Vying for Wife of the Year Award

I’m pretty sure I’m not going to make Mother of the Year, so I thought I’d try for Wife of the Year.

Several months ago, my DH came home wearing a shirt that had a hole in the sleeve. I’m pretty sure that he had probably GONE to work with the hole, but I don’t want to think about that.

He spends a lot of his day with his left elbow on his desk, his left hand on his chin, keeping his head up while he endlessly clicks things on his computer with his right hand on the mouse.

He handed me the shirt and asked if I could cut off the sleeves and turn it into a short sleeve shirt. Other than the rather noticeable hole in the elbow, the shirt was still in pretty decent shape. He dug into his closet and handed me another short sleeve shirt that had a sleeve length he particularly liked so I had an example to work from.

This was winter time, so I wasn’t in any hurry to do the job. I hung the shirts in my closet thinking I’d get to them some day before he needed them. Over the course of several days he began to hand me other shirts with similar elbow holes — a total of 4 of these, in fact.

On the hanger they went, as I tried to ignore the fact that he had probably worn all of these to work several times with the holes already hole-y.

It’s nearly time for him to wear them, so I finally decided that today was the day. I’m not really sure why I avoided doing it — I guess I thought it was going to take me forever to do it. Yeah right. Maybe an hour total and he has 4 new short sleeve shirts to wear to work:


Unfortunately, because of the position of the holes, I had to cut the sleeves slightly shorter than the sample shirt, but they aren’t too far off.

I think I mostly avoided this project because despite the fact that I’m a quilter, I don’t really “sew.” My garment techniques are woefully inadequate. You’ll notice that I am not showing you a close-up of the hems, as the stitched lines are little bit wobbly. They do the job, though, which is all that really matters.

In case you are wondering, the reason why I am not a candidate for Mother of the Year is because I have forced the boys to eat school lunches TWICE this week. If looks could kill, Joe would have had me dead about a million times over this morning.


After school, I asked him how lunch was today.

“Kind of Good.”

Uh-huh. That’s what I thought. Twerp.

I’m going to try to angle for Mother of the Year with supper tonight, though, pancakes and scrambled eggs…better get cooking!




  1. Michelle Wyman says:

    Well, I am impressed with the 4 new shirts…
    And I can really relate to the look on Joe’s face, as I often see this face on Ashley…

    BUT, what I am really interested in is that mattress!!! Just look at those swirlies and curlies and feathers!!!

    Are you now in the mattress padding business too? LOL

    Any chance for an unobstructed pic of those great designs??

  2. Vicki W says:

    LOL! Gotta love that face! Pancakes for dinner? He must be happy by now – that’s a treat! I have done lots of garment sewing but I HATE repair sewing so I’ll give you WOTY – I’ll sure not get it! I also think I have some fabric that looks like the green/blue shirt on the bottom…

  3. Tina Chamberlain says:

    Boy, does that face look familiar!! My son would rather die than eat some school lunches. He’s a very picky eater and he’s 10!!! By the way, I love love love your red heart piece. I can’t wait to see how you finish it.

  4. Suzanne's mama says:

    After you’re through vying for Mother of the Year and Wife of the Year, you can try for Daughter of the Year.
    To all who read her blog, Suzanne truly is a wonder woman. Beautiful and talented and a great wife and mother and daughter, although she and her sister vie for favorite daughter status. I’m really proud of her. And I’ll proudly take credit for being a good influence, in her growing up years at least.

  5. carlafibers says:

    LOL, Suzanne, on Joe’s look on his face!! It reminded me of my cat- who needed grooming and came home shaved. I’ll post it on the blog and you can compare!! LOL

    You DO deserve a wonderful prize for the 4 shirts!! Well Done!

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