January 12, 2011

Simply Brilliant!

Everyone has a collection of T-shirts, don't you?  Ones that the kids have given you on special occasions or as souvenirs of their worldly travels?  I've been on this t-shirt kick lately.  I've decided I love the 20's flapper style clothes and thought I'd do me up a flapper t-shirt.  Boy, did I get side tracked! 

I asked my husband yesterday evening if he had any old t-shirts that he doesn't want or can't wear.  He brings me 5 shirts.  Of those 5 shirts, 3 are from our son.  I'm thinking I can't destroy those memories, so... what shall I do with them. 

Whelp, on our sofa my husband uses a pillow to put behind his head (yes, it's the reclining side) when he's watching television.  I've had it covered with a pillow case, because I can change them like my mood.  After staring at the t-shirts for like 20 minutes, waiting for my inspiration to come (which was quick compared to some times), it hits me!  I will make him a pillow case for his "pilly".  One of them is a camouflage pattern so that left me with 2 t-shirts to work with...perfect!  Couldn't be easier!

I chop the fronts off of those babies and sew them up and wallah!  He now has a perfect cover for his pilly!  I'm thinking it would be an awesome Father's Day present...but, yeah... I could never have something so awesome hidden for so long. 

T-shirts can't be worn everyday, but the pillow case can remind him every day of how much his children love him!!!  Much better than a T-shirt don't you think?

In the process of deconstruction...
Fully deconstructed...

The final product for the Coolest Dad!!!

I bought this really cool book about three years ago for my niece and when I gave it to her, she gave it back to me with a big blah...she has aspbergers so her social skills aren't the best.  Well lucky me, because it inspired me (okay has been staring at me since calling me, whispering "t-shirt" ever so lightly in my ear).

If you have mountains of or even just a few t-shirts, you should really check the book out...  Generation T, 108 ways to transform a T-shirt by Megan Nicolay.  I bought the Michaels edition for like $14.95 and I think I just made my money back!  I'm sure Amazon has it...

Y'all have an awesome day and I'll catch ya on the flip flop!!!

January 8, 2011

In the spirit of renewal...

Last year (or maybe it was the year before, yeah, I think the year before), my daughter-in-law gave me a lovely red Christmas purse.  It "had" an awesome lime green boa sewed to it and a sprarkly christmas tree with an embroidered star atop it!  Oh, and did I mention it has a red with white polka dot cotton lining?  I loved it 'sew' much I just wanted to carry it longer than 4-6 weeks, once a year.  As I pondered the possibility I decided I may be able to do without the lime green boa and the sparkly christmas tree.  Sssssooooo, I came up with this brilliant idea of renewing it!  Tell me, what do you think of the renewing of my purse?


Renewal is in the details!!!

Not only did I kill the boa, I made an awesome gross-grain ribbon flower and some leaves and sewing them together and then sewed them to a snap barrette.  I also took a small piece of the ribbon and sewed it to my bag so that I can change my "flower" whenever I feel like it. 

for the spring maybe...

for when I wear my black t-shirt and red tennis shoes?
How easy is that...and the possibilities are limited only to my imagination (Okay, and if it will match with red and silver/gray, but what doesn't?).  Maybe I should start a photo blog, and I'll call it "As The Purse Turns"?