For a while now, he's insisted on wearing a bow tie every Sunday. Then he started asking for a necktie. I found a handsome J. Crew silk tie at a consignment shop for $5 - it's not easy to find nice children's ties. I had already cut apart one of his daddy's ties to sew down for him, but I keep bypassing it for other projects.
All these ties were taking up valuable sock-and-underwear-drawer space. I actually started shopping for one of those little tie hangers, but suddenly got cold feet about spending the money. I confess that my thrift goes by spells, and that is okay with me. We live pretty frugally, but it's not rigidly enclosed by a budget.
In this case, I decided to see if I could mimic the features of a tie hanger: soft surface to grip the ties and let them dangle without wrinkles.
I used a cheap-o wire hanger and made a little rectangle from old flannel and scraps of batting. I enclosed the hanger in it, sewed down the seam and then covered the raw edge with a scrap of bias tape. Done! It does exactly what I want it to, and I used what I had on hand.
And here is Genevieve on Sunday afternoon. A rare treat: she told me I could do whatever I wanted to with her hair that morning. So I made rainbow braids and enjoyed looking at her all day long.
This follows on the heels of a mysterious flu that she had for almost two weeks, one of the reasons my blogging slowed down. I was so worried. Two doctor's visits and a round of blood work later, she is finally perking up and gaining back her lost weight. Thank God!