Repairing by Embellishing {Sweater #Refashion}

I had a black cardigan that I’ve been wearing for years. It was the perfect weight, size and worked for casual, professional or whatever look I had. I even wore it to Luke’s.

But my versatile cardigan met with a bit of a mysterious mishap in the laundry. This is what it looked like after some stitching up. Continue reading

The Last Little Bit of Summer {Refashion}

Here’s a final summer refashion as the weather has been cooler and the days have become shorter.

… speaking of shorter. I’ve had two old pairs of pants sitting in the refashion basket for awhile.

Both pairs were at least a touch too long and had the backs walked off of them to a point that they were frayed.

The blue pants were snug fitting through the hips to the knees, then came out in a wide flare at the bottom. These I decided should be capris.

Have you noticed that it’s hard to find capri pants any more? I have, so these fit the bill pretty well.

The brown ones fit great in the hips and thighs, and were loose at the knees and quite wide at the ankles.

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(Too) Little Blue Dress Refashion

Here’s a little shopping advice, never buy a dress without trying it on first… even if it is only $2.

I picked up this blue dress and was dismayed that it was too tight and too short.

I loved the color and I like the texture, just not the fit. Continue reading

Peachy Keen Top

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a refashion. For that, I’m very sorry.

I have a perfectly springy project to share today though. It started out as a dress.

The color of this dress caught my eye when browsing clearance racks. I wore it a few times, but the way it clung to my hips made me so self conscious I would only every wear it with a long sweater. I finally decided to make it more versatile.

It looks good on the dress, but not so much on me.

 

My original plan was to refashion the dress to look like the top I picked in one of my most popular pins. Continue reading

Personal Initiatives for 2016

I’m sure a lot of people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions. If you made a resolution to better yourself, keep going! I don’t really make resolutions, but there are a few personal initiatives I have for the new year.

1. Finish settling into the house.

My biggest pet peeve with the state of the new house is that there’s nothing on the walls yet. It’s nerve wracking to put the first holes in brand new drywall. For now, our large decorations are leaning against the walls roughly where we think we’ll want them and our smaller ones have either been stashed away or placed on a shelf. More than just decorating though, I’m looking forward to getting some additional organization systems in place, like adding shelves in the laundry room and putting up hooks. Settling in is also going to include putting in a yard, landscaping and either a deck or patio.

2. Be smarter about vegetables.

Typically the vegetable is the last part of the meal that I plan… last as in everything may already be cooked and on the plate before I think about vegetables. Usually we end up throwing spinach and tomatoes on the plate and calling it a salad. I want to make more use of our steamer and add variety to our vegetable options. Which really means I just need to get better at planning ahead!

3. Get back to carb counting well and better manage my diabetes. Continue reading