As promised, here are three more projects that I completed for the fundraiser’s silent auction. I don’t know what people wound up paying for them because I wasn’t paying attention to the auction sheets at the end, but I doubt any of them went for less than it cost to make. In the end, I had three jackets and a baby dress. (See previous post for jacket #1, which turned out to be my favorite.) As usual, you can click on any image to enlarge it.
Floral Patch Jacket:
The graphic was originally off-white with a navy blue outline of the flowers, but I colored it in with fabric markers. The colors were pretty saturated at first, but I ran it through the wash to get this cool watercolor effect before the ink fully set. Yeah, I totally did that on purpose. Can’t you tell? Trust me — it looks way better now.
I found the t-shirt I used for the patch at one of our local Goodwill stores. There were about a dozen of the same shirt, and all of them had the same manufacturing defect: patchy lettering. The letters were originally a thick, sparkly turquoise. I embroidered over them with a satin stitch, and they look better than the original would have, I think. I also embroidered a large snowflake at the top of each sleeve. I’d purchased some snowflake iron-on patches from Hobby Lobby, but I decided that they didn’t really work after all. I think this jacket turned out great. There were a couple of moms in a bidding war over it — don’t know how heated. I heard the winner’s little girl wore it almost the entire next day. That made me happy.
I found this dress at Hobby Lobby. On the front, I embroidered a pixie dust border graphic I found on the internet. On the back, I used the same colors to embroider wings. The outline of the wings and the stars from the pixie dust are in glow-in-the-dark thread. This dress was the most time consuming of all the projects, but it turned out pretty great. I used the top of a onesie to line the dress so the threads wouldn’t irritate the wearer’s skin. Sorry I didn’t get any pics of this one in the dark.
So those are my most recent, completed projects. Now I’m back to working on BratzBasher’s kimono. I’m using Simplicity 4080 for the pattern and some gorgeous brocade in a dragonfly pattern I found at JoAnn a couple of years ago. I’ll post pics when I’m done.
Okay, so BB’s principal called me in response to my email (see previous post), and here’s the deal:
- The school provides student directory information (name/parent name/phone number/address) to three companies/organizations: the companies that do the yearbooks and class rings, and the military.
- Those who receive this information enter into an agreement that they will not sell/give the information to anyone else.
- Parents can opt to remove their child’s name from the directory and avoid all of the marketing junk.
I pointed out that it would be nice of the school to provide this information to the parents at the beginning of the school year. Then I had BB’s name and info removed from the directory for the remainder of her high school career.
So there you have it. That’s the whole story.
Bratzbasher received a postcard the other day. It was urging her to purchase a class ring. In case you missed that subtle bit of information, I’ll rephrase: A private company sent a direct mailing to my daughter. How did they get her name and address? Easy. They bought it from the school. Need I say more, or are you equally outraged? I’ve already sent an email to the school to voice my disapproval/concerns. I’ll post an update when/if they respond.
They’re also holding an assembly today to promote the sales of class rings. Obviously the school gets a cut from every sale. Why else would they waste precious class time in this manner? Well, assemblies are one thing. Now my daughter’s information is being passed from mailing list to mailing list. I’m expecting credit card offers in a couple of years. Idiots.
I probably won’t be posting anything until after Christmas, but I wanted to get in a little Christmas post. In past years, I’ve done serious, and I’ve done silly. This year, I’m leaving it to Linus Van Pelt to deliver a special message.
Enjoy a wonderful Christmas on Thursday!
I think it’s especially difficult around this time of year, when we’re so busy with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, to take a step back and reflect on all of the blessings in our lives. Thanksgiving Day gives us a chance to do just that. I could list all of the things I’m grateful for, but I understand that your time is limited. I will simply say this: I thank God for family and friends; for our health, safety, and happiness; and for our Savior, Jesus Christ, who has made it possible to enjoy these things in eternity.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
“…And when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God….”
-Alma 37:37 (The Book of Mormon)
I finished a scarf for BratzBasher. I asked her what animal she would like, and she said she wanted a snake. That’s easy!
Ribbon tongue…button eyes…and it wraps around her neck three times. I got a bit bored working in just the green for so long, but that’s what BB wanted. Just green. I think it turned out pretty cute. She likes how warm and soft it is. (For those of you interested in such things, I’ve been using Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn!”)