Thursday, September 30, 2010

some of the others...

Here are some of the other pictures that Sarah @ Koerner Creations Photography did. I can't wait to see the rest of them!










Tuesday, September 28, 2010

welcome little one...

This is our newest little one! We welcomed Kole Ellsworth Baker to the world on September 22nd, 2010 @ 6:11pm....on our wedding anniversary! What a great gift he is!
His older brother couldn't be any happier!

Today we took newborn photos. He is 6 days old already!


Welcome little Kole, we love you soooo much!

Friday, September 17, 2010

crazyness....

Wow, what a crazy whirlwind the past couple of weeks have been! The first of September brought about the news of one of my best friends having her baby 3 months early. We pray each and every day for Jenny, Justin, and their sweet little Kaiden. He has been such a strong little guy, and we pray that each day he continues to have that "fight" in him!


Two days later my "pregnancy buddy" Kara had her adorable little boy Robert. We were only a few days apart with our pregnancy and she ended up going 2 weeks early, so now I almost feel alone in a way...she just reminds me that she has joined me on the "mommy league" which is so very true!


Here is the quilt that was made for Robert. He was a surprise and we were all thinking girl. I hope this quilt is boy enough for the little guy!


I am at a stand still on my waiting game for our little man. I could go anytime and I certainly feel that way. I am currently 3cm dilated and only 1 small cm away from being in "active labor"..BUT, my doctor is out of town this weekend so we are really hoping I can at least hold off until Sunday night. We will see. If all else fails I'm scheduled for an induction on Wednesday morning at 5am due to the fact that my doctor will be gone the 26th-Oct 2nd for an convention and I really hope to have him deliver.

Other than that I have been getting last minute things together, bags packed, and arrangements made. I worked on a quilt yesterday getting the main top finished with borders left to add. I bought the fabric last year on our quilt guild trip to Omaha and every time I open my sewing armoire it's screams my name. I figured any quilt work would help keep my mind off the waiting game!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

thinking of others...

That's how most of my quilts start off. I've been busy busy making for others. First off was a new batch of paci-clips to sell at the Little Red Hen.



Then a girly quilt for one of my best friends.



Then a table runner for part of a wedding gift.



A couple more baby quilts (I can not share yet)...
And a quilt for a friend (which I shipped before getting a picture of )


These were all made in one week. I am pretty proud that I have the energy to keep up with all of it too. This week my list consists of making an October birthday gift, working on a quilt, and re-binding a quilt that needs some love!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

stuff to keep me busy...

If I didn't have enough going on that is. I'm working on baby quilts and other little things for the many people I know that are expecting.



This one is for our little "Baby B" who is only 7 weeks from his expected due date. I've been measuring 3-4 weeks ahead for awhile now, so we will see what my next ultrasound in 2 weeks shows. Luckily I have all my baby clothes freshly washed and hung in the closet, diaper bag made and packed, and crib set up and ready for a new little one. I guess I am as prepared as I can be- but then again, are we ever really prepared? Baby is still first name nameless, but as my husband says, "it will be what it is supposed to be". Whatever that means. I left the decision up to him. The middle name is a family name from my side as was Maxton's. I feel it's only fair that I give a name from my family to pass on since these two guys will be passing on my husband's family name!

Other than sewing, quilting, and preparing, we have been keeping very busy this summer. It's hard to believe that we are already into August! This has been a very wet summer for us and if we could keep our basement dry it would be a miracle. We are very fortunate to have an unfinished basement that doesn't require much after water, but my parents and uncle hadn't been so lucky. My uncle had water so deep in his basement that it came 2 feet from the ceiling! My parents also had to remove everything from their basement, leaving a very crowded stressful upstairs main living for them. I just pray that it won't get as bad again as it has been...especially since all the remodeling is complete!
I guess that's about all that is "blog worthy" for now. I'm hoping I can get a few more in before things get a little more busy around here...we'll see...can't make promises!

Monday, June 14, 2010

early film school...

Max and I decided to get creative playing some new little snakes he got from my mom and my camera. This has turned out to be a lot of fun and we plan to make more of these.

video

Thursday, June 10, 2010

helping out...

A dear friend of mine is getting married next weekend and in preparation of that we made her a card box. She had first rented a bird cage and then saw some examples of these hat boxes transformed into card boxes....so this is our attempt at that. Last night we laughed, created, and ate pizza, and what a fun night it was!

Last weekend we ventured to Sioux Falls for her bachlorette party. It was a blast...and as much of a blast that it could be with 4 expectant mothers. We all dressed in "little" black dresses and had dinner at Bracco. After dinner we went back to our rooms at the Hilton and played games, laughed, watched presents being open, and laughed.

Here is part of the gift I gave to the bachlorette. I tried to use her wedding colors as best as I could and couldn't help but to to glitz it up with some swovarski crystals.




Here's wishing the engaged couple the best of years to come. Can't wait to help them celebrate some more!!





Tuesday, June 01, 2010

diaper duty...

It's time for me to get my rear in gear and make some essentials for our upcoming arrival. Here is the first thing I have made and it's more for me than the baby, but oh well!



I found a picture online of a bag I liked and then just drafted my own pattern. I think it will work!
We found out a couple weeks ago that we will be welcoming another boy and all of us are very excited. My pregnancy this time around has been a very enjoyable one. I'm sure when we are down to the last 4 weeks or so I will be ready to be done, but as of now I've had no swelling, no protein in my urine, and no high blood pressure so I can't complain. We have 15 weeks to go and I hope that I'm able to naturally go into labor with no complications!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

mine all mine...

