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free printables

12:47:00 AM

I must say, I came across some very lovely FREE printables through this blog. My favorite finds were on Martha Stewart's Wedding page found here.

The monogram letters are my favorite:

I can think of tons of ways to use these: gift tags, magnets, organizing, school, labels...


you can't stop the beat

1:21:00 PM

Totally random, but if I'm having a bad day, or just need a little pick-me-up, for some reason, Hairspray can do the trick. I don't know why because there are plenty of other songs that have a great beat, but I can't help but want to dance when I hear it. I even called my sister (who is a great dancer) and had her teach me some moves. She'd laugh if she saw every move I try, but Jack likes it and bounces along with me.

P.S. Love the costumes. I want most of Amber's dresses.


from sweater to cardigan. a tutorial

11:38:00 PM

I decided to do a tutorial on how to turn a sweater into a cardigan because there seemed to be some interest in the how-to. So, here we go:

1 sweater
2 pieces of grosgrain ribbon (other ribbon isn't sturdy enough for buttonholes)
buttons or hook-and-eyes
lace, scrap fabric, beads, etc

Step 1:
Lay your shirt out, fold it in half vertically matching up the side seams and mark the middle at the top and bottom of the shirt.

Step 2:
Using some good scissors cut down the center of the shirt.

Step 3:
Lay out your ribbon along one edge and cut to fit length. Cut one other piece of ribbon exactly the same length.

Step 4:
Using a basting stitch (around #5 on most machines), make two rows of stitching along each edge (If your grosgrain ribbon is 3/8" thick, make rows a little less than 3/8" apart; If ribbon is 5/8" thick, rows are less than 5/8" apart, and etc...)

Step 5:
Pin ribbon to each edge. First pin at top and bottom, then pin the middle part. (The fabric may stretch out, so pull the basting threads until the length of the cardigan matches the length of the ribbon.

Step 6:
Baste the ribbon in place.

Step 7:
Now stitch down both sides of the ribbon. If you have lace to go down the sides and/or neckline, this is when you will stitch that in.

Note: If your sweater was originally a little loose on you, you could have room to turn your ribbon under so it is not visible. All you would want to do after step 7 is make an extra row of basting another equidistant from the ribbon, fold the ribbon under, and stitch along the basting.

Step 8:
Determine how many buttons (or hook-and-eyes) you would like to use, and mark where you want the buttons in equal distances.

Tip: When marking buttons, I try the shirt on and mark where the fullest part of my bust is and put a button there. That way, there is no gaping. From that point, I determine how far apart my buttons are from each other.

Step 8 (buttons):
Sew buttonholes. I start each buttonhole 1/8" above each pin. Buttonhole length is determined by adding the length and width of button.

Tip: Do a test on a scrap piece of fabric with some ribbon behind it to make sure the hole is the right size for the button.

Step 8 (hook-and-eyes):
Stitch hooks at pins on wrong side of fabric. Make sure that the hook is not protruding from the edge, but is right up against it.

Step 9 (buttons):
Sew on buttons. Sew center of the button right where pin is.

Step 9 (hook-and-eyes):
Stitch the U-shaped eyes on other side at pin marks. Make sure that the U is not protruding from the edge, but is right up against it.

Step 10:
Now add extra buttons, scrap pieces of fabric and beads to make your cardigan unique and vintage.

I wear this with a floral scarf like this and a button up oxford shirt tucked into a pencil skirt.

cool finds


5:39:00 PM

While exploring the wonders of the children's non-fiction section of the library yesterday I came upon this book via Jack pulling from the shelf onto the floor. Coincidence? You decide. Instead of putting back on the shelf like the others, I took it home with me.

I have to say, after reading through this, this is a great beginners sewing book. Although the book is directed to children, it would be perfect for an adult with little to no sewing experience.

The author gives good detailed tips, information and instructions. She shows you basics like how to tie a knot the way grandma does. She also lists different types of fabrics, threads, needles, etc. and gives basic information on what to use for different projects. She has lots of fun projects like making a pin cushion, an apron, a baby's bib and more.

Everything thing in the book is shown in a way that you would not need a sewing machine to make anything in the book! (emphasis added because I believe not having a sewing machine that is one thing that holds a lot of people back from sewing.) So, if you need some basics, or even want to give sewing a try. I would recommend you go to the library and pick this book up.

P.S. The author has also written Look and Cook as well as Sow and Grow! Those will be for another trip.



2:46:00 PM

What says summer more than a bowl of cherries? To be honest, I don't really like the taste of cherries (okay, to really be honest I haven't had a cherry in about 8 years... maybe I should give it another try). But, I can't deny that they are beautiful to look at.

My mom just told me she has a tree bursting with them. Everyone has been eating cherries so much at my house, they're all sick of them and there are still tons on the tree. I wish I could drive up and get some.

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