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DIY Wardrobe - Day 1: TOPS, COATS & CARDIGANS

If you dream of a new wardrobe but can't see yourself shelling out 100's to 1000's of dollars then a DIY wardrobe may be the way to go.  
It seems as though everyone is turning to making there own clothes these days. Either by refashioning what they already have or making a peice entirly from scratch.
This week I'm going to be doing an entire series on DIY Clothing. I've compliled several lists that I will be posting to help you turn your wardrobe from
DRAB to FAB.

 
Here is the this weeks DIY Clothing schedule


Monday - Tops, Coats, and Cardigans


Did I forget anything? If you can thing of something not on the list please let me know so I can try to include it.  
Do you have anything in your wardrobe that you made? Would you like to share it? I will be hosting a link party Friday were you can link up all ofYOUR DIY clothing and accessories.


TOPS, COATS & CARDIGANS:

Crafter Hours - Pretty Pleats Tank

Weekend Designer - Bias-Cut Camisole
Little Inspirations - Anthro-Look-Alike-Cardigan
See Kate Sew - Sweatshirt Liposuction
Icandy Handmade - Frayed Cutout Applique
Sisters 4 say - Two $1 Shirts Never Looked So Good
Cut Out and Keep - Shirt Shrug
Ali Foster Patterns - Nautical Inspired Shirt Refashion
Studs and Pearls - DIY Bra to Bustier

Crafster - Reconstruction Men's Shirt to Tank Top
My Gramma Said - Heat Wave Halter
Sweet Verbena - Simple Bow Tie Top
Crafter Hours - Side Panel Shirt
My Ruffled Life - Ruffled T-shirt Tank

Happy Together - Anthro Refashion Tutorial
McKell's Closet - Ruffled Necktie Tee
Flicker - Men's Sweater into Cute blazer
Made by Rae - Spring Top
Welcome to the Good Life - J. Crew DIY Project
P.S. I made this - Ruffle Tee
Hope Studios - Layered Tee Tutorial
 
Wow!! What a list. I hope that you found something to inspire you!
If you attempt to try out any of the above tutorials PLEASE come back Friday to link them up to the DIY Clothing link party.

Don't Forget to join us tomorrow for
Day 2 - Dresses, Skirts, Pants, and Shorts

Happy Halloween.

Just a quick little reminder that the 
Halloween Link Party
is still up and running. Please link any and all of your Halloween projects

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More The Merrier Monday #34

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Last Minute Halloween Bag

Wow!!
Halloween sure did sneak up on me! 
I knew it was coming. 
I had the kids costumes already picked out and pumpkins already bought. And in my adventures of unpacking I even managed to find the girls Halloween bags that I made for them last year. 
Of course that was 2 weeks ago and didn't want them cluttering up the house at the time so I shoved them back in the box and decided to wait till Halloween was a little closer. As the days went on I kept thinking I should probably get them out before they got lost in the masses of boxes but in the end I decided to put it off for another day. 

Yesterday morning after a short text message conversation with my sister, the decision was made to check out a local Trunk-or-Treat last night. I was thankful that I still knew around-a-bout which box contained the Halloween bags. I headed out to the garage and managed to find them in the second box I opened. But I was not too excited when I pulled out these.


While the ghost bag I made for my oldest was still in good shape... 


this little guy was just not going to do it for my youngest.
It was perfect last year for an almost 1-year-old who was barley walking, but it was a little to small for her this year. 

In a panic I began the search for something to make a new bag. I was originally going to cut up an old pillow case until I discovered a better idea. Sitting right there in the middle of my daughters bedroom floor was 
canvas bag that some blocks came in. 
(Sorry, forgot to take a photo but you can view the bag here)

It was perfect!! I found some orange and green felt I had laying around and decided on making a pumpkin. I started by drawing one on a piece of paper. When I was happy with my drawing I traced it onto the felt and cut it out. 


Then I lightly drew some lines on the pumpkin for guides and using a fancy stitch, I stitched over them.I used the same stitch again around the entire pumpkin.


This little guy got the same treatment (sorry for the blurry pic. didn't realize it was so bad till I uploaded it.)


Using my trusty glue (the only glue that I could find in my pile of unpacked boxes in the garage), I glued the pumpkin and stem to the bag.


Then I used my artistic abilities to draw up a cute little face and filled it in with fabric paint. (NOTE: Painting on felt SUCKS!!)



I was a little disappointed that the Garanimals logo showed through the pumpkin, and yes, there are staines on the bag because I didn't have time to wash it. 
My little girl loved it and I guess that's all that matters.






Feature Friday - In De-Stress Mode

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by McKelle (Is that not the coolest name ever?) from In De-Stress Mode.
She wanted to take a look at some cabinet doors that she re-purposed. When I first saw this photo I had to ask myself "Where are the cabinet doors?"



Do you see them? Yep, that's them sitting right there on top of that end table, all dressed up with some paint and a pretty bow. Still don't believe me? Here is another view.




Brilliant right? After one look at this beauty I knew I had to check out the rest of McKelle's blog.
She definitely has a gift for bringing new life to old furniture. Check out these amazing pieces she re-purposed.


Friends Makeover
Pink Zebra Love
Union Jack Dresser
Rolling Table...or...Cart
Roll Top Desk Redo
Coffee Table Copy Cat
This is only a small fraction of the amazing pieces McKelle has brought new life to. If you want to see more (and I know you do) please stop by In De-Stress Mode and be inspired.

Now that's my kind of PIE!!


My family is big on tacos. Seriously!! Even my picky little eaters gobble them down like candy. It's probably the only food that I know they will eat time and time again. But as much as I love taco night, the best part is mixing the leftovers with Friots and having some good ol' frito pie for lunch the next day. So obviously I was overjoyed when I found this recipe on Pinterest for some amazing baked frito pie.



Here is what you'll need:

  • 1 lb. lean ground  beef
  • 1 large bag of Fritos
  • 1 {16oz.} can refried beans (original recipe calls for pinto beans but I didn't have any and we usually have refried bean with our tacos anyways.)
  • 1 {8oz.} can tomato sauce
  • 1 {15oz.} can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • A couple handfuls of shredded cheese. (Sorry, I hate to measure when cooking.)
  • 2 cups sour cream (the original recipe calls for less but I used a larger pan and I LOVE me some sour cream)

I started off by browning the meat. Once it's brown I drained the grease then added my refried beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes,  taco seasoning, and a handful of shredded cheese.

Once that is all heated up and looking yummy, I dumped half the bag of Fritos in the bottom of my 10 X 7 baking pan. (Note: I forgot to grease my pan before adding the ingredients. I was worried it was going to stick but it didn't at all. So I'm going to say, greasing the pan is optional.)

I covered the Fritos with the meat mixture then popped it in the oven at 350* for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes I took it out of the oven, covered the meat with a good thick layer of sour cream, added another layer of Fritos, then covered the entire thing with cheese.

Pop the dish back in the oven for a few for minutes to let the cheese melt and voila!!




Note: I actually planned on taking pictures throughout the cooking process but gave up after I almost burned my meat and beans. I now have more appreciation for all of you food bloggers out there who do take photos while cooking. It's a lot harder than it looks.

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