Locked in a Tower wrap

April 12, 2014 by kaitevans

contest

Introducing “Locked in a Tower”! I wove this wrap for the great competition of weavers, over on the Loom to Wrap Facebook group.

And now a little Q&A, to tell you more about it!

How did you come up with your inspiration?
When it was announced that the theme to the competition was going to be Fairytales and Folklore, I was so excited. Almost immediately I began looking on pinterest for drawings of fairytales that inspired me. I wanted something recognizable, but still unique.

Why did you choose the fairy tale/folklore that you did?
I debated between a few different drawings of Rapunzel, but in the end went with one that had colours that I loved.

How did you balance your interpretation of the theme with the need for the piece to be wearably desirable?
The main thing I wanted to incorporate was Rapunzel’s long blonde hair. I decided that her hair would be both the middle colour on the wrap, and the middle marker. After I did that, it was easy to place the other colours that I wanted to include.

How did you like the theme–was it hard to work within?
It was a little bit overwhelming at first, SO MANY CHOICES! But once I decided on my tale, it was easy.

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Was it easier to work with a theme versus an inspiration photo?
I did both..hehe

Did you attempt to stay within your usual style, or did you branch out?
Well, considering this is the first thing I have ever really woven, I wouldn’t say that I have a “style” yet.

Would you have made this wrap without the contest?
Yep.

What is the fiber content?
It is 100% cotton, for both warp and weft.

What is the weave structure?
It is twill.

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How does it wrap (cush, moldability, stretch)?
Oh mah goodness. The cush, it molds perfectly, and has just the perfect amount of stretch. I normally despise rucks, but LOVE them in this wrap.

What new skills did you have to learn for this piece?
All of them…haha. how to weave?

How long did it take?
A long time. A couple weeks. Once I got into a rhythm, the actual weaving took 10ish hours.

How and when can your piece be purchased?
This piece has been claimed by my husband. Selfish, i know. BUT the sister piece will be available for travelling. If you’re interested, there will be a thread posted on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kaitslife)

Thank you everyone for voting for me!

 

office. studio. office. studio.

March 21, 2014 by kaitevans

YAY! After a bajiliion hours spent waiting for the water to dry out (HOME INSURANCE IS A SANITY SAVER…seriously, insurance paid for clean up, and fixing everything damaged!) I am thrilled to show off my studio.

office. studio. office. studio. both?

The studio has been a labour of love. I am blessed to have a husband that supports and encourages me to have my own space for me to be creative. And he hates having it strewn all over the house. So it’s a win-win situation.

I am excited to finally have a space to show off my antique collection of sock knitting machines, and not have to worry about little fingers breaking them (or having the machines break little fingers, they are HEAVY.)

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This is the view after you walk into the studio. The window lets in a beautiful amount of natural light. During the day, I rarely even have the lights on, as the natural light is just so much nicer.

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This is my loom, her name is Mafalda. Mafalda means “powerful battler” which I think is totes apropos. totes mcgoats.

PAUSE. Because this is still my favourite commercial.

 

Anyway, her name is Mafalda, and I love her.

MAFALDA

 

And because you can’t have a HUGE loom (or any loom for that matter) without some yarn. Here is may stash. I have cotton, cotolin, wool/silk blend and BAMBOO. Which is all very exciting, and super soft.

 

 

yarn

 

Seriously, isn’t it the prettiest wall ever? In the boxes, is all my fabric, and headbands and market supplies. Also I keep my serger and sewing machine in the two cubbies. Baby toys are now in the playpen.

yarn2

 

It’s so CLEAN, and pretty. Right now it is filled with post-market product.

table

 

COMPUTER. I officially joined “the dark side” as Rich calls it. BUT THAT’S OK. As he has used the mac for school too. AND LIKED IT. Also the exersaucer isn’t there anymore, now the playpen is there.

computer

 

And finally, my “nursing closet”. It is also where I keep the ironing board, and other random items that I don’t necessarily use every day.

 

loomroom

And just to prove that it isn’t always that clean in here, here is Molly and I.

Photo on 2014-03-18 at 2.13 PM #3

 

 

Anyway, hope you all enjoyed the tour, and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on!

CHANGES

March 20, 2014 by kaitevans

Oh man guys.

I am so excited to tell you about all the changes that are going to be happening over here, and at my ETSY SHOP!

BUT until everything gets straightened out, how about i leave you with an adorable picture of Molly.

Molly

AND YOU GUYS!!! TOMORROW!! I WILL SHOW YOU MY STUDIO!! I’m so excited!!

Forever

January 6, 2014 by kaitevans

It has been forever and ever and ever since I blogged last!

When life gets busy blogging gets put on the back burner.

Anyway.

Christmas was wonderful.

babies

 

Teag was wired, Molly was teething, and Arlo was sick. 

My Grandma came and stayed with us for two weeks and it was absolutely wonderful.

The boys loved being read to, and Molly loved being rocked/swayed to sleep every night.

