Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Planned Parenthood at Work. Gotta Love it!

This video is just too rich not to blog about. Please enjoy and know as you watch...this is your tax dollars at work!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kazuri Images Adoption Benefit Photos

About a month ago we participated in an event to assist a photographer friend with her adoption of two children. Basically she offered her amazing services at a discounted rate for a one day photo shoot to raise funds for the adoption. I was thrilled! Her studio is called Kazuri Images http://www.kazuriimages.com/ and if you are looking for a superb photographer in Oregon/Washington I highly recommend her! Here's a little peek of our photos.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fancy Burp Rag

During my seemingly unending musical block building project I just needed a break! So I dabbled into something a little different. I thought this project would be very easy, but due to my poor sewing skills, it proved to be a little challenging.

I ran into trouble trying to line up seems front and back. As a result, there are multiple lines of stitches instead of just one! Yuck! But, hey, I am not trying to sell these and for personal use I know they will be perfect! Yes, I said “they”. I have one done, but I am going to do something to all the burp rags. Why not? It makes them look so much nicer! In fact, I can see using these even after Emma no longer needs them!

I got the idea and basic instructions from this blog: http://createstudio.blogspot.com/2009/06/two-sided-burp-cloth-tutorial.html

Isn't this duck so cute??!! You can buy this now at JoAnn's. It is part of their waterproof baby collection just recently placed on the shelf! The fabric sold in this collection is the same type of fabric you find on many infant car seats and strollers. Oh, the projects that are rolling around in my mind!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Crochet Dress

Love this Dress!!!! I used a cotton acylic yar blend. It should fit Baby E at about 12 to 18 months. It's 100% cotton. I got the pattern from a book called Baby blueprint crochet, by Robyn Chachula. I have got to make more of these so Baby E has some to grow into!!! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/baby-blueprint-crochet-robyn-chachula/1101304152

A Lie of Convenience: when the truth hurts

A mother and her unborn baby are honored at a 9-11 Memorial in Pennsylvania.  The child is named and the bell tolls for the loss of life twice; once for the mother and once for the baby she lost. No one scoffs and yells, “Hey wait! It was never alive; it was never born!! Why ring the bell for the fetus!?”

Why is it that when a mother loses her unborn baby against her will that the baby is considered a life lost….a death? Yet, when a mother aborts her unborn baby many consider it a non-life, pregnancy tissue if you will, as though the abortion did not in fact just kill a baby? Have so many of us at some point in our lives been brainwashed to believe that abortion was okay? That we, in fact, were not ending an innocent life? I once believed that…I told myself, “It doesn’t even have the ability to know what is going on, to feel pain, to protest, to ….matter”.  Well,  “It” was a name that I and many other used to devalue the situation; to take meaning away from an extremely meaningful act. “It”, as I later learned, is really a “he” or “she”, a life, with a beating heart, that from a very early age of gestation can feel pain, and at some point and some level, comprehend that his or her life is in jeopardy.

A human is a human no matter how small and no matter what stage of development one is at, and as such is entitled to life and respect. Humans at an early stage of development may not look like you or I, but they look exactly as God intended them to look at that stage of their life.

* No, I have never had an abortion. I am only sharing my views on this horrible procedure.

My latest project

These days I have to stay busy to keep sane! So I line up project after project! Currently I am making several musical baby blocks made from cloth and filled with noise makers. The out side is lined with colorful fabric, photos, number, shapes and letters. I hope Baby E finds them to be fun and educational.

I used 100% cotton material and one-sided fusable Peltex for the walls of the blocks. Inside I am using bells of different sizes, beans and...I haven't thought of another sound maker just yet, but I am working on it.

My next project: a cloth wallet. (and to finish the sweater I have been working on!)

Update (10/14/11): I finished the blocks!! Whew! Sewing these shut was not easy! The Peltex was so thick. Anyway, I filled the final blocks. One I filled with a few plastic bags. That makes that neat crinkle sound that babies just love. The last block I filled with barley. Yeah, I guess that rules out throwing this in the washer. Surface wash ONLY!