Saturday, March 13, 2010


We have been SEW busy around here lately and I feel so behind on my blog. We were busy sewing though! I started an Etsy shop last month I have been sewing for the girls too!

I love when the girls hear the whirl of the machine going and they come running to help:) Kate, my kindergartener, even left me some notes on my machine one day so that when she is at school, I will think of her helping me. She did it in secret and then taped them to my machine. I found them the next day and they bring a smile to my face every time I sit down.
"I love you Mommy. I love you Daddy." (for those who need some translation:)
Aubrey is in charge of ribbon organization and also in charge of opening and closing the drawer over...and over...and over...and over!

Ella is in charge of button organization. Quite frequently she will just dump the all out and reorganize them. She is also very good at taking out pins when I have stitched. She is my helper most days and LOVES having sewing jobs.
Kate and Alice are to the point now at 5 and 7 where they can actually sew,
so we had our first lesson this week.
They are both working on a very simple piece and will show you when it is done:)
Now for the GIVEAWAY...Today is my 100th post and I always knew that I wanted to do something special for 100. I had thought about a lot of things, but in the end, I wanted to give back. We have always had a lot of love and support as we walk through this new road and Down syndrome, but it has been through this blog that we have gotten the best advice. YOU have celebrated with us and you have prayed with us. You give such wonderful suggestions and advice and I'm wishing we had been around from the start so that all the hardships we experienced in the first year, could have had help from YOU.

SEW, I am giving away some of the sample items that I have made for my Etsy Shop:
The Umbrella Girl. You can check out my shop for more specific details on each item.

I am giving away ONE DIAPER KEEPER. This is a way to keep a travel wipes container and a couple diapers organized and handy in your bag or purse. (Woody likes it because he can just easily grab what he needs instead of the whole bag or digging through to get what he needs:) Even though we have 4 girls and LOADS of pink, my keeper is neutral (Disney) just for him!

And TWO TAGS: Some use them on luggage/diaper bags/backpacks/swim bags or to carry their library card and they hang it on their library bag! I just got a custom order, for someone who is going to use them as place cards at the table at her wedding! Such smart people out their. Never would have thought of the library card (thanks Cass) or the place cards.

You can enter to win both a diaper keeper and luggage tag. Just leave separate comments. Let me know in the comment which you would pick if you win and a way to contact you.
Comment #1- I would pick the Baseball diaper keeper.
Comment #2- I would like to win the Hot Dots Owl.

Winners will be chosen on Monday morning, March 15th, at 7:00AM. CST

EVERYONE IS A WINNER. If you are not chosen as a winner of a free item, but you left a comment to win, I will give you FREE shipping on any order from my store that is ordered before Friday, March 19th at 5:00PM CST

Here's to FREE STUFF!!!


  1. So cute, love your stuff! Love that your older girls are learning to sew! Wish I hadn't waited until I was in my 30's to finally ask my mom to show me!:)

  2. Congrats on 100! Baseball tag, please!

  3. Love your little helpers! I have 2 Featherweight sewing machines, one for me and one for Piper! When she gets a wee bit bigger I'll let her have a go on my quilting machine!

    Congrats on your 100 posts; it's fun watching your family grow!

    Piper's nana

  4. Do you know how to use a serger? I am currently in possesion of one my mother-in-law bought 15 years ago and has never used. I can't get the tension set right. I have fabric to make simple blankets, but just can't get it done.

    And if I'm the winner I would like the baseball tag.

  5. I would like the fish tag or owl

  6. You're so cute Rachel. Happy 100th post! :) Btw, I love how Ella organizes. Liam is the same way, especially lining things up. :) Big surprise. :) Oh, and the notes by Kate made MY heart melt! :)

  7. Aubrey is darling! And you are so talented! Wow!

    I have a special boy (not diagnosed), too. It's a good life, eh?

    Love, Bree

  8. You are so creative and cute!! :) I love reading your blog! I would love the classic spring flower luggage tag if I'm the winner!

  9. So great to see Aubrey doing so well! Hello to you, Smith family!

    I would like the baseball diaper keeper please. Thank-you!


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