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May 31, 2012

Men's Shirt to Skirt - Refashion

It seems like everyone has taken a men's shirt and refashioned it into a skirt - so I thought I'd jump on that bandwagon....
Actually, this project fell into my lap.  A friend was making it for herself, but midway through the project she realized it wouldn't fit her and dropped it off to me - score!

She had already sewn the sides together, so I don't have much of a tutorial for you, but I'll try to tell you how I did it.  The skirt was a little long for me, and there was no waistband yet, so I cut off a couple of strips from the top, like so:

Then I sewed those 2 strips together (longwise) - then that seam sits at the top of the waistband.  One strip shows on the outside and one strip shows on the inside of the skirt, like facing.  Hope that makes sense.  I made the waistband smaller than the skirt, so I gathered the skirt part and attached it to the waistband - here's that picture:

I was sure to leave a button on the edge of the waistband - - that's how this skirt comes on and off:

I think it looks cute paired with a color-pop belt:

When my friend was trying to make it fit herself, she added in this side panel (from the sleeves of the shirt) - I love that diagonal stitching detail where she pieced some fabric together:

So if you're looking for a quick sewing project for yourself, try converting a men's shirt into a skirt - you can do it!!

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May 30, 2012

How I love nRelate..

Do you all know about nRelate?  I can't believe I haven't told you about it before - who knows, maybe I have...

well if not, let me tell you!!  I've been using it about a year.  I love it!  You know when you read a post then at the bottom, there's a widget thing that says something like "other posts like this" and then gives you several other post ideas that you might like??  that's nRelate.  Here's a screen shot of what is under one of my posts...

Now you know what I'm talking about, right??  Well, the thing that makes nRelate different from what I used to use until I switched last June is that it incorporates an ad.  It's not overwhelming or obtrusive - the ad in the screen shot above is the picture on the very right - see how it's labeled "home talk" under the caption - that means it comes from the site Home Talk.  So, with an ad, comes an ad payment. Yep,  they PAY you, AND they help you by showing your readers other projects you've done.  It's a win-win.  So if you're using a different widget for this same function, why not switch to one that pays you.  It doesn't pay millions, but anything is better than nothing, and I think it's pretty generous.

It works for Wordpress or blogger:

● WP Install:
● Blogger Install:

So I tend to try lots of things out for a while and if I don't like them I drop them.  The biggest testimonial of nRelate is that I'm still using them - after a year of having it on my site.  That says without words that I love and recommend it.

If you want to know more, here ya go!  Reading this makes me love it all the more!!  Go grab it!!

-returns very relevant post results
 -styling capabilities (thumbnail styles, sizes)
 -General Options
  -SEO Friendly (Does not redirect through nRelate's own site - as many other similar plugins 
  -help users find more content on your blog
  -increase pageviews by 5-12%
  -you can share links from your blogroll in your results to share the love with your blog friends, 
or other blogs that you write for
  -great customer service (they will help you with installation, styling the plugin the way you 
  -use with or without the “nrelate” branding
  -more info here:

I was compensated for this post but the opinion is my own - I really do love and recommend nRelate!!

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Showing Off - Reader Picks

remember, each week a reader, that's YOU, gets to pick some favorites to feature from the link party - if you want a turn, just email me - mandybeez at gmail...

Hi everyone!!!
I'm Karla and I blog over at My Serendipitous Life.

I'm so excited to be here today to share my favorites from this weeks Take-A-Look Tuesday! Shall we get started?? Lets shall!
I am loving this Anthro style Butterfly Specimen Lamp Revamp from Malia at Yesterday on Tuesday.

How great is Nell's Wall Alphabet over at Pollyanna Reinvents?! I love all the color. It looks so happy!

Happy is why I'm loving these DIY Palette Herb Garden from Second Chance to Dream. They really cheer up this area don't they?!

Ah! I am so jealous of this Rooftop Bedroom over at The Space Between. It looks positively divine.

I love vintage and color so this Type Case Flea Market Find by Nifty Thrifty Things was just my kind of love.

OH MY GOSH! How awesome is this Wire Wrapped Tree by Happy Hour Projects?? Even more awesome is the tutorial that comes with it!

After looking through some delicious recipes I couldn't help but want this Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad by Busy Modern Family for lunch. It's perfect for this hot Arizona weather.
Mandy, thanks so much for hosting and allowing me share my favorites today! You have such inspiring and creative readers; I always look forward to Tuesday's at your place.
Hope you'll visit me at My Serendipitous Life.

