Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Lace-Back Bra DIY

Hey, Ya'll!
I thought I'd show ya my Lace-Back Bra DIY.
I've had my mind to do something like this for  sometime now. The opportunity finally arose when I came across this wide band lace that was fairly close in color to my favorite worn out bra.

Isn't it terrible to hold on to such things?
I was almost ashamed to write this one for having to admit to keeping things that are so raggedy but here I am sharing.
You can buy pricey lace back or fancy bras but they usually come with a pretty good price,
why not see
 how this will turn out?
I think this will be a nicer look with some of the low back or very thin summer shirts,
I started out by pinning the old bra onto Priscilla.
I then pinned the lace to the old bra where I intended to cut the old bra away.
I will say to pull your lace just a bit to make sure it will have a snug fit and hold things in place the way it should.
Once everything is pinned clip away the old back.
Also, my lace was on the wide side and I didn't want it to ride to high under my armpit so I put a dart on the side to get it down to size around the cup.
I machined sewed the back.
When sewing around the cup 

 I base stitched and went back with a whip stitch on both inside and outside seam.

And there you have it!
One lace back bra DIY/Upcycle!

I hope you're inspired to try one of your own.
Thank you for stopping by.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Star Covered Cherry Pie

Hey Ya'll!
I hope you've all had a wonderful Father's Day Weekend.
I sure did!  
I baked up a simple cherry pie, I thought I'd share with you.
Star Pie Recipe

This is just a no-brainer kind of recipe. I just tweeked my basic 2-crust pie shell  with a little bit of granulated sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

I generally use the Crisco Butter flavored shortening. It always proves to give me good butter results. I am still using White Lilly All Purpose flour these days. I can't seem to remember to pick up some Martha White when I'm in a neighboring county. 
I'm not quite sure why neither grocer we have here in Stuart will offer Martha White All Purpose but until they do White Lilly is the next best thing.

I really enjoy making pie crust. I think it's probably the kid in me. I'm the get in there with your hands kind of girl.
Just cut your shortening in until it's about the consistency of cornmeal.
That's about the texture I like to see.

Take note to use ice water. Your shortening will work a little more to your liking as well if it's chilled just a bit. Just enough to take the smushiness out.
You've added enough water when your dough will sort of follow you around the bowl and sticks together. If it's too moist it will be difficult to work with.

Form into a ball and divide in half.
Fold up your dough, set it in my pie dish and fluted the edges.

I filled up my pie with ready made cherry pie filling and topped with cut out stars from the crust . In the oven at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes or until it's nice and golden.

The funny thing about this whole pie was my anger that was congered up when I put the large can of Duncan Hines Comstock Pie filling in my pie to find it was barely there. I had used this product for a long time but it simply was not enough to fill my pie. 
I grab my purse and run for the nearest grocery store.(not Walmart but Lowes) to find that they don't even carry that brand at all nor do they carry a large can at all.

I purchase two regular cans of Lucky Leaf  and as luck would have it they were not the same cherries. The Comstock were bright red and the lucky leaf were dark.
So..I just kind of stirred them around om the pie.
I suppose alls well that ends well!
Have you ever had a simple pie not be so simple?

Thanks  for stopping by and sharing a little bit of pie with me.
As always
Be Blessed!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Up-cycle Denim Skirt from Old Jeans

Good Morning!
Here it is Friday morning again; I've been wainting for the morning dew to dry and get onto my yard work.
I also got inspired to make this Up-cycled Denim Skirt from a pair of the Ole Man's worn out jeans.
It would be like a boyfriend jeans except they are the hubbies worn out jeans.
they were definitely ready for a new life. 

He decided to go through his overrun closet last night. He had a shirt he needed some buttons resewn. As he tossed me the shirt, he flung the pants in the floor and said, "You don't won't these do ya? I'm going to through them away. They're done for."

Of course, I said,"Yeah I'll take 'em"
So once I had finished the button repair this morning, I just grabbed them up and got to remaking.

Blue Jean Upcycle

They were very worn out!
The crouch was blown out and there was quite a bit of holes in the butt.
I thought they'd be a good fit for this project. 
In my minds eye, the more worn and tattered they were the better.
I started by cutting the legs off about knee length.
You may want to try them on to get the length right.
I also wanted to be sure I could actually fit these.
They were a little roomy but I thought that would be a good thing.

After you cut the legs off, take your seem ripper and open the leg up.
You should also open them all the way to just below the zipper.
I just cut them at that point there was really no fabric left there.
On the back side, I ripped them to about four inches from the center back yolk.
To get the fit right for yourself, you may want to open them up all the way to the center yolk.

