These are pillowcase dresses. This style just might be the easiest style to make--ever. And if it's easy, I'll make it over and over. Just like the Robeez look-alike shoes that my friend Becky taught me to sew. I could sew 43 pair of them in a day. And they are so cute. However, Julia's Apple and Pear dress was not so easy. That might be the only one I ever make. Zippers, piping, pleats--they're time consuming, and since I'm a finished-product-encouraged-sewer, lots of time spent on one item doesn't constitute as fun in my sewing manual. After I think about it, I too, dislike following patterns. But, I do have a couple that I need to follow. However, these patterns are always SIMPLE. If it takes too much time to figure out, I'd probably skip on to something easier.
I started sewing just before Julia was born. My first project was the curtain in her nursery. Then my mom helped me with a crib sized quilt for Luke and a matching crib bumper, and now I'm enjoying clothing and accessories. Once again, I usually am found sewing during 1:30-3:30, while everyone is napping.
Q: How do you relax after spending time with crabby little ones?
A: Part of my strategy while I'm with my children is to keep them on their schedule and b.u.s.y. If they've had the right amount of sleep, their tummies are full, and they are busy (playing at the park, splashing in the sprinkler, riding in the stroller, etc.) they are generally in good spirits. If the 5-7 o'clock stretch ends up being a little hairy, I look forward to having my unwind time after the kids get put to bed. Some things you might find me doing are: blogging, reading*, scrapbooking, sewing, or watching HGTV or playing Ladderball with my husband.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
- Set my alarm for 6:45 or allow myself to sleep until Julia comes down around 7:00
- Get everyone up to the table for breakfast by 7:15
- Go for a walk around 8. (I LOVE early morning walks.)
- Put the little girls down for nap around 9:15
- Clean, play outside with J & L, pack lunch for park
- Load J&L in car, get little girls up at 10:45'ish, load them in car, drive to a park for a picnic and play OR feed children in house, run errands, and go to park to play.
- Home and children down for naps between 1:00. NO LATER THAN 1:30.
- Unwind, relax, chill
- Naps over around 4'ish, snack, play outside or in loft
- Daddy home around 4:30. Play outside again.
- Supper at 5:15'ish
- Baths, play, kids to bed around 7:15'ish.
- Relax, relax, bed around 10:45'ish.
Q: How do you include a link in your blog?
A: Highlight whatever word(s) you want to use as your clickpoint. Click on the "link" icon (the one that looks like a green globe holding a staple). Type in the link's address, and hit "Ok."
Only 5 more days of this. Man! What will I have left to say then?
*Books I'm reading now are:
Raising Sons and Loving it, Raising Children to Adore God, and Dancing Naked in Front of the Frig