Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pretty Happy Funny Real

 
These burpcloths are pretty.  I made them for a new baby sweetie girl and delivered them along with a meal.  To the right is some plaid (left from this shirt) that I used to make Ben a bowtie for my grandma's funeral.  I do love those bowties: so easy to whip up and instant cuteness for Ben.
 
 
My mending pile is happy to me.  Usually the fixes are fast and it's so satisfying to get the items back in circulation.  Here I have a flowered shoe bag whose seam I made too shallow so it frayed loose.  A pair of oxblood tights that I wore so much they lost their tightness at the top, so I put some elastic in there to help.  A blue sweater with a small hole on a seam that I handstitched closed.  Poof!  Back on the job!



Last Thursday was a funny day.  Ben was requested to dress as a favorite book character for school, and Genevieve was requested to dress crazy in support of anti-bullying school spirit.  Yes, on the same day.  Trying to coordinate this, plus get me out the door for my job was not funny.

Ben was Bananas Gorilla from Richard Scarry.  His daddy helped him make four watches in addition to the two he already had, so he could wear three on each arm like Bananas Gorilla.  Ben dressed in similar clothes to Bananas Gorilla and carried a bunch of bananas.

 
We had to explain the concept of "clash day" to Genevieve, which is kind of hilarious because she already wears the top-of-the-pile shirt with her red plaid skirt to madcap effect.  Sometimes I make her change before I take her out in public.  She totally owned this school spirit day!
 
 
 
Here is a real Lego creation from the Genevieve.  Those people are standing in line at an ATM.  Which niggles at me, because my husband and I rarely use ATMs and I can't imagine where she sees people standing in line for one.  But there you have it:  a 7-year-old's social observation.
 
 
Happy Thursday to you!
 

12 comments:

Kathy said...

That is quite a Lego Castle - I'm impressed. I enjoyed your phfr, so glad to follow the link to your blog!

Sew Blessed Maw said...

THe kids are adorable.. Such fun school days for them, and breaks the everyday boredom..
I too, love to get my mending/fixing pile done..But honestly, I am NOT good at it.I let it sit forever, and pile up..[why?] BUt, when it is done,it feels so good.
Have a great day.

Rachel said...

How do you make the bowtie? John is gaining notoriety in our new church for wearing neckties to church (!!) and I thought a bowtie might be a good addition.

Hazel said...

My children did/do wear peculiar combinations of clothes- I always threatened to make up a giant sticker to put on their backs saying 'I dressed myself'.

I was also going to get another one saying 'My dad dressed me'...

jenny_o said...

I'm afraid I am very bad at getting repairs done. But when the mood and opportunity strike (has to be in daylight for me to sew!) I do them all at once and it is so satisfying. It seems a shame to throw something out just because it needs a small fix.

I had to smile at your kids' outfits - and they look like they are having so much fun!

BLD in MT said...

I find mending to be quite satisfying mostly. As you said, usually its a quick little thing and bam! its back to working order again. Its almost the satisfaction of making something new, but in considerably less time.

You're kids are so fun. I love your daughter style! : )

Margo said...

Rachel, that is so cool! If I recall, Peter was in love with Ben's bowtie at Easter :)

Here's a link to my Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/thriftathome/for-my-little-boy/)
which has the bowtie pattern (it's a free download) AND the Youtube video showing you how to tie it. You can make a pre-tied bow on a band. I don't think it's hard to tie a bowtie, though, and I like the look better.

Margo said...

Hazel, ha! I could use those signs!

penngm said...

Hey, I am impressed with your daughter's ingenuity! Long live Lego.

A said...

Maybe she's just totally fascinated by the concept of a machine that spits out money and she's like 'Hey, I'd stand in line for that!"

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the Lego creation. I just love seeing how children view and process the world!

Leila said...

I love mending too, and your description of why it's satisfying.

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