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Summer is definitely coming to a close.  The air is turning crisp, the leaves are beginning to change and we’ve even gotten a rain or two.  Soon there’ll be a calmer pace to our days, but for now the frenzy of summer continues with food preservation and preparing the homestead for the colder days.

I haven’t posted much so I thought I’d give a little recap of what’s been going on in the homestead this summer.

I didn’t think it would be possible, but Hezzy got even cuter.  He learned to sit up, stand, army crawl, loves to practice walking, jump, and can say mama and dada.

We went to the Scandinavian festival in Eugene and to Florence (the coast) in the same day.  It was Hezzy’s second trip to the coast since he was born.  Thankfully, he didn’t get a cold afterwards this time.

We went to the Zimbabwe Festival in town and got to see a lot of hippies in African clothes attempting to dance.  You must go see hippies dancing to African music if you get the chance. Read the rest of this entry »


Part of my fun to-do list was to make myself a few of the carriers I’ve so often made for other friends who were having babies.  Now, after all this time, it’s finally my turn.  

So I’ve made two so far.  The first one looks similar to this one above, which my kitty is so kindly modeling for me, only it has a fitted pouch and white rings.  The one above hasn’t a fitted pouch and obviously it has burgundy rings instead.  I’m not sure which one I want to keep for myself just yet.  I made the first one with my old measurements, a size medium, but when I put it on it looks like the pouch is out of place.  Of course, I have a big belly in the way which could make a difference in the way the sling hangs, but since I’m not sure, I went ahead and made a second one without the pouch with the same fabric.

Once the baby comes I’ll sell one of the slings.  I don’t need two similar ring slings, that’s for sure.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see if the first one fits the baby and me well, otherwise, I’ll keep the second one and I might put in a fitted pouch once I lose the belly and can get better measurements.

And now, I’m going to work on a mei tai, which I’ve never done before.  It’ll be an olive green color with some really pretty asian-inspired print.  Let’s hope it comes out right!

Kitty will model it for me if it does… :)

Top left: 31 wks, bottom left: 33 wks, top right: 35 wks, bottom right: 36 wks

It’s 6:15 in the a.m. and I’ve been up since 4:30, after only 3 hrs sleep.  This sleep deprivation thing must be nature’s way to prepare you for after the birth.  On the upside, this lack of sleep comes from heartburn, which may mean that my baby’s finally growing hair.  Or so they say.  Since I haven’t had much heartburn throughout my pregnancy, I welcome this (sort-of).  I always thought my baby would be born with a headful of hair, so I was a little surprised when I didn’t complain of heartburn throughout my previous months of pregnancy.  I don’t usually believe in old-wives’ tales but this one is one that has stuck with me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against having a bald baby, I just never really thought I, miss hairy peruvian girl, would have anything but a monkey-hairy baby.  And I’m totally fine with that. Now that the heartburn is here, I feel like I was probably right and there’s a certain comfort to it.

UPDATE: I tried once again to fall asleep around 7 a.m. and it finally worked, even though light was beginning to appear outside.  I got another three-hour stretch of sleep and I’m feeling pretty good right now.

The midwives made a house call on Monday, which is good since it’s nice to know where your client lives before they go into labor.  We talked about many things, one of which was my belly.  I have not grown much since last week (which is a relief to the midwives who would have ordered an ultrasound otherwise) and there is less fluid in there now, which makes the baby easier to feel.  This time they could clearly feel limbs and butt and back and head.  The baby is still in the pelvis head-down but it isn’t too far down, it seems.  I may yet have a couple of weeks!

I know I keep saying I don’t think the baby will last long in its watery world, but I’m still really hoping it will hold out until January 1st.  I really think that would be the coolest birthday ever and don’t mind one bit if I don’t get the tax write-off everyone is so excited for us to get this year.  I can totally wait another year if it means my baby will be a 01-01-10 baby.  No one would ever forget that birthday!

There isn’t much left for us to do before the baby comes.  At least, nothing of super importance.  The birth equipment is prepared, we know our birth space (or where we would like it to be), all our diapers and clothes are washed and ready, and recently received our car seat, strollers and cradle.  The cradle is super sweet and sitting next to our window in our bedroom for now, until we decide we need it.  I had to leave the swinging mechanism activated instead of holding the cradle in place because the I knew the cat was secretly hoping to make it her new sleeping quarters.  She got in once and it swung her about and she rushed right out of there, hopefully never to jump in again.

