March 12 – Tribal Print Skirt!

At my new job I will start at promptly 7:30am, whereas the old job began at 9:00am.  Therefore, I have been trying to recondition my body to be a morning person…  I really should be in bed right now!

What kept me up tonight was the inspiration to finally make my tribal print skirt.  I have been wanting to make it for days, but I have been trying to go to bed early.  Tonight I just couldn’t stand it!  I HAD to make it!

I used this tutorial I found on Pinterest from handmademess.  She called it her “Easiest Skirt in the World”.  It was a pretty good tutorial, but if you want to make it yourself I would recommend reading the comments first.  There are some things that got added to clear up some questions. It really was a very easy skirt!  I will probably make many more. 🙂

Here is my tribal print skirt with the outfit I will wear tomorrow. (The shirt and tights are brand new from Kohl’s)

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This will definitely not be my last tribal print skirt!  I wasn’t totally in love with this fabric, so I am still on the look-out for the print in my head.  However, it made a pretty cute skirt and I can’t wait to wear it to my last day of work tomorrow.

March 11 – Easter Table Runner

Here in Iowa, we keep getting dumped on.  Last week we got 6+ inches of snow, it rained all weekend, and last night we had a lovely mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain.  It looks pretty awful around here…  However, I cannot shake the feeling that Spring is just about here! Which also means – Easter!!!!  Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays.  You get to hang out with family, eat lots of awesome food, and, even though we always woke up at the crack of dawn for sunrise worship service, we had nice big baskets of candy waiting for us!  Always made it easier to wake up. 😉

I am eager for Easter so I thought I would share a picture of the table runner I made.  It is one of my favorite projects – one that uses up scraps I have in my stash and does not require buying anything!

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What do you think?

March 10 – Denim + Lace Part 2

A few days after I found the denim vest from yesterday’s post I went back to the thrift store and found another one – in pink!  I couldn’t resist!  However, part of my Wardrobe Updating project is to make sure I have plenty of variety in my wardrobe.  And, as much as I want to just do the same thing to this vest as I did to the blue one, I think maybe I need to think outside the box.  That is where you, my lovely readers, come in!  I would love some feedback on what you think I should do with this vest.

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Option 1: Add grey lace

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Option 2:  Add a cordinating cotton print fabric

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Option 3:   Leave as is, but add some punk studs (which are coming in the mail any day now to be used for another project as well)

 

Option 4:  ?…………

Do you have another idea for me?  Feel free to post a comment below!  You can describe what you are thinking or post a link to something you have seen online.   When I decide what to do, with your help, I will post pictures of the results! Thanks!

March 9 – Denim + Lace

I have been searching and searching for the perfect denim jacket.  Why?  I am DYING to make a denim + lace shirt, jacket, or vest! Look at these pictures from my Pinterest boardDIY Clothing and tell me YOU don’t want one too! 😉

Awesome right!?  But the search for the perfect denim piece was hard.  It had to be lightweight, faded, and pale blue.  I also wanted it to have a flattering fit and possibly even front pockets – so I could rip them off and put lace in their place. The jean jackets I came across were all dark and heavy.  I had to adjust the concept slightly when I found this medium blue, light-weight denim VEST.

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It obviously needed a lot of work and attention to turn it from that ^ into a beautiful lace + denim vest.  I took out my trusty seam ripper and removed the front pocket and the ribbon around the inside of the collar.  I then cut out the back of the vest – leaving a 1/2 inch of the original garment all the way around so I would have something to sew the lace to.  I used this piece I cut out to make the pattern for the lace insert.  I also used the pocket I removed as a pattern for a new lace pocket.  After sewing these lace elements onto my denim vest I finally have an adorable lace + denim vest for Spring!

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I think I will also remove the brown/tan buttons and switch them out for white ones, but I couldn’t wait to show you all this new wardrobe piece I have been dreaming of for weeks!  I will add a picture of me wearing it when I find/make the perfect pants to wear with them…

Check out my March 10 post for another lace + denim vest post!  I need some helping deciding what to do with it – so comments are welcome and appreciated!

March 8 – Tribal Print Skirts

I am totally digging tribal print skirts!  Check out these Pinspirations from my DIY – Clothing Board!

Totally trending right now!

I especially want one that is hand beaded or full of sequins!

I actually bought some tribal print fabric last July…  I need to get this sewn up this week! I could use some cute skirts to wear to my new job.  🙂  Can’t wait!  I will post pictures asap!

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What do you think of tribal print?

March 5 – Exciting News!

I have some exciting news to share with you all! 😉

I accepted a new job!  I will be working at a chiropractic office as an administrative assistant!  Which means……………………………………………………………………. I get to dress up and wear heels again!  I am SO excited for this new adventure in my life!  I really think this is going to be an awesome fit for me.

So, I thought I would share with you a photo of all of the patterns for dress clothes that I now plan on making!

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You may see many of these patterns come to life in the next couple months!  Especially since I will probably going fabric shopping this weekend when I go visit my family.  🙂 Probably have to buy some new shoes too…

March 4 – Wall Art

Lately I have been collecting old books to turn into book purses. 🙂  I have gathered quite a fun collection of covers to remake into purses and someday soon I will show you, my lovely readers, the completed products.

For now, I am having fun with some of the old pages I found in the books, since to make the purses I need to cut out all the pages.  To start, I turned a few pages from one of the books into wall art for my bathroom.  There wasn’t much for decoration in my bathroom and I thought the images of water-based activities would be appropriate.  Scuba-diving, fishing, swimming, boating, etc; will all by featured in my bathroom as I add more decorations.

To make my first set of artwork, I bought some 6×6 inch canvases and I painted them turquoise.  Then I pasted the book pages to the canvases using decoupage.  After they dried, I asked my husband to help me hang them up next to the mirror in my bathroom!

Check out the results!

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