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Name: Yvette
What's the weather like where you are?: rainy night
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:I LOVED the grammar section! Could I add one more? I am confused constantly by authors using "breath" (as in "take a breath") instead of, as I was taught, "breathe" (as in the action of taking a breath). Am I the only one who's noticed that, or has this been decided on as an okay substitution? Thanks also for all the patterns! not sure when I'll be able to get to the sewing machine, but it is nice to see all these resources!
Tuesday, December 7th 2004 - 10:33:01 PM

Name: Marie
What's the weather like where you are?: Sunny and rather warm :)
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:Hi!
I have just made the simple ring sling you describe in the Baby Craft pages, and it's wonderful!

I have a 10-month old girl, who usually wants to play on the floor on sit by my side and help when I'm working (baking, sewing, fixing the car, ...) However, for a few weeks now she has wanted to be carried quite a lot. I now have very large biceps on my left arm ;-) I tried using a piece of fabric and tied a sling, but the knot kept eating into my back. And then I found your site - which is great (and fun)!

The sling works wonderfully, I have been using it daily since I finished it (it took a while to find rings). Yesterday I was walking about in all mall nearby, and I don't know how many comments I received. It doesn't seem to be common to use wraps or slings here in Sweden.

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your ideas! My next project will be the Waldorf-Style doll :)
/Marie
Monday, December 6th 2004 - 06:01:10 AM

Name: Stella Kerl
What's the weather like where you are?: sunny and warm
Homepage URL: http://www.eaps.us/facstaff/skerl/
How did you get here?: Followed the link in your signature file/tagline
Comments:I love your slings, and am going nuts looking at fabric now thinking of the possibilities for more slings! I've also been looking at your webpages and find myself intrigued by how similar your life/experiences/attitudes are to those of my friends here in Austin, TX. My husband went through an alternative teacher certification program and echos the feelings in your journal (we want to homeschool now as well). You would fit in well here! I've also become more curious about New Hampshire, or maybe I'm thinking that university towns just draw a lot of the same types of people (apparently there aren't enough of us to elect a literate president, though...)

Thanks for your thoughts and your talent!
Sunday, December 5th 2004 - 01:05:14 PM

Name: Nic
What's the weather like where you are?: 100F or 40C very hot!
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:I love this site, I just keep coming back to it!

Its and It's grammar peeves agreed, but I was under the impression that the apostrophe (which indicates ownership) has nothing to do with gender but to do with animate versus inanimate ownership.
If the apostrophe is determined by being gender neutral or not, then a tornado is female (well cyclones are here in australia) as is ship and so on - and according to your example should have an apostrophe as in the "the tornado destroyed everything in it's path" or "the ship was on the water and it's bow was at the front" as they are not gender neutral. I would say that both are inanimate and therefore that's why they don't have an apostrophe in "its". Although I guess then you should explicity state the gender by saying "her path" and "her bow".

As for the poor neutered cat, which is animate, (not straight after being neutered I suspect)I thought you would have an apostrophe "the nuetered cat moved it's bowl lethargically..." Again, I suppose you would have to explicitly state the gender as in "...his bowl.." but is that a contradiction if the cat is neutered??
What am I missing here?
Friday, December 3rd 2004 - 01:59:26 PM

Name: Jennifer Donato
What's the weather like where you are?: c-c-c-cold!
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:I am so grateful to you for sharing all that you have in this site.
The patterns for The Asian baby carrier and the nursing bra conversion, are so fantastic.
I am going to venture into making my first podeagi next!
Have you ever thought of writing a book?

I've shown your ideas to my mother,(AP from waaay back;),and she always says, "Why didn't I think of that? I sew, I nursed, It could have been so much easier."
Thanks again.
Sincerely, Jennifer
Saturday, November 27th 2004 - 10:09:30 PM

Name: valko
What's the weather like where you are?: brrrr, very cold right now
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:Absolutely great you are!
I live too far away but if I have a chance, I would like to have a cup of tea with you:)
kisess
Sunday, November 21st 2004 - 05:44:33 AM

Name: Amy
What's the weather like where you are?: sunny and cool
Homepage URL: http://don't have one
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I often search around the net while I have a sleeping/nursing baby in my lap. Your site is really great! I sew and am always looking for good patterns. Thanks for offering such an informative site with great pictures!
Sunday, November 14th 2004 - 12:51:34 PM

Name: Teresa
What's the weather like where you are?: cloudy, warm for the season
Homepage URL: http://www.angelfire.com/on2/teresaspage
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:Really nice site you have. Your kids are adorable!
Tuesday, October 26th 2004 - 02:25:49 PM

Name: Renee
What's the weather like where you are?: cold, wet and rainy
Homepage URL: http://www.huluhae.com
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:Hi Rev. Jan

Just a note to tell you how much I enjoy your site. You inspired me to get my ordination, and I'm atheist, too! Your kids are gorgeous as well.

