The Life of Jennifer Dawn: October 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Headbands

Here are my Halloween versions of the T-Shirt Headbands with Snap-on Pinwheel Flowers.  Click here for a T-shirt Headband Tutorial.

Family Photos

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine did a family photo session for our little family of three.  This had been scheduled for awhile and despite having just had our second consecutive miscarriage a few days prior, Tim and I felt like it was important to keep the date and still have the pictures taken.  It was the first time we had been out of the house as a family since the miscarriage, and it was refreshing to be out in nature surrounded by some of God's beautiful creation.  To be honest with you, it was the first time I had smiled in days.  When I look at these pictures, I think about the emotions Tim and I were feeling that day--joy at being so blessed to have each other and Lydia Grace mixed with sadness at the loss we had just experienced.  Laughing together, smiling, and hugging on Lydia Grace was our way of saying that we are strong and are going to get through this because we have each other and God is with us.

I hope you enjoying scrolling through these pictures.  I absolutely love them and think Lori Johnson, our photograper, did a great job!  She was so patient photographing a toddler that just wanted to run and play.

*Photographs taken by Lori Johnson Photography

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's a snap to make t-shirt headbands!

The T-Shirt Headband

*sewing machine
*basic sewing supplies (pins, scissors, measuring tape...)
*t-shirt (It needs to be a t-shirt with a little bit of stretch to it.)
*snaps (I use size 4 of the Dritz snaps)

1. Measure around your child's head where a headband would go.  Cut a strip of fabric from a t-shirt that is this length and three inches wide.  Example: My daughter's head measured 19 inches, so I cut out a strip that was 19 inches by 3 inches.

2. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and sew along the raw edge.

3. I like to cut  right along the stitching with zig zag scissors--just to neaten things up a bit.

4. Turn the strip right side out and press with an iron.  Fold the headband where the two small ends meet and the rights sides are together.  Sew the two small ends together and trim this edge with your zig zag scissors.  You have now made the headband.  It is important to use fabric that has a little give and stretch to it, so your headband will stretch some.

5. Attach a snap onto both the headband and the item you want to use to embellish your headband.  You can use fabric flowers, artificial flowers, fabric bows...
The possibilities are endless.  The great thing about using snaps is that you can change your embellishment with each wardrobe change.

Pinwheel Fabric Tutorial