Monday, September 9, 2013

Moms are Awesome (Part II)

Just a quick post today of some more stuff my mom made.

Some of these were made by her many years ago but she either got tired of them, couldn't find a place for them anymore or....who knows? I was very happy to give them a new home here.

The first two used to hang in her house. There is no date on them so I'm not sure when she completed them-I'll have to ask her. They are a nice addition to my family room.

Half of my family room doubles as a play room for the kids. Who am I kidding? My whole house is a playroom and the family room is just where the majority of the toys reside.

We originally saw this at Bayside Quilting  last year. I think she was feeling a little bad that she hadn't made much for my son (this was before the quilt she is currently working on), and I had originally intended to put it in his room.  But with the arrival of My Sweet Baboo in July, it made more sense to put it in the playroom.

She completed it last year but I hadn't gotten around to hanging it up so she did while she was here this summer. My mom loves to hang stuff-every time she is here I always have her hang a whole bunch of pictures and whatnot. Plus, she's really good at it!

I found the pennant at Cost Plus World Market! 

A fun map of the world!

I like all of the flags of the world as well. 

The kids like it and we have a lot of fun talking about all the different places in the world.

I was really happy to have my mom here for such a long time. She gave up five weeks of her life and in that time we organized my house, did a lot of cleaning and cooking, enjoyed each other's company and she got to have a lot of time with her grandchildren. I miss her but hopefully we will see each other soon!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Moms are Awesome (Part I)

My mom is pretty stinkin' awesome, folks! She came into town a week earlier than planned and stayed for five weeks. My house has never been so clean! My children so well-behaved! My garden so weed free!

The first thing we did upon her arrival was look at the stuff she had made for the new baby. I had originally seen these car seat wraps on Pinterest (naturally!) and sent her the link, asking if she could make one of these for me. She happily obliged-because she got to try out her new surger-and here are her results.

As you can see, the clasps for the car seat come through the blanket so you can wrap up baby but still keep them safe. It's still too warm here (and the baby is still a little small-I want her to have a stronger neck before I use this) but by the time winter rolls around, this will be great. Mom said this was pretty easy to make and plans on making another one for my cousin who is having a baby in a few months. The only change she made was she didn't use any batting-just two pieces of flannel. 

Here's my oldest daughter testing the whole thing out for me. She spent many a happy hour wrapping up her dolly and putting her in the car seat. 

I am very excited to use this in a few months!

She had this pretty much completed before she got here; all she had to do was see where the restraints were and then make the slits to accommodate them.

The other project she brought with her was a quilt that she was making for my son. There's some pretty cool things about this quilt but the best part: she started it 18 years ago! Procrastination runs in the family!!

This is what it looked like when she got here:
Twin size!

While here she added borders: 

I wish I had taken pictures of when she was cutting the striped border-she had this really cool way of sewing the fabric together and then cutting it so the pattern was now diagonal. You will just have to trust me on how awesome it was!

Look at how smart she was to make the patterns match! I never would have thought of that. 

Then she added the backing and batting and pinned all three layers together.

In the blank dark spaces she started to hand quilt stars:

She took it home with her and will finish it there. When I get it back, I will post the final product.

Anyway, it was great to have my mom here. She helped out SO much. She came away with 8 more projects to do (after making me promise not to let her buy anything more....that didn't work out really well) and I added five more projects to my list. 

At least this gives us stuff to do to keep us out of trouble!