Baby Announcement and Update

Well, it has been quite the year for the Goodman family. Two moves, a new career for my husband, and a precious new baby. In March we welcomed Baby K to the family. Yup, 4 boys. Here are some adorable photos of him. :)

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K is such a treasure and a wonderful gift from God. I can’t even imagine life without him and its only been a little over 2 months!

Things have definitely been different around this place. For whatever reason adding a 4th has been harder on me than adding a 3rd was. G loves his baby but doesn’t like it when he cries. It causes both boys to go into a screaming match which is not fun for anyone.

T has started occupational and speech therapy. We are loving the therapists but G and I get bored waiting for them to be done.

Summer is definitely on its way! Tomorrow is supposed to hit 97. Not so high for Tucson this time of year but pretty icky with the humidity. The boys are eager to go to the neighboring splash pad to cool off and play!

Grandma is coming to visit next week. S is counting down the days!

A is adjusting to his new job and schedules. Its a whole different ballgame with this career than it was with his last one.

I’m trying to get as much sewing time as possible. I’ve been running a sewing group on Facebook, Sew for Boys, that I started back in December out of frustration for the lack of boy sewing patterns. It has been surprisingly popular and people are sharing all kinds of great creative ideas! In less than 6 months the group has grown to over 3500! Who knew there were so many others who love to sew for boys! When I can’t get to the machine myself, I enjoy browsing the great things that others have made.

I am going to be doing some editing to the blog. So please bear with me. My hope is to make it more accessible and easier to navigate. I’ve had this blog for over 5 years now, and I think it is time to tidy it up a bit!

What have you and your family been up to?

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New Top!

 

This week I got the opportunity to test a new shirt pattern that was released today! This top is so cute and perfect for mama’s like me who are pregnant, and/or nursing. Even in this cold weather we have been having (the low is supposed to be -4 tonight! Brrr!), this top is comfy for lounging around the house or for a good work out.

Spoxxy Tank frontThe Spoxxy top has multiple options. For my test, I made the nursing and maternity option in one so that I can wear it for the rest of this pregnancy and postpartum while I am nursing and loosing my belly.

The top part lifts up to allow easy access to the milk. The underneath layer is a full length tank with holes to allow you to easily undo your nursing bra and feed baby.Spoxxy Tank maternity shotThe maternity options allow you to have the length needed to cover your growing belly and rouching to help with the expansion. As you can see here, I have already popped quite a bit!

My favorite part though is the back. I just love the racerback and the gathering! This tank will be gorgeous this summer in the regular length for lounging around, dressing up for church, or working out. I can see myself with a whole collection of them in my wardrobe!Spoxxy Tank Back

For this version I used a cotton/poly interlock blend. It makes it super comfy and soft! The pattern suggests using at least 5% Lycra/Spandex knit fabric to help it to retain its structure as you wear it. It also makes for good fabric to work out in!

Are you interested in making your own Spoxxy tank? Check out at Stitch Upon a Time’s Etsy shop and while you are there check out Jennifer’s other awesome patterns. Here are two others that I am in love with:

Beanstalk BritchesThe Beanstalk Britches are perfect for your little guys/gals! They come in just a few sizes but have snaps by the waist to make them convertible and last through several growth spurts. They are also roomy in the butt which makes them perfect for cloth diapers! To find out more, and to get help on sewing these pants up, you can check out SUAT’s Facebook group, where there is even help on adding a second layer to the pants in order to make them nice and warm in this cold weather!

But this…this is my favorite.

I plan on making a gazillion of these for every baby in my life! hoodsie for EmmaThis adorable pattern is called a Hoodsie, and comes with the option to leave the hood off if so desired. But I think the hood adds so much character! It can be made as a onsie or as a shirt. You can also buy an add on package that allows you to create an adorable coordinating cardigan to go over the hoodsie. It goes from premie up to 36 months. It was such a quick sew and turned out so unbelievably adorable!

Interested in any of these patterns? Check out the other great patterns Jennifer has to offer. From undies, to baby swaddlers, she has several amazing patterns and is sure to wow you with her talents!

For a limited time (until 2/25/2015), you can get a discount on any purchase over $6! Simply use the code DANAG and the discount will be applied. So what are you waiting for?! Hope on over to Stitch Upon a Time and fill your cart with all the amazing patterns Jennifer has to offer. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Blessings!
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*The opinions contained in this blog post are purely my own. Although I was given the pattern to test I am in no other way compensated for my opinions. There is a contest to see who’s code gets used the most, however, it is purely for fun and no monetary compensation will be received. I honestly love these patterns and am happy to share my find with you in hopes that you too will fall in love with these patterns! Happy sewing!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I know, I’m a few days late. But I hope that you are having an awesome new year already and that you have many great things in store!

Around here, life has been more crazy than usual.

October brought us another move. We went from 90 degree weather to 50 degree weather in a couple of days. It was a quite an adjustment!

But with it came some beautiful fall scenery. Here are some photos I shot early in our explorations of the area.

Fall collage

It was absolutely gorgeous!

Of course winter came and the leaves have pretty much all fallen. And with winter comes Christmas!

I was very busy during the month of December sewing up a whole host of gifts. Here’s just a glimpse at some of the things that I sewed up.

2014 ornaments

The ornaments included one more red Ninja and all were done on my embroidery machine. They were purchased through Dreamcatcher Designs. I just love how they turned out!

Christmas sewing
I made 15 (I think) pairs of pj pants. I used the CKC Taylor’s PJ pants in Kids (free pattern from fabric.com), Tween, and Adult. For my nieces and nephews I cheated and bought them shirts to go with their pants. But for my kids and husband I went ahead and sewed them up some comfy long sleeve shirts.

For the boys I used the top from Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop for the Happy Feet PJs. I used appliqué files from Applique Mama for the Winter Penguin and Santa Reindeer.

For my husband I used the Greenstyle Creations Hudson Hooded t-shirt, without the optional pocket and hood. It was such an easy pattern to sew up and so soft and comfy! I had to try it on for him before I wrapped it up. ;)

Also included in the collage are the doll pants I made my niece for a sewing contest via Scientific Seamstress. I used the doll Easy Fits (came with the kids pattern) and the doll scollops from the Scallopini. I didn’t win the contest, but I think the pants are adorable!

For my mom I made her a skirt (in khaki corduroy) following a variety of different tutorials on how to take measurements and make a skirt. Hopefully it will serve her well for work! The top is the Seafarer top by Sew Much Ado. I originally bought the pattern for myself but my mom got the first version of it (the top in pink)! It was such a simple pattern, and the material I picked was so soft!

My boys got new clothes for Christmas too! S begged for the Spiderman Christmas fabric so I had to make all three of them special shirts for Christmas Eve. I used the Scientific Seamstress Bowling Shirt for their shirts and the Peek-a-Boo patterns Castaway Cargos (minus the side cargo pocket) for their pants. I love how it turned out!

And the final picture in the collage is me, in my Greenstyle Creations Laurel. I whipped it up for a Christmas party for Aaron’s work. Of course, he waited until that night to inform me that it was 20’s themed. Oh well. It was a comfy dress and worked just fine for the event and for Christmas.

I also tested for Terra’s Treasures Andover Pullover in December. It is such a cute design! I think that it could be more flattering on me if I brought it in some more (and remember I am about 6 months pregnant!), but it is definitely a good pattern that would be worth checking out.

 

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I’ve got several more projects in the works, including hoodies (I have already finished 2 of the 5) for the family that I wanted to have done before Christmas. But with everything going on, I’m impressed with the amount I did get done!

What did you do for Christmas this year? Did you make any gifts? I’d love to see what you are creating!

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