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What to do when you’re so far behind you’ll never catch up? Work ahead, of course. This shirt was given to us by someone Charlie works with. It has a tag on the back with Eric Carle‘s signature on it. How cool is that? The fabric for the skirt came from a friend. The dress can’t be worn for several months – til the weather cools down. But it’s done and can now be hung in the closet instead of spread, in parts, across the sofa.

Or they ought to be.A friend at church is cleaning out her fabric stash.She brought two computer paper boxes ans two large trash bags full of it to church Sunday. She let three of us women who sew to go through it. I was the last. I came home with all this.

In my defense, I plan to offer a few pieces to one of the other women. And I plan to try ebay for a few pieces.

She says she has more to go through.

I’m not quite sure what to think about this. It’s fascinating, anyway.

Iranian Fashion Show

Hat Tip: The Manolo

The Wardrobe Refashion Pledge

I Sarah,

Pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 4 months.

I Pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recylcle pre-loved items for myself for the term of my contract.

I Pledge that I shall create and craft items of clothing for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract.

I Pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoated, recylcled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings!

I know several people online who regularly shop WalMart’s dollar and two dollar fabric tables. They talk about all their great finds. But every time I’ve checked those cheap fabric tables, all I see is junk. Really.

Til today! I dunno what it was. Maybe I finally got there early enough on the day they restocked. Maybe the stars aligned. Maybe it was just this dog’s day. Whatever, I found lots of stuff. All of it is wrinkle-free knit with good recovery.

The bright stripes on top are intended for fall/winter dresses for little girls. Same for the pastel stripes. The beige might be used with the pastel stripes or it might be used alone. The red on bottom is mine. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it, but isn’t it lovely?

Tuesday is “Kitchen Day”. Today I scrubbed the kitchen and laundry room floor. Hannah helped by drying it with a towel. I don’t think the floor needs to be towel dried, but there is no way to keep Josiah off the newly-scrubbed floor, so drying it immediately reduces the risk of injury significantly.

I also washed the inside of the kitchen window. We can get the outside of it whenever we get to it.

Charlie mowed the grass today. It needed to be mowed desperately. And he sanded and primed part of the kitchen. We’ve had some of the supplies to repaint for a while. I finally decided recently that it simply wasn’t getting done by our trying to find a day to dedicate to the task. So I planned to work on it as I could – painting no more than one cabinet door if that’s all I could do at any given time.  Sometime last week I primed one double-door cabinet. Charlie got a good bit more primed today. Just priming makes the room feel better because the walls and cabinets were so dark. I’m looking forward to getting it done.

My night with the teeth guard was interrupted too many times by children for me to be able to say how helpful the guard was. My dentist fitted it some more so it isn’t quite as big and doesn’t make me want to gag. That’s a good thing! I will see her in a week to check it again.

I got the baby gift done. I actually bought the onesie on the way home from the dentist this morning. I made the pants to match the applique. I used fusible web on the striped jersey to make the appliques. It didn’t stick too well – just enough to keep the letters in place while I stitched the edges. That’s actually nice because it keeps the letters from being stiff. They stretch with the shirt. Note to self: Turn tension down to about 0.5 when using invisible thread in the needle on soft knits.

Hannah and Ruth colored pictures for the new mama and baby. I told Hannah the baby’s name was Andrew James and they would call him A.J. A few minutes later she said to Ruth, “His name is Simon Peter, but they’re calling him A.J.”

I also made Hannah a pair of bloomers to go under her circle skirt. She started to wear the skirt Wednesday evening but needed something under it. So now she has bloomers.

I read somewhere recently about human castle building. Look up “castell building” and you’ll see some interesting things. I was looking today and came across this photo.  Someone tell me this is only possible in Photo Shop.

Charlie will be leading songs tomorrow morning. I’ll have all four children to myself in a church bench. Wanna join the fun?

Today I saw the dentist, who fitted my new teeth guards for night-time wear. I’m supposed to wear them tonight and see her again tomorrow in case something changes. Not sure exactly what could change, but that’s her specialty, not mine. The guard is supposed to help me sleep better. Maybe I’ll wake truly refreshed tomorrow.

The girls and I cleaned their room today. They decided what to keep out, what to pack away, and what to give away/throw away. I held up each item and asked, “What do you want to do with this?” They would answer, “Keep it out,” “Pack it away,” or “Give it away.” It’s taken all day, partly because I had to take lots of baby breaks. We still have to go through all the puzzles and books.

We came up with this method because of a disagreement. My inclination is to get rid of stuff I think they don’t need and won’t miss. Charlie does not like that at all. He wants the girls involved and he doesn’t want them to distrust me because I’ve been throwing their stuff away. Ultimately, this is what evolved. It’s arduous, but it has definite advantages.

I’ve been surprised at what they’ve chosen to pack away and give away. Without any prompting from me they’ve packed away more stuffed animals than they’ve kept out. They also packed away some dolls I thought they’d take to college. They packed away several larger items, like the doll house and barn, with accompanying figures and furniture. They chose to give away the toy sewing machine and the play kitchen. I did not encourage either of those choices, but didn’t discourage them either, once they’d been made.

I do hope this helps them keep their room cleaner. I need to do this in the rest of the house, too. Except I need to prohibit myself from packing things away to be dealt with later. Will it help me keep the rest of the house cleaner? I bet so!