Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Baby Functions, Pineapple, and Fatoumata Diawara

Ok. This is completely off the subject of clothing or any of the other stuff that I've previously talked about in my posts.  It does relate to baby though, so I guess it's not totally off the subject. 

Three or four years ago I saw a film in which I witnessed a woman in Namibia, Africa sitting a young baby over her leg to relieve himself.  the child was free of any sort of diaper. She just knew he had to "go", she positioned him correctly, and he "went". This wasn't the focus of the film, but that small scene caught my attention and had me like, "Wait...this is what's happening in terms of tending to baby's elimination needs in other parts of the world? And at such a young age??? When/if I have a child someday, I'm doing that!"

Fast forward to me having a baby (who'll be 3 months old tomorrow--Wednesday--by the way). 

Now, I'm cloth diapering her but must have put that whole no diaper use thing to the back of my mind, or I must've taken it for granted or something because the other day when I discovered that there's a movement called Elimination Communication, I was hit like, "Wait! I said I was gonna do this a long time ago!"

So, it began. :-D  I have had some success with the process so far and intend to have this child "going potty" by the age of one. Ok, at least by age two.

This is sooooooo up my alley, and I'm determined that we'll get it.

(I should add that there certainly won't be any pressure on baby or myself to do this.  It's not that big of a deal. Just something I'm fascinated by and want to try. I'm reading a lot of info on the subject as well as watching videos.)


One another note, sometime last spring we planted a small pineapple top.  Here it is today!

It's even bigger than it appears here. 

I look forward to the fruit coming up.


Today on Facebook I posted about Fatoumata Diawara and this dress from her video Bissa.  I intend to make me one like it. 

 Lovely dress and us pictured together at the International Festival of Lafayette, LA in 2013.

There's something about Malian music that I love, and this woman is phenomenal.

Hopefully I can soon find the right material for the dress...


Friday, October 17, 2014

Bird's Eye View

Seems like these days are moving so very quickly, but I'm loving every moment of it all.

Yesterday I worked at figuring out where I'll set up my sewing machine in our new home.

This seems like the ideal spot to me. :-D

I'm not sure how practical it is, though.  The wind would have fabric all over the place.  The height is a problem too, but I've already thought of a way to fix that.  This probably won't be my permanent sewing spot, but hopefully I can make it work some of the tine.

Here's our little dove friend who not only likes to walk around on the lanai/balcony looking for crumbs but also comes indoors sometimes (the screen is usually always open). 

Not sure how I feel about that yet, but since he/she usually doesn't walk in past a certain point and never flies in, I usually let it slide.

From my understanding there's a hurricane headed for these islands (again), but I'm not completely sure.  A lady at the bank said it's not coming this way after all.  That sounds kinda off to me, but we'll see. This particular island was missed by the last two that were out this way a couple of months ago, and with us living right on the beach now, I certainly wouldn't be thrilled about huge waves crashing in due to inclement weather. :-/


On another note, I recently published an essay on my writing blog that I wrote relating to the whole Ferguson, Missouri ordeal. Something just a little bit different. Check it out here:

Have a great weekend.

Monday, October 13, 2014


So, last week was crazy and exhausting, but we finally got moved into the new spot right on the beach!

View from the back lanai/balcony.

 Sunset, something we witness every evening.

 Watching the sunset with baby!  

Yeah, it's pretty amazing. We're extremely grateful. :)

Have a great week.

Friday, October 3, 2014

On the Move

Happy Friday!

This Monday we will be moving from up in our beloved valley down to a place that's right on the beach.  It should be interesting having the ocean right outside your back door (or in our case, lanai/balcony).  I'm definitely expecting this to be an adventure and am hopeful that no tsunamis come our way!

So, given this move, I really need to rid myself of some items.  To facilitate this I've decided to mark some items down to $25 in the shop!

This sale will be going on through Tuesday.  Shipping is a flat rate of $5 in the US, and all items will be shipped priority.

This is the perfect time to get a flyTie Clothing original!

Purchases can be made at

and no code is needed.

Your assistance in helping me free up some space would be greatly appreciated!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, September 29, 2014


I'd been intending to try on a pair of jeggings (jeans/leggings) that I used to love wearing to see if I could start wearing them again, since the extra 40 pounds I gained when pregnant has pretty much gone away.  I finally did it this weekend, and they fit.  

They are just a tab bit more snug than I recall them being, but they can certainly be zipped and buttoned since the big belly is no more.  (I posted about this Saturday on Facebook.) This is my only pair of pants, so I'm glad to put them back in rotation, since they can be paired with one of my favorite mini dresses that's feeling extra mini these days.  


On another note, baby is two months old today!


Have a great week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Every Which Way

Happy Monday!

Here's a look at what's in the works.

Yeah, I had to do it! :-D

I used the sewing machine to sew the fabric pieces on the first one in the photo and found out that It'll probably be better to sew these by hand.

The bodysuits are so tiny and stretch so much that the fabric pieces--when sewn on by machine--end up out of position.  It's not that big of a deal, but I want them to to look a certain way.  Plus, I suppose they'll be even more special if they were hand sewn. 
Gonna work on these today.

Have a wonderful week.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

At Your Best

So, here lately I'm into making baby headbands. :-)  I really like that they take very little fabric, because I've got a lot of scraps. 

Here's a reversible one that's in the works.

 It just needs elastic and to be sewn together.  

Naturally I'm now wanting to design and make  a line of items for babies.  These will definitely be a part of it.  

Speaking of baby stuff, I saw an episode of Project Runway (a show I never saw until recently). and the challenge was for the designers to make an outfit for a baby about one year in age.  (I believe it was an episode from last year.)  It really inspired me to create a baby collection.  I think one of the first things I'll make is a pair of patchwork bloomers.  Patchworking is one of my favorite processes.


So, my lil boopy will be 7 weeks on Tuesday, and she seems so much older.  She's very active and alert.  Also, she definitely knows what she doesn't want and don't want or like and don't like!  

Yesterday she had her first experience with the computer when I showed her a video of her namesake, Wangari Maathai, speaking.  

It's a nice animated video, and she was thoroughly engaged. 

Even though she's very young, I make it a point to do educational and inspirational stuff with her each day.  We read, look at pictures in books and magazines, count, call out parts of the body, name the various machines in the house that make loud sounds when they're being operated  (juicer, blender, etc.), say ABCs, sing, talk (she can't form words yet, but the child can talk!), and whatever else I can think of. Fortunately she is very attentive and really enjoys it. We gave such a great time together!

Here's the video we're watching in the image above:

Enjoy, and have a lovely weekend. ~