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B is for Borrowing Ideas

In the Encyclopedia of Me, B is for Borrowing Ideas. Last night I made this nifty skirt. It’s in Alexander Henry’s Birdseed fabric, using the trusty A-line elastic-waist skirt pattern I made from Sew What! Skirts:

New skirt

I borrowed the idea from squid37, whose version I saw in the Sew, Mama, Sew flickr group:

Squid37 borrowed the idea from Green Kitchen, whose version she saw in the Sew, Mama, Sew blog:

B is for Borrowing Ideas.

New shorts

And while I’m on the “borrowing ideas from people who borrow ideas” thing, I also made some shorts for son #2 last night. When he saw me cutting the fabric for the skirt, he got really into it and decided he wanted me to make something for him, too. Hence the shorts. A few weeks ago, I was reading Karyn from Trail Mix Designs’ nominations for “Rockin’ Girl Bloggers” and she mentioned The Sky is Pink, who was making shorts from a tutorial at Handy Home Projects which caught my eye [roundabout enough for you?] The tutorial explained how to use a pair of existing pants to make a pattern. I tried it with some of the boys’ Old Navy boxer shorts, and made them the Ultraman pants I posted about before. They really love those crazy pants, so last night while son #2 was sleeping I whipped up a pair of bird pants and left them on the end of his bed so they’d be there when he woke. After a brief stint of wearing them on his head, he put them on the right way and has been wearing them ever since.

It feels like I’ve got a thousand things to do today. I am determined to get a HUGE batch of shipments out the door by Monday, plus I’ve got a NJPCG meeting to get ready for tomorrow, a picnic with friends to make a Summer Fruit Crisp and Pine Nut Salad for today, and dinner with my in-laws on Sunday. Add to that some quality time with son #1, and all of the crafty things I was hoping to do, and my head is spinning. I have to stop thinking of my sewing or my jewelry-creating as things to be accomplished for particular occasions. If I could just plan to make “a necklace” instead of plan to make “a necklace to wear on Sunday,” that would be a big help. It would certainly take off some of the pressure! That kind of thinking just doesn’t work when there are a lot of other (more important) things on the to-do list. It just stresses me out.


And now for this week’s flickr favorites:

You can click on the image to find out more about where the individual images come from. Seems like I was drawn to birds this week, both in flickr and in fabric. Two hummingbirds and a heron found their way into my favorites. Maybe B is actually for Birds…

Happy Saturday!



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10 thoughts on “B is for Borrowing Ideas

  1. Looks great!!! Cute shorts too!

  2. Oh, how funny that you should notice my skirt and drop by here – I was going to post to your photo that you’d inspired me, but I hadn’t gotten around to it yet 🙂 Thanks for the complement!

  3. […]So today I brought my new bird skirt and set about to make some coordinating canes.[…]

  4. hello your blog is superb!!! I like your created very beautiful!! Thank you for the albums (flirks) snt for splendid images I is French, it is difficult to say to you what thinks. .I adore the polymeric paste, and my jewels are on my blog speaks very little about English words. So long

  5. Thank you, Flo! I looked at your blog and you make very nice things, too – I like your charm bracelets!

  6. LISA good evening Thank you very much for this nice COM! That touches me much. I will return on your blog… So long

  7. It is still me I A forget to tell you qe I like much this flirk it is super and that makes it possible to see full with innovations BOnne evening

  8. […] you’re lost, I wrote about the work-in-progress here, and the skirt that inspired all of this here […]

  9. Oh, this is too funny! I got Sew What Skirts for Christmas and, among the fabrics I ordered to make skirts was that same Alexander Henry Birdseed fabric (I already have the yellow and the pink, but wanted to make a skirt out of the blue). I had no idea it was such a popular skirt choice!

    Your skirt looks great!

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    1. It’s funny, isn’t it? My “real life” friends seem to think I’m so unique – if they only knew just how much of a copycat I am, LOL!

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