Cheers,
Renee
Friday, October 22nd 2004 - 01:55:17 PM

Name: Michelle Tolentino
What's the weather like where you are?: beautiful... no hurricanes =)
Homepage URL: http://none
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:i was wondering if you ever make the breastfeeders diaper bag w/ all the compartments (not lite) and sell them? please let me know if you do... and how much you usually charge. thanks... meesh0505@msn.com
Thursday, October 21st 2004 - 12:48:02 PM

Name: misty
How did you get here?: Followed the link in your signature file/tagline
Comments:I made a simple ring sling on Saturday for my son. Your directions were wonderful!!!! We love it. It's comfortable and easy to use.

I can easily get my son in and out of the sling by myself, unlike the front pack. I still have my hands free to help my daughter. Everyone is happy.
Monday, October 18th 2004 - 01:45:24 PM

Name: Megan
What's the weather like where you are?: too hot for October
Homepage URL: http://none
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments: I was brought to your site through a search engine while looking for patterns for a baby sling. First of all, thanks so much for the great instructions! Not only am I saving a bundle of $$ by making one, I also found the most beautiful gauze fabric to make it out of.
I poked around your site a bit, and I wanted to commend you for sticking up for breastfeeding moms. I, too, have noticed that most American moms don't breastfeed, and I am dissapointed. I'm due to have my first child in November, and I personally can't wait to breastfeed her (One of the reasons I wanted a sling)! Thanks for your support!!
Tuesday, October 5th 2004 - 06:04:48 PM

Name: johanna
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:I've seen a version your ringwrap on a Swedish page and they have had it for a pretty long time. So I'm sorry to say that you aren't first...

http://stjarnbarn.se/duosjal.htm

Actually, I just wrote to Jenny at Stjarnbarn, and she said that she'd put it up on 16 September of 2004, just a little while ago. Plus, she wrote to me and asked if she could sell them, so all is well -- I'm still an original ;)
Sunday, September 26th 2004 - 07:42:21 AM

Name: Peg
What's the weather like where you are?: Not cool enough for a pregnant mama!
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:Your site has been a pleasure to visit! Last weekend I sewed your hippie style bag. I used linen and it turned out awesome! Thanks for all of the the great info!
Peg
Mom to 3 boys... expecting #4 and final boy in October. :)
Saturday, September 25th 2004 - 10:22:51 AM

Name: Suellen
What's the weather like where you are?: sunny, beautiful fall weather
Homepage URL: http://don't have one
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:I've seen your posts a long time ago in misc.kids.breastfeeding. I've been making my own slings and I've now started making them the way you suggest with the pleats. I love them that way. Whenever I get comments on how to make slings, I give them your web site, plus a couple others! Now, I've printed out your cards, so I'll be able to hand that out next time. Thanks! Love your crafts. I've got a 5, 3, and 1 year old. Still using the sling on the "baby", and I make slings for friends and for church fundraisers. (And I've never considered myself an expert seamstress by any stretch of imagination)
Tuesday, September 21st 2004 - 03:01:40 PM

Name: La Toy Bristol
What's the weather like where you are?: cool and sunny
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:While I searched the web for a good sling pattern for my newborn and ran accross your sight. Not only did I find sling instructions but many other useful patterns as well.

Great site!
La Toy
Tuesday, September 7th 2004 - 02:43:46 PM

Name: Annie Bastian-Baldwin
What's the weather like where you are?: overcast
How did you get here?: Followed the link in your signature file/tagline
Comments:I love this site.I particularly enjoy the variety of information (slings AND grammar,etc.). The Teenage Liberation Handbook would call you a GG or Glorious Generalist.
Friday, September 3rd 2004 - 12:23:22 PM

Name: Laurie
What's the weather like where you are?: Rainy, rather depressing
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I was looking for a nursing pillow pattern and found lots more! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your baby crafts as they are wonderful.

I don't suppose you know where one could acquire a pattern for a shopping cart cover? I'm sure I could measure a cart and figure it out but I think I'm getting a little lazy since my little one was born 8 months ago.

Your grammer page was hilarious . . . I thought I was the only one who got that irritated with wrong uses of tenses and apostrophes. Here's one for you: Use of the word pacifically in place of specifically. e.g. I pacifically told you to check out Jan's website." (My response: I atlantically feel that you missed out on a great site. Ha Ha
Tuesday, August 31st 2004 - 10:01:19 PM

Name: Emily C.
What's the weather like where you are?: Dreary and Drizzly, PERFECT FOR A SEWING DAY!
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:WHAT A GREAT PAGE!! I am 21 and 7 months pregnant with my first. I am a BIG enthusiast to attachment parenting and Breastfeeding. I am also a BIG enthusiast to sewing and making it all in my home.In addition to my nursery I will be making SEVERAL slings for my baby girl I am expecting in Novemeber. I loved the VERY informative instructions and the illustrations on this page.

