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Wearing a hat and mittens she got for Christmas from her Great Aunt Donna.


Anna is officially talking now. Up until recently she has said plenty of things that we think are words, just her own version of them. However, now she has started saying “shoes” and we know it really means shoes when she says it because she will be playing with shoes, or putting shoes on, or you can say “what is this?” while pointing to a shoe. You can also ask her to get her shoes and she will bring some shoes to you, wether or not they are hers. Anna’s little voice is so cute, and it comes out more like “shooshs” than “shoes.” Her voice is also different when she says “shoes” compared to her usual constant babble. Anna “talks” all day long in a loud voice that leads to us often having to tell her to be quiet when we are out in public, but when she says “shoes” her voice is soft and sometimes is kind of hard to hear. I still don’t know if we should call this her first word though, since she has been saying “Hey” or “Hi” for a while now… we could just never be certain she knew what it meant.

There isn’t much else new on the Anna front, aside from a couple more teeth coming in. That, and she is getting bigger every day. Since we haven’t been to the doctor in a while, I don’t have a current weight on her; I wonder how hard it would be to get her to stand on the bathroom scale long enough to get a reading. At her last weigh-in she was 22.something pounds, but that was a little over a month ago now. Lately I have noticed things fitting a bit differently, and just yesterday I noted her head is now level with the top of the kitchen table when she could walk beneath it without so much as ducking her head not that long ago.

Now on to the sewing update.

I am still trying to decide if I want to split the sewing stuff into a separate blog. I think will try it and see how it goes, but that means having to choose a domain name. The current forerunner is either or… I think. I haven’t found any names yet that really click.

My weekend of sewing went about like predicted. I ended up staying up way late Friday night trying to finish my Under the Veranda tote bag, and still didn’t finish it. I made good progress on it, but had to go to bed when Sean started fussing at me. Something about it being 3am? At that point I had the bag exterior and the lining with pockets completed, so all I had left to do was the actual assembly of the bag, and the straps still needed to be made.

Saturday morning I was able to get the bag sans straps done before the 10:00am meeting. So, I packed my strap-less bag with my things for the meeting and headed out feeling somewhat inadequate about not having my bonus project completed on time. I need not have worried though. As it turned out, only one person had actually completed their bag and the next closest had only pieced the exterior. I didn’t feel so bad after hearing everyone else echoing the same reasons as I had for not having a completed bag to show. Most of them had been sick and/or burnt out from all the Christmas sewing, just like me.

The bag came out surprisingly well though, despite its current incomplete state. When I was quilting it I thought I had chosen a design that was too dense, and spent the whole time wishing I had gone a different route. Now that it is completed though, I think it actually looks pretty good. I am also happy with the colors I chose for it, and Sean remarked that it looked as good as any professionally made bag. I didn’t point out the definitely less-than-professional things I can so plainly see when I look at it!

It is very roomy, and will be great for hauling toys on the days Anna goes to stay with her Nana or for hauling stuff to sewing classes. Pictures will be posted once I actually finish the straps!

The next block for the Under the Veranda will feature appliqué, and the bonus project for the month is a set of placemats. I didn’t purchase any fabric for the placemats while I was at Wish; I just wasn’t feeling much like spending the time or money to pick out fabric for them. I had already spent enough time picking out threads for my appliqué and helping others do the same that I was just ready to go have lunch and a nap!

Isn’t it handy that I have an appliqué class this weekend? While it is tempting to start on my blocks now and just blanket stitch everything down with raw edges like the teacher had in her examples, I think I will wait and see what I learn in the appliqué class first.

I didn’t have time to work on the Project Quilting wall hanging at all. That has me kind of bummed, I hate missing deadlines. Saturday night I was so exhausted I went to bed early, and was too busy Sunday morning to work on it. So the deadline came and went without my doing more than cutting the fabric for it. I may still make it though. The quilting of it will be good practice for me, and I could use some things to hang on the walls of my sewing room.

Happy New Year!!



This is a bit belated, but, Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas (or Hanukkah). Our Christmas was great, despite Anna having a cold and sharing with us. I spent the last half of my vacation miserably sick after the cold turned into what was probably bronchitis, which I am still getting over, and Anna still has a lingering cough as well. It seems like every time we go some place new with her we all end up sick. This time the culprit had to be the wooden train set in the Brier Creek Barnes & Noble’s kids section. This is the second month in a row we have all been sick. Maybe I should just keep her locked in the house until cold & flu season is over!

