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! :)

 

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.

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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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.

2014-02-11 14.09.59These are tissue paper hearts glued onto the tips of the branches.
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!

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..

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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!

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.

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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!

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..

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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..

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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 :)