Sunday, December 16, 2007
It is amazing to see how much our little one is changing in such a short period of time. She is already almost five weeks old and we can't believe how fast the time is already flying by.
Things have been going well, but not without ups and downs. We found out that little Charlotte had lost half a pound at her one month check up. I think I cried for two days straight - poor Doug. Things seem to be going a little better since we have begun to supliment formula after every breast feeding. Our little angels disposition is much happier - seeing as she was very grumpy for about a week when I didn't know she was hungry. We find out tomorrow if she has put on any more weight. Our hopes are high. :)
Here is a photo of our little sleeping beauty during a nap time in one of her favorite places - the swing. She looked so sweet I just had to snap a picture of her.
Finally, here is a photo of the wall plaque I made her. I still love her nursery and I loved the way this turned out. For those of you interested - it is a pretty inexpensive project. So... just email me and I will give you the directions if you want them. Thanks, Mom, for the inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by. Keep standing by for a few more new apron styles. They are done, I just have to wait until after Christmas to post them. :) Wouldn't want to ruin a surprise for anyone.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Charlotte Keelin English made her debut at 11:34 p.m. Tuesday, November 13th. Our precious little bundle weighed 8 lbs 3.5 oz and was 18 1/2 inches long. We are all doing great and thanking our lucky stars for grandmas' and family. They have all been wonderful in helping Doug, Charlotte and I adjust to life together.
We will keep you posted with additional pictures - maybe some that show her hair, which is strawberry blonde by the way. Big surprise. :) We think she is beautiful and we are thrilled to have her here. Stay tuned...
Saturday, November 10, 2007
The feeding and changing corner of the room. Thanks to my parents for the glider and my in-laws for the bed. My grandmother also gave us the bedding. I love the way everything turned out.
Don't you love this precious print. It is by an artist on www.etsy.com. Check out her illustrations at www.sarahjanestudios.etsy.com. This picture went over the changing table.
The closet corner... My child will definitely be clothed well this next year. The closet is full of beautiful things. The shelf you see there will evently adorn some hooks where I plan to display her coming home dress and shoes.
You didn't really think I would show you her name did you? I can't wait to post the wall plaque after she has arrived. Hopefully that will be soon.
We have only nine days till her due date. We shall just see what she decides to do. We may have a Thanksgiving baby after all. :)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Happy Harvest Day or Halloween! It is hard to believe that we are already through Octoboer and heading very quickly into the holiday season. Above is my front door. Doug absolutely hates the scarecrow. There is a window behind him so it looks like there is someone in the doorway every time we look over at the front door. It scares him. :) I keep it there anyway. Ha! Ha!
Below is one of the pumpkins carved at our house two weekends ago. Doug's sister, Kate and her boyfriend, James, both came for the weekend and we decided to carve pumpkins. The one pictured is James' creation. He completely did this freehand - amazing! He and Kate both are great artists. Doug and I used a template on ours and it looks fantastic, only it is starting to wither away and no longer blog worthy. :)
I went to the doctor yesterday. The baby has already dropped - the reason for all the pain in the lower part of my body. I am also almost 2 cm dilated. My doctor was thrilled and told us it won't be long now. So... we just wait. Your prayers are greatly appreciated as we anticipate our new arrival.
Stay safe out there this evening. I am off to bake cupcakes for a Harvest party we are attending tonight at some friends.
Monday, October 29, 2007
37 weeks today. It is hard to believe. Finally it feels like things are coming together and we are actually ready for our little one to arrive. Her bag is packed and mine practically is. It is kind of hard to have everything in a bag waiting by the door when certain items have to be used everyday. So... right now I kind of feel like I am living out of a suitcase in a way - basically just living out of my toiletry bag. :)The nursery is almost done. We have all the furniture but the changing table - which I have been told to wait on. Other than that I am working on the art work for the walls. Above the bed will be a wall plaque with her name on it. Of course I can't show you that until after she arrives. Other than that, the curtains, glider and furniture are in place. Look at the beautiful crib. We finally got all the pieces and Doug put it together this weekend. It soon will be filled with our little princess.
