Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How they're holding up.

Since I am without my sewing machine right now and don't want to keep leaving my blog to fend for itself I thought I could update you all about how some of the things I've made are holding up.

I'll start with the diaper changing pad (mini tutorial here):

This definitely came in handy at highway rest areas when we made the 885 mile trip from NC to NH. Rest area bathrooms are sometimes pretty gross... It's been washed quite a few times due to a) the trip and b) quite a few diaper blow-outs, but it's holding up just fine. I use it and love it.

The diaper bag (which is actually a tote and posted about here):

This gets a ton of use. First as a diaper bag, then while we were traveling it was a "stuff whatever else I can fit into it" bag, and it's now a diaper bag again. It is holding up quite well, and while I said I thought the side pockets were too large for my liking when I made it, they are actually perfect. I tend to stuff my sunglasses, keys and hand lotion in one side, and the baby's bottle in the other side (even though there are bottle pockets inside, the side pockets are faster and easier access, which is great when your baby is screaming and you're getting flustered). 

The only thing I'm not happy with are the straps. I should have made them wider and padded. Sometimes the bag is heavy and uncomfortable on my shoulder.

The drawstring bag I made for myself as a project bag has gotten washed and I've been using it to store my breast pump. I'm sure it'll be a project bag again someday, or maybe toy storage... who knows? But for now it's happy helping me in this new unexpected way.

I'm sure there are more things I've made and could write updates about but this is all I can think of for now.

How have your projects held up over time and with constant use? I'm pleasantly surprised how well mine have held up (especially the diaper bag).

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Back in New Hampshire.

The movers came to our house on October 21 and we were back in New Hampshire by October 24.

The movers were very nice about my requests for the way I wanted my art quilts packed, which was a huge relief. I'm still a little worried about whether they will arrive in a good condition though. I have no idea when that will be though because we are still looking for a permanent place to live. Currently we are with my father-in-law in Conway. The only thing we do know right now is we are staying in Conway.

We stopped in Mass. on the way and spent the night at my cousin's house, where my baby brother insisted we take a "selfie" with his phone even though I had been in a car for two days and looked completely like crap. My daughter, on the other hand, totally rocks the "two days in a car" look... Haha
I love it here. It's so beautiful. Our second day here we went up to Cathedral Ledge with the kids. I remember watching fireworks from there seven or eight years ago when we lived up here before the Army moved us. 

I strapped Nomes (not her name, but that's what I like to call her haha) around me in the carrier and she was all smiles despite the cold. Well... She's not smiling in this particular photo, but she really was all smiles, I swear!! And I'm still carrying a large chunk of the baby weight... haha

The other kids loved it, of course.

Matthew actually went with Grampa before us, and came with us later when we went. 
Monday we had to go to Littleton for new birth certificates for the older two kids because they were adopted by my husband last year. We went thru Bethlehem and saw these amazing sculptures made from old auto parts. My pictures taken from the car do not do them justice at all.

Later I Googled it and they were actually made in Thailand and sell for $5,000. I guess the man who has them is opening a shop to sell items from artists around the world or something like that. 

On the way back we had to stop and get pictures of Mount Washington.

And the elephant rock at the entrance to Crawford Notch...
Being away for six years I forgot how beautiful and truly amazing it is up here. I didn't realize how much I missed it until we got back here.

Now we just need to find our own home and get our household goods delivered so I can decorate and get back to sewing!!