Monthly Archives: September 2009

More belly…

Here I am on Sunday, as Yarbs and I were heading out to run some errands – seem like I am getting bigger daily!

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Which I indeed am… just try to disregard my triple chin…

I wonder how long it will take me to lose all the weight I have gained and get back to normal once Cash Money is here.  I guess people say 9 months up, so at least 9 months down.  I would like to lose it faster than 9 months, but I guess I just won’t know if that is possible until I am doing it…  fun times to come…

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Busy with Buckets

There are many tutorials out there that I want to try, so on Saturday I had some time in the afternoon and decided to make some fabric buckets.

For the first two, I used this tutorial from Ric-Rac blog.  Many thanks to Jodi for putting this tutorial up!

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I think they turned out pretty cute!  The only thing I didn’t realize is that she calls for hand slip stitching to finish them off, and I avoid hand stitching at all costs.  So I modified the tut a little bit – ended up not sewing both inner and out fabrics into one long tube (tho that does help with making sure the lining fits exactly) and instead made the outer bucket then the inner bucket and attached them by stuffing the outer into the inner (right sides facing) and stitching the upper lip about 3/4 way closed.  Then I turned them all the right way and was able to close off the opening with the sewing machine.

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I am using all these buckets to help organize my sewing notions.  I have a little bookshelf that I have decided will hold my notions, so I can see them all, and not have to pull out a big bin and dig through it each time I need one little thing.

My second, larger buckets came from this tutorial from Pippijoe.  Many thanks to Caitlin for making this tut available!

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I took her measurements and made them slightly larger in diameter and slightly taller.  I basically just did the same thing I did before – made 2 baskets and then sewed them together across their top edge.

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One is filled with my embroidery stuffs and the other is still empty!  I like how they came out.

Buckets are relatively easy to make – they do get a little tricky when you attach the round bottom to the tube (for both lining and outer fabrics), but at little puckering never hurt anyone.  And it is worth it to use lining with interfacing ironed onto the lining.  Makes it more time consuming, but gives the buckets more shape that stays.  The bigger blue ones are quilted, so I ironed the interfacing onto the quilting directly.  It just takes a lot of time to trace then cut circles and rectangles out of the outer fabric, inner fabric, lining and then interfacing.  Then ironing the interfacing onto the lining is also time consuming.

I think I will try to make some that are slightly even larger than the blue ones, and if I can get all the lining and interfacing shapes traced, maybe Boom will cut a whole bunch when he is watching the tube.  Or I can do it when we are chillaxing in from of the TV.

I want to make some in gray and yellow for Cash Money’s room, to put on top of his bookshelf.  I also need to make some more for my craft room, to make sure I keep it organized!  So many projects, so little time!

7 months!!!!

IMG_3473So I am at 7 months today!!!  Craziness, just 3 more to go (yes, humans have a 10 month gestation period).  And a lovely belly shot for those who have been wanting to see it…  I’ll take some more when I am in a nicer outfit at some point.

The update:  I took the glucose test (drinking a gross sugary drink – like a Gatorade but thicker and sweeter) and thankfully everything came back normal and I do not have gestational diabetes.  Although I am eating meat these days, I am still slightly anemic, so the doc has put me on iron supplements twice a day.  Hard to fit those in with all the restrictions on what to take them with to help with absorbtion and avoiding anything that will block absorbtion… fun times.

We have taken (1) 6-hour breast feeding class, and 2 (of our 8) birthing classes.  So we have the following classes to go:  hospital tour (not really a class, per se, but we will learn a lot), life with baby, and baby CPR.  Last birthing class, we saw two videos of births, and they were nearly too much for me.  I was all, I am not ready for this, and what is all that goo that the baby is covered in?!  I just never knew babies came out covered with so much gunk!  Boom was also disturbed, but I told him no matter how disturbed he is, I am like 100X as disturbed.  He is more worried about getting everything finished for Cash Money’s arrival – we’ll get there.

