Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy First Birthday, Meara!

Before I neglect to post, here are a few moments from Meara's first Birthday party!

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And plenty of photos after the break

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Well, I suppose it is going to get to the point of being a rare sight, me writing a post. I am very busy with the new found success I have been having with my little home business, on top of which I am back to working full time. I have a great big to do list and a few post ideas but no real idea as to when I will get to them. Eek.
I will try to find some time for a few photo friday posts as Meara is looking at being a year old in less than a month and I still have the Christmas photos to post. For now, check out my awesome new business logo.
Please stop by my Facebook page and see what I have been so busy with :)
www.facebook.com/themonkeysbum

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Still Neglectful


Binky D version
Ahh, I just keep doing it. Pretty well entirely forgetting about the blog. Sorry.
So here is how December went down. The whole household got sick a week and a half before Christmas. The Christmas gift baking as a result got scaled back and thrown together at the last minute. It all worked out. The boys pajamas got hemmed on Christmas Eve eve and the man in the red suit finally showed.
Whew, it's done. And Happy New Year. I have a few good photo's to share from December but this post is being written really late at night so I will have to put that off till tomorrow (or whenever I procrastinate it to, lets be honest here).
My Newborn version 
This past week has been about sewing, I am feeling the crunch for time right now. I return to work in less than a month so I must sew sew SEW SEW SEW! While I still can. I have decided to try out a few new diaper patterns and when I am done testing them out on Meara I will try to slap a few diapers onto the butts of friends babies. I am possibly going to sell a few tester diapers and possibly run a contest for those who submit survey responses but I have no timeline on this. Also, I made Maxaloones for Meara, so darn cute.
You can expect to see a few new products posted to Etsy this month (3 yoga pants from the Brindille and Twig pattern are already cut for sewing).
Alright, going to try to get some sleep happening here, Meara is stubbornly rubbing her eyes and refusing to cooperate. Good night and hopefully I can get back in the groove here soon.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Craft-tastic Tuesday - Blogger Neglect and Other Projects


I have been a bad bad blogger lately, haven't I?
Sorry for all the neglect, I had intended to post a tutorial or atleast a look at my sons Halloween costume but here we are early December, it's kinda late now (plus he stained it with chocolate!).
So I have been busy crafting, and life in general. It is hard to motivate yourself to write a decent blog post when you are running on your third cup of coffee, four hours of sleep and last nights dinner (I really should eat something) but I am doing it.
My DIY Christmas keeps shrinking and shrinking, before you know it it will look no different than last year. Eek, I haven't even started my baking yet. Last year, I had all my shopping done the day before Black Friday, this year I have hardly started. I really need to get my ass in gear.
I wont be posting any tutorials today, which I am sad about as it has been too long. Today I need to go fabric shopping, and I have an "appointment with Santa" to pick out some Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. So today you get to see a few photos of the kids pajamas that I have been sewing.
All of the pajamas that I have been making used patterns from the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle that I bought earlier this fall. It has easily paid for itself now.

This one will be Greg's, I am contemplating red cuffs.

Greg will be getting Best Harem Pants and a Vintage V-Neck. Joseph will be sporting Fancy Pants Leggings and a Vintage V-Neck. Meara will be sporting Sadie Grace Nighties. It's going to look like a reindeer puked Christmas onto my kids! Joseph tolled me that was gross but I keep saying it.

Not sewn, just started pining and got excited. Love the bum panel!

I am also going to post some gorgeous custom diapers I made, cause, why not!
I made this for a local mom but I wanted to keep it. So pretty. Luckily I could make more!

