My Handful – Embroidered Hand Print Pillow

handprint pillow by sew “Wow. You sure have your hands full!!”
How do you do it all?

To be honest, when I found out I was pregnant last summer, I really had no idea how I was going to “do it.” In fact, it seemed impossible, and I admit I was angry with God for asking me to do something that looked so impossible hard. [Read more...]

Baptism Gown for Vincent

Baoy Baptism Gown -

It has been more than a month since Vinny’s baptism. The sweet smell of chrism has worn off his head, but the waters of baptism have left their indelible mark.

Baby Baptism - [Read more...]

three weeks, or in other words, an eternity

Newborn Snuggles

This is just a quick message to say…

  • I’m still here! We are exhausted and trying to rediscover our footing. Andy went back to work last week, and my mom went home last Friday. That means this week is the real deal. Wish me luck. Or better yet, send me wine and chocolate. hehe.
    [This reminds me of a similar blog post from 2011: Find the New Normal. If only I had the spring weather to bolster my spirits this time around. soon, Jodi, soon.]
  • I’m still totally flabbergasted that I am a mom of five. Woah. It does not seem real. I guess it is a good thing I pushed out Vinny “au naturale”  or else I would’ve had even more trouble believing he was mine.
  • Nursing has been sucky. (very punny, but not funny) And I have been spending waaaaaaayyyyy too much time on my computer distracting myself from its suckiness. It has got to change.
  • I had the realization that hand sewing should be totally doable during nursing, at least until Vinny starts grabbing things. (And it will be much more satisfying the browsing the interwebs.) Lucky for me, I made myself a whole round-up of hand sewing project ideas last summer to keep me busy.

hand sewing for hot weather

>> Hand Sewing for Hot Weather <<

I’ve already tried a bit of embroidery last week. Next up? English paper piecing!
or maybe a nap… a nap would be nice.


pattern from electiclamb

Five Lil’ Pickles

Normally, I would keep my Christmas gift crafting under wraps, but in the case of these pickle ornaments, I just had to share. Don’t they make you giggle?

Why you ask? Um… Why Not? And there is a fun little tradition where you hide a pickle ornament on your Christmas tree for your holiday guests to find. Silly good times. Want to make some of your own? The esteemed softie designer Abby Glassenberg put together this free pattern for this ornament. It took me about 7 minutes to cut out and sew together each pickle. Another 5-10 to sew on the face, and 15 to french knot the dimples. Easy peasy. Fast and delightful. That is one well designed pattern!  Great Work, Abby!

Had you ever heard of The Christmas Pickle?

Embroidery Floss Color Palettes #1 and #2 – Rachel’s Choice

My little sister came for a visit a couple of weeks ago. (By “little” I mean a married working woman pregnant with her second child, but still little to me.)

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