We went to a retail store last night to see how they were made, But I had NO IDEA about the pleating and I was WAY off to the yardage!

I cant wait to make ALL kinds of slings for my baby! The first I make will be a fleece lined one for the winter! GOTTA GET TO SEWING!!
Monday, August 30th 2004 - 12:55:08 PM

Name: Rebecca
What's the weather like where you are?: around 90 degrees, looks nice & feels nice
Homepage URL: http://users4.ev1.net/~theholtfamily/Jesus/jc.htm
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:I just got thru making a nursing bra from a regular bra. Looks great, I am very excited about having some good nursing bras without spending a fortune. Especially since I don't have a fortune!
Thanks so much for making that information (& all of the rest) available for all of us nursing moms out there!
Sunday, August 15th 2004 - 03:56:56 PM

Name: Heather
What's the weather like where you are?: Almost thunderstorming
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:Thank you so much for sharing the patterns and crafts! I look forward to making many of them!!

What a great site! I'll pass it on for sure!!

Heather and LIly
Friday, August 6th 2004 - 08:58:08 PM

Name: Daniél
What's the weather like where you are?: Hot and humid with a cool breeze.
Homepage URL: http://www.fotolog.net/maxmakers
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:Dear Reverend Jan,

I love your website. I have printed out several of your baby craft patterns, and I fully intend to use all of them (when I have time!). So far, I have completed the Simple Asian Sling Pattern, and it turned out terrific; better than I ever imagined. I modified it to make it newborn/breastfeeding friendly, as well as perfect for a toddler. Thank you for putting so much time into creating these free resources. I really appreciate it, and I wanted to let you know that I have really used your site.

Good luck to you,
Daniél
Tuesday, July 20th 2004 - 01:36:11 AM

Name: Linnea
What's the weather like where you are?: 80 F and sunny
Homepage URL: http://www.heartspun.net
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:Jan, you've done it again. I've been a fan of your pages since I discovered I was pregnant and have been checking back for guidance on sling sewing ever since. The no-sew sling idea is BRILLIANT! I admit I wondered if it would work in the past but never tried. Now I'm ordering a tapestry and some aluminum rings - I hope the largest size won't be too large! Thanks again for the inspiration. My daughter thanks you, as well!
Thursday, July 8th 2004 - 07:50:24 PM

Name: Alejandra
What's the weather like where you are?: Not bad...78 today.
Homepage URL: http://www.injust-spring.com
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:While looking for a "Boppy Pillow" pattern, I came across your site and am so happy for this serendipitous encounter. Thank you for the wonderful baby craft patterns and DIY instructions.
Thursday, July 8th 2004 - 04:13:47 PM

Name: Anna
What's the weather like where you are?: hot and hUmid
Homepage URL: http://www.livejournal.com/users/vitreous_fish
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:Hi Jan! I found your site thru your sister's journal~ I "know" her from nervousness.org. Anyhow, I wanted to say that I love your site! My degree is in Human Development and Family Studies and I'm going to be trained as a postpartum doula pretty soon. (!) You may already be familiar, but I thought I'd mention a couple of things you may be interested in checking out/linking to~ A book that I love is Our Babies, Ourselves by Meredith Small. And there are great shopping links thru the Mothering magazine website. Thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge! Cheers~ Anna
Sunday, July 4th 2004 - 04:12:33 PM

Name: Raina
What's the weather like where you are?: cloudy, always.
Homepage URL: http://www.leckiest.com
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I found your personal site from your sling site. Everything is fantastic. I'm about 6 months pregnant and I just had to laugh when I read your journal entries during your pregnancy. We often refer to our brewing child as "The Parasite". When I read the comment about your pregnancy fears, (barbie lovin', pink wearing, born-again country and western singer) I knew I had to write you and let you know that you're not the only one who FEARS that!! LOL! I told my husband that it would be easier for me to accept if my daughter told me she was a lesbian rather than her wanting to be a cheerleader.

I don't have my personal part of the website up, but my hubby does and he has his atheist manifesto up as well.

Loved the site and thanks for posting your patterns!

