thrifty thursday

I have to admit that I’ve had these hidden gems in my sewing closet for a while now with the intentions of refashioning them, but I’ve been going back and forth about what to do with each one.

2014-01-23 12.28.47You wouldn’t know by looking, but this dress is an XL and I’m willing to bet I could fit a few of my friends in it with me :) So it was definitely worth the $5 for this awesome fabric. I’m thinking a cute tank dress similar in cut and style to this Mara Hoffman dress from

2014-02-06 10.24.53And for this monstrosity, I’m thinking a really trendy clown suit. I could pull that off. OK maybe I’m losing it, but I really see some potential in this $3 jumbo polka dot collared shirt. I have 2 ideas in mind:

1. shorts for Gigi

polka shortsor 2. A skirt for me

polka skirtI’m terrible at making decisions so we shall see what really happens with my thrifty finds, but I love getting my creative buzz on in the mean time.

Happy Thursday my loves.


girly details

Something about the start of a new year inspires me to change things up a bit. To me, things are always so much more interesting when they are new.

I’ve been planning to re do/organize/arrange/style… the girls’ room for a while because it won’t be long until Gigi and Camilla become roommates. You can check out the pinterest board I made specifically for design inspiration here, as well as other fun toddler things. Since Gianna loves Disney and all things princess we decided that would be the ‘theme’. I use that term lightly because I hate “themed” bedrooms like this one, and other hideous nightmares like this.

This is definitely a work in progress but I just can’t wait until I’m done to share some of these goodies.

princess bedThis is an early 1920’s vintage brass canopy bed, and it is beyond gorgeous.

nightstandIf you give a girl a princess bed, you know she’s going to want a princess nightstand to go with it.

2014-02-03 17.06.15Tinkerbell sketch.

2014-02-03 16.04.50And what princess room would be complete without a gourmet kitchen and an espresso machine?

Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon to check out the finished project.

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