True and Brave are starting to out grow their clothes, so we’ve been thrifting some cool goods for them. Not only do we look for vintage clothes, but I’ll buy clothes in large sizes, so I can deconstruct it and make something for them (or me). I wish I took a picture of the large, denim, wrap skirt I used before I hacked it into this pair of sailor pants. I was much too excited to sew and make them something, and I didn’t want to stop to snap a picture. The skirt was only $1.50, which is a good price for a piece of fabric (and it was made in the USA), and I knew it was enough fabric to make them a dress or a pair of pants.
True is a lot like me and does not like skinny jeans at all, so I made her (and Brave, since they share) some sailor-esque wide leg pants. I followed my shorts pattern and instructions in my book, Let’s Sew Together, and just widened the leg portion to give it a slight bell shape. Sewing pants may seem intimidating, but really, it’s 4 almost identical shapes that you connect together. Give it a try and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to sew pants!
Pick up the Feb/March issue of Family Fun Magazine and you can see the wooly pajaki chandelier I created. There also instruction included if you want to make your own! I haven’t updated my portfolio, but you can see some of my other craft stylings here.
I’m still stuck on what to make for Ben for Valentine’s Day, but I did let him know that if he does want to give me anything, I would gladly take flowers in a basket. Sure, flowers in a vase or an arrangement is nice, but something about a pretty bouquet in an equally lovely basket is playfully romantic. Plus, I have this thing with baskets, so of course, I’d love anything in a basket.
For the bouquet I made, I mixed some store bought roses with mint and other greens from our garden. I love the added aroma mint adds to a bouquet.
The basket above is this mini Birkin basket handmade in Portugal. I use the medium for my everyday purse, and we use the large one for fruit picking in our backyard, see here, Here are some baskets that I think would look quite sweet holding a flowery bouquet… this phoebe basket from Doen, this seagrass basket dipped in white, a simple bolga basket, or this vintage wicker basket.
10 trinkets (or notes) to fill the ball
Crepe paper streamers, various colors
I started with the largest items in the center, it also helped when planning out the form to get the heart shape. Use one colored streamer o wrap your item until is completely wrapped a couple times around. Hold streamer and tear it off, then add another trinket, and continue to wrap with another streamer of a different color. Start the next streamer, where the last one ended, holding it in place until it is securely wrapped. As you wrap each item, shift the angle of the streamer, so that you overlap each layer little by little. Continue to wrap each one, pulling tightly (but gently) at the streamer so that it is is taut and smooth, and the trinket stays in place. I changed streamer colors with each trinket added and made sure each trinket was wrapped a couple times around before adding another.
Once you get to the last trinket wrapped, I added a few more wraps using various streamer colors, and made sure that these were wrapped around neatly. You want it to be smooth and taut, since this is what will be seen when the gift is given. At the end, add a dab of glue to secure the ball together. Lastly, cut out a heart from a piece of crepe paper (or streamer) and glue onto the center of the heart.
I made one for each girl and I know they will have so much fun unraveling the ball to see their surprises. All the treats were found at the 99 cents store (I spent about $10 for everything), and while I was wrapping theirs up, I might have devoured a chocolate or two.
The treats in their ball:
- conversation hearts
- a Hershey’s kiss
- chocolate lips
- heart-shaped memo pads
- confetti popper
- self-inflating balloon
- ring pop
- heart pins
- candy bracelet
I have no clue of what to make for Ben this year. Last year, I made a Valentine fruit basket (and from all the girls, we made his this poster). The year before that, we went on a scavenger hunt adventure to Salvation Mountain (and I told him “I love you” in different ways). In 2014, I made him a round the clock book of messages with invisible ink. One year, I even made a teepee. I better get on it because I have one week left to figure out a gift for my love.