Monday, July 30, 2012

Lovin' My New LoveSeat: Totally Rad ReUpholstery

reupholster couch loveseat

I love the 80's more than the average person.  I like the music, the movies, the clothes and even the hair.  But, this red couch in my living room was reminding me of my favorite decade a little too much.  The sad part is that it was actually purchased in this century.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Old Tool Boxes for Updated Craft Organization

mandy made mandy chambers
Every so often I feel like I am being swallowed up by toys.  BB has been very artsy lately and my living room was beginning to feel like Hurricane Art had ripped right through it.

We have a small living space; so our living room is also our play room, craft room and sometimes usually our dining room.  I finally decided to face the art supply situation head first. Due to the drastic nature of the art supply situation, I feel I am doing you a favor by NOT posting any 'before' pictures.  But, trust me... it was BAD :(

Monday, July 23, 2012

Knit Circle Skirts for BB and Me

easy circle skirt

I used to be terrified of knits.  I always loved the feel of knits, but every time I tried to work with them, my project became a disaster. Now that I am no longer afraid I seem to be on a knit-quest.

I bought this fabric several months ago.  Every couple of weeks I had a new plan enter my head about what to do with it.  Even after I started making this skirt, I wasn't sure how it would end (which is often the case for me).

I decided to try a circle skirt.  I've never made a circle skirt before. And, if I'm going to make a skirt with a LOT of fabric at the bottom, I might as well use a fabric that doesn't need to be hemmed.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Introducing Rose

Meet Rose. She joined our family this week as part of my I-think-I-will-just-buy-anything-I-want-with- no-regard-to-my-finances-spree. So far, she has been a very welcome addition to my sewing collection. My daughter named her Rose, after Briar Rose in Sleeping Beauty, and the name just kind of stuck.

I used to have a dress form many years ago. She wasn't much to look at. She was one of those "adjustable" kinds.  She was supposed to help you find the "perfect" fit, put she did not work out that well for me.  And, she really wasn't very pinnable. So I donated her to the theater department of the school I was working at during that time.

This time around I decided I wanted something a little more pretty. I pictured her as a pseudo art piece when not in use. I did not spend a fortune. I went for a Roxy, which is pretty bottom-based price for that type of dress form. She is foam on the inside and covered with a jersey fabric.

She has already helped me make a skirt; which I will write about this weekend. The totally weird part is that she is almost EXACTLY my measurements to a 'T'. Her shoulders are a bit lower and her waist is a teensy bit smaller. But other than that, it's almost like she was made just for me. That's why I don't see any reason to try to pad her to my body shape at this time. Maybe later down the road...

Does anyone else out there use a dress form?  If so, did you buy a fancy one?  Do you use it often, or does it just sit there?

I'm also soooo excited this week!  My swimsuit refashion was featured at Practically Functional, Threading My Way, Mine for the Making, as well as on the Facebook Page of The CSI ProjectIf you haven't been to these sites yet, you should check them out and link up your projects.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Swimsuit Refashion

Today I have a whole new respect for the swimsuit industry.  I'll admit that there have been more than a few times that I have bad-mouthed them; perhaps even used expletives. 

bathing suit upcycle
It just seemed like they could never get it right.  I mean, if the intimate apparel industry can get it right, why can't the swimwear folks get it?  We women are not all the same size and shape.  And, for goodness sake, can't a mom have a cute swimsuit that is actually flattering?  

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I'm Back, Baby!

It has been a while since I have posted; and I feel bad about that.  It has been a whirlwind week for me... quite literally.  

It started with a very destructive derecho last Friday night.  I had no idea what a derecho is until I was huddled in the downstairs bathroom with my daughter, a flashlight and couch cushions over our heads.  It's an intense thunderstorm that sounds like a tornado and feels like a hurricane.

It knocked down trees and power lines in it's enormous path.  Our house was without power for 4 or 5 days.  Luckily, there was minimal damage at our house and we left for the beach the morning after the storm.  In fact, I think the only casualty at our house was this mirror that fell from the wall.  For some lucky reason there was a box filled with padding just below it where it safely landed.  The crack in the mirror was already there.

Even though I wasn't blogging, I still had an awesome week!  And I'm not just talking about the beach part.

My Pantsformation post was featured at Crafting a Greener World this week.  I am so excited about this!  If you have not visited this site yet, then you need to check it out.  They have all kinds of great crafty ideas re-using things that we might otherwise throw away.  

Also this week, my Ruffleback Dress was featured at Mine for the Making.  This is another fantastic DIY site with lost of tutorials and links to other nerdy crafty folks such as myself :)

Of course I have some very big, ambitious, crafty plans on my agenda this week.  I am afraid to tell you what they are because I don't want to jinx anything.  You will just have to wait and see ;)