Monday, May 30, 2011


G'day mate!  The Hydes have been in Aussie country visiting Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Rich and Oma for almost a week now and it's been a blast thus far. 

We've seen a lot of Brisbane and the surrounding countryside, as well as the Noosa area to the north.  Apparently Noosa makes it into a lot of those 'Places to See Before You Die' lists.  It was gorgeous while we were there albeit cloudy. 

Yesterday, Rob and I went on our first date since this past November when we celebrated our 2 year anniversary.  Having a baby will do that to you!  It was lovely.  We walked a lot of downtown Brisbane and the area they call South Bank.  Lots of cafes with outdoor seating and several museums.  After a double chocolate muffin and coffees in one such outdoor cafe, we ambled over to the Queensland Museum... and then we ambled some more.  Since my sweet husband knows I love movies, we stopped in for a 3D showing of the new Pirates of the Carribean.  Such a wonderful afternoon and a wonderful memory. 

Today we plan to visit one of the many beaches along the Gold Coast. My MIL calls this the Miami area of Australia.  Lots of high rises, young people and old, all of them wealthy.  But fabulous beaches!  I can't wait to get a tan.  For my sake and others. We'll keep you updated!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Recent Projects

There are babies popping out everywhere!  Here's a burp cloth I made following the Jones Design Company tutorial for brand new baby boy Camren.  I actually sewed twice around the edge this time as E. Jones suggests and it made it look much more finished and professional.  I used an organic cotton batting instead of terry.  The cotton was MUCH easier to deal with.  The fabric is leftover from Wyatt's bedding.

Babies abound right now as do weddings!  It seems like we're going to one every weekend through August.  Not that I'm complaining, I love weddings.  Since we have so many to attend a $50 store bought gift for each of them just isn't an option.  So I've been searching Pottery Barn, Anthro, Williams Sonoma etc for chic wedding gifts that I could tweak and DIY.  A month or so ago I was at my favorite Goodwill (off De Zavala in San Antonio) and found 8 of these Dwell Studio napkins.  There's a Target across the street and apparently they have some sort of relationship set up with that Goodwill in which Target dumps their clearance items that didn't sell.  Did they even try to sell these? They're so cute I can't imagine them sitting on a clearance rack for long.  Lucky for me, I guess. 

So I snatched them up and monogrammed an aqua 'S' on each as part of a wedding gift.    

And those are my recent projects. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tutorial: How to Hem Jeans

Disclaimer: I am not a professional sewer seamstress and would probably cause a true professional heart palpitations if they saw the following.  I would call myself 'one stage past beginner' on the scale of sewing.  If I can do this, so can you.

Here's my easy way to hem a pair of jeans.  In my case, I bought a pair of maternity jeans from Goodwill for $10 (I know, it was like a high end Goodwill) that had already been hemmed by their first owner to hit my ankle bone.  Not satisfied with the high water look, I hemmed them into capris.

You'll need:

-Sewing machine that can handle thick fabrics using a straight stitch
-Sharp pair of fabric scissors
-Thread to match your pair of jeans (I chose navy)
-Measuring tape

Try the jeans on and mark where you'd like them hemmed.  Take them off and measure the total length of that extra amount of jean you want gone.  Then half that measurement and fold the excess accordingly.  In my case, I wanted a total of 7 inches hemmed.  So I folded the jeans to measure 3.5 inches.  Pin the fold in place.

Sew a straight stitch right next to the existing hem on the outside of your fold.  The presser foot I have attached in the pic plops the needle down on the far left of the foot, a perfect guide.  This can get tricky depending on the width of your jean leg opening.  The smaller the opening, the harder it is to keep from sewing the leg closed.

Stop and have a snack.  Especially if you're pregnant.  
-I didn't know my camera could take such a good food picture-  
And don't worry, I munched on this healthy mix for about 5 minutes and then switched to Rolo's and Life Savers. 

Caution: Don't get too distracted by your snack, lest you sew without looking and sew your folds together as mentioned previously.  The seam ripper is my most used sewing tool.

After carefully sewing your straight stitch, turn the excess jean material up inside your jeans.  And you'll have this.  

Looks nice on the outside, bothersome on the inside.  Step 4 will fix it.

Sew a top stitch (perhaps the correct term) on the outside of your newly hemmed jeans right next to the original hem that you 'saved' by sewing in a flap.  

You'll have this.  Unless you're showing someone how you hemmed your own jeans, no one will notice if you use a coordinating thread.

To lose the bothersome-ness,  carefully turn the flap back out and cut to the LEFT of your two modifying stitches.  

I say carefully because if you're not, you'll accidently cut through the good side of your newly hemmed jeans. Rats. Luckily these jeans are distressed already so once through the wash should fray this and essentially hide it.


I hope it made sense and if it doesn't, leave me a comment and I'll clarify.

I also used this tutorial from Craftster to turn several bottoms into maternity shorts.  Very simple instructions with pictures.  

Sunday, May 8, 2011

4 Months!

This is actually the first photo I've taken of myself pregnant.  With Wyatt I'm pretty sure I documented 7 weeks, 10, 12, 14, and 16 weeks by now.  Oh well.  It's just different this time around.

When I was about 10 I found all of the baby albums in a cabinet of my parent's house.  I say albums plural because of course, there were two of us, but also because my older sister had about 4 albums and I had one.  Nearly in tears, I asked my mom where were the rest of mine??  She said I'd understand when I had kids, especially more than one.  And now I do.  Already I do.