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DIY: T-shirt necklace

I have a lot of craft items in my apartment just waiting to be crafted so this month, I decided I would refrain (as much as possible) from buying new craft things until I knocked out a lot of the freebies I had around the place. This is particularly true for my fabric collection that’s slowly growing arms and legs under my bed. However, that’s neither here nor there as this DIY was not only completely free, but it also helped me clean up a bit of clutter too!

As I was de-cluttering it up a few weeks back, I decided that I didn’t need all my sorority girl tees from college anymore. I’ve slowly been weeding them out over the past 5 years and this time I got it down to just 1 or 2, mostly to keep for the winter months since they are long sleeved. However, I did keep one brightly colored tee for a recycled craft I found many months ago from here. See how I upcycled an old tee below:

To get started, you’ll need:

  • t-shirt of choice
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • chalk to mark your lines
  • embroidery thread

1. First lay your tee out flat removing all the bumps and lumps, especially on the bottom layer.

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2. Use your ruler to mark lines. About 3/4 of an inch between each line.

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3. After you have enough, start cutting. Cut off the hem and discard.

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4. After you’ve finished cutting, take the strips of tee and pull at each end so they curl (as shown on the right in the pic below).

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5. As you pull & curl, lay them down in to a pile so all the ends are together. The original project says you can just secure them together and go from there, but my pulled tee turned out to be fairly large/long. I grabbed some embroidery thread in the same color and secured both ends.

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6. I matched those ends together making sure it laid nicely as a necklace and wrapped it with an extra piece of the tee to give it a more finished look. Look in the mirror to see the back of the necklace.

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And voila, an upcycled t-shirt necklace.

Usually, I never really review a DIY as it’s sort of a given that I love it if I’m posting about it. However, I feel compelled to say I was little underwhelmed by the final product here, but decided to post about it after the 150+ reblogs and comments that happened over on my Tumblr. It is nice and I’ll probably keep it for a few years and most likely wear it as a scarf as opposed to a necklace, but I don’t see it staying in my DIY collection forever. There’s just something about it that’s not totally my style. In the end it cost me zilch to craft, so if I throw it away then no big deal. At least I got my creative juices flowing for $0.

Weekend review: Relaxed

This past weekend, BF went to NOLA with the lads to partake in the Super Bowl festivities. Yes, he’s Irish, but he loves the American sports and he’s a massive Ravens fan. It’s a good thing they won!

So while he was partying it up, I was relaxing it up. At first I was a little disappointed NOLA had turned into a lad’s trip, but looking back at it I’m glad I got a chance to do my own thing and to stay focused on my own goals.

On Friday evening, I hit the trail with Kat and Tara and their 2 pups Sophie and Kudzu. The best part was the ride to the park at which point Kudzu thought it necessary to sit in the front seat, even though I was in the front seat. 🙂

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We hiked for about an hour and after, I had dinner with Kat and her boo, Kev. She made Cincinnati chili which had my brain questioning my taste buds. I knew it was chili, but the cinnamon made me think I was nomming Lebanese foodies. If you’ve never had it, I definitely recommend it. We had it 5 ways (with spaghetti, kidney beans, cheddar cheese, and raw onions) – the chili itself counts as 1 of the 5.

On Saturday, I finally wrapped up a 2012 goal and finished my dog certification final exam. Just waiting for the grade, but that should be me…a certified dog trainer!

After, I celebrated with a friend at a comedy show in DC. Since I got back from Ireland, I haven’t felt like myself (physically) and I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on the positivity that I can and will change my body. That even with my bum knee, I will be healthy again. Saturday was the first night I felt like me again. I think it might of had something to do with the $15 dress I scored from ModCloth. A good deal always makes me feel giddy.

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Other than that, my time was filled with lots of relaxation, a bit of Super Bowl fun, and continuing to work on my own personal happiness project. I’m less than a month into my daily journal and only on chapter 2 in the book, but I feel more positive and I like the way I feel. Happy Tuesday!

