Thursday, June 30, 2011

Patching a hole in a t-shirt

I am so glad that the D Group t-shirts that I made a couple weeks ago turned out ok because right at the beginning...before I even started screen printing I was totally bummed out when TWO of my five packaged t shirts were defective when I bought them. Of course, I did not learn they were defective until AFTER I already dyed them and could not return them anymore....LESSON #1...always examine all the shirts in your package of T-shirts before you alter them in any you can return them. Duh!

Well, I had to choose 4 shirts from this pack of 5 for my girls so I knew that one of them would either get a t-shirt with a random serged seam awkardly down the front or a shirt with a small hole.
I decided the small hole was more workable and ended up screen printing on that one. I was very nervous about how to patch this hole without ruining the entire shirt. I looked up a few recommendations online which included serging (I dont have a serger), zigzag stitching on your machine, adding a patch to the back and sewing a square around the hole and so on. I really did not think any of them would work very well on this tiny hole and my main goal was to make it unnoticeable.

So, I went to Hobby Lobby and gathered up some stuff I thought might be helpful. Liquid Stitch, some Bondex patch repair swatches, and some thread in as close to a coordinating color as possible.

First, I ironed the shirt right on the hole so that it would be flat and shut as close as possible.
Then, I painted on some liquid stitch with a small paintbrush. I let it sit about an hour (not 24 like it says...I am impatient)
Finally, I handstitched the hole shut. I am not a great, this is tedious to me...but, it was a small hole and did not take long.
Overall, I was happy with how it was patched up and all the girls had to look pretty hard to see which shirt I had patched. It was absolutely no big deal to them and I was thrilled with that!

Hopefully this helps anyone who may get a defective or holey t-shirt in their package of shirts!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mexico Trip 2011

We are just a couple days past our trip to Cancun with the Harrison's and I have tried to narrow the picture field as much as I can. I think it is so cool when people can go on a week-long vacation and only pick like 10 photos from their trip, mainly scenery photos or local wildlife or something and have a beautiful blogpost with only a few cool pics...but, I just can't do that! I like my pictures with people in them. I just can't help it. But, I will try to wrap up our trip in a pretty little bow here with as few pics/words as I can muster!

Overall, it was a fantastic trip. Kinley did great on the plane rides, had so much fun in the sand and in the pool swimming, took great naps everyday and slept pretty good at night, although she did end up in bed with me most of the week. The hardest thing about the whole week was trying to get this 2 year old mover and shaker to sit still for dinners. We ended up eating out of our condo 5 of 7 nights and although the food was amazing...that is hard on a toddler! She is just not used to sitting for that long and she is also just not an, I cannot bribe her with food to stay in her chair because she does not care about it. We tried everything from coloring books, candy, her itouch, the ipad, and even brought the DVD player to one dinner with all her DVD's to choose from. We did get talked about by the table next to us for busting out the DVD player. Apparently, that is not good parenting and totally unnecessary. Well, to each their own. We tried to avoid that again so as to not be threatened. But, I guess if going to eat dinner is the biggest struggle we had....then we had a great trip!

Our first day always starts with dinner at Captain's Cove. It is tradition and we never stray. There are crocodiles off the back porch there and it is always fun to see them. Kinley calls them "frock-da-diles" and she talked about them all night.
captains cove
There was a little rain the first day and a half so we made do the best we could by painting some pottery, celebrating father's day, and watching some sea turtles! Kinley painted her turtle, Tom. She is pretty much an artist in the making.
Cute Father's day pics.....

And the sea turtles were seriously cool. I know it seems so weird to watch/post pics of sea turtles mating... but, it was so cool to see that! God is amazing and just seeing his creation au natural was pretty cool. The resorts where we stay are certified conservationists and each night/morning they gather any sea turtle eggs that a female lays and bury them for the gestation period inside a fence. There is a sign above each mound that tells how many eggs were found, what day, what time, etc. It is really so cool.
sea turtles

Very quickly, the sun came out! We swam and swam and made sand castles galore. Kinley's fav part of sand castle building is knocking it down. She likes to smash them with her hands or be like a giant and crush them under her feet.
sandcastles 1
stomping sandcastles
I did bust out the bikinis on this trip. I feel like Mexico with only your immediate fam is an appropriate place for that while preggo. I don't remember who's idea it was for a profile pic of all our bellies..but, I def win that game.
We tried to keep Kinley covered in sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat as much as we could...but, she wasn't having it.
Her absolute favorite thing about the trip was that Mendy was there! She thought Mendy was her best friend and was glued to her like a little lost puppy. Everything she did, she wanted Mendy to be there too....push her in her stroller, build a sandcastle, wear her sunglasses, you name it. Mendy was a great sport and totally makes me super excited to be an aunt someday so I can spoil my nieces and nephews too!
kinley & mendy
The only bad thing about Kinley's week was when she slipped and fell on the tile floor (totally dry and with shoes on..I might add) and busted her lip open twice. Her top 2 teeth were like daggers to her bottom lip and when I saw her she was dripping blood everywhere. It was a little scary for a minute and I thought we might have to get stitches but so many security people rushed in and helped give her ice and gauze and she was asking to swim in no time. These were the best pics she would let us get.

More pics before dinner on our balcony...
Picnik collage
Mid-week was Mendy's birthday and it was so fun to celebrate with her in Mexico! We opened presents, had a big buffet breakfast, got massages, had lunch by the pool, laid out and went to a great dinner. It was a fantastic day for everyone and we were glad Mendy had a birthday so we could all enjoy!
mendy's birthday
This dinner we learned that Kinley is a much happier camper if she can sit on a bench seat instead of in a high chair between Mendy and I. She just loved it.
mendy's birthday dinner
Of course Kinley had to help her BFF blow out candles.
One day Ben, Gary, Mendy and Alex went deep sea fishing and Mendy caught the bait for which Alex caught this A-MA-ZING grouper fish. It was huge and delicious!
Alex ate so much, he thought his "food baby" belly could compare with mine...but, I totally beat him.
We always end every trip with dinner at La Conquistador. It is always delicious and we look forward to it all week but, it just means the trip is almost over. We rounded out with a few more family pics and headed out of town.
el conquistador
Until next year!