Monday, June 29, 2009

bandanna skirt tutorial

this is my first tutorial and i am NOT a seamstress.

this skirt fits my 2 year old who wears a 2T.
first fold the bandanna in half, making sure the 100% cotton label is on the left hand side (it will be cut off)
cut edges off in a diagonal cut ( i used the pattern on the bandanna as a guide)
put right sides facing together and sew along the diagonal cut.

press your seams open, then fold and press the top of the skirt down about a 1/4"

fold and press again enough to fit your elastic. (i used 1/2" elastic, so i folded it down just short of an inch)

sew close to the edge of your fold, allowing a casing for your elastic. make sure you remember to leave a hole open to thread your elastic through. measure your elastic, cut, and thread through. when you reach the end sew your elastic together and sew close your opening that you left. i also like to sew the elastic along the side seams so that is doesn't twist. (does that make any sense?) and there you have a quick and cheap bandanna skirt perfect for a 4th of july celebration!

i decided to add a little eyelet trim. i recommend using a thread the color of your bandanna, it would be a little more forgiving. i also recommend sewing your trim on, on the top of the skirt rather than on the inside like i have done, i think it would have turned out more straight if i would have done so, yikes don't look too close!

*edit please refer to this post*

check it out

*magnetic abc's tutorial
*sewing room before and after
*food storage getting started
*revamped magazine files
*8 ways to find motivation at home
*footboard turned message board
*painting brick exterior
*wipes case tutorial
*interchangable headband tutorial
*salvaged window into wallpaper frames
*outdoor tablecloth
*birthday calendar
*veggie gardening 101
*quiet book pages

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

menu plan 6/25-7/1

Thursday: out to dinner for our anniversary!

Friday: chicken alfredo
*spinach salad

Saturday: hamburgers
*onion rings
*broccoli salad

Sunday: roast
*mashed potatoes

Monday: southwestern eggs rolls (using leftover roast)
*mexican rice
*refried beans

Tuesday: sweet and sour meatballs
*fresh or frozen veggie

Wednesday: leftovers or freezer meal (lasagna)

Monday, June 22, 2009

check it out

*edible teddy bear
*smart snacking
*framed bird's nest
*tips for at home decorating
*paper covered wall
*10 ways to save money while losing weight
*recommended craft tools part II
*sticks in jars (an idea for keeping track of chores for kids)
*photo wall
*spray painting metal trays
*cute baby shower invites
*fun activities for a pre reader
*fast foods to keep in the car
*outdoor entertainment storage shelves

if you would like to see photos along with these links you can see them at my tumblr. you are probably wondering why i do the links on my blog as well, all i can say is its the OCD in me, i like to have a lot of back ups, just in case :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

a sneak peek

okay so i know that i have been totally slacking on my kitchen makeover, but i'm telling you these cabinets are kicking my butt! it is taking a very long time to get them painted, so here is a little sneak peek of some that i have gotten done. i can't wait to show you more!

thrifty finds

i found mostly clothes this week, but i found some great old navy jeans for myself that have barely been used. luckily i knew the people having the yard sale, so they let me use the bathroom to try them on or else i might not have taken the gamble.
pillow cases- .50 each
sheets- $1-$2 each

light blue pants - $1

gap shirt- $2

old navy jeans- $5

dresses- $2

skirt- $1

clothes- .50 - 1.50 each

pajamas- $1 each

go see what everyone else has found this week!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Menu Plan 6/17- 6/24

teriyaki pulled pork sandwiches
*asian salad

grilled steak
*baked potato
*spinach salad with strawberries
dessert: pound cake with fresh strawberries

steak fajitas
*mexican rice
*refried beans
treat: garlic popcorn

*mashed potatoes

lasagna (freezer meal)
*green salad
*garlic bread
treat: coconut banana bread with lime glaze

philly cheesteak sandwiches ( using leftover roast for the meat)
*potato salad
* fresh or canned fruit


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

a mind of its own

my previous post was supposed to have a lot more spacing, but i guess my blog has a mind of its own, i can't get it to change no matter what. does anybody know what causes this?

and the award goes to....


Here are the rules for the award:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to other blogs that you have newly discovered.
3) Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

just when i think that nobody reads this blog, i get an award! wow, thanks so much to nap time journal for giving me this award!

i admit it has taken me awhile to pass this award along because i was having a hard time narrowing it down on who to give to. i could honestly give it to every single site on my blog list and if you've taken a look at my blog list you know that it would take way too long, so in keeping with the rules of this award i am going to pass this award along to blogs that i have most recently come across and added to my VERY LONG blog list:
1. Kayleen @ this old chair
4. Karen @ 365 days of slow cooking
5. Tiffany @ happy day
6. Michelle @ creatively dreaming
7. Amber @ unnecessary necessities
these ladies truly have lovely blogs. thank you so much for sharing your talents and giving me inspiration! and again thanks to nap time journal for awarding me, go pay her a visit. her blog is awesome, full of creative ideas.
oh and more thing, i was thinking i would like to know what kind of posts you like the most:
just leave me a comment and tell which one or ones you like the most. thanks!

