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I have some pillows I bought years ago at Garden Ridge. Over the years they've gathered their share amount of stains and rips and were pretty much falling apart. A little vintage boutique store was going out of business and was throwing out several yards of burlap. I brought it home and washed it up real good and hung it out in the sun to dry the other day.
It turned out smelling wonderful and nice and flexible and soft... and perfect for covering my old pillows.
I kind of like the idea of stenciling something on them... but still not sure. Anyone with ideas or recommendations?
I have a little basket in my sewing room where I put items to make clothing for the girls. If I see tanks or shirts or skirts for a good deal at Target, I like to pick those up and put them in the basket too. I enjoy making things that are original, but sometimes it helps to have something to work off of when time isn't something you have a lot of!
In that basket I put dresses that are too small or any old clothing item that has a great deal of fabric. Fabric is so pricey these days, it's almost not worth sewing anymore. So a way to get fabric is often through second hand skirts or dresses. Sometimes I like these fabrics better than what I see in the fabric stores anyway!
Another thing I like to put in the basket is embellishments that I cut off of old blouses. Buttons and laces from skirts are always good items too. Sometimes I will see a good deal on embellishments, buy a yard and put it away .
For the last few weeks I've been slowly piecing together these two little dresses for the girls. I chose black because it was the only color not super bright that was on sale and because I'm really liking the dull colors I'm seeing in childrens' clothing lately. I used fabric from a dress that Morgan grew out of and fabric from a dress I was getting rid of for the skirt part of the dresses.
(top of Morgan's dress is from Target tank and embellishments from lace and fabric from old dress.)
(Itty trying out the length for me along the way.)
I picture these dresses with black rubber boots and ponytails...
I'm still not done with the dresses, but the girls and I are having fun creating them. I've let them stay up a night or two in my office with me and make their own creations while I work on mine. Morgan is working on a pillow and small blanket for her doll out of fabric my grandmother sent our way and a doily my mom gave her. Brighton has been taking ribbons from my ribbon basket and tying them around herself again and again asking, "Mama, isn't this one just pretty?" And other things that three year olds do.
I've got another project in the making - filing away and organizing in albums the pictures from 2007-2009. Separating the black and whites from the color copies. Then I separate the pictures into individual children, family, family outings, boys together, girls together. The boys have enjoyed helping me on this project because they like to sit there and look at the memories while they slide the photos into the albums. They make it go twice as fast. . .
But we've still got a long way to go because we only do a little bit at a time. :)
Another summer goal is to come up with a new strategy on the boys' clothing. I've done the matchy-matchy thing with them since I had just two boys. Yes, they've matched for that long, and no I didn't do it for photography. It has made things so much easier than I realized! A TON simpler in so many ways!
But the older boys are, after all, getting older and I know that matching isn't something I am going to subject them to if they would prefer not to! I've been testing this "every boy for himself!" out this summer and finding that as I allow them all to pick what to wear and when, the laundry has doubled! Seriously.
It's even caused fighting over who will wear what when and who stained that shirt! And so on. I thought only sisters did that.
Soooo, I'm brainstorming a solution.
Do you hang all their clothing up?
Have them fold it in drawers? (this so doesn't work!)
Keep it in categories?
Let them all wear each others clothing since it fits them all the same?
Or write their names in the clothing?
Keep their clothing in the laundry room? (okay, that's not an option for me!)
Only have like two sets of clothing per boy and just wear them round and round?
Have a "family clothing closet" with a dressing room somehow built in? (dream, baby dream!)
Or just put swimming shorts on them and have them wear them all week long and live in a warm climate?
Or how 'bout just hire out the laundry.
(Baby climbing through everything as I work. Today she took 20 steps. She laughs at herself as she walks. Adorable.)
Speaking of laundry, I finished it all... at least until after football camp tonight. The boys got dressed for football at 9am this morning. Only nine hours too soon. They couldn't possibly be excited? I haven't seen Shelton without his football all day. He even held it in one hand when helping me unload the groceries from the car.
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