I am feeling well, just a little sore and wobbly. It is also hard for me to get in and out of bed, out of the car, off the sofa. Other than a few false labor contractions yesterday on the way to church (scared Doug to death) all is well. I guess we will just have to see when our little bit will decide she is ready to enter into this world. Not much longer now. Stay posted. :)
Monday, October 15, 2007
When you go to my new esty site - www.alisaprons.etsy.com - you will find this great banner at the top of my page. www.loftybydesign.etsy.com designed it for me and I am thrilled with it. You will probably find me redesigning a few of my things - business cards, garment tags, etc. Let me know what you think, but I am very pleased.
This is the nursing apron I have been promising to post. It is for my sister-in-law, Mary Catherine. She is expecting my niece, Adeline Elizabeth, in January.
I got the idea for this ingenious garment from a gift I received for my little one. Courtney Dettling Sirmon gave me a nursing apron from another company and I thought it was incredibly clever (so did all the other seasoned mothers who did not have such a garment to cover with when they were breastfeeding). Of course I examined the one that I was given (which includes the boning above that allows you and baby to see each other while feeding, an adjustable strap, and a terry "towel" in the inside corner of the cover to help with messy mouths) and knew that I could make it. With a little research and a little help from the ladies at Joann Fabrics I was able to put something together. You will notice this one has my niece's monogram at the bottom in chocolate brown - her mother's favorite, pink and chocolate. Let me know what you think.
I couldn't help but make Mary some matching burp cloths. They turned out well and I hope she will love them both. All this will be up soon on www.alisaprons.etsy.com to buy. Until then, if you have someone in mind that you would like one or both of these for just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for looking!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Well, I believe I have found a solution to my website issues. I came across this website the other day after hearing about it on the Martha Stewart Show. It allows me to sell my goods in an online shop - and makes it easier for you purchase them. All you need is a Paypal account and you will have to set up an Etsy account in order to buy. Beware, though, there are all kinds of great things on this site. This website specializes in handmade items and there are all sorts of fun, original things to be had.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Mine doesn't look as elegant as the one pictured, but it marks for me a new season - my favorite season, Autumn.
There is nothing like a warm cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea (whatever your preference) on a cool fall morning. It is sweet, yummy and full of warmth, kind of like the season.
For all of you that live more to the south than me I do not envy you. The falls here are beautiful. Growing up in south Alabama, autumn only lasted a couple of weeks - sometimes one week depending on the weather. Here, we actually have a season. The leaves have not changed yet, but they are slowly turning. Soon everything will be full of color and being outside is heavenly.
It is awesome to me to see how God created such beauty in what essentially is death. I guess there is beauty in everything. We just have to look for it.
So... my friends, take a minute. Sip a hot beverage tomorrow morning, relish in the cooler tempertures, and look for the beauty in whatever you are experiencing. Enjoy!
Monday, October 8, 2007
I came home to quickly retreat to my sewing room to finish up some burp cloths for my baby and start on a gift for my sister-in-law, Mary Catherine's, baby shower. I am almost through with the project and I can't wait to post it and show you what it is.
In addition to my sewing all afternoon I also undertook a new baking recipe, scones. The above are not mine - I cannot take credit for such a beautiful product - but mine didn't turn out too badly. The above were created by one of my favorite chefs', Ina Gartin of Barefoot Contessa (you Food Network junkies know who I am talking about). She made these look so easy the other day on her show. Doug and I both decided we had to try them. I actually formulated her recipe to make blueberry scones. The above are orange cranberry. They turned out pretty well, but they were quite the project. I believe it took me almost an hour just to assemble all the ingredients. Needless to say, I am beat.
We may never have scones again, but at least I tried and was somewhat successful. So fellow readers beware! Just because the recipe says that the prep time is only 20 minutes know that you may be in the kitchen for a much longer time. Did I mention the time it takes to clean the mess up? I don't think they added that time into the prep time on the recipe. Happy creating, whatever it may be. :)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Has it really been over two weeks since my last post? I guess I have been busy. I had my first baby shower on the 23rd in my hometown of Atmore, Alabama. It was lovely and wonderful to see so many friends that have loved and supported me over the years. Everyone was so generous and needless to say, my little one will be beautifully dressed from head to toe. Thanks to all of you who so graciously remembered Doug and me during this special time in our lives.
