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12 posts from March 2011

March 31, 2011

DIY: Thrifted Skirt to Apron!

Some thrift stores are immaculately organized and it is very easy to swoop in scan for a specific item and be merrily on your way. Unfortunately, there are a large number of others that look more like my high school bed room than a place of business with items strewn about the place and very little order. If you're new to the process this can be a bit overwhelming. For this month's tutorial we will be taking a trip to the thrift store and this project would be a perfect introduction into the world of thrifting.

Here's what you'll need:

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Materials: Thrifted skirt, Blanket binding & decorative trim. Before you begin you'll need a skirt. Head into your local thrift store and start looking for cute skirts with great prints. What's that? You found the perfect one, but its two sizes off? Fear not! For this project size doesn't matter! Use this time to get acquainted with the store, find out how items are arranged, ask if they have special discount days (most do!) The  beauty of this project is that as long as you find a pattern you like, any size skirt will work. 

Now lets get started!

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1. Hold your skirt up to yourself to determine how long you would like it. Is it too long? Make a not on how much you'd like to shorten it. Is it too Short? Don't worry, we can adjust that later. Puppy assistants are helpful, but not required.

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2. In the last step I determined that my skirt was too long. Here I have it folded over to my desired length and am now determining my width. I like my Aprons to wrap at least half way around my waist. I tend to be a messy cook and like extra coverage. It's all personal preference.

If your skirt is too small to meet your desired width then slit it up one side, making it long enough to get the desired measurement. *Take your skirts construction into consideration before you make that first cut! Does it have back pockets that would be super handy on the front of your apron? If so you'd want to make the cut up the center front of your skirt. What type of closure does it have? Do you want to leave the closure on your apron as a design element or cut it off?

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3. Now that you have your measurements it's time to take off all of the unwanted material. If you haven't already, cut the skirt open and trim the sides down to the desired width. Since I decided to shorten my skirt this is also where I removed the excess length from the top.

To do this I measured from the top of the skirt down and marked off the fabric at even intervals all the way across the skirt. Once all of my marks were made I connected the marks and cut on my new line.

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3. Now that we have our apron cut out we need to take care of the raw edges on the sides of the apron. Fold the raw edge in to the back of your apron and press flat. I folded mine in about 3/8 of an inch. (Shown at top of photo)

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4. For a clean finished edge fold your pressed seam in one more time. Pin in place and sew along the entire width of the edge. Repeat process for the other side. 

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4. With the sides finished we'll start on the top. Get out the blanket binding and measure a length that wraps all the way around your waist with enough excess left over for tying. Cut and press.

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5. Find the center of your binding and line it up to the center of your apron. Open the binding and start pining the binding to the top of your apron.

Did you have a skirt that was too short? This is where we address that. Instead of having your apron reach all the way into the binding fold, add length by pinning it more towards the bottom of the binding. Use a wider binding - fabric stores offer binding in a wide variety of widths. If all else fails and it's still too short you can always ad a coordinating strip of fabric to the top or bottom of the apron to gain some extra length.

Once the apron is pinned in place sew along the entire exposed edge of the binding making sure to fold in the edges at the ends.

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6. Now the fun part! Grab your trim and dress up your apron! For mine I hand sewed extra sequins on and machine sewed some gold ric-rac along the edges.

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Apron complete! I hope this tutorial was helpful and if you use it to make your own apron I'd love to see your finished results!

*Enter a giveaway to win this apron here!

March 30, 2011

March Giveaway!

I'm still alive! This has been a rough month schedule wise, but I'm not ready to give up on number 28 of my 2011 goals. So as promised, here is this months giveaway! (Tutorial to follow tomorrow.)

What do you get when you combine a thrifted skirt with blanket binding and decorative trim?

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This crazy adorable apron!

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Would you like to call it yours?

Here are the rules:

To enter just sign your name in a comment and tell me what your favorite outdoor spring activity is. (I can't wait for the weather to change so I can get outside!)

For a bonus entry tweet a link to my giveaway or post a link on your blog. (Make sure you post an additional comment here letting me know so you get your bonus entry!)

The winner will be randomly selected Monday night (April 4th) at 6pm. Good Luck & remember to check back to see if you've won!

(Interested in possibly making your own apron? Check back tomorrow for the tutorial!

*This Giveaway is closed.*

March 22, 2011

Bento #13

Spring veggies are starting to show up in the grocery stores again. I am sooo excited. I can't wait to get planting and start visiting farmers markets! This bento features some amazing zucchini I picked up. Please excuse the crap photo. It was taken with my phone. Impossibly graceful me managed to drop my camera again and it was being repaired.

