This world is full of beautiful things and great ideas. And I am full of BS thinking that I can do a lot of things ‘myself’. Because it looks easy… Or I can save money… Or I can save time… Or I can SAVE TIME AND MONEY!!
One of the brilliant ideas I had, last summer BTW, was to make the girls their own special smocks for art class. I wanted them to know how much I loved them and I want the world (aka art teacher and bunch of elementary school kids) to know how AWESOME I am!
This was going to be easy. It’s an art smock.
Plus, I have a sewing machine.
And I had a book that would tell me what to do. I can’t remember who but years ago I was turned on to Amy Karol’s Angry Chicken blog. She’s cool and totally what I’d want to be like if I went towards my more natural, holistic, homeschooling side. And, if I had creativity and talent! Anyway, the ideas on her site resonated with me as did her attitude so I bought her book Bend-the-Rules Sewing. It seemed to be the perfect way to get over my fear of sewing. I flipped through it. Ooooooh – love that material. Ohhhhhhh – I can totally do that! And then I closed the book and it made a nice decoration in my arts n’ crafts book shelf of unopened books.
So, I got out all of my supplies and set up to make this easy smock with cool cotton laminate from Oilcloth Addict. Except, I couldn’t figure out the pattern because I had to make it hard…
And the cotton laminate was kinda expensive so I didn’t want to cut into it. So last year I made them smocks out of some material from forever ago – like before I was born forever.
This year I figured I needed to do something with all my cool stuff besides collect dust. So, with a lot of trepidation, a beer and my iPhone so I could refer to the Oilcloth Addict blog from helpful tips I tackled the art smocks again.
M took hers to school before I could take a picture. (Because I didn’t send it in with the school supplies which meant I MESSED UP!) They are not even close to perfect but then I realised – it’s an art smock they aren’t supposed to be perfect just protective! But still, the imperfections kind of kill me and I would go back but the girls got tired of waiting on me and took them to school as is.
Read the directions to your sewing machine.
Don’t drink tooooooo many beers.
Buy things made for you….