Thursday, April 10, 2014

We are official!

It's actually been a few weeks now, but you should really go check out our new blog.
Mae & K

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mae & K

Have you noticed any changes? I'm so excited! My sister-in-law Karen and I are starting up a blog together! I'll still be blogging here, while our website is created. And then my fun projects will have a new home and this blog will go back to being my personal, family blog. We're probably still a ways out from having everything up and running, but I'm horrible at surprises and keeping secrets. I'm hoping to learn a lot from this experience and I'm definitely going to share!

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Hello 2014!

I would say I've been AWOL, but the fact of the matter is that I've actually been ABIHABWHTGITNICU (away because I had a baby who had to go into the NICU). So I know you all understand. And I know all of you who have more than one child understand how your sweet little two-year-old can suddenly turn into a horrible tantrum throwing monster who doesn't let you get a thing done.
So maybe I haven't been sewing or blogging. And there's a good possibility I won't participate in the Project Run and Play Sew-Along this season, which makes me sad, but I have a cute baby I can snuggle to make me happy again. As I get used to this mom-of-two thing, I am finding I have a little bit more down time (that I'm not using to nap) and I'm trying to get caught up on reading blogs (400+ posts behind), and also devouring the first two books in the Divergent series (have you read it?!) as well as a few other novels. Updating my own blog hasn't been high on my priority list, but I don't want to stop completely. This month you may just get to know me really well. We'll see what I decide to blog about while I don't have time to sew.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Well our little Badenator has made quite an entrance into the world, and I haven't been on a computer since he got here.
I'm not done writing out the full story, but here are some quick details for those of you just dying to know. All the pictures are from instagram.

Baden Perry arrived at 12:20 am on December 9th.

He was 7lbs, 5oz and 19 inches long. He came with a full head of hair!

I got to hold him for a little while after he was born, but he wasn't crying very much and they ended up taking him away to the NICU.
Me getting to hold Baden for the second time, after they whisked him away to the NICU.

This was taken last week. He had TTN, pneumonia and jaundice. 

He has blue eyes and a cute little mohawk. 

Our most recent update is that his lungs are clear of pneumonia and TTN, the jaundice is long gone. He's a champion breastfeeder, and is doing a good job of gaining weight. He's been in the NICU for 9 days now, and can come home just as soon as he's been weaned off the oxygen. Mack still hasn't gotten to meet Baden-- siblings are banned from the NICU during RSV season.

Here's Baden and Daddy just last night. 

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Voting for November's flip this pattern

It's voting time!

Jess, from If Only They Would Nap, came up with this fantastic robe. 

My submission was a hunting vest. :)

And Vanessa, from Designs by Sessa, made this adorable little girl's cardigan. 

While I would absolutely love to win, you can't go wrong no matter which look you pick!

Voting is open over at Frances Suzanne

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

24 things you didn't know about me

Have you seen the status game floating around facebook? You read someone's list of facts and like it and then they give you a number and you post that many facts about yourself as your status. Well I liked Kiah's status and being the wonderful friend she is *cough* she gave me the number 24.

So I figured I'd share here too.

24 things you may or may not have known about me:

