Let me tell you what, I've been around the world and we are so fortunate. I've seen places where entire villages use the same river to launder their clothes, rid themselves of trash, bathe + drink. I've seen "homes" made from chicken wire and sheet metal pushed against each other, with only a few boards on top as a roof.
John has met with families who sold their children into slavery, little girls and less often boys, for a weeks' worth of wages.
Every day I think of how blessed I am to have been born here. In a free country where even those we often consider to be in poverty are living a much better quality of life than the majority of the world. How incredibly fortunate I am. So, to all of you who have protected us and those who have fought to keep our country great, thank you so so much. You are heroes.
That being said... I'm not really into patriotic wear. I don't like to wear flags, let's just get it out there. I decided to show you two festive DIYs today for those of you who are like me, but still want to say, "hey America, I love you."
First up- nails. I wrote yesterday about how I'm really getting into fun manicures at home lately. I went a little wild on my hands today and made some different patterns with nothing but a little masking tape and scissors (in addition to nail polish, of course!).
Ready? Let's take a look at this super simple way to stripe it up. I'd love to do this again with just blue + white stripes, nautical looks speak to me. And I love stripes.
Next we have a little head wrap I made from an old t-shirt. There's a lot of flex in this tutorial depending on how much time you have to spend on it and whether or not you want to sew. Also- the vision for your finished project. I started with this tighter t-shirt that I never wear.
If something has sat in your closet for multiple years, it's time to either donate it or refashion it. Today- we're refashioning. Plus, the cropped remaining version of the shirt will be super cute over my swimsuit in the pool. Just a little added protection for my shoulders.
(1) Cut it. Decide if you're going to sew (or use no-sew bond). If you're going to sew/hem, then cut your strips double width of what you want the final product to be. If you want a more casual piece, you can leave it be since jersey knit will roll, but not fray. Because my shirt was tight, I had to cut TWO strips. Take a measuring tape and run it around the length of your head to decide whether or not you'll need two. If you want the wrap to go twice around your head (like mine) or just once, take that into consideration. Next, cut your strip(s) across the seam so that it lays open.
YAY! I love easy projects. I hope you have a wonderful day. If you're celebrating independence today, remember to stay safe and be grateful! And as always, thanks for reading.