Friday, June 27, 2014

$8.00 UGGS

If you follow me you know I am a yard sale addict. I've always wanted a pair of UGG boots but refused to pay over $100 for them. I found a pair last weekend at a yard sale for $8.00. SCORE!!!!

back view

Do you love the trick with the pool noodles? You can buy the pool noodles for $1.00 at the dollar tree and cut them with a knife to fit inside your boots to hold them up in your closet! Here's a great tip, buy the noodles now because once it's boot season you won't be able to find them for a $1.00.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Zipper madness

I'm changing it up this year from my usual yard sale hunts. Normally it's furniture and household items I'm searching for but this year I'm searching for fabric, zippers, belts, lace and anything that I can use for my new hobby of refashioning. I scored a bag of zippers for $2.00 from an elderly woman who was thrilled that I was going to put them to good use. There were 12 zippers in that bag, anyone that has bought a zipper lately knows what a deal I found. Using the same concept of cutting up t-shirts to make a cute summer dress here's what my latest refashion looks like.

I cut off the light purple shirt under the arm holes to use for the bottom of the dress. 

I kept the dark purple shirt just as it was and added the light purple do the bottom.  I added one of my new zippers to the front.  I just simply attached the zipper to the front keeping it exposed because thats the look I was going for.

Another dress to add to my summer wardrobe for work or out to dinner. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Free beach cover-up refashion

Last year Sister #1 gave me this terry-cloth dress, I kept trying to figure out what to do with it. I didn't want to throw it away or give it away, but it wasn't working that way it was. The weather in Western Pa was rainy yesterday so I had some free time to sew and I finally got around to refashioning this dress to a cute beach cover-up.
not bad but just too long

I removed the sleeves and cut off the bottom. I love my new beach cover-up!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

vacation wall addition

Every year when we go on vacation I take alot of pictures. I decided when we remodeled our screened-in porch that I was going to start a vacation wall. I thought I would add 1 or 2 pictures each year. I always pick up cheap unusual frames in the summer at yard sales, and I never pay over a $1.00 for the frame depending on how much I like it. One of last years vacation was just "us girls." My daughter, granddaughter and sister #4 headed to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. We were only gone 4 days but we made alot of great memories. Here's a couple additions to the vacation wall for the Summer of 2013. This is definitely a tradition that I'm keeping up with.

Monday, June 9, 2014

cheap frame = great memories

I picked up this frame at a yard sale last summer for $3.00. I thought it would be perfect to use for a collage of all our boat pictures. When I was putting it together I decided that instead of just showcasing US I would take a picture of everyone that joined us on our first year of boating. I was pleasantly surprised with all the fun pictures that we captured. Now everytime I look at that collection of pictures I remember how much fun we had floating down the River on our Pontoon. Stay tuned for more boat pictures and stories for the Summer of 2014.

Friday, June 6, 2014

My Loves

Just two of my favorite things in this world, our boat and our puppy. This was Windsor's first time on the lake this season. The weather was absolutely perfect in Western Pennsylvania this weekend.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

update to my new summer dress

A few days ago I posted a refashion of a new summer dress made from two old shirts. I told you I was planning to use the band from the printed shirt to make a belt. I didn't take any pictures of the process but it was very simple. I just folded the strip right sides together and sewed a straight seam the length of the band. Turned it right side out and just slid it over a brown leather belt that I already had. It's not permanent, so I can slide it off and wear my leather belt without the sleeve on it. Here is a picture of me wearing my new dress before work one day. It was about 4:45 a.m. and I woke hubby up to take my picture so I could show you all how it looked. He thought that I had lost my mind. So many times after a refashion he takes my picture with no makeup and ugly hair and I just don't want to post it. This one was blog-acceptable.

Friday, May 30, 2014

New Summer dress for free

My newest addiction is to refashion old clothes in my closet to something new to wear. For this upcycle I took 2 shirts that I've had for about 2 years each, cut them sewed them together and I now have a new summer dress to wear to work or out to dinner.

I removed the band at the bottom of the shirt by using my seam ripper.  I'm planning to make a belt from the piece.

Here's the bottom of the shirt without the band.

I cut the top of the shirt right under the arm hole to use for the bottom of my new dress.

Here is the finished product.  Now I have a new dress that I can wear to the office with a cute pair of shoes.  I love it. 

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Monday, May 26, 2014

free custom frame

I love free stuff, who doesn't right? My husband picked up this frame for me before it hit the dumpster at his sister's house. I just love that man. I took the frame apart and added a few touches to customize it for our bedroom. I found this wrapping paper at dollar tree a few months back and loved the colors. I'm using alot of yellow in our bedroom now and I loved the natural color because it reminds me of burlap. After he brought the frame home, I had a great plan to update it for our bedroom with one of my favorite pictures of us taken years ago on a trip to Rhode Island. This is a very simple update. I wrapped the bottom part of the frame with the wrapping paper and just cut a piece of burlap a little larger than the actual picture. I cut the white paper that comes inside the frame a little larger than the burlap. I guess you would say I layered it.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

night stand update

I was the lucky recipient of this old night stand from sister number 3. It definetly needed some love but was a very solid piece. Here she is before.

