Yes, indeed, folks! The search was successful! I should have known my camera cord would be in the most chaotic room in the house - the one room that didn't get a good, deep cleaning this weekend.
Yes, my sewing room is a mess right now. I'd show you a picture but I'm too embarrassed. It's on my to-do list for this afternoon. Until then, anything that anyone in the world has lost is probably hiding somewhere among my piles of fabric scraps and projects. I need to learn to just assume anything lost is probably in that room. I'm so embarrassed.
But for now, I'm just sitting back, cuddling with my sweet, prodigal camera cord.
(Thank you all, by the way, for the great suggestions to buy a card reader! I had honestly never thought of that, but I think it's definitely a great way to do it! I think I may just take that suggestion too! It sure does pay to have savvy blog readers! Of course, I'll probably find some way to misplace that as well...) :)
Anyway, on to the big unloading-of-photos ceremony!
If I may, I'll begin with photos of two of my favorite little people enjoying an unexpected couple of snow flurries yesterday afternoon. We decided to take a walk on the trail behind our house. There's a river back there that the kids love throwing rocks into. (And yes, that's Oliver's current smile-for-the-camera face. We're working on it.)
And now, onto a few projects I've been working on for that little girl in our life!
I've been trying to figure out ways to be frugal and make our baby boy things work a second time around for our baby girl. But, you know I want me some pink for Miss Hazel, so this navy blue car seat just wasn't cutting it for me.
Nothing wrong with it, and certainly no reason to replace it. Just too blue:
(I wish I'd taken the photo before I took the hood off. Man.)
I used the hood as a guide and used the boning from it for this new, lovely lady hood:
But can I say for the record that this was a LOT harder than I had bargained for. I ended up having to put four darts in it to make the curve which was a bit tricky. Then, after I thought I was finished, I put it on and realized that the fabric was to light and it was really too bright inside - too much light was coming through. So I decided to line it, which meant I had to do the whole dart thing again for the inside piece AND those darts had to match the first four. Ugh.
I also made matching strap covers (and learned a valuable lesson about trying to sew through sticky-back velcro - VERY BAD!). I love how they turned out - I even did binding around the edges for a nice touch, AND the patterns on them match up when they're on!
By far the simplest part of this project was this little head holder (I don't know what they're called). This took less than half and hour and turned out great first try!
I think Hazel will be very cozy in here!
Oh, and the blue seat liner was the one I used for Oliver. I bought it at Pottery Barn Kids and I think it works just fine with the fabric I decided on. Turns out there IS such thing as too much pink! :)
I also made a Ragamuffin Skirt for our girl in a 6-12 month size. (Which is right when she'll be learning to crawl, so maybe a skirt with a big bow in front isn't the smartest idea?).
Oh, and I tried my hand at a few handmade bibs. I never liked the bibs Oliver had, and have never been a big fan of the ones you can buy at the store with all kinds of sassafrass sayings on them. I just wanted a few simple yet interesting bibs with now words or princesses on them.
These were probably my easiest, most satisfying project of all because they were so quick to make and turned out beautifully.
I just traced one of Oliver's dirty old bibs onto some pattern paper (you can buy it at JoAnn's) and used the pattern to cut out pretty fabric for the fronts and chenille fabric for the backs.
Then I stitched them right sides together, leaving a small, 3" gap for turning them right side out. I inverted them, pressed them, then did a top stitch around the edge, closing up the hole I'd left.
I just bought velcro (NON-sitcky-back!) this morning, so I'll sew a bit of that on each of them later today.
Aren't they nice? I know I'll probably make a bunch more, but for now, I'm happy with a few to get started! (I also made some smaller ones from one of Oliver's smaller bibs that turned out great. I just don't have photos of those.)
Another simple baby-boy-to-baby-girl project I did was this quick switcharoo from a boy pacifier clip to a pretty girl clip.
Original blue ribbon:
Snipped the old ribbon off and stitched some pretty pink ribbon on. Quick upgrade!
And, of course I have to share with you an updated photo of the BIG project:
Now do you all feel tired and sort of secretly hope that I don't go so long before unloading my camera again? I know, it was a lot of information for one post! I'll do my best to be better at keeping track of my things and keeping my messy sewing room a little more orderly.
And, for anyone who is counting: We're down to 48 days (6 1/2 weeks) to go!
Thanks for sharing with me in my grief, my joy and my occasional crazy! I've really appreciated all your encouraging comments and emails over the past few weeks - y'all are wonderful!