While we were planning our beach adventures, I stumbled upon this rocking dress. My aunt told me there was no way she would be seen in public with me... Little Buddy, on the other hand, always loves me and wants to take pictures! I taught Little Buddy how to use the camera clicker and let me tell you, I have created a MONSTER! She loves posing with me!
BUT, maybe my aunt couldn't see my vision. I was also wearing jeans under this dress and sneakers. I was rocking a winning look...
When I was growing up, I used to watch America's Next Top Model all the time. I'm not 5'7" so I figured I would never ever be a model or need to know about modeling... Isn't it funny how life works out... Tyra used to always tell the girls, "Your face MUST find the light!" It's a bit dark out today and with my hat on, you really can't see my face! Sorry Tyra, I totally did not find the light!
I gave the skirt a little bit of a trim and now we are ready for a swim! My aunt really wouldn't go to the beach with me in this so I decided to head to the pool! Plus, I might have mismeasured and the skirt length is a tad bit short. Oh well! Life is about fun exploration!
Here I am with my giant beach bag. Tutorial found here !
We have been planning my Little Buddie's Minnie Mouse Birthday Party for about a year now.
In my typical fashion, I have been collecting decorations for a while but never actually started assembling them.... I'm such a smart cookie! I decided to work on everything it about an hour??? And I also had to eat lunch.
So I had this crazy thick corduroy pink floralish skirt that really wasn't doing anything for me. My aunt looked at me with a perplexed look and said, "Well, it just really isn't doing a whole lot for you..."
I quickly gave this skirt a little bit of a chop. I wanted to go in full Minnie Mouse attire, but that seemed a bit overkill...
NOW for my plans of epicness that failed a bit. Like I said, I have been planning this party forever, but started working on the mouse ears like two hours before the party... There are tons of great tutorials on how to make mouse ears with templates, but I'm lazy. The pattern sort of looked like this so I guessed a pattern out of newspaper. Then I cut it out of felt.
I bought a 6 pack of headbands from the dollar store. I could get 1 pair of ears out of each sheet of felt. Felt was .29cents each.
6 sets of ears:
$1 for headbands
$1.74 for felt.
All the tutorials use foam in the center to give the ears stiffness. I used a cardboard cereal box :)
I hot glued it all together!
Here are some pictures of how I envisioned the party looking....
We ended up putting down a pink dollar store table cloth and calling it good! I did find these amazing Minnie Mouse wash clothes at a thrift store. Sophia thought these were the coolest things ever!
Being Minnie with my favorite sister!
My aunt Kathryn and I were totally wearing matching outfits. Our names are also spelled the same way. We are the #KoolKathryns!
My aunt Kathryn and my grandfather drove down from Ohio to see us and attend Little Buddie's birthday party. My aunt, however, how a fun roadtrip in mind. She wanted to spend one afternoon going around and looking at all of the houses where my great-grandparents used to live. I had no clue how cool this was actually going to be...
I started out with this rope curtain thing that I rescued from the trash bin. I think no one wanted it because it was just one curtain but it said "MAKE ME INTO A BEACH BAG!" It had a turned over area where a pole would go through. I seam ripped this out so I would have more length.
This is what it looks like longer.
I then grabbed some canvas (this is part of a huge canvas tarp that you can buy from Home Depot, Walmart or Lowes)
Great Grandparents House #1! We were totally creepy and jumped out of the car and take pictures!
This is me just being creepy.
This was by far the coolest house. My grandfather told us, "Go to the end of the road, turn right, its brick and it has a long driveway. When we got out, we started taking pictures and a lady from across the road asked what we were doing. We told her that we were looking for her great grandparents house and she said, "Why I live there! Do you want a tour!"
It was an unbelievable experience! She showed us all the original parts of the house with all the original flooring. We got to walk on all of the old floors that my great grandmother walked on! The house was absolutely amazing! Back view of the house. This house was seriously cool!
Here's the back view. This is a two-million dollar view by the way...
She had the prettiest flowers.
After seeing her house, we headed to the beach. Here is my cool beach bag!
At first, this bag was huge! But after adding towels, drinks, and clothes, it suddenly was the perfect size!
Getting ready for the beach!
If you've seen the
then you know about this famous scene where Maria makes all the children play clothes from the curtains that were able to discarded. This movie takes place back in pre-World War II where fabric was much harder to come by, but I've always been secretly jealous of her sewing skills! (*If you haven't seen the Sound of Music, you really need to. The end.)
Check out these rocking outfits and how she made them fit everyone just right...so jealous!
I have made a couple of dresses from scratch in the past and they are always so daunting. I have these super "vintage" curtains that I found in a bag sale. (They have a really great backstory, but you'll have to wait until September for that ;)) There are two huge curtains so I wanted to try my hand at sewing from scratch again for a later project!
*I'm still working on the in-process photos.* But for now, this is why I my life is difficult.
This was a pleated curtain that looked really old. I cut the pleats off and then stuffed it in the washer!
I grabbed a skirt and used it as a loose pattern. I knew that I wanted the skirt to have large pleats so I made the skirt about 2.5 x as wide as one side.
I used both parts of the curtain so I had quite an adventure cutting it to make it straight.
I used the grout lines to cut the material straight and then HEAVILY pinned it.
I also cut a thin strip to be the waistband.
I then pinned two big pleats in the front and two in the back.
My sister wanted to go to the outlets so we headed straight for Kate Spade. I like her because her name is Kate :)
I love this wall. Live Colorfully is soooo my life!
I'm digging this super funky yellow-ish purse!
I love all these purses...they are all on sale...
Then I had to take silly photos with my sister. Because what else are sisters for ;)
And here is my bubble skirt made out of a curtain!
This is the funny part about sewing. I made this pattern...and it was still too long! I was running out of time so I grabbed some painters tape and taped it shorter!
I picked a dark charcoal grey zipper because it was in my .15 cent pile and was the correct length. I love the grey with the white! I think it turned out so well for picking it at random!
It's finally here.
It's Chick Fli-A's dress like a Cow for Cow Appreciation Day.
Yes, this is a real holiday.
The most exciting part about this? I can totally wear all of my Daughter's of the American Revolution white clothes! Woop Woop!
Today was really simple, I grabbed some black paper and cut out some spots and ears. The ears are bobby pinned to my hair.
It is INSANE inside! What did make me giggle is how many people walked in NOT wearing cow gear, saw the INSANE lie, asked what was going on and then still waited in line!
But I totally got a free meal!
I went home with my chicken sandwich in hand and suddenly, Molly was following me around everywhere! She always helps create the funniest photos!
Hi! I'm Katie. I am a fun loving, adventurous DIY-er, designer and artist. You can find my artwork here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/3000yardsofthread