I found this skirt on Pinterest and fell in love. Mini skirts never look good on me but I always want to try them.
I actually thought this was a skirt, but since it is shorts, lets see what happens!
I paired the skirt with a green shirt :)
This year, I finally got a yellow umbrella!
A few years ago, my sister and I decided to implement a "free Christmas" tradition. This is where all the gifts you give must be under a combined amount of $10. We decided to do this to make the Christmas gifts we give more meaningful. Gifts can also be regifted, handmade or thrift store finds. (This also helps if your sister has a sweater you always wanted and she never ended up wearing...)
Project 1: Recycled Birdhouse Ornaments
-cardboard tubes (toliet paper or paper towel)
-cardboard (thin cardboard works better.)
-sticks from the backyard
-Old wrapping paper
This is wrapping paper from last year...
I cut about a 1/3 off the top of the toilet paper tube. Then I took the wrapping paper and cut out a strip of it.
I drew the little hole on with a permanent marker and then cut it out with scissors.
You can also use a box cutter.
Then I poked a hole through the tube and glued on a little piece of the stick.
I cut out a cone shape in paper and looked at how it looked in relation to my tube. After adjusting the pattern, I cut it out of the recycled cardboard. Fun fact- Cheezit boxes are made out of really THICK cardboard...
Once cut, roll the top and then glue down using hot glue.
I had this white sting so I cut out pieces of it. (I got mine at Walmart but you can also use twine or ribbon.)
Pull the string through the top.
I also hot glued the string on the inside.
I used glitter on one of the roofs and no glitter on the other.
To give them an added amount of value, I asked my dad to make the ornament out to my niece. I also added the year. This way, when Sophia is all grown up, she'll know when this ornament was made/signed by my dad :) I also made more and made my Grandfather sign them to all of his grandkids :)
I had alot of sticks left so I glued them together into a star pattern and added a ribbon and one of the extra bells from a tacky Christmas sweater. The love is a punch cutout. You can also make a gift tag with a cute message!
Along with just having alot of sticks, I cut a thicker stick (that I "borrowed" out of my brother-in-laws wood pile) into little wood slices. I then wrote little cute saying on them. This one is for my friends Allen and Jamie who got married this year :)
Due to the craziness of life, my sister and I have had just messes of a month. It has lead us to not be able to spend that much time together. We decided to schedule a day of fun and TODAY IS THAT DAY! I even set an alarm! Apparently I spend way too much time on Instagram. Here's my shameless plug. :)
Little buddy was over and we were trying to decide what to make... hmmm...
I suddenly had an idea and grabbed this felt piece that I acquired recently. But seriously, who can pass up green felt near Christmas!
I wrapped the fabric around my head to see how big it needed to be and then cut out a square-ish.
I then cut it to make a triangle.
..and then cut it again because it really should be a triangle.
SEW IT TOGETHER!
and then turn it inside out.
I'm that kind of person who is totally a hoarder but also weirdly organized at the same time. Over the past 4+ years, I've been acquiring Christmas things and I always put them in Christmas tote bins in the attic. I always shop yard sales, thrift stores and over course, after Christmas specials. Michael's in the past used to do $2.00 bags of random Christmas stuff after the holiday just to get rid of the stuff. (They still do at less popular locations!) I would always pick up these random bags (of junk!) because you just never know what's in them! This is how I got this magnetic star! This will go great on my hat! (It says it is $3.99, I paid $2.00 for an entire bag of stuff including this star... #itwasagooddeal!)
T'was a night in December and all throughout the house, only the cat was stirring, for she was thinking about a mouse. Katie's Christmas sweaters were stacked my the fire with care, for it is TOO BLOOMING HOT FOR HER TO WEAR!
I hope y'all like my poem but seriously, why is it so hot outside!? I was determined to wear my Christmas sweater so much that I ended up covered in sweat and just rather unhappy!
But with everything unexpected, there is always an opportunity!
I was standing in my favorite thrift store when an idea hit me. Why don't I make a short sleeve sweater?!?! Duh! I headed to the .50 cent rack and grabbed this red shirt.
I grabbed this CRAZY stocking with the creepiest Santa ever on it. I hand-sewed the stocking on because it was so weird and vintage-y that I just couldn't stand the idea of messing it up. Everything else I just hot glued on.
Then Molly decided to sit on it..
Here is my video of me showing all the things that I got while out thrifting and the tutorial of how to make this sweater.
I think I get points for making the worlds most awkward sweater ever.
There really just aren't any words.
But I do love this bow! I think the bow turned out really cool!
This sweater is also a great example of proportion. I'm petite and this stocking is HUGE in relation to me. I was able to fit a book in it and candy canes. Yepp, this one wins all of the points.
What are your thoughts?!
I watched a Ted Talk a while ago about Entrepreneurs and the speaker said "stop calling us risk takers." His message was simple, entrepreneurs aren't risky people, we are people who have thought about all the risks, carefully analyzed them and then decided what we want to do. This really stuck with me (even though I can not find the Ted Talk :(! ) because I like to think of myself as an opportunity catcher. When I am presented with an opportunity, I go for it. I *try* not to let fear guide me and I try to always think of everything as an opportunity to grow.
Deep thought over :)
When I moved to my area, I didn't know anyone so I decided to join a bunch of Meet-ups on Meetup.com (it's an awesome website)
I was reading through my emails and an opportunity came across to be on a local TV show.
I have never met any of the people on the show, but I figured, let's go for it!
After talking with the host about a variety of things, we came to the "what should I wear question." I was going to wear this green table cloth as a dress, but she encouraged me to try something more vibrant so that I would stand out on screen.
Due to this, I decided to go with my normal pleated skirt and this one is BY FAR MY FAVORITE ONE EVER!
I cut out a waist band.
And then sewed it together.
Then started creating my pleats.
I always pin the skirt, then fold it over to make sure all of the pleats look correct. I also check because I've reversed pleated the skirt before. I'm not even sure how that is possible, but I've done it!
I then walked in to the studio. Look at these cameras! I know this sounds silly, but I've never actually seen one of these up close!
We do not have the video from the actually show yet, it's still in the editting bay, but here is a sneak peak of the behind the scenes with the cast.
(more to come!)
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