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Monday, January 19, 2015

Favorite Posts of 2014

I thought it'd be fun to do a favorite's post of 2014 again this year. It's always fun to look back and see what we've done and to realize what was our favorite projects and such. So without much ado and in no particular order...
I really enjoyed making this bag and I still use it everyday. It's versatile and big enough to carry baby stuff and it doesn't look like a typical "diaper/mom" bag. Plus, it is fairly easy to make. 
These are fun and really easy to make, plus they are perfect for St. Patricks day and the kiddos will love them!
These bows are really easy to make and perfect for a little boy or girl. Plus, the tutorial includes a no-sew version for those who prefer no sewing. 
We wanted polka dot tights, but funny we couldn't find any that we liked so Sierra and I decided to make some ourselves. It was way fun and really easy. 
This lace skirt extender is probably the most utilized piece of clothing in my wardrobe. Even if a dress or skirt is long enough for my liking, I still find that I like to add the skirt extender for extra modesty and it spices up some of my skirts. Plus, really easy to make. 
three of us sisters made these awesome hello shirts. Seriously awesome. 
This was a really fun and quick project. Lamp shades can get pricey, but with any thrifted lamp shade, you can save yourself some money and use your favorite fabric to update any old lamp. 
This cutting board was kind of a different project for me, but it turned out easy and made great gifts. Plus, wood and leather looks great hanging on the wall in the kitchen. 
This project was one of those "whim of the moment" summer activities to do with my 3 year old. We both had fun and the silliness of painting a compost box turned out cooler than I thought. Well, I think it's cool : )
This is definitely a must do project for all you Harry Potter or fantasy fans. Just chopsticks and hot glue. 
This was the first thing to go on our wall and I really love it. It's great to hold random, but beloved photos and other stuff. 

This was probably my favorite project from last year. It's so cheery and fun; plus hello never gets boring. 

I hope you enjoyed that quick flashback to 2014...I'm super excited for 2015!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chunky Scarf With Leather Accent || Free Crochet Pattern

Chunky Scarf with Leather Accent, a free crochet pattern.
I absolutely love scarfs, which is no secret. Unfortunately, in the Northwest it doesn't get quite cold enough for really thick scarfs, but I have found that this chunky crocheted scarf is the perfect warmth and comfort a Northwest winter. 

I made it into an infinity and added leather as an accent just like my other leather bound scarfs that I made (my second leather bound scarf). I used a really big hook and got the thickest yarn I could find. I really do love it. See below for free pattern. 
Chunky Scarf with Leather Accent, a free crochet pattern.
Chunky Scarf with Leather Accent Crochet Pattern

2 skeins of thick/chunky yarn - I made this a year ago so I can't remember the brand or yarn I used. 
a big hook - Size n hook (or bigger) works great 
piece of leather

special stitch: hdcs - half double crochet stitch

*this is an infinity pattern (to be wrapped around twice), but you can add or take away stitches in the first row based on how it fits you. 

Row 1: Chain 110 and then sl st to join ends. (this is where you would add or take away in part of the chain depending on how you like the fit)
Row 2-9: hdcs (n each stitch until you are finished. You can always add another row, but I only had 2 skeins of yarn and I didn't want it too thick and warm. 
And in case you missed Refashioned Sweater with Leather Pockets
and here is another crochet pattern:
and other posts about leather:

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Refashioned Sweater With Leather Pockets

It's been a while since I've done a refashion, mostly because I'm pregnant and my energy level has dropped and well I don't care as much about what I wear as my belly starts getting largo. But, it's winter and sweaters are perfect for a winter pregnancy. I found this great men's sweater at the thrift store and had a easy refashion in mind just for it: leather pockets. I saw a sweater with leather pockets somewhere and so I thought it might also work for this sweater. 
a refashioned men's sweater with leather pockets
When I showed my husband the sweater (before the refashion) he cautiously asked if it was for him. I almost said yes just to make the situation extremely awkward, but he was very relieved to find out it was for me and not for him. Honestly, men's sweaters are perfect to buy from the thrift store. They're usually in good condition and they're big enough that I can take them in to fit me. 
a refashioned men's sweater with leather pockets
Refashioned Sweater with Leather Pockets

Here's what I did:
||| I laid out a similar sweater on top and loosely took in the arms and the side. I wanted it to fit, but not be too snug. 
||| Then I cut leather squares and attached them to the front of the pockets. I wanted the pockets to still be functional, so I only sewed the the side and bottom of the leather squares to the pockets. So thus I created extra pockets. And that's it. It was ridiculously easy to do and it dresses up the sweater a little bit. 
And yes, that is my belly button poking through my shirt. This was me at 25 weeks and I'm much, much bigger now and so ready to have this baby. Alas, at least 2 1/2 months left...
a refashioned men's sweater with leather pockets

Check out some of my other refashions:

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Savvy Style: Christmas Sunday Best

I didn't prepare for my Christmas Sunday outfit ahead of time this year but was able to pull something together from my closet that I thought I'd share. And thanks to Forever 21 the whole outfit was under $20!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stocking Stuffers

I think I get the most excited for my stocking at Christmas. It is always fun to see what little things my parents thought up this year, and to make sure I got the standard orange and toothbrush. Seriously if I don't have those two things I feel like Christmas is over. Okay I'm being a little bit dramatic, but still I need my orange and toothbrush ;). 

Today I'm sharing a few really fun ideas for stockings. Somethings to help you mix it up a little bit. Enjoy!