Love, Grandma

As a grandma who once had two wonderful grandmas of her own, I totally get how much grandmas love their grandkids and how they enjoy giving gifts to them. That said, sometimes the gifts may turn out to be a little, um, off the mark. But if making a giant doily to cover your grandkid’s spare tire doesn’t say love, what does?

jeep doilyLots more gifts from Grandma here.

 

The Joy of Making Baby Booties

IMG_20160513_1934236_rewindWe have another grandchild on the way, I’m tickled to report. In fact, Grandchild #3  is due to arrive within a month or less.

Several months ago, I decided to make some baby booties for her that I had seen in a wonderful book called Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones. I had no idea how long it would take to make a cute pair of booties (much less two pairs!), but as it turned out, bootie-making is the perfect occupation for someone recovering from an illness as I was this past spring. The bootie-making process was slow-going, with a fair amount of hand-stitching at the end, but it was worth the time it took.

I gave the booties to my daughter at her baby shower a few weeks ago, and she was delighted with them. The first pair was made from vintage fabric, and the second pair was made from the scraps of the Star Wars quilt I made last Christmas. I can’t wait to see my little granddaughter wear her booties this fall!

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“Hi, Reindeer!”

IMG_20160418_145634This little deer statue came with our house. I left it in the yard for a few years without really thinking about it, but one of its ears is missing and it’s kind of cheesy-looking, so I figured I’d get rid of it before long.

But that was before I discovered that when my grandson comes to visit, he says “Hi, Reindeer!” to the deer before coming into the house, and bids it “Bye, Reindeer!” when he leaves.

Grandma says the deer gets a reprieve. :)

Clothes for the Grandkids

I loved sewing for my children when they were little. I don’t know how I found the time to do so, but I did. Now I’m having a ball making clothes for my grandkids, and I don’t have to squeeze sewing sessions in during nap times or late at night because I have much more free time these days.

Our grandson loves the Avengers and anything that has to do with super heroes, so buying this fabric was a no-brainer:

IMG_20160304_2042430_rewindNot long ago during our weekly Skype visit, he modeled his shorts; his mother says he wears them all the time. I was so pleased!

I also made a dress with matching panties for our granddaughter. But she just started crawling this week, so I’m not sure how often they’ll be putting her in dresses now. Maybe she can wear this to church though:

IMG_20160304_2043269_rewindI made both items on my vintage Bernina using fabric from JoAnn Fabrics, which joins Hobby Lobby as my only remaining shopping-for-fabric-in-person options now that Hancock Fabrics is going out of business (sniffle!).

Happy 2016!

I spent much of the last part of 2015 working on two quilts that were Christmas gifts (photos to come). I managed to finish them in time but I must have been crazy to put myself under such a deadline. There were several interruptions, including emergency surgery on one of my kids (she’s OK now, thank God), the purchase of a car and a broken part on my sewing machine.

The Christmas season was full of surprises, the best of them being the announcement by our daughter and son-in-law that they’re expecting their first child this summer. We are very excited about this wonderful news! This will be our third grandchild; we were blessed to spend some time over the holidays with our first two bright and gorgeous grandchildren, and they are a delight :) We Skype with them every week and love it, but there’s nothing like being there in person.

The holidays gave me an opportunity to reconnect with some old friends, which is always nice. Some were also homeschooling parents, so we have much to talk about. I continue to find it interesting that some of their kids are doing very well as adults while others continue to find their way. I mean this in terms of their faith lives, not their work or personal lives, as all seem gainfully employed and/or busy raising their own children. These things are also true of my own children. It appears to me that homeschooling creates wonderful family lives and good educational experiences, but cannot create an adult who handles everything perfectly, no matter what the speakers at homeschool conventions may tell you! That said, it’s a privilege to watch our adult children navigate the world with all of its joys and challenges.

In 2016, I hope to update Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers with additional projects and information. We also have a couple of eBooks in the pipeline at Cardamom that will hopefully be published this year. And of course, there will be more quilts….and a new baby to love!

Wishing you a blessed 2016,
Barb