I have a third baby shower this month on the 13th thanks to my Soroptimist club.  I feel very blessed to have so many people in my life who wish to celebrate my baby with me.  There isn’t much left I need for the baby at this point, but I went ahead and updated my registries at and  The little things I can think of that I could use still are a bathtub, nail clippers, bulb suctioner thingy, and a changing pad for the dresser.  There are a few other little things, but they aren’t all that super necessary.  Oh, and baby socks.  I need baby socks.  My baby will be born during the coldest months of the year and I have only a couple pairs.  Poor baby.

Some of the things I’m still working on are a baby afghan I’m crocheting (as if I really needed another!), a few baby carriers such as a pouch sling, a ring sling, a moby or a mei tai, some nursing covers and I’m sure I had something else I wanted to do but it’s not coming to mind.  Pregnancy brain, I’m told.

If there are any men reading this, you’ll just want to skip this paragraph.  Seriously.  Are you gone?  Ok.  I’m pretty sure I’ve started leaking colostrum.  Last night I thought I had spilled water on my shirt when I got up in the middle of the night, but it was suspiciously in a very specific area.  It eventually dried and then a few minutes later I felt moisture again.  This morning there is proof on my shirt.  Is that even possible?  Doesn’t it seem too early to be leaking?  I hear that’s pretty important stuff so I hope not to lose any more until the baby comes.  :/

The baby is active as ever and my belly is getting more and more sensitive to its movements.  It’s a strong baby for sure.  Since it’s so active right now and since it will eventually become more space restricted as time goes by, I’ll try to put up a video of its movements while they are still big and dramatic.  Hopefully in the days to come.

Now is the time I want to prepare for the birth by making meals ahead of time and doing anything else that would make a baby’s entrance smoother for our family.  There is a post by Tammy from that shares what she did to prepare for her second baby.  It has a lot of good information on it so I will be doing some of that in the weeks to come.  Cooking is getting harder, but I suppose it will be a lot harder with a new baby if I don’t get things rolling now.  :)

I’m so excited.

The view outside my window is gray and wet, but I have a little roll of Smarties in front of me to add some color to my day. 

The sun pokes in and back out every few days, but I need color right now. I’m in the mood to share with you the rest of my skirt making tutorial because of the colorful fabric I used.  It’s a double-layered skirt with an elastic waist.  The next skirt I make like this will have a zipper in the back, since I’m not a big fan of elastic.

The first thing to note with this pattern is that because it’s an elastic waist, your pattern will not be fitted.  This means that instead of using the waistline measurement and the hip measurement when drawing your pattern, your hip measurement will be the waistline. Also, you’ll need to add an additional 2″ to the waist seam allowance on account of encasing the elastic.

Okay, so first thing you do is fold your two lengths of fabric lengthwise, inside out.  Iron it well, too.  Lay your pattern on it, with the edge of the pattern on the fold of the fabric.

Trace your pattern onto the fabric (making sure the fabric is *in fact* inside-out).  I used a sharpee for this, but you’re gonna want to use chalk, or something sensible like that.  Sharpees are not recommended.  I’m just special.

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When I have a desire to make a new skirt, the first thing to think about is what kind of pattern I’m going to need.  Is it going to be a long skirt, A-line, straight, wrap, etc?  How is it going to fasten?  Will it be elastic, drawstring, zipper, buttons, straps?

For the following skirt pattern, I decided to go for a long, fitted, a-line skirt with a zipper on the back.  At some point I’m going to use this pattern to make a khaki skirt, but since I at least have the pattern ready, I’ll show you what I did to make it.

I learned how to make this particlar pattern from a book about making skirts which was a great tool for a beginner seamstress such as myself.  I forget the name of the book now, but I’ll come back (once I get off work) and enter it here.  It’s called Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make With Fabulous Fabrics

Tape together a couple sheets of newspaper, if you desire a longer skirt.

Okay, so first I get some newspaper and tape it together to the approximate lenth of the skirt I want.  A little longer, even. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been gearing up to do some crafting in the next few days.

