Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Add Felt Flowers to a Store-Bought Tee-Shirt ~ Twirly Tuesday

Remember last week’s tutorial about adding ruffles to a store-bought tee-shirt? As the 12yo and the 8yo were planning this feminine frill, the 14yo hesitated. She’s not exactly a tomboy, but she isn’t frilly and flouncy like the others.

So when she said she just wanted to sew on some felt flowers, I jumped at the opportunity for her to practice her button-sewing skills. J She thought the flowers were enough to add a few pops of color to the otherwise plain shirt, and I was eager to encourage her creativity.



First, she tried on the shirt. We pinned a safety pin at the lowest point where we thought the buttons should go. {Ahem. J}

Then, once the buttons were chosen and carefully arranged on the shirt, we snapped a photo with the iPad. Next, we propped up the iPad so that the 14yo could see her arrangement and sew on the buttons in their pre-determined places. That way, the memory or guess work was eliminated.







What the 14yo wore ~

Denim skirt ~ Liz Clairborne skirt originally purchased by my mother and handed down from me J
Tee-shirt ~ Wal-Mart, girlified J
Tennis shoes ~ Kohl’s sale {for comfort walking through the ginormous state fairgrounds}









What do you think? Easy-peasy, huh? J You can do it!




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Friday, August 15, 2014

Why and How of The Bible Bee {a tag team post by mother and daughters}

It all started with an innocent comment by my husband in the midst of Sunday dinner.

"I heard something on the radio this week about the Bible Bee. Do you realize how quickly children can memorize? Those Scriptures would stay with them for the rest of their lives."

This prompted me to look up the Bible Bee online, and I quickly discovered that the deadline for registration was the very next day, June 30! We don't usually make such fast decisions, but when we saw the enthusiasm of our oldest girls {not to mention that the location of the national competition is in Orlando J}, we jumped at the opportunity.


In fact, this is one of the primary reasons we homeschool. My husband and I want the Bible to be an everyday part of our children's learning. When we saw that this wasn't just memorizing verses but also learning some Greek and Hebrew in addition to an in-depth study of a book of the Bible, we knew it would be a wonderful supplement to our homeschool as well as our family devotions.

From the 14yo ~

This year we're studying Jonah. The ten weeks of in-depth study included ~
  • Writing out the entire book of Jonah.
  • Memorizing 24 different passages from both the Old and New Testaments.
  • Studying Greek and Hebrew words.
  • Looking up cross-references.
  • Learning about the cities of Joppa, Tarshish, and Ninevah then and now.
  • Learning about the man, Jonah, and his story, and his desperate need for anger management. J

Part of the requirement for the initial test is to recite ten of the 24 passages. My sister and I will be attempting that in front of our church’s Wednesday night congregation. I'm a little nervous but I think it will be good practice if we make it to nationals and have to participate in an oral test. I'm also a little excited...well, the entire Bible Bee has been exciting.

I plan to participate again next year! J




From the 12yo~

So far, my preparations have been pretty exciting, although it's taken a lot of time to study. I hope I do well on the test, even if I don't make it to nationals. The study has been really detailed, but I like that because it helps me notice things that I wouldn't normally notice.

Some of the verses are also really good, like Proverbs 18:10. "The name of The Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe."



Meghan again ~

The local test is Saturday, August 23. Out of thousands of participants, the top 120 scorers in each of three age groups will go on to nationals. No matter how the girls score, we're grateful for all the study they've willingly taken on this summer. J

Prayers for test day are appreciated! J

Will you join the challenge next year?












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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Add feminine flair to a store-bought tee-shirt ~ Twirly Tuesday

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When you take six children out and about, it’s helpful when they all wear matching colors. Even when you have two, it’s still helpful. J

Since my children insist on growing J, we’ve had to buy more matching tee-shirts in the right sizes. But the girls wanted theirs to be a bit more...girly. So, after all that looking and longing and pinning, I finally decided to try my hand at adding ruffles.



When we bought the shirts, I bought one extra to use for the ruffle fabric. Across the aisle at Wal-Mart, in the notions aisle, we found felt buttons that were perfect.


I was making it up as I went along, so I wasn’t sure how it would end up. But the girls loved them and we had a lot of comments at the state fair last week. This is how I did it.

First, I had my girls try on their shirts to see where ruffles should go. I figured about armpit level.

Next, I cut off the hem of the extra tee-shirt I was going to be cutting up for ruffles. My ruffles were two inches wide and 1 ½ times the width of the shirt. I didn’t hem the ruffles, although in hindsight, I could have done a tight overedge stitch. I figured the knit won't unravel and that's sort of the look anyway. I was good with that because it's easier and faster for this busy mama.
J


I put in one gathering stitch ¼ inch from the top edge of each ruffle. I then pulled up the stitch to gather to fit the distance across the tee-shirt. Place the ruffles where you prefer and pin them on. I placed them so that the top ruffle comes down just enough to cover the stitching of the bottom ruffle.



I basted the ruffles on, and when I was satisfied with the gathering and the placement, I put in a regular stitch to secure them.

Don’t forget to make sure you stitch through ONLY the TOP of the tee-shirt. If you stitch through the entire tee-shirt, obviously, it's unwearable. I mention this only because I barely caught myself as I pinned the ruffles on. J


Finally, I had my 12yo sew on her own felt flowers while I sewed on the 8yo’s. {Life skills, anyone?} I placed them on top of the stitching of the top ruffle, just because I'm weird like that. J I’m uncomfortable trying to place things deliberately in a haphazard, abstract manner, concerned that they will look too uniform to be abstract but too haphazard to be uniform.







What the 12yo wore ~

Denim skirt ~ thrift store {Like this Denim Gored Skirt on Amazon.}
Tee-shirt ~ Wal-Mart, girlified J
Tennis shoes  for comfort walking through the ginormous state fairgrounds ~ Kohl’s sale {Did you know Amazon sells tennis shoes? I had no idea.}


What the 8yo wore ~

Denim skirt ~ made with one seam up the back from purchased pre-ruffled fabric
Tee-shirt ~ Wal-Mart, girlified J
Tennis shoes ~ hand-me-downs 


Lilla Rose flexi ~ dropped bun in size large Music Lover’s flexi


Ponytail with simple grosgrain ribbon









What do you think? Worth a try? J



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