Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sew You Think You Can Sew

The Big Ballerina has been doing really well with her sewing. Since her sewing class, she's gotten orders for about five new purses.

While shopping for new fabric at Joann's, she met a woman who makes adorable flower hair clips. So now she's trying her hand at making these too.

 This was the second one she made. Not bad, huh?

To help BB with her newest endeavor, BSD and I are working on creating a designated sewing space for her. We tore apart the mess I had in the playroom closet and got that all organized for her to store her fabrics and supplies. 

Then, BB and I went to see "Larry" from Craigslist for a sewing table. Larry is my new hero. Larry has five storage units full of furniture for sale on Craigslist. We went to see him about a sweet little French Provincial desk that BB decided was too small. "Never fear,"  Larry said. "I have plenty of desks." After flipping through his "catalog" (a binder of Craigslist postings complete with photos and dimensions), she chose this bad boy instead.

Practical. Yes. Pretty? No. Definitely not in keeping with my motto. But it is her space so I bit my tongue and forked over the cash. To go along with her new sewing table, she picked out this beauty.

Again, the girl went for practical over pretty. I was weeping on the inside for all the cute orphan chairs that could have come home with us. Instead, I shook Larry's hand and hoisted this sad soul into the back of the truck.

This weekend, BSD helped me give these pieces a makeover. With a little help from Amy Butler and Annie Selke, I think they are slowly squirming their way into my heart.

After pictures coming shortly.


Kimberly said...

Are you kidding me?!?!? Get that girl an Etsy shop!!! I want some hair accessories, STAT, please! And a purse, too!!! You know I'm excited with all of this punctuation!!!

Jen said...

Oh, I cant wait to see the transformation. You are a good Mom to let her have her choice!
I think I saw that chair in my doctors office last month! Ha!

Kerri said...

An Etsy shop...what a great idea! So cool that your daughter is into sewing stuff! The clips are really cute....and I want a purse too!

Oh, and thanks for teasing us with the pictures!! Can't wait to see what you did!

{Amy} said...

she is awesome, wow, i a truly impressed!
and the desk? i want a Larry! : ) can't wait to see the make-over!

My Interior Life said...

I'm sure you will make her desk and chair shine! Can't wait to see what you do!

And I am so impressed with BB's skills. You must be so proud of her!

gabe said...

Do you think Larry ships anywhere in the continental US? I think there must be a story how you found Larry and his awesome furniture!

Can't wait to see what you do with them!

A Mom Anonymous said...

Awesome job BB!!! I can sew (kinda) but I hate it! I always have. My mother on the other hand is an amazing seamstress. I could tell her anything and have her make it perfectly. When I was living at home in H.S., we had a deal, I would do the laundry and/or cook and she would sew all I wanted. It worked out great because I don't mind doing laundry and would much rather be in the kitchen cooking than sewing. She would much rather be sewing than cooking!
Can't wait to see how you transform the desk & chair!

Bridget said...

Loving the way you are enouraging her creativity! He bags and bows look so great!!!

Dani said...

Wow. I'm *really* impressed. Really.

Love the chair. Is it wood?

the southern hostess said...

How cute is that! Puts my sewing skills to shame.

Seizing My Day said...

I love the purses! I want to sew one with my little girl! ;) and I love her desk and chair... they have fabulous potential!

Cindy said...

That purse is so cute! Yeah for your daughter, she's got some talent. My girls would love to learn to sew. Guess that means I would have to learn how too!:)

I agree with Amy...I want a Larry too!!
I have yet to score a really great Craig's List find.
Enjoy the day

Stephanie said...

What a talented daughter you have! I love the purse and hair clip. My daughter took one class at Jo-Ann Fabrics and fell in love. I'm trying to find the 2nd class that works with her schedule. I think your daughter could totally have an etsy shop. :)