Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thank you

Thanks for the sweet comments, I wasn't really aware that anyone actually read my blog;)

I have to amend my previous post- I'm not going through this alone. I have an absolutely wonderful caring husband. It's just that it's hard for him to support me when he's grieving himself, that and the fact that he's not here 100% of the time (yay for finding a job in this craptastic economy though!)

I do love all my internet friends, and I promise that I will be back to posting pictures of my crafty goodies as soon as I'm feeling more myself.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

People suck

People suck, and it comes out most prominently when you're going through something craptastic [case in point- miscarriage]. You get the "it must be for the best", "we don't know God's plan" and the "there might have been something wrong with the baby". Or the people who want to make it all better, the "Have you tried "_______" (taking vitamins, going to the chiropractor, having hormones checked).

Getting pregnant again? Is not going to make the hurt go away. Another baby is not going to replace the one that I just lost.

Worst of all are the people who don't know what to say, so they don't say anything. The ones who write you a month later and say "I didn't want to bother you". Bullshit. You were uncomfortable and so you didn't write. Don't make out like you were doing it for my benefit. The friends that you thought you had, until something bad happens and they don't talk to you for a week. Or better yet, they talk to you but it's all about them. Oh me? No, don't worry about me. I want to hear ALL ABOUT YOU. You know, because it's not like I'm going through one of the worst times right now. (not that you asked)

I feel so alone. Stupid comments? Yeah, they suck. But what sucks worse is going through it without anyone.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Another loss

I had a feeling a couple of days ago that something wasn't right. I started bleeding more and the next day decided to test again. It was lighter than the first test, but I had been drinking a ton of water (to get down the Welcome Womb and Emergen C). I tested the next day with first morning urine, and it was darker than yesterday's test but lighter than the first one. I still had a sinking feeling. I gave it two days, then tested again. A positive, but barely there. Another day, and the line was so faint that you had to hold the cartridge on a slant. The next day, glaringly negative.

I know that "they" say that you can't go by how dark the line is to determine whether you're miscarrying. I'm here to tell you that "they" aren't always right. It happened last time and it happened this time. I believe that there's probably variances within brands [on how dark the line will turn up] but I think it's a safe assumption that if the line is fading significantly [as well as you having a feeling things are "off" or your symptoms fade] that there's a good chance that things are not going well. I will post pictures of the hpt's in a few days.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Crafty Blog Giveaway!

A fellow diva is doing a giveaway on her blog for some pretty awesome prizes- go check them out! :DROOL:

http://thetinybean.wordpress.com/2008/08/23/its-giveaway-time/

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Still spotting

Still spotting, any thoughts and prayers are warmly welcomed:)

Monday, August 18, 2008

A thousand deaths

The midwife stopped by to drop off something to discourage miscarriage (Welcome Womb by WishGarden). Anyway, I thought I was going to die a thousand deaths when JibJib reached around and "booped" her right in the eye. She had her back to him so it was a total sneak attack.

Not the first impression that I wanted to make on our midwife.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pregnant!

I'm pregnant! The midwife is stopping by tomorrow to drop off something to discourage miscarriage (because of our m/c in Sept. and the fact that I'm spotting). Pray for a sticky baby!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

She Creates Stocks today

She Creates stocks today at 4pm est. Please open a window for us:) (I'm Bushelbutt Boutique)

www.hyenacart.com/shecreates

Friday, August 08, 2008

Busy busy busy!

As I posted before, Home Grown is going local this weekend, so I've been sewing up a storm!

In the meantime- are there any tutorials you'd like to see? I was thinking possibly FOE (foldover elastic). Anything else you'd like to suggest? Anyone? Bueller?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Elastic Tutorial

Here's my video on how to do hidden elastic on a pocket diaper. This is the same thing that I explain in my last post (the Rita's Rump Pocket tutorial), only in video format.

Making a Rita's Rump Pocket

Here's my tutorial on making a Rita's Rump Pocket fitted diaper. It is very detailed- to the point that if you've never sewn anything other than a straight line, you should be able to make something that could possibly be construed as a diaper when we're all done. LMK if I've left anything out or if anything is unclear.

