fish. This year Boll Weevil had to go check it all out. Here he is watching the fish swim in the cooler. He was facinated by this.

Then is Gran got a good size fish on the line and she tried to show it to Boll Weevil, but it fell off the line into the cooler splashing fish water everywhere. Boll Weevil started to cry and the rest of us jumped. It was pretty shocking. Needless to say that was the end of Boll Weevil's fishing for the day.

This picture is me trying to comfort him and tell him that it is going to be okay.

Later he let his dad take him down by the pond to see what his Gran was doing.

Easter Hand Towel

Many Many years ago I cross stitched this hand towel for my mom. I was glad to see that she still used it at Easter. Cross stitching is one craft that I go back to every once in a while. I love to do small items that I can finish fast. It is also one of the first stitching things I learned to do.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy Easter

I know it is a little late, but I still wanted to wish you a Happy Easter.

The blue bunny is one of Boll Weevil's new favorite toys. He talks to it all the time.

Friday, April 15, 2011

A little tax day fun

Bo's uncle, who is a CPA, got us this bib as a baby present. I thought today was an appropriate day to wear it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Summer without TV

That is right Bo and I are going again this summer without cable. Actually we have already had our cable disconnected. This year it seems a lot easier than last. Maybe that is because we don't have any time to watch TV. When we do have time we watch old episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Bo go the first three seasons on DVD for Christmas. This show is so funny. People who don't watch don't know what they are missing.
You would think that having no TV would give me more time to sew, but it really hasn't.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

JoJo's new blanket

Before Boll Weevil was born I made a blanket for my niece, Jo Jo, but I haven't seen her to give it to her. I gave it to her this weekend, and according to her mom she just loves it. It was blanket kit from Joann Fabrics. I lost the pattern and so the squares aren't exactly like it was suppose to be.

As you can see in this picture Boll Weevil is using it to prop up his head. Jo Jo is in the blue and white. The other little girl, AG, is a second cousin. All three of them had fun playing together. Several times I saw AG laying on and playing with the blanket I made for Jo Jo. I think this is the perfect size for little kids. I have made a few before and I learned to make sure that the seams with satin in them are gone over several times or they will fray.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Simplicity 4711

Boll Weevil again would not cooperate for pictures. He has been a little cranky and sleepy a night this week. I think we are all trying to get used to our new schedule. This is Simplicity 4711 View E. This pattern was moderately difficult pattern to put together. I only say that because the instructions weren't easy to read. They also had one of my pet peeves in them. Which is making you look at another views direction to put the view your making together. At one point I had my mom and my aunt helping me on this. My aunt finally finished the back the way she wanted to and not the way the pattern said. Also I'm very lucky to have a good co-worker finish the button holes for me. I hate doing button holes. I will say that this the first time I sewed in snap tape and it wasn't hard at all. I will make this pattern again if time permits.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Oliver + S Pattern

When my aunt was visiting I convinced her to make Boll Weevil a few outfits. We went to the local smock shop and purchased some fabric and the Oliver + S Pattern Tea Party Sundress + Bloomers. This was the first time either one of us had worked with an Oliver + S Pattern. We both liked it and went together pretty easy. We did make some modification to the bloomers. Instead of making our own bias tape for the leg openings we used single fold bias tape that I already had. This made the pants go together so much quicker. Then we appliqued a coordinating onesie. Let me just say Boll Weevil looks adorable in these outfits. He wasn't in the mood to try on clothes last night or have his picture taken.

I should add that another aunt monogrammed this onesie for us. She also monogrammed a matching burp cloth.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Between a lightning storm that knocked out my Internet and Boll Weevil (Bo gave him this name because he likes to eat his cotton sleeves.) getting his first set of shots, I haven't had time to take pictures of his new outfits. But I have had time to finish the last new chapters of Hoda's book. Really there isn't much you can do when your child just wants to cling to you and you have no TV. I watch Hoda and KLG on the internet. So that leaves good old fashioned reading.
Let me start off by saying I love Hoda. Some days I don't know how she puts up with Kathie Lee, but then again there is always someone like Kathie Lee in every ones life. Hoda's book was a good easy read and I'm so glad that I got to read it. It was like learning a little bit more about the new girl in school. You think you know her, but you really don't. I have to admit that I have had this book for a while. I got it for Christmas and I just finished it. I actually took this book to the hospital with me when I had Boll Weevil. Don't ask me why because I definitely didn't have time to read, but all of the pregnancy books I read said to make sure I took reading material with you. So Hoda came along to the hospital. Actually from this book Hoda seems like the person you would want at the hospital because she would be the one who would tell you to look forward. So I'm glad I took her along with me.

If Hoda wrote another book I would definitely read it.

By the way Hoda - some people do know where Dothan, Alabama is. I loved it that she mentioned my home town. I was disappointed that they didn't hire her at the local TV station. She could have been in the Peanut Festival Parade instead of the Mardi Gra Parades in New Orleans.

Overview from

SHE'S JUST LIKE THE REST OF US : overstuffed purse, always losing keys, high-maintenance hair, snack guilt after an evening binge. But she's something different, too. Hoda Kotb grew up in two cultures--one where summers meant playing at the foot of the ancient pyramids and another where she had to meet her junior prom date at the local 7-Eleven to spare them both the wrath of her conservative Egyptian parents. She's traveled the globe for network television, smuggling videotapes in her shoes and stepping along roads riddled with land mines. She's weathered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and a personal Category 5 as well: divorce and breast cancer in the same year. And if that's not scary enough, she then began co hosting the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford. (Oh, c'mon, KLG! That's funny . . . put down the huge pour of Chardonnay and laugh with us.) Hoda reads just like Hoda--light, funny, positive, and positively inspiring.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Just like old times

My aunt is tracing off an Oliver + S pattern.
While I was on maternity leave my very creative aunt came to visit my parents for a week. I packed up my sewing machine and the baby and headed home. I had loads of fun and the baby got 3 new outfits. My mom, my aunt and I stayed up until 1 in the morning sewing and laughing, just like old times. The 3 of us have always been creative and many times we help the other out with a project and we are always bouncing ideas off each other. I have to say the weather was great that week and the company was even better. Pictures of outfits to come tomorrow.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Two Fools in Love

Yes, Bo and I got married on April 1st. Happy Anniversary! As you can tell by my lack of post that life has been really busy lately. I have sewn a few items and hope to post pictures in the next couple of days.