This beauty is available in my Etsy shop

Did I mention the crawling?
Wow, you know baby is tired when the alarm clock is blaring next to her and she snores right through, why can't I do that :(
Sorry, sidetracked there.
Diapers, yes I have been drooling all over WAHM made Hybrid Fitted Diapers for weeks and weeks but knowing how to sew makes me hesitant to spend 25-45 a diaper, even though they are ridiculously perfect. So I am heading to the fabric store for fleece today. Also, Meara may have 30+ diapers already, but when I found a WAHM selling these on Etsy for $12 plus shipping I bought some for under the tree.
Now she is awake. So cutting the writing short and I will feed her while adding photos to this post. Thanks for stopping by to read my ramble, more rambling soon.
I couldn't find Meara's finished Jammies photo so I will leave you with this random shot of Joseph from last Halloween.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

new friend bundle - gDiapers

Just a quick one today.

This is an amazing deal on the gateway drug of cloth diapers so check it out. If you buy please use my code new2878Glover so I can win cool prizes.

These diapers are super cute, travel friendly and very versatile. I like to save the disposable inserts for longer outing so that I am not coming home with a diaper bag overflowing in dirty diapers. Just flush or toss.


Get a great deal on gDiapers with my coupon code: new2878Glover. Shop here:

www.gdiapers.ca/newfriend.

Friday, November 15, 2013

My Argument Against One Size Diapers


I love cloth diapers. I am ridiculously proud of cloth diapering, and every time I sew a new diaper I fight the urge to shamelessly post it up all over my social networks. In fact, I fight the same urge every time I buy a new diaper too (just ordered some size 2 Thirsties, eeeek!). I have an eclectic stash of fluff. My stash consists of all kinds, home sewn, store bought, pockets, AIO's, Hybrids, Contours, Fitted, Prefolds, Flats..... What is missing from my stash? One size diapers.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas Sewing Officially Begins


When I first learned to drive I didn't want to drive for very long. I would get tired of it quickly, finding it almost mentally exhausting and with sewing I feel much the same. I think it is for this reason that the projects I choose tend to offer that instant gratification of a project that come together quickly and finishes in a single sitting. When I started with diapers I could only sew one or two at a time and then I was done. Not a second more would be spent doing anything sewing related, well except during early labor, I sewed up about 7 diapers that morning.
I also have a tendency to remake all those patterns that I love. I have made near a dozen pairs of yoga pants for Meara. So I am feeling a little nervous right now, as I have chosen a bit of a bigger undertaking and I suspect it may take me a few afternoons in the sewing room to pull it all together, but of course it will be well worth it. The Amaryllis Dress, which was released this week in Pattern Anthology's Winter Wonderland bundle, is that bigger project. It is a gorgeous and reversible dress. Perfect for Christmas, don't you think?
Yesterday I spent about an hour wandering Fabricland and looking for that perfect fabric. Sure, I could order online and get a good deal, but I felt for this it was more important to feel the fabric and see it before I bought it. I needed to know I did have the perfect fabric.
I chose a beautiful cream cotton plaid with grey, pink, metallic gold, and blue in the colors. It has a casual feel that is still dressy. Because I wanted the dress to have a pop of color to it I chose the subtle blue in the fabric to be the main color on the reverse side. I had one of the associates help me pick out the perfect fabric to match, a teal blue crepe (I think, I neglected to read the info on the end of the bolt) with body and a subtle shimmer. This dress is gonna be gorgeous!
Today I am pre-washing the fabrics, and assembling my pattern pieces. I will try to get to cutting into the fabric today too, but since I am trying to finish a pair of Sadie Grace Nightgowns I already cut, I think it just might not be in the cards. Meara would have to let me have that much time for me. Dream on!
So, the nightgowns are actually the first Christmas gift that I have sewn so far. One is done and the other is just waiting for me to sew it up. I decided to use up some of the Crib Bedding fabrics that I had left on this project and to make a generous size 2. Meara is such a big little girl.
In terms of the DIY Christmas Project, I am realizing that I need to scale it back. I can't realistically sew that much in less than 2 months. So, now I am going to call it, minimum one hand made gift per person on the list, and most of that gets covered by the Christmas baking. Maybe I can sew up several Pajama Eaters for the nieces and nephews, maybe.
Well, I have spent enough time online, onto the sewing room and the many projects that await!

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