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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Skort (Absolute must see! You'll be surprised!) on: September 01, 2012 05:19:47 PM
I bought this at a yard sale and left it in my closet for a long time.  Back in the spring, I decided to pull it out and try it on, and if it fit, I was going to wear it to work.

Imagine my surprise when....

Holy tamoley!  It was a skort!  I initially thought about being lazy and just separating the skirt from the shorts and just calling it a day.  Oh no!  That was too easy and I like a challenge!

I started by removing the shorts from the skirt.  I then took apart the crotch of the shorts.  I flipped the shorts upside down and sewed the waist of the shorts to the waist of the skirt.  Next, I removed the zipper from the skirt, sewed the opening of the skirt closed, and reattached the zipper further up the back on the shorts.

This is where things became difficult and I eventually gave up.  I had a super hard time fitting the shorts around my chest.  Once I did get the right fit, I chopped off the upper (crotch part) of the shorts.  I then kept playing with the fit until I threw in the towel.  Fortunately, several months later, I picked it back up and gave it another try.

Here it is now!

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Celery Buffalo Tacquitos on: July 30, 2012 06:52:00 PM
I've seen several different recipes on Pinterest for simple Buffalo Chicken Tacquitos.  I love all spicy food so I knew I had to try my hand at these.

The ingredients I used were:

    13 oz. canned chicken
    4 oz. whipped cream cheese
    6 tortilla shells
    1/4 cup hot sauce

You mix the cream cheese, chicken, and hot sauce until it's well blended.  You then spoon the mixture onto celery sticks.

(I like to dip these in hot sauce and ranch)

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Painters Tape Roll on: July 30, 2012 06:43:44 PM
I've been painting my bedroom and, as it happens, I ran out of painters tape.  I was about the throw the roll away and it struck me!  AHA!  Bracelet!  This project didn't cost a thing because I used materials I had lying around the house. 

You need:
- material
- lace
- hot glue gun
- painters tape roll

As my hot glue was heating up, I ironed the material and cut a piece large enough to wrap around the tape roll. I wrapped the material around the roll and folded the excess material inside the roll.  I secured the material by hot-gluing the material to the inside of the roll. I wasn't very concerned with how neat the bottom layer material looked because I planned on wrapping a layer of lace around the roll next. I angled the lace so that it wrapped around the roll easier and it looked cleaner.  All together, this project took a total of ten minutes to complete. 

(I had a really hard time taking a picture of my arm) 

And there you have it!  A ten minute project that cost nothing!

4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Simple Shoe Accessories on: June 14, 2012 03:35:43 AM
I've seen several different versions of attachable shoe accessories.  I love the idea so I thought I would give it a shot.

You need:

    Scrap fabric
    Various sized buttons
    Hot glue gun

I took the larger buttons and glued them to the backside of the fabric.  I then cut around the button, leaving enough material to fold over the backs of the buttons. 

I folded the material around the back of the button and glued it down. 

I took the smaller red buttons and lined up the holes with the larger button's holes.  I then sewed the small buttons to the larger ones just like you would sew a button to fabric.  You can always cover the small button with fabric too.

Attaching the buttons to the shoes was simple.  I simple ran and needle and thread through the fabric underneath the button.  I then wrapped the thread under and around the bridge above the toe and then ran the needle and thread through the other side of the button.  I did this until the button was secure and then knotted the thread.  The buttons can be removed easily and without any damage to the shoe.

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Simple Sausage Burritos - To Go on: June 09, 2012 11:03:39 AM
I love love love McDonald's sausage burritos on the Dollar Menu.  The problem is that, in the mornings, I don't have time to run through the drive through.  After seeing a tutorial for knock-off Egg McMuffins, I thought the same concept could apply to the sausage burritos.

You need:

    6 eggs
    6 slices of cheese
    1/2 roll of sausage
    1/2 can of diced tomatoes
    12 small tortillas
    Wax Paper

Makes 12 servings

In separate skillets, I browned half of the sausage and scrambled six eggs.  I drained the diced tomatoes and mixed half of the can with the scrambled eggs.  I drained as much of the oil from the sausage as possible and let the eggs and sausage cool down.

Once the food has cooled, I assembled the burrito.  I placed half of a slice of cheese on the tortilla and then sprinkled three spoonfuls each of sausage and eggs onto the cheese. 

