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Tablecloth Play Dresses

I've always wanted to make dress up clothes for my daughters. I made an Elsa princess dress a few years ago that I enjoyed creating, but not much else since then. A few weeks ago around my youngest daughter's birthday, a lightbulb went off. 
You might remember from my last post that I created birthday table displays using inexpensive party decorations, including plastic tablecloths that cost about $1. As I was picking up the latest display, I got the idea to recycle the tablecloth into a play dress! The first one I made was from the pink tablecloth in the display shown above.

I felt I had to create at least one more so they wouldn't fight over one dress, but it soon escalated to a total of four dresses that I made over the following weeks. I bought more tablecloths, solely for the purpose of making dresses this time. It was fun stocking up on different colors, hehe. I drafted my own patterns to my girls' measurements, and I had fun getting creative with different colo…

Settling In

As I mentioned in my last post, I have had a lot of changes in the works lately—a big cross-country move, a new career path, and a new baby. And things are coming along. I've since relocated from New Hampshire to Utah with my little family; I left my office job and have slowly started finding a balance as a stay-at-home mom and freelancer; and I'm almost into the third trimester of my second pregnancy (BTW, it's a girl!). It hasn't been easy, but I think I'm finally settling in.

A view of Utah, my new home

I'll admit, I had a pretty hard time when I first came to Utah. Leaving my family, friends, and job was not easy. I also miss my New England home, especially at this time of year when it's at its prime. I miss the endless views of colorful leaves. I miss apple picking, one of my favorite autumn traditions. (Just try to find a decent pick-your-own apple orchard in central Utah. It's depressing.) Not only that, but the town I moved to is quite small, so that was an adjustment as well. Not that Keene, NH is such a huge city, but it certainly seems that way compared to Ephraim, Utah. We have also had our share of challenges with our apartment. We weren't able to visit apartments before we moved since we were on the other side of the country, so we had to take a leap of faith when finding a place to live. Options were few as well. When we arrived, the first thing we noticed was that the real-estate website pretty much lied outright on the size of the apartment. Our place is TINY—basically a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. No living room, no laundry facilities, and not much storage space. Huge bummer. In addition, in the few months we've lived here, we've had our Internet, cable, and hot water all stop working for a week at a time. So, yeah, fun times.

The kitchen of our tiny apartment

And then there was the transition from full-time office worker to working from home while taking care of a baby at the same time. It has been a challenge not only to find work, but also to find the time to do said work while keeping up with housework and giving my daughter the attention she needs. There have been times where I've been close to losing my sanity when Adelaide is crying or getting into things, and I'm trying to get five other things done.

I am finding that I really need to focus on the good things these changes have brought on. The town is small, but that made it less scary and easier to become familiar with the area. We are no more than a few hours away from some beautiful sites around Utah, which we've been having fun exploring. 

Adelaide in Temple Square and Arches National Park (with her Opa during a visit)

I am starting to land some steady jobs that have been fitting in pretty well with my new home life as a mom. I am enjoying being independent and having the ability to work a flexible schedule and branch out into areas I am more interested in. And as annoying and frustrating as it can be to deal with a whiny baby sometimes, I am still very grateful that I am now able to spend my days with her and care for her full-time. For every bad day, there are many more happy ones filled with joyful moments.

Adelaide is growing up and enjoying her new home.

Baking also helps with the sanity part. Even in a tiny kitchen.

Celebrating autumn with some baking—pumpkin pie pop tarts and peach pie

All in all, it is looking up. Now that I'm figuring things out, I hope to be able to dive into some personal projects as well, including this blog, of course. I have a few things in the works that I'll be unveiling soon, so stay tuned!

Happy Autumn!
Niki



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