I’ve been busy being a mom and making things lately. Finding some new hobbies & perfecting the “old” ones. I just haven’t been blogging. If you have followed me on instagram you’ve been able to see a lot of my fun stuff! I am splitting and creating a project-only instagram – so far I’m not using it but please feel free to follow it for when I do! User name is scrapsbyheather (crazy weird name to go with this blog – I know!) As of right now I’m not using it yet – I want to hang onto the name and may move more quilting there & keep more personal on hbuchwitz.
Why am I hoping to blog again? Well in large part because I’m in the process of setting myself up to start offering my quilting services to the public! I know I have the ability; with Sam a bit older I am starting to have the time; I just need to get my supplies and hardware all set up for a larger production scale!
I’m also planning to write up details on some of my recent adventures. I’ve taken up knitting (I don’t devote much time to it but I love it). I put my digital skills to use creating a class cookbook with 1st graders (and some friends; plus we raised $1000 for Andy’s school in the process). I spearheaded bringing VBS back to our church after 5 years without it & had nearly 200 kids attend (and I maintained my sanity). I have been quilting, making quilts and quilting those that I made. I made a whole LOT of cloth baby diapers for Sam who is nearly done with them (serious potty training coming our way soon). I’ve started designing my own quilt patterns. Some of these I will make into patterns you can buy. I’m currently making 20×20 wall hangings with characters from the movie Wall-E for Sam’s room. I will try to share my experiences and advice on all of these and more in the coming months.
If you are looking for a long arm quilter let me know & I will clue you in to when I will be ramped up & ready to start taking quilts. If you have a quilt you’d love to be made from scratch – let me know that too.
Ok – This post will be long & picture heavy but I want to get the ruck-bu instructions out in one post. Imay do a follow-up post with adjustments I would make it creating another. So far I LOVE it! I love the wicking inner (which you can do with any mei-tai/SSC style carrier). I love how EASY it is to get the baby up! I love the extra support from the wrap straps. What I don’t love so far – wrap straps are long…. which means they can drag on the ground (similar to a wrap) & I would make my shoulder straps wider & probably add thicker padding if I had a do-over. Then again it is summer & I am wearing sleeveless shirts – when I have longer sleeves on that may not bother me at all.
Being on kid #2 and being smarter but also on the go more I have found myself interested in carrying Sam around instead of using a stroller everywhere (because there are places where strollers just don’t go or don’t go easily). I started out with an Ergo and a loaner ring sling (thank you Monika!). I liked both at first.
The Ergo started to both my back once Sam hit about 15# though & the ring sling was a loaner and unless you are VERY capable with it, you shouldn’t really back carry.
So I got into baby wrapping. The beauty of a wrap is that they are super flexible. The downside is they aren’t very intuitive – just a large length of woven fabric really. Alot of moms have probably tried out a Moby wrap – very similar but longer & stretchier than a woven. Woven wraps can carry kids… not just babies – KIDS! I got two different lengths for Mother’s Day & found I liked each for different things… but my longer “rainbow” wrap had a hem flaw. The manufacturer (Little Frog in Poland) was AWESOME and replaced it leaving me with the “flawed” wrap. So I set out to make a DIY creation with it.
This was written in January… but I saved it up to post now. I am not going to update the “what I am doing” section – it’s a look back to January!
I’ve been pretty busy with a newborn, 5 year old & Christmas prep going on. I made very intricate cross-stitch stockings for Kevin & myself over the years (started mine in college & his while we were dating). I started one for Andy when I was pregnant with him – 5+ years ago… it still isn’t done! So I figure at this rate Sam will never get one! Time to make a new plan! I saw this pattern (Merry) by Camille Roskelley when she made them for herself & in her instagram posts during the holidays. Here’s a peak into my finished products.
So…. what have I been up to (beyond ignoring my blog)?
I have been working to finish card table playhouses for a few friends! I am using this pattern (with my own tweaks & changes) from a local designer Shea Henderson aka Empty Bobbin. If you are ever interested in making one of these I will tell you this – I worked my tail off with sales, value cotton, coupons etc. & bought all of the fabric at JoAnn fabric (complete with the requisite 1 hr waiting for your number to be called). I picked up the fabric right before Christmas & spent ~$75/house. So – these things are NOT cheap – so when you see them on etsy for $200-250 and they aren’t felt they are soooo not charging too much (trust me felt/flannel would be a quicker sew job because you don’t have to worry about finishing raw fabric edges). Now – that isn’t to say that you ‘should‘ spend that much money on one – find a friend with a machine & make it yourself!
I have a nearly 4yr old. Who expects a “Superman Superhero pajama party at gymnastics” for his birthday. Gymnastics – check; pajamas – check (sorry to the other moms whose kids are invited – hopefully you already had superhero jammies…. we do have extras here if needed); Superheros – easy; Superman – NOT POPULAR!
Seriously – who knew that my kid could consistently pick difficult party themes? Winnie the Pooh (last year’s party) for a 1yr old – easy… for a 3yr old – HARD! This year – Batman & Spiderman are all the rage for the pre-school crowd. Superman not so much. So – here we go DIYing it again! I have found some cake supplies & luckily I don’t need many decorations since the party isn’t at home. I do, however, need treat bag treats.
So far I have some awesome buttons I found at Moon Marble in Bonner Springs (lovely local marble company & toy store)!