July 8, 2014

#madeforkidsmonth, A Recap

Last month, The Peanut and I participated in #madeforkidsmonth on Instagram. An initiative started by Leisl of Oliver + S and Rae of Made By Rae, Made for Kids Month is described as a way to get our kids to wear and enjoy their handmade items, whoever made them. Brilliant!

Recapping a month of wearing handmade children's clothing as part of Made for Kids Month. | The Inspired Wren
1: Ottobre Design Princess Castle Tunic; 2: Practically Perfect Girls Tee and Go To Leggins with Skirt; 3: Oliver + S Hopscotch Tee and Skirt; 4: Oliver + S Ruffled Halter; 5: Burda Kids 9491; 6: Happy Homemade Ribbon Tied Blouse; 7: Happy Homemade Pull-Over Parka



The Peanut still hasn't shown much interest in choosing her own clothing. Although, if you ask her to get a shirt she will always pick the almost-too-small dinosaur turtleneck from Grandma, regardless of the time of the year. [Note to self: more dino-themed clothes. Still.]

As a result I did much of the choosing. I originally shared all of these images on Instagram and Flickr, but in case you missed any (or all) here's how it went.


Recapping a month of wearing handmade children's clothing as part of Made for Kids Month. | The Inspired Wren
8: Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress; 9: Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress; 10: Ottobre Design Basic Fall Raglan and Running with Scissor Euro Swim Trunks; 11: Oliver + S Family Reunion Blouse and Puppet Show Shorts; 12: Oliver + S Family Reunion Blouse and After-School Pants; 13: Oliver + S Hopscotch Tee and After-School Pants; 14: Ottobre Design Princess Castle Tunic


By the middle of Week 2 I was starting to feel like an unwanted paparazzo. She never willingly poses for pics and I want to save my chocolate stash (and the power it commands) for our project-specific photo sessions. So I found myself running ahead of her whenever she was walking and taking as many snaps as I could on my less-obtrusive-than-a-real-camera phone, all the while hoping just one image would show the outfit, without some crazy face. Doesn't she look just like a celeb deliberately ignoring the paparazzi (yet secretly enjoying the attention)? Check out that attitude on Day 21. At this rate, mom's blog will have her fully trained as a super-model by the time she graduates grade school.


Recapping a month of wearing handmade children's clothing as part of Made for Kids Month. | The Inspired Wren
15: Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress; 16: Tie Dye Diva Perfect Party Dress; 17: E&E Patterns Pleated Playsuit; 18: Burrito Cuff Pajama Bottoms; 19: Oliver + S Ruffled Halter and Puppet Show Shorts; 20: Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress; 21: Flashback Skinny Tee and Go To Leggins

A part of me is looking forward to the day The Peanut decides to exert her will in choosing her clothes; I'm curious what style she'll choose for herself. And of course another part of me will miss these days of choosing for her. Hopefully Made for Kids Month will be an annual internet event. Then as she gets older we can talk about where all of our clothes come from and who makes them when Mom doesn't.

22: Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress; 23: Happy Homemade Ribbon Tied Blouse and Oliver + S Puppet Show Shorts; 24: Practically Perfect Girls Tee and Go To Leggins with Skirt; 25: Tie Dye Diva Perfect Party Dress; 26: Oliver + S Family Reunion Blouse and After-School Pants; 27: Oliver + S Ruffled Halter; 28: Oliver + S Hopscotch Tee

Day 29 she re-wore the same outfit from Days 2 and 24, and I missed any chance to get a pic. On Day 30 she didn't wear handmade during the day, and just when I was sure I missed the last day altogether I looked over (while waiting for the sunset on Skyline Drive) and realized she was in handmade after all:

 As the sun sets on Made for Kids Month: Burrito Cuff Pajama Bottoms


Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.
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8 comments:

  1. Oh, Wow, what a collection of handmade! She is lucky to have so many well-made clothes!

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  2. Wow Ren! I'm impressed! That's a lot of handmade clothes!! That's really inspiring to me!
    Chrissy

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  3. I still haven't posted my round up. Thanks for reminding me! It's fun looking back at a great month of handmades :)

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  4. This is wonderful! I hope it does turn into an annual thing, we would love to participate next year :) I wish my daughter hadn't yet developed the desire to pick out her own clothes!! Cherish it. She's 3 and already demanding to pick out her own outfits ... which usually consist of a dress and basketball shorts. Haha.

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  6. You're a productive lady! Hopefully, she won't outgrow those clothes too fast...

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  7. Oh my gosh! 30 days of cuteness! I am jealous, I wish I could be cute for 30 days in a row, haha. Thanks foe linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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