Here’s my boy’s little self-made art project from yesterday. A sunny Sunday, and I noticed he was outside with a gluestick, pasting something to the wall. I just stayed back and watched – he was concentrating so intently, I wonder where he got this idea?
Here's the long view. That's our cement retaining wall that is in desperate need of its annual spring whitewashing (just mix lime, salt and water!).
he gluesticked (gluestuck?) the little "helicopter" seed pods that fall out of the trees onto the wall. What a pretty pattern!
It looks like rain, so I thought I’d better take a few photos. Who knows how well Elmers glue stands up to the elements?
Just goes to show, art is everywhere…..
What a busy day in the sewing room! Every once in a while, I need to just have a fun day and make quick and dirty clothes for the family. I keep a huge basket in my sewing closet where everyone puts the clothing they have outgrown, is torn, or they no longer like. It’s kind of like a mending basket, but more extreme. Then, when the spirit moves me, I dive in and find some pieces to “upcycle”, or redo. Here’s what I did the other afternoon:
An ancient t-shirt of daddy's becomes a little tunic for Ry.
Detail of neckline. Cut off sleeves and neck. Make a casing in front and back, make a drawstring, and thread it through to tie at the left shoulder.
- Here’s a shirt I bought at Goodwill last summer for the fabric. It was too small for me, and too big for her, so I cut the sleeves off, recut the armholes, and whittled in the sides to make a lovely well-fitting tank.
Here you can see the armholes - I sewed clear elastic tape to the inside as I hemmed so there would be no gapping at the armhole.
Last but not least, a little something for moi. This is not made from a t-shirt! My fashionable aunt gave me a silk nightgown when I was about 19, and I've always kept it for the fabric, but it was always a little too big and had buttons that weren't comfy to sleep in, so I recut it to a simple sundress style with casing and drawstring for straps. It'll be lovely to sleep in.
Neckline detail. I'll probably make a simple scarf out of the sleeves that I cut off.
Well, that’s it for that sewing session! Get creative and brave, and cut up your old clothes to make new ones – it costs nothing, and your kids can play with no worries of messing up their nice clothes! Would any of you like to see more of a tutorial for this idea? Let me know…