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Sweatshirt Refashion TUTORIAL finally!!

Remember this Sweatshirt Refashion? Well guess what? I am finally going to do a tutorial.
 Sa-weet!!! (that's what I'm imagining you are all saying ; )

Materials Needed:
-One old used and loved sweatshirt (it could be new or not loved...you will love it after; ); a larger sweater is best to work with. 
-Fleece or other sweatshirt material for lining
-buttons (the biggest and most awesome you can find)
So the sweatshirt I used for this tutorial is a zippered one and a little on the small side. It's been needing to go for along time, but I just couldn't get rid of it....so here's to new life. And here's to hoping you can follow this tutorial. Just because it makes sense to me doesn't mean it'll make sense to everyone else. 
If your doing a regular hoodie, just cut open a little off center. 
2. Turn inside and put on the sweatshirt. Then pin the sleeves to make it fitted. Then sew and cut of extra material.
 2b. if working with a larger sweatshirt, take in the sides of the sweatshirts as well. You could even use that extra material for later on.

3. as you can see on the left, the extra sleeve material will taper on one end. Take the two extra material pieces and pin (right sides together) to both sides on front of sweatshirt. Then sew. After you sew turn right side out and iron flat. 

4. From the neck of the sweater to the bottom, measure the length. Now cut 2 pieces from your fleece, or sweatshirt material, using the dimensions of sweatshirt length plus about 5 inches wide (does that make sense). 
4.5 I forgot to do this step, but i think it would make it look nicer. After you cut your 2 fabric pieces, either surge it on one side or fold the fabric a 1/4 inch and sew it closed. 

 5. Now take those two fabric pieces and pin it to the RIGHT SIDE out of your sweatshirt. The surged or closed seam should be facing the right side of sweatshirt and away from middle of sweatshirt-it should not be on the pinned side got it?
6. Now sew the sweatshirt and your fabrics together as seen above in the right picture where my beautiful white lines are.
7. Now turn it right side out and do a top stitch on the edge of both front sides. 
(seriously, my arrows look like they're on drugs).

8. Almost done!! now put it on and decide where you want your buttons and such and then pin. Now as to make a button hole...I sort of faked it since I can't get the button hole foot to work on my machine. But here is a great tutorial

Yay your done!!! Now go make tons and tons of sweatshirts....

p.s. Let me know if you make one...I would love to see your version and would totally post it on here


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The 7 Cello song

So beautiful and inspiring!


"I'm a stud" baby shoes

our little Lukester has already quite a few pair of shoes to grow into, but he currently just grew out of his old favorite ones and is in an in between stage. If it was still summer I wouldn't care about him wearing shoes or socks, but its getting cold. I came across this free pattern HERE and decided to make some new shoes for the Luke. 
They turned out to be much easier then I expected. I did a fleece lining for the top ones so they could be extra cozy. The ones below are just fleece and remind of me of little baby toms

The one thing I did do different was add some extra fabric on top to look a little more boyish. I love how it turned out. You can see below what I did. Super easy. 

1. cut out two pieces of the size you want for the over flap. Then sew then right sides together and then turn out. Then do a top stitch over if you wish for that look. Then sew on the buttons. 
2. then with a needle and thread, sew on to the top fabric of little shoes. 


Refashionista + Thrift store tips

**UPDATE >>>> go HERE for updated post
Since living on a tight budget, I've been learning how to change up my wardrobe without spending much. I recently discovered that our Salvation Army here occasionally does a $5 dollar bag sale at least once a month. Basically any clothing items you can fit in their plastic bags, you get for $5 (jackets and shoes are an exception)...its a sweet deal.  I finally caught them on one of their $5 sale days and scavenged for what I could find. It is a tiny SA so it lacks good selection of clothing. However I've finally learned the best ways to thrift shop for clothes:
  • Game Plan: First off, if you have kids, or uno kiddo like me, mostly likely you don't have much time to spend in a thrift store looking through all the clothes. Before going in I decide what I would like to look for before going in. For this last trip, I kept an eye out for stripes, cardigans, and bright colors. I couldn't believe how much easier it was knowing what I wanted to look for.
  • Size: Don't look for just your size; any bigger shirt or sweater can be altered to fit you (plus you can use the extra material to embellish your shirt or sweater
  • Color: look for colors that stand out and that you love to wear. This will help sifting through all the clothes to find what you like. Again, if it's not your style but you like the color, you can always alter it.
  • Style: keep an eye out for a style you really like; for example, I really like stripes so I watched for stripes. 
  • Vintage: look for vintage; I've been seeing a lot of people buy vintage and mixing it with modern styles (I'm yet to be that stylish)
Here is a sweater that was too big that I took in on the sides and arms. After I took it in I had some left over material so I made a ruffle collar. Super easy and cute.