Raina
Monday, June 28th 2004 - 11:19:22 AM

Name: derek
What's the weather like where you are?: sunny
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:i love the poetry. it makes me feel less lonley while i sit calmly in dark an depression.
Monday, June 28th 2004 - 10:55:14 AM

Name: mandy
What's the weather like where you are?: sunny
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:i would just like to say how much help this page has been to me and my family the sling designs are fab and work fantastically my third child is due at christmas and i intend to carry them around as i have with the others thank you
Monday, June 28th 2004 - 07:36:30 AM

Name: Aura Solomon
What's the weather like where you are?: rainy in the winter, warm and dry in the summer, cloudy today
Homepage URL: http://www.users.qwest.net/~burtjosh
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:my friend Heidi made a cool mobile for her son who is one month older than our daughter. I had to keep up with them so found your site to download the baby mobile. thanks.
Wednesday, June 23rd 2004 - 02:11:29 PM

Name: Auntie Rita
What's the weather like where you are?: AWESOME!!!
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:Your website is great!!! I feel the passion you have for your work and your family! I've read so much fun information, I feel like I know you girlfriend! I will attempt to make a sling for my niece's new baby (due in Sept). I'll let you know how it turns out. No doubt I'll need to contact you for help or tips. God bless. Rj
Tuesday, June 22nd 2004 - 11:12:23 PM

Name: Rachel
What's the weather like where you are?: 72 and sunny!!
Homepage URL: http://www.mamablogs.com/nest
How did you get here?: Followed the link in your signature file/tagline
Comments:I made a asian style carrier and it turned out just like I had hoped. I had tried one on at the LLL MN conference a month ago and loved the style immediatly. Thank you for the easy to follow pattern.
Tuesday, June 22nd 2004 - 06:35:54 PM

Name: Kathy
What's the weather like where you are?: rainy
How did you get here?: Followed the link in your signature file/tagline
Comments:I used your pattern for the non-padded ring sling. I used 1/8" metal rings, since you indicated they would be okay. They're the only rings I could find at Michael's without having to go online and buy them. I got 6 rings for $1.25! I thought that was pretty good. I chose a medium blue muslin (sort of looks like denim). THis was only my second sewing project EVER, and it turned out great! I only have to put my baby Trey (5 mos old) in it and practice now. The snugli was starting to hurt my shoulders due to the narrow straps. Trey is over 15# and over 26" long, so I hope this sling will be better. Thanks!
-Kathy
Friday, June 11th 2004 - 11:23:31 PM

Name: patricia
What's the weather like where you are?: now: sunny!!!
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:Hiya

I am very interested in making a nursing bra from a normal one but I have been looking everywhere for nursing-bra-hooks. where oh where can you buy them?

I am from the netherlands and can't find them here...

Greets!
Patricia
Wednesday, June 9th 2004 - 03:16:31 PM

Name: Tabitha Vitale
What's the weather like where you are?: St Louis MO--what time is it? Weather will change in 5-15 minutes--jsut wait :-)
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:Where have you been? Wow--I love the information--the patterns--the sense of humour.
Lovely--and thank you.
Sunday, June 6th 2004 - 04:46:07 PM

Name: Tabitha Vitale
What's the weather like where you are?: St Louis MO--what time is it? Weather will change in 5-15 minutes--jsut wait :-)
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:Where have you been? Wow--I love the information--the patterns--the sense of humour.
Lovely--and thank you.
Sunday, June 6th 2004 - 04:45:49 PM

Name: Sylvia van Beek
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:Hi Jan
What a lovely site, so many tips for breastfeeding moms! Thank you for those, I hope some will pass this site and decided to bfeed longer or start bfeeding. It is so important... thank you.
Sylvia van Beek, the Netherlands
Sunday, June 6th 2004 - 04:58:16 AM

Name: Drea
What's the weather like where you are?: hot and humid (korea)
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I loved your website. I have been living in Korea for about 2 years and I have a 16 month old baby girl. I just started using the podeagi a few months ago. On your site you have the sewing directions to make one. Their are also many differnt stlyes that are used in Korea and different ways of tieig them. If any one whats to know more just email me.
Saturday, June 5th 2004 - 08:45:38 PM

Name: Kym
What's the weather like where you are?: sunny & 70 today
Homepage URL: http://n/a
How did you get here?: Followed the link in your signature file/tagline
Comments:Well, I'm almost afraid to type this, but I must say that I loved your grammar page!

I am guilty of misusing the word, "lay," because I know that's what I tell my dog to do!

My biggest pet peeve is the ever popular dangling preposition. I noticed that you used a sentence that contained the phrase, "from which." That's something that you don't see very often.

I came here looking for a baby sling. I found your site through the babywearer.com's site. You got a 5 rating as a vendor and you're in NH. I live in MA; we're almost neighbors!

You have a great site. I love your custom slings and your leftist leanings.