I needed a side table in my home office to hold my shredder, extra paper for my printer  and my extra forms and junk that I don't like cluttering up my desk.  I painted the entire table black and used the original hardware.  I added a protective placemat to the top and the inside shelf just so my office supplies and shredder wouldn't scratch the newly painted table. I bought the placemats at the dollar tree and trimmed them to fit.

Here the finished product.  It works perfect in my home office. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fancy towels on the cheap

Here's a quick update to the Dollar store towels that I updated. First I added the ribbon to the towels just to fancy them up. I used about a yard of ribbon to complete all three towel at .49 cents a yard. I was shopping in the Dollar Tree near my office and I came across these cute flowers. Both flowers were on a card for $1.00. Here you have it my quick update to my cheap towels. Green towels $2.00 each, blue towel I already had, .49 cents worth of ribbon and $1.00 for flowers = Towels that are two cute!!!!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Refashion with lace

Western PA weather goes from 80 degrees one day to 40 degrees the next. Until Spring and Summer really arrives for good, I have to have a few outfits that can go either way. Another color block refashion, same concept as the others this time I just added a little lace to make it look just a little different. I was able to wear this shirt over a pair of stretch pants.

Again, 100% cotton T-shirts.  These two came from the clearance racks at Walmart for $2.00 each.  I purchased the lace at Joann Fabics for about $1.97 a yard.  I have a cheap shirt for under $5.00. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

another refashion

Here we go again, same concept just two different T-shirts. The white one came from the clearance rack at the end of the season for $2.60. The blue one came from the $1.00 bin at my local consignment store. It still had the tags on it and the original cost was $36.00. For $3.60 I have a cute summer dress that I can where to work. This was my first attempt, but it was too short.

Totally love my husband but he doesn't take very flattering pictures.  He doesn't get the angle thing!  Anyway like I said, it was too short so I just added the leftover white from the white T-shirt to the bottom of the blue.  Again I didn't have to hem the dress because I kept the original hem of the T-shirt.

Another cute and comfortable dress that I can wear to work.  I have an obsession with 100% cotton fabrics, anyting other than cotton is just not comfortable to me.  Sometimes it's a little tricky to find 100% cotton summer dresses.  If you know how to sew you can make your own.   Happy refashioning all, I'm warning you it's addicting.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Color block refashions

New additions to my Spring and Summer wardrobes. I’m going a little color-block crazy with my refashions. These are all T-shirts that I already had in my closet, a few cuts, a little sewing and here’s what you get.

The gray on the top and bottom is just one T-shirt that I cut.  Keeping the original hem of the gray one means that I don't have to hem my dress. 

Now what to do with the leftover part of the pink t-shirt that I used in the center of the above dress.

check this out, I just added a piece of white from the bottom of a white shirt that I bought new on the clearance rack at Walmart for $2.00.

Here is my new summer shirt.

Totally cute, right?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring bathroom update

Spring has finally arrived in Western Pennsylvania, outside and inside. This redo is one that is out of my comfort zone, but I wanted something bright and cheery in my bathroom. Once I commit to something I go full force. I couldn’t just stop with the bright shower curtain, I had to keep going with the entire bathroom. I will be showing you all my little projects that didn’t cost much at all. I shopped my house first and just had to buy some ribbon to complete the projects. Starting with the shower curtain, I found this at the Dollar store on clearance for $8.00. The rug was $10.00.

Moving on to the curtains, I had these in my stash in the basement that I purchased at a yard sale for $1.00.  They were tab curtain panels.  I simply cut off the top tabs and about another 4 inches, I used one panel on each window.  They were a little boring so I bought some ribbon from Walmart that was 49 cents a yard.  I just added the ribbon to the bottom of each panel just for some color.



Next up, hand towels. The green ones I purchased new at the dollar store for $2.00 each. The blue ones I already had. I just used the same ribbon and added to the towels to make them look a litter more coordinated and high end.


See the big “O” that was gift from my sister-in-law a few years ago. You never know where that thing will show up in the house. Next up, The glass candle holder. The base is a soup can. Yep, that’s what it is. I just covered it with burlap ribbon that I had leftover from another project. The width of the ribbon was the perfect size. The glass top is a coche, flipped upside down and is sitting inside the soup can. One of my dear friends makes her own soap and she is nice enough to give me samples. I just added them to the inside. There you have it, my new spring bathroom on the cheap. I’m very happy with the finished product.