Welcome Baby P + Summer Catch-up

Monday, October 2, 2023


Happy Monday! After spending the summer away from this space, it's time to slowly make my way back. It was an eventful summer and we have a lot to catch up on!


First and foremost, the main reason I took time away from posting is because we had a baby! This summer we welcomed a daughter to our family and we've spent the last few months getting to know each other and figuring out how to be parents. Many times I thought about sharing my pregnancy here and on social media, but I just never figured out a way that I was comfortable with. I was not a particularly happy pregnant person and keeping it private felt like the right thing for myself and Michael. On that note, I don't plan to share much about her here on the blog. She'll be "Baby P" to preserve her privacy. I will share some of the things I've sewn (and will sew in future) for her! That has been fun, to be able to make things for her. Look for a post soon with some baby-related sewing projects.


I've had a lot of fun shopping for second-hand baby clothes, and have found so many cute things at the thrift stores. Almost her entire wardrobe is thrifted! I love having new things to look for when I have the opportunity to go thrifting. There seems to be no shortage of cute stuff!


Despite having a brand new baby, I did manage to mostly take care of the garden this season. It's definitely done better other years, but most of that has actually been the weather. We have gotten an incredible amount of rain and parts of the garden have drowned. The wet killed nearly all of our pepper plants, and even a tomato plant. Thankfully we still got a lot of tomatoes, enough to put some in the freezer for soup this winter.


The dahlias started to bloom around the time Baby P was born, which was really nice to come home to! I made sure to get out and cut some just about every week. A lot more blooms went to the bees and pollinators than usual, but that's not a bad thing!


I've tried to squeeze in some crafting here and there where I can. I finished up a baby quilt, pieced a baby quilt top, made some blocks from scraps, and sewed a few other odds and ends.


I also started working on some crochet projects, specifically amigurumi. I've always wanted to be able to make them and I'm finally doing it! So far I've made a cat, a turtle and a pear. It's nice to have small projects that I can easily pick up for a row or two. Being able to finish things feels really good too!

Cat and turtle are kits from The Woobles, and the pear pattern is from Crochet Amigurumi for Every Occasion*.


Dusty is doing a great job being a big sister. She is loving all the time we're spending at home and even the late nights. She'll often come help us feed Baby P in the middle of the night, and demand pets of course.


Now that I'm dipping my toes back into posting, I thought I'd share a little of what you can expect from me going forward. My current plan (goal is probably a more accurate word) is to try to post once a week. I'm hoping to share a monthly favorites post and one tutorial/informational post a month, and fill in with project posts. We'll see how that works out. Sometimes it may be less, sometimes more. I'm giving myself grace during this season since my time is so limited.


I am still planning on hosting a Lined Drawstring Bag Sew Along this year. I'd love to know what you'd like to see for this year's sew along. If you have any specific post or tutorial requests, please let me know in the comments! You can see past year's posts here.

I think that's everything I wanted to catch you all up on today! I hope you had lovely summers and are enjoying the first weeks of fall. I'll be back soon with a project post.

Happy Making!

*Note: Any links marked with an asterisk in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click through and buy something, I make a small commission, at no extra cost to you.

35 comments :

  1. Congratulations, Jeni and Michael! Can't wait to see what you make for her (as time permits). Enjoy every aspect of parenthood. It's tough but so rewarding!

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  2. Congratulations!!!!! Enjoy all the snuggles and yes give yourself grace. Sending you hearts and hugs

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  3. Congratulations on your new addition! Beautiful!

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  4. Welcome to Baby P! I love that you’re thrifting her clothing as you can. Babies grow so fast! It’s good to see things being used multiple times. Wishing you all a lifetime of love.

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  5. Congratulations Mom and Dad! Smithcindyk@gmail.com

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  6. Congratulations! Savor your time with her as it flies by. I blinked and one baby is in college and the other is a high school senior. Oh I miss those baby days. Andrea Hickman

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  7. What lovely news about Baby P! Wishing you every happiness in the adventure.

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  8. Congratulations! I loved making clothes for my kids when they were younger. Looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  9. Congrats, Jeni and Michael! Enjoy this special time with your new baby. They grow up quick.
    I look forward to seeing your new projects. Best wishes to all of you!

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  10. Congratulations on your new daughter!! Enjoy your time with her😁. Doris

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  11. I don't often comment, but I want to applaud your decision to not share your beautiful new family member online. I certainly took a lot of photos of my kids as they grew, but it was in the day of "wait for the film to be printed" and no internet! - and I often wonder about the paradox of being feerful for one's children in this age and at the same time, posting pics like mad. Well, I needn't go on, but this grandma is impressed and glad for your decision.
    We also grow dahlias and have for years, and on the coast of Washington State, the weather has contributed to a different/challenging year. We've had far less rain than usual causing weaker, skinnier stems and shorter-lasting blooms. It's odd and yet educational to see these effects.
    All my best to year, and thanks for your fulfilling blog over the years. I look forward to many more issues!

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  12. Congratulations! Wishing you and your new family all the best!

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  13. So happy for you and your husband! Babies always make me happy! And glad to see you back posting.

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  14. Congrats, Jeni! How wonderful that you have a daughter. I'm sure you & Michael will be wonderful parents. I look forward to your posts, whenever you make them.

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  15. Congratulations on your beautiful daughter! They grow so fast,be sure to spend all that special time with her. My baby is 35 and a father of 2! How’d that happen?

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  16. Congratulations to you and your husband. She looks precious! Love her hair! Enjoy every minute, they grow up too fast! 🩷 I would love to do a drawstring bag sew along.

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  17. So happy for the new baby in your life! Definitely missed you.... and your flowers, too!!

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  18. Congratulations Jeni. Such lovely news. Enjoy your time with the new baby, such precious days. 😍

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  19. Congratulations!!! Kim so glad your absence as for such a good reason, and just know that if you have trouble with the schedule, we’ll most certainly understand. Some of us have been there, and it may be trite to say it, but family comes first, always. I’m so happy for you!

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  20. Congratulations to you both on a precious little bundle. So happy for you!!

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  21. Welcome to the world, Baby P. πŸ’• Hope there is plenty of rest and snuggles for mom and dad while learning this new way of life with baby. A baby! Your biggest project yet. πŸ™‚

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  22. Congratulations! So so so happy for you.

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  23. Congratulations what wonderful news

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  24. Congratulations and welcome back❤️

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  25. Congratulations! So very happy for you! Enjoy every minute with Baby P!

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  26. So very excited for you guys!

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  27. Yay! Congratulations!

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  28. Congratulations! Welcome to the BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE!❤️. Treasure this time. Spend it with PπŸ₯°

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  29. Congratulations. Baby blanket time of year. Time to knit and make quilts

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  30. Congratulations on now having a wee baby girl, lots of quilts in your future! Lo ve the snap of your stunning dahlias, always look forward to seeing them pop up in your posts.

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  31. Oh My! Congratulation! I didn't enjoy my pregnancy much either, though I wanted to be pregnant. You keep this all as private as you want--sharing is out of control these days, and this is your life with your precious baby----

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  32. Congratulations on your new addition! Cherish all the moments with her.

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  33. Congratulations on your darling baby girl cherish every moment πŸ’•

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