Monday, May 20, 2013

She's Here!

Our beautiful first grandchild arrived this week.
She was born on Tuesday, May 14 at 8:05 weighing 6lbs. 14oz.  (just like her mother).
She is a Joy!  Such a gift with her peaceful and content nature.
Welcome to our family Nora Mae, we are deeply in love with you already.

 Such a sweetie!
 Uncle Ben and Sydney's first visit.
 Aren't those just the cutest baby toes?
 Awww, sweetheart.  She was so alert on her first day.
Grandma has been waiting for this day.  So excited for your arrival!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Snowfall

We got hit with a nasty snowfall last night.  Over a foot of snow, broken tree limbs, power outage for a few hours and lots of trees down.  We know what we are going to be doing this weekend, cleanup!

 My poor clothesline got hit.
 Lots of trees down in the goat pen.

 Henri did not like this deep, heavy, wet snow.  She just got her haircut on Tuesday.  She was cold!
 Ben's truck
and his bike.
This scene changed shortly after I took this picture, we lost another huge branch on top of the playhouse/shed. 

 Jake of course, loved the snow, but he still has all his hair!

 Lots of loss for this big old tree.
 Poor birch tree.

It sure was pretty, but I still refused to don the snowshoes in May! No Way! I'm all out of good attitude winter, time for spring please!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Diaper Wet Bag With Instructions

Making wet bags for the cloth diapers Ellie and Isaac will be using when the baby arrives.
Below are the the instructions and some hints that I learned along the way.
 So far I have made one small and two medium.  I used the above measurements with the addition of one inch for 1/2" seam allowance.  
 Cut two of fabric and two of plastic.  I used a shower curtain from Ikea for the plastic liner.
 Sandwich the zipper between right side of one fabric piece and one plastic liner.
 Using a zipper foot sew together.  Repeat for other side.
 I did some google-searching for helpful-hints to making sewing on plastic easier.  I tried this one using baby powder.
 I used my sewing machine dusting brush to "dust" the plastic with the powder.

 It was helpful, but definitely didn't eliminate the frustration.
I continued with this "dusting" method until I noticed that just simply slowing my speed seemed to do the trick.  No more grabbing.  So I set my machine to slow, and I didn't encounter any more problems.
Topstitch next to the zipper.  This keeps the plastic and fabric from getting caught in the zipper when opening and closing the bag.
 Open zipper half-way.
 With wrong-sides facing you, right-sides together, align zipper and pin.
 Sew along three sides, leaving bottom edge of the plastic liner open.
 Trim both zipper ends.

 Open bottom edge and pull right-side out.
 Continue pulling through the half-open zipper.
 When completely pulled through, sew bottom edge closed.
 Now "stuff" the plastic liner inside the bag.

 And there you have it, a finished wet bag that can be used for diapers or whatever wet items you may have, swimwear, etc.
 This is the leftover fabric from the baby's nursery curtains.
So cute.  I love the theme of think green and that this bag will be used for cloth diapers.  So appropriate!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Bluefin Bay. Day 3.

Heading home.
Two Harbors.
More ice.
 Still so in love after all these years...awwww.