Sunday, May 31, 2009


Have you heard of this… its taking old things and altering them so they can be used again!  Well, my favorite type of Up-cyling is altering my girls clothes.
Sierra and Ruby now officially wear the same size, but it doesn’t matter, because both of them put holes in their jeans like nobody’s business.  I just went through their winter clothes and basically none of the jeans are useable for Karis.  The jeans still fit the older two now – but they don’t want to wear jeans (and of course, we have tons), they want shorts and skirts for the summer, and they most likely won’t fit next fall. Besides, there are holes and it gets awfully cold here!
So here is my solution…
Ordinary pair of jeans with holes in the knees:
So you’re probably thinking, cut them off for shorts – duh!!!  But have you ever noticed that jeans fit tighter than shorts… and especially Ruby, whose thighs are more generous, its not comfortable to have just plain ole cutoffs.
And of course there are HOLES in the KNEES – so you can’t make them capris….
But you can make a skirt!!!!  I convinced Sierra to keep this long (she wanted a mini skirt) and I wanted to put a ruffle on the edge, but she wanted it to fray – so I didn’t finish the edge – this is one of her favorite skirts now.
But – these ‘bermuda’ shorts I think are adorable.  They are longer so you don’t have to worry about thunder thighs sticking out, but not quite capris.  And I think the ruffles make them just a tad bit longer and feel more stylish than ‘my mom cut off my jeans and is making me wear them this summer instead of buying me shorts!’  LOL!
I have a few more pairs of holey jeans – I can’t wait to play.  I’m going to make Ruby a skirt and put a ruffle on it, and of course, they each have a pair of plain cutoffs, but I need to use up my fabric scraps and I like to play!!
Speaking of scraps, I’m thinking of appliquéing some flowers, birds, and butterflies on some of the girls (and mine!) plain t-shirts… I’ll post pics if I like how it turns out.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just some new LOs

Here are a few LOs I’ve done for challenges and contests and such that I can show now.
This one was for a Guest DT spot at Back Porch Memories.  I didn’t make it, but I still love the LO! The subject is pretty cute too!
This was for a telephone scraplift over at OSU.  I doodled all over, even the flowers that I then cut them out to embellish the doodles.
This I did using an ad from Ad This  DSC_0095
Another one done using an ad as inspiration from Ad This DSC_0096
Here is a scraplift challenge from BPM. Using the yummy May Scrap Attack Scrapbooking kit! DSC_0101

Monday, May 18, 2009

OOH! Look what blog I found!!

My favorite type of challenges are Ad challenges.  I love using the ads as inspiration, either as a sketch, taking the color combos, the patterns in the ad, and seeing the cool graphic designs!  So I was totally psyched when I found this blog!
Ad This! 
They post an ad every Monday and you have a week to get your LO linked for a chance to be a guest designer (and I think they occasionally give out prizes too!)
So here is my take on this weeks ad
And they are having a DT call, so of course I’m sending in some LOs for that too.  Be sure to check them out!