Greatful: Day one

I’m trying to learn some healthful habits. I started an app on my phone call TheFabulous. That is supposed to help encourage you to build good habits.

One of the suggested habits is being grateful for 10 minutes. I thought I’d write down what I’m grateful for, and what better place to do it than here.

Today I’m grateful that my husband is a good father. We are imperfect parents. But we are learning together. He is great with playing with our son. It is bad to say, but I get board and have a hard time playing with a toddler for any length of time. but my husband and play cars or sandbox , or push W on the swing for 20 minutes. He is engaged with our son during these play time.

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Big Boy Bed take 1

Big Boy Bed take 1

So I’ve completed a quilted comforter, fleece blanket and pillow case for the big boy bed. You can see that the big boy is in the bed, but he is not really asleep. But at least he is practicing. The fitted sheet is yet to come.

The big boy bed

My husband and I have been co-sleeping with our son from the beginning. He is now 2 years and 4 months old. We are ready to have the bed to ourselves again. We know from other family bed families that this transition can be a huge challenge. This weekend we put a toddler bed frame up in our bedroom. A couple of days latter we got a nice new mattress in it. I have been talking about this change with our little man. So far the answer is a big no. We are willing to go slowly.

We thought he might be more interested if the bed was decked out in things he likes. I went to the fabric store Monday get fabric for a “custom” comforter and blanket. I’m also doing a pillow case and sham. So my husband asked about the fitted sheet. My first reply is that we will have to buy them. For some reason I just had a block about it. Surely this was just impossible right. Silly me!

I’ve been doing a bit of searching and it seems that fitted sheets, at least toddler bed size, are not that difficult. The biggest challenge may be my ability to fold a square and straight line.

Here are a few tutorials that seem helpful if you are in the mood to make your own sheets for value and or aesthetics.

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1. Pretty Prudent Crib Sheet Tutorial – corner elastic

2. Dana Made It Crib Sheet Tutorial– all round elastic in casing

3. Fitted bed sheet from alternative windows – How to measure for any mattress, and encased corner elastic.

Market bag pattern-testers needed

I’ve finished up my first go at a crochet pattern. I love this market bag, it is very user friendly and 100% machine wash and dry. I need some lovely folks to test out the pattern and see if it works for them. This is my first pattern ever so I’m sure it is lacking in perfection. Please leave me comments and let me know what you think

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Cotton, medium weight yarn
G hook Gauge 10 hdc x 8 rows =3 in.

Round 1: 10 Hdc in magic circle. (10)

Round 2: 2 Hdc in each st around. (20) Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round 3: Hdc into same st as ch 2, hdc into next stitch■2 hdc in next st, Hdc in next st, ■ repeat around. (30) Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round 4: Hdc into same st as ch 2, hdc in to the next 2 stitches■ 2 hdc in next st, Hdc in next 2 sts ■ repeat around. (40) Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round 5: Hdc into same st as ch 2, hdc in to the next 3 stitches ■ 2 hdc in next st, Hdc in next 3 sts ■ repeat around. (50) Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round 6: Hdc into same st as ch 2, hdc in to the next 4 stitches ■ 2 hdc in next st, Hdc in next 4 sts ■ repeat around. (60) Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round 7: Hdc into same st as ch 2, hdc in to the next 5 stitches ■ 2 hdc in next st, Hdc in next 5 sts ■ repeat around. (70) Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round 8: Hdc into same st as ch 2, hdc in to the next 6 stitches ■2 hdc in next st, Hdc in next 6 sts ■ repeat around. (80) Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round 9: Hdc into same st as ch 2, hdc in to the next 7 stitches ■ 2 hdc in next st, Hdc in next 7 sts ■ repeat around. (90) Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round 10: Hdc into same st as ch 2, hdc in to the next 8 stitches ■ 2 hdc in next st, Hdc in next 8 sts■ repeat around. (100) Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2. note: the base will be about 9 inches in diameter at this point.

Round 11: Hdc into each stitch. Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round12: Hdc into each stitch. Join with sl to first Hdc. Ch 2.

Round 13: *Chain 2, skip next 2 stitches, sc into next stitch.* repeat 32 more times, for the last chain 2 sc into the first chain 2.

Round 14-32: *Chain 5, sc into next chain loop* repeat

Round 33: ch 2, sc into loop, repeat 32 times , ch 2, sl into next sc.

Round 34: *3 hdc into previous ch 2, skip sc* repeat 33 times SL into first hdc of round. Ch 1.

Round 35: *sc into next 25 stitches, chain 35, skip 25 stitches* repeat once. SL into first sc in round to join. note: be careful not to chain the handles too tightly, you will need to work into them in the next round.

Round 36: hdc into each stitch. Note: when stitching into chain for handles make sure you work into both top loops of the chain. join. Chain 2

Round 37: hdc in next stitch, hdc into teach stitch in round. SL to join. Tie off and weave in ends.