Civil War Maternity Dress/Wrapper

Hi Sis,

As you know, I have been busy preparing for the Ohio Regional Military Ball that is taking place next weekend. Holly a friend of mine asked me this summer if I would be interested in vending at the event, and even teach a workshop on historical knitting! I gave it some thought, said yes and started planning to teach a miser purse workshop that would teach knitters and crocheters. 

Then I got pregnant, and realized my I had no idea what I was going to wear! Civil War clothing is very fitted, and there is no way I was getting into my old corset and dress when I was in the second trimester. What to do? I knew… there is of course period maternity wear. But, my research in this area was blank. I ended up asking a lady online whom makes and sells wrappers, if she could make me a maternity/post maternity wrapper/day dress. She said yes! And we ended up chatting away about sewing, babies, maternity wear, raising chickens, and her upcoming move to PA! Yep, we found out that soon we will not live that far away from each other.

On Monday, the wrapper arrived and I was so excited to open the box! I didn’t know what the dress looked like, so it was a fun surprise. And boy was it so pretty and practical. Knowing I was going to be a momma, she made the dress with huge pockets, lots of wiggle room to grow in the chest and belly region, and a cute apron to go on top of the dress to make it look less wrappery… complete with more big pockets!

Here is the dress!

On it’s own it looks like a giant robe or nightdress! The pleats hanging from the yoke make it fully adjustable in both the bust and waist area… perfect for comfy lounging, a pregnant lady, or a lady changing weight!

Once the dress is on, you gather up the front so that it fits you properly, and tie on the belt. 

Here is a back shot!

And here it is on a pregnant lady! Nate tied on the belt this time, and said it belongs on the back. lol I’m not so sure where I like it best. But, if hubby say’s it is cute on the back then I will wear it on the back when I am with him. hehehehe

A side shot with the brown apron!

I hope to get more pictures this weekend for you, and will be sure to do a blog post about my very first vending event and miser purse class!

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Baby Knit Sweater and Legging Set

Hi Sis,

I just completed a sweater and legging set for the baby. Our baby is due in June, so I made the 6-9 month old size, so hopefully it will fit Bonsai (Josh’s nickname for our baby) this winter. 

The sweater is from drops design, and is actually for a body suit. I decided I wanted it to be a sweater instead. It worked up quickly, and I just love the design! The back of it has a few buttons, so that it can make it over the baby’s head, while sporting a higher collar. Free pattern here.

The leggings are also from drops design. This was my first time knitting pants, and they were super easy. They also worked up very quickly. I imagine I will be making a few more pairs of winter leggings for our little one, to help with the cold season. Free pattern here.

Love,

Jamiegoof

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First Knit Bib

Hi Sis,

Saturday night I finished my cute knit sweater (post to come) and was browsing Drops design for more inspiration. That was when I saw a few knit bibs. They were very pretty, but I wasn’t about to spend hours cabling a bib, and all the other simple knit bibs I saw online weren’t my taste. That was when I saw giggles. A fast knit, with something intricate enough to prevent boredom. I wonder how well knit bibs will work? This one is made out of a sport weight cotton, a little bit thinner then the wash clothes I make for you. It is so soft!

I added a small tab to the back of the bib, as the neck area looked a bit small. It is an adjustable pattern as you can button it anywhere along the side of the bib. 

Here is the free pattern

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Baby on the Way

Hi Sis,

Well the secret is officially out! Nate and I are expecting a little one! We had a lot of fun telling our family the news over the holiday’s, as well as watching my belly start to get bigger. We both may have donned a permagrin when we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat, and watched it freestyle during the ultrasound… turns out our baby likes to move around. (Not to surprising to me, because I feel the flutters all time time. But, we are really looking forward to the kicks and punches so Nate can start to feel them too!)

Nate and I found out a few weeks before Thanksgiving, it was Brandy who told me first to take a pregnancy test. I guess getting queasy when bending over to get laundry out of the drier brought back memories. lol. Nate and I debated waiting till Christmas to tell family (we wanted to tell family in person), but I was too excited to hide it that long… and a little too morning sick, and big around the belly to avoid suspicion. 

The first trimester was probably the laziest period of my life. I didn’t know I could breathe while getting so little accomplished. I walked to the chicken coops, got out of breath, and wanted to sleep for two hours straight. I also spent a fair time on the couch realizing that I just shouldn’t eat certain foods anymore, or they were going to come back up. Who would have thought bananas could be soo traitorous! Or that, I could have a stuffy nose and still smell food two days after I cooked it.

