My little cloth diaper model

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Hi everyone, it’s Rae! I figured it was about time I shared some more pictures of the new little dude in our fambly, especially since he is so cute and wee and is already 2 weeks older than he was when I took these pics (Hugo was 2.5 weeks when I took these photos, but he’s 1 month old now).

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The goal was to get a photo of him in each of the cloth diapers I made him, but getting that many pictures turned out to be harder than I thought. Either the baby was sleeping or the diaper I wanted the photo of was dirty (most likely) or it was dark and I couldn’t get a good photo. Anyway, I managed to get four of them on him. Enjoy!

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You can read about the cloth diapers I made Hugo in this post (by the way, I do NOT make diapers to sell, so please don’t email with requests, thanks!)

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Some photos from the past couple of weeks. Hugo is now 2 1/2 weeks old, and getting back into Baby Mode has been a bit of a transition. You think it will be Old Hat, and in some ways it is and in some ways it’s not. I’d forgotten how much babies sleep. I keep thinking, is this normal, to sleep this much?? And still, how can he sleep so much and still manage to take ALL of my attention? It’s hard, and different, and wonderful, all at the same time. Like the first week when I cried every day. It was super stressful when he didn’t gain any weight the first week and we had to keep going back to the doctor’s office for weight checks when all I wanted to do was stay in bed and sleep. I seriously do not know what I would do without Mr Rae. He gets the Super Awesome Husband award for coming along to the doctor’s visits, taking care of all the meals, the house, and the other two kids, and bringing me chocolate milkshakes. And each week is easier than the last.

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He manages to get himself held nearly all the time.

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I wanted to do something special for Hugo since as the third child he’s already gotten the short end of the stick (no baby book, for instance — oops! who has the time? — and even though I try to take pictures of him every day, I definitely have fewer photos already of the little dude than I did with either of my other two), so I decided to have newborn photos taken of Hugo and I’m so glad that I did. Here’s our photographer, Kari, working her baby-whispering-magic when he was just a week old:

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I was completely blown away by how many great photos she got of the little guy. Here’s a favorite. Kari just happened to have a little stocking cap that matched a green cloth diaper I made!!

And you can see even more on Kari’s blog at this post if you like (including some of our whole family). I’m so glad I have these photos, they are absolutely precious.

Finally, a couple of photos of Hugo from when we left the hospital. It’s crazy how much he looks like Clementine.

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He’s Here!

Rae’s assistant Jess here, stepping in to announce a Very Important Arrival. Please welcome Hugo Marvin! He was born on Saturday evening, weighing in at 7 lb, 6 oz, and he’s 19″ long. Here are a couple of photos from Rae’s Instagram feed:

Can you even handle how cute he is??

Hugo, Rae, and family are doing well. Elliot and Clementine think their little brother is just the bee’s knees.

Where to even start

Hey there!! I’ve been in the middle of Moving Craziness since last week — we moved on Monday and Tuesday this week — so I’m feeling a bit like my life is in utter shambles, but at the same time totally happy and thrilled that we are in our new house. It just gets a little overwhelming with all the boxes and things to do. Then there’s the moment when you need a lamp, for instance, and you KNOW you labeled a box “lamps” but then you can’t find it. Anyway. Blahblah. The hardest part is figuring out where to even start with everything.

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We basically chose one of the coldest days in Michigan history to move, and our movers were almost three hours late arriving, and then they got the truck stuck in a snowbank trying to turn it around, so instead of having one moving day we had two. ACK! Haha. Oh well.

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I sewed a few things for my kids for Kids’ Clothes Week last week (knowing that this week would be inSANE), but now I have no idea when I’ll post it. Again, not a big deal. You know, all of the inconveniences of moving and having too much to do, they’re really just blessings in disguise, you know? I can’t complain. We have so much. So what if things have to go slower than expected? Big deal. It’s stressful, yes, but not a permanent problem.

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So I decided I’m going to hire a doula for the birth of this baby! I’m excited. The midwife/home-birth thing is just not in the cards for us even though that is more in line with how I think most (normal) births should happen, so I think a doula is a good way to go. Though Elliot and Clementine both told me yesterday that they want to “watch the baby come out”…I’m not sure they quite understand what that means. It’s not like laying an egg, you know?

