Thursday, June 23, 2011

21 + dress redo

Monday was my 21st birthday. I still can't believe it, it always seemed so far away...
Originally my sisters had planned for us to go on a trip to go wine tasting. But everyone lost track of time somehow and that didn't happen. I still had a good time drinking wine at home though!
I also got a birthday haircut! I'll post pictures later.

For now, I have some pictures of another upcycling project I did last week.
Sooo, I bought this dress at Walmart a while ago because it was super cheap and I figured I could do something with it...

minus the sleeves and neckline, and plus some elastic equals...

It looks way cuter with a vintage belt!

Pictures like this always seem to happen with my mom as photographer...

The dress is now wearable! There are a couple things I would have done differently, but overall it turned out pretty well! The belt adds a lot and I think it would look good with tights, too. A simple, cool summer dress!

Friday, June 17, 2011

I heart upcycling!

I just wanted to do a quick post of an old men's polo shirt I upcycled into a simple tank top.


...aaaand after:

yep, that's my mom's reflection in the window. haha

It's a lot tighter than what I had in mind, but it still works. And the flowers make it fun.
Well, I'm off to help my sister paint her apartment. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Vintage patterns!

I couldn't pass up these 1970s dress patterns I found at Goodwill recently. There was a whole basketful, I couldn't not get a few! Plus, I only paid a quarter for each of them.

I was especially excited about this McCall's pattern, because it's from 1976 - the year my parents got married. The style looks almost just like my mom's dress, and her bridesmaids wore those same pastel colors. They even wore those wide-brimmed hats!

I just had to share my excitement with you. Even if I don't actually use the patterns, I can use the pieces to decoupage because I've always thought that was a cool idea. Has anyone ever used vintage patterns for other creative projects? I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Thursday!

P.S. I've been changing my layout around. I think I like it now but I'm still not sure. What do you think?


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Granny squares and a fresh start

Have I really not posted since April? Where did the time go? I've been on summer break for about a month now but it's been a very lazy summer thus far and I'm not sure why. I decided to finally start this again and keep up with it. Hopefully I can stick with it.

I've been doing bits of crafty stuff this past month...embroidering, crocheting, making jewelry, and sewing a bit. I started making granny squares which are really fun! I was going to just make a granny square blanket with my scrap yarns, but I'm not sure about how all of the random different colors would look together. Then I thought maybe I could just do solid colored squares, but I'm not sure about that either. But I will do something with granny squares...we shall see what comes of it.

Starting with this post, I WILL continue being productive and crafting. I consider it a late start to a productive summer. I really want to open an Etsy shop this summer, too, so hopefully that will be happening soon!
I hope all of your summers are going well so far!