Friday, March 9, 2012

Crafternoon: Good-Will Remake

This blog has many purposes - it keeps me motivated, it makes me actually complete projects that I Pin, it encourages me to keep reading through my Bible in a year, it helps me let family and friends know what we're up to, and it has also helped me to form some great friendships.

Joni, a fabulously creative blogger attends my parent's church. Her blog, Minister Grace, is always full of creative posts, ideas and pictures. She joined me in my reading through the Bible plan. Our friendship has since grown - we actually grew up in the same Ohio town and have similar tastes and interests.

While I was visiting my parents this weekend, Joni and I decided to have a Crafternoon (Actually, we started in the morning, but Craftermorning doesn't sound as cool). I met her at her adorably decorated home.

I just love all the built in bookshelves in her living room. Her kitchen is so cozy, and I am loving the "Eat" sign over her stove.

She also has the amazing farmhouse sink that I dream of having one day. And I am still on the hunt for a red "LIMA NEWS" box of my own.

I fell in love with these adorable swinging doors that lead to her sewing room. They are from her grandmother's house.

Her craft room/laundry room is heavenly.

From the checkered floor to the awesome table. This room would inspire anyone to love laundry.

She's even decorated her sewing machine.

After I finished drooling over her home, we headed off to Goodwill. We were actually on the hunt for long pleated skirts in hopes of remaking them into something cuter. Instead, we walked out with 2 large men's polo's in hopes of remaking this project. If you are attempting to tackle this remake, the collar of your polo should be fabric - not that bendable stretchy material that most polo's have.

We then removed the collar and the sleeves.  Mine took twice as long as Joni's. Reason #1: Joni is a fabulous seamstress and knows what she is doing. Reason #2: My shirt's tag claimed to be "Fine Menswear." Therefore, I deemed that my stitching was harder to remove.

We pinned the sides to help them look a little more feminine and not so boxy.

I proudly followed Joni's instructions and did my own stitching. I am most proud of successfully sewing my shortened sleeves back on. Thank goodness that knit is forgiving.

I found an inspection sticker on the inside of my shirt. Either the shirt was never worn or it was never washed. ha

We then used the collar and the extra sleeve material to create 2 long ties. Once these were reattached to our shirts, we were in business.

I love this shirt! It's super comfortable yet looks cute. And it's versatile. I can wear the ties long...

Or in a bow...

As I've mentioned before, I'm no Martha Stewart when it comes to sewing. But I do think I could tackle this project again. Jonie is definitely a great teacher.

Stay tuned for a few more Goodwill remakes and a Goodwill challenge.


  1. Very cute! Joni's house was making me drool! I love her sewing room!!! WOW!

  2. What a cool idea, Cindy! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Thank you for sharing. I think it is so wonderful you and Jonie found each other then found out all the things you had in common. Yes, I do love her house and the way to describe it, cherishing those special items :)

    Also, the neat project is a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Love all the pictures.