The best part of Christmas this year was of course watching Anna open her gifts and play with all her new toys and books. She did pretty well opening the gifts with only a little help from us, but as expected, the gift wrapping was just as fun as the actual gifts. Sometimes she wanted to play with the wrappings more than the gift, and other times she was too busy playing with her last gift to pay attention to the next gift that needed to be opened. Next year should be even more fun!

Now for the sewing update… so most of you can stop reading now :) I am considering splitting sewing stuff into a separate blog, since I think most people just read this for Anna updates. Domain name suggestions are welcome. The only thing I have come up with that isn’t already taken is and that is kind of lame. Or maybe

I have been taking a little break from sewing lately. After all the sewing I was doing before Christmas, and then all the Christmas presents I made, I was a little burnt out. Also being miserably sick twice in less than two months took a toll on my energy level. When I say “miserably” I am not being dramatic… I swear I haven’t been that sick in years, let alone twice so closely together. For Christmas I made coasters for my family and for everyone in Sean’s office. They weren’t really hard to do, I think I spent more time trying to decide what to make than I actually did making them. Hopefully people like them, or at least liked the cocoa, mug, and chocolates that were packaged with them. I put up some photos of the ones I made for my family, or at least most of them. The ones for Sean’s office were all the same and just had a company name embroidered on them, as requested. I think I made 20 or so coasters in total.

There are so so many projects I need to be working on right now, two of which I need to complete by the weekend. Considering it is already Wednesday, I am not sure that is going to happen. One of the two is the Under the Veranda bonus project that has been hanging around since early November, but I haven’t had time to complete it yet. Right now the fabric block for the bag’s exterior has been pieced together and is half-quilted. If I can just finish quilting it, the bag itself shouldn’t take long to complete. Of course, the trouble is that I have very limited time to work on it during the week. The next Veranda Club meeting is Saturday at 10:00am, which means I will probably be up late Friday if I have any chance of completing it before the meeting!

The second project I need to get done has a deadline of noon Sunday. There is a blog I follow that is having a sewing challenge over the next few weeks called Project Quilt. It was apparently inspired somewhat by Project Runway, but I have never watched that show so I can’t really say. Anyway, each week they announce the theme and criteria for the challenge, and you have one week to complete it and post a picture. The contestants are entered in a drawing for prizes each week, and a grand prize at the end if they do all of the challenges. I thought it sounded fun, but I don’t know if I really have the bandwidth to keep up with it.

The first week’s theme of inspiration was simply “Trees.” The project doesn’t have to be a traditional quilt, and it doesn’t have to actually include a tree. I poured over the internets looking for inspiration, and finally decided what I was going to do… and then spotted a cute fabric panel with a tree at My Sewing Shoppe and just bought that instead. It shouldn’t take any time at all to stitch that up, I will just put a border on the panel, then quilt and bind it for a wall hanging. I would like to have it completed in time to take as my other “show and tell” at the Veranda meeting, but I have a feeling I will be throwing it together Saturday night and submitting it just in time for the noon Sunday deadline.

The other projects on my ‘to do’ list are piling up as well. Cary Quilting Company is having a promotion in order to inspire people to get their UFO’s (unfinished objects) completed, and of course boost their sales by offering 10% off anything you buy to complete the projects. I have five quilts in various stages of completion that I submitted… hopefully it will be good motivation to get at least a couple of them completed! You get points for completing different steps in the process of making a quilt, and they will be tallying up the points on April first. I highly doubt I will get all five done, especially since two of them are quite large.

In addition to the aforementioned projects, I also have a new block of the month starting this month! If I remember correctly, the kit should be ready for me to pick up in about a week. It is only one block per month, so it won’t be too demanding. However, I have chosen to do the appliquéd version of the quilt sashing; needle-turn appliqué is a new thing for me, so I have signed up for a class on it that will be held January 17. I also have a class on quilt binding coming up this month, unless I choose to wait for the next one since this month is filling up for me. And at the end of the month I will have the second part of my long arm class, where I actually get to practice on the long arm machine. So, this is going to be a busy month for me! Actually, it is going to be a busy three months for me if I am going to get all of those UFOs completed in time for the UFO club deadline.

Despite all of that, I still want to start new projects! I have a problem. I know. I just keep seeing quilt patterns and saying, “ooo!” and then I find myself looking at fabric before I have to reel myself back in by thinking of the massive pile of work I already have hanging over my head.