Take care.
Sunday, May 30th 2004 - 09:19:16 PM

Name: heather sjoquist
What's the weather like where you are?: Thunder and lightning
How did you get here?: Followed the link in your signature file/tagline
Comments:I absolutely love the things you have on your site! I had copied your crafts to my files for later use while I was pregnant and I recently "found" it again when doing some research into cloth diapers. Sadly enough Maya is now 1 so it has been quite some time.
Since it is later for me I can't figure out how to contact you personally. If you get a minute could you e-mail me? I have a question about the sling "issue" you've dealt with and certainly don't want to step on any toes.
Thanks so much,
Heather
Sunday, May 23rd 2004 - 09:50:36 PM

Name: Amanda
What's the weather like where you are?: humid, rainy, nice
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:Quoted from your Philosophy section (conversation with eva):
>I will respect your right to hold those views, anyway, >even if I don't respect the views themselves; for example, >I have little respect for faith in general, being that it >is by its very nature completely illogical and >unreasonable. BTW, I do not have a "belief in atheism"
>(aside from the fact that atheism exists and I agree with >that...); I *am* an atheist, one who does not believe in >the existence of a god. Just semantics, but important ones

I completely disagree with your statement above! You may be an atheist, but, you are faithful to that belief. Saying that "atheism exists and I agree with that", is your religion. THat is your faith. How can you argue that??

There is no faith involved in *not* believing in something. Would you say that you have faith that the invisible pink unicorn doesn't exist? Do you have faith that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy don't exist? Faith is required to believe IN something without direct proofs. I don't believe in anything supernatural. That's not faith; that's the default position. I'm sorry you're having trouble understanding that.

Also, you claim that I say "atheism exists and I agree with that" and therefore, that's my religion. Um, that's just nonsense. I know that capitalism exists and I agree with it (mostly), but that doesn't make it a religion. Believing in something doesn't equal religion. Religion is *defined* as:

1. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.
2. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.
3. The life or condition of a person in a religious order.
4. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.

Atheism has *none* of these things. There is no supernatural power associated with atheism, no creator or governor; no institutionalized system of worship; no concrete set of beliefs or values; and no spiritual leader. Atheism is merely the LACK of a belief in a god or gods. It's not, by the way, active DISbelief, because that implies that belief is the default position, which it is not. Otherwise, why would there be thousands of different belief systems? If we were born with the requisite spiritual belief, everyone's religion would be the same.

Anyway, I hope this clarifies things for you.
Friday, May 14th 2004 - 10:38:30 AM

Name: Kailahana
What's the weather like where you are?: Balmy and Breezy
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:You have created a lovely and informative site. I have enjoyed my visit. Thank you for providing the sling instructions. Thank you even more for the grammar page. Some sites make me want to cry. My personal pet peeve? The abuse of "per se." (Honorable mention #1: "wet" your appetite. Arggh!; Honorable mention #2: "supposebly." Double Arggh!)
It is always refreshing to encounter a site that has been written by someone who shares your interests and many of your personality traits. Thank you for your contribution to my happiness today!
Thursday, May 6th 2004 - 02:25:00 PM

Name: Gonneke
What's the weather like where you are?: grey and dribbling
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/gonneke29
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:Hi Jan,

Reading your pages (I was only looking in to the bra remake tips, but kept looking for more) made me feel very good. I like your webdesigns very much (I am one of those homebusiness folks that runs a do-it-yourself site), but your lifestory and parenting as well. Being a grammar watcher in my own language (Dutch) myself I could perfectly well understand your grammar page. Learned a bit more about English grammar, thank you. I do hope my English grammar is not to offending ;-)
I will certainly place a link to your baby crafts pages in my site about lactation consultancy.

Keep on doing a great job!

Warmly,

Gonneke
Tuesday, May 4th 2004 - 01:40:56 AM

Name: Rolinda
What's the weather like where you are?: sunny
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I can't get to your home page or to your page about the podaegi's. And I so want to sew one for my daughters with my newly aquired sewing machine.
Boo Hoo.
Friday, April 30th 2004 - 04:06:16 PM

Name: Tammy
What's the weather like where you are?: spring time in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, need I say more?
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:How is it that so many women wanting to make a baby sling have so many other things in common??? Made the ring sling, thank you so much!

If you ever get back to this neck of the woods, would love to chat and show you around.

Have to chase the recycling bin down, the wind is kicking up..........

