Join Operation Connor Share on 11/23 By Helping Those in Need and Get a Free T-Shirt!

Join Operation Connor Share as they pass the torch nationwide in cities all across the US on November 23, 2019 to help those less fortunate. Operation Connor Share began 10 years ago when Connor was just three years old.  He and his mother, Colleen Brennan, set out in their town of Boynton Beach, Florida to deliver meals to those in need.  After that day, a passion for “Paying it Forward” was born.

This year, to commemorate Connor’s 10-year anniversary of giving back, Connor is recruiting families all across the U.S. to join him on November 23 to share food and supplies with those less fortunate! Everyone can be involved in this life changing experience, and it is a great way to teach children about giving back. Operation Connor Share breaks down the process of giving back so that all volunteers can easily and affordably participate in the event. (see below for full instructions)

In addition to the fulfillment you will feel by giving back, Operation Connor Share will also send participants a free commemorative t-shirt for your participation on this day! Connor has participants from 25 states and is hopeful to reach volunteers in all 50! If you would like more information on this event, please email operationconnorshare@gmail.com.

 

Giving back is simplified with these steps from Operation Connor Share:This is where you and your family and friends can help!

  • Go through your cabinets for travel items you have collected from hotels. (i.e.: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, soap)
  • Make a social media asking for your family, friends, neighbors to drop off to you anything that they have that you can use to give to the homeless. You will need the following.
    • Quart sized Ziplock bags
    • Loaves of bread
    • Peanut butter
    • Bottles of water
    • Wash cloths
    • Socks
    • Band-Aids
    • Smaller sandwich bags
    • Fruit snacks, individually packaged crackers, etc.
    • Travel items
  • A week or so before, invite your kids’ friends over to help or family or just do it alone with your own family. Put all the items together that you have collected.
  • The day of, wake up early and smile! Put on your Operation Connor Share Pay it forward shirts! Take photos and share on Operation Connor Share or email them to us for our website.
  • Make the peanut butter sandwiches and put in smaller sandwich bags.
  • Head out into the communities where you know there might be those less fortunate than you and share lovingly and humbly. Take photos of your children handing out bags to share on social media and with us, inspiring others to Pay it Forward
  • After you are finished, go home and reflect on how it felt to give back and make a plan to do it NEXT YEAR! (or more often)

The Custom Series- No Sew T-Shirt Pillow

  1. Supplies needed:  Your favorite tee, Fabric Scissors, Ruler, Chalk, Fabric Glue (I used Fabric Fuse), Pillow Stuffing (I used Poly-fil Ultra Plush)
  2. Starting from just under the armpit seam use your ruler to mark 5 inches from the edge of you shirt.  
  3. Do the same on the other side 
  4. Starting from the highest point of the neck collar use your ruler to mark down from the top 5 1/2 inches. 
  5. Make the same measurement and mark on the opposite side of the collar and connect the two marks by drawing a line using your chalk and ruler.  
  6. This measurement is all up to you depending on how big or small you want your pillow to be.  For mine I measured up 6 inches from the bottom and made several marks all the way across.  
  7. Using your chalk and ruler connect all your marks with a straight line.  
  8. Again using your ruler and chalk draw a straight line starting from your bottom line going up to your top line where your 5” indent from the sides are.
  9. Do this on both sides. 
  10. Box 10 is a visual of what it should look like with all your lines drawn.  
  11. Start cutting out your pillow.  Cut both the front and back of your tee at the same time starting with your bottom line.  
  12. Follow your side and top lines to finish cutting out your pillow.  
  13. Once you have your shape cut out take the front of your tee (with your design) and flip it over so it’s in the inside of your pillow.  
  14. Start gluing your sides together using your fabric glue.  I used Fabric Fuse as shown in figure 14.1 and a small brush to spread it out.
  15. Continue gluing all the way around from the edge of your shirt until about 1/2 inch in.
  16. Once you get to the top (or bottom if started at the top) only glue from the outside in on each side leaving a space in the middle big enough for your hand to fit in.  This is where you’ll fill your pillow.  

Once you have your gluing finished you’ll want to lay your shirt somewhere on a flat surface to dry.  I left mine to dry overnight but I believe the bottle says 4-6 hours.  