OK totally random post…but hey, that’s how we roll around here.

(by the way, all of these photos appeared originally in my Instagram feed (@madebyrae), where you can also see more of what’s happening in my life, what I’m sewing, belly pics, etc).

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Warming up

OK, first we need to talk about the weather. This past week’s weather has been IN. SANE. My Instagram feed has been full of screenshots showing the current negative degree windchill, or people throwing boiling water out the door and watching it turn instantly into steam (Meg, Emily). It is ridonkulous how cold it’s been outside, so cold that both my kids have had school or preschool canceled for most of the week, bringing this winter break to a full THREE WEEKS for our family due to the fact that E was sick with the flu before break started.

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I would love to be one of those parents who says they are “so glad for just a few more days with my kiddo before he goes back to school,” but I’m just not. We have been going bonkers trying to keep the kids entertained without being able to go outside or even anywhere in the car because of the windchill, at the same time trying to get things done around the house as we prepare to move, not to mention work. And while I’m glad I have the ability to step away from blogging or pattern making whenever I want to, I actually love my work, so I’m practically jumping up and down for joy today that the temperature is finally going back up into the 20′s and I can finally be back in my studio redrawing darts for Josephine (our current pattern-in-progress) or cutting out fabric for baby clothes. HOOORRRAAAY!!!

Meanwhile, I’ve got a few knitted projects to show you. It’s been a cold winter so far so while I’ve been stuck inside I’ve been working on making things to keep us warm. That adorable little hat is for our baby that we’re expecting in early April; I made it last week with just a little bit of Purl’s Super Soft Merino yarn and the free Hats for Everyone pattern from the Purl Bee. Not sure it will be wool hat weather by early April, but you never know.

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I also made this baby blanket from a free Purl Bee pattern (the Super Easy Baby Blanket) and is now looking a wee bit pilly because Clementine decided it was hers and has been using it as her snuggly blanket for the past couple of months. Also made with Purl’s Super Soft Merino yarn; a bit $$ so I just did five colors instead of the seven (I think?) called for in the pattern.

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This cowl is a slight modification of the uber-popular Gaptastic Cowl Pattern — which, hey! is also free! and also garter stitch! — I didn’t have quite enough Super Soft Merino left after the baby blanket so I cast on about 25% less than the recommended stitches and used 2.5 skeins instead of the four it would have taken if I had made it full sized, but I actually like that it hugs my neck pretty closely…definitely makes it warmer. I feel like I’ve been wearing it non-stop for months, inside and out. Shown here with my new blue glasses (whee!):

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So now I’m working on a little baby sweater that (so far) is just knit upward in one continuous piece. It was inspired by this little sweater I saw on Pinterest which doesn’t have a pattern but I just made a swatch and did some math and we’ll see what happens. It will have a hood. I also think it needs to have some red or orange buttons, don’t you think?

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Now I know some of you are wondering…is this baby a boy or a girl? The hat could go either way (though if you an astute follower of me on Instagram you might already know just because of a comment I made about the color of the pom-pom the other day), the baby blanket has pink in it (though I’ve never hesitated to put Elliot in pink…), and then the sweater is pretty gender-neutral too…hmmm.

Ok, I’ll tell you. It’s a BOY! Fun, right??? We’re so excited to have another baby boy in the family! That also means more BOY SEWING!! I’m already putting together a little list of projects I want to make before he arrives, and freaking out a little that I only have about 12 weeks left before he’s due. And oh yes, we’re moving in two weeks. ACK! *deep cleansing breaths* So anyway, that’s all for now; some whining about the weather and a baby-gender-reveal. You know, like any other day! Over and out!!!

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New House, New Baby, New Year

It’s been lots of family time and not much time on the blog for me lately — no big surprise there due to the holidays and the fact that I had the flu last week — but I feel like I’ve been leaving you guys in the dark about what’s going on around here, real-life-wise. I mean, you probably already know I have a baby on the way (and so far, so good, everything seems healthy and normal in the Baby Dept and I am so thankful for that), but I think I forgot to mention that we bought a house last month. So, guess what? WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!

