Monday, June 30, 2014

Positively...Pets

Pets are truly amazing!  We have a dog and two cats, all of which we adopted from shelters.

This is Benji.

Benji loves to go for his morning walks.  At the end of our street you either have to turn left or right.  EVERY day Benji chooses to turn right.  For some reason he never gets bored of this route!  He pees on the same fire hydrants and trees every day, but for him every day is a new adventure.

We walk almost the same route every morning, but Benji could care less.  He smells new things every day.  I wondered about this...why is it that Benji isn't bored of the same thing day in and day out, but as humans we are easily bored?  He sees and sniffs the SAME things, but never grows tired of it.  It makes me laugh!


Also, I can be in the basement of our house for five minutes and when I come back upstairs he's so excited to see me!  Why can't I be like this?  Dogs are funny creatures!  They truly see life differently, and in a good way! I guess I need to try and see life through a dog's eyes (in color, anyway)!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Long Sleeve T-shirt To Short Sleeve T-shirt Refashion Tutorial

Today is a very simple refashion.  I had this long sleeved T-shirt that I got at a thrift store for like $2.00.  I thought it was cute as a layering piece, but it wasn't THAT cute.


I decided to make it short sleeved for the summer.  I chopped off the sleeves at my desired length.


Turned the edge of the sleeve under and stitched it at about 1/8" inch.


Trimmed off the excess fabric...And now I have a cute short sleeve t-shirt for summer!  Very easy to do and I think it looks so much better!

Easy Focaccia Bread

My family LOVES homemade bread and this one is very easy to make!  Trust me, if I can make it, so can you.

Focaccia Bread   (makes 1 1/2 pound loaf)
1 c. plus 3 TBS. very warm water
1 1/2 tsp. yeast
1 TBS. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
3 c. all-purpose flour (more or less)
additional oil
1 TBS. grated Parmesan cheese
garlic powder
salt and pepper
Italian seasoning

Add your warm water to a large bowl and add the yeast.  Stir to mix in the yeast.  Add your oil and salt and stir.  Then start adding in your flour, about 2 cups and stir until it becomes thick.

Sprinkle some additional flour on your workspace and dump out your dough on top.  Add flour, about 1/4 cup at a time and work into your dough by kneading.  There is no wrong way to knead.


Keep kneading the dough until it is no longer sticky, but adding additional flour as necessary.  Adding too much flour will make it tough to knead.


Spray the inside of another bowl with cooking spray or additional oil and place your dough in the bowl.  Turn the dough over and cover with plastic wrap.


Put in a warm place until doubled in size.  I placed my bowl on the stove and turn my vent hood light on.  When doubled in size, transfer dough to a greased baking sheet.  Pat into an 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch high.


Brush with oil; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper and Italian seasoning (all to your liking).


 Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Cut any way you desire and enjoy!


Oops!  I just realized in the final picture that I forgot to add my Parmesan to the bread before baking.  It still turned out yummy!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

T-shirt To Cute Summer Dress Refashion Tutorial


Today I am posting a great summer dress refashion. I didn't take step-by-step pictures, but I'll walk you through it.  It was a very easy refashion.

I started with a man's XL t-shirt (because I wanted the length) and cut off the sleeves at the seams and cut off the ribbing around the neck.  You can see that here.


Here is a closeup of the neckline.  I just cut the ribbing off.


I then just stitched about 1/8" around the armholes and the neckline.


Because the t-shirt was a little short in length, I went through my scrap pile and found this cute denim ruffle that I had taken off one of my daughter's dresses.  It was the perfect size to fit at the bottom of the t-shirt.  I sewed the ruffle on just under the hem of the t-shirt.


Here is a close-up.  I sewed just below the original hem seam.


To jazz the dress up a little, I made a couple of flowers out of some scrap denim and sewed them on with some spare buttons.  The flowers were the perfect finishing touch!




Throw on a pair of cute flip flops or sandals and you're ready to go out in style!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dress To Skirt Refashion Tutorial

For my first post I am going to do a refashion! I LOVE doing refashions, so you will see many here!  This was a cute sundress, but I no longer liked how it fit.


I decided to make it into a cute summer skirt.  I chopped it at the length I wanted.


Then I ironed about 1/4" down to finish the edge.


I then folded it over about 1" and ironed it down.  (I really just eyeballed this measurement.)  This will make the casing for the elastic.


Next I stitched around making the casing, leaving an opening to insert the elastic.


I used 3/8" non-roll elastic because it's what I had in my stash.  The non-roll elastic is good for waistbands.

For the elastic, most people measure around their waist and then cut it.  For some reason, that has never worked for me so I just started at one end and threaded it through and then tried it on, measured and cut.  The easiest way it to put a safety pin on one end and then thread it through your casing.

Stitch your elastic ends together, making sure they don't get twisted.  Then stitch up your opening where you threaded the elastic and stretch out the waist to even out the scrunchiness (if that's a word).


Ta da!  You're done!


I love how summery it looks!  I just paired it with a white cami, a black belt and black sandals.



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