Wednesday, September 30, 2009


MGM's Bella (grandmother) got her this costume for her first Halloween. I just couldn't resist trying it on her to see how she looked. Pretty cute, don't you think? The only problem is MGM's Bella advertised this as a lamb costume. As you and I (but not Bella) can clearly see this is NOT a lamb costume. It is a poodle! Now I don't have anything against poodles necessarily, but I am more of a Boarder Collie, Austrian Shepherd, even Great Dane kind of a girl. The only excuse I can offer in Bella's defense is she was off to the eye doctor when she dropped the costume off to us, so maybe she will soon be able to clearly see her cute little poodle more clearly.
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Stictches for EGM

We have friends who share our last name, though they are not related to us, who just had a new baby girl! They named her a different first name than our little britches, but used the same middle name and, of course, last name. Her initials are EGM while our little britches initials are MGM. How fun! Our little britches has a name buddy! Anyway, I am working on a stitching a gift for EGM. I have already embellished a cloth diaper with some fun material sort of like this one.

I took the same material and added a skirt to an onesie. For the first time, I gathered and attached a ruffle to the skirt. It turned out pretty cute. I am working on adding the finishing touches to the dress so that the gift can be delivered. EGM has an older sister, and as a older sister whose younger sister was in the hospital a lot and often got tons of gifs, I want to make her a little something too, but we will see if I can squeeze it in between the running and caring for little britches. When I finish the project I will post pictures.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Get Ready...Get Set...Go

These are words you hear at the begining of a race, but they are also words I hear in my heart as I begin new things.  There is nothing like just jumping into something new.  That is how I was introduced to all the things I love in my life.  This blog will focus on my running, my stitches, and my little britches with a few other musing tossed in for fun.  I am a am fairly new to all three of these pursuits. 

I started stitching about two and a half years ago.  For some reason I decided to ask for a sewing machine for Christmas and my mom was more than happy to get one for me.  She and my grandmother stood looking at me with those, "One of our children DID turn out right." looks and anticipated my first finished project as if it was the first heir.  Well my first project was a pair of pajama pants my mom helped me sew, and may I say they were awful!  Lucky for me, my birthday is soon after Christmas, so I asked for sewing classes for my birthday and there I made a pillow, a purse, a skirt, and a small gift bag.  I felt like I was off to a great start.  I have continued sewing garments, quilts, home projects, and purses, though not as often as I would truly like to. 

I started running about a year and a half ago.  My husband was a runner in high school and has taken it up again.  He wanted me to run with him, but he is too fast, and I don't like to hold him up or cramp his style.  (He says I don't, but I know I do.)  Besides I walk.  Fast.  I can walk a 12 minute mile, which is only slightly slower I ran at the time.  A co-worker of mine invited me to train for and race in the Nike Human Race 10K.  I had only done a few 5Ks before that, and I mostly walked them because I could walk faster than some people ran.  I decided to join her.  On completion of the Nike 10K my co-worker mentioned doing a half marathon.  I decided to go for it because I was already half way there, and that was better than starting from square one.  As I began training my co-worker decided not to do the half marathon because she found out she was expecting.  I continued training only because I had already paid my money and am too cheap to not follow through.  During training I also found out I was expecting and finished the half marathon at 6 weeks pregnant.  I continued to work out all during my pregnancy, though I tapered off or running because it was not the most comfortable workout.  I have signed up and paid my money to run the same half marathon this year.  So I am running again.

Three months ago I became a mom to a darling little girl, "little britches".  She is a delight to her daddy and I.  I have no idea how to be a "good" mom, but I a few years ago I had no idea how to be a "good" seamstress or runner either.  I know all things come with practice and a teachable spirit, and if parenting is anything like the other two pursuits I know I will never complete the learning process. 

Now I am starting to blog.  I am sure I have a lot to learn, so feel free to make comments and suggestions. we GO!