1) I have a scar on my bottom lip from hitting my face on a couch as a toddler.
2) I talk in my sleep.
3) I didn't have a middle name until after I got married,
4) If my parents had given me a middle name it would have been Nicole.
5) I got a "pack rat" award in 5th grade. (I still have it)
6) I severely burned my left hand on a wood-burning stove while I was learning to walk. I don't have scars or less function from that hand.
7) My biggest pet peeve is people chewing with their mouth open.
8) I wrote an A paper comparing caste systems in Jane Eyre and Brave New World my senior year of high school. I have never read Jane Eyre (thank you cliff notes).
9) I've never been skiing or snowboarding.
10) I made the first move in my relationship with Nathan.
11) Kiah and I used pseudonyms to write each other notes in high school. Mine was Caroline Mae Fligidavatchkavitch.
12) November 17 is always a good day for me.
13) I have a ton of nicknames. Maedel, Mae, Meggers, and cheese head to name a few. Nathan calls me Maegen.
14) I choose to eat tuna casserole for my birthday dinner every year.
15) If we had gotten married on the day we wanted to originally, Mack would have been born on our anniversary.
16) Even after having a dream about Mack being named Mackay, I still really wanted to name him Owen. When they put him in my arms I knew he was Mackay.
17) Nathan proposed on stage at the Nampa Civic Center by singing "I want to grow old with you" from The Wedding Singer.
18) Nathan and I first held hands while watching The Court Jester. I haven't been able to get him to watch it again.
19) Baby #2 is due Christmas Eve. And even though I swore I wouldn't ever do this, we already know what we are going to name him.
20) I'm a huge name nerd. I know the meanings/origins of quite a few names.
21) I still have the rags of what used to be my baby blanket. You can't even tell that it had kittens on it.
22) I got baptized on my 8th birthday.
23) I went to 3 different high schools.
24) I can't dance.  

Hope you enjoyed the list!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hangout Hunting Vest!

Because sometimes pregnant ladies lose their minds a bit, you guys are getting two posts today!

Somehow I had it set in my mind that my "flipped" pattern was going to be going up on Frances Suzanne on Sunday, November 17th. So when I sat down to do a bit of blog reading and post writing this afternoon I was very surprised to see that I was wrong! Very surprised, and a little embarrassed. I hope that those people who came over earlier expecting to see this post enjoyed the owl post!

I ended up with a golden opportunity yesterday, and had a darling model to wear my tiny hunting vest. Isn't she a doll?
Using the smallest size in the hangout hoodie (6 months) and woven fabric gave me a vest that was a perfect 3 month size.

The collar is just a smidge different on this vest. 

I used a completely different set of fabrics on this vest. I love how well the flannel (red and black plaid) and thick knit (blue) go together. The vest is super cozy.

Reagan seemed to prefer wearing this flannel side in, knit side out.
The flannel was thrifted from one of Nathan's old shirts, and the knit is from my mother-in-law. (remember the bow on the tumble tee I shared yesterday? Same fabric.)

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Be sure to stop by Frances Suzanne today to see the vest I made Mackay!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tumble Tees

Did you know that Imagine Gnats has a free version of her tumble tee
The pattern is for a 0-3 months size. After sewing it and trying it on a baby in that size, I found the pattern to be a tad big, but darling nonetheless. Then I realized I'd taken a 1/8" seam allowance instead of a 1/4". So that's going to make a bit of a difference. Mostly it means I'm going to have to sew up some more of these cute (and super easy!) tops.

This first top is for my niece Georgie, who should be arriving sometime in the next 6 weeks. My mother-in-law bought two of the same t-shirt to make Jana (my sister-in-law) a maternity shirt, and she gave me the remnants, just in case there was enough there to make something. Well, there was! 

My second tumble tee is made out of a thicker knit that my mother-in-law gave me when she de-stashed her fabric a while ago. I decided to get fancy and add a bow out of some scraps of knit I had sitting on the floor from working on my hangout hoodie flip. I ended up breaking my needle, but I think it was worth it. Nathan saw the shirt laying on the arm of the couch and said, "wow babe, this one with a bow is really cute!" So obviously I'm going to have to keep that one. 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Beanies for Baby

I have been using this basic beanie pattern like crazy lately. Having a baby in winter this time, I realized that my little collection of hats from when Mack was born was going to get boring really fast. Here are a few of the beanies I've made.

This is the beanie that matches the little pea coat I made.

We're big BSU fans here. This one is probably my favorite.

I made a plain grey in every size, grey is such a good color.

I've definitely been using these beanies as a yarn stash buster. I had to add the grey strip at the bottom because I had used up the last of that green.

I make these cute little beanies while Nathan and I watch our shows. I can make a few in an evening, depending on what size I'm making. These are a great beginner project, and they're so easily customizable! 

