Thursday, March 28, 2013

Little People Clothes

I have been on a sewing rampage the last couple weeks, making some little things for my sweet niece, Avery. If you hadn't guessed from this blog by now, I'm just a tad bit obsessed with that little girl. That, plus the need to bust out of my sewing slump, plus some free online patterns led to this little burst of creative energy that I thought I would share with you all.

First, my roommate was looking to clean out her closet and get rid of some clothes that she hasn't worn in (about 5) years. There was one skirt in particular that she didn't want anymore and she asked me if I wanted it and rather than say no, I told her that she could just put it in my sewing box. For some reason it struck me that the print would make a cute baby dress. So a few days later, while watching a movie I sat and unpicked the whole darn thing. Here's the fabric that I got:
And here is the little dress I made out of it, using the free Itty Bitty Baby Dress pattern from Made by Rae, which I enlarged to fit Avery's 1-year-old measurements, instead of the newborn size. Also, for this dress I had an unfortunate scorched fabric incident that led to this dress being two-tiered, instead of just one. It's cuter in person, I promise.

Sorry the picture is blurry, I didn't get a better shot of this one before I sent it off to Texas. Since that dress came together so quick and easy, I decided to make a second one the same night, using the same pattern.
It's hard to see but it is a cute little greyish-brown and off-white stripe. I also used off-white for the piping around the middle and the bias tape around the bottom. This one is definitely my favorite of the two. I'm a sucker for stripes.

Getting both of these dresses done in one night inspired me to keep sewing for the next few days. I've never made a lot a baby clothes before, but they are so fun to sew!

So next I decided to try out the Runway Shortie Romper pattern from It's Always Autumn. Fortunately my baby is just the right size for her free pattern download, so I didn't even have to follow the part of her tutorial that explains how to make your own pattern. (Those things always tell you to use clothes that you already have that fit well and I don't have a lot of baby clothes just lying around). Thinking of summer in Texas I got the lightest weight fabric that I could find and made this little romper:
And then I decided it was too plain, so with a little advice from friends on Facebook I added a pocket and a little flowered belt and some beltloops. Here it is all dressed up and ready to run off to Texas:
Pretty cute, huh? I thought so. I think there are definitely more rompers in Avery's future! The romper inspired me to want to make some I found the Box Pleat Shorts Tutorial from Crafting Zuzzy. While I found that the sizing on the patterns she offers for download are WAY off, I did like some things about this pattern. I ended up buying this Bubble Shorts pattern from the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, and making these little cuties:
I love the way they turned out, but I do wish I had incorporated the little pleat in front from the Zuzzy pattern. Oh well, next time.

Next, I used this pattern hack from Prudent Baby and the shorts pattern pieces from the romper pattern to make these little shorts:

Right now I only have one more thing to show you- this top I made using the Geranium Dress Pattern, which I also bought, which was also from Made by Rae. Here it is, front and back:

I think I would like the fullness better if it were a dress, but I didn't have enough fabric to make it long after I used this fabric to make the ruffle shorts. I am afraid that it is going to be too small, but I am just trusting in the pattern sizing and hoping it works on my little model.

I am hoping to have some pictures of Avery wearing these clothes soon, but a one-year-old kinda does things when she wants to so I wish my sister luck playing photographer. Plus some of them haven't even made their way to Texas yet!

The moral of the [very long] story is that baby clothes are a great slumpbuster and are really really fun to make! I can't wait to make some more!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Why I'm not posting an equal sign on Facebook...

Most of you know that I am the worst when it comes to politics. I have a hard time getting involved, keeping track of what is going on, or feeling like I am educated enough to even have an opinion. I definitely don't write on this blog about politics. Heck, I hardly write on this blog at all, and when I do its usually about my life or my adventures with sewing. But as I saw so many friends post red equals signs (I just looked it up and according to Wikipedia, that's its legitimate name)
I felt as though I was taking a stand by not doing so and I wanted to explain why, for anyone who cares to know (I know that may not be anybody).

My religious beliefs define my life. I make decisions based on principles and the way I interpret those principles. That being said, the fact of homosexuality has been one that has taken some heavy pondering for me. I grew up in an area where I learned about homosexuality very early. I had friends who were 'coming out' basically as soon as we were all figuring out that the opposite sex didn't have cooties. And yes, I say friends. They were my friends, they still are my friends. So maybe you can see my struggle- I loved my friends but there were certain aspects of their lives that made me uncomfortable. But really, I ignored it, the same way that I ignored that some of my friends drank alcohol and smoked pot and did other things that I believe to be wrong.

So I never took a stand. I never knew exactly where to stand either; some of you may be surprised to learn that the LDS church doesn't make many statements about what its members should do in regards to gay rights. It wasn't until this past Fall that I decided to search out the Church's teachings on homosexuality in general and specifically on gay rights. One of the things I found that really helped me understand that Church's position was this:
Interview With Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Lance B. Wickman: “Same-Gender Attraction”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks is one of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Wickman is another General Authority in our church. Here they have been assigned to speak for the Church.

