Monday, June 7, 2010

backpack #2

This one is Abby's.  She came downstairs wearing it - I guess she likes it!  :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Frumpalump no more: T-shirt refashion

Everyone else is doing it!  I thought I might as well give it a try too...I cut up one of my t-shirts and made it into something cute!

Inspired by this little girl's stained-shirt-turned-adorable-shrug, I ran upstairs and grabbed this from the recesses of my dresser drawer:
Boring, frumpy, boxy.  I can't even wear this thing anymore without feeling 15 years older than I really am.  Speaking of which, let's not talk about that. 

So, some cutting, sewing, ruffling, tweaking....I think the hardest part of this was trying to get a picture of myself in the mirror.  How in the world do people do that? 
the Brassy Apple sleeves...she is so awesome

And whoever out there shared the secret of making ruffles without a ruffling foot...I don't remember where I read that, but THANK YOU whoever you are!  Turn the tension up all the way, make the stitch length as long as possible, and there's your ruffle.  That is just pure gold! 

I still don't care for sewing knits.  But I could get used to it.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mailbox redo

I did this last summer...but it bears repeating.  I think.

Started with this sad, old, rusty mailbox.  Not cute at all.  And yet I'd coexisted with it for the better part of 8 years. 

I hated to be unpatriotic, but I pried the eagle off, then got the rust off with steel wool (yuck!), spraypainted it, and...

ordered one of those vinyl transfer thingies. It occurs to me now that maybe our address would have been something to put on there, but oh well. ;) Isn't that prettier? :)