Hey peeps! Long time, no chat.
Just popping in for a quick coffee today as it’s Halloween and I need to get out of the office early to go get everyone prepped for an unusually frigid trick-or-treating excursion (yes, high of 47 counts as a “frigid” Halloween in Kansas. Thank goodness there’s no snow in the forecast. I might cry).
Well I hope y’all don’t mind that I’m going to be talking about baseball a lot these next few weeks because MY KC ROYALS ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!
It’s crazy and awesome how excited this city is for its baseball team this fall. It’s been a great rallying point bringing the whole city together. And they’re just such a great team! I know I’m biased, but the story I keep hearing and reading again and again is how it’s impossible not to like the Royals because they’re genuinely nice guys with no huge egos who are acutely aware of the fact that they are making history and what they mean to this city. It’s great to see.
The team celebrating after a home ALCS victory.
I’m sporting my blue — for those not indoctrinated in to the Royals culture, 1985 was the last time the Royals were in MLB playoffs (they won the World Series that year), so the references to ’85 hearken back to those days.
My older two kids, J and N, had the honor of being ring bearer and flower girl in John and Val’s wedding last month, and while J was able to wear his suit from the spring, I did make a new flower girl dress for N:
She did not want to cooperate with pictures at this moment, so be prepare for a lot of goofy faces in this post.
Sorry I missed our coffee date last week! We arrived home from Florida on Thursday evening and it was almost 10:30 pm CDT by the time we got home. The kids were troopers but they were so tired by that point. N in particular had reached the end of her rope and was sobbing hysterically (to the point that we couldn’t understand what she was saying) as we were driving home. We took the weekend to recuperate and everyone was very happy to go back to school/work on Monday.
My goodness, it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything substantive in this poor neglected space that I hardly know where to begin.
I guess I’ll dust out the cobwebs and just dive right in with MY handmade dress that I wore to my baby brother’s wedding.
The wedding was in Bradenton, FL (outside Sarasota) and while fall has arrived in the Midwest, Florida was still decidedly warm and muggy. Since we would have someone to stay with the kiddos after bedtime, Albert and I were able to go back to the reception and boogie the night away, so I knew that I needed something that could move and breathe.
Initially I planned to make a 2-piece set for the wedding, using the Named Vanamo 2-Piece Cocktail Dress. But I just wasn’t feeling it, and I certainly wasn’t feeling the heavier, stiffer fabrics that it would have required. So about a month before the wedding, I totally shifted gears, sourced some ah-mazing silk crepe from Stevie Saint Fabrics‘ etsy shop and broke out the By Hand London Anna Dress.
With my guy in my Anna Dress. It’s so rare to get a picture of the two of us with no kids!
If we were having coffee this morning, I would apologize for being so late this week. But of course you couldn’t be too mad at me because you’d be joining me on a gorgeous Florida beach!
I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! There are so many amazing indie patterns available these days that it can be hard to sort through them all and find something that really works for what you need. I hope that the reviews I do here help readers get a good idea of what to expect from a pattern, but sometimes you just need ideas about where to start!
So periodically (hopefully weekly, but don’t hold me to that), I plan to do round ups of indie patterns for exactly that purpose. I thought I’d start with a category that is under-represented in the indie pattern world — maternity and nursing.
If we were having coffee today, I’d say thanks for showing up to chat with me every Friday even though my sewing-related posting has been sparse. I was in trial last week and am working on projects for my brother’s wedding, so I haven’t gotten around to photographing anything in ages!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it appears that my sweet Baby J is lactose intolerant. As you’ve likely figured out if you’ve paid attention at all over the last couple of years, we are a mixed-race family. My husband is 100% Asian-American. Statistically about 90% of Asian-Americans are lactose intolerant and it tends to be genetic. So it was almost inevitable that one of my kids would inherit this trait. It appears that Baby J was the unlucky one.
He was breastfed for almost 12 months, so he didn’t start exhibiting symptoms until recently. But a couple of weeks ago, he started having digestive issues for no apparent reason and that weren’t resolving. When my sweet little boy was cranky all the time, pooping 5-6 times per day, and developing terrible diaper rash that we couldn’t get ahead of because of the diarrhea, I knew something was up.
Last week the lovely Michelle of Handmade Martini invited me to participate in this blog hop that’s making the rounds of the sewing internets.
To be honest, when I first saw the email hit my inbox with the sender listed only as “Michelle,” my first thought was , “Who the $&%# is this and what are they trying to sell me?” But I quickly realized what was going on, and I was quite flattered! I mean, Michelle is big time. Or at least big time next to little ol’ me, toiling away in relative obscurity in my basement sewing dungeon in my corner of Kansas.
But now down to business. Michelle deviated from the standard “why do you write” questions for this blog hop and asked me sewing questions instead. Good decision — the reasons that I sew are likely way more interesting than the reason I write. Let’s face it, I write because I can’t have a blog without writing and because I’m a lawyer. Law school and my subsequent 10 years of practice has pretty much instilled in me the need to share every bit of knowledge in my head with anyone who will listen. My husband will attest that you really don’t want to get caught in the middle of a dinner conversation with two lawyers. Well, I guess you might if you need a cure for insomnia :)
If we were having coffee today … Well, it’s Friday night so let’s be real here, we’d be having drinks!