I even have a few quilts with all the material ready and waiting for me, as well as several hand sewing projects, and like a million other patterns and ideas… yet I still find myself drawn to new things! For instance, just the other night I saw an adorable little stroller quilt pattern (it has ties to attach to the stroller) and I found myself ordering a couple charm packs thinking I could make two of them – one for Anna and one for Etsy. Bad, self. Bad! At least that one will be super fast to throw together, and I think it will be one of those nice little projects that I can give myself a motivation boost with by actually having another “finish” once the little quilt is completed.

My New Year’s resolution? Don’t buy any more projects until I have completed at least three of the ones I already have! I know I already broke that once this year, but I only made the resolution just now… so, starting now… I am not allowed to purchase anything for a new project (with the exception of Project Quilt) until I get at least three quilts completed. Three. I can do that. Right?

Vacation! Woo!

Today was the first day of vacation for me. Yay! Too bad Sean is working this week, but at least it should give me some time to work on sewing stuff. I plan on spending all my time hanging out with my little family, sewing, shopping, and doing all the usual holiday stuff.

At the moment my embroidery machine is stitching away, quilting what will become the Under the Veranda tote bag bonus project. I have so much Christmas stuff to make that I should leave this until after the holidays, but I want to use the leftover batting in some of the Christmas presents. Of course I can’t post about the Christmas presents yet, but they aren’t that exciting anyway.

My first day of vacation started out with an email letting me know I had won an internet give away for ten fat eighths of fabric, which was pretty cool. No clue what I will do with them, especially since that cut (9×22″) is a little difficult to use. Always good to add to the stash though! Then it was a morning of mommy-daughter time since the nanny/grandma had a doctors appointment. Once I was relieved of baby duty I wandered around the internets for a while looking at quilting designs before taking a little nap, and awoke to another nice email telling me I sold my first item on Etsy; someone bought “Be Still” for their daughter’s room. Not that I made any money from it, but at least it helps cover material costs. After that I ran out to do a little shopping. Not a bad day! Tomorrow will be much the same I think. Spend the morning with Anna until mom gets here, probably spend some more time with her after that, then sewing, ship a package, and shopping. That about sums it up!

Now for the Anna report. Not much has changed since my last post really, she is just trying more and more to talk. Still no real words, although I think she is starting to get that the “hey” she has been saying for months actually means something. That, or it is just because she says it all the time and we are reading too much into it when it actually aligns with an appropriate situation. For instance, Anna has been waving for a while now, but just in the past week or so it has really clicked that it means something. She has started waving at random people when we go out and saying “Hey” while she waves. At home when we see the cat or one of the dogs we will say “Hey, kitty cat” or “Hey, Eddie” while waving at them. She seems to be trying to imitate the “Eddie” and “kitty cat,” sometimes it almost really sounds like “Hey, cat” or “Hey, tit-tat” or “Hey, eh-ty.” In the past week she has also started picking things up to her ear like a phone and saying, “hey”… which she must get from watching her grandmothers because Sean and I rarely talk on the phone.

The most recent word that she seems to be trying to say though is “sit” since we are constantly telling her to sit down when she tries to stand on things she shouldn’t. Although it really sounds more like “shit” which is pretty hilarious when she is repeating over and over what sounds like “oh shit.” We of course have to be careful not to reinforce the “shit” by laughing, but it is really hard when you hear this little cherub voice saying it.


Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Boo Boos

We had an excellent Thanksgiving this year, and I had a bountiful Black Friday. Poor Sean had to work part of the week, but I was fortunate enough to be able to take the whole week off. I got to spend time with Anna and even found time to sew, although I felt guilty about sewing when I could have been spending more time with kiddo. The time off has passed far too quickly, and I am already looking forward to the time I am taking off at the end of the year.

As usual, I tried to keep the holiday as stress free as possible. Even more so now that we were also juggling a toddler. In years past I would stress about prepping, cooking, hosting, and all else that comes with having the entire (albeit small) family over for a huge meal. The past few years though, I have worked at making it less and less stressful by ordering ready made (but tasty after a little doctoring by Wendell) mashed potatoes from Fresh Market and cooking anything that I could ahead of time. So the past few years have been fairly low stress, but I was still busy for a couple of days ahead of time making desserts and cranberry sauce and cleaning and whatnot. I would typically be up late the night before finishing things up, and then on Thanksgiving I would be cooking all day and doing last-minute cleaning.

