Baby Leg Love

10 01 2008

Almost exactly a year ago, I joined an online forum called The Baby Wearer.  (www.thebabywearer.com for anyone who is interested!)  I started hearing about these things called Baby Legs, which are basically leg warmers for babies and toddlers.  They seemed intriguing, but I never looked into them further.

I happened to notice some good deals for some brand name Baby Legs on the For Sale or Trade-Off Topic section of the forum.  They were in some boyish prints, and decided it would be fun to get for Baby David, esp. as he’ll be learning to crawl next winter, and these will be easier for him to wear and crawl in.

The first pair arrived a few days ago, and I decided to have Eliana be my tester to figure out how they work.  And she LOVED them and didn’t want to take them off!  She kept asking to wear “Baby David Socks.”  Awwww!  I found a great deal on an off-brand girly pair and they arrived today.  Eliana really likes them and insisted on wearing them under her pajama pants.  At least they will keep her legs warmer tonight!

She stayed still long enough for me to take a few pictures.  I asked her to show me her legs, and this is what she did:

Eliana showing off her Baby Legs

Eliana showing off her baby Legs

I discovered several Do-It-Yourself threads on TBW, and while at Target I bought a bunch of really fun women tube socks, and I’m going make my own DIY Baby Legs for Eliana and some of her little friends!

And yes, it’s been more than two weeks since Christmas, but I finally got around to taking a picture of our little Christmas tree.  Eliana and I decorated it after Jake went to Honduras, so I left it up for him to see.  I was worried that Eliana would keep getting into a real tree, but she’s never touched or played with any of the trees we’ve been around.  So here was the little Range 2007 Christmas tree!

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Just because I like the photos

6 01 2008

I’m in the process of burning photos and videos onto CDs to make room on the hard drive.  I just love some of these photos from my trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon with my dear friend, Janet.  So here they are!

Jen with her whole fish from the Barking Frog restaurant in Sedona, AZ

Jen with her Whole Fish from the Barking Frog Restaurant in Sedona, AZ

View of the Red Rocks from our hotel room in Sedona shortly after sunrise

View of the Red Rocks from our hotel room shortly after sunrise

Red Rocks, Sedona, AZ

Red Rocks at sunset, Sedona, AZ

Red Rocks in Sedona, AZ at sunset

More Red Rocks

And my new favorite place in the world…  The GRAND CANYON!!

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon 2

Grand Canyon 3

Boots in the Grand Canyon

Boots in the Grand Canyon

Showing off the belly at the Grand Canyon - almost 20 weeks along!

Showing off the belly!  Almost 20 weeks along!

Shadows

Shadows

Jen on a ledge in the Grand Canyon

On a ledge in the Grand Canyon

Jen and Janet at the Grand Canyon

Jen and Janet

Jen at the Grand Canyon

Jen at the Grand Canyon

Goofing off at Hermit’s Rest

Goofing off at Hermit’s Rest… the last stop west.  To go any further west, you have to hike in.

Sunset over the Grand Canyon

Sunset over the Grand Canyon

Silhoutte - a tree at sunset at the Grand Canyon

Silhoutte – a tree at sunset at the Grand Canyon

Jen and Janet at the scenic view on the drive to Flagstaff, AZ

Jen and Janet at the scenic view on the drive to Flagstaff, AZ





Finding the flower love

6 01 2008

I’ve been meaning to post photos of this bag for awhile.  In November, I joined a carrier bag fairy group.  We were a group of moms from thebabywearer.com website, and we formed a yahoo group so we could exchange information about our favorite fabrics and styles.  Then we were assigned a mom who had similiar fabric tastes, and we would make a bag of our choice for them.  We had to use at least one or two fabrics from our stash.  It was so much fun to see all the different bags that were made.  I received mine right after Thanksgiving and I LOVE it!  The mama saw that I like Asian prints and made a bag around that idea.  Eliana has claimed the bag as hers and loves using it to carry toys.

I was assigned a mama who makes really cute corduroy backpacks and mama bags, so I knew I could have a lot of fun with it.  It was my first time ever making a bag, and I kept changing my pattern and designed as I came across lots of different ideas.  I bought a book called Portraits from Nature: 35 Studies for Dimensional Quilts and I thought it would be fun to make two flower blocks and sew them onto the side of a bag.  And then I came across some suede cloth in my stash, and decided to cut them into squares to make a patchwork.  I also used several great tutorials online that helped me make the zipper pocket and the magnetic clasp, which turned out to be much easier than I expected.  All in all, I am very pleased with how it turned out!

Here are some photos of the bag I made for her, and also the bag that was made for me.

First side of the suece patchwork appliqued bag

First side of the suede patchwork bag with appliquéd and quilted flower

second side of the suede patchwork bag with appliqued and quilted flower

Second side of the suede patchwork bag with appliquéd and quilted flower

close up of the first appliqued and quilted flower

Close up of the first appliquéd and quilted flower

close up of the appliqued and quilted flower

Close up of the second appliquéd and quilted flower

inside of the suede patchwork bag

Inside of the suede patchwork bag, showing the batik fabric lining and zippered pocket

inside of the suede patchwork bag, showing zippered pocket and magnetic clasp

Inside of the suede patchwork bag, showing the batik fabric lining, the zipper pocket and magnetic clasp

The mama who received the bag was absolutely thrilled with it!!  I’m so glad she liked it!  I want to finish up a few other projects first, and then I plan to make one for myself!!

Here is the bag that was made for me.

Smiling Eliana with the bag fairy bag

Smiling Eliana with the bag fairy bag

Eliana with the bag fairy bag… “No Mama!  My Bag!”

Eliana told me, “No Mama!  MY Bag!”

Jen and Eliana with the new bag from the bag fairy

Jen and Eliana with the new bag from the bag fairy.  Eliana was telling me it had a “pockie!”