Saturday, September 29, 2007

Pickle Toes and

We're down to the last few days before baby is due...I'm ~ 60% effaced and 1.5 cm dilated, so it could be any day now! I've been swelling up a ton at night and actually have to get up from sewing to put my feet up. Love those pickle toes... not really :)

As for the eggplant.... check out this picture:

I found this gem while cleaning out some files in our cabinet (still working on the room re-dos upstairs - we're almost done!). I SWEAR that I didn't use any kind of Photoshop magic on this guy! The picture is from ~ 2002, during our stint living in Boston. The local grocery store had amazing produce, so I often bought the sale stuff that's at the back of the store - you know, the produce that has minor defects that is wrapped in cellophane on those little trays. The package I picked up had 2 normal looking eggplants in it. I just about peed myself when I opened up the package later at home. It's like one of those funny veggies from the FOOD ART book. Cracks me up every time I look at it :)

As for updates around here, I've been working on stocking up my wholesalers:

(some wetbags for Erin at Diaper Daisy)

and getting some gifts done (there's always birthdays and other little celebrations going on). Here's some outfits for Anna's 3rd birthday (excuse the poor pics - my camera croaked and the one I'm using can be weird with lighting).

I finished up another skirt for Raina - I've got to make some of these for myself once this baby is out!

Haven't had a ton of sewing time lately b/c nap-time has been devoted to the upstairs rooms. Our room is completely done except for washing windows, hanging wood blinds and getting some curtains up. Hopefully the first 2 will get done this weekend - I'm not in any big rush to do the curtains. The middle room (guest room / office / craft room) needs some little things done as well, but the main goal this w/e is getting the bed set-up so I can sleep there with the little guy when he comes (to avoid waking up hubby the first weeks when we're still getting the night nursing down).

Construction started a week or so ago and so far it's been going well - long-story-short, the back room of our house wasn't built correctly so we need to have a frost wall built and a zillion other things to keep it from pulling further away from the house.
That Jenga-looking thing in the middle of the picture is actually holding up the room (with a similar looking structure on the other side of the room). I'm in awe of this project... and the guys are so considerate. They actually ask when Syd will be napping so they can make noise when she's awake.

And here's a belly update (a pic from last week, but you get the jist) :)
I'm off to tend to Sydney - she has her first cold (at 19 months old, that's not so bad!) and is having a tough time getting to sleep. Poor kiddo. Hope everyone's doing well! ~ Kris

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Mornin' everyone! We're just a few weeks away from Baby #2 arriving - exciting! We're also starting construction Monday AM on our back room, deck, front porch, and attic... should be an interesting couple of months :)

I'm clearing out my fabric stash a bit in preparation of (1) less time and (2) less free space, and posted a slew of Amy Butler Nigella fabric in my EBAY store last night for $5.99 per half yard (SALE price - one week only). I'm hoping to add some of the regular quilt-weight fabric this week as well (and maybe some fun Japanese prints as well!).

Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend! Fall is here and we're loving the crisp days and full sunshine (helps to get the paint dried faster!). ~ Kris

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Whatever floats your.... belly?

I hadn't heard of this one before, but after going through such a long labor with Sydney, I'm game to try ANYTHING that might help me out. She wasn't a big baby (only 6 lb 12 oz), but she was what the docs call "OP" (occiput posterior), or in English, she was facing the wrong way, I had back labor, and she just didn't want to come out. The new thing that the docs and midwives are encouraging is to have moms-to-be lay in inner tubes ~ 20 minutes per day to encourage the baby to settle in the correct position. They are also using them at the hospital for women who present OP at the time of delivery, and they say that they've been able to avoid some c-sections because of it. Pretty neat! I feel like a bit of a freak while I'm floating on the bed / floor, but at least I'm getting caught up on some magazines!

I wish that I could report in on some fabulous crafting creations, but to be honest, I haven't had the time lately to do much aside from orders. I'm finishing up the last of my customs before I take Oct. off... then I'll hopefully get to have some fun and start decorating the rooms that hubby and I have been so hard at work on lately (new hardwoods were put in about a week ago so we have been painting and re-trimming the entire upstairs... this is WAY beyond "nesting").

Hope everyone had a great weekend! :) Kris