Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday, Tuesday, Touch Your Shoe Day!

Well, I have some finishing touches to do on my pajama pant project, but I wanted to share with you something I've been dying to show you. As you know, Superman is overseas for almost a year (he'll be back in December)...you can read about his adventures here. I've been sending him care packages with some regularity... Food stuffs, books, pictures, etc. have been going out via those Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes every few weeks.

To make things even better, however, Mr. M kindly arranged to have a foot locker of stuff transported APO to APO for me. I was so excited. I packed it full of some stuff I knew Superman would like: an xBox (duh!), some more food stuffs, a blanket I made for him and a special surprise. It seemed like they took forever to arrive and I couldn't show you this until Superman saw it. He finally has it, though, so I can share it with you!

This pillow is made from two sweatshirts I had made when the kids were little. The first was made when Valiant was roughly 1 and the second was made when Buttercup was probably the same age. Given that Valiant is now 14 and Buttercup is fast approaching 11, you can imagine that the sweatshirts had seen better days. When I realized how much Superman was missing the kids, I was struck by inspiration and a pillow form, a little red bias tape (not to girly) and some time at the sewing machine and I had something he could take with him anywhere!

What do you think? A hug from home is priceless, isn't it?
P.S. If you want to make up a sweatshirt for your husband, this is what I did:

Bought a sweatshirt, found an embroidery shop (they're all over the place) and went in with my plan in mind. The ladies worked with me to get just what I was after and, lickety split, I had a cute sweatshirt. A few years later, I was back at the same shop getting a new image to include our new baby. Pretty simple, isn't it? They weren't expensive at all and Superman treasured those sweatshirts and now he still can.

4 comments:

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Very clever - neat idea! And very special for your Superman!

momstheword said...

Oh, Erin, that's an awesome idea! I'm sure he loves it. He must miss them (and you, of course) so very much.

Isn't it great that you can see each other and talk over the internet now?

Carin said...

Fantastic idea! Way to send a little piece of home that he can enjoy each day!

Cheryl B. said...

Hi Erin :-} Thanks for stopping by my blog again! Yes, I too have a couple of whole magazines which just contain too many articles/pictures to cut them up, so I've saved them whole. Shh hhh ;-p

I read your posting about making so many pairs of pajama pants. That is what I am 'planning' on doing sometime before next Christmas. After I pick out the flannel materials, I 'plan' on hitting Goodwill to find matching color T-shirts, or T-shirts that have something on them that totally fits each persons character to go with their pajama pants. Any special tips you've figured out while making your pairs that I should know about?