March 31, 2010
I hate buying new things.
I search ebay and craigslist and am fortunate to have some kick ass resale stores around me. Not just of kids stuff, but I am finding more cool consignment shops for myself.
Not to forget Goodwill. Love you Goodwill.
I have never once thought about remaking clothing until a recent visit to the $1 sale at a local used clothing shop had me buying this:
See, we’re a little Paul Frank monkey crazy over here.
Why does a 2 year old need a monkey wallet? Damn you Dwell magazine and your Small Paul ads for making me think I can’t be a cool hip designer mom without them.
Anyway, I finally took the plunge into recycling, upcycling, revamping, what have you – to come up with this:
Now if I can only pimp him out with some felt hip hop bling. Hmmmm.
And while I was at it, decided to resew some old record label shirts I thrashed and was never gonna wear again.
Perfect for a little boy, though.
I’m actually quite amazed I was able to pull it off. But don’t get too excited, you will still find better quality sewing from the Dollar Tree and I will not be showing you what the inside of the shirts look like.
I dream of being a katiedid.
While the sewing machine and I are often at odds, this time I was the victorious one. But not without a fight. That Singer made sure it got a needle in my middle finger before it was done. Visit to emergency room not required.
So, yay! More clothing saved from the garbage. And that Paul Frank shirt has become what it always should have been. A piece of clothing for a toddler and not something for a prepubescent 12 year old girl.
And now when the other moms see it, they can be like:
“Oh my god! That’s so cute! Where’d you get it?”
And I can be like:
“I totally got it on sale at Target!”
and they will be like:
And I can be all:
Oh, I’d never say that. To their faces.
And somewhere in the distant background, the music from The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” is fading out…..