Monday, March 31, 2008

Strike Three...but I'm Still In

For the past couple of days I've been focusing my attention on creating the "perfect" mini-diaper bag. I've made improvements, but I haven't hit a homerun yet. Since I have to take up the dining room table for my sewing projects, I decided to put the sewing machine away for a couple of days and see what my mind comes up with after some distance from the project. I need to focus my attention back to Lady Eleanor, anyway.

My second bag was similar to my first except that I got the lining in the right place (inside of instead out!), and I added a loop strap and velcro to fasten the front. I was very pleased with the result.
I decided to make the third bag about two times larger, hoping it would be my final attempt. It would actually work perfectly if it was meant for disposable diapers and one of those mini wipes cases. Unfortunately, I could barely fit one Bumgenius cloth diaper in it! So, back to the drawing board...The velcro also doesn't work well at all, so I'm thinking of making a drawstring on the next attempt. I'm actually enjoying the "designing" process, as well as the creating. I do, however, like the double pockets and elastic (on the inside) in my third design. The first two bags are going into my gift stash, which Heidi is helping me work on through her giftKAL--check it out and join the fun! You'll be happy you did come December! :)

Oh, and one more pic of my sewing helper:
OK, last one: the obligatory spaghetti picture!

Saturday, March 29, 2008


I bought these on Friday at the local fabric/quilting store--it had a terrific sale! Now, too bad there isn't a local yarn store...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Back to Walking

After a long hiatus due to weather, a broken stroller, and wild dogs in the neighborhood, Matt and I are back to our daily afternoon walks. The weather has been beautiful here. When I walk I'm really able to notice all of the little changes of the season that show it's spring. Tiny buds are sprouting, I saw the first daffodils in our neighborhood yesterday, I've noticed birds picking up string and twigs for their nests, and I've even had a couple of insects land on me. I'm excited for spring and all the new life it brings. Matthew is also big enough now to be in the Ergo backpack-style. He enjoys it, and it's very comfortable for me. I actually like it more than the stroller (which still has a flat tire)! I also feel better prepared: DH bought me some pepper spray to carry on our walks because there have been loose dogs in our neighborhood, including a pitbull! Here we are ready to go (ignore our messy bedroom!):As mentioned in my previous post, I've been brainstorming designs for a mini-diaper bag. I want it to be small enough to be more portable than Matt's current diaper bag, but big enough to accomodate cloth diapers. First, I needed to practice making the bag with a lining, front flap, etc. I'm pleased with the results, but I'm sure I'll need a few more practice runs.Pros: I was able to plan the general shape and come out with an ok-looking bag. It has flannel inside instead of interfacing, so it's nice and soft, yet also sturdy. It's also pretty cute!
Cons: I accidently switched the fabric, so the outside fabric was really supposed to be the lining. Oops! The sides stuck out from underneath the flap, so I had to make some tucks.
Modifications for next time: learn from my lining mistake, make the tucks first before turning the bag rightside out, make a loop for carrying.

I'll be sure to let you know how the next turns out! Happy spring!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! Although we pushed Matthew's nap time a little, we were able to go to the Easter service at our church and enjoy brunch with my extended family. It was a beautiful New Mexico spring day, and I feel fortunate to have shared it with those I love.

I am also happy to finally be back in the blogging world! I am pretty proud of my will power these past six weeks. No blogging for me, and I stuck to it. Ok, I checked my comments and one of my friend's blogs since it's the only way I've been able to keep track of what's going on in her life (she's a very busy mama to two children under two). Other than that, I stuck to my Lent commitment. I used the time I normally blog for Bible study and prayer. I have really enjoyed that quiet time and will continue even though Lent is now over. It has helped me prepare for my day, count my blessings, and have a deeper relationship with God.

Unfortunately, I do not have any finished knitting projects to report. I feel like I've been plenty busy, but obviously not with knitting. I've actually been brainstorming some designs for a mini diaper bag and a nursing necklace--both inspired by Matthew. He is now so squirmy when nursing and thinks it's funny to pull on my hair, poke my eyes, put his fingers in my get the picture! I've looked at some nursing necklaces on various websites, then I thought, "I cold make one of those myself!" Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to go to a bead store in Santa Fe on Thursday. I'll be sure to keep you posted...

Onto diapers: my faith in cloth diapers has been restored! Matthew has been out of cloth for about five months now due to a rash he would get each time I put him in his Mother-ease cloth diapers. At first I thought it was due to a detergent build-up. I stripped the dipes *many* times, but the rash kept coming back. Well, lately I noticed that when I left a disposable on him for too long, he would get the same rash. My conclusion: the rash is due to his skin being wet too long, not a detergent build-up. My heavy-wetter also started leaking through his disposable EVERY night. Since we co-sleep that meant that our bed was wet every morning. I was tired of washing our sheets every day, not to mention poor Matthew having his jammies drenched, so I decided to investigate getting a good night-time cloth diaper. I bought one BumGenius from Nicki's Diapers and the first night it worked great--no leaks and Matthew was nice and dry in the mornig. Plus, no rash! Yay! Needless to say, I bought three more. I am very impressed. I am now excited about cloth again! I know many people like Mother-ease, and for a baby without sensitive skin I'm sure they work great (Matt never had a leak in them). Unfortunately, they didn't work for us. I'm going to put a lot up on ebay if anyone is interested...

I have so much to say, but I better spread it out over a couple of days. I hope everyone is enjoying the early signs of spring! I leave you with one adorable picture taken at a park last week.