Wrapped up in my love

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So this is it. Come Thursday (if not before….Lord how I wish it would be before) I will be holding my brand new baby girl. It has been a long road coming and I will not lie, I am really glad t is about to be over. With The Elder A I never made it this far in the pregnancy, I was induced at 35 weeks due to preeclampsia so this gigantic, miserably uncomfortable stage it new to me…..and not at all fun I must say. But the end result will be worth it when I get to see this face in person.

One of the last things I have made for is a prop for some of her newborn pictures(that we are doing ourselves, Heaven help us). I have seen these little cocoon type things all over Etsy and fancy shmancy baby boutiques ranging from $30-75 to which I say “Oh nay nay, I can make this.” So here is how I used the fabulousness that is Ruffle Fabric and made my own version of an infant cocoon.

This one would run you $68

This one would cost you $50

I started with one of those little swaddle wraps to get the general dimensions. I basically traced around it on freezer paper and used that as my pattern. It ended up being about 20 1/4″ long and 10″ wide, at the widest part, ie the bottom. Easy enough.

Swaddle blanket I used as my template

Cocoon pattern, basically a rounded off tube

Next I took my Ruffle Fabric, you prob need no more than 1/2 yard and cut out the shape from my pattern. Now here comes the hard part….turn the 2 pieces right sides together and sew them up around the sides and bottom. I know….mind blowingly complex but just breathe and you can work through it. Then I turned the top under to make it nice and neat and sewed a tiny topstitch around the top. And that’s it.

Oh how I love ruffles

The finished cocoon

As you can see this is clearly not . I tested it out with one of The Elder A’s baby dolls to see what it might look like. Pretty cute I think. Just imagine a pudgy little newborn face tucked down inside all those ruffle with a sweet little flower in her hair. Can’t wait (so why don’t you come on out now sweet girl and we can play…..eeemmmK)

Testing it on a baby doll

The great thing about this Ruffle Fabric is that if this cocoon ends up a little long all you have to do is fold it under some more and the edge is still nice and finished, even without sewing. I will say this, be sure as you sew it that all the ruffles are laying flat, in the same direction. Otherwise you will sew some up and some down and they will not look good.

I will be sure to post the results of out photo session with this. I am going to make The Elder A a dress out of the rest of the fabric…..someday. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers come Thursday and if you feel so inclined send me any “baby having vibes” you can muster between now and then. Take care all and I will be back soon. Keep it stitchin’

Donya

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Sewing for Sisters Day 3

A break from sewing……

Sibling Photo Inspiration

So today let’s take a step back from the needle and talk about some ideas and inspiration to photograph all these awesome projects we all work so hard on. As you can tell from this post, I like to pretend I know how to use my camera shooting in manual mode. I took a class from my fabulous friend of Click Workshops and she taught me the basics so now I just try not to mess up her fine education.

With A² due any day now I have been wasting hours of time scouring obsessed with Pinterest and finding inspiration for newborn and sibling photo session ideas. Whatever evil genius came up with Pinterest needs to report to my house to tackle the mounds of dirty dishes and laundry piling up due to neglect. The site is so so addicting….worse than Facebook, and that’s saying something people. If you want to follow my boards my Pinterest name is donyarumore (much like my actual name) I would love to follow you in return.

This is a maternity pic my fab friend took for us. See she loves her baby sister already

So this is what I have come up with so far for the sibling poses. I don’t want the same ones you see all the time with big sister kissing the baby or holding the baby….blah blah.

Mila's Daydream by Adele Enerson

I ADORE what Adele Enerson of Mila’s Daydreams has done with these pictures of her sleeping baby girl. She would design these amazing scenes around her sleeping baby, snap some pictures and in the process made newborn photo history. I think I might take inspiration from this photo and have sleeping and The Elder A pretending to style her hair. This would be the most ambitious photo but if we could pull it off it would be really memorable.

There are not words for how much I love this picture

This one I just love. It literally melts my heart. I love the angle, how the older child isn’t really looking at the baby or the camera. It is just a spit second moment of pure love caught on film. You can almost see the older child promising to love and protect her baby sister without the kissy kissy mush in so many new baby photos. This is real people.

so creative

Ok so I know this wouldn’t be for many years to come but can we just stop and admire this for a moment……..
The Elder A has an obsession with having long hair (thanks Disney) so I imagine she will never want to cut it and since little sisters often want nothing more than to be like big sister I will probably have to very long haired little girls. Lucky for me this just might be possible in a few years.

