Baby Shower #2

Since Mike’s family is so large and we had quite a few friends RSVP to my mom’s shower, my mother-in-law decided to throw a shower for her side of the family. They decided to make this shower a co-ed shower, which was great since Mike hadn’t seen some of his family in a few months due to chemotherapy treatment.

Mike wore his first Daddy T-shirt some friends gave him for Father’s Day. Here’s some pictures of him being silly before cutting the cake.

One of Mike’s aunties made this fruit baby as part of the lunch display:

Michael had a good time trying on the baby’s onesies:

Thanks to Mike’s parents for hosting such a lovely shower!

Lil’ Slugger Baby Shower!


On Aug 1 my mom and my sister Teresa hosted a baby shower for me. It was a baseball themed shower since my husband played baseball all through childhood and into college. They did such a great job, it was such a cute shower!

We played a couple of games that I hadn’t played at a baby shower before. In the first game, the guests were given a piece of bubble gum and they each sculpted it into a baby! Then I got to choose which baby I liked the best and that guest won a prize.

My sister also had a basket of baby socks, the person to match up all the socks with its partner the fastest won!

Me with the winner of the baby sock matching contest.

Me with the winner of the baby sock matching contest.

It was so wonderful seeing so many of my friends, especially since Mike’s health has prevented us from getting together as much as we would like. All of my friends and family were so generous and we had a really wonderful time.

Easy Envelope Pillow with Hello, Bear Fabrics

I just made this cute envelope pillow using Hello, Bear fabrics by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics!

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I used this tutorial from Sew4Home. It took me I think 30 mins, probably less, from start to finish to make it. The fabric on the front is Timberland Dew (HBR-5437) and the fabric used for the back is Buck Forest Night (HBR-5434).

I’ve also made two crib sheets and a diaper changing pad cover using this tutorial from Sew4Home. I love finding fabric that I actually like and personalizing baby’s nursery, instead of having to settle for whatever pre-made sheets and pillows I can find out there.

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From left to right: Adventure Springs (HBR-4438), Follow Me Moonlight (HBR-5436) and Oh, Hello Fog (HBR-4430).

I’m so loving the way baby’s nursery is coming together!

Superhero Themed Baby Shower!

In January 2015 I helped my mother-in-law throw a Superhero themed Baby Shower for my sister-in-law. The idea came about when she asked her 5-year-old daughter what she thought they should name the new baby, to which she replied “Batman!” We thought that was so cute and funny that we decided to do a Superhero themed shower.

I had to get a little creative with the decor. The shower was going to be held in a restaurant that wouldn’t allow us to hang or attach anything to the walls. I ended up buying a cute printables set from a seller on Etsy (that has since closed up shop :() that I used on a lot of the different items.

The Cupcake Table
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Instead of a cake, we ordered some adorable cupcakes. The baker made Superhero logos out of fondant that were placed on each one. I placed the cupcakes on top of a shoebox I had wrapped in a printable from the set, just a bunch of comic book art like “Pow!” “Bang!” etc. For the background on this table I made a city scape posterboard. It was just a regular project board I got at Walmart. Some even come with colored backgrounds, I couldn’t find a blue one and plus the set had a cool ink background printable I printed on blue paper to give the sky some texture. The buildings were just black and yellow construction paper I cut into squares with a straight cutter. I got the grandmas to send me some baby facts about the parents and put those into speech bubbles that were part of the printable set. I got some baby pictures of the parents as well as the older sister and put the speech bubbles next to the babies. I also cut some capes to attach to some of the babies, to make them look like little Superbabies!

The Activity Table
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I made another poster board backdrop here. Both posterboards had some superhero clothing and bibs hanging from them to add a little extra pop. This table had the items needed for the games and activities we had for the party. I pinned the bunting to the tablecloth. The bunting was made using the printable set and mini clothespins!

The Gift Table
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This was the table that guests would see as they first walked in. There was a sign (part of the printable package) welcoming them to the baby shower and also displayed the diaper cake. This was such fun to make; I bought an extra wide blue ribbon and narrower yellow ribbon and wrapped around each layer of the “cake.” Then I stuck in various superhero themed bibs, onesies, socks, shoes, etc as well as some brightly colored washcloths to finish it off. I loved how it turned out!

The Games
I had a hard time coming up with Superhero-themed games so in the end I just gave up on that, lol. We played “The Price is Right” where everyone guesses the price of baby items displayed on the activity table. We also played a Baby Facts game, basically a multiple choice quiz of baby facts with some Superhero facts thrown in. Lastly, I had each guest sign or doodle on a square of muslin with fabric marker that I later assembled into a Superhero/Rocket Age themed quilt for baby.