This year I decided we were making a turkey and that was about it aside from some Fresh Market-made additions of mashed potatoes, gravy, and pie; everyone else brought sides and a couple more desserts. Mom also helped with taking stress out of it by helping us clean up, which is harder to do than it sounds when you are trying to keep up with a toddler. I also made the conscious decision to not care that the house wasn’t spotless. In the end, everything turned out great and we had some good eats. Anna loved the feast as well, especially the cranberry sauce. Although she did not seem quite as fond of leftovers, because about the only thing she wanted to eat after that was the leftover sweet potatoes and cranberries. Pretty much anything else we gave her ended up on the floor.

On Black Friday, I had some tasty leftovers for lunch and then went shopping for the third time ever. One of my favorite quilt shops, Wish Upon a Quilt, once again had an awesome “buy one, get one 70% off” sale. If they do that every year, it is definitely going to be my new tradition. And the best part is that they paired up like-priced items, rather than just discounting the cheapest items. I was looking forward to it all month. Last year I bought material for a quilt for my mother (which I finally started working on this past week, and haven’t posted yet), but this year I went shopping without any project in mind aside from one small Christmas present. So I browsed around for a while and ended up buying 6 charm packs, 8 mini charm packs, 2 jelly rolls, 4 chicklets, two simple patterns, templates for a paper pieced star block, and a few other little odds and ends. Score! (translation, each pack has 42 of: charm pack = 5″ squares; mini charm = 2.5″ squares; jelly roll = 2.5″x44″ strips, and the chicklet = four 9″x22″ cuts) I do have a bag pattern that uses one charm pack, so at least one is ear marked for a project. I have no idea what I will do with the rest yet, but I loved the fabrics and wanted them in my stash.

It hasn’t all been fun though. Poor Anna had her first doctor-worthy boo boo, and it was all my fault. Despite better judgment, I turned on the gas logs to knock the chill out of the room. I swear they were on for 3 minutes tops before she ran over and touched the glass in the one second I wasn’t watching. Needless to say, she cried for a long time and we were both very sad. That was Saturday (before T-Day) afternoon, and by evening she had a huge blister stretching across the palm of her hand beneath the fingers and a few smaller blisters on the fingers as well. So, Sunday we went to the doctor. So glad White Oak Pediatrics has weekend hours! We got some prescription antibiotic ointment meant for burns and instructions to bandage her hand with gauze to protect the blister. The estimate for bandaging the blister was a week, but luckily it had gone down completely by Wednesday night and she was bandageless on Thanksgiving day.

Anna did surprisingly well with the whole thing. After the initial pain of the injury, you wouldn’t have known anything was wrong. She was extra good with the doctor, and even held her hand perfectly still for the doctor to bandage it with her fingers straight up. When I had to bandage her hand later she wasn’t always as cooperative, but as long as we had a good distraction for her other hand it went pretty smoothly. There was minimal fussing with the bandage as well. While she did partially unravel it once, I think the only other times I had to replace it were just because it became dirty after a meal. I was pretty shocked we managed to keep her blister intact until it went down on its own, I have never even been able to do that with my own burns!

Now it is the Monday after Thanksgiving. Anna had her 15 month shots scheduled for today, so it was good that we could get a followup on her hand and the ear infection from not-quite three weeks ago. Plus, she had a red spot on her back that had started as a bump a few days ago and was looking suspiciously like ring worm today. Poor kid! The doctor said her burn was healing nicely, her ears were clear, and the spot on her back probably was ring worm. Sigh. That means in less than three weeks this kid has been to the doctor three times, only once being routine and even that had ring worm tacked on to it.

That is about it for the past couple weeks! I will leave you with this old photo of Sean, at around 11 months old, and a blurry one of Anna enjoying Thanksgiving dinner.





Anna had quite the weekend. On Saturday she had her usual Tumble Gym class, to which her daddy took her by himself this week. I was at my once-a-month Under the Veranda meeting (can’t really call it a class) at Wish Upon a Quilt, so I missed out on the fun. Apparently she was so exhausted by the Tumble Gym, she fell asleep on the way home. So, she got her nap out of the way early and was just waking up when I got home around 11:30.

