I am so excited about today’s guest, Miranda from One Little Minute.
Miranda is one of the most inspiring bloggers I know, she is always wowing me with her creations. I just love following along with her site to see what new awesomeness she has come up with for me to discover!
Everything she does is done flawlessly, and her creations all look like they belong in an Anthro or Tea Collection catalog.
Furthermore, I have had the pleasure of meeting Miranda in real life a couple of times now – and she is one of the most energetic, outgoing, friendliest bloggers out there! She is the absolute first person to smile at you when you walk into a room, and the first to make you feel right at ease.
With 2 little men in her life, and a Mother as creative as this one, I couldn’t wait to see what they could create together.
This is the coolest series, and I’m so excited to be participating this round! I’ve been lucky enough to meet and hang out with Jessica on a couple different occasions, and in addition to the über creative, talented, and thoughtful person you can feel from her blog, she is also so kind, warm, and wonderful in the flesh. Thank you for having me, Jess!
Now, I had grand ideas for this challenge. One of my favorite things to do is create costumes for kids, and my little three-year-old Milo just adores costumes! I couldn’t wait to see what he came up with.
But there was one problem that I overlooked: Milo has never been really interested in drawing or coloring. His coloring pages come home from pre-school with maybe one scrawled line across the image. He is so imaginative, tells long and detailed stories, and pretends endlessly (we’re always about to get attacked by scary monkeys or robots while eating dinner…) but drawing? Not really his strong suit. In fact, that’s why I asked Santa to bring him (and his little brother, Eliot) an easel and art supplies for Christmas this year, so we could spend some time practicing those tactile skills of drawing, coloring, and painting.
Knowing all of that, I don’t know why I imagined that Milo would scribble away on some fantastically creative costume for me to bring to life. He is way to young to expect that sort of focus, even if he were more interested in drawing. I even tried Melly’s trick of using a pre-drawn little boy as a coloring page for him to just fill in…and you know what he did? He drew a single line across the top of the page, no where near the little boy I had drawn. Then he informed me that that line was a “stop drawing” button, and he pressed it.
Rather than try to either force a drawing, or interpret some rad outfit with a “stop drawing” button on it (both of which would have been no fun for him, and fun for him was sort of the point!) I decided to pull out the paints and let him paint directly on some fabric. That way I could turn the fabric into a tee shirt, and he would totally identify with it, because he had done the painting himself! I should have known that this would be a better idea; he has actually taken to painting a lot easier than drawing or coloring, so this project ended up being a total win. The process was really fun and simple. I’ve shared the full DIY on my blog today, so you can help your child make their own Paint-It-Yourself Artist Tee!
I love the super-designer look of the finished tee. I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen something similar sold at Neiman Marcus! But this is cooler than some runway fashion design, this is real design by a real cool kid.
Even though I focused on Milo for this challenge, of course little Eliot got in on the fun and ended up with his own super-cute little painted tee. The boys both loved their shirts (and really loved that I let them jump on my bed for this photo shoot!) I had such fun figuring out how to make this challenge work for us. I can’t wait to think of new ways to get the boys involved in my sewing process, and continue encouraging them to be creative.
Thanks again for the invitation to try something new and fun with my own kiddos, Jess! xoxo