Happy Friday ya’ll!
This past week has been a blast!
The kids and I were blessed to be able to spend the majority of it with family, doing lots of fun activities!
Because of the busy week, I actually got started with this week’s refashion a lot earlier in the week than I normally do.
I’m a big time procrastinator (most of the time).
Since I got this week’s refashion done early, I was able to take some “out and about” pictures in it for once!
Anyway, for this week’s refashion, I started with a pair of Vera Bradley pants that I found months and months ago (for 49-cents of course).
I really like the print and bright colors on these pants. I also really like the corduroy fabric.
What I don’t like is this…
The reason that I’ve had these pants for so long and haven’t bothered to refashion them until now is because I was (foolishly)
trying hoping to fit into them.
Eventually I realized that it probably wasn’t a very realistic goal, and so I decided that a refashion was in order.
The first thing I did was find some matching buttons…
Then I sewed them on…
After attaching the buttons I ripped open the inseam and crotch (using my nifty little seam-ripper).
At about this point in my refashion it was starting to get dark outside, and so I asked my techie 14 year-old-son (who likes to dabble in film making) to set up his lights (so my pictures would look more professional).
After plugging in one of the lights, the cord (which was right by my foot) started popping and sparking and shooting flames out.
After my son quickly unplugged the light, the carpet looked like this…
Yeah, burnt carpet!
We are getting ready to list our house to sell, and in the last few days, we’ve had the kitchen faucet break, the coat closet door fall down, and the carpet catch on fire! Fun times!
Anyway, after calming down from the fright of almost catching on fire, I pinned the opened seams of my new skirt, right sides together…
And then sewed!
Now, halfway through sewing the front seam of the skirt, I realized that in order to get this thing on and off, I would need to add a zipper.
Luckily for me, I found one on a dress (future refashion) that I was able to repurpose!
I’m not a big fan of sewing zippers, but I was determined to do a good job, so I took a very long time pinning this puppy on perfectly, and using my zipper foot, I took my time and very carefully sewed that zipper on.
I must say I’m happy with how it turned out! 🙂
Once the zipper was sewn on, I was all done!
The zipper makes walking so much easier! I’m not really into walking like a Geisha!
And when I sit, I can zip it down for more modesty…
And look, a pocket!
I wore my new skirt to Horrock’s (my favorite local market), to get some free coffee!
Later in the day I was able to continue my love affair with the word “free,” as I went to free day at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) with my cousin and her kids.
There was a really cool quilt exhibit at the museum, but I wasn’t able to take pictures of that. 😦
After hanging out at the museum for a good part of the day with my cousins, I took my kids to my parents house for a few days, and we had a lot of fun together too!
We spent one day going on a really long bike ride together…
The town I grew up in has a castle! Isn’t that cool? We rode our bikes by it.
The Castle was built in 1922, and it was the home of author James Oliver Curwood, who used one of the turrets as a writing studio.
In fact, James Oliver Curwood was born in Owosso in 1878 (101 years before I was born!)
Altogether, we rode a total of 8 miles!
The next day we went to the fair and enjoyed a surrey ride…
We all especially liked the swings, but they were a bit high…
I got a bad case of motion sickness on several of the rides, but still had a lot of fun with my mom and the kiddos.
Now I’m hoping for a nice relaxing weekend at home, to recuperate from my busy, fun-filled week! 🙂
How did you spend your week?