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Quick Stocking Organization

I’ve put off posting this particular bit of information because, well, I couldn’t tell if it actually fit in my blog. I kept going back wondering if this was weird or useful. I don’t know why I had such anxiety about posting a way to store stockings and pantyhose, but here I am, a full year after I’ve taken the photos and implemented this organizational strategy.

And you know, what? It’s really great! Because today I’m talking about organization and ice cream (well, gelato). It’s a win-win.

Earlier this month, I removed my winter gear from where it was hiding under the bed and in the closets. This process included completing the frustrating task of untangling my winter hosiery and checking for holes and buying replacements. Last winter was rough and the holes were victorious.

Stocking Organization

Normally, at this point, I just stuff the tights in my sock drawer and deal with them tangling and catching on each other. But now I’ve started storing them in empty Talenti gelato jars and it has been wonderful.

First, I get to eat some amazing gelato. I love that stuff. Second, I can sort the jars by color. I like to stick the blacks in one jar and the pinks/nudes in another. Then have a rainbow jar. You can write the name of the color on top of the jar and you know exactly where your tights are.

Stocking Organization

If you roll the tights up, a single jar can usually fit four pairs of lighter tights or three pairs of thicker tights.

So what do you think? Do you think you’d give this a try? Would you decorate your jar? I’ve been tempted, but haven’t gotten around to it. It seems like a fun way to use some jewel stones and brighten up your sock drawer.

shabby chic decorating: farmhouse window tutorial

upcycled farmhouse window

A couple of months ago I saw an old wooden window frame sitting on the side of the road destined for a life in a trash heap. So, naturally, I took pity on it and turned it into something pretty.

Before

window before

After

window after

I really love it so much. It’s in storage right now, but I can’t wait to add this cheery addition to my New York home.

Here’s how I did the upcycle. The window was in pretty bad shape. Besides being filthy, it had paint peeling and some of the wood was badly cracked.

I cleaned the window with soap and water and busted out the last pieces of glass that were sticking out. Then I took an electric sander to it.

Ok, I did something very bad here. I should not have sanded paint off of this, especially since I didn’t know how old the window was. I could have really exposed myself to lead dust from the paint. The dust is toxic. So, luckily, I’m fine, but it wasn’t that smart of a thing to do.

After I sanded the window down, I pulled out my wood glue and set to work repairing the middle beams, which were broken. Then I covered the window in two coats of white paint.

Once the paint was dry, then I picked a pretty fabric to put in the open spaces of the window. This is super easy and looks great for minimal work. I just used hot glue to attach the fabric to the frame.

So, now for the fun part, the bunting! I’ve wanted to add something (anything!) with bunting in my house for a long time, this was it. I used some fabric squares from the craft store and followed this tutorial. It was exactly what I wanted. I left a little bit of bias tape on each side to have it hang around the sides of the window. And, I gave each side a dab of hot glue to secure the bunting.

What do you think?

upcycled farmhouse window

I’ve been spending lots of time in ikea and Target looking for home decor inspiration, but, truly, this type of shabby chic decorating fits my style and personality much more.

upcycled jar lid pumpkin

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I saw this canning jar lid pumpkin and knew I had to make one. Ryan and I have tons of jar lids lying around. I really love how simple this craft was. If you’re short on time, it can only take about three minutes.

Take a piece of ribbon or string and lace it through all of the lids. Ensure all of the lids are facing the same way. Tie off at the end.

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I used a few cinnamon sticks as a stem. If you’re looking to spend a little bit more time on this craft, you can give the lids a paint of coat. Well, actually it took three, if you’re using water-based acrylic paints. Wait an hour between coats.

Painted Lid Pumpkin

I wrapped it with some brown ribbon and used a drop of hot glue to secure the ribbon. This craft took between 25-33 lids.

What do you think? It’s great for Thanksgiving decorating.

Pin it here!

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ah, wanderlust: dreamy vintage luggage

Sigh. Doesn’t this luggage from GetReadySetGo make you dream of vacationing at some great places?

Like taking a safari…

Upcycled Vintage Train Case

These messenger bags make me want to travel to Italy, or anywhere in Europe, really.

Vintage Dijon Mustard Yellow Messenger Bag

Upcycled Brown Vintage Messenger Bag’

I would love to take this on a fun seafaring adventure.

Upcycled Forest Green Train Case Luggage

Or maybe just take a trip to grandmother’s house. It may be boring, but at least you’ll have some attractive luggage.

Vintage Cream Suitcase Set

The owner of the shop has a blog you might want to check out.

I Made This: Blue Dress with Dancing Business People

I found this skirt at the Goodwill in Savannah.

Blue-Dress-1I’m always apprehensive about buying things at Goodwill because they’re usually in the $4 range, and sometimes require a lot of work (I have a perfect example of this in an upcoming dress.) But the print on this dress was way to fun. But what exactly is it?

blue-dress-2Dancing women and men in 90’s business attire? Whatever it was, I wanted it on my body.

I hate hemming. So I cut this one from the top. I had to remove the zipper and re-sew that seam. From there it was pretty simple.

I folded the top over about an inch and pinned it, prepping it for the elastic.

blue-dress-3The guy on the right next to the seam is my favorite. Anyway, Then I sewed it down, leaving room for elastic to enter. I didn’t want an inch of elastic, but that was all I had, so I cut it in half lengthwise. My biggest fear was it losing the elasticity, but it worked fine. Then I threaded the elastic through my seam.

blue-dress-4Then I sewed the elastic in tight. At the end, I grabbed a black ribbon (about two inches thick) that I’ve had for years. I wrapped it around creating a high waistline. The ribbon moves, so I had to sew it on to the dress, which gives it a more professional feel anyway.

Here’s the result (so much sunburn):

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This is a fun one. I’ve already worn it out to do some errands.

blue-dress-6Thanks to my lovely beau, who took time away from watching The Big Lebowski to take pictures of me.