Yes, I took a TON of pictures.

We had a relaxed New Years, as Rich worked day shift that day and the next. No partying for us. Haha.

Well aside from our neighbour down the street who shot a firework at our huge picture window,

(yes, we watched you do it. AND YES WE KNOW IT WAS YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS WHO “NICKY NICKY NINE DOORED” US THIS FALL. TWICE.)

there wasn’t much excitement.

The kids were spoiled beyond measure. More toys, and treats than they (or me) knew what to do with.

Rich was spoiled, as the kids and I got him a meat smoker. Yep I (we) won at present buying. Haha.

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Teag and Rich setting up the smoker. When asked what food we should smoke, Teag replied with “Peanut butter sandwiches”. Silly Teag.

In our front yard, we have 5 foot drifts. IT’S RIDICULOUS.

boys

 

The boys (and daddy) have been enjoying the massive amounts of snow.

And sweet sweet Molly is cutting two teeth. At once. And trying to crawl. And chewing everything.

And wonderful.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and blessed New Years!

 

Been a while

November 18, 2013 by kaitevans

It has been a while since I have blogged last!

So sorry about that!

Life just got crazy, and blogging got put on the back burner.

If you are a fan of my facebook page Kait’s Life or follow me in instagram, then you know that I have been sewing up a storm!

Burp cloths, lovie sized blankets, soother clips, and the cutest headbands will be available at our Christmas market! (Nov 29 & 30, if you’re local)

headbands lovies

Yep, it’s been busy.

Add in a baby that loves to nurse. A toddler that never slows down. A preschooler that is into everything, and a husband who is still in school full time and working a full time job…It’s been sort of CRAZY.

And this sweet baby girl is growing like a weed.

molly

 

At our last appointment she weighed in at 14lbs 14oz. She is our biggest baby yet, and probably our happiest one too.

She loves to laugh, smile, coo, and demand to eat.

Her brothers adore her.

The other night she was pitching a fit (it rarely happens, but when it does…it’s a doozy) and Teag came and started cooing and talking to her. It calmed her down almost immediately.

Brother saves the day!

Arlo mainly just mumbles and shrieks at her.

It’s fun, it’s crazy, and I absolutely love it.

Sewing Roommmmmm!

October 16, 2013 by kaitevans

So as you can guess, I like to sew.

I’ve mentioned it here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Point is, I like to create, and make a mess.

It drives Rich crazy. I have sewing projects ALL OVER THE HOUSE.

I have some patterns and a few pieces of fabric on the piano.

My serger and sewing machine are on the back landing.

The iron is on the table, cutting matt is on the floor.

Point is, it’s all over the place.

So I decided to redo the downstairs bedroom, and make it into a sewing roommmmmm!

But it was a disaster.

When we redid the kitchen EVERYTHING went into the basement bedroom.

Like everything, drawers to cupboards that we don’t even have anymore.

It was ridiculous.

So yesterday I decided enough was enough.

I threw 90% out. Rich did two “dump runs”.

SO MUCH JUNK.

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This is only 1/4 of the room.

I KNOW RIGHT.

So I spent the afternoon organizing, singing to music, and planning the room out.

It took forever.

But I don’t think it turned out to bad…

clean sewing room1

Doesn’t that look so much better?

Right now, the room is a wonderful (not) sandy-taupe colour. It makes the room look horrible.

My plan, is to get Rich to paint it white. Normally I would want to have bold colours on the walls, but I plan on hanging prints, an inspiration board etc on the walls instead.

I am also planning on putting a “U” shaped desk in the corner (where the mirror and reclining chair is) and putting my machines there.

Where the vacuum is, I’d like to make a big ironing table, and cutting table.

And maybe I’ll put something like these up.

sewing creativity woman cave

You can check out all of my sewing room inspiration pins here.

Our long weekend.

October 15, 2013 by kaitevans

It was the Canadian thanksgiving weekend this past weekend.

Thanksgiving is basically my favourite non-religious holiday.

For me it is all about the food. In our family, we go all out.

Turkey, ham, potatoes, veggies, stuffing (or dressing if you want to call it that) and most of all PIE WITH REAL WHIP CREAM. None of that spray canned stuff.

I mean I am so incredibly thankful for my family and friends, and they know that.

But what other night do you have, where you just get to eat with all of your family, and be thankful for what you have.

 

Anyway, our long weekend was wonderful.

I didn’t take many pictures, but here are a few that I did take.

wearing babies

I wore all three babies in one day. It was wonderful, Teag never wants to be worn so it was nice that he asked to go in the mei tie.

And then they both wanted to wear their babies, and it was the cutest thing ever.

molly

And obviously I dressed Molly up in the cutest outfit ever. And obviously she had the biggest nastiest poop explosion all over said dress.

Babies, always pooping over everything like it’s there job or something.

I am so thankful for our family, and our life here in tiny town.

I hope your weekend was as wonderful as mine was!

