Sunday, March 25, 2012

Upcycled Circus Shirt

Or recycled circus can call it what you like, but basically I made a new shirt for Cella from one of my old paint-stained skirts. One of my favorite things to do is make new clothing out of old clothing - the fabric is free and it follows one of my favorite mottos ~ "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle!" 

skirt before

That is a photo of the skirt above. I really did like this skirt. It was comfy and cute, but I spilled paint on myself while wearing it so it was banished to the re-use clothing bin.  After seeing the most adorable circus fabric at Joann's (or maybe Hancocks, I can't remember) I had an idea and this was the result:

First, I cut the skirt down to Cella's size by taking in the sides and trimming off the bottom (where the paint  was). An easy way to do this is to use one of your child's shirts as a guide when you are deciding how much to trim off of the sides. Then I cut out a few of the characters from the circus fabric and sewed them to the new shirt. On the front, an elephant, and on the back a cheerful clown and cute little monkey peeking out from the bottom of the shirt! I added blue bias tape to the bottom to give it some fullness and then braided some of the leftover fabric to form the straps.  

Not too bad for an almost free shirt!

Monday, March 19, 2012

How to get a toddler to clean up

This post is for parents of toddlers............specifically toddlers that will never help clean up and think that mama should clean up everything. (Probably most toddlers.) My girl Cella (3 yrs old) does not like to clean up her playroom or bedroom. Usually when either room is a disaster, she tells me that I need to clean it so she can play! And it never goes well, I have to hover over her constantly telling her what to do, losing my patience along the way, and eventually I am just cleaning by myself and I am mad. Not good. So yesterday I had a brilliant idea and I thought I'd share it with y'all.  I swear the good Lord shone down and placed this idea in my brain so I wouldn't end up beating my children in the years to come! (p.s. i really don't beat my children, so don't get carried away) 

Here is what I did:

I made a list for her with illustrations. We sat down together and I went through each step and drew out an illustration. For example ~
1: Pick up all of your dolls and stuffed animals and put them on the chaise lounge. 
2:   Put all books on the shelf
3: Put all play food in your kitchen
4: Put all dress up clothes in the trunk, and all purses, hats, and necklaces on the hooks.
5. Anything leftover that was not on the list, put it in a pile on your table and I will help you clean it up. 

She was actually excited and asked me to hang it up on her board so she could see it while she was cleaning.  I really wish I had a before picture, but this photo that was taken a while back will just have to do (just imagine way more baby dolls, stuffed animals, books, dress up clothes and junk on the floor (minus the lion and one of the rugs ~ I'm sorry but this is the only photo I could find and it's from a while ago). 

Cella dressing up JanJan

When I came to check on her in about 15 minutes, this is what I found: 

 Now there are a few things still on the floor, but friends this is AMAZING. I was so proud, and I told her over and over, and made a big deal out of it. She was beaming and was proud of herself too. 

And that's not all, tonight while her daddy was putting her sister to bed, she came to me with a piece of paper and asked me to make a list so she could clean her bedroom. Seriously?! I really couldn't believe it. So I did, and when I went up to check on her after about 10 minutes her room was almost spotless. Y'all, this is a straight up miracle. I don't know how long it will last, but I'm going to enjoy it while it does! And maybe even get her to clean my room too! ;)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bibs and Burp cloths

I just finished up some bib / burp cloths for an old college friend who is having a baby boy. She saw this post about the best bibs ever and wanted a few for her sweet bundle. It's not often that I get to sew for boys, so I had a little fun! 

These bibs are really awesome, let me tell you why.......

# 1 ~ They can function as both a burp cloth and a bib

# 2 ~ When used as a bib it covers the shoulders too - which prevents your child from getting food on their shoulders when they turn their little heads. 
(which never fails to happen especially when wearing nice clothes) 

and # 3 ~ they are just so darn cute and unique!

* full view below - on the whale bib you can see where the snaps are *

If you would like to purchase one you can email me at

They are $18 each. 
 if you want more than one, pricing is as follows:
2 for $32
3 For $48
4 for $66 
    and so on.....

(These color combinations are obviously for little boys, but I could easily do the same designs in girl color combinations, just FYI! )

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sandbox on Wheels

Did any of you see this photo in Domino a long time ago, I believe it was Carina Schott's home? 

Well, it stuck with me......a sandbox on wheels is just a brilliant idea! In these hot Mississippi summers it would be great to move the sandbox into the shade or out of the shade to dry after the rain. The grassy area  in our backyard is not very large and I just don't want to take up a lot of space with a sandbox. We have a pretty large patio that would be the perfect location. My husband is skeptical of this idea, he thinks it would weigh about 700 lbs and be too difficult to move. What do you guys think? Is there anyone out there with experience in building sandboxes? I would love to hear from you!

If and when we complete this project, you know I will share photos! 


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jackson Homeshow 2012

Just a quick note to say that I will be doing a workshop at the Jackson Homeshow this weekend. I'm a little nervous as I haven't done a 'proffessional' presentation in about 4 years! My topic is How to Create a Beautiful Home on a Budget, and I will be using photos from my blog and around the internet to talk about how you can reinvent your home by repurposing old furniture and re-inventing items you may already have lying around your house. It should be fun, so if you'd like to come by, I will be speaking from 1 - 2 pm. 

 (Planter made from a serving bowl. Inexpensive roman shades jazzed up by painting on blue stripes.)
Just a little dose of what we will be talking about on Saturday!

There will also be lots of other cool stuff to see and do, I'm especially excited about the  "Dream Bedroom Design Challenge" and the Viking cooking school!

Here is the link for the Homeshow, just in case you are interested.

Hope to see you there!
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