What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Mending Pile




The grass is officially green.  And though the night temperatures still get below freezing, I know that spring is now officially upon us.  I am very much aware that the supposedly 'slow' season of winter, the one in which I have a bit more time to do little creative bits I don't have time for in other seasons, is fading and we are fast approaching 'busy season' with its' frolicking and gardening and swimming and berry picking and canning and weeding.

 I don't feel like I ever actually enjoyed any of the slowness that is supposed to accompany winter.  Where did it go?  Was it because of a certain baby girl?  Was it because the winter was so mild that I never felt huddled up and hibernating?

So in these last slow days of spring, I have been trying to eek out little moments to do some of the winter things I enjoy doing.  Mostly sewing....



I had a whim to make a dress for Ineke like this one to match her cousin.  Of course, because it was a whim, I didn't bother to look at the instructions/print the pattern and it turned out to be a shirt, not a dress and with armholes that were too tight.  FAIL.  She wore it once.  (But looked pretty darn cute doing it!)



Then, Matt's work jeans got another tear and needed mending.  They are his Frankenjeans because, even though he has other pants he could replace them with, he just won't give the darn things up.  It's bad.



Since I was mending...

I started mending other things that have been waiting for too long to be repaired...


... including undies. 


 Not to be too personal here but... have you ever thought about repairing undies instead of tossing them?  When I stretched out the elastic on all mine at 9 months pregnant, I thought I would have to toss them and start fresh.  Then I looked at just how expensive underwear is.  WHAT?!!  Yeah.  No.

I replaced the well stretched (and holey)  lace with elastic for pennies on the dollar.   Probably everyone has thought of this before and I am the last one to arrive at the party- this was one of those 'duh' moments for me and I am glad I finally had it.



At the bottom of the mending drawer I found a quilt that I started oh.....when I was pregnant with Adele.  ADELE the seven year old.  Yeah.  It was done entirely except for the binding.  Binding a baby quilt apparently takes 7 years.



I do love the fabric though...even if seven years later some of the colors have run.

I made a simple drawstring bag to store fort-building supplies that have been shoved inside a nasty old cardboard box.  Yes, I know that drawstring bags take only minutes and aren't that serious of sewing projects...



...but those few minutes were hard to etch out so it totally counts as something to be proud of.  Besides, I had been wanting to do that for over a month.  So I feel very accomplished with that little drawstring bag.


I also discovered a skirt that I have been saving (for, ahem, years).  It was one of those wildly inappropriate mini-super-short PINK skirts that  look more for a sleazy cheerleader than an adult.  It was given to us.  I thought about trying to sell it on consignment to the local sleazy teenager store and then thought something like "I like the fabric.  Maybe I could do something with it?  And besides, wouldn't I be perpetuating the sleaze by offering it for sale to the cesspool of scantily-clad self-depreciating teen girls out there?"  (or something of that nature.)

this is it, inside out.
So instead of doing that, I decided to redeem the fabric into a wholesome and sweet little Ineke ensemble.



See?  Wholesome.


Sweet. 





15 comments:

Stefanie said...

I love the creative journey the mending took you on. And getting all that done with a baby, wow.

beth said...

"binding a baby quilt apparently takes seven years" - laughed so hard at that!
these photos? PRECIOUS.
happiest days to you and yours ~
b

Hollace said...

Love your projects and your photos and your thought processes! And oh, that sweet baby girl in her fully redeemed attire!

Terri said...

Ineke is absolutely adorable and I love how you "redeemed" that skirt! Beautiful.

Christina Gomez said...

Love all the projects! Again,such talent. I love the quilt, and the redeemed mini skirt. How precious is that baby girl?!

Christina Gomez said...

Love all the projects! Again,such talent. I love the quilt, and the redeemed mini skirt. How precious is that baby girl?!

Theresa F said...

Love the dress. Sadly, I think many girls don't intend to be sleezy, they genuinely think they look nice, many having never had wholesome examples to follow.

Rhonda said...

Love the sweet baby in the redeemed sleaze skirt :)

Good job making progress on your pile. I'm pretty sure with your busy family, you will always have things that need stitched up

Linda said...

Great post and beautiful photos.

Full of Grace said...

Those photos of Ineke in her beautiful new dress/headband are just perfection <3

theycallmemommy withapileofbooks said...

I ADORE that quilt! :) The vintage western scene! LOVELY! I chuckled because I know the 7 year binding issue also... I have a quilt for my oldest that I started awhile ago too! The dress out of the skirt! So cute! And ahem...for some of us, a drawstring bag, is pretty difficult. LOL! ;)

SimpleFarmMama said...

I know you felt so accomplished after tackling the mending pile. Super ingenious on the miniskirt into a darling dress for Ineke. The first two pics of your girls-- they are both just gorgeous! I know Corynn is such a great help to you! Darling baby.

Haha at the jeans! Tell him your readers can take up a donation to buy him a pair if we need to! ;-) funny men and their fav clothes!

Would love to hear a cow update (penny? Sorry I forget if that's the right name).

Anonymous said...

#newjeansformattie

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are very gifted. That outfit you made for your little girl is sure adorable!!!

Abigail said...

That dress is perfect! Well done.
It's a perpetual task, which makes the few days when you can honestly say, "It's DONE!" so much sweeter. :)

#newbeansformattie

(Hey, a guy's gotta eat,too.)