1) Download and print out the pattern. The pattern can be found here:
http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2007/10/classic-rrp-ritas-rump-pocket-pattern.html

2) Cut the pattern out and tape it together. It should look something like this:


3) Place your fabric with right sides together (the nicer, most likely printed- sides)
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4) Lay your pattern on the fabric and make sure it fits with some room around it (at least 1/4", I usually leave more. Trace around the pattern:
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Craptastic photo, but here it is traced- look closely and you can see the pen marks:
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5) Now cut around your tracing, leaving some room all the way around:
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You'll have something that looks like this:
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6) When I trace my pattern, I don't trace where the pocket goes. You can do it that way, or make marks where the pocket opening will be. Either way, make two cuts- one at each side of the pocket. Don't cut past your trace line:
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7) Now fold the fabric between the two cuts and iron it down:
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Then fold that piece under itself:
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And iron again:
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Repeat with the other side, between the cuts:
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8) Now go sew the ironed part down, using a 1/4" seam allowance (in other words, line your presser foot up with the folded and ironed edge, and sew)
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All sewn:
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Repeat with other side and you'll have two pieces that look like this (well, not *exactly* like this, unless you've used the same fabric LoL):
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9) Put these two pieces right sides together
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10) Sew around the diaper, sewing right on your trace line. Don't worry, the pattern is written to be sewn this way. Start at one side of your pocket opening and end at the other side. DO NOT SEW YOUR POCKET OPENING SHUT. I repeat: DO NOT SEW YOUR POCKET OPENING SHUT.
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Hindsight is 20/20, and I should have used contrasting thread. Just squint and pretend you can see the stitching;)
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11) Now trim all around your stitching, down to about 1/8"-1/4". Don't cut too close to your stitching
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Here's what it looks like now:
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12) Turn it right side out
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Make sure you get it turned completely right side out, making sure the curves are all the way turned. Kind of wiggle the seam in your fingers to get it flat. Then iron it:
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13) Now you're going to topstitch it. This means you sew all along the edge of the diaper. Start at one side of the pocket and stitch all the way around to the other side of the pocket. Again, DO NOT SEW YOUR POCKET OPENING SHUT. Keep your presser foot lined up with the edge of the fabric.
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14) When you're done topstitching, lay your diaper out flat and place your pattern on top of it.
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Mark your elastic points (marked by a triangle type symbol on the pattern) with pins. Make sure the pins are only in the seam allowance (the part of the fabric that is between your stitch line and the edge of the fabric)
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15) Now you're going to sew the elastic in. Holding your elastic, put your arm in the pocket opening. Put the elastic at the farthest pin from your elbow (the narrower part of the diaper). Butt the elastic right up to the topstitching. You won't be able to see the elastic, but you can feel it.
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Holding this down, go tack the end (sew for about 5 stitches, backstitch, go back and forth a couple of times).

When you're done tacking it down, make sure your needle is in the down position (through the fabric and elastic). Now pull tightly on your elastic- make sure it's butted up against the topstitching still- and then pinch it a bit down the fabric towards you. How far depends on how comfortable you are. It doesn't really matter much, the end result will be the same.

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Now zig zag down the length of elastic. I use a three step zig zag because it's what I prefer, you can use a regular zig zag. I usually overlap my presser foot a bit over my topstitching so that the "zag" of the zig zag lines up right at my topstitching.

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When you get to the end of the stretched part of your elastic (where you pinched it), stop- making sure that you stop with you needle in the down position. Re-stretch more of the elastic, butt it up against the topstitching, and pinch it. Keep on sewing until you get to your other pin that is marking your elastic end point. Backstitch and stitch over it a few times to make sure it's tacked down well.

Cut your elastic, make sure you don't cut your diaper or the sewn part of the elastic. Your diaper looks like this now:
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Now flip the diaper and put the elastic in the other side of the diaper the same way you did the first side.

VOILA!! You made a pocket fitted diaper!

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Here's something extra that you can do. It's not necessary, but makes for a nicer finished product:

Sew the two sides of your diaper together at each edge of the pocket opening.
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This makes it so that you will see nice fabric when you look at the edges of the pocket opening, rather than the raw edges.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Working on a little something

Sorry I've been gone for a couple of days- but I'll make it worth your wait;) I'm working on a tutorial, stay tuned (it should be up tomorrow or shortly thereafter).

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Homegrown Corn

Mmmmmm....is there anything better than eating something you grew? This corn was delish, even if it was tiny compared to storebought. Organic homegrown can't compare in size to their pesticide and fertilizer laden counterparts, but they don't need to- the taste wins hand down!

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And want to see something adorable? I found this itty bitty baby corn growing off one of the bigger ears.

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For size reference, shown in a pop bottle cap...
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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Pads

Three moderate flow mama pads. Suedecloth top, flannel and terry inner, PUL bottom.
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Friday, August 01, 2008

Another shirt for mama

Have I mentioned how much I really really love this pattern? Well, I really really love this pattern! So many options, since it's made of wovens. Built By Wendy Simplicity 3835. Modified as per my shirt post, size 18. I don't love it nearly as much as the tie dye print, but it'll do;)
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