Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mother-daugher Talent show?

My kid came home a few weeks ago all excited about the idea she suggested for her church group activity night-a mother-daughter talent show.  I was trying to be supportive, but finally asked her whose mother she was planning on taking to this.

 I'm not saying I'm devoid of talent, but my particular talent set just doesn't lend itself well to being performed. Vegas isn't calling me to book my one-woman extravaganza called "The Amazing multi-tasker".

My kid is talented on many levels and I suggested she display her musical talents  and I would display my talent of appreciating music.

She decided instead, that we would re-do some shirts and then model them for out talent. We found 2 long-sleeve t-shirts at Wal-mart on clearance (a common theme on the blog lately).
 First we cut off the sleeves.  Tip: after you cut off the first sleeve, lay it on top of the other one and use as a pattern so the sleeves are even.
 We wanted blousey shirts so I cut a strip of elastic the size of our waists, and sewed it along the bottom inside seam.
Then I cut one of the sleeves into long strips.  I rolled each strip into a flower.  I didn't want them to look too uniform, so I used slightly different size strips. Then I sewed all 7 on the shirt.
 For my shirt, I also cut off and hemmed the sleeves and put elastic on the bottom. I made a knit bloom out of the sleeve (tutorial here).  I cut 5 small strips of sleeve.  I sewed 4 on the shirt and one on top of the bloom.
(the color's off-but you can see the detail)
 Tadaa! #2
 We accessorized with some cute bracelets my kid make.  I wore the owl bracelet and she wore the pink ones.
It was a fun night.  The girls introduced their moms and said lots of nice things and then the Moms returned the favor.  We showed off our talents and talked about what we like to do together.  One big warm and fuzzy evening.
It would be great to end in a mother-daughter pic, but we never took one.

Linking up here.
UPDATE: I've been giggling quietly all afternoon as I imagine perfoming my "talents" in a talent show. 
- I could take the audience on in a game of Trivial Pursuit
-I could boss them around
-I could have them donate random stuff from thier purses and create craft masterpieces with only the aid of my trusty glue gun
-I could dazzle them for hours painting a wall
-I could speak to them in only really poor German
-amaze them with how fast I can read



  1. That was an awesome idea!! Although personally, it would have been fun to drag a stove one stage and cook a meal, pay bills, answer the phone, discpline a child and write a blog post all at one time.....I think that you would have received a standing ovation! :)
    Thanks for linking....your shirts look amazing and you made a forever memory with your daughter!!

  2. You are super talented, I bet it was a fun night :)

  3. Great idea! Those shirts are adorable, how fun!

  4. This is really cute! I love the flowers and ruffle!

  5. LOVE the shirts they turned out really cute!

  6. You are a good sport! The shirts turned out great! I just choreographed a dance for my daughter and 6 of her closest friends to do in the elementarty school talent show. I had to teach it to them in front of their parents. So embarrassing.

  7. You've been featured! Check out the post and grab a button if you'd like. I love your stuff!

  8. Hey you have some talents for sure! Love the shirts. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  9. Adorable!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!

  10. Super cute shirts! I wish I could think outside the box like that! Thanks for linking up to Weekend Warrior.


  11. Super cute! I love those flowers and have yet to try them out. Maybe I will make it my weekend project. Thanks for sharing!

    I found you via your link-up at CSI, would love if you stopped by my blog too!


  12. That is such a cute idea! I love the shirt redo! Great job!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  13. LOVE what you did with these tshirts! Thanks for your funny comment on my blog about my ribbon wreath! :)