Thursday, May 27, 2010

Part 2 of Long Legs=Short Skirt

Reagan had this cute yellow skirt from last year that was of course too short this summer.  So, like my last post, I up-cycled it!  Sorry I am blogland's worst at remembering to take a before pic so use your wonderful imagination....plain yellow skirt.  I bought the brown fabric from HL (I believe it was about a 1/4 of a yard).  All I did was measure how much longer I wanted the skirt to be and cut the fabric.  I did use the entire width, which was 54".  I sewed the right sides together and gathered and pinned as I went around the skirt to make the ruffle effect. Hem the bottom and the skirt is done! 

Now for the shirt.  I paid $3.50 for the shirt at WM. 

First, cut a strip of fabric the width you want your flower and fold in a circular direction. 

Once you lay the first flower on the shirt you will have to adjust it and possibly do some re-folding, then pin in place and sew. 

Do the same steps for the second layer of the flower just use a smaller strip of fabric. 

Then, sew on a cute button or jewel to cover up the middle. 

All done with a new outfit for about $7! Sorry, my model quit on me tonight, but you get the idea!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Long Legs=Short Skirt

Reagan's legs are getting longer and longer and her skirts are getting shorter and shorter.  So, I am having a problem finding skirts small enough to fit her waist that are long enough. So I took a couple of skirts that fit her well in the waist but are too short and added some length.  I actually made this original skirt and shirt last summer after seeing similar ones in boutiques for well over $30.  (Sorry I forgot to take a before pic, just imagine the hounds tooth in place of the denim.) 

The original skirt I had made was too small this year, so I cut the bottom off and sewed it onto the bottom of the too short denim skirt.  Seriously, this took all of about 10 min., (even with my not-so-much-a-seamstress skills), and now she can wear it another season.  I luv upcycling, recycling, or whatever you want to call it....I call it saving money....makes me happy inside!

                                                                                            please excuse Mason's head....

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

I had this great idea to make a sign to go above my rather large kitchen window.  Correction, I was really inspired by Buzzings of a Queen Bee's sign and knew I had to have one of my very own. Since the sign was going in the kitchen I wanted it to say something "kitchen-y."  Eat, drink and be merry says kitchen-y to me! J said it sounds like we are going to have a drunken party....that is NOT what was going through my head, especially since we don't even drink, at all!  Then I remembered this was actually in the Bible.  So I looked it up and it is Ecc. 8:15; "Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun."  After showing my sarcastic husband, (he was just pickin'), that I did not plan on having a drunken party, I put him to work. 

J cut the wood and sanded the edges.  First, I painted the wood with some white paint.  Then, I found the style of letters I wanted to use off of the computer.  I drew the letters freehand from looking at the type that I chosen on to some white paper.  Then, I laid the paper on the sign to make sure the size and spacing would work.  Then I drew the letters on to the sign with pencil.  Next, I painted the letters and went around the edges with a black Sharpie so they would  have a smooth edge.  After the paint was dry, I took a damp paper towel and some antiquing polish, (from HL), and basically smeared it all over the sign.  A little antiquing polish goes a long way!  The good thing about antiquing polish is while it's still wet you can wipe it off if you get to much.  After everything was nice and dry, J hung it for me.  So, what are your first thoughts when you hear, "eat, drink and be merry?"
BTW, I have to do something with that light fixture....anyone have any suggestions besides take it to the curb??

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Carter's 1st Photo Shoot

My one month old nephew, Carter, came over the other night, oh and his mom and dad came too.  I played the role of  "the paparazzi".  That poor baby probably had nightmares of camera flashes.  I wanted to take pics outside but it started raining so we had to make do inside.  I think despite the darkness of being inside on a rainy evening we still got some pretty good ones.

I luv baby feet :)

wanna pinch those chubby cheeks!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Letter Magnets

I made some letter magnets for a friend of mine who is getting married in a couple of months.  I thought they would be a cute little something in addition to whatever else I get her.  They were pretty easy to make, but a little time consuming.  I bought all of the supplies at HL.  All you do is take the wooden chip and modge podge scrapbook paper to it.  Once that dried, I took the letter stickers and modge podged over them too.  Add the magnets to the back and you're done!  Lots and lots of possibilities with these!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day & Turning 30

Since today is Mothers Day  I first of all would like to say I love and appreciate my mother.  She has been a great influence in my life!   Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there, the world would not be the same with out you!

Today is not only Mother's Day, it is also my birthday.  Not just any birthday, but the big 3-0! Today has been an interesting day.  Mason has been running a high fever for 4 days so I am running on little sleep.  This morning I woke up feeling a little bummbed about turning"30".  I proceed to the kitchen where Reagan is so excited to give me her present.  I have no idea what it could be but J warned me in advance to "look surprised" they had searched all over town for it.  To my surprise she had gotten me a  I couldn't help but laugh and look surprised!   By the end of the day I can't help but feel how blessed I am.  J insisted he stay home from church  with Mason since it was Mother's Day and my b-day and Reagan made my day on the way home from church tonight.  A friend was teasing me and told Reagan to help me to the car tonight after church.  On the way home Reagan asks, "Mom, why was Grandy telling me to help you to the car?"  I explained and she says, "mom, you are the best mom ever and beautiful and my favorite person ever."  My word, she made me cry!  That topped of all of the presents I received today! 

In honor of the big 3-0 I thought I would share 30 things about myself. 

1.  I am the youngest of 3-sister & brother are 12 & 10 1/2  years older
2.  I have never traveled by plane, ship or train
3.  I have never been west of Nashville or north of Chicago
4.  I have never been out of the country
5.  I have lived in the city where I live now my entire life
6.  wow, #2-5 make me think I need to get out more!
7.  I have never been stung by a bee or wasp
8.  I have never broken a bone
9.  I HATE, HATE, HATE jumping spiders (aka cave crickets/camel crickets)
10.  I don't like coffee (please still be my friend)
11.  I don't know how to dive (that's DIVE not dRive~see #21)
12.  I am not a good speller
13.  I made one D in school-not in spelling surprisingly
14.  I met my husband on a double date
15.  I took gymnastics for a couple of years as a child
16.  No, I cannot still do the splits or a back bend
17.  I changed my name in 4th grade
18.  I love being a stay-at-home mom
19.  The first thing I notice about people I meet is their teeth
20.  I still have my wisdom teeth
21.  I have never had a speeding ticket
22.  I have never colored my hair
23.  I got married when I was 18~will celebrate 12th anniversary this July
24.  I love little baby feet :)
25.  There is a reason for #20-I am too chicken to have them cut out
26.  I am scared of heights, but like roller coasters as long as I keep my eyes closed
27.  I had a horse as a little girl, her name was Lady Beth
28.  I do not like cold weather
29.  ok, #28 isn't totally true, I shortened from Sarah Beth to just Sarah, I thought it sounded more grown up, ha!
30.  I look back over the past 30 years and can't help but feel that I have been greatly blessed!!