Today is Christmas and it also marks the 38th week of my pregnancy. B and I have been getting ready for baby and look forward to having her with us outside of my belly. I really cannot recall what it feels like to not have a baby inside and I am hoping that I am not doing too much damage to either her or myself with all these holiday treats I have been scarfing down!
After week 36, to do our fruit and veggie pictures we would have had to find a winter melon, a pumpkin, and a watermelon. Since I am not so partial to winter melon and pumpkin and watermelon are not in season, we decided that week 36 would be our last pose-with-produce-photo. Therefore, we found a big honeydew at the nearby H-mart on sale for $1.99! What good fortune ^__^.
I also made a few more dresses for baby as I said I would from my earlier post: Red Apple Baby Dress. B has asked me to pause my sewing for a while to do more drawing. I think I will oblige because I (and baby) probably need some time away from our clanking machine.
Bow-Tied Top Dress
Reversible Geranium Dress with Flutter Sleeves
Dear readers, I’ve missed you! My absence from blogging lately has been due to being highly preoccupied with: finishing DIY Christmas presents, making food and hosting guests, wrapping up my last few days of school, and having to go to doctor appointments more frequently as I near the end of my pregnancy (2 more weeks!). How have you been spending your holiday season? I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year with all your loved ones!!!
Here is a collection of the shenanigans I have been up to:
(you can find the pattern here: Reversible Bib)
Christmas Light Ornaments
(you can find the tutorial here: Ornaments)
This project is a wonderful way to use up all those fabric scraps that you have!
Deck your tree!
OR package them up all pretty and give them away to friends and family!
Quilted Table Runner
(You can find a tutorial here: Table Runner)
I made it reversible to match my parents’ newly renovated and furnished dining room (good job Daddy!).
(Okay, they aren’t all red and green but they sure were yummy! I would know given that I ate half of them -__-)
While I made this snack mat in November, I couldn’t post this project until after Christmas because it would spoil the surprise for my sister. I put this snack mat together using scrap fabrics that I had of yarn, felt, cotton, and heavier weighted home fabrics. The items on her snack mat were inspired by some of her favorite foods (chocolate, fruit, Walker biscuits, and green tea). As I assembled the project, I felt myself drooling at the thought of these foods. Especially with being pregnant, my imagination and appetite are on par with one another.
I first began by assembling the food pieces one by one and used embroidery to add details to each food.
Afterwards, I sewed the chocolate, strawberries, and cookies onto the plate. Then I sewed the plate and tea (+ tea tag) onto the taupe fabric. Next, I embroidered the thread for the tea bag.
The taupe fabric was layered on top of this cute chicken fabric that I found irresistibly cute. The last step was binding the entire mat with the red fabric.
I hope that my sister is not afraid to use this snack mat frequently as a way to decorate her meals.
Oh what fun it is to eat when you have a snack mat covered in treats! ^__^
After celebrating and cooking Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends on Thursday, attending a potluck fellowship dinner with my family’s church friends on Friday, we finished the marathon with a baby shower this past Saturday! B and I were pretty tired but he and my best friend (S) were ever so helpful in getting things put together in time for when the guests arrived. All the preparation was worth it and it was such a joy to be able to celebrate the coming of our baby girl with such dear friends. What blesses me most is how much love and prayer baby, B, and I are covered in by so many. It makes the journey ahead as parents less daunting just knowing that we have such support and encouragement to help us through.
Remember the posts from before with all the apple baby stationary and apple pom pom tutorial? You will see some of those featured in the pictures below. Pictures were taken by D. Ko, a good friend of S’s who I just met at Thanksgiving but graciously devoted herself to helping me capture these precious moments.
Some goodies that I baked included mini apple pies and my youngest brother’s favorite Bavarian Apple Torte. Click on the links for the recipes! They are worth trying and easy peasy to make ^_^. (p.s. I cheat on the apples in the torte by just layering the top with one thinly sliced apple and reducing the amount of sugar and cinnamon as well. It still tastes just as good!)
Here are some other pictures of all the fun we had writing encouraging/funny notes on diapers, playing price is right, sharing motherly advice, and playing with tissue pom-poms. Thank you ladies and gents for partaking in all the silliness!
During this pregnancy, I had B help me take pictures of moi + fruit / veggie that was comparable to the size of baby at that week. Unfortunately, we did not do every week usually because 1) I ate the fruit or veggie already (couldn’t wait!) or 2) It was something strange like rutabaga that I had never heard of or cooked before. There are so many ways to have fun with baby before she is really here. I can’t believe that there are only 5 weeks left before the 40th week mark!
Hope you enjoy these as much as we did taking them ^__^