stitches & studs

It has been 2 years since I received one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten – a sewing machine. When I set it on the table for the first time I was giddy with excitement, and also clueless about how to use it. I’m happy to say I’ve come a long way in the sewing world since then, and my favorite projects are thrift store refashions like this one.

studs4 Ok so I know it’s huge and wrinkled, but in life you always have to look at the positives: cashmere, a studded collar, and 1 dollar.  Holler!!!

I wish I had taken photos of how I resized this beautiful sweater but I was so excited I about it that I just pinned snipped and stitched – and boom! It was gorgeous..
















It came out exactly how I wanted.. high-low hem and a more fitted look all around. Thanks for stopping by to check out my sweet sweater refashion, and I promise to do step by step refashion posts in the future so you can follow along with your thrifty finds.

Happy Friday!


thrifty thursday: camo & lace

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Volcom camo jacket – $7 on eBay

Gray tee with hem detail – $3 at a local thrift store

Leopard print flats – $11 from Freestyle (my favorite consignment store in Sac)

2014-01-28 14.25.08Brown leather Liz Claiborne bag – $4 from the thrift store

A super cute (and mommy friendly) outfit for under $30 – Priceless

4 fancy things

2014-01-25 14.46.13We made some friends on our walk in Murphys earlier this week.

2014-01-25 14.36.01A little preview of the curtains I’m making for our dining area with the pale green fabric from Friday’s post.

crustless cheesecake recipe

{crustless cheesecake}

Something sweet for my Hubby when he gets home from quail hunting. Click here for this gluten free “but full of dairy and sugar” cheesecake recipe.

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{rosemary jelly + wheat toast}

My new favorite breakfast.

Lovely Layers

DIY : Layered Haircut

ImageLet me start by being totally honest.. The last time I had my hair professionally cut and colored was before I was a mother – which is almost 3 years ago now. So as you can imagine, by now my hair is pretty long, and also long overdue for some attention.

As you know I like to pay for as little as possible, so I set out to find a DIY cut that wouldn’t end in disaster.

Here is the awesome tutorial I found on Pinterest that can be achieved in a few simple steps with a fairly inexpensive pair of sheers. I did a combination of the #2 and #3 cut. For the first cut I did exactly as she described in step #2, and for #3 I divided my hair into a “half up half down” pony tail and secured it at the hairline as shown in the tutorial.

Each time I cut my pony tail I also cut into my ends vertically to give my layers a bit more texture instead of one blunt line.


{face framing layers}

The results were fabulous! If you are looking for an easy way to give yourself a haircut without any regrets, I recommend this method.

Happy Sunday!

fun fabric friday

Someone who loves me very much gave me a Jo-Ann gift card for Christmas. They were having the sale of a lifetime, and you only live once. I left with over 25 yards of fabric.

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So far I’m mid project with the top three fabrics. Can’t wait to show you what I’m doing with all of them! Oh and I found this little dingle hopper on super duper clearance because it had a tiny crack in the bottom corner. PPSSHhhhhh…

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I’ve discovered that a rotary cutter is life changing.

Happy Friday Friends! Stay Crafty

thrifty thursday

Being a mother of two small children makes it somewhat difficult for me to make quick trips to well, anywhere. One of the things I miss most about my pre-mother life is just being able to hop in the car and go! Even though life takes a bit more planning these days, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! So some days when Lover gets home I pretend I’m young and free again and I grab the keys and head to my favorite getaway – the THRIFT store! Here is what I found this week..



Cute, huh? I thought so..


Gigi photo bomb!

I don’t always wear sunglasses, but when I do, they’re from the thrift store.

Stay thrifty my friends!

Mini Kitchen Makeover

My hubby and I have decided to completely remodel the kitchen. We have also come to the conclusion that the bulk of the project (getting some new appliances) just isn’t in the budget quite yet. That being said, there is no reason why we can’t make a few minor changes that allow us to enjoy the kitchen we have now while we wait for the kitchen of our dreams.

With some linen fabric I found at a rummage sale for just 25 cents and a small can of black paint I was able to transform one small area with big results..

 kitchen window before

I knew I wanted a cute window treatment so I browsed Pinterest to get some ideas. Here is one photo that inspired my design, and another gorgeous kitchen with a similar curtain. And here’s what I came up with..

Kitchen window after

It took just an hour or so to put together, and a few coats of black paint on the window sill. Now I just need to figure out what I’m going to do about our cute little builder grade lights..

Until next time :)