Saturday, October 24, 2020

pen pals

Mae has a pen pal! GranE found a great way to stay in touch since we haven't been able to visit as often as usual. It started several weeks ago when she sent Mae a letter and a huge leaf from their sycamore tree. Since then, they've exchanged several notes, a few leaves, and lots of stickers!
Mae loves when a piece of mail comes just for her! She enjoys hearing about GranE's days at work and at the beach. Writing a letter back is great practice for working on alphabet and spelling, though her notes tend to be on the brief side.
I help her spell some of the words (though I got a very sassy "Mommm I don't need you to spell 'AND'" recently). Then we seal the envelope and walk to the mailbox. Having a pen pal is so fun!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

colin meets colleen

It's hard to know what to write about family visits these days since we don't really do anything other than hanging around the house! Last month, Colleen drove out to meet Colin (and hang out with us). We enjoyed a mostly lazy weekend with lots of time for snuggles.
On Friday we met Colleen at the park after her morning run and then walked to the coffee shop for hot drinks and jelly cookies. On Saturday, Colleen braided Mae's hair. I'm impressed that 1) Colleen was able to braid Mae's short slippery hair, and 2) Mae sat still long enough for braided pigtails!
On Saturday afternoon, we walked to the park for some creek stomping. Even Colin dipped his toes in the water! He was a big fan of squishing his toes into the cool muddy sand.
On Sunday, we walked to the playground. Mae and Colleen kicked a soccer ball around and raced across the field. It was pretty evenly matched. While one has more running training, the other one has almost limitless energy.
Of course, we had to recreate the photo that Colleen has taken of Mae the last 3 years. Aw I love that little 2-year-old Mae photo so much!
Even though we didn't have any grand plans for the weekend, we still we wore ourselves out! Colleen and Colin got one more evening snuggle in before she had to drive home on Monday. Thanks for a fun visit, Aunt Colleen!

matchy matchy

Do you like my new profile photo?? My old photo featured two-year-old Mae and I (in matching shirts) and no Colin, so it was in desperate need of an update! Now all three of us are matchy-matchy in our new clothes!
First up, a Lane Raglan Hoodie for me. I finished sewing this right before Colin was born. I had two goals with this project: 1) make a comfy, lightweight hoodie for fall, and 2) support a local (woman-owned and Black-owned) fabric/yarn store, Make.Do. I was devastated when I found out the store was closing last year, thrilled when I found out it was reopening under new ownership, and worried when everything had to shut down because of the pandemic. I really like this little shop and I want to see it thrive! During the pandemic shutdown, they started an online shop and now do curbside pickup and shipping for online orders, so I ordered 3 yards of this Art Gallery sleek stripes jersey in Mediterraneo.

I used about 2 yards to make the hoodie. I've sewn this pattern once before for my lemon-print raglan shirt, but I made the hooded version with hem band and thumb-hole cuffs this time. I also sized up to a medium to give this piece a slightly more relaxed fit. (Yes, this meant I had to cut ALL of my pattern pieces again. Note to self: ALWAYS trace pattern pieces from the taped PDF pattern instead of cutting it up. This saves a lot of time if you want to make a different view or size. Fortunately I was smart enough to do that this/last time!) I added a hood lining (there are lots of online tutorials for how to do this) with some gray Kaufman Laguna jersey leftover from my first Julia cardigan. The only other modification I made was to remove 1.5" from the sleeves before adding the cuffs. Next time I might cut the hem band a bit wider.

I completed almost all the sewing (everything but the sleeve cuffs) in one day. I debated doing regular cuffs, since the thumb-hole cuff instructions add 20(!!) extra steps that looked very confusing. But they came together easily and quickly, and they add a fun detail to the shirt. Worth the extra effort!

Since I had some leftover fabric, I made a Be Rad Hoodie for Mae. I used this pattern previously to make her Pua costume. I cut a 4T size but in the 5T length. I even added an extra inch to the sleeves, and they're only juuuust long enough.
Lastly, I made a long-sleeved onesie for Colin with a pattern from Mama Can Do It. It had all the features I was looking for: overlap-style neck to fit over giant baby noggin, reinforced snap closure, and sleeve length options. It even comes with a cloth diaper option, which is just a bit longer in the body. I actually made the cloth diaper version since a longer body means he won't outgrow it as fast! I used KAM snaps (originally purchased for Mae's bumblebee costume) for the closure. Best of all: this pattern is free for the 3-6 month size, which was a great way to try it out before I buy it.

So glad to finally have a profile photo with both kiddos!!