No, the baby's name is not Katherine (as much as my sister-in-law would love that because that is her name). The above picture is of the bedding my grandmother gave me as a shower gift. It came last week and I LOVE it. Doug and I are painting the baby's room this weekend and as soon as all of our furniture arrives and is in place I will share a real picture of the nursery. I am really starting to get excited.
Less than 7 weeks left. It is hard to believe that our time is winding down and our little princess will be here soon. I am feeling well, just fatigued and like my stomach can't get any larger. People keep telling me just to wait and see. It is going to get much bigger.
Hopefully I will have some new posts soon of my designs. I have two in the works right now. Off to my sewing room...
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Finally, I am almost done with my line of full arpons. I will still have to pattern a few more half aprons and childrens' aprons, but things are well under way. Above you see The Carol Brady in both the Green Paisley and the Retro Orange (notice the pink striped bias around the edge - a detail I really love).
This pink stripe seems to be a favorite with many. It is simple and has that slight scallop along the edge. Formally called The June Cleaver, it will also come in a lovely blue floral - next on the list to complete before the baby comes.
Okay, I must admit, I thought I would be through with half aprons, but after creating this I changed my mind. I love it! This is The Carol Brady in a half apron style. This will also come in the Retro Orange with the pink stripe - not to mention that if you like another fabric, but you want this style you can just order it custom. :)
The perfect gift for a bride or aspiring chef- a mixing bowl, wooden spoon, whisk, monogrammed apron and a personalized recipe card. I had to include this just so you could see what I have been talking about all along. Very unique and very personal.
Hope you enjoyed my recent creations. Now back to the sewing room to complete the finall two in the full apron line.
My gift list for new little ones seems to just expand. My craft room has been full of ribbons, thread, burp cloths, and now cardstock. One of my good friends, Stephanie Harper, gave me a brilliant idea for both the photographs you see here. She has a precious four month old (my daughter's future husband - she and I have already decided) and she received personalized cards and burp cloths for him from some friends. She LOVED them. After seeing how cute both were I decided to create some as gifts for my long list of friends having little ones.
Above you will find one of the note cards I created. Obviously this is for a little girl. I created several styles - which I will have to post at a later date. I thought these turned out cute. This little note card belongs to my hairdresser's daughter - of whom I have been waiting for her to get back from maternity leave so I can get my now long mane cut. I see her this week.
Here are the burp cloths I mentioned above. Aren't they cute? One set also goes to my hairdresser and the other went to a co-worker's grandson. I also have a darling set of cards I made up for the young men. I will have to post this at a later date.
It is such fun to put together something for other people and see their excitement at my creations. I really think this is one of the reasons I love crafting, sewing, cooking - anything that has to do with creating with my hands.
If you see something you love here and you want to get your hands on it for yourself or a friend, just let me know. All my creations are available for sale. I will capture a few grown up note cards soon. Stay tuned...
Monday, September 10, 2007
This apron already has an owner, though. It is a very belated gift for my sister Sarah who had her birthday back in July. Thankfully she has been understanding about the time frame in which she is getting her gift. I am not so sure she would be as understanding if I wasn't providing her with a niece come November.
You will notice that the style is a little more flirty. My mother calls it "sexy." I think it beckons femininity. I don't know how you couldn't feel like a girl wearing this apron. I don't know, maybe I will just have to make one for myself - My husband keeps asking how many aprons can one girl can have. I say never too many... I need one to match every outfit and mood, right? By the time I get done, I am sure that will be the case. :)
Friday, September 7, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
I planned to sew tonight but began to fill a little poorly. I decided to sit a while at the computer and create some more recipe cards. I am in the process of coming up with several options that one could include with a matching apron or just give on their own with a few wooden spoons and a mixing bowl - a gift I most recently gave to Emily Hardy soon to be Branch (which she loved by the way).
I hope you like these two. The pink could go with the pink stripe apron or the pink floral the green obviously could go with the green. You could always mix and match - whatever your fancy. You will notice like all my things these are personalized. I just think it is a nice touch. Who doesn't love their name printed or embroidered on something? It just makes it special.