Here are two football ones I've made.
for my cousin Dawson

I also made a monster beanie for one of Nathan's coworker's babies.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

A Little Car Coat

 With Mack being born in June, we only have a handful of light jackets in newborn and 0-3 month sizes. Luckily, I have the Olivia and Oliver Pea Coat pattern.
I made the 3 month size of course. The lining fabric is from an old sweatshirt Nathan's sister Rachel got rid of, and the outer fabric was from a 25 cent scrap bag my mom bought at a yardsale. There was just barely enough of the fabric to do the outside of the coat, which is why I didn't use it for the lapels as well.

I put 8 buttons down the front. 4 are functional, 4 are decorative. I like the way it looks, because the buttons I had on hand were so small, but I am definitely not planning to do this many buttons on a coat again. (I'm lying. I love buttons!)

I also crocheted a little beanie to go with the coat. Read here to find about more about it.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bringing Home a Guest Post

Today I decided it was high time to bring home a guest post I shared at Project Run & Play. I adore the infant peasant dress, and this is one of my favorite ways to make them.

Hello! I'm Maegen, and I am extremely excited to be guest posting today! I blog over at Foster Ramblings, though blog posts have been sparse during my first trimester. I have one sweet little boy, who I love to sew for, but we're hoping baby #2 is a girl, seeing as I spend so much of my time sewing dresses. 
I have been following Project Run and Play since season 3, and decided right away I wanted to get in on the fun. During the All-Stars season I was shocked and excited by my win with my Starry Night inspired dress.

But before the time commitment this sort of embroidery requires scares you away, today I'll actually be sharing a tutorial based on one of my other sew along looks.

That little orange gingham number in the bottom middle. The consensus has been that this dress is the favorite. My husband definitely loves it. So I'm going to share with you how I altered one of my favorite patterns to make it. 

The pattern is Sew Much Ado's Infant Peasant Dress. I love this pattern! I've probably made 20 of these adorable little dresses. But, the tiny little elastic casings for the sleeves are very time consuming. So I created an alternative sleeve. 

Alright, to start off, you'll cut out your front and back pieces in your base fabric. I used a muslin that is extremely wrinkly.

Then you'll cut out a front and back of your top fabric using only the top part of the dress pattern. The bottom of my fabric is about 8 inches up from the bottom of the pattern piece. You'll need to put a small hem in the bottom of this piece right away. 

Lastly, cut two sleeve pieces. These are just rectangles. I've had success with sleeves that are 4 X 3 1/2 inches, 4 X 4 inches, and 4 X 5 inches. I did not have success with a sleeve set that was 4 X 9 inches. Anything bigger than 5 inches stretches the neck out too far. 

Take a sleeve piece and fold it in half with right sides out. (the finished sleeve will be 2 inches long). Then pin one side to the top of your dress piece, also right sides together. 

Take your shorter dress piece and pin it on top of the sleeve and other dress piece. Right sides together. Your sleeve is sandwiched between the dress pieces.

Here's a view of the sleeve pinned in place.

And after it has been sewn. You don't need to sew down the sides of the dress at this point-- just around the armhole.

Pin the other side of your sleeve to the other two dress pieces and sew along the armhole.

It seems weird, but it should turn out. Don't be discouraged if you get things twisted. 

You'll want to repeat those steps with your other sleeve. The hardest part is sewing the last sleeve in place. One side of the dress will be hanging out from between the pieces of the other side. Like in the picture above. 

Top stitch your contrasting piece to your base piece, and the hard stuff is done! From here on out, you'll follow the original tutorial. 


My little model wasn't very happy for pictures at first, but after a change of diaper and a change of outfit, we got some cute shots. 

Here's Charlotte in a simplified version of the sleeve, without the lined bodice. 

Head on over to my blog for a little more information on this little blue dress.
Thanks for having me, I can't wait for next season!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013


I found this post in my drafts, and had to laugh. We went shooting in 2011, when Mack was a few months old, and I was planning on posting these. It didn't happen then, so I'll go ahead and share them now.

I shot too! I don't remember if I hit anything, but I sure had a good time. We have since discovered that I am left eye dominant just like Nathan is. 

Baby Mackay sat in the car with Grandma.

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