Other touches
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At each guests’ place setting, I had brightly colored envelopes with thank you cards inside. The envelopes were stamped and return addressed. I had each guest fill out their name & address and collected these for mom. All she had to do was write a thank you note, seal and stick in her mailbox, making thank you note writing as easy as possible for her. I also used some baby food jars (cleaned out and decorated for another shower I hosted) and stuck some fun paper straws in those. Lastly, we gave each guest a candy bar wrapped in a printable from the set thanking everyone for coming.

The shower was a huge success and I was so happy with how everything turned out. It was a lot of work, but I saved a lot of money printing a lot of the decor myself instead of buying superhero themed merchandise. And having it at a restaurant was so nice, not having to worry about the food and beverage freed me up to concentrate on the fun parts! Hope this gives you some ideas for your Superhero party!

Big News…

First ultrasoundWell, in the midst of all this big news with Michael’s health (could anything be bigger?) Mike and I received some great news. We’re expecting a baby!

Our journey to get to this point in our marriage has been a long one. When Michael and I first began dating 13 years ago (when we were 17 and 18) we both wanted to have a family and have children. As I matured, went to college and had new experiences, I began feeling like children were something I didn’t want. I wanted to be able to travel, focus on myself and my interests and not have to put someone else’s needs first. I wanted to be selfish and I felt like I was doing the right thing by recognizing that and not bringing a child into the world. Mike continued to want children and hoped I would change my mind one day.

After Mike’s first cancer treatment in 2001-2002, he began participating in survivorship clinics at City of Hope and did so until his second cancer diagnosis in 2013. They were great because it was essentially free healthcare for participating in studies analyzing his remission and recovery. One of these studies measured his sperm count; for a cancer survivor it was great, but for a regular person they weren’t good. We figured if we did ever decide to get pregnant, it would probably be difficult but not impossible.

Fast forward to January 2015. When we were told that Mike would not be having a simple laprascopic surgery but would have to undergo chemotherapy treatment again, we knew that if we ever wanted to have children this may make things even more difficult, maybe even impossible if Mike did not survive treatment. Here is an article that discusses male fertility and cancer treatment.

I had a difficult decision to make with no time to make it in. I was sitting in the doctor’s office after doctors told us Mike had to undergo chemotherapy again and I asked myself: was I OK with the possibility of never having Mike’s children?

To my surprise, the answer immediately came: No. If there was anything I could do to avoid that fate, anything I could do to make Mike’s life happier for however much longer he has on this earth, I was going to do it. I realized that the biggest regrets in my life were the things I was too scared to do. I’m not one of those people that says I never regret things I’ve done (St. Patty’s day 2006 comes to mind), but the ones that stick out the most are the things I was too afraid to try because I thought I might fail. I didn’t want to look back in ten years and realize I never started this journey because I was too scared to try.

We had approximately ten days between the day we received the news and the day he would need to start chemotherapy to try. I have never been good about keeping track of my cycle as it has always been regular, so I had no idea if I was ovulating or if this was the right time or what. It didn’t occur to me to buy one of those ovulation kits. We just tried. We figured if it works, then great. If not, at least we’ll know we tried.

Positive result!Two weeks later on Feb 6th I took an early predictor pregnancy test. Since I didn’t keep track of my cycle, I figured I was either a week late for my period or it should be arriving any day. To my surprise, the test was positive! Mike was ecstatic. I started researching local OBGYNs (I wasn’t in love with my current doctor and figured now was as good a time as any to switch).

As of today I am 13 weeks along and just starting the second trimester. Doctor says I will be able to find out the sex in 5-6 weeks! I had some pretty bad fatigue and nausea (morning sickness–but all the time!!) the first trimester, but I’m starting to feel more like my old self these days… except a little thicker in the waist! 🙂

I know for many this would be considered the worst time to embark on this adventure. Sometimes I have wondered what I’ve gotten myself into! But Mike and I have come to terms with the fact that cancer may be a permanent part of our lives now. We can’t keep postponing our lives until Mike feels better or until the cancer is over… that may never happen. We have to do as much as we can now, everyday. At the end at least I can look back and say that I did everything I could, and if I can do that then I think I won’t have any regrets, no matter the outcome of Mike’s treatment. This pregnancy keeps us staying positive and gives us something happy to think about and look forward to. Mike is so excited about being a dad he can hardly stand it.

Watching and feeling my body go through these pregnancy changes has been amazing and overwhelming. I’m constantly amazed at my body’s ability not only to grow this little person from nothing, with me not needing to do much other than try not to poison it (goodbye, alcohol and sushi!). It’s such a stark contrast to my husband, whose body has to fight every second of every day just to keep his one life going. It’s been a humbling experience and I can only imagine it will be more profound as the pregnancy progresses. But we are looking forward to Oct 14th (my current due date) when we can meet our lil’ peanut!

