I really, really, really like to shop.
There. I said it. Whew.
The problem is this....I have some very good reasons for NOT shopping....
And Boy Bean.
(String Bean and Jumping Bean were all dressed up as Middle-Easterners for Missions night at AWANA....I felt left out....so I had to get in a picture. Boy Bean pretty much has the most adorable feet ever...and I wanted a picture of them. So there.)
While they are great reasons for purchasing things...they kinda suck the fun out of browsing. Shopping is a mission - I prep: Snacks, bathroom, drinks, diapers, feed Boy Bean, time it post-nap; I list - must know exactly what I'm looking for....and then stay on target; I get the item....and then get out. Hopefully all of this occurs without a melt-down.
Because I like to browse. And meander. And let the clothing/decor/item speak to me.
In an effort to hinder my shopping desire - I've decided to try and re-work my girl bean's clothes....and even give mine an up-cycle shot.
You know - make something feel new...even though it isn't. If I am successful - that will mean my Jumping Bean and Bitty Bean (especially) will enjoy the hand-me-downs they are almost 100% clothed in. Because it will be customized for them.
If I'm not successful....you will get a funny blog.
Sounds like a win-win to me!
My first attempt at up-cycling was with a pair of String Bean's pants. She has a serious vendetta against the right knee of her pants.
Currently she has 6 pairs of pants/leggings that fit her....
4 have a hole in the right knee.
So, I took this hand-me-down dress-up dress...
(chosen primarily because it was corduroy)
and patched the knee. (Please do not closely inspect the hand-sewing. It is HORRIBLE.)
Thankfully, my 5 year old style maven didn't seem to mind the uneven stitching with two different color threads. Oops.
I have since been made aware of some products that will help the "repair the pants project"....so the future repairs should look much better!
One can hope. ;)