Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Kathleen, thank you so much for your beautiful words and sharing your sweet Logan with us. I love the last picture of your family--you can just see the joy on all your faces. And I think that's one thing I loved most about your spotlight--despite Logan having this extremely rare condition you love your life, you love your son and it shows. And yes to "please don't pity us." I think sometimes people confuse compassion with pity--they are not the same thing and pity is truly not helpful and can even be offensive. (I feel a blog post coming on...) Thanks again Kathleen and keep being the amazing warrior mama for Logan that you are.
As always if you or someone you know would like to participate in the special needs spotlight please email me, or have them email me directly, at thislittlemiggy at gmail dot com.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
I have mixed feelings when it comes to accessorizing baby girls. About the time I had my first baby the ginormous flower/bow baby headbands came into fashion and it just wasn't me. In fact I find a lot of baby girl hair accessories just aren't my style. Additionally, sometimes I feel like we're supposed to put a bow on our baby girls as a way of letting the rest of the world know, Yes, this is a girl baby. And something about that just annoys me.
Buuuut, it is fun to be girly and there's a limited amount of time when you can put anything you want in their hair and they can't yet pull it out/protest/run away. And there's something about a small, fabric bow in a cute print that hits just the right note for me. Somehow it seems classic and modern at the same time. These little bows take a little practice to get them just right, but once you figure it out they come together pretty quickly.
sewing machine + iron
ribbon and/or elastic
1. Grab some fabric scraps. Since they're pretty small you can use your fabric scraps for this project. I was so happy because I've held onto a few scraps of fabric I just love, but the scraps were too small to use elsewhere.
2. Cut them into rectangles. I didn't measure exactly, just cut based off size of scrap I had. That being said, the smaller it is the harder it will be to work with.
3. You can see that the bottom red one ended up being 4inches long and a little less than 2 inches wide. Feel free to play around with the proportions here. Also make sure you have extra fabric for the middle band. As you can see those scraps are even smaller.
4. Fold in half the long way and sew a seam along the side with a small seam allowance. Remember these bows are tiny! Since the seam will be covered up anyway you can just sew the seam on the right side of the fabric.
5. With the seam in the middle of the fabric, iron it flat.
6. Now loop it together with one end tucked inside the other end. It may help to fold the corners a little to get the end securely inside. You want to have plenty of overlap for step 9. Also the seam should be on the inside of the loop.
7. Now fold the bow making sure that the raw edge of the fabric is in the middle.
8. Iron flat.
Now you'll want a good sized needle for this next part. This pin is quite a bit bigger and longer than most of my push pins.
9. Now to make the proper folds in the bow you're going to weave this pin in and out of the little fabric bow you have. Start with the pin going in on the top or upper part of the fabric. It may help to draw a line in pencil marking the center.
10. Try to get 3 distinct pleats like this, and then push it all together to get a nice little scrunch. If they end of your fabric isn't pushed far enough into the opposite end, this is where it will fall apart. I tried sewing the ends together, but it made it too bulky for this step (at least for the size of bows I was making).
Gathering some very soft and thin elastic (I like this kind for little baby heads) plus some cute and dainty ribbon you can sew them together to make cute little headbands.
Make sure to measure baby's head and add 1-1.5 inches for overlap. Also, use at least 5 inches of elastic around the bottom so you have plenty of soft stretch. I even just made one headband entirely from the elastic and of course it's the softest and stretchiest of all. Then just hot glue your bow on. Make sure to glue your bow slightly off center on the ribbon.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Some of you long time readers may remember that when we started looking for homes in SA that I did the dumbest thing you could ever do--I started looking WAY too early and fell head over heels in love with a beautiful midcentury modern home that we could never get. For starters we probably weren't going to buy a home and secondly, by the time it came to actually go house hunting it was no longer on the market. It seemed pretty hopeless, but I could not get this house out of my head. When I came to San Antonio to look at home I came to this house--my San Antonio dream house--and knocked on the front door. When the owner answered I explained that I knew his home was no longer for sale, but that my family and I would be moving to San Antonio in 3 weeks and would they be willing to rent it out to us? Incredibly they said yes! Can you believe that? Sometimes I'm still amazed how it all worked out. It has been the perfect house for us. We love this home and will be sad to move. Forgive me as many of these pics you may have already seen from other posts, but I wanted to have them all in one spot as a homage to our home here in San Antonio.
As excited as I am to own a home again it's going to be hard to top this home in terms of charm and the overall cool factor. Seriously, this house is just cool. Almost everyone who comes here for this first time comments on what a great house this is. And I'm always like, Ya.... it is. When you first walk in there is a little entry way with this brick planter and sort of floating closet and a great sputnik type light fixture hanging right above. The formal living room to the left is bright and open.
This wall is probably my favorite feature in the entire house. There is a little pass-through window to the kitchen. Apparently this was used for passing-through cocktail drinks from the kitchen into the main living room where the par-tay was presumably happening back in the day. However our girls have used this primarily as their drive-thru window when playing McDonald's.
What's even more amazing is that our landlord told us that these bricks were mined from a lake bed in Utah in the 1950's. These are real fossils people. I love that! Especially since both B and I have Utah roots. Isn't that amazing? Our landlord said they only allowed this lake bed to be mined for 3 years (from 1954-1957 I believe) and there are quite a few houses up and down these streets with this same brick--but many people renovated their homes and tore it down over the years. So glad this original beauty is still here. It's also the same brick used in the front planter.
Large family room, aptly renamed the friendship room by our eldest.
These shelves divide the friendship room from the computer and my studio. This was not my ideal set up for a studio space, but for 3 years it has worked well. You may remember when B made these shelf inserts for this long divider wall. And of course that beautiful modern kids table.
And of course our bedroom that we worked so hard to make our own. B's amazing bed, my quilt and even the desk renovation.
The backyard has been a pretty great little space as well. The girls love playing out there... be still my heart, they look so young here.
But what I love even more are the people in it.
Thankfully I get to take them with me to Cincinnati.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
We put an offer in on a house in Cincy.
And I'm kinda sick.
And we took our car into get fixed and instead it got returned to us with our power chair lift broken and a dent in the back all while the original problem we took the car in for was miraculously unfixed. Now they're fixing it.
And I'm helping to make a prom dress for a girl in our church.
And I've got a baby who is 3. MONTHS. OLD.
But life is good. Life is "I am in love with this amazing, most delightful 3 month old human I have ever met" good.
She is a dream.
We talk and coo and cuddle all day and I love it.
I am officially in baby heaven.
Don't even try to tell me she is anything other than the most perfect baby that ever existed because I won't believe it.
Just popping in to say hi.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Steven and Me, 1980
Steven at Latitudes
My stepdad, Mom and Steven
Jessica I loved reading your thoughts, feelings and perspective about your brother Steven. It's clear you love him deeply, yet like all siblings it hasn't always been an easy road. I'm so glad you reached out because I love getting a siblings perspective on life with a special needs family member. First, your mom sounds like a rock star. I hope I can be as patient, strong and steadfast as your mother. Second, I admire your dedication to your brother as well. Perhaps there's never been any question as to who would take over his care when your Mom is gone, but I don't think that is something every sibling would take on. Thanks for your insights--so valuable for all us special needs parents. (Communicate! Check.) I love your final thoughts, There is so much good in this broken world; you just have to look for it.... Choose joy. Choose Love. Amen and amen. Thanks again Jessica, this was wonderful.
As always, if you or someone you know would like to participate in the special needs spotlight please email me, or have them email me directly, at thislittlemiggy at gmail dot com.
Have a great weekend!