Refashion: Orange Dress

I’ve been working on my sewing skills, and here’s proof!


I went to Goodwill back in January and snagged a few items specifically for the purpose of altering and working on my sewing skills. This was the first of those to be complete. I really liked the print, and it was cotton (easy to work with), but I hated the style and shape. So, I took off some length and re-hemmed it (my first hem! They are a pain). I also cut off the attached tie-backs, and used those to make new, slightly longer straps, as the previous armholes were a bit snug. Then I grabbed this trusty red sash from my belt collection, and voila! New dress. 😀


I’m quite happy with how it turned out. It’ll be a perfect dress for summer months. I showed the finished thing to Ian and he said he couldn’t even tell it hadn’t originally come like that, which was a nice boon to my sewing ego.

Have you ever refashioned something you found at a thrift store? Any epic success stories?

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What I Wore: Cowl Me Maybe

I’m not sure you guys realize how much I can crack myself up sometimes thinking of titles for outfit posts (alternate option was My Longhorn is Showing, but that sounded dirty). 🙂 Anywho, this is what I wore yesterday. It’s been hovering around 60 this week, but around 40-50 when I get dressed in the morning, so this was a good amount of layering to stay comfortable. It was an around-the-house day- computer stuff and chores and that kind of thing. Admittedly, I did ditch the layering shirt late in the afternoon, because it got too warm with it on. […]

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Video of the week: Lessons in Trust from a Dog and a Cat. Watch the whole thing. Amie brought up an ongoing issue last week: Get Real: Graphic Design, Trademark Infringement & Art Prints. Some other reads on this subject: lawyers chime in, and Copyright vs. Trademark vs. Patent. Definitely some legal issues to consider if you’re selling a product with someone else’s quote on it. How Dennis Tito could send humans to Mars and back by 2020. Two great posts from Sarah: 3 Blog Post Ideas You Might Not Have Thought Of, and Things That Are Simultaneously Reassuring + […]

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Right Now

Right now, I am… doing laundry while catching up on replying to blog comments and also working on my dining passport. thinking that I’ll use said dining passport to pick somewhere new for us to go on date night this week. really happy to have gotten a big ol’ paycheck today. 😀 excited about the tickets I bought to go see The Airborne Toxic Event in April! amazed at how frickin’ windy it is outside today! It seriously made driving on the highway a bit scary – I could feel my car getting pushed sideways from gusts. planning how to […]

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Book Review: Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin This was the February pick for the Blogger Book Club. I’d already seen the movie and had been ‘meh’ about it, so I hoped when this pick was announced that the book would be better. But it was also a solid ‘meh’. And there are some spoilers below, so quit reading if you don’t want to know how the book goes (though, really, you wouldn’t be hard put to guess any of what I’m revealing). I didn’t have a problem with the writing, or even the general plot. But the characters? Blah. I didn’t like […]

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Pinterest Challenge

Janssen over at Everyday Reading (along with her sisters) instituted a Pinterest Challenge earlier this week, and I’m jumping on board. The idea is to pick 6 things from all of your many boards and pins, and actually DO them over the next 6 weeks. (and blog about it, of course) Here are my 6 things:   I picked 2 outfits to re-create (1,2), and 4 projects to try/do (1,2,3,4). So you’ll likely see approximations of the above outfits in the next few weeks, and I’ll keep you updated on how the projects go. Feel free to join in with […]

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Guest Recipe: Strawberry Pie

Today’s post comes from Carly, one of my wonderful sponsors this month. Check out her tasty recipe below, and then go say hi!     Hi, I’m Carly! And it’s that time of year here in Florida: strawberry season!   Pie Ingredients 6 cups fresh strawberries (about 1 1/2 quarts) 1 cup sugar 3 Tbsp cornstarch 1/2 cup water Crust Ingredients 1 1/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup butter 1/4 cup sugar Directions I usually make the crust first. Melt butter in a 9 inch pie pan, 1 minute covered in the microwave works for me. Next add […]

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