Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jungle Ave Summer Shorts and Clip-on Tie

Hello! I feel like I've fallen off the planet when it comes to regular sewing or blogging. I know we all go through phases, and life just happens sometimes.

We took a week off around Memorial Day to spend with family and friends, which was SO refreshing that coming back to the daily grind has been harder than I ever expected. Elliot is almost 5 months old, and he is such a joy in my life!

Baby Boy Shorts and Tie

I love this face. Even in the midst of exhaustion, I love hoisting him up on my knees (all 17 pounds) to watch him squeal and smile. I'm happy to lug him in his car seat (which just feels like a big bowling ball and bag these days) up and down the basement stairs to get to the car. I don't even mind getting spit on.

But I haven't really figured out "me time." When I'm not thinking about what Elliot needs, I'm usually working, or thinking about the work I have to do. If I fill up my bath and he cries, I jump out and dry off. Getting together with friends is one of the major ways I feel revived, and yet it requires so much thought and preparation to make that happen as a mom. I'm incredibly thankful for the people in my life who work to make that happen, as well as those who make me feel loved from afar.

Elliot Models Jungle Ave

When my friend Sara sent me some of her new Jungle Ave fabric for Art Gallery, I knew this was my chance to get behind the sewing machine and make something quick and sweet! A little sewing time for mom, and a little new outfit for Elliot. The print is called Elephant Skyline, and I'm totally in love.

Baby Boy Shorts and Tie

I followed the free summer shorts tutorial from Caila Made and my pattern was adapted from Crafting Zuzzy's. I'm not sure how long they took, but it was quick. The 20-minute clip-on tie tutorial is courtesy of Mommy Minutes. The onesie is screen-printed, and a gift from Jason and fam.

Baby Boy Bow Tie

I'm also discovering the lonely part of motherhood, and realizing that I need to take care of myself. I won't pretend that I know how to do this, but when I Googled "motherhood and loneliness," I can tell that I'm far from the only one to feel this way.

If you are a mom and are interested in encouraging each other, I'm starting a Momcouragement Facebook group to share our stories. My hope is that you can remind me who I am, and I can do the same for you. That our souls would be filled, and we'd feel a little more connected and supported on the journey.

Baby Boy Shorts and Tie

Bottom line: I have a lot to be thankful for these days. In the moments when I am tired and feeling crazy, I'm comforted to know that I'm not the only one to feel this way. And, let's face it . . . I'll probably feel more tired and more crazy as this little guy grows up. We still have teething to look forward to. :)

Thank you for reading and being a part of my sewing family!


  1. He is so cute! And the outfit is adorable too! I'll tell you what saved me most from the mom loneliness while I was a stay at home mom - I joined gymboree and met some really great mom friends. We would go out to lunch with the kids and have playdates etc. It was nice to have mom friends that were in the same stage as me. Now that I'm a working mom, I'm always looking for moms in the same phase. Haven't found any yet, but there is always the quilting friends! :)

  2. Aww, I just love this outfit (and it looks like he does too :o) ) Hope you can find yourself again soon (((((HUGS)))))

  3. He is adorable! What a happy little face! I made lots of shorts for my boys when they were little and I enjoyed having a quick project to do since time was limited. My babies are now age 25 and 18 and I don't sew clothing for them anymore. But they have lots of homemade pillowcases with their monograms on them! When they were little, I had mom's in my neighborhood who had children the same age and we switched off babysitting once in awhile. Or we bundled all our baby stuff into one of our cars and went shopping or to lunch together. Nothing too organized, just plans made the day before. It helped a lot with the loneliness and there was someone else to keep an eye on both kids if one of us wanted to try on something or go to the restroom (alone!) I hope you find some ways to feel less alone. Hang in there!


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