We had some lunch, and then headed out for Marbles Kids Museum. This was our first time there, so we weren’t really sure what to expect beyond what I saw on the web. I had a feeling Saturday was probably the absolute worst day to go, but it is one of those things that I have been wanting to do for a while now and we just never seemed to have time. Saturday we actually had the whole afternoon and evening open with no plans other than errands that could wait for another day, so I seized the opportunity.

Parking was surprisingly easy, even though we got one of the last few spots available. We only chose to pay for two hours of parking, but we probably should have done more because Anna was having such a great time that it was time to go before we knew it. The area meant for kids under 3 was pretty packed, but Anna didn’t seem to mind much. The the forest-themed “Toddler Hollow” room was fairly small, but had plenty of good stuff for toddlers. There were a few soft toadstools to climb on, a bridge with cushioned steps leading up to it, “vines” hanging from the ceiling, a log to crawl through, panels on the walls that opened to reveal images, and several different textures to touch on the walls. There were also some soft things laying around like a large stuffed black bear, a skunk, sliced logs, and fabric leaves that the kids could carry around. The first thing Anna did upon walking in was spot the black bear, grab it by an ear, and drag it across the room. After that it was up and down the bridge steps for a while until she found the log slices. The log slices were a definite hit with Anna; she spent at least half her time stacking them and carrying them around. She also really loved climbing up on, and then standing on, a little toadstool table that had a lighted center… that was one thing we probably could have done without, but she seemed ecstatic about it since climbing on stuff is her favorite thing to do lately.

I am strongly considering buying a membership, as I think it could definitely be worth it. It was a well-spent $15 (admission x3) for Anna to run around and have fun in a safe and climate-controlled environment. When I say ‘safe’ we of course still had to keep an eye on her and make sure she didn’t break any other children, or get trampled by the occasional big kid, and there were a few places where falling was a hazard, and a couple choking hazards from another area had found their way in… but compared to an outdoor playground that has about a bajillion little things for her to put her mouth, it was great. Plus, no worries about it being 100 degrees in summer, or freezing in winter.

While there, we ran into some friends that were there with their own child (so it was cool to see them, bonus! even though we were too busy watching our kids to really chat). They have a membership and reported weekdays were much less crowded than weekends, so I think it would also be a great place for one of the grandmothers to take her as well if they wanted to have an outing with the kiddo during the week. And as she grows, the rest of the museum looked great for hours of entertainment as well. At least, the first floor did… we never made it upstairs to the bigger kid stuff. I wish I could have had a place to play like that when I was a kid! I kind of look forward to the day when she is old enough that I can sit and just let her run wild with minimal supervision though, because I think we all needed a nap afterwards.

After our fun at Marbles, we made the short trip up Person St to Yellow Dog Bread Company and the little wine shop next to it. We got some tasty coffee and a couple breakfast treats from Yellow Dog (and discovered Anna likes the coffee tinged milk foam from cappuccino) as well as a bottle of wine and some cheese from the wine shop. That was a nice way to wrap up the day for the adults.

So, Saturday was a pretty awesome day for all of us.  And, all that was after I had a good morning at my sewing meeting, where people seemed to truly like my show and tell items. I took my little Lavender & Honey needle book, and the box I made instead of the table runner bonus project. Another lady that does handwork asked for the needle book pattern, and the teacher wanted to know where I found the tutorial for the box; the whole group seemed excited about the box and wanted to know about it. I also took those bag patterns I won during the shop hop to see if I could find a home for them. No sooner had I given those away, I won the weekly drawing and got a new quilt pattern. How’s that for instant karma?


Anna is too little for candy, so we didn’t bother with trick or treating this year. On Halloween night we took a quick trip out for dinner, and Sean got the idea to dress her as Calvin (as in ‘& Hobbes’). So, he put her in a red shirt with stripes and let her carry her stuffed tiger toy. It was pretty adorable. That was the extent of her Halloween Night experience though.

Saturday we went to a party at a friend’s house, so we dressed in costume for that one. Anna wore a cute little dress, and the Little Red Riding Hood cape I made for her. The basket I was making didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. It was too large and floppy, and I wasn’t really in love with the fabric combinations (it was all I had on hand that would work). In the end, I just took inspiration from the Japanese furoshiki and simply sewed a couple squares of fabric together, with some interfacing in between (leftover from the cape) to stiffen the fabric up some. Wish I had just done that in the first place… would have saved myself a lot of time and effort. Oh well, I guess the other will make a good jumbo lunch bag.

