Tuesday, December 10, 2013



So I found this picture on Pinterest for a DIY Christmas tree mobile and I decided to recreate it.
My inspiration from  www.notmartha.org

My Recreation:

What do you think?!?! I love it!  It was definitely time consuming, but I am in love with the end results. I pretty much followed Megan's instructions from her blog post and I think she did a great job at making this project easy to do.  However, I couldn't find small lanyard hooks so I used small rings, which made it look cleaner, but definitely made the process more time consuming.  At the end I ran out of rings and ended up creating small s-shaped hooks out of the ornament hooks which is probably the easiest way to hang these ornaments.  Let me know what your think! 

*to save money you can just make the s-shaped hooks yourself.  The ornament hooks are super inexpensive.

I provided links to all the items I used and a link to Megan's step-by-step instructions from her blog, in case you want to try this.  

Materials (visit her blog for more details www.notmartha.org

  • Aluminum Pizza Screen (she recommended a steamer rack, but i found this to be more inexpensive)
  • Crimping Tool (any will do, it doesn't have to be a jewelry crimping tool)
  • Lightweight jack chain (I found at Michaels)
  • Carabiner (I used stick-on ceiling hooks so I ended up hanging the mobile from 2 points, instead of a carabiner I used 2 keychain rings I already had)
  • monofilament jewelry string (found at Michaels- used 4 from Beadalon brand)
  • Crimp beads (Michaels- she asked for 200, I probably used 300)
  • Ornaments (I used almost 200)
  • Ornament hooks (bought at dollar store)
  • lanyard hooks 
  • Ceiling hook (I used 2 and they are stick-on... I found at my local hardware store)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Maxi Dress Slip

I have been searching for a slip to wear under this maxi dress and have had no luck. Nothing seems to go with the razer back cut of the dress or they end up being ridiculously expensive.  So this weekend as I decided to hem a few of my super long maxi dresses and skirts, I opted to try to make one... it is super easy, custom made to your dress style and cut and super cheap...

The dress 

Trace the cut out of the dress onto your fabric

Trace the neckline

Cut and and sew....
I sewed mine using the overlock machine all throughout

And you are all done!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sedona Trip DIY Maxi - Double Slit

What better picture background than the red rock of Sedona.  We went hiking to the Sedona and the Grand Canyon so I decided to take my newest sewing project for pictures.

Make a new maxi dress by using an existing one as a pattern. I used a Guess Maxi that I recently bough as a pattern, added a double slit for a bit of variety... and here is the result!
Sometimes this jersey fabric will be too thin and may be a bit sheer as was the case with my Guess maxi... the benefit of making your own is that you can add lining to avoid the issue, which is what I did.  I simply traced the dress twice, but the lining only goes down to where the slit begins, if you look closely on the picture above you can see that the skirt part is less opaque where the slits begins.

Side View ( you can't really tell but this dress has two slits)  

Guess maxi used as a pattern
single slit

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Best Face Mask You Will Ever Try

If you are serious about a deep pore cleansing mask, try this!

Bragg- Organic, Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Aztec Secret- Indian Healing Clay
Plastic container and scoop

I usually use anywhere from 2-3 scoops

Use an equal amount of Apple Cider Vinegar (2-3 scoops)

Mix into a paste.

And spread around the face evenly staying away from the eyes.

I leave the face mask until it completely dries, about 15-20 minutes.
Be careful if you have sensitive skin!
This is a very powerful face mask, it will leave your face a bit red, so don't be alarmed.
To wash off, just pat lukewarm water on your face until the clay softens to remove.
I usually prefer to use the mask at night before going to sleep to give my pores an opportunity to rejuvenate and breathe and avoid breakouts, dont clog your pores with makeup right after.

I hope you try this out, it works amazingly!

Friday, December 21, 2012

How to fix hemming mistakes on pants

So I am very short and I typically have to hem all my pants, but for some reason, even after doing this so often, there are times when I will cut too much and make my pants shorter than they need to be.
I bought these American Eagle jeans about a year ago and I just hadn't gotten around fixing the hem.

Knowing my previous bloopers, I made sure to measure twice before cutting and testing the fit....buuuuut I still managed to cut too much!  I was so upset, my heart sank when I saw how short the hem was, I had ruined my pants!! ....well, not exactly.  Thankfully, you can still save your pants! I hope this helps!

This is what I originally cut! :/

So I decided to run the actually hem in the overlock machine...

...and basically sew it back on!

Then unfold...


Et viola! ...can you tell?

Friday, December 14, 2012

How to avoid strapless dresses from sliding down

I was doing some alterations to my dresses from my last purchase at Asos.com and I decided to show you a quick and easy way to avoid having your strapless garments from sliding down throughout the night.
The dress... :)

This is an elastic tape that I found at the fabric store, which is commonly used for strapless garments.  It has a piece in the center that clings to your skin, helping the garment stay put.

Pin and Sew
You don't even need a sewing machine for this step, it can easily be done by hand.

I decided to also adjust the zipper for a better fit since the dress was a bit big for me.


And enjoy!