Pregnancy has also changed a lot of how I do things. Now, I walk down the muddy trail to the chickens with extreme caution. Before, I just fell in the mud and laughed it off.  Now, I ask Nate to help me push the wheelbarrow of chicken poop, because shoveling out the coops is exhausting enough on it’s own. It has also changed what I’m allowed to do in Nate’s eyes. Our doctor gave us a phamphet with basic rules, and one of them was to not carry anything over 20 lbs!! Not sure how that works, people have toddlers that are heavier? But, now I am not allowed to carry 50 lb feed sacks, five gallon water buckets, or bags of sawdust out to the chickens. I am not used to being this wimpy, but to be honest the extra straining does tucker me out so fast, that I don’t mind avoiding it.

I’ve been having a lot of fun making baby stuff. If you knit and crochet, baby stuff is pretty much the best thing ever. It is like saying, “Look I made something adorable for my baby to wear, and it didn’t take me two years!” So far, I made a sweater, bunting bag, and some socks. All of which may not be useful for my spring/summer baby, but I couldn’t resist! I have a few other projects I am working on too. I can’t wait to get them posted on the blog.

 Mom told me to hold my hands up, because when they were down they were hiding the bump. lol Love,

Jamiegoof

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Visiting and Helping with the Move

Dear Sis… you know this post is soo overdue. lol Don’t worry, I will back-post it, so that it appears that I wrote it on the proper date… instead of a month later. 

Brandy and family finally moved to Ohio. Mom and I couldn’t wait to go visit, and help with the move. So, we took off on Thursday afternoon, so that we would actually have a full two days to help with the move. Thankfully, mom was willing to make the drive, even though she had to drive two extra hours to pick me up. I was still dealing with car sickness in the car, and doing a five hour trip on my own would have been terrible! Plus, mommy has the larger car, and boy did we load that thing up with Brandy’s supplies that we have been storing and a pile of Christmas gifts from all the grandma’s, who didn’t want to ship gifts so close to moving day!

We arrived super late on Thursday night, but everyone was awake to say hi! Then mom and I settled into one of the spare rooms for the night. I was so nervous I was going to wake everyone up on my nightly pregnant woman bathroom adventures. But, mom (the worlds lightest sleeper) was exhausted.

The first day, we actually didn’t get much accomplished. Turned out the carpet cleaner was coming, and we couldn’t move anything upstairs until the carpet was cleaned and dried. So, the pile of stuff remained in the living room and we all spent quality time visiting.

Afterwards, we drove Joshling (Brandy’s hubby) to work.

Playing with the produce I made him. I’ll turn him into a farmer yet! lol

The next morning, our moving crew was awake and ready to start the day! We had the crew every family would want to move their furniture… a young woman with an fourteen month old, a tiny grandma and a pregnant lady. As you can imagine we hauled that pano up the staircase with ease… just kidding we left it and the dresser downstairs smack dab in the middle of the living room floor. But, we did move lots of boxes up the stairs, so that Brandy could organize everything later. We also did some cleaning, cooking, and playing!

Looks like it is Eggplant for dinner folks!

The trip went all to fast. On Sunday we had a quick brunch and started our five hour trip back to the house. Mommy ended up sleeping over our place, and taking the two hour trip back to her home the next morning. So, I got to enjoy the company for another day.. and we all may have stayed up to late watching Princess Bride. 

Love,

Jamiegoof

 

 

 

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Baby Bunting

Hi Sis,

Here is the very green bunting bag that I made. I found the pattern in one of the old books grandma Cooper gave me and thought the cables looked especially cute! I also wanted to actually work on some crochet. I tend to knit, but my pregnant hands/wrists have found crochet to be a bit kinder to them. It turned out okay, I tell myself that the picture in the magazine looks so much cuter because there is a baby in it. lol But, I am rather pleased with myself, it is my first crochet/knit project were I added a zipper. It was much easier than I expected.Love,

Jamiegoof

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An Easy and Tasty Sheet Pan Dinner

Hi Sis,

I got this easy and yummy meal from Nate’s mom, who prepared a basket full of recipes with food… for busy days or just fun cooking! This was the first one we made, and even Nate went back for seconds! I am thinking it would be a good moving meal for when Mom and I come to visit and help you unpack.

Pesto Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Small Chicken Breasts
  2. 4 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  3. 4 Tablespoons Pesto
  4. 4 Tablespoons Parmesan or Mozzarella
  5. 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
  6. 1/2 Cup Parmesan
  7. 1 egg, whisked
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 370. Flatten each breast and put filling down the middle of each breast. Roll and use tooth picks to hold. (Filling is Sour Cream, Pesto and Parmesan).
  2. Dunk in Egg wash
  3. Roll in bread crumbs and parmesan cheese mixture
  4. Bake about 30 - 35 min
Notes
  1. For the rest of the sheet pan I tossed potatoes and a bag of frozen green beans with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and some savory, marjoram and parsley.
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Love,

Jamiegoof

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