We missed Winter and Spring in there somewhere… on to Summer!
Short and sweet this time, not a ton of things, but hopefully that makes it do-able.
I’ve made a couple of t-shirt quilts over the years, and was left with random pieces of cut-up shirts: the sleeves, the bottoms, and other strips.
Finally decided to do something with the leftovers. They looked perfect for a layered girls’ skirt, like you’d get at Walmart or Target, and I could combine colors and layer them how I wanted.
Sorry I don’t have a full tutorial here, but it really was easy enough to just eyeball it and do it. I used the bottom strip of 3 t-shirts for each skirt – I had about a 6-8″ strip from the bottom of each shirt. I layered them with the colors stacked like I wanted, then machine-sewed each piece to the piece above it, putting my stitch along the original hem of the shirt so it didn’t show very much.
It was fine that the circumference of each shirt strip wasn’t the same, I just stretched the the shorter strip as I sewed, so it would pucker and accommodate the longer strip. It added some nice ruffle to the edge.
Then I sewed a band of elastic into the waist, folding the top over the elastic.
The weather is beautiful.
We’ve played outside every afternoon this week.
Today, I sat on our retaining wall, watching the kids play.
She says, “Can I lay down in the grass and look at the moon?”
(she’s already dirty) ”Sure, sweetie.”
I sit watching her, hands behind her head, looking up at the sky. Little Guy comes by with his baby push mower and walks back and forth between us. I think, “Don’t forget this moment. Take a mental picture. Remember what they look like, what they’re doing at this age…”
Surprisingly, she says, “Do you want to take a picture, mom?”
“I sure do. I don’t have my camera with me… but I sure wish I did.”
“You just have to use your imagination and pretend to take a picture, mom.”
I’m trying, sweetie. I’m trying.
Our bestie friends and next door neighbors moved away yesterday. We’ll still see them – they’re going to work at our other camp location near Columbus, TX, so we’re not really losing them as friends…
I was in denial about the whole thing until after they pulled away in the UHaul. Then 2 hours later, I wanted to borrow some spices, and see what they were up to for dinner, and if they wanted to play with all the kids in the backyard and… that’s when it became real. Their house is empty. They’re not in their backyard grilling out, where we can look over our fence and say hi. Or, can I borrow a cup of sugar? Or, can you watch my kids for 20 minutes while I run an errand? Or, do you guys wanna order pizza – I don’t feel like cooking either?
You see, cause they were these neighbors. And these neighbors. Our kids literally grew up together (well, until ages 4 and 1 1/2) – they’ve never known life without each other.
We babysat each others kids. They borrowed our riding lawnmower, in return for doing the maintenance on it. They offered their hot grill for us to throw meat on whenever they were grilling. Charis and I made it through many evenings of whiny kids together, while waiting for our men to get home from work. We dog-sat for each other countless times. We cooked with each other, swam with each other, picnicked in the front yard with each other, had bonfires with each other, put up Christmas trees with each other, cleaned house with each other.
We shared our struggles and triumphs and heartaches and worries and cookies with each other.
We did life together.
Jeff – Charis – we miss you dearly already.
I wanted to plan another meal swap today, and realized that chapter is closed. But the new chapter for you is going to be a good one. They are SO blessed to have both of you… if they don’t know it already, they’ll learn it first thing tomorrow!
I think Scripture is just right when it says that we need one another. I don’t know if we’ll ever have that neighborly bond again with another family.
But we’ll sure try.
It was certainly worth it.