Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thrifted: Children's Books


We just finished up a Mom 2 Mom sale at our church - our first - so it was a fun and busy day! We are already talking about our next one, so that is a good sign. :)

My favorite thrifted purchase this week was this set of 5 Fancy Nancy beginning reader books. I found these at Goodwill, in the original box, with virtually no wear on them at all for $5. A dollar apiece for these books is really good and my daughter loves Fancy Nancy.

I think the books are great for building vocabulary and lately they've been coming out with some good titles that incorporate science and social studies concepts as well. I am looking forward to reading some of the new Fancy Nancy Chapter books, too!

Did you thrift or go to garage sales this week? I can't wait for garage sales to start around here. Did you have a favorite purchase?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Infinity Scarf


I love scarves! I think they make simple outfits much dressier and more polished - even just jeans and a t-shirt. They also add a pop of color to pieces that I already have in my wardrobe. I made this cute infinity scarf last night. I love the colors and the watercolor inspired florals! This is made from a piece of Lisette sateen fabric.

I am considering offering them in the shop, especially as Mothers' Day gifts. I would likely charge around $12 each, plus shipping. What do you think? Would you like to receive a scarf like this for a present? If you are interested in a custom scarf, please send me an email or leave me a comment!

How do you like to dress up your outfits? Are you working on any Mothers' Day gifts or have any good ideas for presents?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: Finding Our Way Home

The book Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich was a lovely surprise! I've never read any books by the author before, but enjoyed this title very much. Get a sneak peek at the first chapter here.
Thirty-eight year old Sasha Davis was a principal ballerina in Boston until an injury ends her dancing career prematurely. She leaves her home in the city to recover in the small town in Minnesota where she grew up. Dealing with her injuries as well as the recent death of her mother prompts Sasha to hire an aide to assist her as she heals. Evelyn Burt is a 19 year-old optimist who enthusiastically faces each day and challenges Sasha to do the same.
This book was wonderfully charming and engaging. The main characters of Sasha and Evelyn were very human and real. I found the small-town setting to be a great backdrop for the story as well. Sasha and Evelyn's initial relationship and eventual friendship proves that we can all be friends with people that are very different than we are. The storyline pursued the theme of God's grace throughout, that despite our circumstances, God's grace is still availably and freely given.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

T-Shirt Refashion


LinkLately, I have been in the mood to revamp my wardrobe for spring. I have list of spring wardrobe "wants" and I've been trying to shop using the list when I go to Goodwill or Target or the mall - let's face it, I want to find these items for a good price!

When we were at Sears on Friday, I came across a cute striped top (which is on my list) for only $4. It was too big for me, but I thought I could probably do some refashioning to make it fit. It was super simple. I found this idea to add elastic to the neckline which made it more like a peasant blouse neckline. Then I turned it inside out, traced the outline of a shirt that fits me well and stitched along the outline. I trimmed off the excess on the inside and I was finished!


Then, I decided to do a bit of refashioning of a green t-shirt that I bought recently that had acquired some holes. I made a super simple knit infinity scarf (no sew only cutting) and a braided headband inspired by this tutorial. I added a rolled fabric rosette as well. I am hoping I can wear the headband since it is so soft - I usually get headaches from headbands.

I am hoping to finish up a mug rug today and maybe make a scarf (on the spring list!) from a super inexpensive piece of Lisette floral fabric I picked up on Friday - for only $3.50!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thrifted: Floral Skirt

Cardigan - Simply Vera Wang for Kohl's (clearance for around $4)
Skirt - American Living via Goodwill ($4)
Shirt - Worthington via Goodwill ($2)
Boots - Target ($20)

I haven't been able to keep up with the What I Wore posts each week, but I am still thrifting and finding some great things! I have been working with a more specific list and trying to be a bit more selective about what I buy - especially since I've replenished some basic pieces in my wardrobe.

One item I really have been wanting is a floral dress or skirt. I found this darling one at Goodwill yesterday at for under $4. Really comfy and I love the pretty colors!

