Happy Birthday to Me & a Mid-Summer Update!

I do apologize for the silence over here, but what better day to update you than on my birthday!!

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Happy Birthday to me!

Yep, I’m a year older today and this one started off kinda rough, but Caveman is an amazing husband & friend. He loves me through my rough patches and the good times too. I love that man of mine!!

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Giving the double braided messy bun a try today!

So how’s our summer so far? Its been filled with lots of this…

Summer Squash

Summer Squash from our Garden!

We have a lovely garden this year and every night Caveboy insists on staying outside until almost dark.

bike rides

Evening bike rides!

We ride bikes, hunt worms, play Frisbee, catch lightening bugs and attempt not to melt in the 80%+ humidity!

Frozen Yogurt Bars, little boys

And Frozen Yogurt Bars!

Our 4th of July was rained out completely, but the sun is shining today!! Yippee!

I attempted to get a decent outfit photo the other day but this is all I managed. I refashioned a tee that was an XL and swallowed me whole, into something that I could actually wear – you know, in public!

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Refashioned Tee – free from conference, White Capri’s – Target, Sandals – gift from Mom last year, Purse – SAK (Thrifted)

I used my Anchor tee as a guide as I like the cut of the top. So I cut down the sides, cut off the sleeves and then cut them down too. I completely cut off the neck band and bottom hem too. I sewed up the sides, set in the sleeves again and just turned down the neckline once and then ran a straight stitch around it. I’ve never hemmed the bottom and don’t think I’m going to either but I would like to add elastic to the bottom 3 or 4 inches of the side seams so that there will be some runching and gather up some of the excess material. Refashioning this tee took about 30 minutes all told, but it was spread out over a few days. ;)

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Hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far!! I can’t believe it’s half over already!!

Sundays: What I Wore Sunday linkup / Sunday Style

Mondays: Funday Mondays! / Monday-Mingle / Visible Monday / My Style Monday / My Style Your Style / Color Blind- Thrifters Anonymous / Lowercase Letters- Miscellany Mondays / Covered in Grace- Monday Meet Up /Claire Justine oxox- Creative Mondays /Southern Sunflowers and Coffee Beans- Monday Mingle /Join the Gossip- Monday Morning Gossip / DC in Style /

Tuesdays: Real Girl Glam Link Up / Anything & Everything / Style Statement Tuesday / Style Sessions Contributor

Wednesdays: WIWW @ Transaltantic Blonde /Whatever Whenever Wednesday / Get Your Pretty On / Wardrobe Wednesday / Dress For the Day / My Whims Wednesday / Diaries of a Bargainista Whatever Works Wednesday / What We Wore, Read & Made Wednesdays / Trending Pretty WednesdayRandom Wednesday /

Thursdays: Think Tank Thursday / Three-fer Thursday /Look What I Got! / #ThrifterThrusday / All Things Pretty Thursday!

Fridays: Casual Friday Link Up / Fridays Five / Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up / Style Me Friday / The Best of Friday Style Link-Up! / White Tee Challenge

Saturdays: Watch Out For The Woestmans / Weekend RecapSami’s Shenanigans- Weekend Update /

Casual Friday: DIY Statement Necklace

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my DIY Skirt featured in Wednesday’s post. I really appreciated each and every one!

I love DIY projects; most are sewing projects but I have branched out to other areas via Pinterest! Recently I made this great Pin: T-shirts to Statement Necklaces

DIY Statement Necklace, T-shirt to Statement Necklace, Celtic Knot, Braids

and ended up making a bracelet too!

T-shirt to Statement Necklace, Bracelet, Celtic Knot, Braids, DIY Statement Necklace

These statement pieces were super quick and easy to make. I hope to make a couple more in different colors, but currently I have enough white tees to make more and then try some dyeing techniques – maybe ombre?!

I also hope to find the time to sew another skirt using the same technique I used to create my DIY Skirt I wore on Wednesday, but this time I’ll be adding a bottom ruffle or pleats to it. The main material I found is just too short for my liking. I might try to photograph my steps, but the material is black and that may or may not photograph well.

DIY Projects Around Our Home:

In the coming weeks I’ll be showing you a few DIY related projects Caveman and I have completed over the past year.

OUTDOORS: Last spring I left you with only one installment of Operation Outdoor Spruce Up, part 1. We Caveman has completed a few more items on our list and I plan to bring them to you this spring.

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INDOORS: Last weekend on our shopping trip I found some great spring/summer fabric for pillow covers. I really want to update a few of the ones I made last year to incorporate some brighter colors. Thanks to Pinterest and the amazingly crafty bloggers behind Pinterest I also tried a new technique with the “A” on our gallery wall that I’ll be posting soon. DIY-Wooden-Frames

That’s all for today! Sounds like I have some serious work today this weekend! ;) We also plan to get out and enjoy this amazing spring weather too! What are you guys planning, anything fun?

Joining in on these linky parties this Friday!

Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up

Purple Rain

Happy Hump Day! This week has simultaneously speed and crawled by – amazing!