I am not an expert burrito roller upper so I found this to be the most difficult part of the process.  I rolled up the burritos and then rolled the burrito up in wax paper. 

After rolling the burrito up in wax paper, I placed it in a freezer bag.  I think it is really important to let your food cool down so at this point there will be no condensation and when you microwave your burrito later on your food will not be soggy.   

And there you have it!  Easy sausage burritos to grab on the go!  These microwave very well and are an awesome alternative to fast food.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Faux knotted head scarf on: June 05, 2012 05:32:16 AM
I love the whole head scarf movement that's been around for the last couple of years.  Unfortunately, not only can I not tie a head scarf, I just cannot rock the look. I have found a fun, crafty alternative to carry me through the funk.

Your crafting essentials include:

    scrap fabric
    hot glue gun (or alternative glue)

The scrap fabric I used was a sleeve from one of the many projects I am working on. I cut out the center four or five inches of the sleeve.  I then twisted the fabric in the center.  Once I achieved the desired affect, I pinned the fabric so it would not unravel.   

Some strategic folding and gathering of the ends of the fabric needs to be done depending on how you want your faux head scarf to appear.  If you want your head scarf to be wide, don't gather the ends as much.

After everything was pinned, I reinforced the twists and gathers by sewing the knot and ends.

The knot was not large enough to fully cover the headband.  I took some scrap fabric from my Red Dress Refashion and glued it to the center of the headband.

I laid the knotted fabric over the headband and whip-stitched the ends of the fabric around the ends of the headband. 

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fabric covered sunglasses on: May 30, 2012 05:31:55 AM
So, I was so thrilled with how my last sunglass refashion turned out that I thought I would try my hand at another one.  As mentioned in my previous post, I bought several sunglasses at Dollar General for (gasp!) a dollar a piece. 

You will need:

    Scrap fabric
    Hot glue gun

After popping out the lens, I glued the frame of the glasses to the back of the fabric scrap.  I cut the material around the frame leaving about a quarter of an inch.  I folded down the material and then hot-glued it to the back of the frame. I cut out the material where the lens belongs. I then popped the lenses back in which held the material down so I didn't have to glue it.  You can either stop here and leave the earpieces the original color or you can cover the earpieces with fabric.  It looks good both ways but I chose to go all the way and cover everything with fabric.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lace Covered Sunglasses on: May 27, 2012 07:33:18 PM
You will need the following:

- Lace
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors
- Sunglasses

I carefully applied the hot glue the outside of the lens, keeping close to frame.  I pressed a square piece of the lace into the hot glue and let it dry.  I trimmed away the lace as closely to the frame as I could.  With the edge of my thumbnail, I pressed the rough edges of the lace into the crease between the sunglass frame and the lens.  Repeat with the second lens and you have some really nifty sunglasses!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Red Dress on: May 24, 2012 03:51:59 AM
This was one of my crazy cheap purchases from the school yard sale back in April.  I removed the shoulder pads, sleeves, and fake breast pockets.  I hemmed the sleeves and sewed closed the holes in the chest.  After some thought, I decided to remove the collar.  Next, I removed the buttons from the front of the dress and sewed it closed.  Because I did such a poor job on the front of the dress, I decided to turn it around.  This looked much better.  The only problem was that the neckline was too tight. I fixed this by seam-ripping about an inch down the shoulder seam.  To streamline the neck, I folded the ends of the shoulder seams into the dress and sewed them down.  After hemming the neckline, I removed material from the bottom of the dress until it hit above my knees.  I hemmed the bottom of the dress and lastly needed to do something about the back (previously the front) of the dress.  I took a piece of lace and gathered it until it was short enough to run from my neckline to waste-line.  I sewed it to the dress and it just barely covered up the hatchet job I called sewing. 

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Pearl Snap Top on: May 21, 2012 05:36:54 AM
So my pearl snap top was in need of updating and lately, lace has been my best friend.  I took some scrap lace and pinned it to the shirt across the back.  I sewed the lace down following the seam around the shoulders and arms.  I then cut the lace as closely to the seam as possible.  Using the zig-zag stitch, I sewed over the rough edges of the lace, simultaneously reinforcing the lace and preventing fraying.  I was so thrilled with the back of the shirt, I had to add lace to the breast pockets and shoulders. 

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