T


Monday, April 26th 2004 - 04:19:53 PM

Name: kelly*
What's the weather like where you are?: getting there... spring is always a long time coming in southern maine!
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:once i got here, i simply HAD to check out the "grammar" portion of your site. i forget now: did anyone mention the usage of "don't" versus "doesn't"? an ex-boyfriend used to abuse that one a great deal. it actually caused me pain every time i heard it. fortunately, my husband's a literary geek like me. anyway, thanks for the "lie" versus "lay" tip. admittedly that's one i still trip up on from time to time. i have to go take the quiz now! thanks for the smiles. :)
Saturday, April 24th 2004 - 08:38:44 PM

Name: jen
How did you get here?: Followed the link in your signature file/tagline
Monday, April 19th 2004 - 04:57:13 PM

Name: Jen Stewart
What's the weather like where you are?: windy and fine
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:I think you're great and I love you. . .probably because you are so much like me and I am a tad narcistic! LOL Don't get creaped out, I won't show up at your house for grammer lessons I promise. In truth, I rarely bother reading through an entire web site but you made me laugh and so I kept on. I live in Ottawa but I am really a prairie girl at heart. I'm 27 and love mothering and all that it entails (Good and Bad). I won't give you my mothering credentials (resisting urge to use " " ) but I will say that I have converted old wool sweaters into hats and cloth diaper soakers. "God" bless and take care!!!! (I couldn't resist)

Yours In Good Faith

Jennifer Dawn Stewart of Canada
Monday, April 19th 2004 - 04:55:35 PM

Name: Jen again
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:p.s. I just happened to see your "education" link...wouldn't "in's and out's" fall under the same grammatical problem of which you write in "grammar"? In other words, shouldn't it read "ins and outs" since they're plural and not possessive? If I'm mistaken, please do correct me! :)
Tuesday, April 13th 2004 - 02:32:41 PM

Name: Jen
What's the weather like where you are?: Sunny but cold.
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:I found you through peppermint.com, and just wasted away my morning looking through your pages instead of writing my paper (grad school)! It's always great to realize there are others out there with whom I share interests/hobbies/birth practices/pet peeves...
Despite the fact I am NOT crafty at all, I really appreciate all of your baby craft ideas and patterns. Maybe one of these days I'll attempt something. Thanks for such a fun, informative web page!
Tuesday, April 13th 2004 - 02:27:44 PM

Name: Nina Suluh
What's the weather like where you are?: Fab!
Homepage URL: http://www.batikbaby.com
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:I figured out how to nurse (almost hands-free) in cradle hold using the sling I made from your directions... ;)
Saturday, April 10th 2004 - 10:40:00 PM

Name: Nicole
What's the weather like where you are?: Lovely and sunny! But it should snow tomorrow. Typical spring in Colorado!
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I came here to find a pattern to sew a sling for my 1 year old son - and found SO much more. THANK YOU for your site! Thank you for all of the information, and for sharing some of yourself with the rest of us. I think we have a lot in common :) Again - thank you for tha patterns!
Thursday, April 1st 2004 - 08:14:25 PM

Name: Carol
What's the weather like where you are?: Spring is here and the days are getting much longer again (In Norway and not far from the Arctic Circle)
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:Refreshing to find a well written, articulate website!! I grew up in Wisconsin too, but followed the love of my life to Norway (yes, as in Scandinavia) and have lived here now for almost 2 years. We're expecting our first child in November! (I JUST found out.)
I was looking for a pattern for a babysling so thank you so much for posting such excellent, easy to follow instructions. I thought it refreshingly un-greedy of you to put FREE instructions for making something that you sell. I'll be checking back regularly so see what other refreshing reflections you have on life and the world.
Good Karma,
Carol Benoit
Trondheim, Norway
Wednesday, March 31st 2004 - 11:37:04 AM

Name: Amy Slepski
What's the weather like where you are?: heavenly
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:My interest was peaked by your unabashed claims of atheism. I too am an atheist (with a Jesuit education), a WAHM, and hesitate to make such open proclamations. Shame on me, but I was curious to know what sort of feedback you receive, both positive and negative, from mothers who wander your way. Just starting out, I would hate to sabotage my efforts with this sort of advertising. Also, I was wondering if you had heard of: http://www.positiveatheism.org. I found some interesting literature there. I look forward to hearing from you!

Amy
Honey Bee & Choochie
Tuesday, March 23rd 2004 - 02:55:38 AM

Name: Barbara
What's the weather like where you are?: let me go check :~)
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I think we have had it all, weather wise that is, in the last week or so. Between the sun, rain and snow, it is a minute by minute surprise. Oh, I forgot the ice.....

