Thursday, September 30, 2010

I'm Running a Little Behind

Up until today, I have had no inspiration for this project. Classes and the kids keep me pretty busy--the kids and I ran to Goodwill to see if I could find something to give me the spark I need to get this week's re-do started. I ran across a stack of old school chairs at Goodwill, I rummaged through all of them to find the one in the best condition:
I've got some ideas for this chair--let's see which one wins :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Lovely Little.....

What was once a lovely silk skirt is now an equally lovely (in my opinion anyway) wristlet. 
Side One--the wristlet measures 8 1/2 inches long and 5 inches deep

Side Two, with button detail from waist band of skirt

Until tonight, I'd never made a purse or bag of any type before....and since I spent $2.50 of my $5 on the skirt, I didn't have the funds to buy a pattern. I broke out a permanent marker, some paper and went about drawing a pattern--it took a few tries but I got it eventually. I was able to use the zipper from the skirt for the wristlet and had the red polka-dot fabric in my stash. Total cost for this re-do $2.50 :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Man Alive, It's Week Five!

I saw this at Goodwill and couldn't not take it home! It's a 100% silk skirt (size: way too tiny for me)--just begging for a new life.

That's what I'm working with for week five--the color in the photo doesn't really show how beautiful it is. I've never sewn silk before and am going to have to research what the best approach is. I have no idea what is in store for this item...but I really hope I can come up with something fab-u-lous!

Here's the two lonely dresses I made Miss K this past week:

And since last week I let myself go off on a little tangent about Project Runway...this week it's going to be the Dr. Phil Family and all the cray-cray that comes along with them. Alright, Dr. Phil, you're a smart guy and I can't for the life of me figure out why they are still coming on your show (well, other than it's probably a ratings feeding frenzy 'cause everyone likes crazy). Alex, Alex, poor stupid, stupid, stupid woman--I know you're not going to read this but I wish you would! The sooner you stop believing your own brand of crazy, clean up your act and get off the "fame" train the better. For Pete's sake, you've got THREE kids now that the good people of whatever state you live in paid for you to deliver (just me speculating) and I am sure that while you were preggers, you were getting a check (again, speculating) and being an all around piece of poo (totally my opinion--because in my opinion, you're just wasting space). Your Mom, who also has her own special brand of cray-cray (or biotchiness), has totally stepped up to the plate to raise your three kids INCLUDING the one you just spit out that was addicted to drugs. Wow. And you think you have the right Alexandra to be Bitchy McBitchpants toward Mommy Dearest??? Flipping grow up. Life is hard for EVERYONE--it's not like you're the only one who doesn't fart rainbows and piss sunshine, ok?

Amazing how much better I feel now. Thanks :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just a Few Things =]

Ok, so I am watching Project Runway (act surprised) and Tim Gunn just said camel-toe. Yeah, I shit myself. Totally. I mean this demure gentleman in a suit that costs more than three months of car payments for me says camel-toe. Let me put it in context--he said "Jackie-O would not have camel-toe". Seriously.  While I am on a Project Runway ditty, that uber-bitch Gretchen should get over herself and stop running her yap. I mean she is talented (duh, she's on the show) but dang, does she ever have anything nice to say? Why not take a cue from April--she's super talented and nice....

Anyway, back to what I popped in for: I've been working on the re-do. I completely deconstructed the shirt, me and my seam ripper were besties for about 20 minutes. Miss K freaked out (crying, screaming, jumping up and down) that I "RUINED ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT"! I promised her that I would make her an awesome princess dress--I don't know how awesome it really is but she loves it. I'm not completely finished and I still have some money left for this week :)


After :)

By the way, sewing that fabric....nightmare. I think I am really flexing my sewing muscles (uh-huh, yeah, I said that). Plus, I am having a ridiculously good time doing this!

Until later ya'll <3

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What is in store for Week Four?

I can't blame not updating my blog this week on anything other than wonderful weather and the fall semester starting...I have done a minimal amount of sewing--I can't wait to start this week's re-do (mostly because I bought a new gathering foot and narrow hem foot). I tried a new pattern from and LOVE it!

Special thanks to PatchWorKids for creating such a wonderful pattern :) For those of you who may not know, is a great website for all kinds of crafting ideas--not just sewing!

I found this item at our local Goodwill--Miss K told me "not to mess it up" because as of today, she is wearing it around calling it her Cinderella dress.

I hope I don't destroy the fabric sewing it, I've never sewn anything like that!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Sweet "Tweet" for Week Three

I loved my daughter's comforter, so when our doggy daughter chewed it up, I knew it would be perfect for a 52 Re-Do project....I just had no idea how cute the finished products would be! Here's the comforter:

It got a new life as a pillow:

More than anything it was a lot of cutting and separating the two fabrics from the cotton batting. To attach the birds and designs, I cut them out and used iron-on adhesive. Then, I stitched around each one--to ensure that they would stay through many nights of snuggling.

I had tons of fabric left after making the pillow, so....I made the cutest stinkin' dress ever! Modeled by the most adorable Miss K =]

Total cost for the pillow: $4.89 for the bag of fiberfill
Total cost for the dress: FREE!!!!!!
I had all the buttons and the iron-on laying around :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Week Two is a Winner!

For this re-do I used a sheet that I found when I was cleaning out closets:
I used my measurements and made a pattern for myself, I couldn't find a pattern that I really liked....I really think that companies think if you are plus-sized, you like dressing frumpy. Here's the outcome:
Total cost for this week: FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My next project was caused by our darling dog daughter, Josie. Josie sleeps with Miss K, Josie has apparently developed an affinity for cotton. Josie chewed numerous holes in the comforter on Miss K's bed, not only that, she would pull the filling out of it. I love Miss K's comforter and can't bear to just throw it out, so I am up-cycling it in the name of 52 Re-Do:

I'm not sure what it's going to become but I have a lot of fabric, $5 and a week to decide =]

Until then ya'll!