Friday, July 6, 2012

Random Friday

I've had several snippets I wanted to share with you all, but nothing that merited a whole blog post, so I thought I'd throw it at you all at once today!

Last week I raided my closet and found a few old maxi dresses to remake.
One was strapless (a pain to wear) and the other had the little triangles on top
(not flattering on anyone!).

I made a quick straight cut just under the bodice (obviously not even a very neat cut!), turned down the waist and stitched, and added elastic.  Quick maxi skirt!

I also followed this tutorial  that I found on Pinterest to make a cute maxi dress for Emily.
I used a $3 t-shirt from Old Navy and about $7 worth of fabric from Hobby Lobby.
She loves it and wants more!

And, I used Julie's suggestion to make a simple skirt for myself-I even bought the same fabric!  Here's the skirt on Julie-

Isn't she adorable?  I didn't even bother taking a photo of mine!  I paired it with my red patent wedges and wore it in New Orleans.  My feet paid the price after walking in them all day, though.  I showed my facebook friends my brutal blister but I'll spare you!  Oh, and I made the darling flower belt too.  Super easy!

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I saw this yesterday...(sorry for the blurry phone pic)

It would be PERFECT to make a twig chandelier like mine.  I almost bought it myself, the base is much beefier than mine.  If any of my local friends are interested, yesterday it was at the Habitat Restoration Station on SW 29th and May ($12).

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I generally gravitate to reading only fiction-one of the things I'd like to change-but I wanted to recommend this very, very good book to you.  I went to a women's conference a few months ago and helped sell merchandise for Angela Thomas, who was kind enough to allow me to choose a book as a thank-you for working her table.  This is what I picked:

Oh, how I wish I had read this before I had kids or when they were tiny.  But, it's never too late to do something different, right?  This book is chock-full of practical, every day suggestions of things you can do to strengthen your relationship with your children as you work to mold their little hearts to be more like Jesus and loving, contributing members of the family.  Click here to read a preview of the first few pages.  I promise it's worth every bit of your $10 to purchase and no, I do not receive anything to promote this book.

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Lastly, I've been THE WORST e-mail and comment responder lately!  I'm so sorry, but I plan to catch up with everyone over the weekend.  You all are the sweetest, kindest readers and I'm so thankful that you carve a bit of time out of your days to read my ramblings.  Happiest of weekends to you!

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  1. You are so creative to turn those dresses into skirts! You make me want to whip out the sewing machine and learn how to use it properly once and for all. That chevron skirt too- oh so cute!!! I bet it looks fabulous on you with red wedges!

  2. Great idea, and one I need to steal! The last time I wore a strapless maxi I stepped on the front of it going up stairs, that got a big laugh! Your little model is too cute! Thanks for the book recommendation, heading to check out the preview.

  3. We are seriously so much alike...right down to the chevron just GET to your projects before I do. Lol. I've been wanting to redo some things in my own closet AND make a chevron skirt. Never mind the fact that it may look like a scene straight out of The Sound of Music or Enchanted considering my drapes are chevron. ;) Ha.

    Your outfits creations are great! But I would like to see a pic of your chev skirt! ;) Sans the blister. Thanks for that. Lol! (You poor thing.)

    That book looks fantastic. I always try to be mindful of what I say and do to mold my chikdren's hearts, etc, but I'm sure I don't always do a very good job. It's hard work! I'll check out that book. Thank you for mentioning it.

    As for the comments/emails, don't worry!!! I don't think anyone takes it personally. It's summer, most of us have kids, it's hard! I haven't been too great either. I've been "online" very little....and honestly yours is one of the very few I do get on and check for a minute. ;) Even right now I'm in the car with the fam on the way to The Keys...beach time. :)

    Ttyl! Hope you're having a great wknd. :)

  4. Love, love the maxi skirts! Such a great idea to change the dresses and still have something striking to wear. The chevron skirt is so cute! We need to see yours with the red shoes. :) Your young model looks adorable in her outfit too.

    Don't worry about blogland while you're taking it easy with the kids...we will all still be here!



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