Starting 2017 With a Project

I haven’t set my goals for this year. But I made a thing already. Priorities, people. I saw the pattern for a reversible fleece hat on Pinterest. T has outgrown his winter hats and I have some fleece in my stash. I followed the tutorial exactly except I used pinking shears to remove the bulk…

Project 12: Refashioned T-shirt

A couple of years ago, Josh and I fostered a couple of cats for a friend of a friend. They lived with us for two months and were… everything. Adorable. Annoying. Loving. Bitchy. So one day, I’m holding Mary Pickford up to look at the window at what the gardeners are doing, when one of…

Project 9: Fold-over clutch

For years, I’ve coveted the American Apparel leather pouch. But it’s $46. For two pieces of leather stitched together with a zipper. Another issue? I don’t buy leather. I’d just contented myself with the fact that I’d never have one when I had a flash of inspiration: why don’t I make one out of vinyl?…

Project 4: Embroidery hoop earrings

I saw this pair of hoop earrings on a Haute Look sale: I really liked them, but I couldn’t imagine paying somewhere around $30 for them (the exact price eludes me). Plus, I don’t wear gold. At all. And there weren’t any silver options. I knew I had a pair of hoop earrings that would…

Making skinnies

My effort to buy fewer clothes hit a snag: I’ve been wearing out all the jeans that fit me that I like. So, I decided that it was time to take in the legs of a couple pairs of jeans whose waists fit.

Mirror

I’ve lived in my house for almost two years. I’m still not done “decorating.” Josh and I have a (luckily) similar philosophy: We don’t want to just own stuff for the sake of stuff. So we buy what we want when we find it and not before. But I’m also cheap. That means sometimes I…

Finally, the makeup board post!

This blog post about how to make a magnetic makeup board has been all over Pinterest, and in my efforts to declutter my “vanity” (aka my desk with a mirror above it), I decided that I must have one. First, I went to the thrift store a block away and snagged a frame. It was…

Painted coffee table

I needed a coffee table in my living room (not to be confused with my family room, where are TV is). I actually needed a lot of furniture for my living room a year ago. I only had a dining room table when we moved in — no chairs! — so this room is coming…

Friendship headphones

I saw this awesome pin on Pinterest the other day of headphones that had been wrapped like a friendship bracelet. It doesn’t actually link to a tutorial about how to do it, though. It links to a blog post that links to a site about how to do a friendship necklace. So, I decided I…

From button down to ruffled tank top

In an effort to spend less money on clothing, I decided to remake (or refashion or upcycle, whatever term you want to use) a button-down women’s shirt I bought at the Goodwill in Bowling Green, Ohio. I love this Goodwill. I’ve been going there for years. I’ve bought random T-shirts, a full set of dishes…