Monday, July 8, 2013

Camouflaged Ink Stains (because kids be messy, yo)

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My favorite couple in the entire world tied the knot this weekend! It was a true celebration of love and the whole day was so touching, but more on that tomorrow! Today we are talking 'what Wren wore'. Because this is a big deal to a girl who believes brides are princesses, and that when she grows up her career of choice will be a princess (only accomplished after finding a prince, according to her). So obviously girl takes her wedding attire pretttttty seriously.

Problem is, Wren was only at the ceremony, not the reception, so mama didn't want to break the bank. In the end we actually came up with something cuter than anything I could've found scouring the mall.
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It started last week when Wren saw this pink dress at a thrift store. $3.99 was what the tag read and I thought it was pretty cute, if a little plain. 
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But on closer inspection I discovered why it ended up at the thrift store. Pen marks.

EVERYWHERE. And if you've dealt with them before on your little one's clothes maybe this can help.
(or maybe not if you have a boy)
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I oxycleaned, soaked it and washed it with half a dozen loads of laundry with no luck. I kept my eyes peeled the rest of the week for another dress but again, no luck and we were too busy to devote much time to it.

So 3 hours before the wedding we got creative and ended up having a blast together picking through our fabric scraps to make some rosettes that would hopefully cover our little inky secret. We used the same technique I showed in this post from scrap week to make a handful of fabric flowers and then hand stitched them right over the pen marks.

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In a little over 20 minutes we covered all the problem areas and managed to burn mommy's fingers on the glue gun about a dozen times. What we don't do to make our kids look cute, right?
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She is so over the moon that she got to pick out the dress as well as the fabric on the flowers that she didn't want to take it off. And she wanted to put it back on first thing in the morning. 
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My happy girl (who can finally rock a braid!!! after being my bald baby for so long)
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I can't wait to show you more of the beautiful details and moments from the wedding tomorrow!

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Kate in Vienna said...

So cute! Brilliant idea.

sharon smith said...

Super, super cute! Excellent idea Holly. Thanks for sharing .

Karalee said...

Hi Holly the dress is beautiful, well done Wren! Next time you have a problem with ink stains try hairspray, might have to do it a couple of times but it has always worked for me. Cheers!

Silver Lining Decor said...

How clever! Love it, and looks like the flowers were meant to be on that dress!

Amanda Rydell said...

Super cute!!! What a sweet little dress she picked out. Even better that she is so in love with it, and LOVE the fabric flowers!!!

Tommy and Schelle said...

That's an adorable dress! Great revamp!
One thing I found that takes out most ink stains-hairspray! Just spray it on, lightly scrub and wash!

bagfashionista said...

what is it about little girls and being obsessed with being a "Wedding girl" (like isabel calls them).

To the point that she actually hates it if i call her "my love" because that is reserved for only...well..her prince (who she has actually already picked out in her kindergarten class)

I think you and I (and probably Isabel and Wren) can have good long chats about it

Love Wren's braid! I really need to master hair-styling tricks

erin said...

Love it! Great save! My 4 year old gets ink on her sometimes and hair spray (and vigorous rubbing gets it out.) Oddly enough, my husband knew that helpful tip! But not sure that would work after the ink sat awhile as in your case.

Audrey Allure said...

Super cute fix!

Lovely Little Nest said...

Love the dress - you are so creative!

And she is adorable - such a mini you! :)

Valentina said...

Adorable!! What a fabulous idea!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh my heaven's. That is sooo much cuter than the plain way it was and it was already a darling little dress. It's like "Pretty in Pink" mini style. Kinda. :)

Freckles Chick said...

SO clever!! Wrennie, when did you get so grown-up, girl?!?

Thinking I should use this method to hide pen marks on my throw pillows...couch....walls....

gillar girl said...

She is such a beautiful little princess!!! And the dress additions.... So delightful!!

Bobbi Sue said...

next time try hair spray

Olivia McGowen said...

Hi Holly,
I have followed you for years, but I seldom comment since my blog was lost to the place where things online disappear quicker than washers eat socks.

Regular ink stains will come out with Aqua Net aerosols hairspray. There is a product called Wine Away that will remove most any stain... Red wine from white. It's so worth the $15-20 a bottle too.

I'm currently in the process of web design and blog design now. So I will be back to commenting. I have loved most everything you have done over the last couple of years. Just so you know. You keep me grounded and true to my real preference of minimalism. I just get so excited over pretty finds and go nuts with clutter. Thank you. I need a clean pic from Holly every now and then to ground me. Wrens dress... Darling!

Olivia - I will be back with my blog soon. It's Reinvented Collection

sarah j. said...

This is a BRILLIANT idea and I'm definitely giving it a try! Thank you :)

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