Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kids for sale

I love my children.  Really….I do.  More than anything. 

But yesterday I really wanted to make a free sign and put them out on the sidewalk.  They were driving me CRAZY!  This 3 year old stage is kicking my rear.  Seriously.   And the baby…he’s not so innocent either.  He screams every time he’s not being held (I’m blaming Grandparents) …or jiggled…or driven around.  Like if we’re in the car and stop at a  light….WAAAAHHH!, or a stop sign…WAAAHHHH, or the gas station…WAAAAHHH….little stinker. 

Good thing they’re cute.

Anyways…after they went to bed and I congratulated myself for not loosing my marbles, I needed some sewing therapy.  I finally made this sewing machine cover I’ve had on my to do list for months. 

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I loosely followed this tutorial

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53 comments:

Jilly said...

Ah yes, three year olds can have that effect on me too. We're on our second three year old, and I think three and four are way worse than two. But things do get better at five. Hope you have a better day today.

Leslie said...

i love this...the fabric is perfect for a sewing machine. those momo scissors are one of my favorites! i know what you are feeling...sometimes i wonder what is going on with my two. thank goodness not every day is like that.

Kate said...

Sort of nice to know I'm not the only one :) my 7 month old has been on West Coast time since the day she was born. We live in VA! Good luck.

Ahuva Markovitz Belfer said...

this is very pretty.
funny i made my sewing machine cover out of the same fabrics, only i used them in a different disposition.
we have great taste...he he
ahuva
www.vanillababies.blogspot.com
from Brazil

Lara said...

I totally know how you feel Allison. Quite often I find myself contemplating selling my children on NZ's very own version of Ebay... I find it quite therapeutic coming up with all their really good qualities... which then makes me want to keep them :)
Hope you are having a better day today!

CJ said...

Genius that you used the scissors fabric!! I WANT ONE! ;)
You post reminds me of this sign I've seen many times when headed to Cannon Beach, OR. It is in a fenced yard that has lots of plastic play toys and it is big and hand painted. It says "KIDS 4 SALE". They have goats. LOL!!!! At least I THINK they were selling the goats. :S

A. said...

*such* a cute cover! And I am totally right there with you. some days I want to lock myself in the bathroom until bedtime. but thankfully, that's not every day - there are good days, too! I hope tomorrow is better for you....

Kim said...

Kids, they drive us crazy but we love them to death. I have been meaning to make myself a sewing machine and serger cover too. Yours looks great!

Me? A Mom? said...

OMG, did you borrow MY children? LOL. I feel your pain. EVERY DAY. I have a 3 year old, 2 year old, and 5 month old. Someone is always crying. Sewing therapy is the only thing that pulls me through some days!

Jen said...

cute cover!

I have a 6 year old for sale too, if anyone's interested!! (I am kidding...but geez!) I thought when they got older they stopped throwing fits! She's having a HUGE meltdown as we speak and lovely hubby is dealing with this one! I swear she cries and throws more fits now than she did when she was 2&3 combined! Hope it ends soon!

Linda said...

Try a kid CD in the car...Sesame Street...Backyardigans...the They Might Be Giants series. It might help fill in those moments when you have to stop or slow down. All mothers have these days...good for you for staying cool and rewarding yourself by sewing for you!

Nanette said...

My kids are 30 somethings....there're days when they have big melt down grizzling sessions, and I want to sell them too.....easier to distract a littlie with a story or a song. Although my daughter stops for food!

beth said...

I'm so glad we have sewing to get us through the hard times!! You'll survive and the kids will survive. YOu might even miss these days in the future...believe it or not. ;)

I♥thesecrazykids said...

Aren't they so much fun. Half the time they drive us batty, but then the other half we want to hold them so close.
You chose the perfect fabric for your cover. I LOVE it

Cheryl Arkison said...

Three is the worst age ever. Ever.
Hope tomorrow is better.

Jennifer S. said...

I am so glad to hear you (all) say this, because people ask m how the terrible twos were, but MAN, 3 is rally really hard. And when you see the younger on watching the older one throw a tantrum, with a glint of interest in his eyes... ahhhh!!!!!!

knit1purljill said...

