Category Archives: upcycled

Two Plaid Shirts From Thrifted Dress

IMG_5245I’m back again with some another “catch-up” post from my hiatus. Here are two shirts that I made from a thrifted dress two Autumns ago.

I cannot find the “before” picture of the dress that I used to make these two tops. It had a massive collar and a tie under the collar. I guess it was meant for those times when you can’t decide which neckline you like best.

It was like this dress with the sailor collar and tie, but the drop-waist pleated skirt was floor-length. There were also buttons down the back of the bodice.
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Reinvigorated Kitchen Chalkboard Decor

IMG_5389So, by now you have figured out that shades of turquoise and aqua are like a drug to me.

Yes, I definitely have a problem. And yes, when observing my color addiction, people have been known to reference Marie’s purple everywhere in Breaking Bad.

Here is a terrible photo of my wacky kitchen. As you can see, I have little blue accents everywhere. ;P Whatever… The color makes me happy, so why fight it?

Also, gotta love those wacky ’70s scallop cabinets in combination with that ugly tile, right? Ha! Just so much going on in there. It’s also extremely dark in the kitchen, because it’s pretty closed off from any natural lighting. Anyway, one day the kitchen will be reinvigorated, but for now I’ll just enjoy its “retro” (although, probably not in a good way, in this case) charm.

Anyway, this chalkboard shelf…decoration…thing in my kitchen was an upcycle from a thrifted item. I think I bought it for about $2.
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Summer Reverie Blouse and Shorts

I’m sorry that I neglected to post earlier this week. My husband is gone for the week, and I’ve discovered that I’m not as productive when he’s gone. I start to miss him too much, and I have difficulty staying … Continue reading

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Japan Quake Appeal Raffle- Closed

Japan has been in my thoughts and prayers over this past week, and I wanted to help in some way, even if small. So, I’m offering a choice of either a dress and matching pouch or a giant beach bag … Continue reading

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The Sound of Music Dress

Some of you may recall a post that I wrote about The Sound of Music last summer (See it here, if you’d like). At the end of the post, I made a remark about the possibility of a future dress … Continue reading

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Purple floral dress for my sister

My new sewing machine and I are getting along swimmingly. Oh, we’ve had our share of misunderstandings this first week, but new relationships always require work. 😉 Learning the particulars of a new machine hasn’t allowed me to get too … Continue reading

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Reconstructions, Sewing Machine and Iron

It has been an eventful and thrilling week. I have a variety of items and some news to share with you. Custom Reconstructions I wanted to show some reconstructions that I just finished for a gal on Etsy. She sent … Continue reading

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Red and blue striped dress with chevron

This reconstruction is one of my favorites so far. The dress started out as the dress below, which was likely from the 80s. My first step was to remove the shoulder pads and sleeves. I then, removed the top and … Continue reading

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Hint of Spring Skirt

The end of last week and this weekend was spent house hunting (Hence, the shortage of posts). The hunt has yielded results. More details later. Today’s project started as the dress below. I found this dress a while ago, started … Continue reading

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Promises Paisley Peplum Blouse

I began this project with this lovely, paisley accordion pleat dress. Sorry about the pic, I had to take it at night with horrible lighting. The label was Promises Promises… …which definitely brought to mind the song of that title … Continue reading

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