Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Joys of Thrifting

I stopped by my local thrift store, Thrift City USA, this morning with the intention of looking for 3 pairs of capris or 3 pairs of pants I could turn into capris. (Nicole the Knitter had me turn two more pairs of her work pants into capris and they turned out pretty nice.) I had a couple pairs of pants already that I really should replace because of tightness.

You see, that was my intention.

 What I came home with was 1 pair of long pants, 3 pairs of capris and 4 short sleeved shirts. One of the shirts has sleeves that are a little tight but I think I can modify them. It all cost just over $34. One of the capris was brand new, Mosimo from Target, with the original tags still on them: $5.99 vs. $19.99. I got fun colors of pants: salmon, pink, green and white, plus some beige ones. And those shirts: all of them are either striped or plaid.

I'm going to turn into a clothes horse.

However, I didn't try the clothes on in the store. When I got home, I tried some of the stuff on as I threw it all into the washer (on cold). I figured the Mosimo pants would fit so I didn't try them on. Guess what...those pants totally didn't fit. :( Live and learn. And nope, the store doesn't allow exchanges or returns. However, considering how much stuff I did get, I think I still came out on top.

Before: couldn't get the top part buttoned
After: a long skirt
After: I forgot to take a before photo of this one. 
But it's still been a productive day. On top of all this, I've turned two long dresses that my husband got me in Iraq a few years ago into skirts. Over the last few years, I apparently have become a little more...busty. :) Yeah, sure, busty, that's what it is. I'm sure it wasn't a weight gain or anything. Each dress was a tank top style and I cut the tops off and made new waistbands. I really like the khaki colored one, because the left side hem on it has a random point coming down from the asymmetrical hem. That one is secured on the side with a snap.

I'm really proud of how these turned out. I've tried other clothing modifications before and they haven't turned out yet. Granted, I ripped out the waistband a couple times to get it right, but I feel like I've turned a corner with my sewing with these projects.

And I just made a quick little drawstring bag for our GPS navigator. It's one of the original bulky ones and I'm still using it, and I needed a new bag for it since we don't keep it on the dashboard.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Something From My Flower Bed

A new bloom from one of my lily bulbs. I don't remember what kind this is, but I love the contrast of the burgundy speckles on the yellow petals.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My First (And Last) Sock Monkey

For some reason, I've had a real yearning to make a sock monkey and I don't know why. I figured I'd make it for my niece, and it's going to go in a box of books to my sister this week. Let me tell you though, these little suckers are harder to make than they look!

I used the official Red Heel Sock Monkey Pattern and knocked this sucker out tonight after supper. I used a pair of ankle socks that I got from my mom and tucked away for this purpose.

I'm not really happy with how it turned out. It's ears and mouth (both muzzle and embroidered line) are wonky. And even though I tried to make them even, the little legs are not the same size. I think I may have stuffed them differently.

Although, I hope my niece will still like it. I'll have to tell my sister this was another project where her daughter was my guinea pig.

While I was working on this tonight, I watched a movie on You Tube...a movie so bad, it's not even good. It was the 1997 (but looks older than that) made for television movie of...The Justice League!

"Although developed by CBS to be a pilot for a television series, it never aired in US markets, but did air in the UK and Europe." Thank God for's like "Friends" vs "X-Men Origins: First Class" vs. the Justice League. I've seen better superhero costumes in Craftster's Halloween Costume Challenges and in the annual Halloween Costume Contests in the now defunct Wizard Magazine (I miss that magazine...that and Hero Magazine...sign).

Hmmmmmmmm, maybe if I hadn't been watching this God awful movie, the monkey would have turned out better.