Monday, June 15, 2009

my favorite { tumblr }

part of the reason why i do this blog is to organize my thoughts, my inspiration, my recipes, etc. and well its just fun especially when you comment. so i thought i would share with you a site that helps you organize your thoughts, pictures, recipes, music, videos, etc. some of you have probably already heard of it, but its called tumblr . it is great, i love it! i finally got myself an account, so if you want to see what i save for my inspiration visit me over at

check it out

*tablecloth skirt tutorial
*framed pear project
*5-10 min. rule
*chick garage
*mirror turned chalkboard
*reusable shopping bag makeover
*100 ways to save money part 6
*keep your paint job looking fresh
*abc chair
*two sided burp cloth tutorial
*camera strap cover tutorial
*map decoupaged furniture
*spray painted glass bottles

Friday, June 12, 2009

meet our newest addition...

we are pleased to announce the arrival of :

canon rebel xs

arrived: june 10, 2009 7:02 p.m.
weight: 1.1 lbs
welcomed with love by:
megan and family

okay so i know i am really cheesy but can i say how excited i am about this camera! i have been waiting a long time to get this. i finally bit the bullet and found the camera and lens both on ebay. my cousin, who is a fanastic photographer by the way, told me she buys a lot of her cameras and lenses on ebay so i gave it a shot and here it is.
i got the camera body only, it is a canon rebel xs and the lens is a sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5- 6.3
i've been playing around with taking pictures and it is so fun! i still have A LOT to learn, but i think that is fun too. here are few random shots with the help of photoshop:

doesn't that green grass just scream summer? sorry i don't have check it out for you today, i'll try and get that up on monday. i also have something to share with you that i was given this last week. have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

its time for thrift store thursday!

wow it's been a busy week, lots and lots of yards sales!

camping chair- $2
blowup matress- $1
drawer organizers - .25 and .50 each
measuring spoons - .25
i don't usually buy clothes but..... this garage sale had lots of cute clothes and i couldn't resist
shirts- $3 each

pot - $1
storage bin- $2 (you can't have too many of these can you? )
round frame soon to be chalkboard- $5
round mirror -$5

skirt- $2
books - .25 - .50 each
girls top _ $1
and no thrift store trip would be complete without any sheets and pillowcases - .50 - $1 each

x-mas piano books - .25 each
children's books - .25 each
ready made magazine - .25
new (but old but i like ) tablecloth - $2
scattegories game - $2
pillow case, candle holder, and books - .50 each

candy land mini pale - .50
new scrapbook book - $5

wow that is a lot of stuff! head over to homebody's thrift store thursday to see what everyone else has gotten!

Monday, June 8, 2009

my favorite { coconut fruit bars }

have you tried these yet? i just bought the fruit bars in coconut and they are heavenly! if you like coconut you've got to try these!

i just wish i could be eating them here.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Food Storage for June

Food Storage Month by Month


“We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear.” –First Presidency Letter, June 1988

Basic Storage:
• Flour and wheat 65 lbs per person
• Oil 4 qts per person
• Salt 3 lbs per person

Expanded Storage:
• Peanut butter , jam, salsa, powdered eggs and powdered cheese

Nonperishable item:
• Hand soap, dish soap, dishwasher soap

Friday, June 5, 2009

payless summer sale

payless is having their buy one get one half off sale. they have some cute sandals:

at first i wasn't really digging the gladiator style sandals,but now i like them. my only complaint is they are too flat. when i saw these gladiator's in a wedge, i changed my mind.

cute red wedges

i like the design on the strap

mirrored sandals? i kind of like, but i think i would have to see these in person.

these t-straps are pretty cute huh? i especially love the color.

ruffled shoes are my weakness.

these would be great shoes for running errands.

so which two would you pick?

check it out

*silhouette art
*getting your kids to help organize
*simple apron
*jute lampshade
*family yahtzee tutorial
*ink stain fix
*lettered cottage coffee table
*chicken wire picture boards
*family fun activities for june
*garden to do list for june
*something to do's kitchen renovation
*vintage sheet quilt
*how to make iron on labels
*princess birthday hat

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thrifty finds

there weren't any yard sales around town this weekend, but i did manage a couple of trips to the thrift store, here is what i found:

capris and shorts for little ms. m -$2 & $3
i never really look for clothes for myself but i thought i would take a little looksy and look what i found, a cute brown velvet jacket for $4 and brand new cordouroy old navy pants for $3!

giant basket (begging for a new coat of paint maybe turquiose?) - $3
sheet (stay tuned to see what i do with this, i need to go buy a pattern) - $2
no more tantrums book ( i have a 2 year old) - .50

a close up of the cute lace trim on the sheet

may and june magazines for .25 each
another parenting book ( i have a little obsession or need a lot of help) - .50
children's book - .25
cute little "tea set" - .25 each
more pillow cases (another obsession)- .50 each

toddler clothes - $1-$3 each
i am so excited for the weekend there is going to be a TON of yard sales, i can't wait. i am joining homebody's thrift store thursday. go check it out and join in on the fun!

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