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

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.






Baked Frito 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 for some amazing baked frito pie.



Ingredients:
  • 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)
Directions:
  1. In a large skillet, brown meat. Once it's brown drain the grease.
  2. To the skillet, add refried beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, and a handful of shredded cheese. Continue cooking until warm
  3. Place half the bag of Fritos in the bottom of baking pan.
  4. Spread your meat mixture over the Fritos then popped it in the oven at 350* for 20 minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes take it out of the oven, spread thick layer of sour cream over the top then add another layer of Fritos and finally covered the entire thing with cheese.
  6. 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.


Did You Know...


One thing that just makes me giddy all over is when I am randomly bouncing around from site to site and suddenly I discover something new. Something that makes me think "Why did I not discover this sooner?" Some of these new ideas (new to me at least) have made life just a little easier.




Creative Uses for Mod Podge.

Do you know who Jan Wetstone is?

About 43 years ago, a woman named Jan Wetstone invented Mod Podge  in her home. 
I wonder if Jan knew how much joy and inspiration her product would bring when she invented it?






Just check out these AMAZING creations using mod podge.


We Are Not Martha - Glitter Flats



Domestic in the City - Mod Podge Boots



A Couple of Craft Addicts - Chair Redo



Tidy Mom - Mod Podge Frame



Make it and Love It - Mod Podge Shoes



Good Housekeeping - Fall Decorating



The Sassy Pepper - Mod Podge Photo's {On Canvas}



The Frugal Girls - Mod Podge Bucket



The Diary of Daves Wife - Shoe {LOVE} is true {LOVE}



Twig and Toadstool - Decoupage An Old Dresser



Running With Glitter - Mod Podge Letter



Urban Comfort - Decoupaging with Lace



Craftberry Bush - Mason Blue Glass Canning Jars



Scissors & Spatulas - Every Gal Needs a Cute Summer Clutch



Tatertots and Jello - Mod Podge Silhouette Canvas



Mega Crafty - Ideas For Acorns



Mod Podge Rocks Bloge - A Lil' End Table Re-Do


And (just because I'm a do-it-yourself kind of gal) I found this wonderful recipe on Pinterest to make your own Mod Podge



Head on over to Do It Yourself Divas to make your own for a lot cheaper than what you will pay in the stores for the real thing. I have yet to try this recipe out for myself so I cannot guarantee that it works. If any of you are willing to try it out I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know how well it works.


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