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Re-using Handmade Birthday Decorations [happy birthday, E!]

When my oldest turned three, I went on a little birthday decoration making spree.

I made him a crown.

I appliqued T-shirts with threes on them.

I even made a no-sew birthday banner.

In the past two years, there have been many birthdays, but I have yet to make anything new to add to the collection.

But lucky for me, this little lovey turns three today! And we get to re-use all of the wonderful birthday decor that I created two years ago. [we do use the banner all the time... it's very well-loved by now]

So happy birthday to my Eli! Three years of hugs, laughs, and trains. And just enough nutty to keep mama on her toes. ;) Wouldn’t change it for anything.

Owls and Stars

Are we sick of owls yet? Is that trend over?

Well, either way, I still like them. And since I have a tendency to scoop up plain T-shirts when they’re on clearance, I had a white tee that was in need of a little … something.

So, a little felt owl appliqué, a few freezer paper stenciled stars, and boring T-shirt no longer.

These freezer paper stencils were made using a star hole punch, which is quite possibly the easiest way to make a stencil for fabric paint.

And points if you can spot the avocado on his shirt. Because everyone lets their babies eat avocado right before photographing them, right?

30.

Today I am 30.

I don’t mind getting older.  In fact, I like it.  Ask me again when I turn 40, I might have a different answer, but today I’m good with it.

As a birthday present to myself, I made a pillow.

Made from a felted wool sweater that was so thick I thought my sewing machine would spit at me in protest.

Perfectly cozy.

Linking up with these parties.

You Are My Sunshine

Awhile back, I was totally and completely shocked to wake up to an email telling me I had won a Silhouette SD from the Tatertots and Jello blog!

These machines are amazing.  They are cutting machines that cut… well, everything.  I finally had the chance to give it a try.  And I just might be in love.

My little sunshine, in his new upcycled tee. [This is my favorite face that he makes, trying to hold back his smile. He could get anything from me with this face.]

I made the T-Shirt from my own pattern, upcycled from an old tee of mine.

Cutting out the words with the Silhouette was amazingly easy and fast. It looks so awesome – I am totally and completely hooked. The sun was just a simple machine-stitched applique (not cut with the Silhouette – and upcycled from another old T-shirt, of course!)

And he lets out the full smile, to completely melt my heart.

I’m linking up with these parties!

Quick Upcycled Tee

Oh, spring.  I have been waiting and waiting for you.  Thank you for finally showing up in the midwest.  It seems my 16-month-old is at a serious loss for short-sleeved T-shirts, though.  This seems silly to me, since he has an older brother.  Maybe I should check that growing pile of laundry in the basement??

But let’s be honest, who wants to do laundry when you can make a T-shirt in half the time? [I'm raising my hand, because that's me!]

This tee was entirely upcycled, and took me less than an hour, [thank you, napping children!] including cutting apart the men’s T-shirt, cutting out all the pieces, serging it together, and the super simple applique.

Have I mentioned how much I love my serger?  I have?  Well, I just might have to mention it again.  I l.o.v.e. my serger.

If only my little man had been in the photo-taking mood to model it.

Check out the parties I’m linking up with here

An Upcycled Christmas

So, if you read my blog pretty much ever, you’ll notice I’m a big upcycler.  As evidenced here or here or here or here or here or here…. just to point out a few.  Because there are more!

There are a lot of reasons I upcycle… I love that I can re-purpose something that would have otherwise been thrown out or unused.  But mostly, I am cheap thrifty.  I love to buy clothes at a thrift store, then turn them into something else.  Because let’s face it, that is way cheaper than buying fabric.

So that was my goal this Christmas… to upcycle as much as possible, preferably with things I already had on hand.

This is a gift for one of my nephews.  He’s a super handsome kid, so he’ll be a heart breaker for sure. ;)

The pants are simple elastic waistband pants, made from a medium-weight sweatshirt.  They have stretch, which is good when you’re a super active two-year-old.  I didn’t make the shirt itself, but I had purchased it awhile back intending to make something for my oldest.

The applique is cut from the same shirt (and I still have the sleeves leftover to make pants for my littlest).  I did a spray fabric adhesive, then machine stitched them on.

I don’t know about you, but I have been sewing non-stop for the past couple of weeks.  I’ve been thinking of naming my machines, we’ve been spending so much time together.  Sid the Serger?  Sonya the Singer?  I’ll post some more upcycled gifts soon.  Some of them will have to wait until after Christmas, though… don’t want to give away any surprises!