Sunday, November 16, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose

My daughter has to wear a knee length skirt to chapel every Monday, and if she wears a skirt to school it has to be at least knee length. This is a good thing, but a pain to find. Last week she tried to wear her denim skirt, but realized it was far too short for the dress code. So, after looking for days, I bought a $5.00 pair of jeans at Ross and ripped out the seams and made my own.

It worked so well that I took a pair of white corduroy high water pants of H's and made another. It took about 30 minutes...each skirt and was really easy. Start by ripping out (picking out the threads, NOT tearing or cutting material) the seam that runs along the inside of each thigh (don't rip out the seams on the parts of the leg you are cutting off, just cut the leg off at about where you want the hem + a few inches to save time). Next rip out the seam in front up to the zipper and in the back up to the base of the pockets. Keep the natural fold of the material, it is like having all your sewing prepped and ready to sew! The worst part is picking out and off threads, it makes a mess.

Then just play around with how you are going to lay the front and back so they are flat. I used the base of the leg (the part I cut off) for the gore (the V in the front and back). Pin it together and put some thread that matches the other stitching in the machine and go for it! My sister suggested a cute floral corduroy or something funky, but H wanted plain because she is wearing striped knee socks with it.

If you need further directions/help let me know!

Friday, November 14, 2008


I know...I know. I am a slacker and blogging has not been a priority lately. I promise I will try and make an effort.

Here is Bubba and his tooth loss this week. Including the two that got popped out of his mouth by his peer's hand playing football this week, he has lost a total of 5 teeth. He is slow at loosing teeth, which I guess is a good thing. Stronger teeth? This boy and his mouth. Oi Vey.

It is a cool and rainy day here. So I am making homemade tomato soup ala Angry Chicken. Recipe here. Also Chicken and Wild Rice Soup ala PAIIR's cookbook. Sorry no link. If you aren't cool enough to own a PAIIR cookbook, then call Jennifer, she may still have some in her basement??? Who knows. Anywho...soup's on...and already bought my roasted garlic Artisan loaf...maybe serving with a Gorgonzola Walnut Salad...who knows? I am in a mood. I need a change of pace from the hum drum food we've been eating all week.

Friday, November 7, 2008


It is me, the long lost friend and sister. I have been busy keeping the house immaculate (for no one to view no less) and haven't been in the blogging world in a while.

Today I substituted again. This time it was for the Computer Lab teacher. On Friday she teaches computer to 8th graders, 6th graders, 5th graders and Kindergarten. It was a very boring day. All the classes had free play or easy programs so I basically baby sat all day, but hey, I got paid to do so.

My only highlight was making a first grader cry hysterically. I had heard her say diarrhea to a boy sitting next to her twice and asked her not to use potty talk to tease or get a rise out of the boy sitting next to her. She looked at me disrespectfully and smirked. A few minutes later she did the same thing using pee and poop teasing the boy next to her that he "peed and pooped his pants." I looked at the teacher and told her that the little girl was using potty talk and the teacher sent her to sit in a chair off to the side, the class happened to be in the computer lab using the computers for their Accelerated Reading quizzes. The little girl started to cry so hysterically that she was sent to the office to the principal.

My work was done. I felt vindicated.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Chloe Stole The Show

It's pretty bad when the dog steals the show on Halloween night. And it is also pretty bad when you are scrambling to make costumes for your children at 5:30 p.m. Halloween night, and your dog has had her costume for weeks.

Bubba was a Red LEGO with a little help from a moving box, solo cups and a can of red spray paint. Hannah was Sacagewea with a little help from the fabric stash, my brown belt and some make-up. And Chloe stole the show as Pooch-a-Hontas, complete with tomahawk and wig.

Don't get me wrong, I am NOT the "buy a costume for the dog" type. Nor do I baby my dog or carry her around in a bag or basket. She is a dog. A pet. Hannah bought her the costume at Petco for $5.00.