Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Since the beginning of time...

Okay, maybe not the beginning of time.  Since I was a little girl, hemming my pants has been a necessity.  My mom taught me early on how to hem my own pants.  I'm totally confident in my hemming abilities.  However, anything else related to pants has always seemed far too advanced for me to even attempt...until now!

I saw this blog post and decided to give it a try.

I began with these pants:
Oompa Loompa

They began as wide-leg, high-waisted trousers.  It turns out, these are not the best style for my body type or my height.  Something had to be done.
I started by using a pair of jeans that fit well.  I pinned the trousers just outside of the jeans.

Then I sewed along the line created by the pins and cut off the excess.  Finally, I hemmed the bottom.

And these are the results:

I'm standing on my toes, pretending I'm wearing heels:)  I'm really happy with how these turned out.  I look much less like an Oompa Loompa.

Monday, March 28, 2011


I've gone public!  This has nothing to do with the stock market and everything to do with marketing myself.  I'm so inspired by the other craft blogs I frequent that I'm starting to believe I can be just as successful.  So tell all your friends, get me LOTS of followers, and see if we can get some ads up in here!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Earrings galore!

So, I have a lot of earrings.  I really like earrings.  I keep them for a long time too.  Some of my earrings date back to my high school days.  That wouldn't seem like a big deal if we were talking about diamond or gold earrings.  People keep those things forever!  No, I'm talking about cheap earrings.  Like, "leave a green mark on your ear" kind of earrings.
What does one do when one has a lot of earrings?  I'm glad you asked.  I asked myself the same question not too long ago and this is what I came up with:

I made a frame to hang them in, of course!  I started with an oval frame that I got for $1.50 at a thrift store.  I used a light layer of crackle and then painted cream colored paint over it to get the "old frame" effect.  Then I stapled fabric to the backing of the frame and stapled lace across the fabric.  It was really simple, really quick, and really cute!
Look how pretty my homemade earrings look hanging from my homemade earring holder.

Now that I had a place for my dangly earrings, I needed a place for all the studs.  I picked up two plates for $1.00 at the same thrift store and glued them together with a candle holder to get this:

This is so much better than having all my earrings in a big bowl.