We also got some great deals at Sears today. I picked up an outfit for my daughter, a pair of running tights, running capris (both regular over $40), and a striped t-shirt that I am planning to alter to fit me - all for $4 each. I paid $17 for everything!

What deals are you finding lately? Do you like to thrift or go to garage sales?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book Review: Need You Now by Beth Wiseman


In the book Need You Now by Beth Wiseman, Darlene, Brad, and their 3 children have recently relocated to a more rural location to get fresh start for their family. They hope that a small town will help to remedy some of the problems their son Chad got into at his old school. The book starts out with some of the typical small town adjustments, but quickly begins to delve into some more serious issues facing this family.

I've read Beth Wiseman's books before and have really enjoyed all of her Amish fiction. This book was a departure from that genre as it is definitely a contemporary Christian novel but I still liked Wiseman's writing style and character development. I thought the book did a good job of dealing with some sensitive topics that face marriages and teenagers. It also gave us all some good food for thought as we consider how much we rely on and seek God's guidance in daily life.

I did feel that some of the characters in the book had issues that were introduced and not dealt with very thoroughly. I also thought that the ending was a bit abrupt and tied everything together a little too neatly. Overall though, this book was a very good and worthwhile read.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

April Yard Sale Saturday

It's Yard Sale Saturday! Prices below include domestic shipping (please contact us if you are international and we'll get you info about shipping) and I accept PayPal for payment. Leave me a comment here on the post with what you're interested in or send me a an email - it's listed in my profile and I will send you a PayPal invoice. :) Also, I am glad to combine shipping!


Pink and blue coffee fabric on brown approximately 17.5" by width of fabric - $3.75 - SOLD!

Green scrap of Tailor Made by Cosmo Cricket - measures approx. 25" x 18" - $3.00 - SOLD!

Scrap of Amy Butler Soul Blossoms Disco Flower in Chocolate approx. 18.5" by width of fabric - $4.00 - SOLD!

Pink Ribbon Fabrics - yellow is approx. 29"x27" and the pink is approx. 27"x35" - $6


68" Snoopy Flannel - $7 - SOLD!

Mary Engelbreit "Bloom" fabric - 2 pieces, 1 full yard and a 36"x26" piece - $8 - SOLD!

Assorted Cat Fabric Scraps - Will go in a Priority Flat Rate Envelope - $12 - SOLD!

Our March Yard Sale post also has some other goodies still available including music fabric, fall fabric, and more!

We also have some nice sale fabrics in our shop right now including:

Colorful baby animals fabric $4.50 plus shipping


Petite brown floral $4.00 plus shipping


Tropical bubble dot fabric $4.75 plus shipping

Smiles and sunshine fabric $2.75 plus shipping

Thanks for stopping! More might be coming!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Finish


I got my skirt done this morning! Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The sew along was so helpful to me. I have a tremendous fear of clothing patterns. I know it sounds silly, but I have a hard time understanding the directions on patterns and usually rely on various free tutorials I can find online because there are lots of visuals and step by step instructions.

The nice thing about the sew along at Noodlehead was that I could use my pattern pieces but follow the visual instructions she had in tutorial format. I loved the tip about making a waistband out of junk fabric first to determine what size to make. The zipper portion of the sew along (day 4) was also fabulous.

This skirt took longer than most projects usually take me, but I will make this pattern again. I have a few things I would do differently next time, but I am excited about my finished product.

Next up: some girls dance shorts using this free pattern from Carolina Fair Designs. I bought the fabric for $3.50 - compared to the $16 our dance studio is charging for these shorts, I figured it was worth a try!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter Dress


I've made my daughter's Easter dress for the last few years and decided to make her one again this year. I started with the free pattern for the Marilyn Slim Fit Peasant dress from fabric.com. Then I added some length and a ruffle at the bottom to make a long maxi dress.

I'm also working on a skirt for me using Simplicity 2226 and the sew along here at Noodlehead. I'm hoping to get it done by Easter!

Are you sewing anything for Easter? I'd love to hear about it!

I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday and Linky Party Tuesday.
 

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