While You Were Out

Dear Kyle,

I’m glad you had fun in Austin. I also had fun while you were gone. Here are a few things I did.

I made mashed potatoes for a fun party.

I know you don’t like to go places when we take food because you’re afraid people will find out what we brought and won’t want to be our friends. This time I got raving reviews, but the aftermath still remains. I’m not proud of the mess, but I’m not hungry either.

I watched the Oklahoma State football game. At least until I knew we would win for sure. This picture is actually of another game because I forgot to document ours. So I technically watched two different games. Like a real football fan or something.

I started sewing a new pattern, but I ran out of fabric six inches too early.

This caused me to lay my head on the floor gently while I reevaluated the project, and briefly, life. This led to ice cream and a night drive which I love and you don’t.

I tried on a lot of outfits that I didn’t hang back in the closet and I didn’t make the bed all weekend.

I also danced a lot to eighties music I thought I hated and teased my hair. More than normal.

Love you. But you already knew that. Come home.

-Me

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Wardrobe Change

I’m writing this really late on Thursday night/ early Friday morning after Kyle’s first double header of the fall softball season. It’s the first season without the Hairy Alligators, and we definitely missed our friends back home. But the new team is really fun and now he’s a Decepticon. I don’t really know what that is, but then again, what’s a Hairy Alligator?

Here are a few of our thrift store purchases. We’ve decided that we’ve spent about $30 on clothes since we’ve been married, and this is only about half of what we’ve bought. Enjoy.

I’ll start off with a big fat fail. One of my first projects was to make a shirt out of one of Kyle’s dress shirts. (Note to readers: be sure and ask permission before you cut and paste. Your husband might not think his favorite dress shirt would look ab fab as your new skirt. Just a suggestion.) However, that shirt is now unrecognizable and is in pieces in the fabric scrap pile. Next time I’ll turn it into this:

Here are a few things we’ve repurposed:

From one of Kyle’s old T-shirts:

A before and after of an elderly woman’s blouse (I can only assume):

A GIANT dress I found. I’m pretty sure it provided me with 4.5 yards of fabric.

It will either become a skirt like this or a covering for the lampshade below. Possibly both. See 4.5 yards.

Also I have a stash of things I’ve left the same. A yellow tank, a linen and silk sundress, some fun jewelry and scarves. Here are some of Kyle’s. Because they’re pretty great they way they came.

We’ll try to keep you updated as our year goes on. Just know that it’s been challenging but really fun. Our clothes are becoming less about labels and more about the story behind them. Some of those stories are made up (by us) and some clothes tell the stories themselves. Regardless, our hearts are changing a little at a time. From a question of want versus need, from fashion-forward to creative-forward. And our wardrobes are changing with them.

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One Million Pillowcases

So we’ve all heard of Etsy. But you may not have heard about this: The One Million Pillowcase Challenge.

Want to be crafty and make new friends in the name of charity? Here’s the goal: Sew and donate one million pillowcases to local charities while having fun and meeting new people. I’m meeting up with a group in Dallas tonight and there are groups already meeting all over the world. Check out the current list of groups at Meetup.com, or start your own. Etsy has tons of ideas for throwing parties and lots of free patterns. So gather up those old fabric scraps and make them into something wonderful!

Don’t know how to sew? Invite someone who does and you can cut the patterns. You can even make some yourself and give them to the group to donate with all the others.┬áBut come on, who doesn’t want to make new craft friends?

I’m in love with the idea of craft parties and I’m pretty sure I’ll want to throw my own after tonight. Stay tuned and happy sewing!

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