Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

4 Receiving Blankets and a Matching Elephant

Posted by Greg on December 29th, 2008 with tags: ,

Yenari’s been on a sewing rampage recently – she found a good deal on some flannel fabric with an elephant print from Jo-Ann Fabrics so she bought the whole roll of fabric – about seven and a half yards.  So far, she’s made pajamas for herself for later in pregnancy (super elastic wide waist pajamas), 4 receiving blankets (sized 36 by 36 inches), and a little stuffed elephant toy that is well past being ridiculously cute.  Here’s the beast, roaming on a field of receiving blankets:

The elephant roaming next to a pile of receiving blankets

The elephant roaming next to a pile of receiving blankets

The elephant napping on the receiving blankets

The elephant napping on the receiving blankets

A closeup of the little guy sleeping

A closeup of the little guy sleeping

The whole set, minus the PJs

The whole set, minus the PJs

For the sewing junkies out there, Yenari has some notes for those looking to make their own receiving blankets.  She used one layer of flannel and did a hemming stitch around the blanket and folded over the corners to make mitered corners, as shown in the second picture.  For the elephant, Yenari got inspiration from a pattern she found online (but can’t seem to find now) – the floppy ears have pink fabric on the inside  (visible in the first photo), the eyes are hand-stitched with black thread, and the little guy is filled with cotton.  Now only one question remains…what sewing project will Yenari pick up next…

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Quilted Blanket

Posted by Greg on December 12th, 2008 with tags: ,

When we were in Connecticut for Thanksgiving, my mom set aside some stuffed animals for the baby that she came across when helping my grandmother move.  Tucked in with the stuffed animals was the beginning of a quilting project, a hand quilted 22 x 19 inch rectangle probably started by my grandmother decades ago.  Yenari, drawn in by anything sewing related, grabbed it and brought it back home with us.

After a trip to Jo-Ann fabrics, she added 3 borders around the original pattern and a backing fabric and was able to finish the sewing project that started decades before we were even born!  Since we don’t know the gender of the baby yet Yenari hedged her bets and bordered the original quilted design in yellow, pink, and blue.  Here it is:

Old quilting project brought back to life as a new blanket

Old quilting project brought back to life as a new blanket

Closeup of the quilting and the back of the blanket

Closeup of the quilting and the back of the blanket

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14 Week Belly Shot

Posted by Greg on December 9th, 2008 with tags: , ,

Long time no belly.  Things have been a bit busy recently as Yenari went back to work full-time starting this past Saturday.  She hadn’t been doing patient care since September and had been off entirely for almost a month.  She was nervous to go back – nervous enough to have a couple nightmare’s about not giving medicine, forgetting how to do her work, and patients coding.  So…she survived three days in a row – she’s exhausted, but basically back into the swing of things.

Here’s the promised belly shot – Yenari at 14 weeks and a couple days:

14 weeks belly shot

14 weeks belly shot

And…if you thought this might actually be a post without a reference to sewing, here’s Yenari modeling her latest sewing creation – a pair of pajamas with an extra-wide custom pregger waist band:

Yenari in her newly made PJs

Yenari in her newly made PJs

She thought it was a pretty sad sign when a loose pair of pajamas gets a little tight around your belly (which her other pair did), so she had to remedy the situation.

In other miscellaneous news, we went to the doctor last Friday – we heard the heartbeat and everything was looking good in the checkup.  Also, Yenari has been feeling a little rumbling in her tummy, so it seems that she’s catching the first movements of the baby – exciting stuff!

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Yes Wii Can, Sunday Brunch, and the Sewing Continues

Posted by Greg on November 23rd, 2008 with tags: , ,

Yenari and I met my dad for dinner earlier this week, and since it was his last visit to California until next year he decided to bring some Christmas presents along for us.  Because he flew from Chicago he couldn’t wrap them all, so we didn’t even need to unwrap our present early to see that he gave us a Wii Fit…and since we could see it, we figured we might as well use it!  We did some quick searching and it seems that the Wii Fit is quite popular with the preggers and is supposed to be totally safe, so Yenari hopped on for a try.

They start it off by checking your height, weight, and doing some balance tests.  After the tests they told Yenari that her BMI was 22, putting her right in the middle of the normal range.  Next I went, but I wasn’t so lucky…the first day my BMI was at something like 25.1 – just on the edge of overweight!  So the 12 week pregger (after gaining 8 pounds) totally showed me up!  Luckily the next day I was in the normal range, but I have to get working to keep in that normal range.  Here’s a photo of our characters:

Skinny Yenari and Fat Greg

Skinny Yenari and Fat Greg

Next, the Wii Fit asked us to enter fitness goals in terms of the weight we’d like to gain/lose over the next 4 weeks – this was a funny one for Yenari because she had to enter in a goal of gaining weight, something the game probably isn’t too used to.  Unfortunately they don’t have a mode for pregnant people, so the Wii Fit is going to be mad at Yenari for gaining weight and losing her balance control.  We saw postings on web forums where pregnant women were pissed that the game thought they were getting out of shape, losing balance, and asked them to lose weight!  Here’s a shot of Yenari Hoola-Hooping:

Yenari Hoola Hooping in Wii Fit

Yenari Hoola-Hooping in Wii Fit

To counteract all this great exercising, we had to eat some serious food today…a light sunday brunch at Palace BBQ, an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant where the buffet is filled with raw, marinated meat that you grill for yourself at your table.  Pork, beef, squid…we had it all, and lots of it.  Yenari thought I was insane for putting rice on my plate – it was an all meat meal for her.  Here’s a shot of her grilling up some kalbi:

Grilling kalbi at Palace BBQ

Grilling kalbi at Palace BBQ

After about an hour straight of eating Korean BBQ I was about ready to pass out – the photo looks a little blury, but that’s probably because I was shaking from a beef overdose – sorry.  Yenari kept eating for a good 15 mintues (6 more short ribs for her) after I finished up.  When we were leaving I was ready to go home to pass out for an hour or six, but Yenari insisted that we walk next door to the Korean market to buy tons of food – picking up six sweet potatoes, some mushrooms, and some bean powder for making fresh noodles.  It’s all kind of a blur to me, my brain had been called in to help with digestion.

Just as we were leaving she spotted some Korean rice cake which reminded her that she wanted to go to EWHA Dang Rice Bakery, a shop that specializes in the stuff.  We drove 5 minutes to go to the shop but they were closed (even though their sign said they should have been open), so Yenari was pissed…but luckily she spotted a bubble tea place and was able to continue the food fest with a mango bubble tea:

Yenari drinking bubble tea

Yenari drinking bubble tea

I mostly wanted to write about this because I think that picture is hilarious.  Yenari is totally zoned out in bubble tea land.  She hates the photo, but it’s staying!  Internet, I hope you enjoy.

Lest you think a post can go by without detailing Yenari’s sewing habit, she has been sewing up a storm…several blankets, some hats made out of sweat pants legs (weird, huh?), and she just bought 8 yards of flannel fabric in order to make some PJs for herself and a couple other blankets.

Alright, enough writing for today – back to digesting…

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The sewing bandit strikes again

Posted by Greg on November 15th, 2008 with tags: ,

Burp!  Yenari’s insatiable urge to sew has struck again, this time resulting in 12 burp cloths!

Yenari was inspired by A Chelsea Morning’s post on making burp cloths and decided to dip into her endless pool of pajama and scrub scraps to make quilted burp cloths.  With almost three weeks left before she goes back to work, Yenari is wondering what else she can make.  Ideas?

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