 

 

Two years

October 11, 2013 by kaitevans

Two years ago, we were in the trenches.

Arlo wasn’t even a month old and we had been to more children’s hospital than I care to remember.

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Two years ago, my baby couldn’t hear.

We didn’t know if he would ever be able to hear.

It was a long four months of him not knowing my voice.

Two years ago, I was a “slave” to my breast pump.

I longed to nurse our baby. To bond with him through nursing.

Instead I had to find other ways to bond with him.

Two years ago, we were in the trenches. Not knowing if we ever would see the other side.

18 months ago, we went through surgery.

He heard our voices for the first time.

I cried.

One year ago we had our last (for a few years) surgery. He could eat normally.

One year ago he started to try and talk. Before his palate surgery he didn’t try.

Today you would never know what he has been through.

He is loving, spunky, kind and a handful all wrapped up in a delightful little boy.

He laughs, babbles, and loves immensely.

I was reading posts on a cleft support board, and as I was reading I found myself nodding and reminiscing about what we went through.

Understanding the abbreviations and terms (nam, stents, haberman, pigeon bottler, just to name a few), that I never would have known otherwise.

Looking back, I can’t believe we made it through. I can’t believe we are thriving post surgeries.

I am so proud of our baby boy.

 

Survival

October 7, 2013 by kaitevans

This weekend was all about survival of the fittest.

And I think my children and fitter than I am.

Mine was filled with a toddler peeing down the vent in his room, a baby projectile vomiting and my husband being on paramedic practicum.

And lots and lots of coffee.

molly

bathtime

Bath time. Because if sister gets a bath (vomiting over oneself, results in a bath) then everyone gets a bath. Also, baths cure afternoon crankies.

wearing molly

Afternoon walks also help.

TRX

AND LOOK WHAT RICH GOT ME! And yes, I’m sore.

molly and mommy

But the absolute best part of my day? Rich being home, and snuggles with my ginormous baby.

How was your weekend?

Dressing the postpartum body.

October 2, 2013 by kaitevans

Post postpartum is hard.

Dressing the postpartum body is even harder.

The crying. The night sweating (SHUT UP. It’s real). The hormones.

BEING HUNGRY ALL THE TIME.

The non baby bump. The jiggle. The curves.

Everything that your body wasn’t before, but is now. And you get to figure it out, all while taking caring of a cute little squish.

I have a couple things in my “check list” for when I go shopping.

#1. Is it flattering? Tight doesn’t always mean right. Just because you can squeeze into it, doesn’t mean you should. And hello, you’re taking care of a newborn, do you really want to be squeezed into something while trying to feed a baby.

#2. Can you nurse in it? (if you aren’t nursing, then you can skip this step) I love nursing this sweet baby. But holy cow, it sure makes my outfit choices limited. V-neck, button ups, snap ups, LAYERS, are my staples. Long tanks under t-shirts are my currant go to, but I am trying to branch out.

#3. Is it easy to clean? If it has to be dry cleaned, I’m not buying it. Because we all know, I don’t dry clean anything. My wedding dress still hasn’t been cleaned yet…. Same goes for ironing. I despise ironing, so wrinkle free is a fantastic thing.

#4. Accessories. I am not one for accessories, but I would like to branch out and start wearing them. With it being fall, and temps hopefully starting to cool off, wearing scarves is now something that is doable. When it is 30* out, I am so not wearing a scarf to look cute. Actually when it is 30* out, I’m usually in as little clothing as possible, or in a pool. Right now my favourite accessories that are newborn safe are: infinity scarves, hats, boots, cute earrings (that sweet baby hands can’t reach), and necklaces that don’t break when tiny fingers grab at them.

My fall/postpartum favourites ARE.

cowl

COWLS. Find some super cute ones here and here.

olsen mustard pants

Mustard pants and a poncho/baggy sweater. LOVE. You can find mustard skinnies here

outfit

I love this look! I would change the sweater, just for a shirt that is easier to nurse in. BUT it looks so comfy and classy! You can find the outfit here.

casual

I love this, it is basically my currant uniform, except I don’t have any sweet aviators…I have $10 neon fake ray-bans.

And since it will be winter soon, my favourite boots (so far)

sorels

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Because it’s winter here at least 8 months out of the year, you need a good pair of boots. Because -40c in running shoes, and a foot of snow is not fun. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE.

sorel blanket

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Ok, cause sometimes the sidewalks are shovelled, and it’s warmer and you don’t need heavy boots…you can wear these…

three bird nest headband

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AND since you’ve just had a baby, more than likely you aren’t showering everyday, or every other day…or SHUT UP and stop judging me…which is where the gorgeous headbands and turbans come in.

They’re from here, and I love them. I have 2 from them, and they have saved me from showing my greasy roots on more than one time.

 

Basically, you need to be happy and comfortable in the skin you are in. Dress your body, and love yourself.

And if you want to see some more outfits, check out my pinterest style board here.

 

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