Wednesday, June 15, 2011




 I've been busily working on my room and excited to start pulling it all together. 
I'll be posting BEFORE and AFTER pics of what my room looks like from all angles, later. Which I must say isn't much, its functional but kinda thrown together.
 It never hit me until just a few days ago....this has been a long time coming.  
I've done my kids' rooms in different themes, 
My son's room is in safari and my daughter's is retro mermaids and again on the cheap!


It never crossed my mind to do something for myself, for us. 
You know, a nice retreat :)

So for now, my focus is going to be on the individual Decor REDO's, to get the room to its finished state. 
So yes.... I'll be stringing you along haha.
 But don't fret, I AM posting before pics of the item and a somewhat after shot .
Of course on the day of the big reveal, you'll be able to see everything!

 Every time I redo an item in this photo I'll post this photo as well
This first picture is of the things I found on my 1st Thrift trip, $9.16 + tx.
 I've listed the items with letters so that when I'm referring to them you'll know what I'm talking about.
 Numbering would be confusing as I have multiples in some. 
 Also a few are going to be used as is but most REDONE. 

 I'm starting with (C) a set of prints with white frames, each $1.24+ tx. The print is decoupaged on board so glass is not included/needed.

I used a mixture of Turquoise, Night Sky, Metallic 14k Gold & Black. 
All in acrylic craft paints in the Folk Art, Delta, Apple Barrel brands you can find at most stores.
 I bought these years ago when I worked at Michaels...they're still good.
 A little thick but a good shake & a tiny bit of water did the job. 
I just patted them together until I got a good mixture.

I covered most of the print by continuing to pat the brush all around but loved that some color peaked through, giving it a textured look.
 I then mixed the same gold and black for the frame part.
 Both times using the gold for the iridescent effect.

Closer look:
 I also wanted it to appear a little bronzey

Next, I used the top 1/2 of some feathers I already owned 
for the inside part of the frame and the other 1/2 for the outside.

Redos, frame redo, thrifted frame, peacock feathers
I then decoupaged the feathers with the Modge Podge I already owned. 
Its not as pretty or vibrant in color but it'll get better when dry.
 I'm working on getting both visual and textural items in OUR room.
 I keep saying my room, like I'm the only one who uses it lol
 Hubby just goes along with my changes hee hee


Thursday, June 9, 2011


Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 12:04am

 Its Wednesday....and I should have posted Sunday haha

Eh, I got busy. What can I say?!

 I will share though, this is my last clothing REDO for a short while because I have some other exciting projects!!! 

GORGEOUS BIRDS!!! My absolute favorite
So after today my next few notes will be on DECOR REDO'S.  I'll be using Thrift finds and stuff I already own to REDO my bedroom! ( giddy )

This week I worked on something simple that I picked up at the outlet. It was 1 size too big and had puffy 3/4 sleeves.


BEFORE: Sweater top needs to be taken in and sleeves worked on.

Sleeve is fine at the shoulder but gets puffy & wider as it gets closer to the elastic.

I took in 1 in from the sleeve and all the through the body too.

Taking the body in took a few tries, it was too big every time. I then cut excess

I had to address the collar or always have to wear a tank underneath as it was too low in the front.
AFTER: Fits much nicer all over. I wore with jeans, blk boots, little gold hoops, gold chains, blk & gold pin & gold bangles.

COLLAR with pleats


Thursday, June 2, 2011


Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 4:56pm
 WOW...we have had some crazy weather for this time of year!

I'm a tad late in posting but with good reason lol.  My "usual" day is Sunday but we came home after church, had lunch, relaxed and then headed off to my pal A.C.'s party!
Enjoyed the Memorial day with my family; hope you did too. 
Tuesday I got to volunteer at our church's private school(Mon. is my regular day)....and Wednesday I woke up feeling like poo. Stomach flu got me & the hubby. lol What a miserable day, when 1 parent is sick its enough but when both are sprawled out on the couch, feeling nauseous  weak, etc bueno! 
 Thank the Lord we are almost perfect today! So today is the day:)

 I picked up this sweater recently at the Goodwill Outlet
Ok, if you are BARELY getting used to thrifting or are very picky about where you shop.....this is NOT the place for you lol. Its a totally different way of shopping but worth it when you find a "treasure". 

 The outlet is set up with massive bins of clothes & misc items, no hangers, no nice aisles, no color/size coordination, just tons of stuff. I recommend wearing gloves. 
Don't get me wrong, its clean, well lit, air conditioned but not set up like a store which means the items ARE NOT WASHED. They may have been at one time in their thrift journey but not by this point.  Its sold by weight @$1.39 a lb. and I believe no tax.

So after the great finds I purchased for my family and I, this was about $1.00. The sweater was in great condition, it had a few fuzzies I removed and needed to be taken in. Also, there were no pockets so I wanted to add some.  This is my 2ND Pocket creation!!!

 SWEATER $1.00

BEFORE: The sweater is great as is but a little big. I wanted to take in the width of the body and on the sleeves. AND...attempt to make pockets.

I began with the sleeves, sewing a new seam 2in in from the bottom and working all the way up through sleeves. Eventually the body too, which took about 1/4 -1/2 off.

I made a regular (#6) stitch and an #8 stitch. I still haven't figured out all the stitches on my machine but I thought it safe to add extra stitching before cutting since its a sweater.

#6 is the stitch I always use and rarely venture out. The #8 seemed like it would cover more area so I used it next to the #6. I probably should have used it right over the #6. Thank goodness my grey thread was a perfect match and any mistakes are "invisible" lol

I took in 1/4-1/2 in. on the body leaving a few inches open for my pocket. I used both stitches here too.
I cut from the bottom up, next to the stitches to where the pocket would be.

I then carefully unstitched the sweater seam so not to cut through the actual sweater.

 used an old T again. Most of our old T's are cleaning rags cause they've been stained or ruined somehow. For that reason I had to use the sleeves and make do. :) I cut like a downward oval for both pockets and sewed all around except the opening.

I then turned the pockets inside out, so the nicer side would show and pinned them to sweater. I then sewed the 2 openings together

AFTER: It had been a cold weekend so I knew the sweater would be great for Sunday. I wore it over my top & jeans which I paired with my warm suede boots! I gotta say I only spent $10 at Sam's Club for them recently cause I was patient! Yahooooo :)

Side view: There's my pocket

BONUS! After I was all done sewing the pockets, I hand sewed them to the side of the sweater for 2 reasons: 1)When I close my sweater while my hands are in pockets, the sides will follow not just the pockets 2) I could leave part of the top unsewed and create an inside pocket!