Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yo-Yo Tank

I saw something similar to this at Target the other day. To create my version, I pulled this plain-jane tank top out of my closet:

I actually had a little stash of vintage yo-yo's that I had found at a thrift store but you could just as easily make your own (see here for a good tutorial). Pin your yo-yo's in place:

and stitch down (by hand)


not yet warm enough in Colorado to wear by itself

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Skirt to Top - The Spring Version

Really, probably wishful thinking on my part that I will be wearing this top anytime soon - as I woke up to snow yesterday morning! But I can't wait until I can wear it - flowy, airy, cool - perfect for warm spring days.

This refashion is just a take on the original skirt to top refashion that I did a while back. If you want to try this, read through this original post first for basic instructions.

For the spring version, I started with this thrifted floral print skirt - some sort of light-weight fabric with a lining:

This skirt was too long to just use as is, and the waist was too small to fit right at my hips, so it required a little tweaking. I cut the waist off right at the bottom of the zipper:

The lining then slipped right out - I won't be using it for this project. I double folded the cut end to make a casing and inserted elastic. This end is now the bottom of your top. Then just follow instructions for the original - sew your bottom seam (now your top) shut leaving an opening for your head and cut arm holes along the side.

since the fabric is so sheer I will be pairing this with a black tank underneath

Then I was browsing around Anthropologie the other day and found this top in their new spring stuff:

Anthropologie - $118

Very similar - and I didn't even do it on purpose this time - I had made my top before I even saw the Anthro one!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Making Me Happy Monday

I'm not sure this technically "makes me happy" but I did have a birthday over the weekend. Getting another year older, noticing a few more wrinkles - not so much fun. But having family visit, eating birthday cake, and opening presents - now those things are definitely fun!

hand painted wine glasses from my mom and dad

hedgehog birthday cake - this was actually a belated birthday cake for my son but he agreed to share with me - made by my mom and I (but mostly my mom)

a present for me . . . from me . . . inspired by this $288 Anthro necklace (mine cost me zero dollars as I had all of the supplies on hand)

And my sister-in-law and I got some kid-free time to spend perusing the book store. Here's what I bought:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls - (I loved The Glass Castle)
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (I loved The House at Riverton)
An Exclusive Love, A Memoir by Johanna Adorjan

Anyone read any of these???

Friday, March 25, 2011

Lace Back Top

My inspiration:

from Charlotte Russe, although I don't think it's available anymore

My version:

I choose not to cut out the fabric underneath the lace - I actually tried a version where I did but did not like the way that it looked on me (probably more suited to someone in their 20's)

I don't have step-by-step photos of this project because there is really only one step - cut your lace to the shape you would like, lay out on the back of your shirt, pin in place, and sew down - an easy little way to incorporate the lace trend into your wardrobe.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bathroom Re-Do Part 2 - Accessories

I picked up this little painting at the thrift store. I liked the intricate details on the frame but not necessarily the gold color . . .

. . . a coat of pale green spray paint and I like it much better.

Same thing with these thrift store candle sticks

I borrowed (ok, stole) the little red shelf from my son's room

Then it was on to linens. This plain white hand towel got a little crocheted edging:

A couple of vintage towels got a new look with some colorful trim (like this one that I did for my other bathroom):

And finally, a little bit of a cop-out. I had big plans to make a new rug but then I found this one at the thrift store and decided to save myself some time (and my interest in this project was waning at this point anyway). So a quick toss in the washing machine, and this rug was ready to go:

(and it kind of ties together the random mix of colors that I have going on)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bathroom Re-Do

So I don't have complete before pictures of this project because, honestly, it started out as a simple little mirror replacement in the kid's bathroom. But then, once the new mirror was up, I realized just how bad the old ugly box light fixture looked. And while I was at it, how about some new artwork too. And new towels. And maybe a new rug as well. And then before I knew it, I had (almost) completely re-done the bathroom . So up first, the mirror that began it all:

The old mirror was just a plain square unframed mirror. I purchased this oval framed mirror at the thrift store for $25. (I had already removed the mirror part before I remembered to take a picture).

I used 2 different colors of spray paint - Metallic Silver and Sparkling Canyon Satin Metallic, both from Krylon.

I applied several coats of the silver so I had a good base coat and all of the previous color was covered. Then I just started layering on a little of the Sparkling Canyon, lightly and only in a few places. I also used some brown acrylic paint and a toothbrush to flick on speckles of brown paint. I just kept layering the 3 different paints on until I had a look I liked. And here's the finished mirror:

Next up was the light fixture. The old one looked like this:

And here's the new one:

And here's a little secret I'm going to let you in on - how I probably saved least $30 on this light fixture. Since neither my husband or I are extremely skilled with electricity, I didn't want to risk buying a second hand light so I purchased the metal fixture at Lowe's. But they wanted anywhere from $7 - $10 a piece for the glass globes. I went to my local Habitat for Humanity Building Supply Store and they had hundreds of these glass globes to choose from - all $1 each. If you try this though, just make sure that you buy globes that will fit your light fixture - they're fairly standard but I still measured to make sure.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see my recycled bathroom accessories.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Give-Away

I had so much fun making ricrac roses, I decided to share one with you all. You can enter to win this black rose and copper necklace . . .

