Friday, July 6, 2012

Abigail's Blessing Dress

So you may or may not have noticed that I made Abigail's blessing dress. It was so easy I thought I would do a little tutorial.

I found a very simple whit onsie, the iron/sewed applique ended up being more trouble than I thought. A plain white onsie would have been much easier, but i wanted the sleeves to be ruffle-y, which is why I chose this one. I just had to unstitch the applique.
Step 1: unstitch applique
Step 2: sew the ruffle fabric as high as you want on the onsie (my ruffle fabric was too shear, so I had to line it)
I found that it was easier and looked best to sew the ruffle fabric first and then sew the liner right below the ruffle fabric. This way you are able to ensure you don't sew any of the ruffles into the seam.
Step 3: sew the lining under the ruffle fabric
Step 4: sew the side of the 2 fabrics together (I did a straight skirt...if you want to flair it a little it might flow a little better, and be easier/more comfortable for the baby.
Step 5: trim the side of the skirt
Step 6: Flip the skirt right side out and it should look like this (except without the applique, I removed it at the end which made it 10x harder...do it first!)
Making the rosettes
Step 1: cut a strip of fabric, you will have different lengths of strips according to the size of rosette you want (my big flowers were about 20 inches and the small about 10 inches)
Step 2: tie a knot at the end of the strip
Step 3: start to twist and wrap the fabric around the knot, by dabbing a little hot glue on the inside of the twist to keep it in place
 Step 4: finish the rosette by gluing the edge in towards the center on the back side of the rosette
Step: 5: cut a small round of felt and glue on the back of the flower
 Step 6: your rosette is finished, just add some crystals, pearls, or rhinestones if you want
 Just finish the dress by tacking the flowers on the onsie in the formation you want

The finished product...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Independence Day

This year for the 4th of July we started our celebration off early by going to Heber on Saturday and having a nice BBQ and fireworks with family. My mom did a really nice post about it HERE It was so fun to just be with family, and the weather was perfect! Liam seemed to sleep most of the time, but the little miss Abigail (social butterfly) didn't want to miss out on the party (she isn't my daughter is she?!). Here are some of the snapshots from our family that I love!

Grandma and Sidney enamored by miss Abigail
 Abigail loves Sidney
 My parents with the miss
 Jared and me
 Our cute little family
 My sweet boy woke up and was so calm to just sit there, and Abigail was so happy with Dad
Abigail of course needed to be the life of the party by showing off her ability to lock her legs and stand up almost by herself
 We have been fortunate to have my inlaws here from Florida for the blessings, but it was a bonus to have them here with us to celebrate the 4th.
Then on the actual 4th of July we stayed pretty low-key. With the fire going rampant on our mountain it didn't feel like the usual holiday, but it was still nice to spend the day together. We even had my parents and sister/kids over to have lunch and watch the Music and the Spoken Word Independence Day Special from Sunday. It really set such a nice tone for the day, even with the fire. In fact, it was somewhat bittersweet, we watched the smoke rise from my kitchen table as we listened to such patriotic songs. I am so proud to be an American and I am extremely grateful for all the brave men and women who are fighting this fire, and have fought and are fighting for this country. I feel extremely blessed to live where I do and have the freedoms I have. 

We finished the day by joining our neighborhood in a BBQ and games. It was so much fun to sit, eat, and visit. 
I couldn't resist posting this picture, she was so happy!!
Both kids are dressed and ready for the 4th of July.
Our neighborhood BBQ
 Liam slept for most of the BBQ again, whereas this little miss wouldn't dream of sleeping during a party.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Blessing

This past Sunday we gave the babies a blessing. In our church when babies are just a few weeks old, they are usually given a priesthood blessing for the special purpose of conferring a name by which the baby will be known and bestowing promises based on spiritual impressions regarding the baby's future life. A quality of prophecy attends this process. If a baby's father is a worthy holder of the Melchizedek Priesthood, he will usually pronounce the blessing, but it may be given by a grandfather, a family friend, or any other qualified priesthood holder chosen by the baby's parents. Babies are usually blessed in the presence of the congregation at a fast and testimony meeting. However, the blessing may be given at other times and places, such as in a hospital or home, if there is a special need.To learn more go to LDS.org

I don't know why it is, but it seems that the morning of the blessing or any planned event always seems to be so stressful! Abigail and Liam wouldn't eat, then Abigail spit up two times, which doesn't happen very often. All in all it was hard to get out the door on time, where as most Sundays we can get to church 15 minutes early.

But I have to admit, after a stressful morning, it was so precious to see our cute little babies dressed in white and be given a name and a blessing in the church. It was so nice and sweet to hear Jared give them such sweet blessings, I know that their spirits will remember what was said and that they will be blessed throughout their lives.

After the meeting we went back to my mom's house for an amazing dinner. My friend Mindy (thank you!!) made incredible rolls for a sandwich bar, and my mom prepared fruit, vegetables and potato salad. The meal was finished with delicious little cupcakes from Mindy as well. It was so nice to sit around and visit with family who love our babies so much. It was a day to definitely honor them. Here are some of the pictures we snapped there...
 Once the babies woke up we wanted to snap a few family pictures
Getting ready for the picture...
Our cute little family
I love Liam's facial expressions here...
Liam Thor Bridegan
 Abigail Lyndell Bridegan
As I said yesterday, I am so grateful for these sweet spirits, for the honor to have them in our home and family. I have never been more happy in my entire life, and I feel extremely blessed for their love. There have been rough nights and there will be many more, but through it all as long as I have them and my dear husband I know I will be able to get through anything. I love them so much.