Gorgeous and in one of my two favourite fabric lines! My 3-year-old and baby have kept me from any sewing therapy, though I did manage to cut some fabric yesterday. If your 3yo is like mine, the behaviour definitely comes and goes in waves - we'll have a few really rough weeks where he's pushing pushing pushing, then a few weeks of gorgeous perfection.

Anna said...

I so hear ya on the kids thing, they really make me wonder sometimes, and then the next minute they do something that is just so cute or amazing or funny and it just melts my heart.

Stephanie said...

I really like your cover!

I have a serger cover on my to-do list. I am in a love-hate relationship with it right now, so I keep putting off the cover project. Maybe I'll give it a go with the help of the tutorial you linked. Thanks!

Megs said...

Amen, sister! I have a two and a half year old and a newly turned four year old and they are the loves of my life. But there are days... That's why I'm always telling my husband that sewing is my therapy and I need a LOT of therapy! But the worst days with my kids are still better than the best days of most anything else.

kaiolohiakids said...

I remember those days-I would have paid someone to take them! But there is justice in the world. They feel the same way about their kids some days! (and I get to be the tutu)

inday_adin said...

Congratulations to you! I only have one little almost 2 yrs old boy and sometimes I am almost loosing my sanity. I need more patience. LOL! I do the same thing, I sew and I feel better! :) Have a great night!

Di~ said...

I remember a sign my sil had on her porch "Kids for sale, some free!" If you are interested, here is a good parenting book: Have A New Kid by Friday, by: Dr. Kevin Leman. Not to be negative, but compared to 13, 14 and 15, I think 3 yrs. old is a breeze! Very cute machine cover!

Jodi said...

Is it possible to get the pattern name of your first quilt with the hexagons, the one you blogged about on its first anniversary? I love it and would love to make one if you would share.

Pumpkin and Piglet said...

I love that cover! My 5 month old is the same on the bus. She's perfectly happy until we stop, whether it's for lights or to (shock horror!) let other people on the bus. She can be laughing away but as soon as we stop she really lets the driver know she's not impressed!!

anne said...

Yeah the joys of motherhood, the hardest job in the world some days, relax, deep breath, it will all be ok tomorrow, a new day. Enjoy as they do grow up quickly and into not so nice, sometimes, teens and before you know it, you are home alone. Enjoy

S. Anderson said...

Oh, thank goodness! I was beginning to think I was the only one whose baby screams every time the car stops for a second! Thanks for sharing, and I love the cover. It is something on my list too.

Sarah said...

Very cute cover! I have a 3 1/2 and a 2 year old so, I can relate!

Evenspor said...

Your cover is so cute! The three-year-old stage was the toughest for us so far. Four is a little better.

True Blue Nana said...

I am laughing. I keep my 3 year old grandson and his 15 month old brother every day. Last week I was so frustrated I called their mother and said meet me in the parking lot I am bringing them to you!!

Jenn said...

not that I like to hear that you had a rough day...but it is nice in a way to hear that everyone's kids drive them nutty once in a while. I have not had my best parenting moments with my teenage daughter this weekend and it makes me feel so bad. but I suppose we all have rough days. and you are right they are lucky they are cute!

KatieQ said...

I feel your pain. Although my own 2 are grown (21 and 24) there are lots of times when I wish they were still toddlers. I am a retired nursery school teacher. Over the years, I taught 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds and each age has its own special joys as well as an ugly flip side (changing diapers gets old).
It sounds like you are able to handle the stress and the joy with equal grace. Take a few minutes each day to savor a few special moments like snapshots in your mind. They pass much too quickly.

Raven said...

OH WOW...How I can relate!! I have a 16 month old and an almost 3 year old...they are crazy! We have gone on many pointless car trips lately just to have them both strapped into their car seats so they can't hit each other! ;) I keep telling myself that it will be better in a few months but right now...I just try to keep it together until bedtime. ;) Good luck!!

sally said...

I completely relate. My two year old son seems to go from one disaster to the next. That wouldn't be such a big deal if I also didn't' have to contend with his baby sister and his older sister while working from home. Some days it's all I can do to make it to bedtime. Good for you making a sewing machine cover, some days I'm just too tired to do anything.

Kath said...

I will swap you for one grumpy teenager :D

Amanda said...

