From The Mobile Device

We are going to give a blog post from the mobile device a go! I sat down for a bit today and played with some jean scraps.

I saw something like this on Pinterest in passing and so I gave it a go today.
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Then I thought it would be fun switch it up a bit and give it some more body. And I tried this version. There is a layer of fusible fleece in between the batik and the jeans.
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I think that it needs some more work but it is fun! And it up-cycles some old jeans! Win win!
In fact I already threw some bits and bobs into them and I stuck them in my sewing drawer.

That is what I crafted today!

AAAAHHHH

That is how I’m feeling right now. Just a loud scream echoing through my head. It has been one of those weeks where the goal is survival. Plaster dust is not my friend. And everyone is a little bit off of their game. Probably because it is so hard to keep us all in routine with all the chaos. I have a three year old asserting his independence, a baby teething and a four year old who loves to argue. 

But in the middle of it all I am struck by the fact that all of this is so temporary. And in the midst of that feeling that everything is spinning out of control sometimes I just have to take a minute and remember that I’m not in control any way. So I am choosing to be grateful. For great kids, a great family, a house to fix. A baby who has teeth to bother her as they come in. Not so long ago I wasn’t sure I would ever have those things. But in all honesty there have been too many moments of frustration and not enough moments of gratitude. 

In the crafty world. I frogged The Little Sister Dress. In order to make it small enough to fit P. It would take new yarn and I really want to use what I have. I was already using the smallest circs I own so it just isn’t going to work. It makes me sad but it is true. I was really in the groove of the pattern too but it was growing and growing and I was thinking this would fit my three year old so finally I stopped the madness. I guess I’ll have to troll Ravelry for another project. I’m open to suggestions. I want a little dress or top for size 12 months. I have DK weight yarn 8 stranded in mercerized cotton. 

Other than that my sewing has been abandoned. I’ve been too tired at the end of the day. 

I leave you with a sleeping babies picture. These are those peaceful moments I want to hold on to in the craziness.

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Winner Winner Jelly Roll Dinner!

We have a winner!! Kate F! I loved the quote she shared, “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she is in hot water” Often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. Congrats Kate!

I cannot tell you how much fun I had reading all over your comments. It was a blast. I am a quote girl so it was like an overindulgent feast of quotes. They were wonderful so thank you for sharing with me!

So I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes for fun.

First from the great J.R.R. Tolkien “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

And from Oswald Chambers, “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.”

G. K. Chesterton “Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

And one more from the Old Testament Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Thanks for entering!

A Week In Review

Well it has been quite the week. I came home to a power outage last night so I had to shut down the comments this morning when my power came back on. I have an email out to our winner but I will wait to hear back and announce it tomorrow or Monday. So check your emails!

This is what the ceiling in my dining room looks like right now
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We are experiencing unexpected repairs (thank God for my husband and my father in law and brother in law). They are replacing the plumbing that had corroded through the pipe of the upstairs bathroom and was leaking water into our dining room. But being that our house is older there are always unexpected issues that arise. At least it is a rainy Saturday perfect for a home repair project.

Then on a craftier note. I decided to cast on to a project from Ravelry. I have really just started knitting again after a long hiatus. It is the Little Sister Dress http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-sisters-dress-kjole-til-lillesster. It is a very easy pattern. That I keep screwing up and ripping and then reknitting. I am very stubborn though and I will prevail!

I’m also working up something with these little beauties.

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In the button tin. Which was passed down from my mommy
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Plus unfinished quilt tops, my version of a sweet little tank dress, and shorts for my skinny boys all in the works.

I hope the sun shines down on you this Saturday and that you have a great day!

Thanks!

When I decided to participate in the Sew Mama Sew giveaway. I had grand lofty intentions of replying to all of your comments and thanking you individually for stopping by.

Then I had a case of the kids descend upon me in a big way and I haven’t sat down beyond a couple of seconds for what feels like two days straight. So I had to prioritize kids over blog. It is amazing how needy little people can be some times, which is wonderful and draining all at the same time.

But it is lovely to see you all stop by even if it is just for a moment.

I’m especially touched by new followers. I’m really new to this whole blogging about crafting deal and sometimes you feel like a drop in an incredibly large bucket housed in an ocean. Seeing new faces is always heartening. Thank you thank you.

And I think I just heard someone creeping from their room so I must go deal with the current crisis.

Thanks Again.

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

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Welcome Seekers of free fabric. I’m excited to join in the fun of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway for the first time.

I always like a quick intro. I’m Mali. I sew. Nice to meet you. Seriously though. There are a lot of varied things on here from kid’s clothing, to my newest passion knitting, cooking and fun ways to connect with your children through play. Come hang out and let’s inspire each other!

Giveaway Details
I’m giving away a Serenade jelly roll from Kate Spain.
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There are two ways to win (and I warn you I’m a stickler for following giveaway rules– I’m giving you fabric from my own stash sing for your supper!)

1. In comments tell me your favorite quote (funny, inspirational, silly whatever).

2. For a bonus entry follow my blog on Bloglovin and leave a comment that you are following.

Winner will be chosen by random drawing and posted no later than Sunday May 12 9pm.

Keeping it Simple. Thanks for stopping by! Good Luck!

Now go enter to win some more goodies http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/

Banana Bread

You remember those nights in college before you had kids when you had a paper due the next day or you were just having too much fun with your roommate and for whatever reason you made the decision to pull an all-nighter? Then the next day you inevitably regret the decision, swear that you will never ever procrastinate/act like a Jr. high girl and you will go to bed at a reasonable hour from now on? Well those days have turned into, the baby is teething/colicky/just wide awake and your preschoolers think sleeping is for the birds so I have found that I pull a lot of all-nighters as a mommy. And it isn’t even by choice.

Well this banana bread recipe is the perfect one to whip up after one of those long nights. I discovered the original recipe (I of course tweaked the one I am sharing) recipe awhile ago and I wish I would’ve written down where I found it because the individual deserves a medal. So I can not claim the genius of the combination of bananas, rum and espresso into this moist, deep, rich, delicious bread. I know when I make after a long night it makes the morning a little brighter and my outlook just a bit more optimistic. Plus all of my children gobble it up and that NEVER happens at this house.

5-6 Large Ripe Bananas
1 egg
1 Tbsp plain yogurt or sour cream
2 Tbsp Rum
1 shot of Espresso
3 Tbsp butter melted
2 Tbsp coconut oil melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup flour

Keeping it simple. Mix it all together. Put it in a greased loaf pan and make for 45 minutes to an hour at 350 F. As with any recipe the first time you make it it is a good idea to keep an eye on it and make sure you have the cooking time right. I don’t even preheat the oven. I just mix it up, and throw it in.

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But she makes all the all nighters worth it.