Last Friday, I was scuttling around like crazy trying to get everyone ready and out the door for Disneyland. Taite looked like she was amusing herself with some paper scraps and a glue stick, but as it turned out, she was actually cutting a gaping hole in the front of her tank top. I know – it’s a preschool rite of passage. But she could have picked a better time. And an older shirt. And a day when I was caught up on laundry.
I got mad at her, and when she offered to try to glue it back together with her glue stick I was crabbier than I would have been if I hadn’t been way behind schedule and trying to do 15 things at once.
Yesterday I redeemed myself by rescuing the shirt from the dust cloth bin and reinventing it. I used a couple of the flowers from my Paper Source spree, and a bunch of little felt flowers by American Crafts. I tried ironing them on first, using some Heat and Bond that has been in my drawer since the dawn of time, but most of them didn’t stick. Not sure what I was doing wrong…does that stuff expire?? In any event, it kept them in place long enough for me to stitch them down (rather crudely – I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination) with some embroidery floss. In case you’re wondering the hole is under the big, red flower at the top.
Happy girl, happy
mommy, cute shirt. All is well.
Lesson learned: White tank tops – even the more expensive kind, fresh from Baby Gap – are far more replaceable than a little girl’s creative spirit. Mistakes happen. Bad choices are made. But creative thinking can fix anything. :)