I love homeschooling my girls. Everything about it. I love being with them all day. Getting to spend all of their too short childhood with them. Seeing them learn and their little brains grow. I love being home with them on cold winter days, drinking hot chocolate during arithmetic, baking cookies after phonics, and seeing them snuggle a puppy or kitty during reading time.
And we love our art time. Yesterday I was folding some laundry and noticing how the girls are in need of new shirts. As I was folding up some too tight shirts to add to the garage sale/donating pile the girls were a bit sad, "Oh but I looooove that shirt." So I got an idea. Let's make t-shirt pillows. And let's make them as quick and easy as possible. We love how they turned out and would like to share these fun art projects.
We made little sis's pillow first. I stitched around the shirt, leaving an opening at the bottom for stuffing. We cut around the edges with pinking shears and little sis stuffed away. Then I shoved the thing awkwardly under my presser foot and stitched the opening closed. Voila! It was so easy and the girls love their new pillows.
Here's big sis's shirt before we started.
Too small boo hoo.
Stitching around the shirt, as straight as we can. But if it's not perfectly straight, I think that adds to the charm.
Now, this part is very important. While you are stitching around the shirt, your daughter will surely make a poly-fil beard and distract you. While you are laughing you will forget to leave an opening for the stuffing. So be sure you have a seam ripper handy. Which I didn't and spent 15 minutes looking for. Onward.
Now we cut around the stitching leaving about 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Stuff stuff stuff. By the way. I love poly-fil for the stuffing. While we were at the Walmarts the other day I decided to pick up a bag or two. And of course they just had to be out of poly-fil bags. It would have been weird if they hadn't. They had some other crappy stuffing that I've used before and didn't like so I was out of luck. But wait, they had a 10lb box of my beloved poly-fil. And it was $20.00. So the gigantic box went into our cart. I assumed they put a bunch of the little bags into the box. But oh no, I was very wrong. When I opened the box there was one BIG bag of stuffing. And when I opened the bag, it grew.....and grew...and grew....
Ya.....Where in tarnation am I supposed to keep this thing? And how much more will it grow if I completely remove the bag from the box? And more importantly....
Who doesn't love Santa eyebrows? Where were we... Oh, we were stuffing. And when stuffed we sew up the opening.
These were fun and we love how they turned out. We plan on making lots more for the girls' rooms.
By the way. Someone had a 34th birthday last week. And someone has the most wonderful friends who make her presents. Someone crys when she opens a gift that she knows her friend lovingly made just for her. Her are a couple of my lovely gifts.
M.T. made this retro hand for me. Oh my I love this thing. She has pottery molds and a kiln and all the good clays and glazes that go along with it. Isn't this just delicate and gorgeous?
She also made me this hand knotted pearl bracelet. Which apparently means she tied all of these little knots....When did this start M.T.?! I swear, you move 3,000 miles away and your friends start doing all kinds of crazy new things. In this case, 'crazy' means hand knotting pearl bracelets.
I think my rings look prettier on these pretty green fingers than they do on my own.
Sabine also sent me amazing gifts. Look at this beauty that she stitched.
A gorgeous sampler all in blue. I have always wanted a cross stitched sampler. And this one is so wonderful. I am thinking about what to do with it. Frame it, make it into a cushion? Not sure yet, but I love looking at it.
Wow. My friends are much kinder to me than I deserve. I can't wait to share more of what they sent to me. Not only do they bless me with their friendship, but they have spent their precious time making something from the heart, just for me. My birthday was so wonderful. My girls and I went for a special lunch right on the bay. After lunch we went and perused a huge antique store where I found some great Pyrex bowls, then it was on to the yarn store where we bought some beautiful wool. When my husband came home from work they all parked me on the couch and made me a special dinner. While I was on the couch it was so good to hear my loves in the kitchen laughing and wrapping gifts, while my husband brought me a glass of wine. They really made my day special.
My heart is full. x