Monday, February 28, 2011

Sundays in the park

I love lazy Sundays. Yesterday I walked to the Riverwalk, about a mile from my house and along the Savannah River, to read all afternoon. It was too nice of a day to stay indoors working online. I've decided to make all Sundays from now on "no work" days. My one day of the week that I do not allow myself to work on my business at home.
This little park at Eighth Street is my new favorite place. I spread out a sheet and enjoyed the sunny weather. Before coming down to the park, I stopped at New Moon and picked up a chicken sandwich and a peach strawberry smoothie. I really need to invest in a cute little picnic basket and a bike rack so I can prepare food at home and ride up here. I can't wait for picnics!
Skirt: thrifted, $2. Shirt: repurposed, gift.
Belt: thrifted $1. Hat: Plato's Closet, $5.
After reading for a few hours, and falling asleep a few times, I walked up to Pizza Joint to meet some friends. Snapped this picture (above) in a local store window. I planned on taking pictures with my DSLR at the park but as soon as I got out my Nikon, and framed my first picture my camera said "no SD card inserted". I could have thrown something. Typical Sally. I forget everything! 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lingerie coming tomorrow!

I got my pictures back from my photographer, David, of the lingerie photo shoot. They turned out amazing. Here is a little preview. I can't wait to start listing them in my Etsy shop tomorrow!
Happy Saturday everyone! I'm off to cook my friend, Sarah, a steak dinner for her birthday. I'm also cooking for a few friends. Should be interesting since I don't cook ha. But it's been too long since I've had a juicy steak.

Friday, February 25, 2011

DIY: Shortening a printed skirt

Ohmigoodness, it's been too long! My internet has been down since last Saturday and I've been going crazy! It's finally back up and I can now show you this skirt I altered on Monday. My sister, Rachael, was in town and Monday was our craft day. She'd brought me this skirt and wanted to cut it up and make a purse out of it. No way Jose. I loved the floral print! I told her it was mine ha. I knew if I'd just shorten it, it would be just right, and it is now perfect!
Before: a great skirt, elastic waist, high waisted, and it even has pockets! Using my chalk hem marker with a little hand pump, you can copy this exact alteration at home without any help! 
Measuring the exact distance from the floor all the way around is tricky with only one set of hands. When you lean down to pin it, the fabric drops quite a few inches. Then you end up with a really short skirt. The solution: a chalk hem marker! I purchased mine at Joann's for about $20 with my coupon I get in the mail.
Make sure your skirt it the right height at your waist all the way around. Starting at one side, mark with the chalk every few inches. It creates a line about 1 1/2" long. This is important to do, versus taking the skirt up the same amount all the way around, because with a woman's curves. Sometimes you will end up with a skirt shorter in the back, if you have a big behind, and if it is a dress, shorter in the front if you have a big chest. Bottom line: this tool is best to use just to be safe and alter the garment correctly.
Cut about 1" below the chalk mark. This will leave you enough seam allowance.
Sew a double rolled hem and voila! You have a much more attractive skirt. Perfect for spring!
Belt: Goodwill, $1. Watch: Walmart, $40. 
David Bowie tank top: $5. Shoes: Gap City Flats, $30
Monday was a beautiful day here in Georgia, and this was my outfit I wore to work at Stillwater. I absolutely love the south, in that, it is February, and I wore a tank top with a skirt in the early evening. Of course, I brought a light cardigan for my way home, but still. It's February!
Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Friday! Can't wait to catch up on my blogging! I have so many new things to share with you all. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bless Our Troops Handbag

I made this handbag months ago and I'm finally getting around to listing it in my Etsy shop today. My mother bought this t-shirt for me to make into a tote years ago!
The last year I was living in Michigan, I moved back to my hometown, Muskegon. It was while living there, in a tiny one bedroom apartment about 10 miles from my parents, that I started my Etsy shop in August 2008. I started by selling simple totes made from unique thrifted t-shirts. My mom would go thrifting and find me find screen-printed t-shirts since I was mostly just making rectangular shaped totes. This was one of those shirts.
I especially love this handbag because of my family members that are serving in the military. My sister, Rachael has been in the United States Navy for over 4 years. She has deployed to three different ships, deployed to the Persian Gulf twice and to the Caribbean. Below is a picture of her (far left) during her last deployment with some friends she made on her ship.
While deployed, she works twelve hour shifts every day of the week! She slept on a bed that was 1-2" thick, and with two other beds beneath her, and three more stacked up a couple feet away, living quarters are less than ideal. Her deployments ranged from 3-7 months, stopping once a month or so to get off the ship for a couple days. Can you imagine that life? I sure can't.
Rachael and I right after she graduated from boot camp. November 2006. She looks so different with short hair! 
At her going-away party before she left Augusta in September 2010. I miss seeing her everyday.
Rachael is currently stationed in Pensacola, Florida as an instructor at "A School". It's the school people entering the Navy go to after boot camp to to learn how to do their job, in her case, in the intelligence field. She teaches, runs PT (physical training), and is involved in the student's everyday life. She's a stickler for rules and great at yelling at people. I can see her yelling at them until they cry. She can be pretty mean ha.
Here she is with her first graduating class at Pensacola, far right with the red stripes on her sleeve. She is such a proud teacher!
My brother-in-law, Dan, is a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marines Corps. He joined the Marine Corps right after high school and has been in for about 12 years. He is one of the youngest Gunnies in the Marines! Dan is a combat videographer and has been deployed to the middle east numerous times. 
Sarah and Dan have been friends since high school, they were even locker partners! They didn't start dating until they were in their 20s, and have been married since 2004. 
Sewing sidenote: my mom made her wedding gown and I made all the bridesmaids dresses.
Rachael's wearing green, I'm in pink. My brother, Mark, is bottom right.
Sarah and Dan have moved all around the world, from Virginia, to Japan, to New York. They currently live in Hawaii and absolutely love it! 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Placemat Pouches

New items in my Etsy shop today. Makeup pouches made only from a placemat and a vintage zipper.
Want to make your own? Check out my tutorial here. It's so simple!

