Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Easy Necklace: No Sew, No Beading, No Tools Required

This easy necklace is made from one 50 cent thrifted scarf

Fold 2 corners in, then tie knots evenly along the length.

And when you're done wearing it as a necklace, just untie the knots and it's back to a scarf.

See more things to do/ways to wear a scarf here.

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Small Town Parade

photos from our local County Fair Parade

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lace On Lace Top

In retrospect, I may have been better off making this top from scratch since I re-stitched virtually every seam on this top.  But, anyway.  
I started out with this $2 thrifted lace shirt, size XXL - 

and this lace collar, salvaged from a previous refashion - 

Here's what I did:
1.  Re-cut the neckline, keeping in mind that I wanted to turn the front to the back and vice-versa (the buttons would then run down the back)
2.  Removed the sleeves
3.  Took in the sides
4.  Cut length off the bottom 
5.  Re-stitched all of the raw edges by turning under 1/4-1/2 inch and zig-zag stitching.
6. Attached  the collar
7.  Marked my waistline and stitched several rows of elastic thread.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Easy Summer Pasta

This dish is so easy to toss together and can be altered to include whatever fresh summer vegetables you happen to have on hand.


fresh tomatoes
parmesan cheese (I prefer shaved)
uncooked pasta, any kind
lots of fresh basil
fresh vegetables (I'm using asparagus)
good olive oil - flavor-infused oils work great for this

Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until almost done - add chopped vegetables (asparagus) during last few minutes of cooking and cook until noodles and  vegetables are done.  Drain.  

In a large bowl, toss pasta mixture with olive oil, lots of fresh basil, and parmesan cheese.

Top with diced fresh tomatoes.
And enjoy a delicious, healthy dinner.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Shirt Dress Refashion + An Easy Boxy Sleeve Fix

This dress was a $1 garage sale find - bought mainly because I liked the color.
A few snips and new hems and here's my dress now:

Something I'm much more likely to wear~

I removed the sleeves and shoulder doo-dads.  Re-hemmed the sleeve openings and then chopped off about 6 inches and hemmed the bottom.

But I was still left with really boxy shoulder/sleeves.

Here's a really easy fix for that:

1.  Thread a needle with a long length of thread and insert along shoulder seam near the collar, leaving approx. a 6 inch tail.
2.  Sew long stitches along the shoulder seam, ending on the inside.
3.  Pull your two ends of thread to gather the shoulder seam.
4.  Tie the 2 ends together securely and clip ends of thread

Before and After

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Zucchini Hummus

Another great use for that most prolific vegetable - the zucchini.  
And this is so easy, just toss everything in a food processor and blend.
Recipe comes via my good friend Amy.

2-4 zucchini/yellow squash
6 tbsp. lemon juice
4 cloves garlic
1-2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. turmeric
pinch of cayenne
1 c. sesame or sunflower seeds
1/2 c. tahini (optional)

*A couple of notes:  I usually leave out the salt until everything is blended, then taste and add as needed.  I leave out the tahini, but you can add it if you like.  And I used half sunflower seeds and half sesame seeds this time but it all depends on what I have on hand*

Combine all ingredients in a flood processor and blend until smooth.  Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.  Serve with crackers, pita chips, or fresh vegetables.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hiding a Stain with Embroidery: Round II

I'll be the first to admit that I might be a little, well, clumsy.  I tend to trip, fall, and especially, drop things.  So my clothes tend to get a lot of stains.  And while I'm a big fan of aprons (and sometimes end up wearing one much of the day), I still end up with spots and stains that I can't always remove in the laundry.  My new favorite solution: hiding them with embroidery.  See Round One of my stain hiding here.  
Here's my latest:

the stain is now hidden behind the large pink flower in the center

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bound Edge Towel Tutorial

I found these vintage towels at the thrift store the other day - 30 cents each.  But they were an odd size - either very large hand towels or really small bath towels.  I wanted to use them as hand/tea towels so I trimmed them down a bit, added a bound edge and . . . 

. . . voila!

My new kitchen hand towel.

Tutorial to add a bound edge:

1.  Create your binding

Apply binding:

Now you can enjoy your new towels!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Crochet Exclamation Earrings

the Anthropologie originals - $88

I used the same basic idea as these crocheted flower to create the crocheted beads, only using smaller beads, fine crochet thread, and a tiny crochet hook.  Then I strung an eye pin through the crocheted bead, added a tear drop/exclamation shaped bead, and earring hooks.