DIY: Up-cycled Toddler Dress

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Thanks to Pinterest, and my new sewing machine, I’ve had tons of ideas for DIY projects lately. Today’s post is about utilizing an old “onesie” that’s too small/short, but still fits the arm/chest area, for the top portion of the dress. An old women’s t-shirt is used as the bottom of the dress.

Simply cut the bottom portion of the onesie off, just above the leg holes. Then cut the bottom half of the t-shirt, depending on the desired length of your dress. (This is where a before picture would be handy, sorry!) With the onesie right side out, and the t-shirt upside down and inside out, match up the cut ends and pin. Sew the pieces together, removing pins as you go, then flip down the t-shirt part of the dress. Done!

Since I neglected to take a picture of the “dress” while it was in two pieces, the below photo shows the unused parts.

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The best part about using a t-shirt for the bottom of the dress is that it’s already hemmed! I plan to make more of these little creations, practicing as I go, so I will post better tutorials with more photos soon.

Do you “up-cycle” or repurpose your old clothing? 

Update: Breath-holding spells (No More Iron)

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Unfortunately, using Iron has done nothing to improve our little one’s breath-holding spells. We’ve consulted with the pediatrician and decided to stop the supplements. Our next course of action will be a referral to a pediatric cardiologist.

The pediatrician believes the cardiologist will likely monitor Little One’s heart before/during an “episode” to see if there’s any correlation between the two (does the heart cause the breath-holding? does the heart change during an episode?).

We won’t have any appointments for a few weeks, so once we have more information I will do another update.

If nothing else, we keep holding onto the hope that she will eventually outgrow the breath-holding spells – hopefully before going to pre-school!  

DIY: Simple Scarf Turned Infinity

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Although I really want to take a sewing class, today I attempted to fumble around using my mom’s sewing machine. I know next to nothing about sewing, so this post may or may not be very clear, but I still want to share!

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Since the material of this scarf is so thin, it was really easy to simply sew one straight line! I folded the scarf in half, so the 2 short ends met (with the “wrong” side of the material facing up), then sewed them together all the way across. I was careful to keep my stitching as close to the natural edge/seam as I could.

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Then all I had to do was flip it back so the “right” side of the material was facing out. The seam is almost invisible, especially once I’m wearing it.

I definitely plan to practice sewing, when I do I will share some better projects with you.

Do you sew your own clothing and/or accessories? 

March Stitch Fix Review

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As promised, my March Stitch Fix delivery was waiting on my doorstep when I got home this afternoon!

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It feels like Christmas every time I open the box and see the goodies wrapped in tissue paper. The box also contains a prepaid envelope to send back any items I’m not love with.

First 2 items:

Brixon Ivy – Bixby Clover Print Blouse $64

Just Black – Dean Ankle Zip Skinny Jean $78

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Verdict: I’m torn! I love the look of this blouse and the cute pearl detail on the cuff, but I’m not sure how practical this would be with a toddler. I’m also unsure about the jeans. The ankle zip is a nice modern detail, but I’m stuck on the price…

Next item:

Loveappella – Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt $64

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Verdict: I love this! It’s like a sweater & sweatshirt mixed in one; totally comfy, but more stylish than a basic hoodie. It’s light weight enough to wear through the Spring, but still wearable with layers into the Fall. Keep!

Next item:

41Hawthorn – Breyson Pleated Tab-Sleeve Blouse $58

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Verdict: This one isn’t for me. Although I do love the color, the cut is a bit boxy. The neckline is also too low on me and doesn’t stay flat enough to avoid a wardrobe malfunction. Going back!

Final item:

Pixley – Jakobe Chevron Print Maxi Dress $78

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Verdict: I wanted to love this dress! I love the colors and pattern, but it really bothers me that the pattern doesn’t line up at the seams. Also, the elastic above the waste isn’t very comfortable. And, oh boy, is it clingy in the rear!! Going back!

Thanks for looking, I hope this Stitch Fix review was helpful. I’m not a spokesperson for Stitch Fix, but I do receive a small credit if you decide to try the service using my referral link!

What should I do about the white blouse and those jeans!? 

Kindle Books

I like to read. I love to read. Like every night before bed. Like realizing it’s after midnight when I “went to bed” around 9pm. Like sneaking in a few chapters while the little one is napping (and I should be cleaning or doing something productive)…

Reading is one of the few things I get to do that’s quiet and relaxing and just for me.

