Well everyone she is finally here,  has arrived, all on her own in her perfect timing. She was born Tuesday June 21, weighed in at 7lbs. 6oz and 20 inches long. We are all home now and doing great. Thanks for all the kind words and prayers, they were definitely felt. I will post pictures soon I promise. and now for a nap…………..



Sewing for Sisters Day 5 Guest post from no big dill

I could not be more thrilled to have Katy from no big dill here today to wrap up our week-long celebration of sisters. I hope you have enjoyed this week, I certainly have. Sometime in our crazy lives we forget how important family and loved ones are. I think the bond of sisters is one that cannot be compared to any other friendship/relationship. I can’t wait for my 2 girls to grow up together, love each other, protect each other and share what my sister and I have. That unspoken, unbreakable bond only your sister can understand. So thank you for sharing this week with me and stay tuned for news about arrival.

Hello Keeps Me in Stitches readers!  How exciting that Donya will soon be holding her second little girl, right?!  I was pleased that she asked if I would write a post on sisters, because that’s one thing I have a heavy dose of in my life.  

I have 3 sisters myself, all of us so different than each other, but our buffet of variation lends itself to being satiated, that we can appreciate each other for who we are and learn from other’s strengths.  Ann (on the far left) has shown great courage as their first was born with Cystic Fibrosis.  She navigates life with a huge amount of faith I admire and respect.  Ashley (the oldest, in yellow) is one of the most level headed, lowest maintenance people I know.  Jordan (on the far right) loves adventure and the romance of life, and is always making good things happen.

 So, when I had my second daughter, you’d think I would be well aware of the possibility that my two girls would not be clones.  My naivete would soon burst as I discovered that every single addition of our girls would give a new spin on our growing family.  They all had different personalities!  Imagine that.

 We deal with frustrations every single day, but I am trying (oh, how I’m trying!) to appreciate that each of these souls comes as unique as the varieties of flowers on the earth.  They are all beautiful, each adds a pop of color that is sometimes complimented by another and sometimes clashes.  I love it when Clover (the youngest) will say to me, Let’s go pick up my sisters!  I have learned that they each need something different from me.  One just needs me to show excitement about her adventures of the day, another needs me to cuddle with her, and yet another just needs me to involve her in my projects and interests.

It’s all a delicate balancing act that I fail at frequently, but in showing them that I respect them, they in turn show respect to each other.  I ask for forgiveness every single day and pray and hope (and pray some more) that they will turn out to be loving and caring toward each other despite my clumsiness at navigating motherhood.  Some days I see glimpses of the great women they will be, and it gives me hope and appreciation for them.

As far as dressing them?  When I sew for them I don’t like the matchy-matchy dress look, or sewing up the same thing times 5.  I like to choose a few colors and coordinate those instead of using the exact same fabric and pattern for all of them.  For a casual look, I don’t mind them dressing the same.  In fact I think it’s rather endearing when they all emerge from the bedroom in their jeans and matching t-shirts, proud of themselves for some semblance of cooperation among the ranks.  (Plus, it allows their different personalities to shine.)

And when my number 6 makes a debut, whether it be a boy or girl, I am confident that this new little one will be loved fully by his/her sisters.

Thank you so much, Donya for having me here!  Your little girls will be blessed to have each other.

no big dill

I am THAT Mom

So if there were ever any doubt, it is official, I am “THAT” Mom. You know the Mom that tries, and often fails, at overachieving and doing everything humanly possible for herself and her kids. I have made all of bedding, her coming home dress, custom hospital gowns for myself and more than enough Big Sis t-shirts for The Elder A.

So I should have been happy stopping there, yes? Of course not. The other day as I cleaned up my studio (which I should post pics of soon, anywho) I found a stack of those little button Newborn tees that babies wear in the hospital and basically until the cord stump falls off. I have no idea where they cam from but of course they were just BEGGING to be customized. So….yea….more custom stuff for the hospital stay. See “THAT” Mom.

Custom Newborn tee
Another custom tee.

The giraffe thing was started by The Elder A, she has tons and tons of stuffed monkeys and she decided her baby sister should have giraffes as her “thing”. So that explains that.

Oh and why should the kiddos have all the fun?!? Just for good measure Mom and Dad get custom pillow cases, so no one confuses our awesome foam pillows with those things hospitals claim as pillows.

Mommy and Daddy get some swag too!!

Annnnnnnnnnddd, (this may be a Southern thing but) when a baby is born in the hospital we hang a wreath on the door, gender specific and usually with a name and birth details (weight, height, time…..) So of course I am making one of those too, a ribbon wreath with little giraffes (tutorial to come later). Someone save me from myself……please.

Ribbon wreath supplies


Inspiration 911

Ok fellow internets peeps, I need some help. I have pretty much completed the bedding for . I have created a Pinterest board for all the inspiration thus far (obsessed with Pinterest BTW). I need some ideas for wall paintings, pictures, something. I don’t want anything overly girly. Something kind of modern with a whimsical twist. I know I will have one picture of her 4D ultrasound with a signing mat from the baby shower framed on the wall, like we did for The Elder A, but other than that I am drawing blanks.

Send me your thoughts and ideas for the walls of Baby Girl’s room. I have used up all my creative juice at the moment so help a VERY VERY preggers Momma out.

An update…

I like to consider myself a proper Southern lady…most of the time (if I am in Bryant Denny stadium during an Alabama Football game all bets are off). My Momma always taught me if you are wrong fess up and face the music because in her own words, “God don’t like ugly”.

So I must amend my post So here we are to give credit where credit is due. In the section where I talk about why I called the blog keeps me in stitches I fail to mention where the original name came from. My dear friend, Taylor, gave me the name suggestion and I knew it was just right to describe not only the blog but my life in general. So after a pitiful phone call from him yesterday I am letting the bloggy world know it was not I who came up with the title it was my, direct quote from Taylor here, “very talented writer friend, whom I met in college, who currently lives in NYC and is writing a kick-butt stage production and is painfully single and a nice guy, who is above average in intelligence, clean cut and enjoys long walks on the beach.”

So I hope this appeases one Writer Person Taylor and I hope he can now wipe the sad puppy dog look off his face and crawl out of bed. Thank you all for indulging this post, now back to things that really matter….j/k Taylor, gracious goodness stop whinning.

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.