Tibault & Toad

before the babe

Baby Ephraim Burton joined us on August 17 (if you follow me on instagram you've already seen that announcement and a pic of the new babe). I promise I'll be sharing some pictures and the story of his birth soon, but before that I'm popping in to share the pictures that piled up in the couple of weeks before he was born. The peaches are long done (we were happy to have peaches this year, but we neglected the tree a bit so the peaches were a little small - I still managed to make a couple of cobblers, so I was happy). The sunflowers are now beginning to bend over, and the garden is dry and even more overgrown, but I still was able to harvest enough jalapeños to pickle a bunch, some tomatoes to roast in the oven, fresh herbs to dry, and even some cucumbers.

We're enjoying our new baby and delighting in discovering the new routines that allow us to function as a family of five, excited for fall and the unfolding of this new season in the life of our family as well.

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summer sewing

When Indy was little I made her this vintage sheet baby blanket. Well, being that the blanket was perfect crib-sized, we started using it to tuck in Tenny once he moved from bassinet to crib, and he decided that it was his very own. Indy had since adopted my childhood "blankie", which is adorable, but it was, as Indy likes to say "biting the dust". I decided it was really time to pack it away before it slowly disintegrated to nothing, so it was time to go ahead and make Indy her own new blanket. This vintage poppy print sheet was a thrift store find that I had already used to make a floor cushion for in Indy's closet, and I had just enough left over to make a whole cloth quilt for her, using the sheet for both sides. I sandwiched some cotton batting in between the two layers, did some some free-quilting on the machine, and used my favorite machine binding tutorial to finish it off. Fast and cute, and will hopefully last a long time.

My sister asked me to make a bonnet for her little guy, and of course I obliged since my littles are currently a little big for baby bonnets but its just the kind of sewing I like to do (in fact I couldn't help but make one for my niece Jane, I had so much fun making one for Oliver). I turned to the ever trusty Purl Bee for their baby sunbonnet pattern, using some stash seersucker and quilter's cotton, and the thinnest cotton muslin I could find at the craft store for the lining. Tenny was kind enough to play model and tolerate the bonnet for just long enough for me to snap a few photos. Thanks Tenny :)

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