Friday, December 30, 2011

best of 2011: projects

Here are my favorite projects from the past year:

Best of DIY:

Best of Upcycling:

And last, but not least
My Favorite Trashion Designs:

That's it for 2011!!!! Thank you to all my lovely readers! It's been a fun journey this year and I plan on making next year even better.

More tutorials. More upcycling. More outfits.
I'll be doing another Trashion Show in the Spring{eeeeek!!!}
There's lots of fun things going on around here and I can't wait to share them all with you!

 See you in 2012. Have a wonderful New Year's!

best of 2011: outfits

2011 is almost over. I can't believe it! To wrap it up I thought it would be fun to share my favorite posts from this past year. 

Best of Remixing:

Best of Individual Outfits:

And, hands down, the most popular post I've done this year has been:


I'll be back later with a best of projects post! 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

paperclip earrings

A few months ago I stumbled upon the Evie S. blog's tutorial to make earrings from paperclips and I couldn't wait to try it! My jewelry is a little lacking these days and is in great need of being revamped. Project number one was these earrings. 
I love how they turned out and I get a ton of compliments when I wear them. Plus they're super light and very easy to make and cheap! Win-win-win.
I also made these pair.
I can't wait to try out a few more ideas. Check out Evie S.'  tutorial here

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

new specs

{Glasses c/o; Urban Outfitters blazer; Old Navy shirt; thrifted belt and jeans; Steve Madden boots}

When I started this blog, I decided if I ever got to the point that I had companies approach me to do product reviews, I wouldn't accept anything just to get free stuff. I wanted to keep my readers in mind and only choose what would apply to them. When GlassesUSA contacted me I originally turned them down. BUT then I started thinking how annoying it is to not have glasses when you really need them and thought that one of my readers may be in the same boat. If you recall this post, I was living on a pair of outdated and broken glasses for much too long and was so grateful when I got new ones. So this post is for anyone who is in need of glasses like I was. And if helps even one person be able to afford a new pair then I'll be a happy blogger. Read on... there's a discount for you!

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To get 30% off any pair of glasses and free US shipping, use code Holiday11 or to get 10% off any order use code Blog10. Happy shopping! If any of you buy glasses, send me a pic! I'd love to see.  

Monday, December 26, 2011


Christmas morning. 
Opening our stockings.
One of Mason's gifts from me was a helicopter. He hasn't stopped playing with it. 
Mason bought me Hunter rain boots!!! I can't wait to wear them. 
Sausage souffle breakfast. A family Christmas tradition. 
Our Christmas stockings made by me.

This Christmas was, hands down, the best we've had yet. 
Family, games, food food food, and lots of laughing.
I am so sad to see the season go but am very excited to greet a new year. 
I have a feeling it's going to be a good year.

How was everyone's Christmas? 

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Sometimes days go perfectly as planned.
Sometimes they don't. 
You get home from work to find your husband doubled over in excruciating pain and all the plans for the evening go forgotten as you rush your guy to the hospital.
Mason ended up having acute appendicitis. We walked thru the ER doors at seven and he was in surgery by 10:30. Everything went incredibly smoothly. No rupturing of his appendix. Phew!!!
Mason was at his prime the whole time we were at the hospital. For those that have never met him, he's a super talkative, hilarious, happy guy. He had everyone rolling at the hospital.
After surgery, his mom and I were waiting in his room. When the door opened to bring him in, all I could hear was Mason mumbling and the nurses laughing hysterically.    
The nurses gave me a toothbrush and scrubs to sleep in so I never had to leave his side. Mason, in his drugged state, told me I looked "hot" at least four times thru the night. I though it was especially funny because he typically uses other words than "hot" when he thinks I look good. His mom also brought him this cute guy to keep him company. 
What a week! We're home now. Relaxing, and Mason's recovery is going great! It's been full of episodes of Arrested Development and Bones and reading the Hunger Games. Oh, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Lots and lots of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  

So now I'm catching up on everything. We don't have Christmas decorations up yet! And all unanswered emails shall be returned soon. 

