29 December 2012

A Fun Challenge for the New Year

Since I started sewing (3 years ago) and knitting (last year) I have built quite a stash of fabric & yarn.  It's always nice to have a strong stash for various projects and swaps, but now that Baby is on the way I need to make some space.

Young Einstein for Baby Tuckey using Madeline Tosh LEDK in Deco Green

So I'm creating a stashdown challenge for myself.  And anyone else who'd like to join in. Every week in 2013 I will make something for me or my family from my stash.  It could be clothing, toys, something for the house, or even something for the dogs (they could really use some new beds!).  Notions purchases; interfacing, buttons, zippers are allowed to complete projects and the occasional special fabrics & yarns - Hello Constellations! - will be allowed as I use up or destash what I already have.

Each week's challenge will run Monday-Sunday & the finished project and a linky party, for those who want to play along, will be posted the next day.

Kickstarter Project 0: Literary Genius e-reader cover

Here's where I can use your help, I need a name for this challenge.  I've thought about simple ones like "Stashdown 2013" or "Living Handmade", but I'd really like a name that I'm not totally annoyed with in 3 months.  So, I'm doing a little giveaway.  Leave suggestions for a title for my challenge and the one I choose will receive this boxed bottom zippy pouch I made.  

Notions pouch made with DS Quilts fabric


My new official brand!

Side view

 The winner will be chosen and notified on January 2nd.  Thanks for your help!!

25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Jake, Baby Tuckey, & me!

We're at 26 weeks now and Jelly Bean is just as wiggly as can be!  The funny thing is Jake has barely got to feel the movements because every time he gets near me Baby calms down.  I have a feeling it'll be the same way when he/she arrives.   :)

Jake is wearing his new Brownstone sweater that I knit for him.  It is a little too long, I added length because he has such a long torso, but I think when I blocked it it got even longer.  Next time I Soak it I'll probably throw it in the dryer for a few minutes at the end of drying.  It still needs a couple buttons, which Jake is going to make from antler tips, but looks great on him as is.

We had a nice quiet day, just the two of us (plus some Skyping & phone calls) and Jake made a delicious steak dinner!

Now I'm off to figure out my new serger before bedtime!!

11 December 2012

24 Weeks

Well, I had some nice stuff all written up & Blogger was telling me that it was saving my work, but when I went to publish it froze up.  When I finally got it working again all that was left was this picture.  Grrr!

Oh well, I guess you get a shorter update than I had intended because I can't remember what I wrote before.  :(

Baby is very wiggly & Jake has no gotten to feel the kicks a few times.  Tomorrow is my 24 week appointment, after the January appointment I will be going in every 2 weeks.  I can't believe how quickly this is going by,  I'm doing my best to appreciate every ache and frustration because I know it's all for a wonderful cause.  We're really looking forward to meeting this baby!   <3