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{DIY} Baby Jar Vases

These are the baby jar vases I created for Shiloh’s first birthday party (that I didn’t get photos of at her actual party). They were just too cute and chic to stow away with all my other saved glass jars, so I decided to add them to my kitchen window décor.

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These are stage-3 sized jars, which are a little taller than the standard size baby jars (stage-1 and stage-2). To clean them: I soaked the jars in hot soapy water for at least 30-minutes and scrubbed off the glue with a rough sponge (like the green side on the yellow and green sponges) with more dish soap. It took a bit of scrubbing, but once the glue started coming off it came off rather quickly. I’m sure glue removal gels like Goo-Gone would work well too; I just didn’t have any on hand and I’m cheap. I filled the jars with dried moss and added the flowers. These jars would also look pretty with burlap and/or lace added, if you wanted to further the shabby chic look of them. I love the simplicity of the plain glass and moss, but definitely will not rule out anything to change them up in the future.

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OHP! Wednesday #5

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Mint Oversized Sweater
pinned to Very Tara pinboard

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‘Love is spoken here’ print
pinned to Text & Paper pinboard

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Baby Gown refashion
pinned to Refashion pinboard

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Monogram Road Art
pinned to Elisha Lowell pinboard

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Two-Chair Bench
pinned to DIY: Musts pinboard

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Bride & Groom photo
pinned to A&B Wedding Photos pinboard

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Bird Lady decor
pinned to Hackberry Circle pinboard

{Reminder: all images link to Pinterest pin if you would like to pin them for yourselves.}

Linking up with The Vintage Apple’s

{refashioned} Refashioned Button-Up Skirt

If you have read the earlier post about my refashioned button-up dress skirt made from one of Matthew’s old button-up shirts, you probably found yourself more confused than inspired. Sorry about that, friends…

But not only is it confusing, it’s not the best way to make this skirt. When I tried actually wearing it out in public I couldn’t muster up the courage to do it because I was worried that one of the buttons would come open and expose, well, you know… So it’s just been stuck in my closet. Which is really sad because I LOVE that refashion. So yesterday morning I ripped out all the seams and started over. This tutorial is oh so much simpler than the one before and a whole lot safer.

After I ripped out all those seams I grabbed another old t-shirt, one that was close to the same width as my skirt.

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Then, made a big chop at the top of the skirt.

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I pinned the right sides of the skirt and t-shirt together and sewed them down.

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After the skirt and t-shirt lining were sewn together, I flipped the right side of the skirt outside and the t-shirt lining inside, and sewed another stitch below top seam to make my drawstring casing.

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Once the casing was made, I cut two small slits in the front of the casing to insert my drawstring (made from the seams under the arms of the original shirt).

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Like I said, much easier to make, much safer to wear. This refashion literally took about 15-20 minutes to make. I’m pretty sure the original post should be titled “How NOT to refashion a button-up dress skirt.”

Here’s a little sneak peek from our Easter weekend festivities so far!

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Happy Easter, friends!!

For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows,and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.

– Isaiah 53:2-5

{Refashion} Button-up Dress Skirt

{This refashion was simplified and can be found here! Continue reading if you want your brain to hurt a little…}

Yes, you read that right. Skirt. Not shirt.

This shirt belonged to my husband waaaay back in the day when we were dating (about 8 years ago). He’s held on to it forever, never really wearing it other than under a brown sweater because of a hole in the top close to the collar. It’s also a little too big. I’ve always loved the color and material. So thoughtful of him to hang on to it for so long just for me to refashion. :)

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First off, I removed the front pocket with that unsightly Duck Head emblem. Any duck emblem should solely belong to Duck Commander now.

Then marked a straight line with my measuring tape from one underarm to the other, making sure it was as straight as possible.

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Big chop!

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I used a skirt that fits me pretty well to measure the width my skirt should be. In order to keep the buttons centered, I divided that number in half and used that number to measure the width from the button hem (I’m not sure what it’s technically called so I’ll just refer to it as the button hem for now) to each side.

For example, the width of my skirt is 16 inches. So I measured 8 inches from the button hem to each side and pinned them down. I also added an extra 1 1/4 inch for a little extra room/hem allotment. You don’t want the buttons to look like they’re about to pop off your skirt.

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Once both sides were pinned down, I sewed them down and tried it on to make sure it fit before chopping off the extra material.

So far, so good!

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After I cut off the extra material, I went over my side seams with a zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying/running. This material did a little of both pretty quickly after being cut.

The material is also a little too thin alone for my liking, so I grabbed an old t-shirt (also one of my hubby’s) to use for an inner lining. This is optional just depending if you feel comfortable with the thickness of your material.

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I needed a little more length than what the body alone provided, so I trimmed off the sleeves and cut off what I needed using the skirt as a rough guide. Notice there’s a little more length at the bottom? I added a little excess on all sides and bottom since the t-shirt material is a little more “stretchy” than my dress shirt material. Lesson learned from an earlier refashion.

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Then, I cut up one side of the t-shirt to lay flat to pin to my skirt. This is a perk to the button-up skirt. You just have to unbutton it and lay it flat on top of the lining, so it’s like you’re just sewing together two big pieces of material. Because, well, you are…

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Once I had my lining laid out flat, I laid my unbuttoned skirt flat wrong-side-up on top of the lining making the hemmed bottom of the t-shirt to line up to the top peak of the shirt (to make sure it doesn’t show) and pinned them together. Then I pinned the sides and the top of the skirt to the lining to keep it from shifting when sewing the tops together. Also notice the extra material on both sides and the top. Taking no chances before cutting and sewing.

