Weekly Portraits- The Last Week of June

It was a wild week here.  We headed to the pool with a cousin, had dinner with several friends, went to the park,  danced like crazy people in the living room and generally enjoyed the sunshine.

Oh…and the boys attacked their daddy.

G is very in to playing Spiderman lately.  He’s Spiderman and whoever is playing with him is “the black Spiderman” or “the gooey Spiderman”.  We told him that the character’s name is Venom, but he can’t seem to remember it.  When he asks us to remind him of the name we tell him he’s named “Cody Ann”.  …he doesn’t appreciate our humor.  Yet.

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Weekly Portraits- The Last Week of June

Weekly Portraits- The Last Week of June





Looks like we may be moving again guys.  GoDaddy is completely shutting down the old blog (having given me a week’s notice before hand), and for whatever reason, the content won’t transfer here, but it WILL transfer to WordPress.  I’m currently in the process of attempting to find a template that doesn’t make me want to scream over there and getting everything set up.  There are liable to be some broken images and links for a bit, but I’ll keep you updated on where everything is going to settle out.  Thanks for the patience!



Thanks for all the patience everybody who has followed me through all these little hops!  I’d much rather be playing with my sewing machine, knitting needles or in my garden than figuring out this technical stuff, but, sometimes it has to happen!

Weekly Portraits- The Third Week of June

It’s always fun watching little kids play.  I mean, sometimes it’s also incredibly frustrating, because they’re dismantling your furniture and won’t stop slapping the cat…but it’s always fascinating to see how they re-purpose the items in their lives to make them more suited to play.

  The table my Mr. made has small spaces in the supporting legs that are just perfect for a train or car to drive through.  Both boys take advantage of it, but R is at just the right size where it’s one of his favorite places to play.
  I took G outside to play while R slept the other afternoon, and gravel around some pavers became a mountain for his car to climb, and a puddle in a tree root became a lake for his boat.


Gather Ye Garlic Scapes, While Ye May.

Garlic growers, check your garlic to see if you have scapes yet!  Ours were ready to gather and we got quite the haul.

  If this is your first year growing garlic (and as such, collecting garlic scapes), you can find some recipes here:
  Snip those scapes, saute them up and thank me later.


Edesigns Activewear is Launched!

The spandex line is officially off the ground as of a few days ago.  I’m still sewing like a mad woman to make sure I keep my inventory up and have a couple of pieces in reserve, but the first few items have sold and hopefully more will go the same way once the next session starts at the gym.

I’m trying to decide if I want to share finished spandex projects with you guys here.  I know it’s kind of a niche market, and it’s probably going to be a lot of the same thing over and over again in different fabrics…so probably not.  If it’s something you really are interested in though, feel free to hop over to the FB page I’ve created for the line, I update with a picture every time I create a new piece!

Weekly Portraits- The Second Week of June

  Hoo boy, these kids aren’t getting any easier to photograph.  The little one doesn’t ever stop moving, so literally every picture I’ve taken of him this week is blurred.

  G isn’t much better.  I caught him during one of his rare television shows though, so he more or less humored me.
  Maybe I need to start wearing roller skates to chase them with the camera?

Batman Pajama Set

Not sure what is in the air lately (other than the obvious answer of “lots of pollen”) but I’ve been cranking projects out left and right the past few weeks.

Hot weather showed up here in Michigan out of the blue, as it tends to do, and it became quickly apparent that G didn’t have any warm weather pjs.  He jammed his now 4 year old body into his old, knit cotton pjs, but, as hilarious as the results were, they didn’t look terribly comfortable.

The next time I was at the fabric store, I was browsing the remnants baskets and found a roll of printed Batman cotton.  G is really more into Ironman and Spiderman at this point, but in his current mindset, any superhero is a good superhero, so I snapped it up and made these:

  First off, if you’re looking at that tshirt and thinking “wow, that looks grungy”, that’s because it is.  I hadn’t really intended to make a matching top to go with the shorts, but in the process of pulling outgrown clothing out of G’s drawers, I happened upon a beat up, ignored, plain white tshirt, and decided that it’d see more love if it had some Batman slapped on it.
  For the shorts, I went back to the pillowcase sleep short pattern that I’d drafted last summer.  To add the panel to the shirt, I cut a square, ironed the unfinished edges to the back and ran a single line of stitching as close to the edge as I possibly could.  It turned out surprisingly well.
  G lovvvves them and I keep having to remind him that, while he can wear them a couple nights in a row if he puts them under his pillow in the morning, they’re pajamas, not out in public clothes.
  As successful as this was, I’m absolutely going to be keeping an eye out for other themed fabric that I can use to update t-shirts for him!


The Final Prototypes- Leos and Hot Pants to be For Sale Soon!

  Last night I tested out what I hoped would be the last set of prototypes before I start producing garments to sell, and I’m pleased to announce, they made the grade!

  Replacing the ties on the shorts with elastic worked perfectly for keeping them from getting caught in things, and, after having it gently pointed out that I’ve been wearing my leos a tad baggy, I was extremely pleased with the new x-small prototype as well.
  I still need to find a fit model for my larger sizes, but at least for producing a small range of sizes, I’m ready to go!  …think I’ll be able to get G to help me sew?

Tags and Spandex Progress

Finishing up the last few things before I can start selling leotards and hot pants for aerial.  Today I designed and printed out tags.  They’re iron on, because lord knows the last thing you want inside a spandex outfit is an itchy tag.

  I’m trying one last prototype for the shorts (hot pants) and a prototype for an x-small leo tonight, and then they should be ready to start making in earnest.
  I was originally designing the shorts with integrated ties to change the length on them, but after having the ties get tangled in the silks quite a few times, I’ve decided that they weren’t a great idea.  So, tonight’s version has replaced the ties with elastic, so the shorts still have the cute, gathered look, without anything to get caught.  That’s the beauty of sewing for yourself…you can modify garments to do exactly what you need!

I’ll share more of the finished products once I’ve gotten everything tested!