Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Work in Progress Wed. and a very important Announcement!

I posted a while back about the Seed Exchange that I am taking part in... Well now it is time to actually send the seeds out! Originally I had planned on hand painting the front of each seed packet, but that idea flew out the window for a couple of reasons! #1 Time and Energy (or lack there-of!*) I am sending out more than 50 packets... that would be a lot of painting! #2 I decided that those seed packets where too small and I couldn't get enough info on them. So I opted for a simple template that I could put all of the seed's info on directly in Microsoft Word, and just printed out the number of packets needed. Then it was a simple matter of cutting them out, gluing them together and filling them with seeds!

To seal them I used my new Japanese Washi Tape! Rodrigo got it for me for Valentine's Day! Wasn't that a sweet surprise?! It's so pretty! I had been admiring it for a long time online, but have never bought myself any. I think these are just perfect!


And in other news I have been working on this sundress for me. I am making it out of some quilting weight cotton that I've had in my stash for a long time. I found this free pattern online from the fabric designer Heather Ross. (I love her fabrics... so cute!) I liked the pattern because it is so easy to make, even the shirring is simply done using elastic thread, and because it has pockets! I love a dress with pockets!  It still needs to be hemmed and to have the shoulder straps attached. I think I'll make a few more of them and maybe a couple for Claire as well... matching sundresses for Mama and tiny girl!

But most importantly I liked the pattern because it will work for me throughout the coming Spring and Summer with my rapidly expanding tummy!

I am very thankful to be able to announce to you all that we are expecting baby number 5 to join our family this coming September! Such exciting news, and truly an important "work in progress!"

* lack of energy... that has been my main pregnancy symptom so far. I am just so tired all of the time! I am 9 weeks along right now, so I should be feeling a bit more like my normal self in a month or two. But for now, this mama is taking things easy. 


  1. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm due in late May...and many thanks for the awesome link..I can't wait to make this dress!

  2. OH Rachel - How incredibly exciting!! Congratulations to you both! I was looking at that dress thinking what a pretty dress it is & how it would work as a maternity one as well - you will be absolutely gorgeous in it & a matching one for Claire would be so cute!
    Take care & look after yourself!

  3. Congratulations on your pregnancy and I think the dress is looking great! Thanks for the link to the pattern. I might have to make one too!

  4. beautiful...and that is a gorgeous dress for a sweet mama like you:):)


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