Nursing Covers

I've been a very busy bee these last two days. I have checked a number of projects off my list. Yay!

My friend Renee had her baby (he's perfect!) and wanted to know if I would make some nursing covers for her. Since they're just big squares of fabric with straps, I figured that wouldn't be too hard. :) She picked out the fabric and even found one that coordinates with the fabric I used for her baby shower gifts. I used this tutorial as a guide and for measurements. I did a few things differently based upon my preferences, but overall it's a great tutorial.

I got the wrong sized d-rings, but it's ok because they still work and that's all that matters, right? (This is why you go shopping with your pattern in hand!)

Overall, I love how they turned out! I put some triangles of washcloth in the bottom corners so she could use it for burps, spit-up, or other various cleaning needs.

I'm hoping I can sneak away for a few hours this week to deliver them and get me some baby time!!

I hope you're all having a great weekend. That's all for my sewing today, but I'll be back soon with some more baby gifts!

Leash Bag

Ever since Raj came into my family, I've wanted to have a bag to put on his leash to carry my phone, keys, some money and my ID. I usually wear sweats when we go walking and sometimes I wear my yoga pants which (unfortunately) have no pockets. I don't like weighing my sweats down with my phone, but it's not really a good idea to go for a long walk without it. Alas, I FINALLY made one. :)

I used this tutorial at Sew Much 2 Luv because I'm not very versed with zippers yet so I wanted something to follow along, but I learned a lot along the way. I am hoping to use up some of my zipper collection and make a few for the shop! :)

I got the bicycle fabric from the remnants collection at Jo-Ann. It is flannel, so pretty heavy duty. I didn't use fusible fleece like she did, I used medium weight fusible interfacing because I didn't want it to be too thick (especially since I was using the flannel).

The inside is made from the fabric that my Covert Robin sent my gifties wrapped in! I thought it was perfect so I used it!

The zipper is from a box of things I acquired from my grandmother. I am rather sentimental so I've been having a difficult time using those supplies because I want to keep them forever. Knowing that I can't, I'm slowly beginning to work through them. I used part of the extra length of the zipper for a little handle so I can connect it to his leash with a carabeener or the clip on his doggie poo bags. [These are the best bags ever, I must say - they're the Greenbone bags that you can get at Target (or Amazon as I posted a link to there, too) and the bags are biodegradable (faster than other bags), they're thicker and sturdier, and the dispenser is a lot more heavy duty than the other dispensers that we've had (and subsequently broken).]

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with my new leash bag and about to go check one more thing off my list of things to do today! :)

Covert Robin!!

the covert robin button

I got my things from my Covert Robin a week or so ago but haven't had the time to sit down and tell you about them! :)

Teresa sent me these two lovely things: a cosmetics bag and a lunch tote. She used this sweet laminate that has places around the world on it and I couldn't be happier!! She also wrapped it up in this lovely grey polka dot fabric! I love polka dots!!

I've used the lunch bag every day since I got it and it's perfect! I got so many compliments on it at work, too.

I'm super grateful for all her hard work! Since I'm talking about the Covert Robin project, here's a sneak peek at what I made to send to my person. I hope she likes it. I found this swap more difficult than others when trying to figure out what to send.


Ruffle Clutch

I participated in another sew along with See Kate Sew and this time it was a ruffle clutch! Last time we did the Sweet Scallops Tote. So cute and simple!

I wanted to do something a little different with her idea and I've had this football team pillow sham lying around forever so I figured what better time to use it?

I snagged a fat quarter of football fabric and some white polka dot fabric and set to work on this guy. I really love how it turned out!

I added a strip of pleated fabric down the middle so it looked like the finger grips on a football. :)

So now I can carry this to watch the games at the local pub and feel a little girly in my jersey while cheering on my Cleveland Browns. :)

Thanks for another awesome sew along, Kate! :)

Make sure you check out Brandi's watermelon clutch!! She's so clever!

PS: If you know me in real life, you know I injured myself today with the sewing machine. This project is not the abuser, I was prepping some fabric for pre-washing and went too fast and got my finger under the needle. So I'm all bandaged up and kept right on trucking with this guy. :)


Short Story

I wrote this story a year ago. I don't know what put that image in my mind, but it just wouldn't go away until I wrote it down. Today, I'm going to share it with you.

She stood on the front porch and watched it rain. The water just kept coming. She remembered her mother used to say it was raining cats and dogs. She never understood why she said that, but the memory washed over her anyway. She was thankful for the rain; the earth needed it as much as she did.
She watched as the puddles melded together and formed a river down the street. The river snaked around rocks and trees cutting its path to the flat land at the end of her road. She was instantly reminded of how much she hated snakes and wondered if Zulu was thriving in the forest.
Her soul needed a rest. She felt exhausted from trying to keep up with everyone's expectations. They wanted her to be happy and lively; two things she hadn't felt in a very long time. It was as though they planned her life one emotion at a time. She was to feel overjoyed by their generosity and in awe of their ability to feed her needs. They didn't know her at all. 
She hated their pretentiousness and the idea that they could create the perfect life for her. He meant nothing to her and she didn't love him at all. He did everything wrong and tried his hardest to assimilate to her life. He bought a car like hers and he discovered a love of ballet and theater he never had before. He wasn't real. He was their version of a Stepford Wife, and he was to be her husband in a week.
Could she escape now? Where would she go? She had no family or friends; they chose her well. This was completely insane. How could she have been such a fool? Despite her troubles, the rain just kept falling. She thought that maybe if she watched it long enough, she'd get the answers she yearned for. She breathed in deep and smelled the rain mixed with fresh cut grass and the flowers in the garden. If she closed her eyes, she could smell the dirt and the metallic scent of the wet pavement. Then she heard the engine of the F150 down the road; it was out of a dream. She hadn't heard that engine for years; she was surprised she could remember how it sounded.
In her memory she saw another rainy day when he told her he loved her and she ran from the cab like it was on fire. Her heartbeat was so fast, she thought it was going to explode out of her chest. He loved her? But he was her best friend! He knew her everything. He held her hand when she buried her parents and her hair when she got drunk three hours later. Now he loves her? All she could do was run from him. Now all she wanted to do was run to him. He came from a time in her life she barely remembered. Maybe this was her saving grace.
Smiling, she stepped off the porch and climbed into the cab.
She never looked back.

And because I hate leaving a post without a picture, I will leave you with three of my favorite images from Easter Sunday.