Your site is a delight. I'm the grandmother and "found" a sling in a store some 30+ years ago and fell in love with it. I am glad there are so many choices now. Although my daughter uses a sling that is probably very simalar to what I used, the many variations are necessary. My daughter's second baby, a boy born Oct.24th, 2003, is turning out to not only be happy and wonderful but growing in leaps and bounds. From 6~10 to 16+ in 4 1/2 months!! That is very big in this family. I saw him today, for the first time since mid~Jan. and he is gorgeous=:~)) BUT, my daughter is going to need a bit more in the sling department help, fairly soon. She is a firm believer in always carrying him. I've decided to reseach the project and make one and surprise her. Now, all I have to do is find and dig out my sewing machine, etc, from a fire forced move a few months ago..... The clean out people packed up everythng in a few hundred "miscellaneous" boxes, I am still looking for things :~I So, thank you for the help.
Tuesday, March 9th 2004 - 10:46:52 PM

Name: Jolene Boyles
What's the weather like where you are?: cold
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I absolutely love your site. I am expecting my fourth child within the next month. I needed a sling bad. I used the pattern and whipped out two within a couple of hours. Please contact me I would love to hear about more of your ideas.
Tuesday, March 9th 2004 - 10:46:00 AM

Name: Andrew
What's the weather like where you are?: Dark, Wet, Cold (It is the UK!)
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:The mobile shapes are great. I'm putting the mobile together now (just checking your instructions). Our baby (3 weeks on Friday) has already responded to a number of the patterns.
Sunday, March 7th 2004 - 01:32:48 PM

Name: Jenny
What's the weather like where you are?: Rainy-unusual but we need it!
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I found your site after doing a search for a Podeagi. I just forwarded your URL to someone on an email list who wants to make one. I just have to say that we have a lot in common! I have a boy born May 2000 and a girl born July 2003--both natural births, the second was a home waterbirth. I too have atheist parents and am a biologist. And I am an atheist/humanist.
I thought you might be interested in Elimination Communication, aka Diaper Free, Infant Potty Training, Natural Infant Hygiene, and others. Seriously, check out this website and if you like it join our yahoo group! http://www.freewebs.com/freetoec/
Baby Sophia is at a great sge to start!
Great site!
Jenny in NM
By the way, you might get a lot of visits from EC'ers in the near future.
Thursday, March 4th 2004 - 12:42:19 PM

Name: Jan Andrea
What's the weather like where you are?: Cold and dark
Homepage URL: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/
How did you get here?: Fate/Divine intervention
Comments:Somer, I did buy a few maternity patterns, but wasn't very happy with them -- mostly because they go up to only a size 18-20 or XL, and I'm more of a 24-28 in ready-to-wear (so a 30-32 in patterns). What I ended up doing was just slightly modifying the patterns that I usually use. For shirts, I would cut the fabric out with the pattern slightly tilted -- where the pattern would normally lie on a fold line, I would tilt it out towards the bottom by about 10 degrees. For pants, I pretty much lived in jeans that were a couple sizes too big, courtesy eBay. I also sewed a few pairs of loose pants with drawstrings, and made them more materinity-ish by adding extra fabric in the rise. If I had been more pregnant in the summer, I would have done the same thing with shorts. I just put a page up with a few illustrations on the Baby Crafts page, so you might give that a check and see if it helps.
Saturday, February 28th 2004 - 08:54:57 PM

Name: Somer
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I read your posts about Sophia and you said that you made your own maternity wear. Coulld you post how to do that?
Saturday, February 28th 2004 - 06:04:13 PM

Name: Liz
What's the weather like where you are?: Mountain Snow
Homepage URL: http://members.cox.net/northpolescribe
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:Hello!! Finally, instructions on how to make a Podegi! Thank you for including that on your webpage! I made it this morning and then took my munchkin along grocery shopping in it. She loves it, and I received so many compliments on it! I made sure I had your URL written down, and gave it to everyone who asked.
Your website is great! I know I don't have the best grammar skills, but I share some of your peeves: their/there/they're, its/it's, your/you're, to/too, etc. I cringe when reading some of the emails I receive from friends, and wonder how they graduated from college when they cannot decipher when to use "there" or "their". LOL.
You're bookmarked in my favorites!!
Liz
Wednesday, February 25th 2004 - 01:11:57 AM

Name: Kathryn Arseno (kathryn5kids)
What's the weather like where you are?: Oddly enough rain!
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:Wow Jan I had visited your website several months ago when I was searching how to making nursing shirts, now I'm on a cloth diaper group and was re-referred back to you about the gussets. My you added lots more projects. Perfect, but now I'll be shopping for more fabrics! ha, ha! Next I want to try out the breast feeding bra. I think I'll buy a thrift store pretty one and convert it! thanks a million for your website!
Tuesday, February 24th 2004 - 02:58:30 AM

Name: Scot Tolman
What's the weather like where you are?: pre-sleet
Homepage URL: http://www.shootingstarfarm.net
How did you get here?: Fate/Divine intervention
Comments:Jan, I'm delighted to find your site. My copy of Mrs. Soucy's O'Rourke rules is long gone, and I've pined for it repeatedly. We have much in common: Monadnock, Keene, your sister, grammar--know that O'Rourke's Usage rules will now live on with the eleventh grade students at Keene High School.
Friday, February 20th 2004 - 11:23:27 AM

Name: Lori Jean
What's the weather like where you are?: Sunny, as usual (Southern California)
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:I love the grammar page. If you are so inclined, here are my two peeves:

1. If you want to indicate that you don't care at all, you should say, "I could NOT care less" not "I could care less". If you give the phrase 3 seconds thought, you'll figure it out (but if you're my husband and you've been corrected repeatedly for 13 years, you'll NEVER figure it out).