Good news from the doctors today. My blood work came back pretty much normal - a slight elevation in a function of my liver appeared but my doctor said this could be due to the pregnancy. I have a lot of gallstones but they are small. According to my father this is good news. My doctor said she just wanted to get an opinion from the surgeon first before we started making decisions but she suspects we will wait and watch, treat the symptoms, and look into surgery after the baby is born. She said the only way they would probably operate right now was if I insisted. If I can wait I want to wait. I will know more tomorrow after I talk with the surgeon, but I feel much better about this news.
I do request your prayers as I will have to endure the pain and discomfort from the gallstones throughout my last trimester. Also pray that the stones stay small. The larger ones can be fatal if they get stuck. This has been an adventure but I know God is in control. The most important thing is we get our little girl here safely and in good health. She doesn't seem to know there is anything wrong. She still kicks the heck out of me every day. I don't mind. It is reassuring just to know she is there.
Stay tuned and thanks for your prayers.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Unfortunately, in my last blog I made a few promises about sewing that I am afraid I may not be able to keep. After several months of occasional, severe pain in the middle of the night the doctors have finally diagnosed me with gallstones. I have yet to talk with the doctor about my test results, but they have already referred me to a general surgeon for a consultation. We are unsure of our options and pray that if surgery is needed it can wait until after our little one arrives. We appreciate your prayers and we will keep you posted.
With this new diagnosis and the uncertainty of what may lie ahead I will probably not approach stores this fall. If I have to endure gallbladder attacks for the next three months I do not want the added pressure of having to have large orders ready. I hate this because some of the contacts I had were good ones. I keep reminding myself that God knows and that I need to trust Him in this whole situation. We have enough to do with preparing for baby and my still trying to work. Thank God for a very flexible job!
You may see an occasional apron uploaded to the site. I still plan to sew here and there and I hope to make a few things for the baby - so you will probably see them posted here as well. Again, we appreciate your prayers for wisdom in what to do and our health. We will keep you posted... I meet with the drs this week.
Friday, August 3, 2007
And yes, we are having a girl - the reason for our very pink horizon. We are thrilled and I can't explain how excited I was when we found out. It really surprised me. We really thought it was a boy so we were very shocked to find out our first would be a daughter. So far it has been fun picking out things for my registery and trying to decide how I want to decorate her nursery.
So you are wondering about names. Do we have one yet? Well, sort of, but you won't find out until she is here. My husband wants it to be a surprise, but we are still a little undecided so I couldn't tell you her name if I wanted. Stay tuned... you will know her lovely name before you know it.
I promise to have some apron pictures posted in the next two weeks. I will be ashamed with myself if I don't. There is no excuse for my not sewing four seams. We shall see. :)
Monday, June 11, 2007
I am still taking medication for my naseua and the vomitting has not left me entirely, but I feel more like a human being - I am not sleeping 18 hours a day on the weekend. I do have more energy and my desire for creating is slowing making its way back.
So stay tuned for future posts... hopefully there will be some beautiful apron designs heading your way in the very near future. :)
Saturday, April 7, 2007
So yes, I have been away for a while. I finally got the first apron done from my collection and I haven't done much else but sell some fabric on ebay and finish up a couple of custom projects for family.
I loved the way this new apron turned out. If you remember, I chose the fabric after I received the brown in the same print. I am much happier with these colors. I just can't wait to finish the rest. I already almost have two more done. Stay tuned...
The news is that an apron popped up this week on Martha Stewart that was made out of one of my fabrics - the orange floral. I was so excited to see it on television, I immediately contacted the designer of the fabrics (www.hellomynameisheather.com) - who lives on the west coast to let her know. It was nice to know that others obviously think that these fabrics are great!The Big News and the reason I have been slacking in the creative sewing department and from blogging on my site is... we are expecting our first baby! I have not been feeling too hot and it has been difficult to come up with the energy to sew. We are excited and appreciate your prayers as I am only 8 weeks. We are due November 19th - kind of a tough time for my business - but I will just have to get on a stick this summer and get a lot of aprons made. :)