May 2014

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Download the March 2014 calendar here.

Hooray for Spring! I didn’t do so well on my goals for March, but I feel more focused for my blog.

April 2014

Personal

Plan a baptism party for the youngest.

Crafty Project

Make floppy bunnies for Easter.

The Perfect Five

Celebrate with the Perfect Five Ten Sweater Refashions, April 2014 Edition.

Also, host another giveaway for my little wallets.

Life & Love

Easter is here and so are my tulips!

Holidays

Hoppy Easter!

Blogging

A nice shirt redo for the spring weather using the Pantone color of the year — orchid.

Reading

Going to try to read this again.


Stop Acting Rich: …And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire

 

May 2014

Personal

Get pictures done of the oldest, who is graduating from high school.

Crafty Project

Finally make some curtains for my hutch.

The Perfect Ten

Celebrate with the Perfect Ten Mother’s Day 2014 edition.

Life & Love

Forgiveness is part of moving on.

Holidays

Hoppy Mother’s Day!

Blogging

Another skirt redo from a shirt, to match last month’s project.

Reading

What to read?

Love,
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What are your goal for the next month?

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

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Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

I decided to join Tiny Sidekick’s Pinterest Challenge. This is where bloggers were challenged to create something that they pinned.  I created this plush bunny just in time for Easter.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

I traced the template and ironed it onto plush material.  Sorry for the blurry picture. :(

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Here are all the pieces.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Here’s Peter’s head and ear.  I didn’t have any pinking shears so I had to cut it out with a pair of scissors.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Ear turned inside out.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Finished head.

Making a Plushie Easter Bunny ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

And finally, attaching his head to his body.

Next time, I am going to cut more of a seam allowance based on my own seams, which were admittedly more like 1/2″ rather than 1/4″.  I’m also going to invest in some pinking shears.  The only issue that I had with this pattern and template was that you should pink around the body as well since it is very bulky once it is turned inside out (of course … that could also be my seam allowance!).

Pink bunny was just in time for my friend Peter who is experiencing some troubles.

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way

Bringin’ every girl and boy
Baskets full of Easter joy
Things to make your Easter bright and gay

He’s got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There’s an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity, happy Easter Day

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way

Try to do the things you should
Maybe if you’re extra good
He’ll roll lots of Easter eggs your way

You’ll wake up on Easter mornin’
And you’ll know that he was there
When you find those chocolate bunnies
That he’s hiding everywhere

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity, happy Easter Day

Hippity hoppity, happy Easter Day

Hoppy Easter, everyone!

Remaking a Long Sleeve Shirt with Dip Dye and Lace

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Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

Welcome to spring, everyone!  I know it’s officially been spring for about two weeks, but it hasn’t felt like spring. Today, I’m refashioning a plain white, long-sleeve jersey shirt. We’re going to upcycle this shirt into something a little jazzier, with some dye and lace.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

Here’s a close approximation of the shirt, since I forgot to take a before picture.  Except mine was, like, XXL.

 

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

First, let’s do some dyeing!  I used Rit Powder Dye Purple for our new Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

Following the instructions using hot water and salt, I dipped the top part into the bath …

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

… and came up with this!

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

Now the bottom half.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

After drying it out (I like to sun-dry it because I think it helps the color set better), I laid it out on the floor and put a well-fitting t-shirt on top as my guide.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

Here you can see the lines.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

Sew up the sides with a zig-zag binding stitch.  It’s a stitch kind of like this one.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

After cutting the excess material from the sides, I then cut the corners near the sleeves in a perpendicular cut, near the sleeve seam.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

I used my t-shirt as a guide again, and measured the shoulder seam to the sleeve, to mark where the sleeve should end.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

Then, I marked from the armpit to that spot, and cut along the line. Since jersey doesn’t need to be sewn, I just left the edge raw since it’s hard to make a sleeve if it’s attached already.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

The last piece was the lace part around the collar.  I happen to have this shirt sitting around, so I used it’s collar.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

Off it comes.

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

And on it goes!

Remaking a long sleeve shirt with dip dye and lace

Here’s the final result!

What are your orchid inspirations for spring? Let me know in the comments!

Love,
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Sewing Some Cute Little Purses Edition

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3 little purses to sew

I was going to do a different kind of post today, but then a sewing bug hit me last night and I heeded the call.  I saw my ratty old wallet and I needed something better.

3 little purses to sew 3 little purses to sew

I did some research and I came up with these three wonderful little purse tutorials to help me create my own.  Find out next week what I created and for another wonderful giveaway in dedication to my daughter, who will be baptized this Easter.

3 little purses to sew

I actually wrote this blog post because this blog owner won’t allow pinning on her site.  Seriously, I don’t understand it.  But since I got a great post idea out of it, I’m not complaining too much.  It is a very nice tutorial, although you have to read her post a few times to understand what she is trying to say.

3 little purses to sew

Here is one for a zipper on the side.  I personally do not like this tutorial, but it has a nice tutorial about attaching a zipper to a lining.

