Live Frugally: 5 Ways Living in a Smaller House is Better

Live Frugally: 5 Ways Living in a Smaller House is Better

About six months ago, I got a bug to buy a pool.  I’m not sure why, but I think I may have seen a FaceBook post from one of my friends (you know, one of those friends who is always bragging about all the stuff).  Keeping up with the Joneses. I don’t even swim that much.  We used to own a pool membership until we realized that we only went twice per season, so each trip cost us about $150.  Now, we go to the lake.  The lake isn’t chlorinated, but it is free. Live Frugally: 5 Ways Living in … Continue Reading →
Sofa Bow Pillow From a Man’s Sweater

Sofa Bow Pillow From a Man’s Sweater

Returning readers to my blog know how much I love refashioning clothes, accessories, and home decorations from men’s clothing.  Not only can loads of projects be made out of men’s stuff, but men’s clothing tends to be a lot sturdier than woman’s clothing — really, I’ve seen such a downgrade in the quality of women’s clothes.  Making pillows from men’s sweaters are a great way to upcycle.  You can also turn your old pillows and give them new life into sofa pillows (after a run through the washing machine).  Double upcycle! 🙂 Continue Reading →
Peasant Bow-Tie Shirt Refashion From a Dress

Peasant Bow-Tie Shirt Refashion From a Dress

I love peasant shirts.  Do you remember this peasant shirt that I made with a gold chain? Something about them are so feminine and beautiful.  So I’m pretty excited for today’s shirt, a peasant bow-tie shirt refashion!  Like the other shirt, I made this one from a dress because I can take advantage of the length.  The bow is made from a satin ribbon. Continue Reading →
DIY Cheer Bow Blue and White Stripes for July Fourth

DIY Cheer Bow Blue and White Stripes for July Fourth

I have a fun and cheerful (pun intended!) tutorial for you today!  My daughter cheers varsity for the high school, and she is constantly looking for unique and cute cheer bows. I swear, it’s like a cheerleader obsession.  During practice, cheerleaders want the bows that no one else has!  So I made this DIY cheer bow for her for Independence Day.  If you want, you can also make an cheer bow set for the entire team for like $10. Continue Reading →
18 Hole Golf Cupcakes: Happy Father’s Day

18 Hole Golf Cupcakes: Happy Father’s Day

I take time out from my regularly scheduled blog posts to bring you this public service announcement: WATCH OUT FOR GOLF BALLS. (I think in golfing language, you yell “FORE!”) Said no father ever on Father’s Day.* My husband harbors a not-so-secret desire to leave the rest of us in the house and play an 18-hole game, along with three other dads who also utterly fail to disguise their yearning to forgo (FOREgo?) their fatherly duties to spend FAMILY TIME. 18 Hole Golf Cupcakes: Happy Father’s Day That’s because Father’s Day really isn’t about the Father.  Father’s Day is about … Continue Reading →
Fabulous July 4th Tie Die Dress From Two Men’s White T-Shirts

Fabulous July 4th Tie Die Dress From Two Men’s White T-Shirts

I’m reposting this blog post Fabulous July 4th Tie Die Dress From Two Men’s White T-Shirts because, for whatever reason, my other blog post is broken — every time I try to update the post, it crashes my web site!  I know I’m not supposed to “reblog” the same post, but since it constantly breaks my web site, I thought I’d make the jump … Continue Reading →
Shoulder Bows T-Shirt Refashion with a Gather

Shoulder Bows T-Shirt Refashion with a Gather

I bought an extra man’s green t-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day, but it was a little too bright.  I think the color is more appropriate for the hazy, happy days of summer!  So here’s another ten minute refashion, making a shoulder bows t-shirt.  This gives a little feminine ruffle detail on the shoulder.  This gather-sewing trick can be used in all sorts of different refashions, such as on the sleeves or on the sides to create a little bit of extra detail.  I always use plain t-shirt in order to show off the refashions, but this would look just as nice … Continue Reading →
The $25 Macro Lens Photography for Bloggers Hack

The $25 Macro Lens Photography for Bloggers Hack

Bloggers know that you need to take good photos, but macro lens for your dSLR camera can be quite expensive.  This Nikon AF-S FX Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Fixed Zoom Lens costs almost $600, and this Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED costs almost $900.  I am saving up my money to purchase these Nikon macro lens, but in the meantime, I want to show everyone the $25 macro lens photography for bloggers hack.  Of course, anyone can use this hack, but bloggers (who can’t yet afford the expensive lens) will benefit from this.   Continue Reading →
Simple Cut Bows T-Shirt Refashion

Simple Cut Bows T-Shirt Refashion

This week, we have a very quick refashion — you make this shirt in less than 5 minutes with some fabric glue, so it’s also a no sew refashion.  This shirt is a simple cut bows t-shirt.  A good candidate for the “before” shirt is a t-shirt with some kind of decal or logo on the front, but blank on the back, although I think it would look fine with a decal or logo on the back, too, just a little “crowded.” Continue Reading →
Satin Bow Skirt Refashion

Satin Bow Skirt Refashion

Happy Friday, everyone!  I was modeling this skirt in last week’s lace bow t-shirt refashion.  I think this satin bow skirt refashion and that lace bow t-shirt refashion makes a great ensemble! Continue Reading →
Folding T-Shirts the Best Way So You Can See All Your Shirts

Folding T-Shirts the Best Way So You Can See All Your Shirts

I hate to clean, and I hate laundry even more.  Laundry is a horrible demon to test the strength of any marriage.  But, I like folding t-shirts!  Something about making them all stand up straight makes me smile.  Okay, so I’m weird.  So today, I am going to provide a step-by-step guide on the absolute best way to fold a t-shirt! (Hehe, can you see my heart cutout t-shirt refashion?) Folding T-Shirts the Best Way So You Can See All Your Shirts I wish I learned this trick earlier so I could have taught my children to fold their clothing … Continue Reading →
Lace Bow Refashion from a Plain White T-Shirt

Lace Bow Refashion from a Plain White T-Shirt

I’m going to show you an awesome bow ensemble … so this blog post will be the first of two.  This post is a lace bow refashion using a plain white t-shirt, and next week, I will show you how to refashion a simple bow skirt. (You’ll be able to see both of the refashions in my pictures!) Continue Reading →
A Fabulous Fabric Bow Back T-Shirt Refashion

A Fabulous Fabric Bow Back T-Shirt Refashion

I’m so excited to show you this week’s refashion!  Purple is such an awesome color for the spring, too.  This Fabric Bow Back T-Shirt took a bit longer than some of the other t-shirt tutorials because I had to make all the fabric bows, but once you make the squares, the shirt comes together nicely. Continue Reading →