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Contents:
- Sauteed Zucchini & Onions
- Strawberry Creme Hello Panda Snacks
- Veggie Sausage
- Baby Bel Gouda

March 16, 2011

Get your green out!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. Don't forget to wear your green! This past weekend I skated in our local St. Patrick's Day parade with my league. The weather was perfect! Warm and sunny with a slight breeze. We passed out crazy amounts of candy and beads.

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It was so much fun. I really love parades!

Funny side note: I was so busy getting ready for the parade Friday night and Saturday morning that I didn't have time to paint my nails. After we loaded and decorated the truck I sat down to quickly paint them and Steve took this picture:

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Ha ha! I'm determined - they WILL grow! I've felt pretty awful all day spent most of it resting or sleeping. I'm really hoping to feel better tomorrow. Have a good night!

*All other photos used in this post were taken by: Jim Koclanes & Shannon White Hardin - Thanks guys!

March 14, 2011

Yummy Breakfast

I have a collection of Yummy Breakfast key chains that I've been collecting over the past few years. They were designed by Heidi Kenney for Kid Robot. They're getting harder to find in my area but I recently found a store that still had a supply and I picked up a few new ones.

They are all blind bag packaged in sealed foil wrappers and boxes to keep the contents a surprise. It occasionally leads to duplicates, but they're so cute that I've never had a problem finding a new home for them. Here is what I got this time.

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Revealed!

Not pictured is a duplicate fried egg. It was immediately gifted to a friend. Fingers crossed for pizza or toast in my next box!

March 11, 2011

Fleece & Fur Explosion

My next craft fair is in April. I've been trying to donate as much time as possible to building up a large stock of plush to take with me. It's taken over our living room. It is now impossible to leave the house without lint rolling a thin layer of purple fuzz from my clothes. It's out of control! Here are a few progress pics:

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I'll be working on them some more over the weekend, but I will also be putting the finishing touches on the March giveaway! Check back to enter next week!

March 08, 2011

Record Lows

I've started exploring the smaller thrift stores around my house and recently found a treasure trove of vinyl. Most of the albums are priced under a dollar and there is a surprising selection.

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In Spanish!!!!

I don't currently own a record player, but it's getting harder to resist. Captain and Tennille... in Spanish?!?! Yes please! Maybe I'll find the perfect yard sale bargain over the summer.

Most of my time the past two weeks has been spent gearing up for my next craft show. After this past weekend I really feel like I'm getting somewhere. Exciting! I'll try to post some progress photos later.

March 06, 2011

I'm losing...

I started out the year determined to grow my nails out. I'm Failing miserably. I've had three notable false starts. Each ending on a stressful day when I come out of a flustered haze and realize they're gone. I've tried the bitter liquids and hot sauce. I've tried bribing myself with manicures and mini guilty pleasures to no avail. So far the only success I've had has been with nail polish.

I am an extremely visual person. Usually, when learning something new, I have to see it to understand it. If I see a phone number written down I'm more likely to remember it than if I only hear it recited. That's just how I work. I think the nail polish works because as I move my hand up to my mouth I notice something shiny our of the corner of my eye and it draws my attention to what I'm doing. I gasp, withdraw my hand and the nails are safe.

The only problem with this is the upkeep. I have to re-polish my nails every other day to keep the polish effective. It's hard to justify spending that much time painting my nails when I have so much else going on, but moving into month three of failed attempts has me thinking it might be time well spent. I was doing a little research on nail art to keep things interesting and came across these gems:

1. A blog called The Daily Nail. I'm way late to the boat on this one. My apologies if this is ancient news to you. It was a blog started to document one nail design a day for 365 days. The year was completed but the blog is still updated pretty regularly and she has some incredible designs! I could post dozens but here are a few of my favorites:

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2. News print nails. There is a complete tutorial here.

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3. These new Sally Hansen Nail polish strips. This could be my time saver! If I pick some up I'll let you know how I like them. I especially like the vintage flowers and hounds tooth designs.

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Have you had difficulty growing out your nails? Do you have any tips or any favorite painting techniques? Please share!

March 05, 2011

What I wore 3.5.11

We went to a private Mardi Gras party today just off of the parade route. We missed the parade completely but met up with a lot of friends. Good times! This is what I wore:

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Sequin Shirt - F21
Tank & Purse - Target
Sweater - Old Navy
Scarf - Macy's
Skinny Jeans - H&M
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March 04, 2011

Bento #12

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Contents:

  • Match Meat Crab Cake
  • Blueberries
  • Salad: Romaine, Carrots, Edamame, Avocado

Todays lunch included veggie crab cakes from a local company called Match Meats. We can buy their products at our local whole foods. I'm not sure if they're available at all whole foods or not. The products are a little pricier, but the flavors and textures are awesome. I also really like that they're local. I also seldom put avocado in my salads just because I forget. Hopefully this salad leaves an imprint on m memory because it was delicious!