Look at all those ruffles

I am totally infatuated with the idea of a newborn in a doll bed, and come one……what Mom of little girls doesn’t love an over abundance of ruffles every now and then? I would change this up to have The Elder A maybe reading a book to her baby sister or doing the “shush” finger on lips pose over the baby. Plus since I need another reason to order enormous amounts of Ruffle Fabric, this will fit the bill nicely.

So what do you think bloggy buddies? Do you have any inspiration you want to share? I would love to hear ideas, comments, anything.

We will be taking these photos ourselves (pray for me now) since my above mentioned fab friend is also with child and will just not be able to do it. (sad face) So now if this baby would, in the words of The Elder A “get here already” we can put some of these ideas to use.

See why I'm bummed she can't take our pictures....she is amazing

I will post our results, hopefully good ones when we get them edited and prettified. Tomorrow I will show off matching dresses and has anyone guessed my special Friday blogger?!?! It is going to be a not to miss for sure!! Thanks everyone and Happy Stitching.

Donya

A picture post

One of my newest loves is taking pictures with my Nikon D3100 I got for Christmas. Not too long ago I took an Intro to Photography class from my dear friend who owns Click Workshops. She taught us to shoot in manual mode, adjusting the ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and White Balance (hoping I get to take the Advanced and Photoshop workshops soon). So I have been practicing in this beautiful Spring weather we have had here in Alabama. It is also fortunate that The Elder A is a bit of a diva superstar camera hog model in training and loves to pose for me. Here are some glimpses into the life that keeps me in stitches.

St. Pattys Day

By the seashore

See told ya....DIVA

One of her Easter casual looks, she has 3. Yea Im that Mom.

OK so clearly I didnt take this, the hubby did but it was just too cute not to include.

So here we are

Welcome. If you have found this you have stumbled upon my newest creative endeavor…a crafty, sewing, photo, foodie blog. Honestly this blog will be 80% sewing and haphazardly percentages of all the rest but it will be fun no matter what. Here’s a bit about your humble host. Do come back soon, and bring people with you….I just love company.

Name: Momma, Mommie, Mom but to anyone over 3 feet tall I am called Donya

Current occupation: Stay at home Mom to the aforementioned short people and when they sleep I am a blogger, seamstress, small business owner, secret superhero, trying to put to good use all those degrees I spent so many hours and so much of my parents money earning.

How I become so crafty: Well from a young age I had this power over people to get them to…..oh wait you mean ARTSY crafty…oh well that all began when our 1st born came along 3 years ago. I was running us into debt buying all these wonderfully adorable clothes she wore for all of 10 minutes and these great little knick knacks to put around the house and her room when one day I figured, “Hey I can make this kind of stuff”. So I learned how and now I do. (BTW, the other kind of crafty can’t be taught, it’s a born with ya kind of thing)

Where do I find the time for this stuff: 2AM is a favorite hour of mine. No seriously, I do lots of things while The Elder A, that’s my first born’s secret bloggy nickname, naps or is in pre-school or on weekends when she and Daddy are having Daddy/Daughter days. I use any spare moment I have to look for new patterns, new recipes, new anything. You can cram alot of stuff into 24 hours if you don’t sleep….really you can.

Why the blog is called keeps me in stitches: That’s easy, because my life keeps me in stitches. My daughter is a comedic genius, my husband can be very witty when he wants to be and the dog….well you know canines. The fact is if you had told me in my Junior year at The University of Alabama, ROLL TIDE, that this would be my life someday, I would have laughed…hard…in your face. I never wanted marriage, kids, dogs, none of this. I was moving far away from the South and the white picket fences it came with, but as we all know Fate is a tricky trickster. I met this boy, future witty husband, who made me suddenly want all the things I never thought I did, picket fence and all. So the fact that this is my life, and that I love it more than I ever knew I could want or love anything is well… comical. “This is not the plan I had for my life, that’s how I know it is exactly where I am supposed to be”. -me

What else do I love besides right brain craftiness: I love, with an unnatural love, The University of Alabama Crimson Tide Football. I love lots of sports but this one CONSUMES my life from August to December. I also love shoes…oh how I love shoes. I have tiny little child feet, even at the age of almost 30,  so when I find cute shoes that fit I buy one in every color. Books and music are really important to me too. I really enjoy reading, when I can and we always have music pumping in our house so if you have suggestions for books or tunes pass them on.

Do I really talk this much in real life: Yes, yes I do.

So tell me what you want to see/know/learn/discuss. I have lots of ideas for posts but would love to hear from you guys and gals about what is on your mind. So bring on the comments and suggestions. Thanks for visiting.

That’s all for now. Peace out and see ya soon.

Donya