Babywearing Love

February 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Remember yesterday when I was panicking that I wouldn’t get everything done before my trip? Well, it’s all getting done!

Yesterday, I also shared with you the purple Pod I made a while ago with the straps only lightly padded. Well, my sister, who recently had her 3rd baby, asked me to replace her less padded brown straps for a more generously padded brown strap.

After staring at fabric for a while, I decided to give a dark brown corduroy a chance. I got 5.5 yards cut and brought it home to wash, dry, iron (oh so carefully), and cut.

Even though ironing has been more time consuming, I’m really liking the feel of the corduroy. It’s a thick, plush cord, which feels very soft to the touch (in sewing speak, it has a very soft hand).

Check out the Pod before

And the after pics:

I’ll make sure to take some good pictures while I’m in California. My mom usually wears my kids when we visit, so I’ll be sure to bring this Pod along.

I’m also the mom who wears both kids (one in front, one in back) walking through the airport, while pulling a cart with two car seats, 3 carry-ons, and my purse. I get loads of looks. This trip I’m wondering whether bilingual baby will walk through the airport. I’ll be prepared either way.

Enjoy some more Podaegis I just posted on my tinymouse designs Facebook page. Also, you can now reach my FB page via this very simple URL

https://www.facebook.com/tinymousedesigns

Yay for Facebook for making things nicer for pages.

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Stay on target… stay on target!

February 20, 2011 § 4 Comments

I can do this. I have a lot going through my head and I have to focus on finishing 3 Pods before heading out to California this week.

My workspace is very messy right now. Or should I say, it’s got a lot of projects ready for me to tackle. The 3 Pods I want to finish are so close. I just realized that I’m out of heavy duty black thread and I really need it to top-stitch the Pod straps. I used to use all-purpose thread but can’t go back. It’s more polished with the heavy duty thread.

Josh and the kids just headed out to roam the city (so I can sew) and I’m going to be finishing one Pod (for another repeat customer) but will have to wait a couple of hours to be able to finish the black strapped Pods. I can still do work on one of the black straps but won’t be able to sew it up until I can get the car and head down to get the thread.

I can do this.

My Necchi is still at the shop. They may haven’t even touched it yet, but that’s okay because the Singer Touchtronic is really saving the day. It goes through all the layers of the Pod straps like butter. I am using a top-stitching needle which also makes everything look just right. I’m just kicking myself for forgetting the heavy duty thread when I went to the fabric store on Friday!

Aaaaaaah!

Another trip out there will be a good thing because I do want to get 5 yards of a 10 oz. bull denim or twill in brown for Pod straps. It’ll be a bit of an experiment, a trial so to speak. I’m going to replace the straps on my purple Pod and my sister’s brown circles Pod. See how little padding I used to put in the straps?

But look at the straps now. The padding makes the straps stand up when I rested the Pod on the back of a chair.

Ok, everyone. Back to work. 😉 If you’re interested in a Pod, visit my Etsy store.

My Dinosaur Celebrates Ayyam-i-Ha

February 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

This year for Ayyam-i-Ha I thought I’d make something really special for my kids. After reading so many books about Christmas from the Dora and Diego franchise, and watching kid’s shows about the same in December, I turned looking for any books already in print about Ayyam-i-Ha. There are a couple of books but they are longer than baby brother’s attention span allows which excludes him from story time when bilingual baby requests those particular books.

Ayyam-i-Ha are the days leading up to the Baha’i Fast- the 19 days in March when Baha’is in good health (and who are 15 and older) refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. You wake up before sunrise, eat and pray. Your day changes by the mere fact that you are always reminded of the fact that you aren’t eating. You don’t go for that 10am coffee or tea, you skip lunch altogether, and that 4pm snack that keeps you going is replaced with meditation and more prayer.

At the end of the Fast is our New Year- the first day of Spring- March 21st.

Going back to Ayyam-i-Ha. It’s a time of celebration, sharing meals, giving gifts and volunteering, among many other things. There is no prescription for what you have to do. You do what your heart moves you to do. Some people have tons of parties, some don’t. It’s different for everyone.

That’s was where the thought arose for this Ayyam-i-Ha book. I knew something as mainstream as dinosaurs celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha hadn’t been done (if it has, please let me know!) and I figured self-publishing would be my surest bet.

Bookemon is a fun website for self-publishing. You can share your book, you can buy copies, your friends can buy copies, and it’s always there.

Without further ado, check out my new book. I drew all the pictures and came up with the activities the dinosaurs would engage in which I guess makes me the author and illustrator (fancy names for “I did it”). Feel free to click on the dinosaur above to go directly to the book online where you read the whole book and order your own copy. I hope you enjoy it!

As you’re reading it, notice that the Maisasaura (the AP mom of the dinos) is the one teaching the children’s class; the Apatosaurus is planting a veggie garden, having been an herbivore; the Alxasaurus has the long finger nails which easily double as knitting needles; and something you may not know is that baby brother insists he is T-Rex, which makes me mama T-Rex, which is why she’s the one sewing adventure bags.

Let me know in the comments what you think of my humble little book.

Winner of Snowpocalypse Giveaway

February 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

Thanks to everyone for entering my giveaway. Sorry for the delay in reporting the winners. I could’ve sworn I hit Publish on Thursday but it looks like I didn’t.

The winners are:

1. Kim Thomas
2. Brian Drourr

Congrats!

I will be emailing the winners shortly to get addresses and the name that should go on the nature bag.

For those of you who still want one, check out my Etsy page as I’ll be listing some for sale very soon.

Sock Owls for Sale

February 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Click on this collage to get a closer look at the owls I’ve been working on! Also, you can check out what is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Snowpocalypse Giveaway

February 4, 2011 § 11 Comments

Hi all! I got the flu pretty badly and then this snow/ice thing hit one third of the country plus the unrest in Egypt is just getting me down. I hope the last two things on my list have at least crossed your radar. Life is bad for a lot of people. Don’t take your own life for granted. I know this may sound corny, but don’t sweat the small stuff. Look to the horizon and you’ll see.

In my own way of showing that I’m (trying) not taking things for granted (and thanks for the snowy giveaway Miss Sews-it-all had this week), I want to giveaway a tinymouse designs Nature Bags to TWO of you, my dear readers. This is my design and my idea, inspired by bilingual baby and child tested by several active kids. I love it because the opening to the bag is easily accessed by toddlers. A child can sling it across their body and go for a hike and gather some fun pieces from nature to take back home.

Nature Bags are made of durable white twill on the outside with the child’s name or nickname stitched on it, and a cotton print on the inside.

To win, all you have to do is comment below and tell me who you would give this Nature Bag to should you win it. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner on February 10th in honor of my dear friend, Zorana.

Tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc (and leave a comment telling me how you shared) and you get entered a second time to win. Winners will be chosen at Random. I’ll ship anywhere. Seriously, I love my readers that much.

Don’t forget to visit my tinymouse designs page on Etsy. I’ll be putting more up in the coming months.

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