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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thrift Store Score - Diet Scale

While I was home for Christmas in January, I went with Jewel, TaMera, Mom & Dad to one of their favorite thrift stores: The Bargain Box.

I came across this vintage diet scale that I snatched up for $1.

 I'm planning to just use it as a regular food scale, (I doubt any dieting will be involved).

Hasta luego!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Strawberry Blossoms ~ Wildflower Wednesday

Last year I shared planting my strawberries and the blueberry plant. (HERE
My blueberry plant died...But as you can see the strawberries are going strong!
-'- Jewel

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thrift Store Score? - Cattle Measurement Tape

Do you remember that time I bought a beaker, not totally on purpose? 
Well, this find was much like that...
See, this is a calf measurement tape. You wrap it around the calf and it tells you the estimated weight.
I ask you...Why, do I need a cattle measuring tape?

I guess if I ever want to make a dress for a cow...I'll have a measuring tape to fit it. haha

It is pretty cool looking. Maybe I'll use it as a decoration or part of a craft.
 If, I figure something out...I will be sure to tell you.

-'- Jewel

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Purple Flowers Amidst the Grass ~ Wildflower Wednesday

It's been a year since we had a Wildflower Wednesday and two years since we have had more than one post for Wildflower Wednesday! Wow!
In all sincerity... I have missed it.
I'm hoping to change that! I have 4 (1/2) posts far. 

I was about to go and take pictures of the large amount of dandelions to show you when I noticed these beautiful flowers.
(If you want to see photos of our dandelions. Go look at any recent style or sewing me. You don't have to look hard to find them!)

-'- Jewel

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Thrift Store Score - Vintage Japan Made Coffee Cups

I found these at Goodwill and thought "SUPER CUTE"!!
They were $1.98 for the pair. (or ninety-nine cents each. ;))
Talk to you later!

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Bottle Necklace Refashion {DIY}

Last year, I bought a set of best friend necklaces for about $2. 
I'm a little old for them but they were cute and cheap. Maybe, nobody would notice? 

After further inspection, I found that they were little pieces of paper held on to the bottle by transparent tape. I was able to peel the "labels" off and "ta da" We have two empty bottle necklaces!

Scroll down for one of the DIY's!

I call this "The Note In The Sand" incredibly original right?!? ;)

It was simple and I don't know why I didn't do it earlier! 

First, I put some sand (from our trips to Alabama) in the bottom of the bottle.
Next, I cut a piece off of a strip of a photo paper, tightly rolled it, and secured it with tape. 
Lastly, taking a red marker. I carefully drew a bow, put the note in and popped the lid back on. 


A quick 'n' easy way to change the look of it,
-'- Jewel

Friday, May 08, 2015

Sunset on the 7th

Last nights sunset came after a quick storm!
-'- Jewel

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Thrift Store Score - Red & Blue Moons in a White Sky Fabric (to Blouse)

This fabric didn't cost me fifty cents but five cents!
Yes, I found it at the sack sale. 

It sat in a drawer for two months because I had the hardest time figuring out what it should be.

When I was ready to sew again after TaMera's 1950's dress. I wanted to sew something semi-fast and easy!

What about a blouse?

I went to my drawer, saw this, and said to myself
"Now, that'll be a cute blouse!"

I choose to use Butterick B6185 and omitted the collar.

I feel like this blouse should be called the
"Try Everything Blouse".
(I almost used that as the title.)

See, I am a pattern follower.
But for this blouse I tried a bunch of stuff.

First I omitted the collar.
Easy, just skip the steps about the collar and go to the facing.

I wasn't done...

I wanted to have bias tape of the same fabric around the armholes.

I researched how to make bias tape. Knew it was going to be hard. (Because, I don't own a bias tape maker.) But, pressed on.

My mistake was cutting 1 inch wide strips.
(I should of cut 2 inch)
When I got it double folded it was 1/4 of an inch wide.
I tried to sew it on and for various reasons it didn't work.

It wasn't total waste because the fabric was leftover and I had a good lesson in bias tape making.

Instead of the bias tape, I rolled the armhole hems like the pattern had said.
(See, you don't follow the instructions and it doesn't turn out!! ;) )

My shorts are also a Thrift Store Score.  Found at Salvation Army for $2. 
The best part...the are Levi's! Aka, good quality. :)

I'll be sharing this necklace DIY on Saturday! Stay tuned!
-'- Jewel

Photography: TaMera

Fabric busted on this project: 1 yards (0.9144 m)
Fabric busted since March 1st, 2015: 29 1/4 yards. (26.7462 m)
See my pledge and get more information on the 2015 Stashbusting Sewalong HERE

Monday, May 04, 2015

Sunset on the 3rd

We were on the edge of a big storm that came through. All we got was rain and some wind but 20 miles north of us got golf ball sized hail and tornado weather!

(Since everyone else on every social media site is saying it I guess I will too...
May the fourth be with you,
(I don't even know what that means because I haven't seen Star Wars lol)
-'- Jewel

Friday, May 01, 2015

April Stashbusting Overview

Well, April is over...I've had a pretty good stashbusting month! Here's all the details:


1/4 yard - of red...umm...something silky...I don't remember what the exact name of it. 
I'm working on refashioning a romper (that looks hideous on me) into something wearable.
2 fat quarters - Used to finish the Tinkled Pink dress. (Pictures coming soon)

Total in: 3/8 yard


2 3/8 yards - Tinkled Pink Dress 
3/8 yard - Little Doggie (below)
3/8 yard - Serger Cover (below)

Total out: 12 3/4 yards!!

Yay! The stash is down, this month, 12 3/8 yards!

Total out since March 1st: 29 1/4 yards!

This little doggie was a scrap project. It was a quick, cute sew and works fantastic for scraps! 

The pattern is from Purl Soho
(I got it free by signing up for their email newsletter

He is soooooo cute! :)

The other scrap stashbust was a cover for my serger. I didn't need it to be pretty. Just functional. 
It doesn't look to bad...for a 10 minute job. ;)

Now what to sew next?
-'- Jewel
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