A Scraptastic Headband

I love, love, love fabric scraps. Well, scraps in general actually including those that don’t fall into the “fabric” category like zipper pieces, ribbon, beads, etc.

Awhile ago, I tweaked this dress top that I got at Nordstrom Rack for $2. Yes, I got a clothing item at Nordstrom Rack for only two bucks! Even better, it was on the Rack’s clearance rack sandwiched between a top that was $79 and on that was $120… they were also on “clearance.”

I actually bought the top thinking it would be cute to wear with leggings and a sweater but decided it would be much better as a work-appropriate top and don’t worry, I’ll blog about it eventually.

Anyway… the tweaking left me with a couple of fabulous seam scraps.

I felt like having a little fun with my hair the other weekend, so I curled it and wrapped it up in a scraptastic headband.

Continue reading

The Knee Boot’s Connected to the Ankle Boot {Refashion}

I got a really cute pair of knee-high boots many years ago and kind of wore out the tops of them, the bottoms were fine though. I got a replacement pair on a great deal and planned on just pitching the old ones… but never did.

Old & New

When browsing Pinterest, I stumbled upon this pin and it reminded me of  the boots. With a boot on, I decided how tall I wanted my new ankle boots to be then marked a bit above it. With the zipper unzipped I cut the boot off where I had marked. I did the same thing with the other boot. Continue reading

A Lovely Weekend Wrap Up

I think it’s partially due to being in the thick of winter, but I feel tired all the time. My body believes I should be hibernating! The weather people seem to have constant trouble getting it right as well. Today’s low was supposed to be 22 degrees. When I woke up this morning my phone said -4 and now it’s a whole 9 degrees. Ugh! My weather app is sick of it too, it went on strike the other night and refused to show a temperature.


Anyway, cold and snowy Monday aside, we had a lovely Valentine’s Day weekend.


When Brad and I got home from work we cooked a delicious Valentine’s dinner together. Our menu included:

  • Filet mignon
  • Roasted asparagus (recipe here)
  • Potato rounds
  • Red wine
  • Oreo truffles

Every Valentine’s Day we end up talking about what our meal would cost at a restaurant with a few hundred of “our closest” friends dining around us and decide again that we’re very happy with our tradition!


My mom and her fiance came over and we headed over to the Great Big Home and Garden show at the IX Center.

I had won tickets to the show, but they only provided me with half the tickets I was told would be there, so we’re sorting that out still. In this day, I am not a fan of providing tickets at a “will call” window because those people aren’t that nice. Just email the electronic tickets or send me a coupon code for the tickets I won and skip the window all together.

Anyway, the show was pretty cool. We made a beeline for the idea house when we got there and walked through. It’s pretty cool that they build a whole house in the middle of the convention center. They usher you through a cuing system through the house, which I understand but it didn’t provide a great way to see the kitchen of the house and my mom and I wanted to see some more with the kitchen and be able to actually look at the pantry instead of looking at it from afar.

The Idea Home Kitchen/Living Room

The idea “basement” was pretty neat. They had lighting around the ceiling that glowed different colors. We were invited to stay for the home theater demonstration that included a projector and 120-inch screen. Brad looked at that specs and goes, “Eh, we can move on. We have a 120-inch screen in our living room.” Which made me wonder, would any of your be interested on the details of our home theater system? Information like specs, equipment and installation? If so, let me know and I’ll write one.

There was a cool cabin set up too and I loved the Scrabble decor touches it had (Scrabble pillows, Scrabble tile mugs, actual Scrabble game and tiles in a glass jar). We actually have fond memories of playing Super Scrabble at the cabin on Mt. Rainier in Washington. Continue reading

Fun with Corks

I saw wine cork letters on Pinterest a few years ago and decided, “Hey, I’m going to make one of those!”

Not being a wino, I didn’t have access to a large number of wine corks so I asked family members and friends if they would save their corks for me. And they did! A few months later, I had enough corks for my monogram, but the corks kept coming!

Using a cardboard template that I made, I laid out all of the corks for the monogram exactly where I wanted them to go, then I fired up the glue gun and started gluing the corks together in the pattern.

  Continue reading

Easy DIY Wreath

My pine cone wreath from last year took a tumble off the shelf in the attic so it didn’t make it on the front door.

I took the intact pine cones and worked them into my mantle and tabletop decor.

With the demise of the pine cone wreath, I decided to make a new wreath with some of the holiday items that had invaded my living room.

Using the wire hanger base from the pine cone wreath, I gave a piece of pipe insulation a little support and taped the ends of the foam insulation  together with packing tape. (I used the other end half of the insulation piece used to make my twine wreath pictured here.) Continue reading