  1. Once all your glue has dried you want to turn your pillow right-side out.
  2. This will make it so your seams are all on the inside.  Nice and neat!
  3. Using your pillow stuffing start stuffing your new pillow using the access point you left on the top (or bottom)
  4. Continue stuffing, handfuls at a time making sure to get into the corners. 
  5. Once you have your desired amount of stuffing you are ready to close up your access hole.  
  6. Fold the back of your tee over slightly and apply your fabric glue.
  7. Fold over the front of your tee to create the seam and join together.  You want to make sure this stays closed so I used a paper clamp and some paperclips.  It’s what I had laying around.  You can use anything from paperclips to chip bag clips.  Just as long as it stays closed so it can dry fully.  

Once your fabric glue is dry, remove your clips and fluff your pillow then ENJOY!!!  

I love this idea for making pillows out of loved ones shirts that have passed away and you want something you can have to remember them by.  Take something they wore and make it into a pillow.  Or make them out of your kids shirts that they’ve grown out of for a small travel pillow.  The options are endless!  They make incredible gifts as well.  

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – T-Shirt to Apron

 

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – Fringe Bottom Tee

  1. Using your ruler, measure up anywhere between 5-7 inches and mark with chalk.
  2. After making your marks across your tee, use your chalk and ruler to connect them all the way across.
  3. Using your ruler, chalk mark every inch along the bottom of your tee.
  4. Using fabric scissors to cut both the front and back together at your inch marks straight up to your chalk line.
  5. Continue this all the way across the bottom of your tee.
  6. After the completion of the inch cuts, cut those in half all the way across.
  7. One you have all of your cuts made, pull them to stretch.
  8. Take the first two pieces and start tying knots about 1/4 of the way down. Continue this all the way across.
  9. With all of the strands now knotted, begin working on your second row of knots.  To do this, take the right tail from your left knot, and the left tail from the right knot and tie them into a third knot.
  10. Continue this all the way around the shirt (front and back).

Enjoy your new shirt!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – Choker Style DIY

 

  1. Find the center of your collar and make a mark on the bottom.  
  2. Using your chalk and ruler draw a straight line down to where you want your opening to stop.  I typically do 3-4 inches
  3. From this center line use your ruler to measure out 2 inches on each side and mark with your chalk.  
  4. From those 2 outer marks use your ruler and chalk to draw a diagonal line down the the bottom of your center line.  
  5. Cut out the triangle
  6. Figure 7 is showing what your cut will look like once complete.  

Enjoy your new tee!!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – T-Shirt to Workout Tank

Before you start you must decide which shoulder you want exposed.  In these pics it’s showing for the left shoulder to be exposed.  If you want your right shoulder open just reverse the instructions.  

  1. Start by finding the center of the bottom of your shirts collar and mark with chalk.  Then from the mark trace the bottom of your collar to create a line where you’re going to cut.  Cut along this line from the center of your collar to the top of your shirt.
  2. Figure 3 is showing your first cut.  
  3. Again, start from the center of your collar and draw a slightly curved line up to the of the sleeve. 
  4. Figure 5 is showing what your 2nd cut will look like.  
  5. Draw a smaller line about an inch away from the cut you just made and cut along this mark.  This is optional
  6. On the opposite sleeve of the cut shoulder use your chalk to draw a 3” line along the seam, as shown in figure 7.  Cut along your mark (see figure 8 for what this cut will look like).  Stretch this cut slightly to distress.  
  7. Make a few marks on the bottom of the sleeve and cut those marks just enough to separate the hem.  This step is optional.  
  8. On the sleeve of your open shoulder make a couple of cuts starting from the top of the sleeve going in.  I did 2 cuts on this sleeve, one was about an in and the other about half an inch.  Stretch these cuts slightly to distress.
  9. Move the the bottom of your shirt to the opposite side of your open shoulder.  Make 4 lines starting from large working up in a triangular shape to small.  Cut along these 4 lines and stretch slightly to distress.  
  10. Still on the bottom of your shirt but this time on the same side as the open shoulder.  Fold just the from of your shirt in small spots and make small cuts as shown in figure 11.  This step is optional.  Stretch cuts slightly to distress.  
  11. Along the bottom of the shirt follow the same steps as figure 8.  Make small cuts along the bottom seam in random places to separate the hem.  This step is optional.  

