Wednesday, November 14, 2012
But the floors are still cold.
I've baked bread, made cookies, sipped coffee, and the room is still a little drafty. AND, it is one of my biggest pet peaves when I see children that are not dressed for the weather! As if just because they're small they somehow feel less wind.
So I'm always on the hunt for more ways to keep my baby warm. Enter recycled sweaters.
I traced one of London's sundresses while lining up the necklines, leaving a little room for seams, and snipped. It was just long enough that she couldn't climb on a chair so I turned it inside out and piched about three inches at a drop waist line and stitched it up. So depending on the height of the child you could leave it sleek and waist-less, or give it a pinch.
Also, as she wore it the arm edges unraveled a bit so I'll probably have to stitch a binding over the raw-ness someday. Someday.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
But I've found that if you cut off the legs below the knee (gruesome no matter how you say it!), take out the middle seam and sew them at the raw edges you have a tube the perfect size for a tote bag! Add a bottom, handles and some pockets and you have a rugged grocery bag. Or you could put a bar of really yummy chocolate in the pocket and make a gift out of it!
So, you know that feeling of serenity that comes after creating something that you know you will wear, use, or enjoy gazing at hundreds of times from here on. I know you do. I had that feeling when I first made these earrings over three years ago. They're made from paper that my Mom had used to write me a card. Then, about two years ago, they broke because I'd worn them at least five times a week. Last week, two years, one baby, and many tries later, I fixed them! And I had that same feeling all over again. Aaaaah...