Dress Please

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By now you all know I love a good deal. I love to thrift store shop, visit garage sales, and rummage through my neighbor’s junk when we have bulky item pick up. Most of my home is either filled with second-hand goods from Craigslist, thrift stores, garage sales, or straight up out of a trash pile.

While visiting a thrift store, I came across this striped, color block dress. I really wanted it, but it was a few sizes too big. Don’t you hate when that happens? Especially when the dress is half off, coming to a grand total of $2!

I decided to take it home anyways and try my hand at alterations. I have made a few v-neck tees for my son from my husband’s old tees, but I have never sewn women’s clothing before. Plus, the last time I attempted some tees for my son, I just about threw my sewing machine out the window.

Thankfully everything went smoothly this time around. I shortened the sleeves and took off extra fabric on both sides. Now my $2 thrifted dress is summer ready!

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Baby Fever

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While thrift shopping recently, I found this adorable, little baby doll cradle for $4.99. I know what you’re thinking…doesn’t this crazy lady have a little boy?

Why, yes I do. But maybe, just maybe one of these days I will have a little girl and when I do/maybe have that little girl, she is going to have one rockin’ cradle! But, along with a cradle you must have a blanket. So, since I recently discovered that I have become a fabric hoarder, I decided to make a sweet baby blanket for my maybe-someday little baby girl.

I made some patterned bias tape to fancy the edge and then used some simple yet soft fabric for the blanket. I think my maybe-someday little girl is really going to love it!

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P.S. I will probably have more random sewing projects for your viewing in the near future as I work on my fabric hoarding issues. I plan on conquering this habit by making random, cute things. Stay tuned.

DIY No-Sew Throw (sort of)

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Thrifting!

Oh how I love thrift stores! Especially when I hit the jackpot. On this particular trip I left with so many awesome finds and most of them looked as though they came from Anthropologie. It was fabulous and the best, most best part about it all is that I only spent $22 on everything!

I love textiles and I kept finding so many blankets, tablecloths and cloth napkins with the best patterns AND in the best colors too! So, let’s begin with my first project…the DIY no-sew throw pillow. No-sew meaning no sewing machine required.

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I found some awesome cloth napkins for $1.99 that I knew I couldn’t live without and I knew exactly what their new role would be in my home, a throw pillow for my bed!

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If you want to follow along, the materials you need are:

-2 Cloth Napkins

-Embroidery Thread

-Needle

-Scissors

-Pillow Insert

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Since the napkins had a fabulous edge around the ends, I wanted to keep that visible which is why I decided to use embroidery thread. So, all you need to do is match your napkins up and stitch along 3 edges leaving the 4th one open so you can insert the pillow or the white stuffing stuff. Once you have the pillow/stuffing inside, stitch that baby closed.

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And there you have it! An awesome DIY no-sew throw (sort of) that took you less than 15 minutes to complete!

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Enjoy!

p.s. The pinkish/orange throw at the foot of my bed is another fun find that cost me 99 cents! It was labeled a tablecloth but once again I gave this beauty a new identity.

Two Bucks Later

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I found an old breakfast in bed tray at a thrift store a while back. Well, more like 2 years ago. I had big dreams for this tray and each attempt was a complete fail. My first thought was to use patterned wrapping paper, but then I realized that the paper was too thin and it bubbled up once I glued it down. Fail. Next, I thought colorful paint samples squares would be cool, plus they are free (pictured above). It was a cool idea just poorly executed. I failed again.

As I was browsing Target’s dollar section I found some cute chevron patterned duct tape. Perfect! Not too thin and I wouldn’t need to glue it down. Win, win. So I brought a roll home and got started. Oh, I forgot to mention that I used an old can of spray paint and changed the base from black to teal.

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The process was so easy and quick, but I underestimated the amount of tape I would need by two strips!

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Here she is! There will be no more changes made to this cutie..at least while she is mine.

Nifty Thrifty

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My baby boy had been sick with a cold turned ear infection for a little over two weeks. Talk about the hardest, most painful two weeks we’ve both had in quite some time. When your child has an ear infection and he has been on antibiotics for a whole week and you don’t see any improvement, things get tough. Poor baby. But he is better now and this home is a happy place once again.

Since he was feeling better I wanted to get out of the house a bit. Having a sick baby can bring on a little cabin fever, so it was time to bring that to an end. We went to a newer thrift store on our side of town. Our last visit was a success and I was hoping this would be as well. It wasn’t our best but I think we did okay.

Here’s what we found:

Two board books-$2.00, a Speedo floatie vest-$2.99, and an outdoors adventure kit-$1.99.

My son was a little freaked out when I tried the floatie vest on him, but I think once he gets in the water he will be fine. Well, I hope he will. Anyways, my total ticket price for this little outing came out to $7.54. A few items for a few bucks makes this momma happy.

Nifty Thrifty

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I am a huge sucker for thrift stores and what I like even more is finding a good deal for a good price. But, my boys would rather be anywhere else. So to be fair I try to keep my thrifting to a minimum while they are around.

As much as I love thrift stores, I hate going through the clothing racks. They are terrifying. I rarely bring home clothes after thrifting (usually only baby clothes for my kiddo). My favorite areas are furniture and home goods. Even though I have about 30 coffee mugs at home (I don’t even drink coffee!), they still call my name. I would much rather browse a thrift store than a department store. That’s just who I am.

While I was out shopping the other day I found a few cute things for my bedroom, mostly. Side note: my bedroom has been neglected and left in shambles for about 2 years now. It’s bad. We had a yellow dresser with 2 red night stands. It’s like we were spending the night at McDonald’s. Not cool.

Anyways, back to the story. I found a little, metal letter “V” to place beside my bed above my fresh painted nightstand that went from red to greyish/navy. I also found a teal colored wire tray that holds some candle sticks and a picture frame which now sits on my dresser. My final finds were some children’s novels and a crib bumper. When you find a Dwell Studio crib bumper for $1.98, you can’t pass it up. The colors are neutral enough for a boy or a girl. And that sums up another successful thrift store run.

Metal Letter – $1.98

Teal Wire Tray – $1.98

Children’s Novels – $2.25 for all 3

Dwell Studio Bumper – $1.98

Total Spent: $8.19