Honorable Intentions/Reality…and a No-Sew ReFash!

Alright all…when I began this year, I started with a most noble goal of writing a post every day.

I don’t know what else to say, except that wasn’t realistic.

It just wasn’t.

“But wait! You did a refashion every day for a year four years ago! Why can’t you do it again?”, you may be wondering.

There are pllllllenty of reasons. My day job is more demanding. I have other interests (like cooking) that I want to explore. I miss reading. I travel a lot. Writing every day made it hard to actually sew anymore.

Most importantly, I felt I was losing the joy of this blog by trying to make myself post every day, and then feeling guilty when I had to take work home at night or wanted to make a good meal.

So…I’m done beating myself up with trying to post on the daily. :/

However, the blog shall go on, and I’ll post whenever I can. :)

Let’s start with this:

Fresh out of the shower with a new frock!

Fresh out of the shower with a new frock!

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A Splurge or A Steal?

In my most recent Thrift Score Thursday, I spent a pretty penny on the dress on the right. A few of you wanted to know why. $38 is way more than I usually spend on my vintage finds.

It doesn't look like much on the hanger, I suppose.

It doesn’t look like much on the hanger, I suppose.

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Marije’s Reader ReFash

Today’s Reader ReFash comes from Marije, who has a brand-spanking new blog, called The Adventures of Making. I knew I had to share her latest project with you, as it combines two of my favorite things: Big tote bags and tacky thrift store art!

“Are you sure about that one?” the cashier of the thrift store said, raising one eyebrow while looking skeptically at the items that I was buying. She wasn’t talking about the sweet pair of high heels (new! can you believe my luck?) or the couple of storage cans I wanted to buy. No, the reason for her eye-brow action was a framed embroidered artwork, depicting some medieval, bearded man doing whatever bearded medieval men usually do.

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By the look of it, it had been in the thrift shop for ages. I could feel the hesitation of the cashier: the thing was incredibly ugly. But I bought it nevertheless. Was I out of my mind? Maybe, but I had great plans for it: making a shopper bag!

First, I took the embroidery out of the frame. I figured that I needed some extra fabric to actually make the bag, so I looked in my stash until I found a big piece of denim fabric that once was the cover of an ottoman.

Out of this denim I made a basis for the bag, with box pleads at the bottom. If you don’t know what box pleads are, you can either follow the instructions on my blog  where I have step by step instructions on how to make such a bag, or think about those triangular, flappy things on the side of juice or milk cartons; it’s exactly the same principle.

When my basic bag was ready, I sewed the embroidery to the front. And because of my awesome measuring skills (okay… luck) it completely filled the front of the bag.

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Thrift Score Thursday: Sylvia Edition

This week’s Thrift Score Thursday isn’t very thrifty, but it’s still pretty nifty.

My favorite find this week was this cute little stovetop espresso maker for $2.50.

Isn't it adorable?

Isn’t it adorable?

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You Too Can Rock a Formal Mumsy Jacket!

What do you wear on a day that’s juuuust cool enough for a light jacket?

...a light jacket! Duh!

…a light jacket! Duh!

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