I realize everyone has different preferences, but below are links to some Kindle books that I really enjoyed and maybe you will too!

I could go on and on, but these are a few I’ve recently read that I think are worth sharing.

Do you agree the books are often better than the movie version? 

reading humor

Next Stitch Fix – due 3/25

My next (3rd) Stitch Fix delivery is just around the corner! Once it arrives on my front step, I will post a full review with pictures and info on each of the 5 items.

I want to take a few minutes now to clarify a few things about Stitch Fix, for those of you who may be “on the fence” about signing up. I’m not posting this to be pushy, I just really enjoy the service!

1. Stitch Fix does NOT require automatic delivery. You can choose a shipment every few months, or if you have a special occasion coming up, or you can opt for monthly delivery if you truly love it.

2. You can fill out your style profile WITHOUT being obligated to place an order. Completing the profile actually helped me focus on what I was looking for, and also showed me what I didn’t like (in case you aren’t sure what your style is).

3. If you decide to order, you’re only risking the $20 styling fee. The shipping both ways is free. If you decide to keep any of your 5 items, that $20 styling fee will be deducted from your invoice. I don’t know about you, but I’d probably end up spending $20 on gas and useless junk if I tried shopping at the mall.

Now, having said all that, if you DO want to try Stitch Fix I’d highly recommend creating a Pinterest board with a title like Stitch Fix Style Inspiration. There is a place on the style profile to add your Pinterest link – this allows your stylist to get a better sense of the trends you love. This will make a huge difference! The style profile is a great tool, but adding your Pinterest will show your stylist exactly what you like. If you do this, be specific in the comment area under the picture you’re pinning. I once pinned an outfit for the shirt, but did not like the excessively ripped jeans, so I made sure I wrote something like “cute shirt, don’t like the distressed jeans” – that way my stylist won’t think I like that denim trend. Seems obvious, but the details are helpful.

I did not have my Pinterest linked for my first “fix” and after linking it (before I received my 2nd) I could see a big difference; the items I received in my 2nd batch were much more “me”. At first I was skeptical whether or not they actually look, but the personalized stylist note referred to one of my favorite colors, so I know she looked at my Pinterest.

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I hope this post is helpful. Have you scheduled your Fix yet? 

DIY: Fabric Art

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For this project I decided to repurpose 2 children’s prints that were given to us. I removed the backing from both frames, and discovered there were nice, thick pieces of cardboard already in there. All I had to do was wrap the fabric around the cardboard (like a present), then secure the fabric on the back with masking tape. I like using tape, rather than staples, because it will be easier to change out the fabric in the future if I decide to redecorate. To finish up, simply reattach the backing onto the frames. All I have to do now is decide where to hang my new prints!

Have you tried framing fabric yet? 

DIY Update: Fabric Art

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Let me preface this by saying that this is probably the least technical way to make fabric art. For my trial run I didn’t want to use the frames I bought this weekend, so I started with a cheap, plastic frame I had on hand.

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I started this project by taking a plain, black frame apart then sanding it lightly to take the shine off.

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Next, I used an Antique White spray paint on the front and back of the frame.

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I also used the sandpaper to very lightly scuff the white paint, just enough to take the super shiny finish off.

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Then comes the fabric! I cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the frame. Next, I cut a piece of cardboard (from a soda can carton) to fit the inside area of the frame. Once the fabric was centered on the cardboard, I wrapped it (like a present) and secured the folded edges with masking tape.

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Finally, I placed the fabric-wrapped cardboard into the frame (behind the glass), then attached the frame backing. I will post more pictures as I get better at these projects!

Do you create DIY artwork? 

Cook With Me

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Bacon Brussels Sprouts

INGREDIENTS:

Package of Brussels sprouts (approx. 2 lbs. cleaned & halved)

5 slices of bacon (cut in 1/2 for easier cooking)

2 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook the bacon, remove & crumble (to be added later), retain bacon grease

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2. Add the butter to the bacon grease & melt on med-high heat

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3. Carefully add Brussels sprouts to pan. Stir to coat. Cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until some pieces are browned.

4. Add crumbled bacon back to pan, stir and serve

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Bacon makes everything better, right? 😉