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Monday, January 15, 2018

Off the shoulder Tee- shirt dress:. Re Post.



I am looking back through all of my DIY's and this is
was one of my favorite DIY's that I have done to date.
I am dreaming of those warm summer days where this can be worn.
A little blast from the past.

This dress is an idea I thought would be cute and easy to make for summer,
It's made out of two plain black  T- shirt. You can dress this dress up for a fun night out or 
dress it down for a day of shopping or a stroll on the beach.
Very similar to the off the shoulder dress I did for Brassy Apple HERE 
but with a twist.





 Tutorial 
Things you need.
  1. 2  T-shirts *I used a Large for the top and an Extra Large for the bottom.
  2. Scissors
  3. Sewing Machine
  4. Large Safety Pin
  5. Straight pins
  6. 4 studs * Hobby Lobby in the leather section.

  •  Measure the shirt with a dress you already have
  •  or measure from your shoulder to just below your hip
  • Mark your shirt.
Shirt #1
  •  Cut where you marked

Shirt #2
  • Cut a straight line right under the arms, ( this will be the bottom part of my dress)

 

  •  Pin the two shirts Right sides together.

  •  Sew the two shirts together about and inch above where they meet..  
  •  Turn the bottom part right side out,
  • Sew an inch below where you sewed your first line.
  • This will be the channel where the tie will go through.
  • Cut a small slit in the center of your channel.
  •  From the scrap part of the shirt that you have left over,
  •  cut an inch wide strip.
  •  Stretch it out to make a rope.
  • Attach the end of the string to a large safety pin,
  •  Weave it through the slit all the way around the the other side.

 Now, for the one shoulder look.

Mark a diagonal line from under one arm to the top of the other shoulder.

  • Mark a diagonal line from under one arm to the top of the other shoulder.
  •  cut on your line

  • Hem a 1 inch hem
  • *You want to leave an inch channel so you can weave a knit string through it.

  • Out of your scrap material, cut a one inch strip.
  •  Stretch it to make a knit string.
  • Make a small slit at the top of your shirt in the hem.
  • Attach your knit string to a large safety pin and thread your knit string through the channel.
  • You could Dress it up even more by adding a pretty sheer ribbon or a sequin ribbon instead of a knit string.

 Now you can tie it up as tight or as loose as you want.



Thinking of summer ?
This is a through back DIY that was one of my very favorites.




Lots of <3,
Anne



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Double Criss, Cross Tee DIY.


First post of 2018 and I am really excited about this New Year.
I have been  feeling a little discouraged and not really knowing what direction I wanted  to go in with my blog over the last 6 months. The death of  my Grandmother effected me to my  core...

I finally have decided to go back and re-discover all the things I love. Incorporating different DIYs  like jewelry, clothes and of course T-shirts (My favorite.)  Getting back to my creativity feeds and heals my soul, Which is what I desperately need.   If you are  going though difficult times in your life; if you feel defeated, uninspired, depressed, anxious, not really knowing why your here what your life's purpose is, this is the advice I would give.  Take some time to regroup to try and identify the feeling under why you are feeling this way. Walk, meditate, eat well, read encouraging works, listen to encouraging people and song, seek professional help if you have to. Your spirit is trying to grow during this time, to become stronger; help it grow by feeding it what it wants. If you do not know what feeds your soul, do some soul searching.  Try and identify  what brings you happiness; Is it music, art, writing,  cooking, teaching,  nature, gardening,  what makes your feel good?.  Still can't find what you need?, think about when you were a kid, what was the one thing that brought you joy.  Your soul will know when you find it, cultivate that, work it into a job. Dare to dream for it.  You will come through it I promise.  It may take time, but it will happen.  You will be different and you will be stronger.

So now lets do this Tee Shirt.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Grind of 2017 and the promise for 2018!































Going back to the beginning of why I started this challenge in the first place is bitter sweet for me. When my Grandmother passed away it was one of the hardest life experiences I have ever had to deal with to date. It put me in this unfamiliar place of pain, the feeling of helplessness, anxiety, insomnia, and a all over feeling of sadness that I just couldn't seem to shake. When I researched dealing with a  death of a loved one there were all sorts of suggestions, from therapy, meds, time.  One morning after a rough night and waking up not being able to breathe I decided that I had to make  change. I put on my walking gear and I have never looked back..This was kind of like prescribing myself medicine, but instead of taking  pills I decided to work out all of my issues through exercise and meditation. I would walk everyday for one hour no matter what. I cleared my mornings and started. No exceptions. No excuses. I was invested and determined and that's a powerful combination.  All of my anxiety slowly disappeared and slowly I became sane again Every morning for the last 209 days, give or take a day, due to Hurricanes, traveling to bury my Grandmother, or the latest which is a nasty, nasty cold  I have only missed about 10 days total.,
I have so many more goals for this 2018 year to push myself even further. To push this 50 year old body to its top potential: Mentally, Spiritually and Physically.

During  this journey I have lost about 18 - 20 pounds  regained my confidence and pulled though a really tough time. All in all I would say its a win, win situation.

Was it easy ? No!!!  but so, so worth every step...
Here is to many more goals to be met in 2018 including going back to regular blog post.. Which is over due...


Thank you all for  your support this last year,  it has meant the world to me and gotten me through some pretty dark days.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Love to all of you.
Anne


Friday, December 15, 2017

Gilded Camo Jacket Re-Post.

Why not spice up  a camo jacket with a little glitter and gold paint.?






Tutorial
Things you need.
  1. Camo Jacket
  2. Gold fabric paint Tulip Michaels or HERE @ I LovetoCreate.com
  3. Glitter Martha Stewart Michaels or HERE
  4. Mod podge fabric glue  HERE @ Plaid
  5. Stencil
  6. X-acto knife
  7. Paint brush
  8. Sponge stencil brush Tulip
 I mixed a little glitter in my gold paint then I painted random light parts of the camo.
 Once the gold paint dried,
 I painted a thin layer of glue on top of that
 and sprinkled more glitter on top of that.


Then I drew what I wanted to put on the back and I used my X-acto knife to make a stencil.

I Made some Angel wings for the pocket.

tape it to your jacket and using your pink sponge brush,
 stencil with gold paint-then glue- then glitter.

Let dry for about ten minutes, remove stencil.





I am so happy how this turned out.
Have a great day.
Lots of <3,
Anne