Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This Week's Project - Wilmer's suit :)

When we found out from the ultrasound that we were having a boy this time, the first thing I realized is that we had almost no clothes around here for a boy baby. It's understandable since Jeremi will be 14 before Wil is born, but certainly something that needed fixing.

I went through my bins of patterns and was surprised to realize I had nothing for a boy there either! While I was considering running to Walmart or Joanns, I remembered my shelf of Sew Beautiful magazines. Hooray for Sew Beautiful!

I found an issue with a free pattern called "Aaron's Christening Romper" and thought in another fabric it would be perfect. :)

So I dug through my fabric stash looking for Something - Anything - suitable for a boy. I finally found some light blue gingham that even my husband was willing to accept as not too feminine. :)
The original pattern included a sort of triangular yoke which you are supposed to lay over your smocked piece and cut away the part of the smocking that it covers. Maybe it's just my laziness, but I was not willing to spend that much time smocking just to cut it away. Not to mention, I couldn't find the power cord for my embroidery machine. :) (Now before you look at the picture, let me explain that I am a very novice smocker. This is a total of three times that I've even tried. I don't even own a pleater, I just sew line after line of a gathering stitch on my sewing machine and then try to gather all the lines together. So let me just warn you that those funny little blue blobs are supposed to be cars and you can pretend that you knew that all along, ok?)
In the past I've made just a few outfits that opened at the legs for changing, and they were all flops. The snaps never stayed closed and the poor child was left crawling around with these billowy goofy looking wings hanging behind them. (Just ask my husband about the "bug pants". I don't think I'll ever live those down LOL) So, I tried something new. I used tiny buttons and button holes all along the inseam. They are surprisingly not difficult to button and unbutton. Hopefully that will still prove to be true ON the baby. :)
It was labled a newborn size, but it looks pretty big. At least he'll grow into it.
And then, my husband found me a power cord that worked for my embroidery machine after all. Who knew that a PS2 actually had a legitimate reason for existing?!
I can't take credit for the play on words. That was the title of a cross stitch design of a little car that I ran across on the internet somewhere while I was looking for little boy patterns and I thought it was perfect for our Wil. I plan to make a bib out of it.

Monday, January 25, 2010

News from the Kaether household :)

Last week I had my first ultrasound. The ultrasound went well and showed us a beautful, healthy baby. God is so good! I also "peeked". LOL

We are having our first boy in 14 years!! We are all so excited and looking forward to getting to meet Wilmer. (Named after my Grampa Gartman) I am starting to do some sewing and have already had a package addressed to Wil come from my Mom and Dad with some clothes. There isn't much saved from when Jeremi was a baby, understandably. :) But Wil won't be going naked. Emilie (my 3 yo) is concerned about him being naked right now though. She keeps asking if she can give Wil his clothes and toys and wondering why he isn't born yet. I think she'll love being a big sister.

Also last week, the new Daddy's Little Princess and DLP Organics websites have gone live. I'm so glad to have them done - for now anyway. You can check them out at

Juli earned herself a SPiDer nap for doing her chores above and beyond last week, so I'll be heading to Burger King or McD's with her this noon. "SPiDer" is something I've adapted from my own childhood. It stands for Special Priviledge Day. When I was little, the person with the SPiDer got to sit up front in the car if we went somewhere, dry the dishes while Mom washed (yes this was actually considered a priviledge believe it or not!) and stay up a little later after everyone else went to bed. Mom managed to do this for us weekly, which I find amazing. For my own kids, it has become something to be earned once in a while.

Here is a picture of Juli here wearing her new blouse and skirt that she made herself!

I'm probably going to be losing both of my biggest helpers for the summer to other jobs, though I'd never want them to give up the opportunities they've been given. I sat down this morning and worked out a summer schedule for the rest of the children that I think will work well. The schedule we have now, we've been using for almost a year, which is significant. I am schedule-challenged and this is the first schedule to last more than a day or two! I'm praying the new one will go as well.

Well, that's it. All the news that's fit to print, as they say. :) God bless you and have a wonderful day!

- Heidi