Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hi-lo dress makeover with mini-tutorial

hi-low dress makeover with mini sewing tutorial

This is week 2's project for Merrick of Merrick's Art's Pinterest Challenge. Hilary's DIY jewelry cleaner was week 1, so this week it was my turn. Since a hi-low hem was on my list and I had a dress waiting to refashion, this dress was born.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Girl's hi-low circle skirt tutorial

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

 My Girl has been growing like a weed lately! She seems to get taller about every 30 minutes (my husband is over six foot six, so we are not surprised by this at all). So needless to say that at a very grown up four and a half years old, the summer clothes from last year no longer fit her.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

We were featured!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Our Ugly Skirt Refashion is featured today by Sumo from Sumo's Sweet Stuff! She does a showcase every Saturday of her favorite posts from her linky party. And we were picked! Yay! Go check it out and share the love!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Pinterest Challenge? Heck yes!

As you all know from all our Pinterest Friday posts, we looooooove Pinterest! It's changed the way we all craft, made it much easier to connect with other bloggers, and single handedly sucked away all of our free time (am I right?).

So of course, when we saw that the lovely Merrick of Merrick's Art is doing a six week Pinterest Challenge with her equally lovely sisters, we said heck yes!

So Hilary and I (Jessica) each picked three Pinterest projects to do over the next six weeks. Without further ado, here are our top six picks:


She's been meaning to spruce up her bathroom floors with DIY peel and stick grout-able tiles:

And she's wanted to learn how to make her own DIY jewelry cleaner:

Last, she wants to make a super cute elmer's glue aged letter for her living room wall:

 I've been wanting to try out making over some '80's or '90's dresses/skirts into hi-low hems: 

I've been dying for a pair of polka dotted jeans, and I've got an old boot cut pair I can make over:

We've been trying to eat healthier again now that we've moved, and this recipe for spicy turkey lettuce wraps fits the menu perfectly:

That it folks! Over the next six weeks, whenever we finish a Pinterest project from the challenge, we'll add the button below so you'll know we've been sticking to our plans. I can't wait to see how all these turn out, and check out what some of the other participants have made!

Sisters Share It All: Pinterest Challenge
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Whip it up Wednesday: Banana S'mores (Gluten Free!)

gluten free banana smores

I am always on the look out for healthier versions of desserts. I love dessert, my Girl looooooves dessert...we eat a lot of them. It's nice to at least feel like I'm giving my child some nutritional value when I make it! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Spring shopping--thrift store style

Lately I've been dreaming of blue skies, birds chirping and the ability to walk out of my house not wearing boots and heavy coats. And since I got rid of a full 2/3 of my clothes during our move from Washington to Idaho, I have been doing a teensy little bit of spring shopping.
At thrift stores, of course! I'm cheap like that.

So what I've been trying to do is buy more actual colors. It seems like everything in my closet is neutrals right now.

So I got this Target dress for $2.50:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ugly skirt refashion

Right after I moved I posted this post about my thrift store scores. One of the things I found to refashion was this skirt:

ugly thrift store skirt refashion
Soooo long and unflattering!

 At first glace, it's ugly right? 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

whip it up Wednesday: kale chips

kale chips

Here in our house we loooooove a good crunchy, salty snack! The problem my hubby and I struggle with is that there are very few healthy crunchy salty snacks. Which is why when my friend Lisa suggested this recipe using just three ingredients (the main one of which is a vegetable, and she swore her own daughter loved) I knew we would have to try it out.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Men's shirt refashion and a (mostly) thrifted outfit

Several months ago, before The Move to Boise, I purchased this shirt from the thrift store:

Men's thrift store shirt refashion
Also not great with gray PJ pants.

It was $6.99, which is usually a little rich for my blood at a thrift store, but I loved the blue and white gingham, and I loved that it was lined with a light blue and white pinstripe pattern. It had some serious problems though, not the least of which were the sleeves being waaaaaay to long! I fiddled with it and fiddled with it (and packed the unfinished piece and took it with us across state lines) and finally I came us with this:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine's Day Project Roundup

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'm feeling crafty and inspired to make some projects this year. Last year at this time, I was very pregnant and pretty much sitting on my couch waiting for my due date; this year I'm feeling crafty and ready to go!

There are some amazing projects and recipes out there, so here's a few from our favorite blogs that I can't wait to try!

From the inspiring blog Skip to My Lou: Easy Chocolate Truffles.  These only have five ingredients and look amazing.  Click on the picture to find out which surprising ingredient she uses (that me and Jessica love!).


Thursday, February 7, 2013

I've Been Working On...More Necklaces!

I already showed you my first few attempts at making necklaces here, but I thought I'd just take a few pictures of my latest creations! I'm loving this craft so much, I'm obsessed with jewelry and making jewelry is so satisfying. I've actually reached a point where I have waaaaaaaay too many necklaces of my own!

My favorite semi-precious stone is coral...I just love the color and natural texture. The bottom necklace has one single real turquoise bead just for a pop of color. I was inspired by some of the gorgeous earrings Hilary made to combine these two colors and I think it is so pretty.

red coral necklace

Both of these bad boys are actually be for sale in our Etsy store here and here. As much as I love them (especially the top one) I just can't justify keeping them! I could already wear a different necklace every day for a month and still have some I haven't worn. It's a problem.

One can only have so much jewelry before it becomes excessive.

red coral necklace

And these weren't even made with any of my giant bead haul from Michael's last weekend! I can't wait to finish unpacking my craft supplies and get back into the groove of making things again.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Whip it up Wednesday: Cheater hummus

easy gluten free cheater hummus

On Sunday our two families got together to celebrate a time-honored all-American tradition: The Superbowl!

Hilary already showed you her crab-stuffed jalapeno poppers, and now I'll show you my addition to our feast, my (cheater) hummus!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Thrifty tip Tuesday: Cutting the costs of craft supplies

As anyone who crafts knows, DIY projects are not necessarily cheaper then buying something off the rack or from a store. Craft supplies are EXPENSIVE! Beads are an especially big offender, with a single strand of really nice beads ranging anywhere from $4.99-$16.99! Learning to make my own jewelry has been a pretty pricey hobby to pick up. 

This is why today's Thrifty Tip Tuesday is kind of a no brainer for those of us who craft: Shop the sales! And when you find a good sale, for the love of God stock up!

Keeping this in mind, when I head about the 90% off clearance event going on at Micheal's I had to check it out. My friend Nicole, who makes amazing jewelry, said she always stocks up when she finds beading supplies on sale/clearance and I decided I better do the same! The prices were 90% off of the red clearance sticker price (or sometimes more)!

I got all this for under $20! And all of these are the really nice genuine stone or glass beads. See those gorgeous dark red stone beads? Those were originally $9.99 for EACH STRAND. Yikes! After the 90% off I paid only $0.79 each. Much more affordable!

saving money on jewelry beads

Friday, February 1, 2013

Pinterest Friday: Sharpie Mug Redo!

Remember this?  Last Friday, Jessica posted her Sharpie Mug of Doom project (which is actually my birthday gift!) and how it didn't, *ahem,* work so well.

diy sharpie pen on mug
Yeah, not so great.  Great quote, awesome project, execution...questionable.
So, after researching a little more, Jessica decided to redo the project with a ceramic pen, which is designed to work on already glazed ceramic (mugs, plates, etc.).

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