Somehow Sean convinced me to dress up as Red’s grandmother, while he bought a wolf mask for himself. This was the first time I actually dressed up for Halloween, or anything else, since… hmm, 2002? I must admit it was pretty comfortable though. I just got a granny-looking gown, house coat, knee high socks, and slippers from the store, along with an “Old Lady” wig from Party City.  I was really the only one of us that stayed in costume all night… Anna of course shed her cloak as soon as possible, and Sean could barely see in his mask so he wore it for maybe 5 minutes. No pictures of that unfortunately. My mother tried to snap a few of us, but the lighting was terrible so I am not sure any of them turned out. I didn’t really get any good pictures of Anna as Little Red Riding Hood either, but here is what I do have…

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There isn’t much else to report on the Anna front, the only new things I can think to share are that she is becoming a little climber and she is starting to figure out the whole eating with a fork thing. We blame the Tumble Gym (light heartedly of course) for her recent fondness of climbing. Whenever we get a big package of something, like paper towels, all she wants to do is climb and wallow on it. She has also discovered the stairs and likes to climb up the stairs, and would also climb up the outside (other side of banister)  of the stairs if we would let her. The window sills in the kitchen are also very enticing, as they are quite low to the floor. We definitely have to keep an eye on her these days! Fortunately she seems pretty good at sliding down off things like the couch by laying on her belly and swinging her feet over, but she hasn’t gotten the hang of that on the stairs yet. We installed a gate at the top of the stairs a while ago, but now we have to worry about the bottom of the stairs as well. We’ve been temporarily blocking the bottom of the stairs with her play yard fence, but yesterday I was able to find a gate that can be installed on a banister post… so that is next up on our to do list.

Watching her figure out eating with utensils has been fun, and messy. Anna isn’t so good at keeping things on a spoon, even though she did seem to try to put stuff in her mouth with it. So, I decided to grab a baby fork and see if she had any luck with that. Turns out forks are much easier that spoons. Eating with fingers is still easier half the time, and stabbing the food is still a work in progress, but if we help her out by loading the fork for her she does really well. Spoons though, require a little more assistance from us to hold them level while she guides the spoon to her mouth. At this point we hold no expectations about eating with utensils, it is still just a learning experience. Although she did eat practically her whole lunch with a fork today, and Sean reported the same for breakfast yesterday.

Now to go eat some cookies while I ponder what my next sewing adventure should be…

Anna Update & Halloween Prep

This first photo isn’t the best picture of Anna, but see her little teeth? Around her first birthday, the bottom two finally popped through. Those have now been joined by one and a half up top, and a third is trying to pop up on the bottom. Anna has been making use of them too! It is cute to watch her take tiny bites of her graham crackers, and the other day she even had some of her daddy’s apple.

Luckily the teething doesn’t seem to bother her too much. In preparation for sore gums I had bought a few types of oral numbing medicines, but we have yet to use any of them. There have been days where we could tell she was a bit off, and we blamed the teething, but in general she has been her usual happy self.

Anna has also been practicing her artwork. We got her a big pad of blank paper and a box of washable toddler crayons a couple weeks ago. She seems to be getting the hang of making marks now, although sometimes it is still more fun to eat the crayons. I am looking forward to the days when she actually understands the concept of coloring in lines, or drawing pictures. Right now it is mostly banging the crayon on the paper, or scribbling back and forth.

As for me, I have been busy making Anna’s Little Red Riding Hood Halloween costume. Per usual, I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to it so I have worked on it a little at a time. I got everything cut for the cape last week, and then spent every spare moment over the weekend stitching it together. Saturday I finished up the cape around midnight, and then started looking at what I wanted to do for her little basket.

My original plan was to make a liner for a basket I picked up at Michael’s… but I had grabbed it without really inspecting the basket, and when I got home I realized it was wobbly and wonky. When I started measuring for the planned liner I discovered the reason it was sitting wonky was because one end of the basket was 1/2″ deeper than the other end, and it was completely uneven on the bottom. For a bit I contemplated forging ahead with the original plan, but then started looking at other options, which lead me to a cute fabric basket tutorial. So, I looted my fabric stash and have that on my work table now… hopefully I will have time to finish it before this weekend!

I will add pictures of Anna in her cape once we get her in costume this weekend… if I can get her to stand still long enough for a photo! I put it on her briefly Sunday, and she had fun flapping the sides while she ran around. It is a little long, but I think it will be okay. Maybe when she is a little older she can still wear it for dress-up.