2. "Alot" is not a word. A lot of people make the mistake of combining the two words. Neither are "adog" and "acat". Furthermore, "ASAP" is not a word... it's an acronym for "as soon as possible".

(Note the excessive use of quotation marks... they are my weakness... along with ellipsis). :)

You do beautiful work!
Thursday, February 19th 2004 - 12:10:06 PM

Name: Jenny
What's the weather like where you are?: Chilly and clear
How did you get here?: Followed the link in your signature file/tagline
Comments:I ordered one of your slings and my daughter loves it!! I do too, very comfy. I got so many comments on it, I've been telling them about your site! Thanks.
Friday, February 13th 2004 - 05:58:42 PM

Name: Tam Brown
What's the weather like where you are?: 30 inches on the ground and COLD!!!
How did you get here?: Fate/Divine intervention
Comments:I have 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. All between the ages of 18 years and 4weeks. Karissa (age 3) and I are makeing mobiles for the new babies. Thank you so very much. You are a blessing.
Sunday, February 8th 2004 - 02:53:23 PM

Name: Stephanie
What's the weather like where you are?: Friggin' COLD!
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:I love the bedsheets! I've been thinking about doing the same thing myself but had no idea how to go about both in an inexpensive manner and quickly. However, I have a question. You mention that the sheets are for toddler beds. If secured with snaps or velcro and not much extra fabric is used, can they be used for cribs with infants as well? Please email me in response, or maybe answer this question on that link. Thank you very much.
Friday, January 30th 2004 - 01:03:04 PM

Name: Laura
What's the weather like where you are?: Bitterly cold and snowy....brr
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I came here looking for a sling pattern for my niece and sister-in-law, and ended up totally procrastinating and reading your ENTIRE page. I really enjoyed your grammar section, as I am pretty much a grammar freak myself.
This isn't really a grammar pet-peeve, but a 'net one: I can't STAND reading posts from people who use web abbreviations (UR, 2, QT, etc). I just can't concentrate and it drives me NUTS!

Great site!
Laura
(former Catholic, agnostic, in the process of becoming Jewish...hmm...)
Thursday, January 29th 2004 - 06:14:09 PM

Name: Cindy Mc Manus
What's the weather like where you are?: it's stupld in TN in Jan.
How did you get here?: Search engine result
Comments:I suppose if you think about it long enough it was fate / divine Interventiothat brought me to your wonderful site. I have been trying desperately to cme up with a way to afford nursing shirts an have been patiently awaiting the moment when the cash would come falling out of the skybut balas ithas yet to happen. So I thought hey I could probably make my own and after a few sites that wanted money for patterns to be shipped to me at an exorbetant price I stumbled across this one and found it much to my liking! Thank you from nursing mothers everywhere! I will be linking this page to my friends and perhaps you will get more notes of appreciation. =)
Many Thanks
CM
Friday, January 23rd 2004 - 03:47:00 PM

Name: Beckie
What's the weather like where you are?: California Cold :)
Homepage URL: http://www.youravon.com/rtetrault
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:Thank you for the great patterns! I am looking forward to trying out the bra conversion!
Monday, January 19th 2004 - 08:29:21 PM

Name: Rebekah
What's the weather like where you are?: warm for Jan (FL)
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:I haven't made any of the things on your web site but that is only because my baby is sleeping and I can't go out and get fabric to do it. The only fabric I have is too short for the sling I want to make. Thanks for the time and effort you have put in to help others make these wonderful things! I can't wait and will email back when I get one complete. My baby loves the sling I have but I want to try to tube sling also!
Thanks!
Saturday, January 17th 2004 - 11:31:32 PM

Name: Carolyn
What's the weather like where you are?: Winter and Canada, the weather is perfect!
How did you get here?: Saw it in or was invited by an email message
Comments:I loved your grammar page, it should be required reading by all persons using the net. Keep up the good work.
Thanks for your directions for baby crafts, I know you have made a lot of people very happy. I had never heard of a baby sling until I read an email that directed me to your site, you obviously put a lot of work and love into the sites, kudos to you. Take care.
Sunday, January 11th 2004 - 06:44:04 PM

Name: Lise
What's the weather like where you are?: It's snowing
Homepage URL: http://www.lises.net
How did you get here?: Followed a link on someone else's page
Comments:I love the baby crafts pages! Now I have to surf the rest of the sites.
Saturday, January 3rd 2004 - 11:52:25 AM

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