So this whole outfit (minus the pants) came from that one trip to the Salvation Army. The shoes were extra but only ended up being $2!! steal!
And So, I came home with a couple of potential new outfits and I only spent a little over $5! I was thrilled!! my husband was thrilled!! Stay tuned for a striped shirt transformation into a cute knit pencil skirt...


Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

So I got the best early birthday present last week. My parents brought me home for Labor Day weekend. And so while I was enjoying my time home my sister Anjuli and I decided to take advantage of the time together and make some of her favorite type of food, Indian. Her name is Indian and cause of this she has formed a special bond with Indian food, but really who can blame her its so good! Well we decided to take the easier route and start with the most common Chicken Tikka Masala. Let me tell you it was delicious and on top of that it was super easy. The only difficult part is that you have to find all the special Indian spices, which we found at a World Market. The only mistake made was that I forgot the cream (which we didnt notice until we found it in the fridge the next day) so needless to say if you can't eat cream then you can leave it out and it will still taste really good. We also didnt do the last paragraph of the recipe. So if your feeling courageous and want to try something new this is definitely a recipe I would recommend. The slow cooking part of it really makes the chicken nice and moist. So enjoy!

Chicken Tikka:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cumin
1/4-1 tsp cayenne (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

6-8 chicken thighs (skin on, bone-in)

Stir all ingredients except chicken into the bottom of a large plastic container. Add the chicken and coat the chicken completely with the marinade, cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.

1 can 28 oz. diced tomatoes
1 can 5.5 oz tomato paste
2 inches fresh ginger, grated (store your ginger in the freezer and it will be super easy to grate)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp tikka paste (could use mild curry paste instead, but then also add about a tbsp of lemon juice)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried coriander

1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 cup cream
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Turn your oven to broil. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a rack over top. Take the chicken out of the marinade and place on the baking rack. Place under the broiler about 6-10 inches from the heating element and broil on each side about 10 minutes. You don't have to worry about cooking the meat all the way through, you are just looking for a nice browned color.

While the chicken is broiling, in a pan over medium high heat, add about a tsp or two of oil. Add the onion and saute for a few minutes to soften. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for a few more minutes until the mixture is nice and fragrant. Place the mixture into your crockpot. To that, add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garam masala, tikka paste, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir together. When the chicken is done broiling, add them straight to the slow cooker and stir into the masala (sauce). I have cooked and experimented with this dish quite a few times, and it by far tastes the best when the chicken is first broiled and then slow cooks in the masala sauce. It gives the sauce a real richness of flavor. Slow cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low 6-8 hours.

Before serving stir in 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala and salt if it needs it. I find this just brightens up the spice flavors a bit. Then stir in the cream and fresh cilantro. Serve a chicken thigh with lots of sauce over basmati rice or Yellow Basmati Rice: 2 cups basmati, 4 cups water, salt, and 1/2 tbsp of turmeric. Stir together and prepare as you normally would. When the rice is done, stir in 1/2 cup frozen peas

Rise and Shout...BYU onsie

The college football season is yet upon us again. Let's be honest though, I can understand most sports, but every year my husband always has to give me football 101; for some reason it goes in one ear (stays in just until the end of the season) and then out the other ear. The only reason I watch it is to cheer on BYU, so for that reason I do enjoy it. So in honor of their second game today, I decided made the Lukester a onsie to wear. 
I didn't realize until afterwards that I did the Y backwards, oops! I remembered that my sister did a backward applique sweatshirt in high school and thought it would work well for this project. It was so easy and turned out great (besides the backward Y).

