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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Oh My! Mei Tai: Asian Baby Carrier (a bit pic hvy) on: July 21, 2010 07:52:10 PM
my daughter was exactly the same and i baby wore her until she was over 2 at which point she no longer wanted to be held but preferred to walk while holding my hand.  we received a stroller as a baby shower gift but ended up selling it when she was 1 because it had never been used.

to be honest, i found it more convenient for our family to babywear anyway.  have you ever tried to lug a stroller on public transportation?  me neither but ive seen others struggle with it. doenst look like a whole lot of fun.  your mei tei is beautiful!  you did a fantastic job on it! 

Lol. Yes I have lugged a stroller many times and no it is not fun AT ALL! I even bought a smaller stroller just so it wasnt such a boat on a small bus but everytime like clockwork my son is either sitting on my lap or standing assisted on the seat beside me. I wonder how other children can just chill in a stroller on the bus when my son DEMANDS to be freed : ) I do want to try my Mei Tai out on the bus however because it is so convenient.

Thank you all so much for your compliments and comments
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Oh My! Mei Tai: Asian Baby Carrier (a bit pic hvy) on: July 21, 2010 05:05:18 PM
Your baby is adorable, you are beautiful, and you mei tai is AWESOME!  I was a babywearer too, before I got all crafty.  I now cringe at the money I spent on my mei tai  knowing I could have sewn it myself!

Happy baby wearing!

Thank you so very much : )
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Oh My! Mei Tai: Asian Baby Carrier (a bit pic hvy) on: July 21, 2010 02:51:49 PM
neat Smiley probably a dumb question, but how do you get your baby into it on your back? does someone have to help?

Lol no that is a good question actually. I tie the belt portion of the Mei Tai around my waist. Pick him up turn him facing the same way as me. Tilt him forward and put his legs on one of my shoulders so his legs are dangling on my upper back. Then I take his arms and slide him down my back WHILE I LEAN FORWARD at a 90 degree angle. That is very important. Not to stand straight but lean forward. Then while he is resting on my back I take the 2 straps and pull them over him, jiggle so he is secure and tie them as I please. If you got internet just youtube 'how to carry a baby on your back' you will be amazed at how easy it is but you gotta be careful : )

That's freaking fantastic! My cousin had a baby carrier until her son outgrew it. He has cried and whined ever since, unless he's being held. It's her 4th so she can't really carry him around all the time. This would be a literally perfect idea!

I might make it for her! Thanks for the idea!

My son is the same way. Before that pic was taking of him sleeping like 5 mins after I put him in, he was crying for like 10 mins while I finished sewing it. Lol

Vedry nice! Your little guy looks very comfy in it. I'm hoping to make myself one for the newest baby. I guess I should look for some tutorials on how to tie it.

Super easy! You can tie it on the front, back or hip I believe

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Oh My! Mei Tai: Asian Baby Carrier (a bit pic hvy) on: July 21, 2010 12:46:25 PM
So my son who is 9 months loves to be worn (aka babywearing). He fights the stroller when it is not moving like he is being restrained in a straightjacket. I was all for wearing the Snugli on the front until he hit like 18 pounds and if I wanted to do anything like a normal person like dishes or eating, not happening. So I flipped the Snugli to the back. He loooved it. and so did I. He could just chill on mommy's back and I felt like I was just wearing a knapsack. So it was no problem. Until he hit like 21 pounds. Mind you the Snugli was not made to be reversed : ) So I was doing myself no good.

I knew baby wearing was nothing new or trendy, it was an ancient way of getting stuff done while you hold your kid. So I just threw him on my back the old fashioned way with a scarf and another to support his head when he fell asleep (African Style with the scarf tied above the breasts) It worked really good actually and my husband even tried it. In downtown Toronto on Young Street....but our son fell asleep no problem so whatevr. But after awile I found my back starting to ache. I came across the Asian Baby Carrier call a Mei Tai and exclaimed " Holy Crap that is just a rectangle with 4 ties coming out of it! I can make that." So i researched some tutorials and looked at youtube on how to tie one properly.