My Nephew!

Another tip I’ve been reading about building readership is to blog everyday, no matter what. I thought that if I didn’t have anything to say about quilting or fabric that I shouldn’t update, so I’m changing my mindset. And I’m not above using babies to get readers! So happy Friday, here’s a happy baby to send you into your weekend!

These pictures are from last week when I mentioned I needed to babysit my nephew so my Mom could be with Granny during her last hours.

He LOVES playing in this activity chair!

Then he got the hiccups and talked to me for a while…

MVI_4204 a video by _xmyrin on Flickr.

Enjoy your weekend!

R.I.P., Granny

My grandmother, as a young woman

This morning I woke up to the news that my grandmother, Audrey Alleyne (she went by Alleyne) passed away last night. It’s sad news but I wasn’t too surprised. Her health has been declining for many years as she battled with dementia.

At my high school graduation in 2003.

I prefer not to remember her how she was at the end. I want to remember her as she was when I was a child: always full of laughter, generous and fun. Dementia took that away from her and made her confused and scared.

My only regret is that I didn’t learn to crochet from her when she still remembered how. I still have one of her crocheted blankets.

Hug your loved ones tight tonight!

Zig Zag Quilt: WIP

My partially completed Zig Zag Quilt

Remember how I said in this post how I don’t like to have more than one project going at a time? Oops. I do now! I have put my Chasing Chevrons quilt on hold and started this zig zag quilt. It’s for a very special little girl in need, but I’m going to wait on the reveal until I get the OK from her parents.

The pattern I’m making up as I go along, but it’s based on this quilt by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. I think I’m going to do purple instead of black pieces, though. And ALL the material is from my scraps bin or my stash. Hooray for a scrap buster!! And I can tell you where each scrap came from… but if you just look at the quilts in this post you’ll find them soon enough! 🙂

So on my to-do, list continuing from this post:

  1. JD’s Silly Safari Quilt (in progress) Complete!!
  2. My niece’s Christmas present (sleeping bag) Complete!!
  3. Chasing Chevrons (in progress)
  4. My husband’s T-Shirt Quilt (picked out the shirts to use)
  5. A scrap quilt (doing zig zags)
  6. Doily Quilt (bought the fabric!)

Happy Wednesday! I’m going out to my parents’ house in Orange County to watch my nephew. Normally his Grammi (my mom) watches him while my sister and her husband are at work, but my Mom needs to go to the hospice today to visit HER mother… Unfortunately she’s very, very sick. It’s been coming for a long time now, so we’re not surprised, but it’s still sad. Happiness and sadness in the same day, isn’t that how life works?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Scarlett’s Kitty Blanket!

One day over the summer, I was browsing and came across a listing for this vintage sleeping bag pattern:

Vintage Pattern.

Vintage Pattern.

(Unfortunately the seller has since closed up shop, so I can’t link you to it.)

I thought that it would make a really cute Christmas gift for my two-year-old niece, Scarlett, so I bought the pattern. Unfortunately, I didn’t look at the listing closely enough though because all of the measurements were in metric! :uhh: I set out buying fabric and cutting as best as I could, but I ended up ditching the pattern completely and just winging it. This is what I came up with!


Completed Kitty blanket!

I used Kona Candy Pink and the striped fabric is by Brother and Sister Design studio. The inside is lined with this soft pink fabric (anybody know what this fabric is called?? I love using it, but can never remember what it’s called!)

Detail of the head and lining.

I thought the head on the original pattern looked kinda scary and demonic, so I changed the eyes on mine to make it less scary. 😀


Closeup of the face.

The whiskers are ric rac left over from Liliana’s quilt. I applique’d the eyes, nose, lips and chin and added french knots for whisker details.

The quilting on this one was kind of a nightmare, there are puckers all over the place on the inside of the blanket. I decided to let them go though, as I was running low on time and I figured as long as they were on the INSIDE, not the OUTSIDE, I could live with them. It was also originally meant to be a sleeping bag, but I decided that adding a zipper is outside of my skill set at this time so I just left it as a blanket. :blush:

Scarlett and her parents loved it and in the end, that’s all that matters! I’ll just be glad that this one is over. x_x

My trip to Fort Collins, Colorado

Sorry for the light posting! I spent a week visiting friends and family in Fort Collins, CO and have spent the last week catching up on work. I’m finally caught up though and am ready to share some pictures with you!

We spent some time in the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park and hiked to Emerald Lake


We attended Tour de Fat hosted by New Belgium Brewery


Ate some yummy food at Lucile’s Creole Cafe


And spent some much needed time with family!


Hope you had a fun and relaxing labor day, too!