September 19, 2014

Olaf Preview...

It's been very busy behind the scenes at Joy2Sew lately. I've been creating an array of Olaf's for you! I've made adjustments here, shortened there, and now I'm very pleased to say that we're already one week into its testing phase! I have a wonderful and impressive team of seamstresses working to help me bring you another awesome pattern...and just in time for Halloween! 

Johanna is the other creative half of Joy2Sew and just as important! She digitizes all my work into beautiful, easy to read and print patterns, and adds the professional touch to our photos! We took all our boys out a while ago (that's right, no girls among us!) and took some great shots of them having a blast in their Olaf costumes! Such a fun time! We both know what a blessing and joy that it is to have such delightful boys! We hope you enjoy the slideshow! I'll be posting several Olaf Tributes throughout the week, so be sure to PIN (pin button at the post end) and Facebook your favorites!! 

I'm aiming for an Olaf release before September's end, so keep watching Joy2Sew and especially my Facebook page to catch the latest news! 

Micah is 4 and is showing of the 3/4 size, medium hat
Caleb is 5 and is showing off the 5/6 size, large hat
Daniel is 10 and is showing off the 10/12 size, large hat

 And don't those hats look so cute with their winter coats?!!! 
Such cuteness they will be all winter long!

 Johanna with her wonderful boys ~

 Caleb with my son James ~
 Me and all the boys! Although...I'd claim them all! Love these boys!

 On another day, I even got into the size 10/12! If you are a small adult, it will fit!! I was just having a bit of fun with my boys too..
 Nathan is 3 and is sporting the 3/4 size, medium hat
James is 10months and is wearing the 12-18mo size (unstuffed version), small hat
I'm wearing the 10/12 (but afterward made better changes to the body of this size), large hat

Are you ready for Olaf?!!!!!! 

I can't wait to show you some other cute kiddos in Olaf soon, as well as the awesome costumes my testers team are producing! Amazing!!! 

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September 10, 2014

Turning 35

 I turned 35 on August 25th. It was a whirlwind day, but I still managed to turn a year older. With each new year, I keep being surprised by how not-different I feel. Perhaps on those days during the year when my back or neck happens to pinch a nerve, or when my body just can't keep up with the pace I prefer to keep, I can feel older. Yes, on those days I feel about 85, not 35. But, those not so great times and all the struggles that life throws, makes it that much easier to look at all the good times, to cherish the small moments that much more, and to be oh, so thankful when my body is working just as God intended it to. Yes, I am thankful for all of those moments. I am thankful for another year of life that the Lord has given to me. 

How the birthday went...

My husband ran a fever on my actual birthday, but he still managed (and wanted!!) to take me to a wonderful brunch at our favorite, local pancake house. It was delicious, and he even held the baby and let me eat first : )...good man I have! My Mom brought my family dinner that night as well and the day ended up very peaceful and mellow. A week later, we had our special extended family birthday dinner at my Mom's house (a very special gift she gives each of us each year on our birthdays...we even get to pick the meal!!). I love these times and get togethers. A time with just family, just being who we are, and choosing to cherishing one another. Thank you so much to my family and friends who made me feel so special....and turning 35 not seem so bad, or different than turning 34. I love you all! 

September 1, 2014

Love Bots

For a while now Nathan has been really into robots. I don't know why really, but if you have a child or two, you will see their fluctuation in and out of certain loves for things. It's very cute. I remember him walking around the house just 6 months ago calling them "bots". And now that he can say "robots" I just smile at what was. Just melts my heart, all those cute words. So, I started looking for robot patterns for my little man (and quick sews at that for this overly busy mama), and came across the Love Bot, from Beverly of ButterBeansChicPeas on Etsy. It's just darling! I bought the pattern at a shop sale she was having and I'm so glad I did! 

Both boys needed one (of course)! And so there sat a pair on the couch waiting for the boys when they woke up. 

I used all fleece on the green "bot"...remnants from ikea fleece blankets I buy to use as fabric. The "bot" on the right has the same fleece, but for his body I used Robot PUL leftover from my cloth diaper pattern (AVAILABLE HERE). Robot fabric available at JoAnn Fabrics, Babyville PUL collection. 

Since I worked for 18 months as a telemetry tech (EKG monitor) on a med/surg floor when we lived in Florida, I well knew exactly what an EKG should look like on the robots tummy. And because I needed it to be really "real", I made sure to map out that P, Q, R, S and T wave just right. And if you have no idea what I'm taking about, don't let it worry you. The fact that your heart beats is the only important thing. 

When the boys woke up, they got to pick out which one they wanted 
(well, Nathan did at least. Little brother got the other one). But, they loved it!!

And I think they are super, duper cute! Beverly's pattern was so wonderful...well written, easy to understand, a quick sew, and oh, so adorable!!! A true joy to sew! So fun to make something again for Love that joy!