Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Keep the mini skirt! Just make it not so mini....

Thinking about throwing out that mini skirt that is too short? Don’t! You can turn it into a cute summer skirt by using items you already have. They are fun, funky, and unique. And, as Coco Chanel said, “Life is too short to wear boring clothes.”

I took a few short denim skirts I had that were way too short as well as some that were outdated and fell mid-calf (not a flattering style). I added a bottom portion from peasant skirts I have had for years. It worked out perfectly as the elastic in the peasant skirts was stretched out and the denim gave it a good fit on the waist. It was really easy and I have received so many compliments.

Below are instructions on what I did. I have also included some pictures of me wearing the skirts as they look much on then just seeing them on a hanger. 

1.    Put the denim skirt on along with the peasant skirt under it. This will give you an idea of where you need to cut.
2.    Once you decide the length (I tend to like long skirts) then mark it with a safety pin or marker.
3.    Lay the peasant skirt out and cut off the portion you marked.
4.    You will line up the bottom of the denim skirt with the peasant skirt you cut.
5.    You can either machine sew, hand sew, or use fabric glue. It is literally a straight line so super easy.
6.    Put on your new skirt and look fabulous!

Mini Skirt and Peasant Skirt
Cut the Peasant skirt after you decide the length
Put the 2 skirts together to sew or use fabric glue
Finished Product
Wear it and look fabulous
Even tried a skirt that wasn't denim and it turned out great!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Don't Throw Out Your Old Flip Flops/Sandals!

Not sure why you bought that pair of sandals? Don’t throw them out. Try updating them with old jeans and items you already have.

I had purchased some sandals a few years back. I am not sure what I was thinking when I bought them. Every time I tried to wear them, I hated the huge flower on the front. They were so comfortable so didn’t want to throw them out but knew I would never wear them with the bulky flower.

I decided to cut off the flowers and make the sandals more my taste. I was looking for something different than the typical “homemade” sandals that have big bows and sequins. I wanted a vintage unique look.

I had cut off my daughter’s pants into shorts and kept the extra denim. I liked the buttons and zippers so figured I could use this for a project which turns out I could.

I cut out all the details I liked from the jeans and glued them on the sandals. I used a great fabric glue called, “Liquid Stitch”. It is really strong and you can get it at any craft store.

I ended up liking the denim sandals so much, I made another pair using items I was getting rid of (shoe straps from shoes the kids had outgrown, worn out belt, an old lanyard, etc.).

I thought they turned out fun, unique, and only cost $4 for the glue. Not to mention, I saw a pair of sandals with a similar vintage feel that was over $45. Just a quick humble brag J

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bringing your child to work....

This is what happens when you bring your 6 year old to work with you:

I had to run into work Saturday. My daughter came with me. While I was doing work on my computer, she must have written this on the whiteboard ....without me seeing. "Say hi to Chanel twice or Nancy or you will be fired"....mind you she has only met my co-worker Nancy once. People kept saying hi to me this morning and I had no idea why. ...until I went into the conference room. Awkward! Attached is the note and the culprit who did it.....

Love/Hate relationship with Cheeseballs

Dinner! Nothing but the best for me......

It was all good until I at half the container and had to lay down from the cheeseball overload. If I could write a letter to the cheeseballs, this is what it would say....

Dear Cheeseballs,

I love you, but I also hate you!



Cleaning Goal - Epic Fail

I have a huge cleaning list of what I need to do tonight. I came home from work, put on my cleaning sweats and....... it all went down from there. 

 1. Opened the fridge and ate a big bowl of leftover noodles and company pasta (this was left over from yesterday when both my kids decided they hated pasta .....After I had ordered).
*Thought...I will clean once I get finished with my 3 portions of pasta.

2. Read articles on ksl. Some may say I was avoiding cleaning but I really felt compelled to read about hobo spiders vs wolf spiders, the teacher who slept with the student, things that are Gephart approved, etc. I even read the pop-up ad about acai berry helping people lose weight for the millionth time.

* I thought...I will clean when I am done with reading.

 3. I then clicked on vacation discounts from an ad I saw on ksl. I don’t have a vacation coming up but thought I needed to check prices in case I ever go.
*Kind of feeling like I am not going to clean at this point...but maybe. 

 4. I decided to see what kelly blue book said my car is worth. Not planning to sell it but once again felt I should find out the value. Maybe the value went down and I needed to find out.
*Almost positive I am not going to clean at this point.
 5. Just turned on electric blanket so I can be warm while watching Dr Phil. I like to watch and see how he still manages to get guests on his show.
*Almost 100% sure I won't get off this couch the rest of the evening.

Oh well. ...there is always tomorrow.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

White Tiger Makeover.....with a Sharpie

What are you looking at tiger? Or more accurately.....where are you looking?
I ordered a big snow tiger for my son off amazon for Christmas. I unwrapped the tiger tonight and wasn't sure what to think. He has one eye veering up and one eye... veering down (pictures below).
At first I thought I would return him but then I realized he is a special tiger. He has the ability to look two places at once. I have walked around him a half dozen times and am pretty sure he can see me no matter where I am.
Some may find this creepy but over the last hour, the tiger and I have bonded. And, although I feel safer knowing the tiger can keep a watch out in all directions, I am not sure my son will feel the same. Sorry to the person who glued his eyes on, but I had to do a Sharpie Makeover.
I took a sharpie marker colored in his eyes, added some tiger eyeliner, and filled in the nose. It's like a tiger makeover. I don't want to brag, but man I am good. Check out the before and after pics.....


Monday, October 7, 2013

Letter to the Tooth Fairy..........

My daughter had a loose tooth for several weeks (it is her first… so of course it's a big deal). Not to mention, everyone she meets, she feels the need to tell them about her loose tooth. So, it must have meant a lot to her.
I finally couldn’t take it anymore and pulled it out last night (without her approval). I couldn't help it. It was hanging on by a tiny piece of skin. It looked like a diving board. Every time she ate, it would bend down. I actually think I did a service by pulling it when she least expected it. A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do.
Once we got the tooth out, she was really excited. I thought everything was good until I saw the note she wrote to the tooth fairy. You can see the note below. She let the Tooth Fairy know that I hurt her while pulling her tooth out.
 Can you believe she sold me out like that? You know she was trying to get more money from the Tooth Fairy with sympathy points. I want to say it didn't work but then "the Tooth Fairy" ended up giving her $10 and leaving a note under her pillow about how beautiful her tooth was.