A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
Monday, April 28
I think Wren is as excited as I am about this sweet floral cotton hand-me-down from Luke's side of the family. It's another one that at least two of her aunts (probably 3) wore a couple of decades ago. It's certainly hand-made, and I'm guessing that it's another dress that Luke's grandmother made for the girls.
I absolutely adore the 3 tucks across the bodice and the gathers (though the tucks were hard to photograph with this active little model).those white deals with the lace embellishment. What exactly are they called? Peter Pan collars? Double Yoke collars? Regardless, I decided to remove that collar altogether and widen the neck hole a bit, then I simply sewed red binding around the raw edges. I also decided to take the elastic out of the arm holes to give her more room to move about. There was a lace trim along the hem of each sleeve, but I opted to remove that as well. One look at the hem and you can tell that the length has been adjusted several times. I actually decided to keep the hem short, so she can wear it like a shirt tunic instead of a dress. But I left the extra fabric there so we have the option to lengthen it again should we choose.
It's probably a bit silly, how excited I get about stuff like this. I've been very busy sewing lately, squirreling away some sweet baby items for the wee one (who will likely arrive within the next month!). But I'm happy to be finding the time to work on little projects like this dress that I'd like to get to before the baby and the move.
|A fox-sibling for Wren's new sibling!|
And just for fun, a photo that Wren herself took of the daffodils that a vendor at a flea market gave to her yesterday. She asked me if she could bring them home to "can them", so we found them a nice Ball jar.
Saturday, April 12
Over the past few years I've had several moms ask me about cloth diapers. So after responding many a-time with the same basic information, I thought it might be beneficial to compile my thoughts and opinions more 'officially'.
We used cloth diapers with our daughter and really liked them. There are the obvious drawbacks or minor inconveniences, like having the forethought to make sure they're all cleaned at the appropriate times, and washing out poopy diapers in the toilet. But overall they've saved us SO much money and they are just plain CUTE!
I know a lot of people really like the all-in-one types (like fuzzibunz) because they are pretty simple and work just like disposable ones. They're also easier when babies start moving and crawling/walking because it's just one step to get them diapered. We chose not to use these because they're more expensive (though in the long run I'm sure they're still much cheaper than buying disposables for 2 and half years). We have 4 of this type that I actually bought off of Craigslist (maybe gross, but has worked for us), a different brand called smartipants. We like these all right, but they tend to leak a bit, so we only use them at home.
G-diapers are another popular brand that people like because they're simple, a bit more affordable and aren't as bulky (cloth diapers make babies' butts BIG but again, CUTE). You can buy these at Target which is nice because you can put them on your registry. We have 2 of these, and really they just leak too much for me to say much good about them. Other people really like them, but they're my least favorite in my stash.
Ultimately we like the prefold, trifold diapers that our moms probably used. We found a great small company (Green Mountain Diapers) that makes them and ships them. They're the most economical. We bought 3 different sizes of these, and she's was in the 2nd size for a year and a half. To cover them we bought about 15 one-size diaper covers from a brand called Kawaii. And we used a snappi to fasten them instead of diaper pins. Eventually, when she got to the point that she was only wearing diapers at bed time, we abandoned the snappi altogether. We just folded the tri-folds into a long rectangle, slid them into the cover and snapped her up.
Update: The Kawaii's have worked fine for us, but some of them have lost snaps over the last few years so I will have to replace them if we have another baby. In that case I'm totally buying a bunch from a Lancaster mom (called Zookaboos) who makes adorable covers that people really seem to like.
|a gorgeous diaper cover made by Zookaboos!|
A lot of our diapering stuff we actually found on Craigslist. Some of them were used (which I laundered facetiously) and others were simply diaper stashes that people intended to use but ultimately just ended up using disposables.
Oh, and we've used a special detergent for all our diapers that is gentler on her butt than regular detergent, and also doesn't leave any residue that would affect the absorbency.
Phewwwwwwwww....probably way more info than anyone actually wanted or needed, but there's that. I hope it helps!
Friday, April 11
Thursday, April 3
The warmer weather and increased hours of sunlight seem to be bringing out the inner culinary genius in Wren. We've been enjoying lots of 'soup' this week.
I do not know which to prefer,The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.