Monday, December 28, 2015

I'm trying to get a jump on my Valentine's Day decorations.  I usually wait until the last minute and don't get anything cute up in time.  I figure if I start now, I may actually get my mantle shelf done.

I've started by making this printable.  Now I just need to find a frame to put it in.

Check back to see what else I have planned.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

How to Turn a Dress into a Skirt!

I. Am. Back.

And I’ll go ahead and start with a photo of my precious Sweet Pea, and then we can move on to the post!

Isn’t she cute?!  She was 7 months in this picture.  She’s currently crawling ALL OVER the place and she eats dog food.  Yay.

Ok, the post.

At the office job today, another girl I work with was wearing the CUTEST skirt made out of a thick lace with a thin liner behind it, and I remembered that I have a dress just like it that I absolutely hate and have no idea why I bought it because it’s LONG SLEEVED.  And it’s been sitting in my closet forever.  But I would totally wear it if it was a skirt.  Hi, ho, hi ho, off to Google we go!

And I found some tutes on turning a dress into just a skirt.

I really like this first one from Make It & Love It because it looks simple and less intimidating for the novice seamstress using only a wide band of elastic.

dress into maxi skirt-001

This other one I found at The Mother Huddle uses a child’s dress, and gives ways to handle dresses that are constructed differently in case you aren’t working with the same style of dress she used.
Turn a dress into a skirt

The last one I found from Sewaholic is definitely for the more advanced seamstress, but provides for a nicer finish on the band.

button on the outside of the waistband 

My birthday is tomorrow, so I'm hoping I can fix my dress into a pretty little party skirt to wear to dinner!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Tile Coasters

Need an idea for a quick, CHEAP, custom gift for the holidays?  These coasters are awesome!  Because they are a natural stone, they absorb the sweat from your cups and don't warp.

Got the idea from Pinterest, but didn't do it the way they did. 

All you need is:

natural stone tiles
adhesive stencil (I cut my own with my Silhouette)
paper towels
felt dots

I found the 4" x 4" travertine tiles at Home Depot for 9 for $3.97.

For the stencil, I used my Silhouette, and instead of wasting any of my vinyl, I used transfer tape that I purchased at Sign Warehouse.  It comes in a giant roll of 15 feet, but there is no backer, so I just used freezer paper.  It's super tacky, so I figured it would work better as a stencil anyway.

Same can of stain from every project I've done up to this point...

Paper towel, dipped and blotted.

I used a foam brush the first time, but it held too much stain, and it ended up bleeding under the stencil.  So with the next few, I just used a paper towel that I blotted to where there was practically nothing on it, and just rubbed it on.

Just after rubbing the stain on, before removing the stencil.

Felt dots from Home Depot.

One came out a little darker and cleaner.  It just depends on how much stain is on the towel.
And you're done!

I've been using the one that I messed up on for months now (yes, I'm a little late getting the post up), and the tiles absorb the sweat from my water cups just fine, and the stain still looks great!
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