Life as we know told by Heather

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Feeling crafty

I love doing projects, but what usually ends up happening is that I've got 5 projects going on and none of them ever get to completion. So imagine my surprise when I finally finished these within two weeks of each other.
My first project was making Jordis some customized capri pants. She can wear size 3 pants around the waist but they're too short and her size 4 pants are long enough but don't stay up. Something gave me the idea that I could jazz up an old pair of Xander's size 3 jeans and make her something cute to wear, so I gave it a try.
I cut off the bottom portion of the legs and then cut out some shapes to cover the holes that were forming in the knees. I cut out a flower shape and a letter J. Since I'm horrible at cutting anything straight I decided to fringe the bottom to mask my scissor-wielding. I cut the slits and then sewed some ribbon around each leg. Then I sewed on the patches and fringed the bottoms.

I sewed on some buttons and then put a few on the back pockets as well. Jordis loves them!

My next project was to frame some pictures Xander had drawn at school. I actually have had this lying in my dining room for months now and finally made myself put it together over the Memorial Day weekend.

Xander came home from school one day with these little squares he had drawn faces on. He told me they were monsters. I thought they were adorable and knew I couldn't just put them in his schoolwork binder, so I concocted a plan to preserve them. I found a frame and then some scrapbook paper to match and set out cutting and measuring to make everything fit. I did not inherit my father's math skills so this was, of course, the most difficult part. One of the squares is a little smaller than the rest, but Xander loved how it turned out and can't wait to hang it in his room.

1 comment:

One Pork Chop said...

Ok, I officially may not like you b/c you're way too crafty for words! I love re-purposing old clothing like that!

The framed artwork is amazing. I really love that idea and may use it one day when Anna starts drawing.