Black Rose and Copper Necklace

. . . or, I've been playing around with wire flowers as well . . .
Blue Wire Flower Pendant Necklace

***Give-Away is Now Closed***

To enter, please leave a comment on this post
. Make sure I have access to your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. I'd love it if you'd follow my blog (you can either follow via Google Connect or via e-mail - links for both on the side bar), but it's not a requirement to win. Entries will be accepted through 12:00 midnight MST on March 31, 2011.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ric Rac Roses

Have you seen these ricrac roses???

So pretty! (tutorial here from Nostalgic NeedleArt)

I turned mine into necklaces and earrings. For the earrings, I used baby ricrac and for the necklaces I used the regular size, then used E6000 glue to attach them to pendant and earring bases.


red rose earrings

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Spring Cardigan

I read a post the other day on someone's blog about "uniforms" - you know, your comfort clothes, the outfit combo you can throw on without really thinking about it, sometimes you don't even realize you do it. Well here's mine - jeans, t-shirt or tank, a cardigan (of course), and a fun necklace and earrings - 99% of the time this is what you will find me in. So with warmer weather approaching, I needed some lighter weight cardigans for my "uniform" - and the spring cardi was born (you could also probably call this a shrug)

The first version of this cardigan was made out of a blue jersey sheet that I had on hand. For the sake of this tutorial, I'm going to show you both the blue jersey version and the floral version which was made from a light weight mystery (probably polyester) thrift store fabric, although I think the floral version turned out better. It drapes better, fits better, and was more the look I was going for. **A couple of notes - when reading through this tutorial all measurements are for the blue jersey version with measurements for the floral version given in parentheses, and also these measurements are something you will probably want to play around with a bit depending on your individual sizing and the fabric you are using. Because it is made from 1 piece of fabric it is fairly easy to cut it a little bigger, check sizing, and cut down if needed.**

Ok, this seems a little complicated and it's a little hard to explain but in reality it is really, really easy to make - it's all 1 piece, 2 little seams, and you're good to go. You will need a piece of non-fraying fabric (such as jersey or some polyesters) that measures at least 34 inches by 30 inches (50 inches). Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, then widthwise. You're going to cut out a shape like this, cutting along the top line and side curved line, through all 4 layers:

Here are my pieces, still folded:

When you unfold it, it should look kind of like this:

Fold in half, across the concave side, right sides together.

Place a pin 4 inches (10 inches) up from the cut edge, and pin edges together up to that point and sew. **April 2011 - edited to add - do this on the opposite side as well - this will create your 2 armholes**:

Turn right side out and it is ready to wear. This was my blue version:

not bad for a first try . . .

. . . but I like this one a lot better!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Just Funny

(photo via Pinterest)

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Any chocolate chip cookie dough recipe + green food coloring + mint chocolate chips = St. Patrick's Day cookies. (original idea from Betty Crocker)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Flower Power Cardigan

As soon as I saw this tutorial on Craftstylish I knew I had to try it. A sweater/cardigan . . . with flowers . . . yes! The tutorial is great, especially for someone with very limited embroidery skills (like me) - she shows you exactly how to do the daisy stitch. The only thing I did differently was to use embroidery thread instead of yarn and change up the colors a bit.

And here was what my cardigan looked like before:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Easy DIY Bridal Shower Card

The other day I needed a bridal shower card, and of course, me being me, I like to make my cards rather than buy them. Here's what I came up with:

Supplies needed:

*1 large paper doily (mine came from the dollar store and I had them on hand for a different project)
*scrap piece of paper for pattern drafting
*glue stick and Elmer's glue
*blank card and envelope
*small ribbon (mine was in my scrapbooking supplies)

First, you want to draft a pattern on a piece of scrap paper - fold your piece of paper in half and draw half of your dress - I free-handed this and trust me, I have no drawing skills whatsoever. Cut out your pattern - I've unfolded it here so you can see what it should look like but you actually want to keep it folded to trace onto your doily in the next step.

Now you want to trace your pattern onto your paper doily - fold your doily in half first. Then cut out, making sure to cut on the inside of your drawn lines so they won't show in the final product.

Now you just need to glue your little dress onto your card - I used glue stick for this part. **Beware you want to do this very carefully - the paper these doilies are made out of is thin and fragile. I actually ended up ripping my first one and having to start over.** Then you can glue your ribbon in place - I used the Elmer's Glue for this part. Done!!