Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Summer Vision Boards

Check out my summer vision board!

I got this crazy idea a few weeks ago to make a vision board for the summer! Something to help me visualize and set goals for the summer months.

Oftentimes I feel like summer is just a time we Floridians "endure". It's hot out, people are on vacation (and aren't as interested in getting together), my husband is off from teaching for the summer, and things are always little out of routine.

Rather than just "getting through" this summer, I really want to focus my energies and feel satisfied come Labor Day.

Thus, the summer vision board! If you'd like to see how I'm making 2013 memorable, check out my vision board for the entire year.

Some of my to-do's for May, June, and July include...
Trying new wines
Girl's day
Summer movies
My 25th Birthday!
Going to the beach (particularity exploring West FL beaches)
Getting out in our yard
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo and 4th of July
And of course, our 2nd wedding anniversary! 

Last but not least, I'd like to try a photo-a-day challenge! 

Have you heard of the Project 365? It's pretty neat.  It helps you document your life by taking a photo each day. My girlfriend, Sarah did this a few years ago. Her photos were always stunning. 

In any case  I'd like to do Project 90.. aka one photo a day from May through July! I think it'll be a unique way to document our summer in the everyday little moments. Stay tuned for fun photos to come!

Tomorrow starts day 1! Wohoo!!

Now begs the question, what will you be doing this summer? 

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Summer of Skirts

For this project you will need: 
1 yard of fabric of your choosing
1 yard of plain fabric for the slip underneath (I chose a plain cream)
Safety Pin
Sewing Machine
3/4" wide elastic (about 1 yard)

Keeping the fabric folded from the fabric store (at 45" wide), cut the fabric in half along the fold. This will give you two one-yard-long pieces. 

Pin fabric right sides together. Sew right sides together along one of shorter ends. This will give you a two-yard-wide long strip of fabric. 

Cut approx the same size from your plain fabric for your skirt slip. I used the exact same size, so I had to fold more over in the waist band, to make sure that my slip wouldn't peek out from underneath my skirt!

Fold down slip and skirt 1 1/2" to make tunnel for the elastic waist band.

Kitties love to play with ribbon!
Or in this case, elastic!

 Sew along the bottom edge of your waistband tunnel, to provide enough room for the elastic.

Measure how much elastic you'll need by measuring it up to your waist. Subtract two inches from that and cut.

Snake the elastic through your waistband tunnel using a safety pin. Once completed, it should look something like this.
 Sew elastic together to join the skirt. Then sew final side together with sewing machine to close the skirt and complete!

This was such a fun project! I made my coral colored skirt first, then tackled this turquoise one. 
I found the original tutorial on Grosgrain Fabulous

After making two skirts, I had a few tweaks. Thus... 


 An elastic skirt with a cute ribbon belt! 
I did not need a whole yard worth of width (remember, it actually doubles to two yards of width because you sew the lengths together), as I found out. I'm about an 8 or 10 pants/skirt size, but even with the original tutorial, the skirts had a little too much fabric around my middle and lower section. Yikes!

So, I instead used more like 3/4 of a yard of fabric, then doubled it when sewing the two lengths together. I like the way this looks much better! It's not tight on my middle or lower section, but doesn't have the bulk of the other two skirts.

With the modified skirt lengths, go ahead and follow the above instructions to construct your skirt.

To make a belt, use the left over fabric (from your original yard) to cut multiple strips about 4" in width. You'll fold them over, so don't panic that 4" is too think.

I cut 4 strips (not sure how long) each at 4" wide, which could wrap around my waist one and half times. 

Join all your strips together by sewing right sides together, on the short ends. 

Fold over hot-dog style and pin together!

Sew the belt and turn right side out. 
The turning part takes a lot of patience! 

  Iron the belt with the seam in the middle of the back side of your belt. You won't want to see that part when you tie around your waist. Tuck raw edges into the belt and sew shut. You could hand-sew it nicely, but I was tired at that point and just sewed together on the machine!


I hand-sewed a few stitches in the back-right side of my belt to attach it to my skirt. 
I just wanted something to keep my belt attached slightly to the skirt for fear of it riding up on me! 

Close up of the bow

Now I've got three fun, summer skirts to wear over the coming weeks! 
More to come! 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Guests for the Weekend

We finally had guests stay over in our new house this weekend! Susanna and Dan came down from Tallahassee to stay with us Friday night. 

It is always such a joy to spend time with them! We always have so much to share and so many stories to tell! 

After breakfast, we went to the downtown Lake Mary farmer's market. 

Little did we know, that it was also family fun day. 
The boys couldn't resist... 

Then, to enjoy the good weather just a little bit more, we grilled out. :) 

Susanna made me these ADORABLE felt flower straws! How cute!
She's just getting into blogging, so I do hope she posts a tutorial soon!

Cute couple of the year award!