*The use of this title in no way endorses the tacky 1980s book 101 Uses of a Dead Cat, which I thought was tasteless and nasty, but did have a catchy title!
So, turning to the T-shirt problem, our boys have a wonderful collection of T-shirts from round the world, brought back by travelling members of the family or picked up in Charity Shops. When Son 1 grows out of a T-shirt it is snapped up enthusiastically by Son 2, but when a T-shirt gets too small, or too battered for him, we are reluctant to throw it away, or even to give it to a Charity Shop. Thus, we have got inventive over the years...The latest T-shirt to get a bit skimpy on him was one of his favourites, brought back from China by Granny and Grandpa. Anything with a dragon on was bound to be much loved. So while Son 2 did some Holiday Work, I got snipping and sewing...
...and converted it into a cushion for his bed...
... with which he is very pleased.
This was a T-shirt brought back by Uncle Mathew and Aunt Kate (that's Ben's brother - the real globe trotter of the family) when the boys were tiny. It soon wrinkled up in that way that embroidered T-shirts sometimes do, but Son 2, aged about 3, still would not relinquish it. In the end I cut out the embroidery and stretched it over a little frame I'd found.
Since then it has hung in their bedroom, and more recently in our bathroom, next to Son 1's photo of a similar location.
This is one we actually bought ourselves! Son 1 then Son 2 dropped chocolate on the white bits, but the picture remained intact....... and now sits next to our own photos of the same location.
We'll be going back to Carnac, an amazing prehistoric site in Brittany, in a few weeks' time.
Other, more prosaic uses of old T-shirts in this house include cleaning cloths and dusters. Do you have any other suggestions?
Advance warning - I am gathering together bits and pieces of French school ephemera (old and new) for a Giveaway for la Rentreé! More information to follow...
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