There’s just something about getting a free t-shirt… honestly, there’s nothing like it. The problem is that most of the time the free t-shirt is a Large, X-Large or XXX-Large.
Unrelated story…. Mount Union used to send t-shirts to newly enrolled students the summer before they arrive on campus. I was excited to get a t-shirt in the mail, but when the size large shirt arrived, I knew I couldn’t wear it. I emailed my transfer student rep and inquired about trading it in for a smaller size. Since I was a transfer, I assumed they just never bothered to ask for my size. I was told that wouldn’t be possible. They send all girls size Large shirts and all boys size X-Large shirts (because that makes sense…). My dad was happy to take it off my hands… because there’s nothing like a free t-shirt.
Anyway, Brad was similarly gifted with a massive shirt at his on-campus job (the IT help desk). It was a beautiful blue and also an X-Large. It had gotten caught up in other clothes and discovered when we moved into our house.
It had so much potential that I couldn’t decide what to do with it, so I planned two no-sew refashions.
This first one involves no cutting and makes great on-the-fly beach cover up or casual sun dress… but it takes a few tries. (I used this photo tutorial.)
1. Put the shirt on, and pull arms through the neck hole.
I love, love, lovefabric scraps. Well, scraps in general actually including those that don’t fall into the “fabric” category like zipper pieces, ribbon, beads, etc.
Awhile ago, I tweaked this dress top that I got at Nordstrom Rackfor $2. Yes, I got a clothing item at Nordstrom Rack for only two bucks! Even better, it was on the Rack’s clearance rack sandwiched between a top that was $79 and on that was $120… they were also on “clearance.”
I actually bought the top thinking it would be cute to wear with leggings and a sweater but decided it would be much better as a work-appropriate top and don’t worry, I’ll blog about it eventually.
Anyway… the tweaking left me with a couple of fabulous seam scraps.
I felt like having a little fun with my hair the other weekend, so I curled it and wrapped it up in a scraptastic headband.
Not being a wino, I didn’t have access to a large number of wine corks so I asked family members and friends if they would save their corks for me. And they did! A few months later, I had enough corks for my monogram, but the corks kept coming!
Using a cardboard template that I made, I laid out all of the corks for the monogram exactly where I wanted them to go, then I fired up the glue gun and started gluing the corks together in the pattern.
The moment leftover turkey and mashed potatoes find their way into the fridge after Thanksgiving, I shift into gear for Christmas and start decorating. The trees go up, the Advent wreath comes out, there’s garland about, snowmen, ribbon and a new wreath on the red door.
These decorations are out and lit during the whole holiday season, all the way until New Year’s Day when it’s time to move on from Christmas and hang a new calendar. Once all the festive Christmas decorations are packed away in the attic, the house kind of looks kind of sad. In order to avoid the 60 to 0 switch, not everything that goes up at the end of November is Christmas-centered.
Most often, my wreaths aren’t Christmas-specific, that way I can leave them up all winter. This year, I opted to make a pine cone wreath for the front door using the scented pine cones that were stashed after Christmas 2011.
Bonus: Our entry smells like cinnamon and vanilla!
Snowmen, snowflakes and inspirational words (joy, peace, hope, love) are also perfectly acceptable (to me) all winter, along with the metallic accents, so they stay long after the trees and stockings go away.
Sorry that I didn’t take any in-progress pictures, but if you want to make your own here’s how I made it: Continue reading →