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Once I sewed the tops together, I unpinned the sides and bottom of the skirt and flipped it right-side-out. Then, I pinned down the sides again to get the right width and trimmed the extra material off and unpinned. This was easier for me because after trimming from the inside you don’t HAVE to sew the sides down if you don’t want to.

I also ran a stitch down the top raw edges of the button hem to keep them from fraying/running.

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I decided it would be easier to put in a drawstring versus sewing darts to take in the top for a for fitted-fit. I’ll probably end up doing it anyway, but did the drawstring for the “quick and easy” tutorial.

I made the casing for my drawstring by adding another stitch below the top hem.

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Remember the top of the shirt I put to the side? Here’s where I used it.

I cut the seams from under both arms and stitched them together at one end to make my drawstring. Color coordinated!

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I inserted my drawstring into the casing, buttoned up the skirt, and voila! My new button-up skirt. My most favorite refashion to-date!

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Hope you enjoy! And please leave me any comments or questions. Seriously, I can make things seem a little more difficult than they should be. The pictures and captions should help. At least, that was my intention.

Oh, and happy Spring Eve!! After almost having my roof blown off yesterday, the whole transition from Winter weather to Spring weather should be over and sunshine should be here to STAY.

ELC’s room redo

I’ve been scouring Etsy and Pinterest for ideas on transitioning Elisha’s room from nursery-ish to look more like something a “big boy” would have. We decorated his nursery in a nautical theme, but now that he’s two-years-old his preferences are budding more and more, and he’s not that into nautical things. He likes cars and trucks and tractors and “fiwer-cucks” (also known as firetrucks in the traditional English language). He especially likes Mater from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars. On a daily basis we watch Mater’s Tall Tales at least five times on Netflix. He sees the the big red screen and instantaneously yells “May-ner! May-ner! May-ner! May-ner!” (similarly to a broken record).

His Granna hasn’t helped things by buying him a Cars sheet set. And people wonder why he’s a Granna’s boy… :)

So now my OCD-self is stuck with a room partly decorated with sailboats, whales, all sorts of nautical-esq things and a twin bed with Lightning McQueen and Mater plastered everywhere. Did I also mention he has a Cars pop-up tent? Overload.

Inspiration hit yesterday and I thought, “Why not redecorate his room in an automobile theme?” Not necessarily Cars, LM, and Mater, but kind of a 60’s-80’s automobile mixed theme. It may sound crazy, so maybe this will help it make sense in your mind.

This is ELC’s current room:

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Most of the prints and other decor was made by myself and other family (Nonna Cindy, YaYa, and Granny Penny). The little palm tree was made with Elisha’s footprints at VBS last summer.

Okay, so take away all the nautical themed things, and here’s my vision for his room over the next few months:

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Yes, this would be a headboard. I may cave and actually purchase this one…
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I hope this brings to light better my vision for Elisha’s big boy room. I’m going to try to repurpose what I can before buying anything (which is why this why I’ve planned for transition to take several months). Wish me luck!

And please, if you have any ideas yourself leave them for me!! I need all the help I can get.

{This post was featured on DomesticSuperhero Link Party #2}

{Refashion} Navy Striped Skirt

One of my biggest inspirations for starting to refashion and repurpose things I don’t use anymore (other than Pinterest) is Jillian over at Refashionista.net. When I first found her blog I was in awe. This super lady can turn the ugliest item you could ever find (and yes, she has found them) into AMAZING pieces to add to her wardrobe, saving tons and tons of dinero.

Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), I need more than just an outlet to keep my sanity. I need to contribute to our budget just as Matthew does working to support the four of us by spending less on the luxuries. So here, my friends, begins my adventures in refashioning.

Like my lovely navy striped pajama pants?

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Because I do. I received these from my amazing MIL (how many wives can say that?!) for Christmas after my sweet Elisha was born. During my pregnancy I gained 50+ lbs, so needless to say these no longer fit. But I couldn’t just give them up… So begins my adventures in refashioning!

My inspiration came from this lovely skirt found at Old Navy:

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I got to cutting…

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I cut the inside seams and folded like so:

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This is where things got a little difficult. I forgot to sew the pockets down, so when I started cutting the first pocket out I was left with a large gaping hole. So I completely cropped the top part off, leaving two separate pieces to work with and pinned the sides together wrong-side out.

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Then I stitched up one side, leaving the original bottom hem open to thread through my drawstring. This is going to be the top of my skirt.

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I learned to use a safety pin to thread back in 8th grade home economics… The random things you remember.

After, I stitched up the other side leaving the bottom hem open as well to let the drawstring hang out. I evened the strings up and sewed them down the back hem, closing it. This is going to be the back of my skirt. I really hope this isn’t getting too confusing…

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After sewing up both sides, I tried on the skirt and it was still way too big. So I pinned the two sides at the top to make it fit around my waist better and took it off to repin the sides down for a more fitted look. I measured 2 cm from the first stitch and marked the dots where I would place each pin.

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I’m being honest when I say I use washable markers often when sewing.

After I stitched down each side again, I tried the skirt back on and it fit fantastically! Then I placed a pin where I wanted the new hem to fall, turned it wrong-side out again, pinned all around the bottom, and stitched it down.

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In hindsight, it would have been much easier sewing the hem if I would have cut it first before pinning and stitching. But you live and learn when you first break into sewing on an almost-daily basis.

And ta-da! New skirt!

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Shirt : Old Navy
Tank : Forever21
Shoes : Ash Corduroy TOMS

I even had enough fabric left over from the new hem to have a new infinity scarf! A two-for-one win!

Now this girl is ready for Spring and much, much warmer weather!

Oh, and I almost forgot. This post wouldn’t have been without my two hunky assistants:

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Back off, ladies… They’re all mine.

If you have questions or comments, please leave them! Hope you all have a good weekend!