Thank heavens for modern medicine. I love my husband. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

laverne & shirley & an easy sweater refashion

Did you guys ever watch Laverne & Shirley growing up? It was one of my favorite shows. I thought it was hilarious! I loved the way they dressed and I especially loved Laverne's sweaters. For those that don't know, Laverne always had a giant L on whatever she wore. I loved it! And I secretly wished my name started with an L for a while. 

Well, I was at a craft store this week and stumbled upon some iron on letters. And I knew the time had come for me to begin wearing K's on my clothing. I'm just starting with one sweater.... and probably ending here too. BUT my childhood fashion fantasy has been fulfilled. 

I'm wearing the sweater my way! Yes, my way! Made all my dreams come true!
Oh how I miss that show. 

Freckles in April OTI

Monday, November 28, 2011

matchy matchy touchy touchy

{Shabby Apple dress, thrifted belt, Anthro sweater, Nordstrom tights, fishnets, and bag, boots from friend's boutique}

A couple hilarious things happened while I was wearing this outfit.

First, Mason and I went to see my sister speak in church yesterday, where she was wearing the exact same dress. With a brown belt. And a yellow sweater. What are the odds? It was awesome. 

Second, I decided to layer my fishnets and some colored tights yesterday. Every single person I sat next to asked if they could feel my legs. Luckily I only sat next to women I knew well and Mason. So layer your tights cautiously depending on who you may be sitting next to during your day. People will want to touch.

winners announced

Congratulations to Faith and Lindsey H!!!
You ladies won my infinity scarves!
Send me your addresses within 48 hours and they will be on their way to you!
{Winners were drawn using}

Thanks to everyone who entered! I had so much fun reading why you enjoy this blog. It helped me know why you are all here and I shall keep the things you love coming your way! 

Things may be a tad slow around here during the next month. My super sexy photographer {aka my husband} is having a crazy busy fourth quarter at his job and by the time he gets home every day there is zero sunlight left. So while things are a bit slow, know I'm not abandoning this blog, I just have no pictures to show :) BUT I shall continue to do my best to get great posts out AND I have some holiday DIYs in store for you! Stay tuned! 

I love you all! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

a thankful heart

at this moment I am grateful for:
my darling husband 
the church I love to be a part of
the little house we call our home
my family both immediate and extended
the country we live in that gives us so much freedom
our crazy dog that rules our backyard
good food
sewing machines
a great fitting pair of pants{hard to come by}
the fact that I haven't killed a plant in over a year
when I hear Mason singing a song he just made up
chalkboard paint
my education
fresh bang trims
sunshine during the winter
a great thrift store find

Life is good.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

a week in pictures

Row 1: Made cupcakes and one magically didn't rise and Mason's cream topped with an icecream sandwich.
Row 2: Our dog, Mike, enjoys standing on his dog carrier. I think he thinks he's king of our backyard. And the aftermath of this post.
Row 3: Driving with Mason. 
Row 4: Date with Mason. Killer Bunnies and pasta. It was perfect.
Row 5: Tillamook greatness and this is what happens to my hair sometimes when I wear a headband. My straight hair is not a fan of holding things in place. Picture taken after this post.
Row 6: Mason's new toy...a ladder. My nephew on his first birthday.
Row 7: Same nephew on the table. You can't tell from the picture, but there were a bunch of clapping as he danced on the table. Kid has moves. And Mason, me, and sunshine. 

In other news, I made a huge mistake this week involving a can of olives and my thumb. Let's just say one should never try to rip the lid off the can with their bare hands when the can opener fails to complete it's task. Stupid stupid stupid. I probably needed a couple stitches...seeing as it never full stopped bleeding that fateful night,  but I didn't want to ruin my stitchless record. So heads up that it may be a bit before I do any sewing again...sigh. I have a lot of dresses that need some upcycled lovin'. Lesson learned. It's been a long couple days. Try putting on your jeans without using one of you thumbs. 

My darlings, use decent can openers.