I used the fabric from the legs I cut off for the center insert.
Open up the pants and lay it flat.
Adjust them until you can get it where they will lay flat.
Then simply pin your fabric in and sew in place.
Do the same thing on the back of the skirt.

I kept it simple with the hem.
I just sewed a straight stick all the way around the bottom.
the fraying and raveling will be what I want for the hem. 
A time or two in the wash and it should have that covered.

I cut the tags off  and patched the holes that were in awkward places with more of the leftover leg fabric.
Believe it or not, I also went back and roughed up a few places with a file.

It was a done project. 
It was also a pretty fun one as well.
You could get even more creative with this if you wanted; using different color fabrics in the center piece.
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out 
this Denim Skirt DIY.
the grass is dry and I better get moving on.

As Always..
Be Blessed!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Black Sack Dress DIY and Some Rambling

Good Friday Morning!
Spicy tomato and Veggie Omelet

I thought I'd share some of my goings on this week as I had a cup of coffee and breakfast. 
Today, I'm chowing down on what I'm going to call my 2 Egg Leftover Omelet. The reason I say that is that I throwed in leftover salad makings from supper and topped it with some leftover spicy canned tomatoes. I wasn't sure about the radishes and celery going in there but I like it.
It looks a mess...but..mmm's good!

I'm also waiting for the dew to dry off the grass because Friday's is my yard mowing day. We've had some cool nights this week and the grass is extra wet.

I've also got our local AM station playing this morning. They've put me in and extra special good mood with all the beach music they're playing in honor of our very popular Hot Fun In The Summertime Beach Music Festival here tomorrow in Stuart, Virginia. It's all Carolina Style Beach music. It's altogether different than the California style. 
I'm talking the Tams and Chairman of the Board!
Growing up a Carolina Girl..I love it! 

I'm no dancer but I love to see a couple dancing the Shag
My Favorite Charlie and Jackie..

Now wasn't that fun!!
                                Well lastly, I'm going to share what I'm calling my Black Sack Dress..DIY.

It started with this little denim dress I bought at Cato. I really liked the fit and it was pretty dang comfy. 
I used some black fabric I already had and used the denim dress as a pattern. 
I made a few changes like short sleeves and I went with some simple pockets.'s comfy...
but I'm not sure I like it. 
Do ya'll do projects like that?
I'm not sure what about it doesn't satisfy me the most. 
Maybe it's the fabric that doesn't hang quite right..or just the blackness of it all..and I wear a good bit of black but..
I'm just not sold on it.

Well that's the end of my rambling for today. I think the grass is dry.
I thank you for stopping by and sharing a little bit of Friday with me.

Be Blessed!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Queen Bee Country Apron

Hey ya'll!
Happy June 1st!

I've got the sewing bug again. 
Today it's this ruffled, very natural country apron with my new obsessive queen bee stencil.

Almost ever since I have been whipping stuff up in the kitchen, I have usually kept an apron hanging up. 
I know my love for aprons comes from watching my Grandma Hylton bustle around in the kitchen hair bunned and apron on.
But ...
I have sometimes been reluctant to put it on.
A lot of times, I just had something country-style with some gingham or calico print; sometimes they would simply tie around the waste; sometimes they would be ones that would be more similar to this one as to slipping over the head. 
I would be well into my recipes or the dishes before I'd remember to tie and slip one on. 
Lately, I have become much more obsessed with tying an apron on. It simply saves my clothes.
I have been cheating quite a bit lately and just cutting a apron out of some scrap fabric and tying it anything. When it became soiled I would ball it up and through it in the trash.

A few weeks ago, I clocked into work and was getting ready to get busy when a co-worker asked my what was all over my shirt. I couldn't see anything but when I went to the restroom and looked in the mirror I had grease splatters all over the front of my shirt. 
I  looked dang messed up!!
Since then I made me a quickie apron with the bib to be sure to keep things off my top.
The quickie was more aggravation than anything because I simply didn't do it right.
With all that lead in...
I finally took the time to make one bonafide! 

Priscilla(dressform) was kind to model as I patterned it out. I fashioned some great big pockets on the front. 

It has crossback straps to easily slip over my head.
I chose this natural looking fabric from my stash, a favorite of mine lately.
I thought why not go ahead and add the ruffle...
and the bee stencil.
Well there you have it!
You can see what I've been up to today...
What projects have got you going today?

As always 
Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Be Blessed!