Maxi Refashion

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Remember this printed dress I found for $5? it was cute, but I have an over abundance of maxi dresses/skirts and it was about 20 sizes too big..

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So I chopped the skirt portion off and created a pattern from one of my favorite tank tops. After I made the top part of my new dress, I used the rest of the bottom of the skirt to create the bottom portion of the dress. As I’ve said before, I pretty much make everything up as I go so here is how it turned out.

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My first dress completely from scratch, and no pattern. I still have a lot to learn but it’s not a bad start!

And this photo was all the motivation I needed to get on the treadmill, and get some SUN! :)

 

Thrifty Thursday

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ceramic vase $2

My collection of flower vases was lacking variety, and by that I mean that they are all those cheap glass bubble kind, so when I spotted this minty colored beauty there was no hesitation.

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I love the crackled look that you can only see if you get up close and personal. After I finished my thriftcapades, I headed next door to the market for some fresh cut blooms..

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Happy first day of Spring!

Check back tomorrow for the finished refashioned dress I posted a few weeks back.

20 Minute Pillow Case Tutorial

So I have to apologize for my little blogging hiatus. I really have no excuse except that life is busy! Although I’ve been MIA these past few weeks, the up side is that I’ve completed some fun little projects and stock piled all my photos so that eventually I could share them all with you.

As you may know, one way to spruce up a room in a pinch is to add a few pillows that pop. Accent pillows can be pretty pricy if you buy them in a department store, so my advice is to create your own (it’s much more rewarding that way right?) I’m still learning the best ways to explain how I make the things I do, because mostly I just make it up as I go. So I’ve put together this quick tutorial to hopefully get you started, or at least inspired, to add a bit of style to any room with some fun pillows. Here goes..2014-03-10 10.13.24First- measure the height and width of your pillow. Add 1 inch to the height for seam allowance and 5 or 6 inches to the width for seam allowance and for the overlap part of the pillow case where you will insert your pillow (hopefully the pictures will help you out, like I said, I’m new to this explaining how I do things.. thing) My pillow was a perfect square so it was 21 inches tall and 42 inches all the way around.

measurementsOnce you’ve cut your fabric, fold the two short ends to make your hem, and sew.

2014-02-28 12.21.18Once your ends are hemmed, fold the two sides inward with the right sides of the fabric facing each other, with one side overlapping the other by several inches until the width of your fabric is the right width of your pillow. (If this is confusing I’m sorry!) It took a bit of playing around with it to get the overlap part just right, and in the middle where it should be. Once you’ve got it, pin it in place and sew the top and bottom seams.

2014-02-28 12.25.48Flip it right side out and use your fingers to poke out the corners and VOILA! A brand new pillow case!

2014-03-05 15.16.36Isn’t she lovely? And thrifty at that, I got this fabric for $3.

And pssst.. this is one of my finished dining chairs I’ve been slaving over for much longer than I’d anticipated. I’m hoping to have them finished soon so I can share the before and after transformation.

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Hope you liked my tutorial. Happy Monday Y’all.

Flowers & Fresh Scents

It may only be February, but spring has sprung at our little tree house on the mountain. So we have been doing a bit of gardening which is why it’s been a week since my last post.

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gardeners don’t mind a little dirt in their coffee

    I have to admit, I’m having a little spring fling! I know my husband thinks it’s a bad idea to plant this early but I just can’t help myself now that all of our plants are budding, and our trees are blossoming. I love that God decided we didn’t need a winter this year :) Yesterday we put our first fruit tree into the ground.

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what a peach

And she has her first blossom..

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Nothing gets me in the mood for spring quite like a few pretty flowers and bright flowery fragrances, and let me be the first to tell you that you can find beautiful fresh scents on a budget! These are my two favorite spring scents so far. On the left, Calgon’s Parisian Charm. This one is a little on the sweeter side but it’s definitely won me over and I’ve gotten several compliments when wearing it. The smaller bottle on the right is Bath & Body Works Country Chic. I like this one because it is has a bright floral scent with a hint of vanilla.  And something about it makes me want to wear a dress with cowboy boots.

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{my current face wash}

Organic homemade Hawaiian Ginger & Oatmeal soap

2014-02-21 13.24.59And last but not least, the Valentine’s day lilies that are still going strong on the kitchen table.

I guess it’s time to start brainstorming for the spring craft-a-ganza!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

2014-02-13 15.31.33{Homemade sugar free baby teething biscuits}

2014-02-13 21.00.49{L.O.V.E. sign from Gigi’s alphabet puzzle}

2014-02-13 20.28.51{My heart bookmark from the tutorial I posted for Valentine’s in 2012}

2014-02-13 20.53.33{We made a new pink yarn toy for Maui}

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

DIY: Valentines Day

Why is it that I always wait until the last minute to get excited about Valentine’s Day? We hadn’t even given it any thought until about.. today. So in an attempt to make our almost forgotten holiday a tad more exciting Gigi and I (but mostly just I) had a craft day to make some V-Day decor with supplies we already had on hand. Here’s what we used..

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{supplies}

A few sticks we hunted down outside. Appropriately colored yarn. Some chicken feathers I collected and washed last year from our hens (may they rest in peace). And hearts cut out of construction paper.

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Cupid’s Arrows

2014-02-11 11.01.58These are simple to make and so cute. Check out a few different styles I found while browsing for ideas.

While we were on the theme of paper hearts and tree branches, I had another idea that I wanted to try, so we picked up a Manzanita branch from our backyard.

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SO easy! Next year I’m going to get a head start on Valentine’s day because the possibilities are seriously endless.

Follow me on instagram for more of my crafty ideas and projects @ladydepetro

Happy Valentine’s loves.

Scriptures on Sunday: DIY Daily Verse

DIY Daily Bible Verse Board

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I love meditating on a verse that stands out to me from my morning reading. This simple ‘dry erase board’ makes it easy for me to change the text daily and stay focused on His word.

The options are endless with this project.. you can leave the glass by itself as I did, or you can put some pretty paper behind it. Get creative with different verses and fonts, too.

Everyone has heard this Psalm before, but I tried to put a little twist on it by emphasizing certain words. If you look at only the larger bold words it reads ‘The Lord desires your heart’ which is an underlying message hidden in the verse. Pretty cool right?

Happy Sunday. God Bless!