Monday, November 30, 2015

Oh by Golly, One Cute Dolly!

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I've been sewing. Some selfish sewing, some gift sewing. Ok, mostly gift sewing with the high holidays of December approaching. Actually, November is a busy birthday month for us including my mom.

I went all out handmade for her and stitched up the Ruby Lou Doll  by Sew Much Ado. It was a pretty straight forward pattern, great for beginners, with the most challenging part being the embroidered face. I think P and I will sew up some for Christmas gifts. You can get your Ruby Lou Doll pattern from Go To Patterns.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Selfish Sewing: The Marmalade Jacket

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Wow, I have really been neglecting my blog but on the plus side, we have really been enjoying life! P & J are both in school all day now which means, I have the whole day to myself. Therefore, I sew for myself! Yup, I am sewing some things for me. I hardly ever sew for myself but I rarely find something tempting at the store that fits.

This month, I made The Marmalade Jacket by Waffle Patterns. I am in love with it too. It doesn't really get cold here on the south coast of Oregon but we are in a perpetual state of sweater weather. Most of my sweaters are super bulky and in neutral colors such as black. I have a lot of black sweaters and jackets.

I made my jacket out of teal thin wale corduroy and lined it (it's fully lined) with Art Gallery Fabrics "Carnaby Street." It will be by go-to jacket for most everything that doesn't require black. So, everything.

I am pretty proud of myself and feeling a lot of relief that I have a jacket in a color that is not "good old reliable" black. Seriously, I need a closet intervention. Yoga pants and black sweaters as far as the eye can see.... The most intimidating part is the snaps and making sure they line up. However, this is not a pattern for a beginner. You need some serious sewing skills here and I am not bragging. Sleeves and collars are not for the faint of heart. Lucky for you, beginners and sewists of all levels, Go To Patterns as a huge assortment of patterns available to stitch up for yourself or your children, or for a special person you need to gift..... just click here. *affiliate link*

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sick Days

We have started the year off with sick days. P has developed a deep chest cough this past week. She is a stubborn lass, which I am grateful for, as she is less likely to be a push over in her adult years. However, being stubborn also means she doesn't want to stop and be sick. Cough or no cough she was determined to go to school. Until Monday morning came along and her energy level was low,  her bed was super cozy and warm, and she had a cough that caused her head to hurt with every hack. I took P's temp, she felt warm. She had a low grade fever and a sick day.

Monday sick day with Roary. 

Taking temperatures has become a fun activity because P and J can take their temperatures independently. I recently received two Braun Thermometers to try in our home. The first one, from Influenster was the Braun Thermoscan which is a quick easy read in the ear. The second arrived from Klout and is the new Braun No Touch + Forehead thermometer. These are both super easy to use, they read incredibly fast, and are easy to read.

J taking his temp with the Braun Thermoscan. 

When taking temperatures we have a silly routine of using every thermometer in the house. This started because the Braun No Touch + Forehead thermometer was always telling me that Jack had a temperature. This thermometer also has color coded readings: green = normal, yellow = slight fever, and red = fever. Several readings on Jack's forehead have been in the red even though he had "normal for J" energy, appetite was good, and had no other symptoms that would indicate illness. We have quite a collection of thermometers that we have accumulated over the years. Three oral, two forehead, and one for the ear.

6 thermometers and 5 different readings. 
Once I took J's temp with all of these in an attempt to confirm a fever. The two forehead thermometers gave me the same reading: J had a fever. The oral thermometers were within +/- 1 degree of each other, and the ear thermometer was within the range of the oral thermometers but not an exact reading as anyone of them. Then I took P's temp with them all. She was cool to touch and I was not expecting a fever reading, she was my control. The forehead thermometers read high with the Braun No Touch + Forehead in the yellow. The orals and ear read within normal range.

I don't know why the Braun No Touch + Forehead reads high or maybe it is that the others read low. We do utilize more than one thermometer to confirm a fever but more than that we watch for other symptoms: energy level, appetite, complaints of being sick, etc... So far we have remained healthy this season except for P's recent cold battle this week but that has been minor overall.

*I received the Braun Thermoscan  free from Influenster. I received the Braun No Touch + Forehead thermometer free from Klout. All opinions are my own.