Monday, April 19, 2010

My Crafty Weekend - Earth Week Edition

Good morning everybody! It is 6:21am and I am well on my way to starting my day. Thanks to Wednesday my littler early riser (We have neither owned nor used an alarm clock since the day she was born!) So I am tackling My Crafty Weekend early. I also have to announce the winner of the Let's Go Outside draw! How exciting is that? Let me just go freshen my coffee and we'll do that.

Ok,drum roll please! And the winner is...number three...Wendy Lou who said "Those books look great! I'd love to win but if I don't ... library here I come!" Wendy I'll be contacting you later today to get your particulars. Thanks EVERYONE who participated, I will definitely be doing this again!

skirt collage

This is what I spent half of my weekend doing. I went back and forth to it all weekend. It turned out gorgeous! But the top was a little big. In trying ot give her lots of room to get into it, I made it too wide. I also made it too long, you can barely see the dark blue of the denim skirt when she wears the ensemble. So I'll fix that up during nap time today and hopefully have it on her to model for photos this week! I tried to take enough photos of the process for a tutorial, but since I like to over complicate things, I might just make another one using what I learned from this one. :)

The other half of my weekend was spent cleaning up garbage and so, tomorrow, my tutorial will be about how to participate in your neighborhood trash bash! We cleaned up two parks this weekend and it was such a great experience. I'll show you how to make your own garbage stabber, dress properly and even involve your kids! So come back for that tomorrow!

Since earth Day is on Thursday, I though I would focus on environmentally friendly crafts and activities this week. My Crafty Weekend being no exception. Last week Suzanne from The Mother Huddle linked up to a post she did about fusing plastic bags and sewing them to create a much stronger, longer lasting shopping bag. This post was great for two reasons, one the obviously great re-using project and second, Suzanne is a beginner sewer who found the task easy enough. So It should encourage the novice sewers out there to try it out!

For this week's edition of My Crafty Weekend, I was wondering if you would be happy to link up ALL of you best ECO crafts?! Recycled, reused, re-purposed, remade, the whole shoot and shebang! Nearly all my crafts are recycled or re-purposed to some extent if not entirely, but I will link up just two. Homemade super soft wipes (for both bums and noses) and vegetarian lasagna. Thanks for participating, and as always here are buttons for you to add if you like!



Unknown said...

The top is perfectly adorable. What did you use to make it?

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Love that outfit!!! Thank you for today's post... I need some Earth Day ideas for the kids and the home. I linked up a couple that I hope will inspire people. I'm definitely going to try the fused grocery bag!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for link and mention on your blog check back at the mother huddle today for re-purpose idea. Love the little top cut, cute.

Donna said...

Hi Melissa! I love the gorgeous little dress. You have been busy! That looks like so much more fun than re-covering couch cushion covers. I posted a little peek at my 'fun' sewing project this week. Sigh...There are so many cuter things to do. Actually, my project is a eco friendly one too, now that I think of it. I'm using the old cushion covers as patterns to make the new ones. But your dress is so much nicer! Wednesday will look so cute in it!

Looking forward to seeing her modeling this beauty!

Unknown said...

that outfit is adorable! i love the yellow/eyelet lace combo. great work!

Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} said...

Your little outfit for Wednesday turned out super cute :) I love fusing plastic together for bags to!! It's such a great way to create newer and super strong bags out of those rotten old shopping bags *grin*. Looking forward to seeing what you created :)

Wendy said...

Thank you! I can't wait to get my little surprise in the mail :) I am currently planning to repurpose some old bedsheets into bags for recycling. Not too terribly exciting, but hey what can I say! A couple weeks ago I made a "Treasure" bag from Amanda Soule's "Handmade Home". I think you are the one who introduced me to that book. Love it!

Sally said...

Oh the ensemble is so delightful. I just can't get enough of that yummy sunny yellow.