Can We Call This “Festive”?

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I started this post months ago (and forgot it in my “drafts” file), it was originally entitled “Christmas in July.  Since writing a blog post takes forever with O running around like a madwoman, I decided to keep my original post, but add this little disclaimer. 

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This is what happens when my husband calls from work and says he needs an ugly Christmas sweater for the store competition the following day.  A poor unsuspecting cotton sweater that has been in his closet for years becomes my next victim.

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Bill Watterson’s epic cartoon Calvin and Hobbes.

My inspiration was the hysterically, morbid snowmen created by Calvin of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.  I was originally creating zombie snowmen when hubby came home and started tossing his ideas into the mix.  The results was a hideous, Snowman Assassin Sweater that although it got a lot of laughs was disqualified from the competition for being a bit off theme.

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The entire creation was made with odds and ends from other projects and cost me absolutely nothing. Due to the previous wear of the sweater, it was off grain and I was unable to get the bottom panel completely even. Although I used a ruler to run a line dissecting a row of the knitted diamond texture, the finished results are quiet haphazard.  It didn’t show up quite so bad laying on my work surface, but I like to think it adds to the “ugly factor.”

To Kick Things Off

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Here are a few of my previous, unconventional projects. In the past I haven’t been very good about getting photos of my work, so there isn’t much to see.

A skirt for my gypsy girl.  This garment was created from thrifted cotton fabric and trims.

A skirt for my gypsy girl. This garment was created from thrifted cotton fabric and trims.

Newborn dress and bow created using a hand-me-downs.  The original garments were a long sleeve onsie and a pair of girls leggings.

Newborn dress and bow created using a hand-me-downs. The original garments were a long sleeve onsie and a pair of girls leggings.

A tote bag made from the leftovers of a resized thrift store table cloth and thrifted trims.

Tote bag made from the leftovers of a resized thrift store table cloth and thrifted trims.

Baby booties made from upcycle scraps.

Baby booties made from upcycle scraps and lined a scrap of thrifted fabric.