Monday, May 22, 2017

Momma needs a New Pair of Shoes

Have you ever started a project, sorta get bored/blocked/forgot about it- only to start a new project half way through the other one? Me too.

     This project started many months ago (about 10) this past summer in 2016 when my family and I took a road trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto. I knew I wanted to bring a road trippin' project on our travels, but I couldn't make a decision on the perfect project.
A pair of decorated shoes seemed to be a fun idea so I brought along a pair of cheap-o sneakers, some embroidery thread, needle and fabric markers.

I really didn't have a solid idea of what I wanted to do. I just sorta went for it!
I thought I'd get my feet wet (no pun intended) with the embroidery, so I started easy and on an easier area like the tongue of the shoes.

A little pink stripe will be nice!

I embroidered that pink stripe on the other shoe, then, with snacks, 
a nap, a coupla pit stops, and before I knew it,
 4 hours later into our trip we saw the border bridge!!! Yay!!

I was pre-occupied with road trippin, navigating, husband, snacks, and a 6 year old, 
so the shoes were put away for a bit.

While we were in Canada, we went to a pretty cool city art museum and they had an exhibit of Native Canadian artifacts. I was totally inspired by the shapes and stylized flowers and bead work of these vests and bags.

Just gorgeous, and I was totally inspired!

Four days later, on our way back to the U.S. 
I used my inspiration from the Canadian Native artifacts 
to draw and embroider more on my shoes.

We also saw an amazing glass blowing Chihuly exhibit, that found its 
way into some shoe inspiration too!

Aquarium colors!!!!

The Falls, snail friends, and my daughter's first experience with Ethiopian food.

Inspiration can be everywhere! 

I picked the shoes up again, and finished a few details. I am sick of this Midwest winter, and I want to wear my Spring/Summer (now 2017) shoes and frolic in the weather!
I wore them to school. They were perfect to wear on Friday (jeans day) since the weather is getting better!

See you next time!

Sunday, April 16, 2017


My gal pals and I have had a tradition for a couple of years now, to scour some thrift stores and then have a nice dinner. We bask in the glory of our thrift scores, talk about everything, and enjoy each other's company! This time it involved delicious margaritas! Needless to say, it was a delightful time, and I'm so glad we have this tradition.

One of my thrift scores this year was this straw hat for $1.99

I love hats on a sunny day, and I love to wear my hair up and out of my way, but hats and buns usually don't go hand in hand.
 But, I think I figured out a solution!

Can't beat that price!

I just snipped a hole in the top of my new hat, and really that was it!
I wasn't too worried about the hat fraying, but if it does, I'll put a bit of clear nail polish on the edges. 
That should do the trick!

I'm ready for Spring, Summer, pool days, backyard name it!

I think we could get the "Bun Hat" to catch on! Maybe?

Now all we need is this nice weather to stay!!!
If you make a bun hat, I'd love to hear about and see your creation!

See you next time!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I've Been Keeping It Real!

Winter is not my favorite season. 
I usually want to curl up in a blanket watch movies and eat popcorn.... I still have been doing that, (I make the best popcorn by the way).

 I also have accomplished a few things in the past 3 months. 

I've also sewn TON!
I'll give you the run-down:

I have spent time with my family

At the beginning of December, I became a Zumba instructor!

Whew! I did it!

I'm working on making some pullovers for my new Zumba side-career...

Oh yeah, one other thing:

I also graduated with my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership!!!!
 Yup! 2 years of hard work and we are done!!! Wahoooo!
I wanted to make it special and memorable, so for our last class, I made a dress for myself, matching bow ties for the Gentleman, a pocket square for our instructor, and scarves for the ladies.

It was a great matchy-matchy ending to the past hard working two years!

Now that things have settled down a bit, I anticipate more sewing in my future!

See you next time!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Scarf Weather and a Wonderful Refashion

My lovely friend Tara was having a "Rugged Outdoors" Fall themed get together at her house last weekend. Naturally, I needed to find something rugged, and well....outdoorsy to wear. I scooped up my daughter and we headed to the thrift store! We found some plaid and flannel, and some plaid flannel. I thought to myself, "These will do the trick!" 
Initially, I thought about wearing a plaid button down with leggings and boots, but it just didn't look right. Luckily, I bought a few shirts to choose from. In the pile of shirts there was a perfectly fitting one for the hubs, which was a bonus, and I decided to pair my outdoorsy outfit with made-from-flannel-shirts scarf! 
This is how I did it:

Gotta start with some shirts...

I cut off the collar and sleeves.

I cut the collar and sleeves on this one too.

This left me with the front and back of both shirts.
I realized it would be wayyyyy too long with 4 parts, 
so I decided to take away one part. 

I trimmed up the edges, and sewed the pieces together.
It was super cute with the buttons showing!
There was even a little pocket!

Warm and cozy flannel all sewed up!

I paired my new warm scarf with a red shirt, long grey sweater, leggings, and a faux fur vest.
I was feeling rugged and outdoorsy!

My hubs and I looked great in our flannel outfits,
 not to mention so rugged, and so outdoorsy!

Fun party- goers!

Party selfie!

Thanks for a great party Tara!

See you next Time!