So 1 bed sheet, a little strong canvas and some decorative fabric later, I have a new best friend! 

Out with the old (Goodbye old friend)


In with the new!

My babe literally fell asleep 5 mins after going in. I take it as a good sign


Front

a bit closer (sorry about the toe)


Back

a bit closer


Closeup of Fabric (cranes)


Size

K so the top ties are long. Really long. Like I could climb down from the 2nd floor bedroom window long.

I wore it to the bank today and got some funny looks from a few mothers pushing strollers : )

Hope you all have a wonderful day,

All the best,

Wabe.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of shiny stuff...(page is image packed) on: April 20, 2008 09:25:59 AM
Oh no problem, i realized that too with the pictures, ill try to repost them
i would like to make a tute, no worries
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lots of shiny stuff...(page is image packed) on: April 19, 2008 06:23:09 PM
Hey all!

I just recently bought a glue gun after years without ever using one, and boy was that a bad idea because now I'm addicted and the only way I will ever stop is if you pry my dead-dried hot glue and minor burned hands off of it.

But on a lighter note... :  )

I have also become infatuated with wire. It is so maluable, I love to make all kinds of crap out of it! Lol, But am I the only one, or do you ever find that you are so crazy about one craft, or one item to make, then after you have made a few your like..meh...lets find something else? I am like that with music, food, everything like it gets old after a while, once im finished consuming it. Is that bad, or am I just fine-tuning my sense of style, craft or whatever?

Here are my goodies, my babies, my loves. Comments are appriciated, even if just to say I suck..joking, but hey who knows.

Rings...

I just played around with wire until I got the fit and look I wanted.
NOTE: If you ever make one of these rings, please try it on while you are making it. My first couple of trys, I was like "Oh, isnt this a nice combination", then I put it on after minutes of tiresome work to see that my ring looked like a shiny tumor on my finger. Key= simplicity. Im talking 5 beads max.

Im a nerd and made them EARTH FIRE WATER AIR
Earth

Fire

Water

Air

Primary Colours (Oh Canada)


Ok. Now these are my hotgluegun makes.
2 camels

Nefertiti kicks ass

Crane baby

pink eye (ew)


Berets...






Necklaces
My angels


Crap picture, but it is cupid riding a heart with wings


Key chains
rainbow universe

Grapes

Lilac


and last
my little rainbow wire man


Thanks!



7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reconstruction Extravaganza!(7 pics) on: January 28, 2007 07:40:15 AM
Oh, thank you guys so much.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reconstruction Extravaganza!(7 pics) on: January 27, 2007 02:54:28 PM
thanx
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstruction Extravaganza!(7 pics) on: January 27, 2007 12:18:59 PM

Hey!
These are a few of the reconstruction I have made and I hope you enjoy them!



This was a HUGE Nike sweater that I took in and gave an off-the-shoulder neckline.



This was a jacket that I made from a pattern, then I cut in half (and I am still contemplating my decision...)



This was, well...somthing. I dont really know what kind of shirt it was originally but it ended up being a vest...type...thingy.



Ahh, the good ol' skirt to shirt recon. The belt was made from an black t-shirt and some scraps of fabric.



The black shirt was taken in from it's original size and the purple shirt was made from a big t-shirt. I beaded a design on the bust with sead beads.



The black top was an old big sweater that I turned into a smaller sweater ( it is soo soft and roomy!)
The yellow shirt was a huge yellow shirt that I made into a 50's inspired tank.



Last ( but not least I hope.. : ) is a tube top made from a larger t-shirt.

Thanks for looking and any comments would be super!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: !HELP! I Need YOU * crazy looking face* from boring to ..well..not so boring on: December 29, 2006 09:33:01 AM
OMG I am soooo lovin the lace idea! YOu are great * runs off screaming* I think that would be so cool. THank you my dear, you are fabulicious!
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