Christmas Time in ReFashionland!

Merry Christmas, my lovely refashlings (what?)!  After spending much of my holiday time off being ridiculously family oriented, I was thrilled to spend Christmas Night with my best    buds!

I’ve been saving this cute little number just for the occasion!


Are you green with envy? No?

I feel like that dude in Quantum Leap and that I’ve woken up transformed into my terribly dressed 3rd Grade Teacher (I’m judging you, Ms. Coomer) who threw chalk at me once.  It was time to strive to put right what once went wrong, and I hoped that my next leap will be the leap (to my much more fashionable) home.  Unfortunately, I had no witty sidekick…:/

"Sorry Jillian, I'm busy uploading this pic of my cats to Instagram."

“Sorry Jillian, I’m busy uploading this pic of my cats to Instagram.”

Fine, Al.  Whatever.  I’ll go it alone!

First, I got to ripping!  The velvet collar and that fake vest had to go!  I didn’t want to just snip it off, as it would look all frayed and gross.

Seam ripping is a great way to feel useful while watching TV!  :)

Seam ripping is a great way to feel useful while watching TV! :)

This left a lot of holes!

Holey Moley!

Holey Moley!

No biggie!  I just pinned everything back together (sans ugly collar and vest!).

Back together again!

Back together again!

Then I stitched it all back together.



I wasn’t happy with the fit of my dress, so I took it in a bit on each side.

Just a lil bit!  :)

Just a lil bit! :)

Then, I took off some length!




…and whirrrrrr!

After a quick press my dress was ready to impress (hot rhyming action!)!

Ever so evergreen!  :)

Ever so evergreen! :)

Oh…and check out my fab elfin footwear!  :)

No...I don't speak elvish.

No…I don’t speak elvish.

We were all thrilled with our fab White Elephant gifts.

Eh…I was anywho! ;)

Lookit!  You make your droid look old school!  :)

Lookit! You make your droid look old school! :)

So happy to be spending the holidays with this wonderful man!  :)

So happy to be spending the holidays with this wonderful man! :)

Our lovely hostess, Erin!  :)

Our lovely hostess, Erin! :)

I really hope this is the beginning of a Christmas tradition!  :)


Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve, everybody!  :)  I hope your holiday season has been awesome and spent with the people you love the most!

I was in a festive mood when I picked out this happy red frock:

It even blends in with my curtains!

It even blends in with my curtains!

This dress was a gift from a friend of mine (Hi, Paul!) who though I’d have some fun with it.

It didn’t need much, actually!

Just a snip!

Just a snip!

Whew!  Thank goodness for easy refashes!  I had cookies to bake and prezzies to wrap!  :)  I tied on the cute obi belt that came with this dress and was ready to entertain!  :)

My tree isn't pathetic.  It's just humble.  :)

My tree isn’t pathetic. It’s just humble. :)

I spent my Christmas Eve with these two sweet fellas!  :)

Fella & Son!  :)

Fella & Son! :)

Spock loves Christmas, too!  :)

Spock loves Christmas, too! :)

So, while the cookies turned into malformed blobs and the weather outside was frightful(ly rainy), we had a terrific time watching movies, playing video games, and nomming on tasty snacks!  :)





Half-Off Day at The Goodwill Clearance Center!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve, Everybody!  :)  Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favorite places to score uber-cheap refashionables…The Goodwill Clearance Center!

Several of you have asked me for more details about this slightly scary place of mystery and wonder.  So, I’m going to take you along!  :)

Goodwill stores are easy to find.  You probably have one in your town.  Buuuuut…Goodwill Clearance Centers aren’t quite as common.  This is the best list I could find of locations.  So, I’m a lucky gal to have one of these dubious treasure troves so very close to me.

In we go!!!

Here’s what it looks like on the inside!



Note the complete and utter lack of racks or any sort of organizational system of any kind.  This place isn’t for the faint of heart, friends.

Come in prepared to dig!

Okaaaaay…so this is a slight exaggeration. ;)

Buuuuut…everything is $1 a pound!  EXCEPT on Sundays, when everything is FIFTY CENTS A POUND!!!!!  (Squeeee!)

I recommend wearing gloves.  I’m not kidding.

No Glove, No Love!  :)

No Glove, No Love! :)

You think I’m going too far with the glove thing, don’t you?



Why yes…that’s a syringe folks.  A flippin’ SYRINGE!!!!!  You never know what you’re going to find in these bins!

Let’s just try to forget about that for now, okay?

I dug in…looking for items that weren’t too stained, weird-smelling, or gross to use.

You'll dye nicely!  :)

You’ll dye nicely! :)

Recognize this?

Recognize this?

The search continues!

The search continues!

These clearance centers aren’t just for clothing either.  They are also purveyors of fine reading materials!

This should make for some pleasant holiday reading!

This should make for some pleasant holiday reading!

After an hour or so of intense rummaging, I had a big bag ‘o fun stuff!



And what was the price of all this, you ask?



Happy Thrifting!  :)