Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Re-fabbed Furniture Brag

As I mentioned in my last furniture re-haul, I was on the hunt for a new buffet to match my dining table (tutorial for that can be found HERE.)

Imagine my surprise when I found this gorgeous piece at the same consignment shop I bought my table at?


Sunday, January 12, 2014


I have gotten some AMAZING deal on kids clothes from this site (the quality is up there with Gymbo and Gap!)

Go to

Right now they are having 75% with 30% off clearance, and use coupon code "5258" for an EXTRA 30% off!

Just got Caleb 6 pairs of pants, a pair of mid-height sneaks, a check long sleeve shirt, baby E a skirt and shirt -- All for $51.00 SHIPPED!


Have a good Sunday!!



Top 10 Baby Items


When I had my first son, Seth, at the young age of 18, I was obviously not ready. I really thought I was set on everything I needed and I would be able to handle a baby with the limited items I had. The great thing about babies is that they really don't need a whole lot. They need love, patience, food, diapers, wipes, a place to sleep, car seat, and blankets. Everything else is basically optional. I had all of those things, and I made it work. He was healthy and happy, for which I am grateful.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Altering a "too big" dress, a world of possibilities!

There's just no walking away from a smoking deal on a Lilly Pulitzer dress, even if it is 3 sizes too big, I couldn't put this dress back.
Sew what's a girl to do? (Pun intended)
It was my very first time using my dress form (that has been dialed to be my exact clone) to alter this dress to go from a Large to fit me like a glove.
The stretch in this material made me nervous, as well as the print and lining. I've always said I'd rather make a dress from scratch than have to alter it to fit, there's so much that can go wrong! And with 6 seams that needed to be taken in, I was under pressure... Especially because I LOVE this dress. It absolutely kills me to pay retail, in fact, I don't think I ever have paid retail for Lilly Pulitzer, there are just too many opportunities to get a good price to pay $188 for a dress (although the quality definitely justifies the price.) But do yourself a favor and explore your city's consignment/resale shops! Some are so organized you can just go in with a list of brands you keep an eye out for, and they can search their merch database and tell you what they have.
I was visiting my sister in Atlanta and hitting up some of her favorite re-sale shops. What can I say, our mom raised some bargain hunters. When I saw this dress, I was shocked to see the original tags on it and the store price of $14.99... Be still my heart... Then I saw the size, and wasn't swayed one bit. I had to have it, and knew it would be a fun alteration project when I got home.
I also recently scored 2 gorgeous dresses during the last flash sale on Lily Pulitzer (register your email to get a heads up before their next one), they seem to have about 2 per year, and they sell out in SECONDS, so create an account with your payment information before hand, and they do free shipping so if you're dying to have one dress in particular, my advice is to set your alarm and get it in your tote and check out ASAP, then go back and peruse (quickly) if you want to get more. I learned this the hard way the first time I checked out the sale and all my items were taken out of my tote AS I was checking out (you ladies are hardcore!)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

French Provincial Chalk Painting Re-do

As I have mentioned in previous posts, like when I redid some IKEA pieces to look a little more rustic, I am slowly but surely purchasing real-wood furniture to replace our cheapy "put it together yourself" furniture that was totally acceptable in my early twenties... not so much as I creep toward 30. (I'm only 27, but still!