I think I need a pair of maternity jeans – I’ve gotten by so far on very little maternity clothing, which is a good thing, I think.  But I think a good pair of jean will carry me through these last 3 months.

Pig Tails and Aioli?!

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On Friday, we went to dinner with 2 of our newish couple friends – and tried out Feast.  I had always been a bit wary of it – as I had heard they cooked up every part of each pig (or whatever animal).  But Boom had read a good review and it was ranked very high in Bon Apetite Magazine, so we all decided to be adversome and give it a whirl.

The food was quite good, heavy, but good.  I was not very adventurous, and had a salad (which was good and different) and roasted chicken (again, not exactly what I expected, but tasty).  Some of the guys had black (blood) pudding for an app and then the fried pigs stomach for the entree.  They claimed it was all very tasty.  I wanted someone (not me!) to get the pig tails and aioli (mainly to see how the pig tails look), but I had no takers.  Boom had a seafood night – both app and main course were kinda like pot pies full of seafood.  His main course had mashed potatoes all heaped on top of it with cheese on top of that!  Very yummy.

And dessert was good – Boom and I shared the poached pears with clotted cream.  One of the other couples had the molton chocolate cake – both were very yummy!  The last couple had the apple crisp thing, but I didn’t get a bit of that, so cannot comment on how it tasted.  It looked good.

Whenever Boom’s parents come back into town, we’ll take then to Feast.  He thinks his dad will really get a kick out of it.  Although the food was good, aside from taking Boom’s parents, we probably won’t be going back any time soon.  Just too many other restaurants to try…  Must be hard to keep a restaurant running in this city.

Third Trimester!

So I meant to post the weekly photo we take – so everyone can see how big the buddha has gotten!  But we forgot to take the picture this morning, so it will have to be later this week.

I will say that everyone that has guessed what I am having (who don’t know me well) after I started to show has guessed a boy.  Mainly because of the following:

1) I am carrying low, and

2) It is all in my belly.

Before I really started showing, Boom’s mom thought I was having a girl, but I think that was too early on. 

So there might be something to those old wives tales… I guess they are kinda rooted in something?

Ah the Northeast… in the Summer

We spent nearly a week up in Maine over Labor Day – and the weather was just incredible!  Low, low humidity, highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s – loved being cold at night!

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We stayed just outside of Portland with Boom’s brother and sis and law.  Of course we went into Portland, Freeport and Kennebunkport.

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We got our first taste of the Wii – and we are hooked!  It is so much fun!  Boom and I did pretty good for novices in bowling.  He also dominated his bro and uncle in boxing…

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We caught a Sea Dogs game, the Boston Red Sox AA team.  I felt so wholesome – a little slice of Americana!

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Little E is so cute!  and just such a good kid.  I want Cash Money to be as good of a kid a her – dare to dream.

It was great seeing most of Booms immediate family (the only one missing was K, and she just moved to Hong Kong, so understandable that she was not there).  It was also great checking out “the best ice cream in Maine” – definitely the best named…
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A great trip – glad we got to see everyone, as we won’t be traveling any time soon up that way.  It is a long flight, and not too comfortable as a preggers lady.  I do miss the weather, but I have to remember we went up during the best weather of the year – and that their winters are long, LONG, LONG and cold, cold COLD!!!!

More Bumpy acquisitions…

A few weekends ago, I was home on a Saturday and able to go thrifting… here are some of the treasures I obtained:

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These plates were labeled as Vintage Depression “Old Sandwich” pattern plates.  I love them!  Not exactly Hobnail, like I have been collecting, but in the same genre /family, so I figured I could branch out and add to my collection.

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Some additional pieces of hobnail milk glass -the one on the right is my 2nd vase, so I definitely don’t need to get anymore in that shape.  My collection is filling out, but I don’t think I need to be thrifting any more for hobnail items.  Need to focus on Cash Money stuffs – hopefully we can get some furniture assembled this weekend and some clothing washed.

Labor Day trip photos and post to come!