Enjoy your newly distressed tee!!! 

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – T-Shirt to Workout Tank

  1. Supplies:  Comfy tee, Fabric Scissors, Chalk, Ruler
  2. Find the middle of the bottom of the collar and the measure 3-4 inches up on each side and mark with your chalk.
  3. From these marks take your ruler and draw a line down to just under the armpit seam on each side.  
  4. Starting at the bottom of the armpit seam cut along your line and stop once you reach the collar in the FRONT.  At this point you’ll have to lift up the front and continue cutting only the BACK until you reach the bottom of the back collar.  
  5. Once you’ve reached the bottom of the front and back collar cut off the sleeves by cutting just along the collar.  

That’s it!  You’ve just created yourself a super cute tank!!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – Off-the-Shoulder DIY

  1. Determine which shoulder you want to expose and make a mark on the OPPOSITE side about 1/2 an inch away from the collar.  
  2. Starting from this mark draw a slightly curved line up to the top of the sleeve of your exposed shoulder side.  
  3. Figure 4 is to show what each side should look like depending on the side you want exposed.  
  4. Starting from your original mark cut through the front and back of the shirt just enough to get past the seam.
  5. Once past your seam remove your scissors and continue cutting only the FRONT of your tee.  Do Not Cut The Back.  
  6. Starting again from your original mark, cut just along the seam of the back of your shirt to meet at the other side.  

Enjoy your new tee!!!  I like to pair mine with a fun bralette that can also be found at J Elizabeth Boutique!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

The Custom Series – Creative Shirt Customizations by Christina Straggas

  1. Items needed:  T-Shirt, Fabric Scissors, Chalk
  2. Cut out your collar
  3. Figure 3 is just to show you what this cut will look like
  4. Starting at your collar and working your way down the sleeve draw out 4 triangles.  This does not have to be perfect.  Mine definitely weren’t.  
  5. Cut out these triangles.  
  6. Repeat on the other sleeve.  
  7. Cut out these triangles.  
  8. Stretch these cuts lightly and tie the front of your tee to the back of your tee.  For each triangle cut.  
  9. Figure 9 is showing you what this will look like when it’s all tied and finished.  

Enjoy your new tee!!!

To see even more of Christina’s creative designs, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/BGBout and be sure to check back here throughout the week for the rest of the Custom T-Shirt Series!

~J. Elizabeth Boutique

Meet Our Stylists – Issue 10

Where are you from?

Elizabeth MN 

Do you have any nicknames?

Mom, mommy, MOM!!! (Insert kids saying it over and over again) 

Why did you sign up for JE?

I love clothes and wanted a discount 

What rank are you at with JE?

Black diamond 

Are you in a relationship?

Married 💓

Do you have any children?

3 beautiful children 

Do you have any pets?

A dog named Cooper 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

I really want to go to Romania someday, definitely on the bucket list. 

What takes up too much of your time?

My phone, I scroll Facebook for too long. 

What makes your day better?

When my kids get off the bus and we get to have family time for the rest of the day. 

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished?

My husband. He does everything at 100% and it shows in his career, as a husband and a father. He juggles a lot but isn’t one to complain, he is definitely the superhero in our house!

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Traveling more, enjoying the kids school activities, maybe buying a lake home or hunting land. 

How was your life different one year ago?

We were living 3 hours away from where we currently live. 

What movie title best describes your life?

Field of dreams 

What are you absolutely determined to do?

Be debt free before my 31st birthday! 

Who or what inspires you?

My sister inspires me daily. Everything I know, from parenting to being a great friend came from her. Growing up we shared the same room and I never thought she would be my best friend some day; but as we got older I realized how much I needed her. She has taught me so much! 

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?

Seeing more positive in myself! 

What risks are worth taking?

The ones that will make you happy, even if they are out of your comfort zone! 

What makes life good?

Love, laughter and true friendships; oh and chocolate! 

What do you want to be remembered for?

Being genuine, social media has a way of making people seem different in real life then they are behind a computer, and I never want to be that person. I want to be the person that people can come to and have a true friend! 

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique?

Flexibility, I can work anywhere, share it with everyone and not have to put my kids in daycare to go to a full time job.

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

  1. Mamasaurus

  2. the MN shirts

  3. any wine related shirt.