2012 goals: [Make a dress] sneak peek

It’s November 1 and in case you’re keeping track, I have 3 major 2012 goals left on my list. I also have a few on my DC list, but they will likely carry over to 2013. I could potentially knock out the museums, but I’ve definitely missed my chance for orchard picking.

However, if when I complete the last 3 goals on my list, I will be very proud of myself and won’t feel as if I’ve failed in my 2012:do more campaign at all.

My dog certification is well on it’s way. I was a little held up by my ACL surgery, but I’m aiming to get back on track this weekend and I have my trip all booked to see not only the Manchester girls in December, but also my sis, her hubby, and my wee nephew, Lewis.

So really, that just leaves the big one…MAKE A DRESS. Which at this stage, I have absolutely no doubts it will be completed. I’ve been tipping away at it the past 2 weeks while my mom was here. I was confident I could do it on my own, but I also felt a little rusty so it really worked out that she was here to offer advice and to help out. I will admit she helped me with a lot of the pressing and cutting as it was hard with a bum leg, but I’ll definitely take credit that I made the dress, doing 85% of the work.

I still have a few finishing touches to do and need to finish putting in the zipper, but there’s no reason I can’t finish up the dress this weekend! Here is a sneak peek, just so you can be sure I’m well on my way! The color of the dress is in line with this season’s oranges and corals, but I have no doubt I’ll be wearing it proudly for many years to come.

My first vintage dress

Yesterday, my roomie and I went on an impromptu mini shopping spree. She told me about this new boutique in Old Town that she had discovered and it didn’t take much arm twisting for us to visit after work. While we were down that way, we also planned on going to one of our favorite vintage/consignment shop since we both conveniently had a gift certificate from Christmas.

The boutique was a success in itself and I walked away with 2 new items to live in my closet, but the vintage shop was the real star of the day.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at vintage dresses or read blogs where girls boast of their vintage hauls. I’ve always been a little jealous because every time I’ve tried one on or found one I adored – it just didn’t fit. Marilyn may have been curvy in the day, but a lot of the dresses out there in my area are for less curvy gals. Up until yesterday, I really only ever owned vintage inspired clothes (not counting a few goodies from my Mama).

We walked into the vintage/consignment shop and when I saw this little beauty hanging on the wall, I literally gasped.

The sales lady asked if I wanted to try it on and after looking at the price tag, I said no. I just couldn’t. But as I waited around for my roomie who was trying on a few items, I kept gravitating back to it. It was in nearly perfect condition and just my size. Who was I to argue with fate?

So there she is – my first truly vintage dress by Mr. Dino. A designer from Miami that got his start in the late 50’s. Yes, of course I googled him. I just love that his signature appears on the dress itself.

Kardashian confessions

Confession: I love the Kardashian clan. I watch their realty TV show(s). I follow their gossip (thanks US weekly). I even get into conversations based solely on the activities of their daily lives with colleagues. Stop judging me.

In truth, I’m not really big on reality TV, it’s just that I admire the empire they’ve managed to build. Yes, KimK made it big off a sex tape and the whole family is beyond high maintenance (yes, even little Mason), but they took nothing and turned it into something. And for that reason, I flock to all things Kardashian like kids flock to a piece of dirt and hair covered candy on the floor.

One of the latest Kardashian ventures has been a clothing line at Sears, even recently launching a second round of styles. For someone who loves fashion and loves the Kardashians, I was a little excited. I even went into Sears just to see the Kollection first hand. I texted friends who would share in my excitement, but after I saw the double K sign, it all faded. I admit, it was fun to see styles that represented each of the sisters and I could tell which item was “definitely Kim” or “soooo Kourtney”, but I was surprised at the lack of wearable styles that these divas had created and put on sale.

Just like every runway model doesn’t represent the average girl, the Kardashians don’t rep every Jenny from the block, but their clothing line would suggest otherwise. We may have hips, but we don’t have the ass to support it. We may love maxi dresses, but that design isn’t fooling anybody. And more importantly, we may love pirates, but that doesn’t mean we want to dress like one…

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

I wouldn’t normally point fingers at individual sisters, but Khloe we all know Exhibit B was your doing.

 

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