Has it really been almost a year? Yes it has. It's been an amazing year and Mommy hood has been better than I could have ever imagined! Miakoda's birthday is March 17th and we will be spending the whole day together. The following weekend, my husband and I are putting together a small dinner with close family and friends to celebrate. She will be one and although she's smart as a tack, themes, bounce houses and the like would be lost on her. We tend to gravitate to more natural celebrations anyways, so a small gathering it is. We will spend the time eating good food, having fun and most important, loving up on my sweet little one! So on to the countdown. Here is what I have done and what still needs to get done for the gathering.
Make Birthday dress and Party dress- Finished over the weekend, just need to hand wash and dry. http://andeverything-in-between.blogspot.com/2011/03/adventures-in-sewing.html Make fabric Birthday Banner- collected fabric scraps, etc. will be done Wednesday Make "Guess my Age" board- haven't started yet Finish 20 questions game and make printouts- will finish tonight Put together 2 prizes- keeping it simple, have a few ideas in mind Finish 1 year video- currently working on Finish 1 year scrapbook- not going to happen, i haven't even started it :) Shop for menu items- got some will shop for the rest at Friday's farmers market Make edible fruit display- will get fruit Friday and make Friday evening
Menu so far; Grilled Vegetable sandwichs on whole wheat Mock Tuna salad sandwiches on rolls Kale salad Quinoa salad Edible fruit display Variety of tortilla and pita chips with avocado chutney, hummus and salsa Variety of Nori rolls http://andeverything-in-between.blogspot.com/2010/03/nori-rolls.html Variety of cupcakes Hibiscus tea with guava and a Floral mixed tea
I've always been kind of interested in sewing, but didn't really catch the bug until after my daughter was born. It was then that I really started to long to make her cloth diapers and clothing myself. My mother was a wonderful seamstress and made everything imaginable. I knew that if she was still with us, she would have made so many things for my daughter and taught me how to make those adorable diapers and covers she made for my nieces and nephews.
It took me awhile to gather up the time and supplies, but I was determined to sew my daughters 1st birthday dress. I bought some beautiful fabric back in December and was so excited to finally put it to use. I borrowed my sisters sewing machine and accessories, went through my mothers old patterns and bought some other things I would need for my projects. I wanted to make a simple dress for her actual birthday and then something slightly more fancy for her birthday party.
The most intense part for me was figuring out the patterns. I wound up getting 2 simpler patterns off Etsy for the dresses. I really wanted to use my mothers, but I just could not figure them out. I will use them in the future I'm sure. I was quite amazed that I remembered how to load a bobbin and thread a machine. It all just came back to me. I used to spend hours at her feet while she sewed or playing around in her sewing room asking questions and "helping". I can't remember an exact lesson, but somehow all that my mother had taught me about sewing that was locked away in my brain somewhere came flowing out. I did a couple of practice stitches on a scrap, but felt pretty comfortable quite quickly. My mother was guiding me for sure!
I'm no pro and I know with time my stitching and technique will get better, but I truly enjoyed making these dresses and can't wait to have my own sewing room! I'll continue to post my progress. Perhaps one day my daughter will be playing at my feet and "helping" while I'm sewing things for her.
(back of party dress)
(birthday dress) (p.s, apologies for the horrid pics. Better ones to come)