Asher was the same way when he was a baby. We had to play the last song on the Gladiator soundtrack over and over and over and...
Asher is in the 2 1/2 year old, I don't want to listen to you, while I laugh maniacally at your frustration mom, stage. Abbie is in the 1 year old I want to be independent and do everything Asher does and if you don't let me I will just make my body limp/ dead weight in your arms so you almost drop me stage. Good times, good times. I wanted to post a FREE sign on Saturday, can you tell:)

traceyjay said...

My son was the worst car-seat screamer for months. He's better now (thank goodness)...

For his first 3 months, I had to wear him with a hair-dryer or some other source of white noise on.

I don't even know what I'll do when he turns 3 though.

Cute cover. :)

everydaychaos said...

I know exactly how you feel. I have four, ages 5, 3, 2, and 1. My 3-year-old is the same way, and I honestly believe that 3 is so much harder than 2. My 2 year old was like your baby, too. I think he cried his way through his first year. Being a mom is HARD, isn't it? Sometimes I'd give just about anything for a moment's peace. Your cover is lovely; isn't sewing therapy wonderful?

Amber said...

i love the scissors fabric!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

I actually prefer three to two (where I'm at right now) because they can be reasoned with more and respond to punishment more! A two year old wants what she wants and has no thought for anyone else at any time.

Jill said...

Your kids sound just like my kids, especially if you're holding back a bit. I've been told it gets better, but it's hard to see that from this vantage point. I do agree that sewing is therapy though, and I love the cover.

"Lois Grebowski" said...

Hang in there. Wait until they grow into teenagers, then you'll REALLY wanna give them away...LOL!

live a colorful life said...

Man, I love having grandkids. They are our prize for having had our own little ones. You'll make it through, and then wonder why time has gone by so quickly. Yeah, I know....that's hard to believe some days.

Anyway, your sewing machine cover is really cute. I had a cheap plastic one. Too ugly. So my machine hasn't been covered and it SHOULD be. So I'm making a cute one. Thanks!

Marlynn said...

haha I was ready to sell my kids yesterday too! Probably because I was under the weather and my hunny had to work. Cute cover though!

Jenny or sometimes Bozo said...

I'm so glad Jack isn't 3 anymore. It was the hardest age out of his whole 5.5 years. He turned back into his cute normal self just shortly after turning 4. Hang in there...As for the crying baby...hang in there again.

wishes, true and kind said...

LOL. I was miserable when I was pregnant with my first child. Just sick 24-7. One day as I was slogging through a mall, I saw a large sign in front of a department store: Baby Sale. I couldn't believe it! You mean I could have bought one instead of "hatching" one for 9 months?!? And now they're on sale!!!

Reason's Whore said...

I'll be glad to take one or both! Only wish I could have more but I had my last son at 43.5. He's so lonely for a sibling. :(

Magnolia Designs said...

Allison...I threaten weekly to sell them to the Gypsies...I think they might be the only ones that would take them and not bring them back in an hour. I KNOW your pain, all too well. I have a 3 year old (These are the terrible THREES), and 10 month old that is a MAMA's boy, and 10 year old. Bedtime and naptime are my favorite times of day....just for the quiet that allows my ears to heal. I'm with you...they are my life, but really, a girl needs to sew to recoop some strength to deal with it all. I'm told we will look back on these days fondly...

Trisha said...

Sorry! I've been there too and my kids cuteness was what saved them. :)

Rinachiyya said...

Cute cover for the machine you made.
As far as the kids you better nip it in the butt now or it will only get worse.
Time out no treats etc.
My first one was also very spoiled by one grandparent .She would scream if you put her to bed for hours. I sad outside crying after I tried everything . Never will forget.
Onegrandparent rocked her to sleep.
You have to be very strong and stay the Alpha.Just wait till they are teenagers I wanted to pack my bag.LOL
Good luck and hugs.

Yoka

Staci said...

I've got to say, I thought 3 was way worse than 2, with both my children! Thankfully, eventually, 3 becomes 4! Hang in there!

Jantine said...

O yes I know how you felt. You are really not the only one and it is allowed!
Kids are all different, babies too. Believe me, I had one who never wanted her bed and one who always wanted his own bed. SO different. I survived both and they are awesome teenager. Hang on and make sure you can breathe every now and the, like the night you sewed ;-)

Within A Quarter Inch said...

ah. yes. I understand. I have 3 year old twins. 'nuf said.

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