I took a purse class last night at The Pin Cushion and am IN LOVE with the finished product!

It's called the Interchangeable2 bag (by Ellen Medlock) because the hardware actually screws on and off making it possible to make different bags to slide on and change up. What a clever idea! It's a dainty little bag, but it will be nice to carry something so small for a while before I'm trading it in for a large diaper bag!
You can choose two different styles/positions for the bag, I like the first one as it adds a little bulk to the bag. The second style is a more tailored look.

The other great thing about this bag is that once the handles are closed shut it locks the bag and none of the purse contents can spill out. I have plans to make some more bags to change out for the different seasons of the year...think Christmas, Easter, and so on. How fun is this?!?!
I chose fabric from Moda's Freebird collection by MoMo..just LOVE these color and design combos!!


Monday, April 19, 2010

a little something...

Since The Pin Cushion keeps getting super cute fabric in, I just have to use it some project I have. Here is a table runner I made for my friend Shelly getting married in 2 months. I used Moda Freebird by MoMo.



I am taking a cute purse class next monday and I plan to throw some more Freebird in the mix!

Friday, March 26, 2010

side work...

Since there is a plethora of things I like to do, I consign all the little extras at The Little Red Hen here in town. It doesn't make me rich and I don't depend on it as a second income, but it does give me reason to keep doing what I love. I'm sure my husband is always wondering what I will bring home next to work on, but it does keep me out of trouble ;).

I am a big button junkie, so these two necklaces were made in hopes that there are other button junkies out there!


My newest love is metal stamping. I have had some fun and have tried stamping on a lot of different metals. I made my friends washer pendants with their names on them for Christmas and have been busy looking for other things to stamp on!


I made some flower pins for a bachlorette party and had a few left over..I guess I will see if these sell.


Here are a few Paci-Clips I made. When Maxton was a baby he never left home without one clamped on his shirt. I pieced little scraps of fabric I had together to make the straps and I think they turned out nicely. I think this may be a staple in my baby gift giving!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

a little room updating...

I've been busy getting things squared away in Max's bedroom for his transition from crib to twin size bed! He is very excited and can't wait for his big boy (half) of the room. Since we do have a 2 bedroom house the newest addition to our family will be squeezing into Max's other half. I opted NOT to make Max's bedding as I have too many quilts on my list to do (that I HAVE to get done). He wanted a robot room, so this is the bedding that we decided on. I plan to make him some custom robot room accessories instead.
I took a break from the usual house chores today to make some covered button hair pins.
There really isn't anything too fancy about these, just fun to sit down and do some creating! Last week I made 4 Dear Jane blocks, so I'm slowly working on those too. I'm hoping to get 2 rows sewn together so I have some motivation...at the rate I was going I'd be lucky to complete the top in 5 years, so here's to working on that little project more!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

getting our hands dirty...

I had a new idea today to do some painting on glass. I used an old frame I had and made this up as a practice run. It was fun to do and I have some more ideas on what other things I can make with this idea.


Upon finishing my afternoon project, I washed my paint brushes cleaned up my mess, and set the paint bottle as far out of reach as possible with intentions of putting it back in my craft cabinet (in Max's room) after he woke from his nap. Well guess what.....?!?!


Sneaky little guy found my paint before I could remember to put it away, and while I was making supper in the kitchen!!



We had just painted his bird house last friday, so he remembered how to get his hands all nice and covered for making a hand print. I'm just glad I found him before he could do any real damage!!

Times like these I remind myself why I have a camera, and how funny these pictures will look 15 years from now at graduation!

Friday, February 19, 2010

get with it...

I know I really need to. I figured I better just post something since I am sick of seeing that I last posted Jan 27th!

It's been crazy time at our house. My husband had to have a kidney stone removed on monday and so it's been back and forth to Dr. offices and the hospital. Crazyness! Since we have been making all that time for him, I figured it was time to make the time for me. I had my first Dr. visit as a 2nd time expecting mom. I was torn as to choose between my family doctor (who delivered Max), or to go to an OB. I opted for the OB since I am high risk due to pre-eclampsia with my last pregnancy. I am so glad I chose my new doctor, I even found out that my family doctor is no longer doing OB. I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings! I had a great experience with this first visit and even had an ultrasound to see how things were going (something I didn't get last go round). Everything looks good, but I still pray everyday that things will continue to go well!!




I plan to work on some sewing projects today since it's been a while since I had any alone time with my sewing machine, so I say to myself, "GET WITH IT"...and that's what I plan to do!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

having a ball...

I decided to pull out my Seams to Me book and whip something up for my niece for her 2nd birthday. I decided on the patchwork ball. It was fun to do, but also taught me that I'm not the best with "Y" seams yet. I guess I will just have to keep going until I get it down!



Max really enjoyed the ball, so I'm sure I will be making him one too!!



I can really see how wonky this one is, but I guess you have to start somewhere!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

getting things squared away...

I've been slowly trying to get myself back at pace with quilting. Seems like after the holidays I always have a hard time getting back to working on things for myself! I ordered some of Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane fabric and started working on a log cabin variation. I have a few blocks done and have been busy working on a quilt for a friend.


I also decided to quilt my spiderweb quilt! Now it's time for binding!!