Monday, February 20, 2012

Custom Cheerleader Outfits

I often have requests to make doll-sized replicas of girls' cheerleader outfits. If I have the time to work on them, I love the challenge! They are very time-consuming, but well worth it when the final product is a success.

I was recently asked to replicate this outfit for a group of little cheerleaders in Texas. The customer asked for 8 sets of them! She had been granted permission from the designer of the uniform to have these made, but we weren't allowed to duplicate the logo. The customer was going to add the "bling", as she put it, afterwards. At first glance, it didn't seem like there would be too much involved in reproducing this set. The design itself wasn't that difficult to create.  But once I got started with the sewing, I realized that I would need to change thread between the white and navy fabrics. And although this wasn't difficult, it did take a lot of extra time. But the results were definitely worth it:

These are some I've made that were more elaborate.  So cute--and fun to make! Hope you enjoy :)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Where Do The Days Go?

I have been gone from the blogs for the past couple of weeks. Where do the days go?  I suddenly had several things going on at the same time, which left no time to write. For now, at least, it seems things are caught up.  Let me give you an update on what's been happening in my world.

On Sunday, February 5th, I lost my last living grandmother. Genevieve Estep was the mother of my stepfather.  I say that just to put into context how we were related; I don't consider my "step" relatives any different than the other ones. She was my grandmother, and was a wonderful Christian woman. She lived several hundred miles away, so I wasn't able to attend any of her services. But I enjoyed the many hours I spent that week remembering her, and the joy she brought to my life.

While I'm on the subject of saying goodbye, on February 7th, I parted ways with my HTC Hero, and made the upgrade to the iPhone 4S! I was afraid that I would mourn the loss of my Hero; it was my constant companion for almost 2 years. But I do love the iPhone, especially the FaceTime.  It's awesome to visit with my Dad face-to-face, even though we're 600 miles apart.

I had a couple of big orders in my Etsy shop over the past couple of weeks too. This was probably the biggest drain on my time recently. One was a request for custom cheerleader outfits, which I love to do when I have the time. I was very proud of the way they turned out, and I will post about it in more detail in the days to come.

I will also share soon my first run at making homemade laundry detergent. The idea came from Pinterest, and it was so easy.  I tried some ideas for Valentine's Day that also came from Pinterest and other blogs. I found these Valentine's Pretzels at Mrs. Fox's Sweets. 

The card reads "Thanks for 'Stick'ing by my side"--so cute! I found these printable cards at Six Sister's Stuff (one of my favorite blogs!).  I used several of their ideas for Valentine's treats for my crew. One read "I'm 'nuts' about you", which I put on a bag of roasted, in the shell peanuts that my husband loves. The "Life would be un'bear'able without you" card went on a package of gummy bears. And finally, I put a card reading "You have o'fish'ally stolen my heart" on a bag of goldfish crackers.

We finished off this past week by celebrating Kirby's 3rd birthday. He was too excited about it, and I will certainly be posting soon about all the fun he had.

Hopefully, this has me up-to-date.  I've spent the weekend cleaning and washing, and getting things back to normal.  That way I'll have plenty of time to get back to what I love next week--sewing and writing!  Until then...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Call from the Teacher

So I get a call yesterday morning from Corey's band director. It seems my 13-year-old angel has been a bit on the disruptive side lately (who would have imagined that). She filled me in on at least 3 different occasions where he had to be sent into the hall for talking and making noises that were interrupting the class. Once, she even had to take him to the office for a visit with the counselor. During this visit, Corey evidently expressed his desire not to be in band anymore. She even described a couple of instances where he had shown disrespect to her (oh no, not MY teenager!). I apologized to her for his behavior, explained that we don't tolerate that, and promised to discuss it with him. Then, I waited on the edge of my seat for him to get home from school.
We really don't tolerate disrespect. It seems that so many teenagers these days don't have respect for anything or anyone, and it infuriates me. And to hear that my son was acting that way...well, it sure doesn't make me happy. I have been suspecting that his interest in band was waning, and planned to discuss it with him at the end of the school year. But when the instructor calls, plans get changed.
So he makes it home, and I call him out to the back patio. The beginning of our conversation went something like this:

Mom: So, you want to tell me what's up?
Son: With what?
Mom: In band. What's going on with you?
Son: Umm...I had to go out in the hall because I accidently made some noises.
Mom: Accidently? How do you accidently make noises?
Son: (I honestly don't remember what he said here. I was trying to get over the accidently making noises thing.)

I explained to my 13 year old angel the importance of sitting still and paying attention so as not to make any "accidental" noises. Then we got into the discussion of being disrespectful:

Mom: Did she get on to you for talking with the other trombone players?
Son: Hope was asking me a question about one of the signs and I was telling her what it meant.
Mom: And did she ask you if you were finished with your conversation?
Son: Yeah
Mom: And what did you say?
Son: I told her no.
Mom: Was that the right way to answer her?
Son: I was still talking to Hope!

So I explained to my 13 year old angel that the correct way to address his instructor was to say "Yes, ma'am", then shut your mouth. And the conversation continued with me asking him about his future in band:

Mom: Are you ready to get out of band?
Son: I don't know.
Mom: It's ok if you are. I know sports is your thing, and if you don't want to be in band next year, that's fine. Do you want to get out?
Son: (Pause)...yeah, I guess.
Mom: I'm not trying to pressure you to quit. You're not getting out right now in the middle of the year, so you don't have to decide right now. But you think you don't want to do it next year?
Son: I don't know...

Oh, I'm so confused!

I finished the conversation by laying down the law. I made him surrender his iPod and phone, telling him I would check back with the band director at the end of the week and see if his behavior had improved before giving them back. Oh, but he had a better suggestion. He said, "It makes more sense to call her at the end of the week, then take it away if I don't do better."  I'm so weak! I agreed to do that, then made him write "I will show respect to my teachers every day" on the front and back of 2 sheets of college-ruled paper. (Do teachers still make kids do that?)

Why do I feel like this scene will repeat itself over and over again for the next few years?