August 7, 2009

Bleach Shirt Book Stack

I totally ruined a plain magenta t-shirt by getting a splash of bleach on it right in the belly-button area. Since it was trash-bound anyway, I got adventurous in an attempt to save it.


I used Q-tips dipped in bleach. I was originally going for flowers, but it ended up being fireworks. I wore the shirt yesterday and thought it looked cute.

Here's my latest library stack. I estimate I'll read one book all the way through, start and reject three books, and never get around to the others.


In case the titles aren't clear, they are:
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by Tiffany Baker
  • Bitch Creek, by William G. Tapply
  • The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters
  • The Believers, by ZoĆ« Heller
  • Here's the Story: Surviving Macia Brady and Finding My True Voice, by Maureen McCormick
  • I'll Scream Later, by Marlee Matlin
  • The Other Queen, by Philippa Gregory
  • The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Their Lives, by Cheryl Jarvis

40 comments:

nicole said...

Clever shirt solution. I've only read one entire book in your stack, The Other Queen. I liked it. I started the Little Stranger but never finished it. Good luck!

methebee said...

all i could think was bleach stain? bleach stain where? haha! wicked clever save!

i'm also on a crazy library book kick but some of my titles are written by tori spelling. i keep telling my boyfriend it's SUMMER!

Heather D. said...

Maybe this will help narrow your stack down. I recently checked out The Little Giant book and could not get into it at all. I read about 2 chapters and took it back to the library - and I love to read!

Christina said...

LOVE the shirt fix! I would have never known unless you told us. When I was younger I worked at a touristy beach shop where we sold shirts almost exactly like that for big $$$. You may be onto something! ;)

Shelly Overlook said...

I liked The Other Queen as well. I also got the Brady Bunch girl book from the library but never read past the first chapter. Oops.

samantha said...

That shirt is GENIUS and so cuuuuute!

Alice said...

i've read exactly zero of those books. whoopsie. i'm finishing up The Shadow Of The Wind right now, and i'm SUPPOSED to be getting a new book from bookmooch, but this woman has been sitting on my book for a month now w/o sending it. harumph.

Just Jiff said...

Awesome idea on the shirt!

Amanda said...

I'm on a major library kick. I've been reading three books or so a week. I blow through some of the fluffier ones. Right now I'm really enjoying The Woman in White.

I've read the Maureen McCormick book and it was very interesting. I had no idea what her life was like.

Sundry said...

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Notes on a Scandal, so I'm interested in hearing if you like the Heller book. You know, if that's the one you read through.

Kim said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one with Tori Spelling on my summer reading list. I figure that's why libraries were made, right?
I read Bitch Creek - pretty darn good.
Thanks for the reminder to update my library book request list.

Elizabeth said...

All I know is that Bitch Creek is the best book title I've ever heard.

Mom et al said...

I am also drawn to the Bitch Creek title! I haven't read any on your list...I need to branch out more.

Right now I'm reading The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. It took me a little while to get into it, but by a quarter of the way through it really captured me.

Kathy said...

I've been on a big library kick, too. Right now, I'm reading Dark Watch by Clive Cussler. It's awesome!

Our library has an enormous collection of Agatha Christie mystieries. All I've got to say about those is: WHY did I wait so long to read them?!

Jenni said...

I've never read the Little Children, but I do love Sarah Waters.

Jenni said...

oops, Little Stranger! either way, I haven't read that one, but I really like her other stuff, Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet.

Lippy said...

I love the shirt. I would never have thought to do that. I haven't read any of the books. I am reading The Doctor's Wife and it seems to be good. I think Bitch Creek sounds cool.

Allison said...

Another one who has read The Other Queen! I enjoyed it muchly. But then I love anything to do with the Tudor era. Haven't read any others in your stack, though.

Marcee said...

I highly recommend reading The Believers. It's fantastic!

Rah said...

Great save with the shirt--awesome, in fact. Like Christina, I think you could sell them!

Soleil said...

Wow! That is SO clever! I never would have thought of that and it looks super cute! Nice job.

Omaha Mama said...

Great fix on the shirt, I also think it looks cute! I had a stack of books checked out from the info center at the school where I work for "summer reading". I finished one of five and am embarassed that it was the only fluff romance piece in the pile. I'll have to hang my head in shame when the media specialists ask me how I liked the others.

MzEll said...

The shirt is divine! That would be such a fun thing to do on little kid clothes too! I wonder if those bleach pen things would work? Anyway..

I've read not one of those books...I'm on a non-fiction kick after a couple of years of only fiction. I'm so tempted to check out Tori Spelling's book, as someone else said. I just bought myself The Gentle Art of Domesticity for my bday, and I'm super excited to start it!

Happy reading, Mama!

LiLu said...

Haha! I love the shirt! Great job :-)

HHRose said...

I also took out "Queen" this week. Huge fan of the Gregory books, not-so-much of the multi-narrator books, though, so we'll see how it goes. Post a review if you finish it/have time.

J from Ireland said...

Wow I love what you did to your t-shirt, it looks really professional!!

SIL Anna said...

That bleaching shirt idea is inspired. Makes me want to do one w/ a dark blue shirt, make like a starry night thing. Also, I didn't know there was a new Sarah Waters out. Sweet!

Jewels said...

Nice shirt fix! Smart cookie.

DCMomma said...

Love the shirt!

Aunt Becky said...

That's ridiculously clever, my friend. I am in awe of your ability. No, seriously, I couldn't do that to save my own life.

Summer Nicklasson said...

That shirt is super cute! I have one like that from old navy but I BOUGHT it that way.
Man seeing your books and realizing I don't know a SINGLE title is a little gentle reminder that I really suck at reading! (at least anything NON parenting related)

lilfoot2007 said...

I love what you did with the shirt. It looks awesome! And fun!

Astarte said...

The shirt looks like fireworks!

Ooh, read Little Giant, it's really good.

Jen said...

I have not read any of those but I just finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog and WOW...I think it is the best book I've read in a very, very long time.

I've always wondered what to do about bleach...good idea! Although the one shirt I kept to wear around the house eventually a hole wore through where the bleach spattered.

Katy said...

Now I'm wondering if there's anything in my closet that you be improved with a bleach pen. Very interesting.

Margaret said...

Very clever with the shirt! It looks great. That's the beauty of the library--you don't have to read anything you don't want to because you haven't REALLY paid for it. Enjoy!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

The shirt is super cute. Quite crafty.

Lora said...

I love the shirt! we used to do that kind of stuff with my grandma when we were little and I loved it.

And if you can find time to read, so can I! You've motivated me to dust off the old library card.

Sally said...

Totally righteous save with the T! I love it but I gotta ask: How does the bleach not eat through the fabric? Seems like when I hold onto a bleach splattered T (cause I wear it around the house and don't care what it looks like), the spot turns into a hole toot suite. Does it depend on how MUCH bleach you use or how long it stays on the fabric?

Swistle said...

It remains to be seen. I did the bleach marks as the washer was filling, and tossed the shirt in right after---but I'll give an update later if the bleachy areas turn to tatters. Particularly if they do so all at once, and at an inopportune public moment.