♥ Heart ♥ shaped pecan pies

Being that this is my first year having a Valentine, I wanted to bake Matt something nice to go with the dinner he was cooking for me. Sarah gave me her Granny's pecan pie recipe that was her mother's. Her Granny and Granddaddy are pecan farmers in south Georgia, so I trusted the recipe and was very excited!
Since I'm from Michigan, I've only had pecan pie one before. Rachael and I were driving through North Carolina, in the small town where the Andy Griffith show was filmed, and had a slice at a roadside BBQ stand. It was heaven. I still think about that pie. 
I used little heart shaped pans I bought at Meijer (mid-west version of Walmart/Target but better) years ago. They're perfect for brownies and muffins, but I'd never used them for mini pies. Following is the recipe and some photo instructions. 

You will need:
  • 1 cup dark karo syrup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pecans
  • pie crust

 Preheat the oven 400 degrees. Blend syrup, eggs, salt and sugar. Add butter, vanilla, and pecans. 
Put crust in desired mini pans. Using a spoon, fill with pecan mix filling. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 325 for 15 minutes. Pie is done when the center springs back when touched with your finger. If pecan falls slightly, bake longer.
This recipe also works for a large pie, bake for 15 at 400 degrees then reduce to 325 for 45 minutes. Makes 8 mini pies or one large pie.

They were delicious! A perfect treat after Matt's amazing dinner that consisted of lobster tails, steak, homemade mashed potatoes, salad, and white wine. I sent most of them home with Matt for his parents since I knew a handful of pecan pies will go bad in my kitchen. I also gave a few to my girlfriends Sarah and Jessica. I finally ate one yesterday at work and, I have to say, was very impressed with myself. I generally don't eat my baked goods, I don't know why. But I will definitely be making, and eating, these again. And in heart shaped crusts of course. They're so charming and perfect portions.
Next I'm going to experiment with fruit pies and the heart pans. I'm thinking lemon blueberry, apple peach, and maybe caramel apple. Mmmmm! The south makes me eat too many sweets.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My birthday celebration

I turned 26 this past weekend. My friends, Sarah and Jessica, had me thinking we were having a nice quiet dinner at Jessica's house with the three of us and my boyfriend. Little did I know, they all planned more. I saw Sarah cooking chicken and steak for the Greek pitas, and thought to myself, "that's a lot of food for just the four of us." Then out from Jessica's den came Ryan, Luke, Jason, and Reuben. Surprised again! They did the same thing last year. Tricky friends. I'm so gullible.

 Jessica, Luke, Jason, Matt and I. Enjoying wine after dinner.

 Jessica and I.

When everyone was about to sing happy birthday, and eat the delicious homemade white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, I got my sister on my iPhone with the application Tango. It allows you to video chat without "Facetime", so we didn't need a wireless signal. Seriously, the iPhone 4 is amazing.  I miss Rachael so much, with her living in Florida, and it brought her to the table on my birthday. ♥ ♥

Lovely Luke.

Reuben and his "nuclear freeze" concoction he's been anxious to share with us.


My birthday present from Matt, an amythst crystal in a bullet casing. He really surprised me and got me something I really wanted. I had randomly tweeted a few weeks back about wanting this necklace from Dinosaur Toes, via Red Velvet. I stumbled upon A Beautiful Mess, Elsie's blog, and found her shop from there. I was so surprised he got it for me after that little mention on Twitter. I'm glad he's my twitter friend haha. I can't stop wearing this necklace!

With Jessica. Before leaving her apartment.
And then we went down to Soul Bar... It was decorated for Valentine's Day. Paper hearts scattered all over the floors, heart shaped balloons, Chelsea and Joyce DJing, and Baz Lehrman's "Romeo & Juliet" playing on a projector. When we first got there, Sarah and I sat down on the side of the stage to watch the scene where they they see each other for the first time and have their first kiss. I love that movie. Leo was so young; Claire Danes too! I remember going to the movies when I was in 6th grade to see that movie. So long ago.

 Matt and I. Mmmmm. Strongbow.

 Sar and Ryan. Warming up the dance floor.

 Making a ridiculous face, and not realizing I was getting bunny ears by Reuben.

Sarah and Rebecca. I love all the rose pedals on the dance floor.

Spilling things all over Ryan.

Trading shoes with Rebecca. Finally a friend that's my size. We were both very excited about it.

My friends are so amazing. I love Augusta! Now it's back to normal life. I'm officially in my late 20s. I have so much work to do, and need to kick myself when I procrastinate and get distracted. My attention span is terrible and I am so easily distracted. Example: I've been writing blog entry for about an hour, getting side tracked with reading random blogs and playing in photoshop. 
I need to lock myself in my sewing room and sew, sew, sew! Or photograph the twenty or so placemat pouches I made this weekend and list them in my Etsy shop. It's a little bare, with only 55 items for sale. Slacker Sally needs to work!