Shirt – Target; Pants – Thrifted; Sandals – Payless (old); Home Decor Curtain Tie-Back worn as a Statement Necklace

I ‘ve been trying to decide what to do with this home decor curtain tie-back I picked up for a few penny’s at Wal-mart almost 10 years ago, for well 10 years. I seriously thought it would make a cute purse handle, but I never found the right fabric to use with it. It has great colors, peach, turquoise, silver, hot pink, rust and purple! I’ve worn it once as a belt and thought I might today too, but it just wasn’t looking right. So I looped it around my neck and a statement necklace was born. It’s so comfortable that now I’m seriously thinking about turning it into a camera strap! I really need a cute one!

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I bought this top just after I found out I was preggers with Caveboy, thinking it might work as maternity wear. The answer, No! I had no idea how to dress myself for my pregnancy. I had seen lots of other people dress cute and stylishly but I could never seem to master it. I did make my own maternity wardrobe though. Maybe I should do a post about that sometime. I made mention of it a few times, but never really talked about each piece. Now looking back through the archives I see I need to update/fix my menus up top for easier navigation.

Enough ramblings, let’s get to the link-ups!

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Monday Mingle: Floral Blush

Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was really productive with organization and sprucing up the front porch, but that’s for another post! ;)

The last time I wore this skirt the overall look was more casual, today though I wanted to dress it up just a bit.

Sweater – old; Skirt – handmade; Shoes & Belt – Thrifted

It’s always amazing to me, how one piece can be mixed and matched in so many different ways. I almost put stripes with the skirt today for a bit of pattern mixing!

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I’m linking up to these great parties today!

Did you see Jill of Glamamom and Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls are the judges for the BravadoMama Model Search, conducted by Bravado Designs, designers of maternity and nursing bras and tanks. CALLING ALL EXPECTANT & NURSING MOMS: twenty finalists will be selected from real mothers! Head on over the Jill or Kristin’s blogs for all the details. Too bad I’m not still nursing or expecting! It would be fun to enter. LOL!

Momma Go Round Join us! Click the Spotlight Thrifters Anonymous Join us at Harper's Happenings

Blue Jean Pillow Palooza

It All Started With Paint is hosting a Pillow Palooza Link Party today and my weekend crafty endeavors just happened to coincide with the party theme, new pillow covers!! After making my initial pillow covers, I learned a few things. Like how much our little family actually does use these guys all. the. time. I also learned more about the pillow envelop making process or exactly what I did and did not want to do this time around. I knew I wanted them to be spring/summer/fallish friendly and made out of something durable, but soft enough to pass the “head test”.  You know, soft enough you want to put your head down and sleep on them. My guys are not into embellishments…of any kind really.

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Larger Pillows

I found this great denim fabric remnant a couple of years ago and have used it for a few small projects. I wish I had more of it because it is soft & drapey but very durable too. It would make a great pair of jeans! The stripe fabric was a home decor remnant I got at the same time as the denim. I think I originally thought I would make a tote out of the two, but I’m much happier with the pillow covers. More on why one cover has more denim on the front in a moment….

The Lone Pillow

This next pillow will have a mate soon, but for now it is the lone pillow. Enter more remnant fabric that kinda matches the other stripes… kinda right? I picked the muslin and striped home decor fabric up recently at Hobby Lobby. After two broken needles, I had a zipper installed on this cover! There is more stripey fabric there at HL, just calling my name, because I really, really, really want to make one of these babies for Caveboy! He actually needs it! When attempting to play at his little table he tries to sit in his little rocking chair, but its too tall, so then he tries sitting on his butt, but ends up on his knees ’cause he’s too short or standing & bending over the table to play. I’ve had the tutorial for the Land-of-Nod Inspired Floor Cushion by Living with Punks bookmarked and downloaded for a while now, so I really need to get cracking!

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Backs of the Pillows

This is the backs of all the pillows, all are covered with denim. I am all about repurposing old blue jeans into something useful, so when I discovered I didn’t have enough of the denim remnant on the second larger pillow I decided to use the leg from an old pair of ripped blue jeans & I didn’t measure it precisely.

Blue Jean Leg Cut Open for Back of Pillow

All the pillows are made during nap time, therefore these need to be quick & easy projects. For the initial pillow covers I measured exactly, but for these I just used the originals as templates, so I kinda threw ‘em together as quickly as I could. I made sure about the width, but not so much on the height. I may go back and make this envelop shorter to match the other and then again I may not.

The most obvious glaring problem with these is that the stripes don’t match well. I was hoping they would work better together but I’m afraid they just don’t. Never fear, I have a couple of options to play with….1st up turning the larger pillows around so only the denim shows

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Look #1: Larger Denim Pillows with Lone Pillow

Option #2: Turn the Lone Pillow around so it blends better with the larger pillow’s stripes.

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Look #2: Larger Stripes with Denim Lone Pillow

I have one more pillow to make to match the Lone Pillow. I’m thinking the muslin needs to be ruffled on that one?!

Go on over to see what others have created, bought or been gifted at It All Started with Paint!

I’m linking up with these fun parties too!

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