Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I made it better!

It's Thursday, Time for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop!
This week's prompts were:

1.) Describe the best/most creative punishment you have ever given your children or received yourself.
(inspired via Twitter by
Maya from Musings Of A Marfan Mom)

2.) Tell a friend or family members story as if it happened to you.

3.) Tell a story about a moment in time when you were so happy you were you and not someone else in the room.
(inspired by Baby)

4.) I picked up the phone and I could not believe what I was hearing...

5.) Show us something you did yourself!
(inspired by Kimba from A Soft Place To Land ps link up with her too for a chance to win something pretty. ps she just switched to wordpress and lost all her sure to update your readers!)

So head on over to Mama Kat's and Join in!

I choose number 5 because I have been wanting to show off share with you some of my recent projects for awhile! I have always been pretty crafty. But since I have entered blogland I have found so much inspiration, project ideas, and tutorials that my list of projects is huge!

One thing I have really wanted to get better at is sewing. When your petite it's sometimes hard to find dresses that fit. I also have a daughter and there are so many cute patterns out there. However, pattern sewing has frustrated me in the past so I have been even more excited by all the tutorials, easy to understandd patterns, and even FREE patterns I have found online.

The first thing I wanted to tackle was this:

It's my husband's family reunion shirt and it was down to my daughter's ankles. So I thought...hmmm I bet I could make that into a dress, just copy the shape of one of hers and trim it up. Well I doubted my abilities and decided to Google turning a t-shirt into a dress. Apparently there is a whole world of people out there who refashion clothes from old clothes! (and my project list grows!) I decided to use the pattern from Blueprints and with some old fabric I had laying around I turned a too big t-shirt into this:
It looks so cute on her, and since I was a little nervous about doing a new neckline (I was on a deadline with the reunion) it's a little big and will fit her for years!

Bolstered by that project I wanted to do another (and another, and another!). We are very blessed that my daughter gets hand-me-downs from several different friends. So apparently these particular pair of jeans was very popular a few years ago:We got 4 pairs of these all in the same size. So I donated one to a clothing swap, gave one to a friend whose daughter was the same size, kept one and needed to come up with something creative to do to the last pair. I had seen, and wanted to try for myself, jeans turned into a skirt. Since my daughter loves skirts, dresses, anything girlie I thought it would be perfect. There are many, many, many tutorials online for how to turn jeans into a skirt, this is the one I used, modified a bit because little girls jeans are different than women's. It came out so well, It just made me want to make more and more projects! Here it is:She loves it! She always wants to wear her "mommy one".

Now that Halloween is over I can focus on Christmas. I have a long list of presents I want to make. It won't be a totally hand-made Christmas because I don't have the time for that and my kids still want toys, but here are some of the things I will be making:

For some friends: Just Add Snow, Snowman Kit

For the teachers: Cookies in a Jar

For the in-laws: Decorative Dish Towels

For the grandmas I am going to make take tote bags and applique something cute one the side (I think they may check in her sometimes, so I can't say what!)

For the kids:

Fleece Jumper

Tees ala MiniBoden. We will be doing an owl and a bunny for Peanut and a Monster and a Dino

Finally if there is time, I may make the whole family some matching Christmas Cozies!

Now if only I could figure out how to add a few hours to the day for all these projects!


The Blue Zoo said...

So cute! I cant sew at all. Not a straight line anyways... lol I love the skirt!! Turned out so cute.

parentingBYdummies said...

I wish I could sew. Comes in handy I bet!

I am Harriet said...

What a wonderful dress!

Stopping by via SITS to say hello!

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Oh this is an awesome idea! I love how both turned out! Hopefully when we move and get settled in I'll get some time to be more crafty and try these projects too!

angelina la dawn said...

i adore the tshirt recon! the flowery ruffles contrasting the dark green and deer- it's perfect!

freelancerforhire said...

Just stopping by from SITS. I'm loving this post. I think the dress an the skirt turned out ADORABLE! I used to crochet a bit a while back but was discouraged and gave it up. Lately I've been wanting to take it up again, and make a cute sweater dress for myself. Mind you, I am lightyears away fromt hsi goal since the only thing I ever crocheted well was a long string (using the "chain" stitich). But it was encouraging & motivating to see your projects.

marfmom said...

Awesome! Very creative. I especially love the skirt, and the sleeves on the shirt dress are cute.

The (Un)Experienced Mom said...

Super cute! I am horrible with that kind of domestic chore. I am great at dropping things off at a tailor's though! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by the blog today....


Mama Kat said...

Wow!!! You know what you're doing on that sewing machine now don't you!?! Very cute!