3 little purses to sew

Here is an upcycled one!  Yeah, my favorite!  I like the rick-rack and reusing placemats.  You can often find placemats or hankerchiefs at the Goodwill/Salvation Army in good condition, because everyone and their uncle likes to give them away.  (No one uses cloth napkins, I guess.)

Here is how my purse turned out:

Purse Purse Purse Purse

Let me know which one you like the best!

Love,
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Goal Setting : April 2014

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April 2014 Calendar

Download the March 2014 calendar here.

Hooray for Spring! I didn’t do so well on my goals for March, but I feel more focused for my blog.

March 2014

Personal

Finish filing all the bills for 2013.

Do the taxes.

Crafty Project

Make a curtain out of some leftover quilting material for my office hutch.

Repurpose the curtain that used to be on my table for the vanity bathroom.

The Perfect Five

Celebrate with the Perfect Five St. Patty’s Day Edition 2014.

Life & Love

Spring is here! Do a little bit of spring cleaning, love-style!

Holidays

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Blogging

Another t-shirt redo: Remodel it for St. Patty’s Day.

Reading

Appropriate for tax season, my goal is to read


Stop Acting Rich: …And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire

Writing

Take the plunge!  Write the first page of my book.

 

April 2014

Personal

Plan a baptism party for the youngest.

Crafty Project

Make floppy bunnies for Easter.

The Perfect Five

Celebrate with the Perfect Five Ten Purse Refashions, April 2014 Edition.

Also, host another giveaway for my little wallets.

Life & Love

Easter is here and so are my tulips!

Holidays

Hoppy Easter!

Blogging

A nice shirt redo for the spring weather using the Pantone color of the year — orchid.

Reading

Going to try to read this again.


Stop Acting Rich: …And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire

Writing

I took this off my to-do list as I am getting very busy with work and school.

What are your goal for the next month?

House Organizing & Upcycling Curtains

Organizing your house - creating storage underneath your pedestal sink

I have been furiously trying to declutter my house.  Mainly due to spring fever but also because I am part of the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge.  One of the projects I tackled this past week is organizing the cabinet underneath my kitchen sink, which is a total mess.  (Sorry that I didn’t get a before picture!)

Organizing your house - creating storage underneath your pedestal sink

I bought this pedestal sink organizer to store all those cleaning things that were previously under the kitchen sink cabinet.

Organizing your house - creating storage underneath your pedestal sink

Here it is installed.  Nice and neat, but also nice and ugly.

Organizing your house - creating storage underneath your pedestal sink

Underneath the kitchen sink looks nice too.  Trash, paper and plastic recycling and some necessary cleaners for the kitchen, e.g. dishwashing detergent.

2014 New Year's Keyword: Balance

Remember the table that I painted earlier this year?  Well, it had a curtain across the front of it when it was in my kitchen, hanging by a pressure curtain rod.  A little upcycling and now I have …

Reorganizing the pedestal sink

An entirely new bathroom sink, complete with organized storage!

Have any of you tried this?  Let me know in the comments.

Love,

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The Perfect Ten: Ten Awesome Projects for St. Patrick’s Day That Don’t Completely Suck — PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

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Ten Awesome St. Patrick's Day Crafts That Don't Completely Suck

Here’s another round up of cute ideas for the Luck O’ the Irish!

1. Clover HeadbandClover Headband

2. Growing Shamrocks from Martha Stewart

Growing Shamrocks

3. Shamrock Hair Clips from felt

shamrock heart hairclips from felt

4. St. Patty’s Day T-Shirts really cute for going out with the buddies on the luckiest day of the year

St. Patty's Day Applique T-Shirts

5. Decorate in Green Bottles this is really fun for any time of the year and I have some old wine bottles that could really use a facelift

Decorate some bottles green

6. Rainbow Stache Bag I just simply love this

Rainbow Stache Bag

7. Chocolate Mint Brownies Yum — enough said

chocolate mint brownies

8. Interchangeable Holiday Picture Frame

Interchangeable Holiday Picture Frame

9. Key Lime Shamrock Cake for the more adventurous of us, who can actually bake, e.g. not me

Key Lime Shamrock Cake

10. Crocheted Shamrock Hat very cute for a baby

Crocheted Shamrock Hat

… and one to grow on!

11. Green Muffin Hat

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Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Now for the exciting part!  The GIVEAWAY!

… the giveaway! I’m giving away this little stuffed green owl for St. Patty’s Day. I knitted him up last month and I think he turned out great, don’t you?

Owl stuffie giveaway at letgoofbeingperfect.com Owl stuffie giveaway at letgoofbeingperfect.com

To Enter: Tell me what you plan on doing for St. Patty’s Day in the comments below.

More Chances to Win: Comment on any other post on my blog.  You have unlimited chances!!  Here are some of the most popular posts:

Upcycling an Empire Waist Dress
Repurposing a Skirt from a Shirt
Remaking an Ill-Fitted Dress into Something Sexy
Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine’s Day
Refashioning a Cute Striped Shirt by Adding Lace & Making It Longer
Refashion a Vest Into a Feminine Ruffle Shirt
Refashion Plain T-Shirts into a Tie-Dye 4th of July Dress

Rules: Contest ends on St. Patrick’s Day at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Open to US Residents only.

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