  1. first pick the material you want to peak through. In my case I used a blue onsie with white t-shirt as a contrast color.  Just like regular applique, you need to use interfacing (one sided iron is the best). on the interface, sketch your pattern or letter you want.
  2.  With the onsie or shirt inside out, layer like this: onsie, white material, interface. 
  3. Sew directly on the sketched lines 
  4. then turn the onsie or shirt right ways and cut out the negative material. There you have it. 
Sweet Verbena does an excellent and more detailed tutorial as well

Anyway, go BYU!


Tribute to Psych

So as my family knows I have a deep love for Psych, and its continued to grow over time. And there is something special about psych that you do not notice unless someone points it out to you, or you are a huge fan like me; in every episode there is a pineapple. So last week I was home for Labor Day and we were headed to the beach for one of the days.  As I was about to walk out the door, I saw a pineapple on the counter and decided that I needed to take it to the beach and take random pictures with it as a tribute to Psych
So Shawn Spencer here is to you and your pineapple. 

Sweatshirt Refashion

* UPDATE: Tutorial is now HERE

I saw this sweatshirt   on pinterest and decided that I could totally make it. I'm originally from Washington, and hoodies were a must in everyone's wardrobe. So as you can imagine, I have TONS of hoodies. Most of them are from high school that I just can't get rid of; just call me a hoodie hoarder. It just seems wrong to get rid of something that has brought me so much comfort and happiness. Well, because I can't seem to get rid of the sweatshirts (even though my husband begs me to), i decided to refashion it into the sweatshirts that I saw on pinterest

This is what I came up with. I was going to try to make a tutorial but I really wasn't sure how I was going to do it. So maybe next time...that is if people are even interested in one; I won't be presumptuous in thinking that anyone else would want one.

 I took these pictures with a tripod and timer...and you know what: awkward!!! totally, and irrefutably awkward.
Have you ever read Made By Lex? well she has her sister model her clothes for her...So all I need is my sis Sierra to live near me so that she can model my clothes. That way she can feel awkward so that I don't have to ; ).

p.s. in case you were wondering, i made the sweatshirt inside out so that all the high school insignia is not visible. I think it looks cool...but my husband says it looks like its from the 90s (although he likes the style).

Coffee/Play Table

We have had this coffee table for about 9 years. We got it for free when the couches we ordered didn't come in on time so they let us pick something out for FREE. We picked this table. It looked nice for a while...then our kids came along. This table has been pounded on, teethed on, stood on, performed on, stuff was thrown at this table, and I was sick of it. For the past couple of years this table has been used as a collect all. We would walk in the door and just chuck our stuff at it. Once we moved to our new house I decided that enough was enough. Time for our FREE table to look good again. Sorry. I didn't take a picture before I started working on it...

I started by sanding it down. Not in the garage this time...too hot. This time I headed out to the back porch. This time I was eaten alive by the bugs. I had no idea they could bite through clothes. Ouch.

All sanded...I could only do so much before my hands went numb.

All painted. I did two layers of white then a clear top coat to help protect this beauty from my baby #3...he still loves standing on this table and I am not going to stop him. Tradition, right?


Shirt to Skirt

I love stripes. But I haven't worn them in a while because I was once told that you shouldn't wear stripes because they can sometimes make you look...well you know. But, lately I've been seeing lots of stripes out there and decided to heck with looking...you know how....and I really wanted a striped skirt. Well, I had this striped shirt that I didn't enjoy much because it was big on me and fit me funny. So i had this genius idea of making a skirt out of the shirt.
Unfortunately I didn't take many pics of what I did, but I can try to tell you. 
1. I basically sewed the arms closed, following the side seams of the shirt.
2. I then cut off the neck and added  a band I made out of another shirt (you could also use that thick elastic stuff). Maybe if I do it again I'll take pictures and provide a better tutorial.
 And seriously, most comfy skirt ever!
because I can't take a serious picture
yes, this is a little kids recliner. yes I do fit. 
bonus points-I can jump in it!

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