Archive | May, 2013

Putting away my Precious Boots

29 May

Over the long weekend, I finally got a project going that I’ve been meaning to start since last November. It really all started when we moved into our tiny apartment with a pretty pathetic excuse for a walk-in closet. I’d dreamed of the day when I’d have my very own walk-in, so I was a tad disappointed to see that my new closet was more of a stand-in. Regardless, I had a ton of shoes to get in there, and my boots were sagging all over the precious floor space. So I went to Walmart in search of…Pool Noodles! Of course, they just looked at me like I was nuts, because why would they carry pool toys in the winter? So a few days ago, the pool noodle display caught my eye. So I got my boot stuffers just in time to put my boots away for spring.

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My husband cut them into quarters for me. He jumped at the chance to get to use his good hunting knife in the house. (You could definitely cut these with just a box cutter or scissors though.)

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Naturally, I had to make them fabulous. So I got out the leopard duct tape that I bought in November for this project. I ended up having to get a second roll, because I had to mail a few things and apparently I only have one roll of tape in my apartment.

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Now my boots are standing tall.

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Must Have Maxi with Mom

23 May

While at home, I had a sudden craving for a new wardrobe item. I have a tendency to think of something that doesn’t necessarily exist and scour department stores looking for it. My mother can attest to this, since she once had to make me an Easter dress because white with polka dots was nowhere to be found that season. Anyway, this craving was for a colorful maxi skirt. Normally this would be an easy thing to find, especially considering those are trendy right now. But, I’m also notoriously cheap, and since I’m not working right now, I couldn’t justify anything outside of Ross pricing. So I decided to do it myself, and put my sewing skills to the test. (My sewing experience up to this point stopped at making pajama pants.) I found a “simple looking” tutorial on Pinterest and away I went. If you want to give it a try, here is a link to her blog.

My skirts turned out super cute as you can see…

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(You’ll have to excuse the wrinkles…I hate ironing.)

My only problem along the way was that I couldn’t stretch the thick elastic as far as it should have been stretched and I ended up making this random, weird fold-and-tuck technique on the first one. You can’t see it, but deep in my heart (and next to my waist), I know it’s there and I know it’s weird.

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Around this time my mom found some fabric and decided to make a skirt as well. She’s a much more experienced seamstress than I, so I felt pretty relieved when she couldn’t get the elastic to stretch that far either. However, instead of shoving the material in the sewing machine and hoping for the best like I did, she used a real technique. She did four gathering stitches (easy video tutorial here) around the top, and cinched the skirt evenly so she didn’t have to pull quite so hard on the elastic. Now, it’s important that you do pull some, or else the waistband will have no stretch to it when you try to get it on. It’s not perfect but it looks so much neater.

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Another comment I might add is the width of the elastic. The 3-inch elastic is recommended because it doesn’t roll on you. However, I start feeling a little claustrophobic with that much around my waist, so I traded my mom my 3-inch elastic for her 2-inch elastic, and I personally think its much more comfortable. Altogether, the two new skirts cost me less than $10 each including the elastic. If you’re like me, you’ll need accessories to go with your new treasures. (I swear, I’m like the ‘If You Give A Moose A Muffin’ books) So what i did was get a little extra fabric and made a headband.

The Masa Bag

22 May

Since it’s almost summer, my crocheting urges have been at bay. (After crocheting Christmas presents for ten people, my hands were a bit worn-out.) Also, I had been crocheting so much, that I vowed not to buy anymore yarn. I managed to convince my sister to buy some yarn, so it didn’t count. I had been wanting to try a new pattern, so I made the Masa Bag for her in her favorite colors. It’s an easy pattern, and best of all, it’s free. You can find the link here

The most difficult part was folding it. Took me a couple tries. Here it is almost finished.

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It also took me two tries to get the strap length right. The first one was way too long. I wanted it to be long enough to wear as a cross body satchel, but I definitely overestimated the length you need to accomplish that. Here’s the finished product.

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I’m thinking I might line this with fabric to make it a little more user-friendly and durable. This means a trip to the craft store. Yippee!

8 Fun Wedding Photos to Have

17 May

As promised, I’m going to post some of the more humorous photos from our wedding. I only specifically asked for a few of these, and the others were the photographer having fun. Given my personality, I would have loved to have a lot more crazy ones. But us girls took so much time getting dolled up, we ended up putting my photographer in a time crunch. Whoops! Anyway here goes…

1. The groom helping his best man get pinned

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2. The best man getting the groom psyched up

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3.The bride and the best man fighting for the grooms attention

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(P.S. That is an actual grimace from Jeremy, not a pose.)

4. The flower girl doing something candid and unplanned

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(Apparently she didn’t know the pastor was going to be there. She was pretty excited to see him.)

5. An unusual group photo

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6. The bridesmaids having fun with the groom

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And my two favorites are…

7. The bridesmaids acting like groomsmen

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8. The groomsmen acting like bridesmaids

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Welcome with a Wedding

16 May

Today I am officially welcoming myself to the wonderful world of WordPress. This isn’t my first blog, but I’m excited to make the switch from Blogger. From what I read, it’s the best decision I’ll ever make (at least in terms of blogging). I’ve decided that my first post will be about my wedding. Yes, it’s a rather dramatic way to make an entrance, but it’s been the biggest deal in my life over the past year. Also, who doesn’t love looking at super expensive photos?

A little about me and my wonderful husband Jeremy…

Our little love story dates back to about the 1960’s when my grandparents and his grandparents became part of the same church home group. Obviously, neither Jeremy nor I were even thought of at that point. However, 50 years down the road, I met his grandparents at my own grandparents’ 50th anniversary party. His grandpa was scheming from that moment on to get us together. However, Jeremy was already in the Army and living in Kentucky, and I was happily living rent-free in my parent’s basement in Washington. Then along comes…his mother! Knowing her now, it seems so fitting that she would be the driving force to Jeremy and I meeting. In fact, I believe she called him while he was on a date with someone else to insist that this would happen. As fate, (and our families) would have it, Jeremy and I began talking on Facebook, followed by texting, then Skype. Two months later, he managed to get some leave time to come home for his friend’s wedding and asked me to be his date. So in March 2012, we met for the first time, and I believe sometime in April, we started talking marriage.

Now, if you’re in the service or married to someone who is, you know that planning a wedding is not an easy task. I couldn’t set a date without his leave packet being approved, and on top of that he was supposed to be going to ranger school for 3 months in the middle of planning. I was just buying things as I found them and hoping that a fall theme made sense by the time the wedding rolled around. Meanwhile, he flew home and surprised me with an engagement ring.

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This is not one of the expensive photos, by the way.

Anyway, here’s the expedited version of how things ended up happening, as if our story isn’t fast enough with six months between meeting and marriage. Ranger training cancelled. Leave approved. Booked a venue (The Monticello Hotel). Six weeks to plan, with me being on vacation for two of them. Craziness for the last two weeks. Then BAM! Wedding. Actually, it was more of a set-up, rehearsal, brunch, then wedding, all in one day sort of deal. It was so crazy I didn’t really remember until I saw the pictures later. And the next day, we hooked up the U-haul and drove across the country to Tennessee.

Now for a few classic photos (I’ll post the funnier ones separately)…

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 And I believe the story ends with…and they lived happily ever after.