So here it is. The reasons I won't be posting a red equals sign on Facebook:

I believe that God, our Heavenly Father, gets to decide what is right and what is wrong. In this case, through His scriptures and through His living servants, the Prophet and others, He has clearly declared that homosexuality is wrong. I also believe that the point of this life is for me to become as much like my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, as I possibly can. Therefore, I try to align my beliefs about what is right and wrong with His.

I believe that our Heavenly Father defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Here is where He has said so clearly through one of His servants.

We say "there should be no sex (or sexual relations of any kind) outside of marriage" and to now say "no sex outside of marriage, plus no sex inside of homosexual marriages" could be confusing to some people.

I believe that there is a teaching aspect to the law. As Elder Oaks explains, "Law has at least two roles: one is to define and regulate the limits of acceptable behavior. The other is to teach principles for individuals to make individual choices. The law declares unacceptable some things that are simply not enforceable, and there’s no prosecutor who tries to enforce them. We refer to that as the teaching function of the law."

My own study of the scriptures has led me to believe that a nation's best chance for happiness is to govern according to God's laws. It is what our Founding Fathers believed as well. Didn't they make us "one nation under God," after all?  One example is the reign of King David in the Old Testament in the Bible: "David’s reign was the most brilliant of Israelitish history, for…the whole government rested upon a religious basis, and the will of God was the law of Israel.” The Book of Mormon echoes these sentiments, including a warning about what will happen if we don't govern based on correct principles: “If the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of  God will come upon you; yea then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.” -Msh, 29:27

These reasons, and others, are why I can't feel good about posting an equals sign on my Facebook, though I love my friends that experience same-gender attraction very much. I know that our Heavenly Father loves you very much too. I know He wants what is best for you, the things that will bring you the most lasting happiness in this life and in the life to come. I have come to know these things through my direct communication with my Heavenly Father as I have prayed to Him and as He has sent His Spirit to answer me. I want you to know that I follow the leaders of my church, not blindly, but because Heavenly Father has reassured me that they are His servants and that they speak for Him.

I don't want to start a debate by posting this, I just wanted to share my beliefs. I hope that you can respect them, as I respect your beliefs.

I also hope you can ignore misspellings and grammatical errors- I kind of had to write this in a hurry because I am going to be late for work!

The final thought I want to leave you with is love. Christ teaches us to love one another, regardless of our different beliefs. May we all treat one another with love.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

January + February Recap

Before March is completely over, I wanted to remember and blog about my first two months of the year. That is, the things that I can remember. Seriously, my memory is so bad when it comes to keeping things in a timeline...I can remember that things happened, just not when they happened.


The first few weeks of January, I basically just worked...I guess I spent a little too much for Christmas so I really had to get back into the working game. Here's me at work:


January 12- One of the fun things we did for Relief Society was to go skating at the temporary skating rink they installed in town. Here I am with some of the cute girls from the ward:
 left to right: Me, Lindsay, Abby, Kelsey, Donna, and Karli
February 19- My sweet roommate Kelsey celebrated her 20th birthday. She loves cats and all things Disney, so of course we had a Disney/Cats themed party!

 Left to right we are dressed as: Catwoman, Marie (from Aristocats), Mickey Mouse, and the Cheshire Cat

January 20/21- took an Advanced Cutting class with Jon Reyman. He's kind of an Aveda celebrity and I have to say his class kind of blew my mind:

January 30- This little one (my niece, Avery) turned 1, and it just about broke my heart that I couldn't be there for it. Fortunately, she has an awesome mom who threw her a sweet Native American themed party, complete with teepee. She even got her own cake:


Feb 2-  We found out last fall that my Dad was called as a new Mission President for 2013, but they finally announced it in the Church News in February, along with the caption below:
Kelly and Mark Bonham
Mark Everett Bonham, 53, and Kelly Anne Moon Bonham, five children, Hillside Ward, Alpine Utah North Stake. Brother Bonham is a former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop, ward Young Men president and missionary in the New York New York Mission. Partner, SageCreek Partners. Born in Keyser, W. Va., to Neil Everett and Elaine Georgia King Bonham.

Sister Bonham serves as a counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency and is a former counselor in a stake Primary presidency, stake Primary music specialist, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency and ward enrichment leader. Born in Provo, Utah, to Harold Kay and Mayva Anne Moon.

I'm so proud of my parents and their willingness to serve the Lord! I will miss them tremendously over the next 3 years, but fortunately I can talk to and visit them whenever I want! 

February 16- Found out that Mom and Dad will be serving in the Everett Washington Mission. Yay! I am so glad they are not going to be more than a pretty short plane ride away. Definitely increases the chances of me being able to see them semi-regularly!

February 22- We are becoming quite famous for the costume parties that we throw at our apartment. In honor of Valentine's Day (sort of) we held a "Pucker Up" Party where the ladies had to wear lipstick and the gentlemen had to sport mustaches:

Looking Forward...

 We are already 2 weeks into March; so soon enough I will be doing a recap of my last month in SLO, because I am moving back to Utah the first week in April. There are definitely things and people that I will miss here, but I am really excited about being back close to my family. Hopefully I can make these last few weeks the best of all my time here!