Saturday, May 29, 2010

Skinny Jeans

I didn't jump on the skinny jeans band wagon until early this year (when two of my sisters showed me the light) and now I adore them. I only had 1 pair and realized I needed wanted another... and most of the skinny jeans I found in the stores (that were cheap enough that I would consider buying them) are too... well... skinny. I don't like the look of painted on skinny jeans (or the kind that create a muffin top or draws too much unwanted attention to my birthing hips). To solve my predicament,  I went to the thrift store and found a pair of jeans that fit perfectly up top, took them home, washed 'em, and turned them into skinny jeans.


During (I used my other pair as a guide). 

I love the way they turned out. Skinny but not too skinny. And if I decide later that I want to make them even skinnier, I can! Win-win-win.  (Oh, and I'll try and wear makeup next time I show my face around here... but no promises.)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hair Pretties

Lookie what I made!? Aren't they pretty?

For the first rosette I used a purple (I promise it looks purple in real life) satiny fabric and a sparkly tulle. I just wrapped them together and hot glued to my hearts content. I also covered a black button with the tulle (a couple of times because I didn't want the button to show through) and glued it on. I also added a sparkly tulle tail. So cute. Then I glued some felt and a hair clip on the back.

I heart it.

For the white rosette, I used a soft cotton and added 3 lace folds to the underside (my 8-year old sister-in-law thought it looked like toilet paper without it) and added a button on top.

So simple and pretty! Yay for cute hair accessories (too bad they aren't for me...)!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Better Late Than Never

I am so so behind on making birthday presents this year. Last year I was awesome and so on top of things... and this year (so far) is the exact opposite. Oh well...

Anyway, I just barely finished my sister's birthday gift (her birthday was in February... yeah... I'm officially the recipient of the bad sister award) and I love it! She wanted me to refashion a shirt and I kept on putting it off because I didn't know what I wanted to do with it. I needed to be inspired and that inspiration finally happened a few weeks ago.

The shirt started as just a regular sweater. I cut up the middle and added some hem tape and lace (I sewed the lace and the tape on at the same time). It needed a little closure of some sort so I hot glued a button on to a broach back and pinned it on.

In case she wanted to switch things up, I also made a white one. I only took a picture of the back but you get the idea...

Also, if this shirt is familiar to you, it may be because I refashioned one back in December for another sister.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Yes, yes I know. It is May and NOT December but I made these last weekend and had to show them off.

Last Christmas I went the Festival of Trees gift shop and saw the cutest wooden nativity. I fell in love and wanted to pick one up but had already exhausted my budget. Plus, I knew I could easily make one. Later on I started thinking about how I loved the few Christmas decorations we received as wedding gifts (despite the fact that we got married in August) and how they came in so handy that first Christmas together. So with those 2 thoughts in mind I decided to make these sweet nativities as wedding gifts this year.

They were pretty easy to make (especially since my cute husband helped with the cutting of the wood and the sanding) and I love their simplicity. Plus, if you make a few at a time, they end up being super cheap!


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