I’m thinking of doing some Christmas cards that have a Hanukkah message, as an introduction to the rest of my family of the cards they will be receiving from me in the future. Luckily, I found a TON of homemade cards that I did last year for Christmas that I guess I never sent out. There must be like 15-20 or so that are just gorgeous! I wonder why I never used them? Maybe I never sent them out, even! Well, that’s always possible. I’m going to include, within the text, the idea that Yeshua is the Light of the World, and we should rededicate ourselves to His leadership again this year (as the temple of the Holy Spirit), just as the physical Temple in Israel was rededicated during Hanukkah. Or something like that.

I’m glad I wasn’t into the whole Santa thing last year (not that I ever have been, really) because it would be a lot harder to incorporate the Hanukkah text into a card with Santa on it! :P Here’s a sampling of the cards I made last year. Some of the cards that I found at home look similar to these, and some are exactly like them. They should be easy enough to work with.

I have enjoyed reading some really insightful posts about Hanukkah from fellow Torah-obedient believers which I will now share with you. They helped me to better understand the connection, and explore other areas in which I could yet be obedient.
Why Hanukkah? (Check out the links she provides at the bottom of the post)
Why Hanukkah?
Check out the links at the bottom of this page.

Wow. There is a lot going on at work right now. I’ll have to finish this post later.
EDITED TO ADD: Many, many layoffs today. Let’s see if I make the cut. :gulp:


When I was first learning to sew, one of the things I really wanted to learn first was how to patch-up jeans for my husband. I’m not crazy about patches, but he really is. And he’s also really into wearing jeans until they fall apart. Really. So it’s a very good thing to learn to patch the jeans that get new holes every other week and are paper thin but that he’s willing to wear until they disintegrate on his body. I may make light of it, but I really do think it’s a good practice to have.

I found a tutorial online which went step by step, but the pictures were hard to see and I didn’t quite understand how to do it well at first. I’ve now done quite a few and, through trial and error, have gotten better at it so I figured it would be a good idea to make a post showing how I do it in case the need should arise for others to learn. Also, if there are better ways to patch, I’d love to get those tips, too!

Here’s what I do:

First, you need to identify the problem:

And find the fabric you want to use for your patch. Ordinarily, this would be something that closely matches your object to patch. My dh likes to have patches that don’t match at all with the rest of his jeans, and instead draw your attention. Because he likes patches. And you should, too. You can buy fabric for patching, or you can save old jeans and use that fabric instead. I’m using leftovers from my fall skirt. Read the rest of this entry »

Quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever made: A pair of baby boy shoes.

baby boy shoes
baby boy shoes2 baby boy shoes3 

Not bad, eh? Just don’t look too closely…

Remember the skirt I made not-so-long-ago that I never posted pictures of? Well, here it is.

Fall skirt  Read the rest of this entry »

My name is ruizbe82, and I’m a sew-a-holic.

I made myself another skirt last night.

It was so easy to make (or am I just getting faster at it?) that I now wonder why I haven’t always made my own clothes in the past. But not only is it easy, it’s a lot of fun as well as fulfilling. Yeah, it’s nice to wear what you made with your own hands, just like it’s nice to take a bite of a homebaked loaf of bread.

I love this skirt. It’s a layered skirt, with a shorter overskirt and longer underskirt in two different, fun fabrics. It has an elastic waist, which makes it easy to sew together as well as easy to put on.

I will have some pictures soon.

I have also bought some new fabric for some baby shoes for a friend of mine who just had her baby. I’m excited to try out this new pattern as I just got it for FREE off the internet. How cool is that? But then again, you can find a lot of great things for free online. I also got some other free patterns online, including for cloth diapers and other baby items. All of these things come in handy for me since most of my peers are having babies right about now and baby items in stores cost so much more money. So I make my own gifts at a fraction of the price. Isn’t it great?

I have also finished the baby quilt for Joe & Mary Ellen’s baby girl, as well as the ring sling. I’ll take pictures of those as well.

I want to try my hand at another Nappy Bag, a pattern I bought from Amy Butler. I’ve only made one so far, and know I could make more of these and use them for a million and one purposes aside from diaper bags.

I have so many fun things to sew right now. :)

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