Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Bench Seat for Blueberry

We went to the junk yard on Tuesday to look for a "new" bench seat for the back of the van. A couple of the vans the right style had "Stow and Go" seats which didn't work for our van. The only other one left had a split bench. It was listed for $85 for each side, but we got it for $100 total. I washed them on Wednesday and now we're good to go!

The seats look a little blotchy from being washed/wet.
The original seats are more gray and the "new" one is more tan. But they work for a place to put the butts!

All ready to go!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


With the soon to be arrival of Andrew, we needed to get a larger vehicle as we can only squeeze the 3 carseats into the Stratus we have. We have been keeping our eyes open for inexpensive vans and when my sister, Amy mentioned they had gotten a "new" vehicle at an auction, we started looking into that option. We went to a State Surplus auction on Saturday to try and get a vehicle. They were going for more than we were hoping for and bid on 2 different vans, both of which sold for the next bid after we stopped. We decided to go a little higher and won the next van we tried for.

It is a 2002 Dodge Caravan. It has been dubbed "Blueberry"

It is a very basic model without power locks or windows. The only way to open the rear liftgate is with the key.

It does have a cassette player and cruise control.

It only had the middle bench seat, so it currently only seats 4.

The middle seat can be all the way to the left or to the right. Since the tracks are the same in both the middle and rear positions, we assumed that the middle seat could be moved back the same way that we had seen some vans with the rear seat moved forward. (we were wrong!) We are going to try and get a rear seat at a junk yard.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Extreme Tatters Round Robin-part 2

I mailed out the 2nd installment of my round robin. I tatted these for Wally. These will also be in my new tatting book, although I think I need to tweak the 3rd one a little as it is too round.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter 2009

Here are some shots of the kids with their Easter baskets.

A portrait of the kids
A family photo

Here are the girls and I in our matching dresses

Me singing in the choir contata

Closer shot

Dad doing the narration

Friday, April 10, 2009

What I've Been Up To Lately

I had an OB appointment on Tuesday. I was 21½ weeks along and was measuring 24 weeks! I've never done that before, and when they measured at the ultrasound, Andrew was measuring exactly as far along as I was. I've gained 5 pounds so far.

I have been working on some more tatting designs for my new book/Extreme Tatters Round Robin. I have a sand bucket and shovel done, but wanted to send Easter eggs in the next round as it is due right at Easter. My 2nd egg turned out weird, but I think I know how I can get it the right shape. I did want to have a 3rd design to send also, so I think I better get going on that!

I started sewing dresses Monday for the girls to wear to church on Easter. (I know, nothing like waiting to the last minute!) I didn't have a pattern for the style of dress I wanted, so I used the bodice from one pattern and ad libbed the rest. I got their dresses done Wednesday night and started on one for me on Thursday. I also didn't have a pattern for mine, so I winged it, too. I got mine done this morning. Sarah thinks I should sew a shirt for William, but I don't think I want to make a purple floral shirt for him! (I probably have fabric downstairs that would work, but with only a day left to work on it, I don't think I want to add the stress! Maybe next year!)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Extreme Tatters Round Robin-1st received

I received my first item in the exchange. This is designed and tatted by Camille. It is called "Alexis" and tatted in Valdani Hand Dyed thread (Violet Meadows M 40)
I really like the cluny leaves in the center!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

My Wool Yarn Stash

I think I have enough wool yarn! Since I have all the wool longies/shorties from William, I don't really need to knit any more for Andrew. Although I will need to knit some shorts for next summer since William was only in wool for 1 summer (I have him in training pants with plastic attached since the cloth only ones don't have elastic at the legs which doesn't work well for the poopies!) I also would like to make at least 1 more sleep sack (so I can alternate)

Here is the stash!
This is all Paton's Classic Merino (most bought on clearance) except for the bottom row, which is 100Purewool.

First 2 are "Paprika",
Last 3 are "Camel"
The yellow was used for waistbands on the Yellow Jacket pants I made for the 3 kids, so is mostly full. The next 2 are small leftover bits from making the pants. The next hasn't even been wound into a ball! The last is "Gentleman" and never used!

2 balls gray heather, 2 balls black, 2 balls white
(all new)
The colors showed up weird for these, since the first 3 are hunter green, then a royal purple, last is "Denim Marl" (also all new)

These are my partial skeins.
1st was used for ½ of 1 leg of Little Fire longies, 2nd was the waistband for the same pair,
3rd was just the cuffs on Tie Dye longies,
4th is pretty used as I made shorties with it,
5th is mostly full (I think I made a pair of breastpads)
After I took the picture of my stash, I remembered about these!
On the left are Lion Wool from Wal*Mart I got on clearance, the ones in plastic bags I got for $1 each, planning for Patriotic longies.
Even after making some newborn shorts for right away, some more sleep sacks, and shorts for next year, I think I will have a lot of yarn left! I guess I could make something for reenacting, but we haven't done a lot of that lately! I think I need a brainstorm!

My Wool Longies/Shorties Collection

I decided to do an "inventory" of what I have in wool pants/shorts/soakers. Since we're having another boy, all the ones that I had for William would work for Andrew also. Other than William was born in late Fall and Andrew will be born in late Summer.

These are both new for Andrew. The first is a Pink Green Wool Tie Wrap (minus the ties) so it has a adjustable waist.

Rise: 14"
Waist: 12" (smallest)
Hip: 12+"

The 2nd is a Sheepy Sleep Sack (and isn't finished!)

My newborn/smalls.

Top Row:

Blue jeans:
Rise: 13"
waist: 13"
Hip : 16"
inseam: 6.5"

Hip: 19.5"

Bottom Row:

Hip: 18"

Blue Recycled Sweater:
Rise: 16"
Waist: 15"
Hip: 17"
Inseam: 7"

Crocheted Brillopants:
Rise: 16"
Waist: 18"
Hip: 18"


Top (got felted):

Rise: 12.5"
Waist: 16"
Hip: 21"


Rise: 14"
Hip: 23"



Hip: 20"

Hip: 23"

Crocheted Little Fire:
Rise: 19"
Waist: 18"
Hip: 21"(but it has short rows)
Inseam: 6.5"


Blue Sweater Pants:

Hip: 25"
Inseam: 8.5"

(these were made for Emily)

Hip: 23"

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy Tatting Day!

Today is known in the tatting world as "International Tatting Day". So I got my chocolate (I only had M&M's!), my coffee, and my tatting! Have a great day!


Here are some cute shots of Will napping and walking in Daddy's shoes!