Thursday, September 17, 2009


Now that I live where I need things like scarves, hats, and gloves (unheard of in Phoenix), tutorials like this one from Down With Clutter really catch my eye. Two things I love: refashioning and sewing. And one thing I need: warmth. A great way to get more use out of those too small sweaters I seem to have an excess of!

See her tutorial for hat and mittens from a felted sweater here.

Window Treatments

Not sure where I would incorporate this idea, but I love it! Pelmet Boxes (did you know that's what they were called)-my kind of project. Cheap and easy!

See all the instructions from Little Green Notebook here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Decorating for Fall

Living in Phoenix, we sort of missed out on the fall season. It went from hot as Hades to winter-a frigid 70 degrees, 65 if we were lucky. No changing leaves, warm Halloween costumes, or sweaters-but now all of that has changed. And to celebrate, I decided to make myself a wreath. But not just any wreath. A monogrammed wreath like this one from Nester. I haven't found the perfect letter V yet, but hopefully that situation will be remedied today.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My jeans WERE too long

I buy all of my jeans at thrift shops (except for the occasional Target splurge), which means that while I get them to fit me in the waist, I don't always get to choose the length. And apparently I am short because all of the jeans I buy tend to be too long.

Until now I've been piling them up then when I have a burst of energy and some spare time, I pick one out of the pile, cut the bottom off, create a new hem and sew it up.

That is time consuming.

So when I saw Stephanie's tutorial for hemming while keeping the original pant hem, I fell in love. And it is so easy. I fixed a pair of pants this week in less than 10 minutes. That's some kind of record.

Do yourself a favor and check out the tutorial here. You'll never go back.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bed Skirt

My bed desperately needs a bedskirt. And I desperately need to shove things under the bed and don't want everyone to see the mess. I have been contemplating different inexpensive ways that I could go about making myself one, but then I found the DIY Faux Bedskirt post at Living with Lindsay and my search was over. Easy. Functional. Perfect.

Now if I can just find the time to do it!

See all the instructions here.

I just can't get enough

I really can't get enough of these shirt refashions. I love this one from Liliash that uses the existing collar. So cute! Not sure if it would work so much for Storey because she's so tiny, but would be great for an older toddler! And uses my beloved elastic thread!

See all the instructions here.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Change your shoes.

I have grossly neglected this blog. I continue to bookmark things, but then get too busy with my projects that I don't end up posting my favorites. I'm going to try and make up for the lack of posts this week.

Cute shoes!! Can you believe they are originally black and are just covered with fabric and mod podge?!? I've never really gotten the hang of Mod Podge, but this has motivated me to try it again!Tutorial from Make It and Love It here.