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This recent purchase is v. exciting (and yes, the decision to buy was definitely precipitated by the impending arrival of the new baby) because it means that we can move out of the rental house we’ve been in for the last two and a half years. Somehow being able to choose my own paint colors and buy a new piece of furniture or two makes me feel like I’m finally able to settle down a bit, you know?

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We had the house painted a couple weeks ago and now we’re doing some other little bits of work on it before we move in (new railing on the staircase, new furnace, that sort of thing). We’re hoping to move sometime before the end of February. Originally I was hoping to move before Christmas but that would have been Crazy Town and now I’m glad we didn’t try to do that. It’s been nice having the option to go over to the new house with batches of oddly-shaped things that won’t fit in boxes, and slowly trickle our belongings into that space from this one.

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I don’t know if this is a pregnancy/nesting thing or if it’s just what you do when you have a new house, but I have been spending copious amounts of time on Pinterest choosing paint colors and and new rugs and pictures for the walls and such, obsessively collecting home decor images on a bunch of  my boards: Home, New House, Entryways, Awesome Wallpapers, and Beautiful Bedrooms. I realize my house is not going to look like these Dream Houses, but it’s still fun to dream.

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Anyway, you can see the painting as it’s progressed and get a small sense for what the house is like in these pictures. I chose white and a very light gray for most of the main floor (living room, entryway, kitchen, master bedroom), but I branched out a bit on bathroom and bedroom colors. I’m deeply loyal to teals and aquas, and I that dark teal is going to be killer in the upstairs bathroom. The coral pink is in a half bath on the main floor. It is a little intense when you’re in there, but I love it anyway. The kids’ rooms are light blue and aqua; we’ll have three kids sharing two bedrooms in various combinations for the next couple of years so I tried to keep them pretty easy-to-match colors (read: no hot pink). We did find out the gender of the baby, and I keep trying to think of a fun way to announce the baby’s gender on the blog, but so far I haven’t come up with anything clever or exciting. Will share soon though!

Have a Happy New Year everyone!!!

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Quick and Easy Arrow Tablecloth

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I love the idea of having my favorite fabrics in a place where I can see them every day. I think a tablecloth is a great way to keep fabric visible so you can enjoy it! And because I basically just hemmed the edges of a large cut of fabric to make this one, I can always change my mind and turn it into something else later, right? I often hoard fabric, only to have it sit in stacks for years without being used (or really seen)…and that’s a little bit sad. Well not this time I say!!!

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This arrow print by my friend Melody Miller is a favorite of mine (clearly, since I’ve used it now for this dress and this dress). I bought a couple extra yards for a tablecloth, since it has this amazing border that just seemed perfect for a tablecloth. The darker color means that stains won’t show up as quickly, and since the Kokka linen sheetings come in the wider widths (60″), it fits quite nicely across my 35″-wide IKEA dining room table. I measured my table and added about a half a yard for length on the ends, then just hemmed up the sides and ends.

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Voila, easy tablecloth!!

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My two cuties in Fanfare from head to toe

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By request: blue foxes for E and pink foxes for C.

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Fabric: Fanfare, organic flannels designed by me for Cloud9 collective

Patterns:
Charlie Tunic (with curved bottom hem and 3/4 sleeve for Clementine), and basic Parsley Pants (in size 4 and 6 with a cuff added)

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You didn’t think they always got along, did you? They do pretty well though.

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First Day!

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First grade. Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!. Last year, after I posted his first day picture on the blog, my mom pointed out that the t-shirt he was wearing was one she had given him when he was three.

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Well. This year, I had no intention of sending him to school looking anything but dapper, so I made him this little elephant shirt out of this adorable (and soft) Kokka canvas and the industrial snap press my friend Karen left at my studio last week (yeehaw!). He loves elephants — has to do with the letter E — so he was pleased with it. Though it may have taken a bit of coercion to get him to choose it over his other well-worn tees this morning. Ahem.

I’m sorting through pictures from last week’s trip to Columbus today, so I hope to have some photos on the blog for you soon. That and a few more Best of Quilt Market posts for you this week. And maybe a new pattern? Wouldn’t that be fun? We’ll see!!

Have a great day!!

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