Sep 23, 2018

Girl's Camp 2018 - The Beads

I had a great time coming up with beads for Girl's Camp this year.  The Alice in Wonderland theme was a lot of fun to work with.    Some of the beads were ordered off the internet, some were made using Fimo clay, and some were hand painted.  Here are a few of the beads...


Camp Kick-Off Bead

Sep 13, 2018

Girl's Camp 2018 - The Bead Table




During free time, the girls can pay me a visit and collect the beads they have earned so far.  I like to make the bead table a fun place to visit.  With this year's Alice in Wonderland theme, and since we as adults were the Mad Hatters, I chose a tea party themed table.

Sep 11, 2018

Girl's Camp 2018 - The Campsite

This year was my 23rd year at Girl's Camp.  I now serve as the "Bead Specialist" and love it!  Our theme this year was an Alice in Wonderland theme, based on a quote by the late Pres. Thomas S. Monson, "Choose the harder right, instead of the easier wrong."  The theme had a great message to it considering all of the choices that the girls are confronted with each day.  It also made for some fun decorations.  I was asked to decorate the campsite for the adult leaders, a.k.a, the Mad Hatters.  It was a fun job!

I was able to reuse this chalkboard sign that I had previously used at our Relief Society Tea Party.  It was perched on a rustic easel that was originally made for my daughter's Romantic Country Wedding.  I love it when I can get double duty out of a prop!

Jul 10, 2018

Taming those sleeves!

This refashion wasn't a big one, but it made a big difference to me!  I really liked the colors and details of this tunic, but the sleeves just weren't going to work.  They were a bit too open and exposed more than what I was comfortable with.


Jun 12, 2018

The Topsy Turvy Polka Dot Dress

I really like a good red, white, and blue combination, so when I saw this shirred, strapless dress, I knew I had to pick it up!  Plus, it's polka dots...bonus!!  However, strapless was not going to work for me.  My first thought was to make it into a skirt.  It would be a simple transformation, but also a waste of some of those lovely polka dots.  After some thought, I came up with a different solution.


Jun 9, 2018

The Fuchsia Tunic

This fuchsia tunic was a pretty simple one.  It started with a lightweight gauzy dress I picked up 
for $1.  I loved the fabric, the color, and the potential!


The first step was to cut a new length and add a hem.



Jun 5, 2018

Striped Jumper, the sequel!

The same thrift store visit that netted me the striped jumper I used to make my last tunic, also netted me this striped cotton jumper.  Wow, two blue and white striped jumpers in the same visit, with two completely different looks in the end!

I loved the crisp blue and white stripes and the 100% cotton.  
The shape was somewhat less desirable, though.
With a few adjustments, I was able to get a fun dress that will be great for summertime!

May 16, 2018

Striped Jumper to Striped Tunic!

I found this striped jumper the other day at a thrift store and really liked the cotton stretch fabric, the button front, and the stripes.  I didn't like, however, much of anything else.  


I thought with a little bit of rearranging, it would make a fun and comfortable tunic.  I cut away the skirt and used the fabric to lengthen the bodice and add sleeves.


I thought that changing the direction of the stripes on the added piece would make things interesting.


I made the back addition slightly longer than the front.


It was a pretty simple transformation, but now it's much more wearable!

I like to link to these great parties!


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May 8, 2018

Another wedding...five down, three to go!

Recently, our son and his lovely bride were married for time and all eternity in the beautiful Portland LDS temple.  It was a beautiful ceremony and a beautiful day!




Our son, opted to forego the traditional boutonniere and instead made his own using copper pennies.


The flower girl, younger sister of the bride, was a little too excited about her duties.  A repair was needed for her bouquet.


The reception was held back at our local chapel.  As always, decorating for the event provided ample opportunities for DIY's, thrifting, and repurposing!

Mar 31, 2018

Muumuu to Jumpsuit!

I picked up this cotton muumuu for a couple of bucks and absolutely loved the fabric and the fact that there was so much of it!!  I refashion enough dresses, so this was destined to be something completely different...a jumpsuit!


I used a simple commercial pattern that I found at a thrift store to make the jumpsuit. 



It called for a zipper down the back, but it was loose enough that it wasn't necessary.