4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge: Week 1 Update

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge: Week 1 Update

I am participating in Crystal Paine’s 4 Week to a More Organized Home Challenge.  I will preface this by saying that I utterly failed this week on all of my cleaning expectations.  It’s the end of the week and my house is a mess. What happened???  I had such dreams of a clean, clutter-free house! Be Realistic. Anxiety comes when your reality does not meet your expectations.  Therefore, the easiest solution to having a cleaner home is to lower your expectations for perfection. You might think that this is just the opposite or counterproductive, but it is not.  When I … Continue Reading →
All-Natural Homemade Lotion

All-Natural Homemade Lotion

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with making my own beauty supplies, so you will probably start to see a bunch of blog posts about my attempts.  One of the first things that I need is some lotion.  The winter always dries out my skin, and I have very dry skin anyway. This recipe is very easy and I have to say, the lotion melts into your skin and makes it super soft.  The best part is, you can get all the ingredients on Amazon. You will need: 1/2 cup avocado oil (you can also use extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, … Continue Reading →
Upcycle a T-Shirt Into a Simple Heart Scarf

Upcycle a T-Shirt Into a Simple Heart Scarf

We have another Valentine’s Day post today.  This one you can do in about five minutes.  If you have to work on V-Day, you’ll be ready to wear something to the office and keep warm. Do you remember this red t-shirt from last week’s upcycled Valentine’s Day heart t-shirt post?  To make this scarf, the best material is a man’s shirt because they do not have side hems. Cut off the bottom of the t-shirt, wide enough for a scarf.  Don’t worry about hemming the material since t-shirts don’t require hemming. Now, cut off the bottom.  Again, we’re not going … Continue Reading →
Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine’s Day

Refashion a Faded T-Shirt Into a Heart Cut-Out for Valentine’s Day

Today we’re going to upcycle a t-shirt.  Like most stay-at-home or work-from-home moms, I don’t get dressed up every day.  I really don’t have a need to dress up. This might seem kind of funny since I run a blog that has a lot of recycled clothing. Also, if you are like me, then you have some of these faded-out t-shirts hanging around.  Perfect for refashioning those t-shirts into something cool! Continue Reading →
How to Paint Furniture Like a Pro

How to Paint Furniture Like a Pro

I realize that this blog post is coming late, as in almost a month late. I also realize that I haven’t posted in a very long time, at least not until this month. 2013 saw many mishaps like this for me, rushing in to do things and then letting them slide to the wayside. If my craft stash has anything to say about it, I have many balls of yarn that haven’t been knitted, many thrifted pieces that haven’t been sewn, and a dozen or more blog posts that haven’t been written. So this year, I decided on a New … Continue Reading →
Remaking a Plain White T-Shirt and Jean Shorts into a Fabulous Ensemble

Remaking a Plain White T-Shirt and Jean Shorts into a Fabulous Ensemble

I am super excited for today’s post.  I’ve had this pair of short and this top for a while now.  Having plain shorts and a plain white t-shirt is great if you want to pair it with something more intricate, loud, or flashy.  But I didn’t like either of these pieces for that purpose.  This is perhaps because both pieces scream “Do something with me!!!”  And do something, I shall.  Time for a refashion! Let’s get rid of that not-so-well-done hem job on the shorts. Iron it out. I’m going to throw in some lace, too … Into the dye … Continue Reading →
Upcycling an Ugly Dress into a Smashing Shirt

Upcycling an Ugly Dress into a Smashing Shirt

I found this dress at the Salvation Army.  The top part of the dress left much to be desired.  The designer obviously thought it was fashionable, but the fit was not right.  But the bottom … what a great material!  Reminded me of handkerchiefs.  Upcycling this into something better should be easy. Don’t you think that material is great? I machine-basted the bottom together, so it wouldn’t wiggle around on me while I worked. Separate the top from the bottom. The actual construction of the shirt was fairly simple using satin quilt binding.  The only problem that I had was ironing … Continue Reading →
Making a Pair of Earrings from Extra Beads

Making a Pair of Earrings from Extra Beads

Jewelry and I get along pretty well, and I especially like necklace and earring sets.  I am not a big fan of bracelets or rings, though, because they bother my hands during the day.  (It’s REALLY annoying to hear the clack-clack when I am typing!)  So I try to figure out ways to make sets even if I don’t have a set, like this lone necklace. Cut off the top wire, and be sure to file down (with a metal file) the end poking out. Put a bunch of beads onto a straight pin.  You can easily find entire bead-making … Continue Reading →
Refashioning a Dress Into a Peasant Shirt

Refashioning a Dress Into a Peasant Shirt

So I read that red was supposed to be a hot color (pardon the pun!) for the summer.  I picked this up at the Salvation Army thinking to be in style, but I hate maxi dresses.  (I look like a drowned rat in them!)  Time for some restyling. I was perusing the mall … and came across this cute little top at NY & Company. That chain is so cute!! I had to have it.  So I cut the top of my dress off and then sewed up the side, leaving some room for the armpits. Ironed out the top to … Continue Reading →