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Showing Off - my picks

Summertime!  Time for crafting!  Time to show off YOU CRAFTING! - here we go...

Make patriotic chains with your kiddos, from A Pumpkin and A Princess:

Love the fun pop of color in the mantel decor found at Lolly Jane:

You can see more details of this carry-all bag over at Sew Well Maide:

The Stonybrook House made these cute magazine holders, pushing through some problems and ending up with them looking super cute:

Such a pretty Cluster Bead Necklace found over at Southern Scraps:

Love these redone detailed nightstands over at A Woman's Haven:

Love this quilt made from child tshirts that were too small to make squares - the hearts is a great idea!! - - See more details and a tutorial at Mominizer:

Love this boy bag from Twin Dragonfly Designs - I think my boys need one!

Thanks for linking everyone!!  If you were featured feel free to grab the button:  (oh, and if you were featured on FB, or if you're featured later this afternoon, you're included - grab away!!)

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WIWW - frumpy??

Another installment of the ever-popular What I Wore Wednesday - - first up, this dress.  I've worn it before, in the winter, with a jean jacket and boots.  But I busted it out again with sandals and an undershirt.  Remember this is the dress I bought at a thrift store cause I liked the fabric and figured I could cut it up since it was so cheap.  But then I wore it.  And now again.  It kind of has a bufont type top - really floofy and poofy - I think that may be in style right now, but I'm not sure.  So it's either stylish or kind of frumpy - thoughts??
 And speaking of frumpy, I was telling Trevor that Old Navy was having a sale on some shorts.  He thought I had tons of shorts - I claimed I don't.  It turns out I have several pair, but they're just not stylish.  I think they lean towards frumpy.  I told him I'd see what you all thought....
And too funny, the next thing he said after the shorts discussion was how he needs to pick up some more ammo - - which just got me laughing because from my perspective he has TONS of ammo - - so it was like the shorts discussion, flip flopped.  So yeah, I went to Old Navy and grabbed a pair.  Hopefully pictures of those will be coming soon....

So, thoughts on the dress or shorts???  Let's hear it!

And random, but fashion related, I won a $100 gift card from DownEast Basics - awesome!!  I came back from Girls Camp to see myself as I scrolled through facebook - wahoo!!

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May 29, 2012

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Can't wait to see what everyone's been up to -  - and who will be the most viewed link - maybe you?
- - just a run down- -
  • Link to a Specific Post, not your whole blog - no more than a couple of posts please
  • Please don't link up anything you've already linked before (like something posted on a previous week)
  • Try to visit a few other people at the party - it's fun to support and encourage fellow craftiness - and everyone LOVES comments
If you're new to link-ups and have questions let me know and I'll do my best to help

OJ rocks!!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Florida Orange Juice for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Alright, who loves orange juice?? (all hands go up, right - it's so good!!).  Today I get to promote Florida Orange Juice - yum!!  We've been to Florida several times- there are oranges everywhere down there - and they look so plump and juicy on the trees - mmmm

So, let's reflect on your morning routine - mine has much to be desired in the way of health.  I'm not a morning person (which I'm sure I've told you before) and so I stumble downstairs, get out cereal for the kids, they help themselves, and I try to wake up by catching up on emails.  Eventually I think I should eat something, and the cereal is out, so most likely it's Marshmallow Mateys for me.  And that' it.

Now, I'm lazy and I'm probably not going to alter my routine too much, but how easy would it be to add a glass of OJ to my bowl of cereal meal.  Sounds simple and I'm going to give it a try!  

Did you know....

Did You Know About 100 Percent Orange Juice?

·       One 8‐ounce serving of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of potassium and folate and an excellent source of vitamin C.
o      These are three important nutrients that are under consumed in the United States, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

·       One serving of 100 percent orange juice is more nutrient dense than many commonly-consumed 100 percent fruit juices.[1]
o      A refreshing glass of 100 percent orange juice has no added sugars or artificial sweeteners, which may be found in many fruit juice cocktails and sports drinks.

·       A key recommendation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is to increase fruit intake.
o      One 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice provides half of the USDA-recommended daily fruit intake for most adults, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.


Sounds like OJ is magic juice!  And it's so yummy - it's a win win.

I think everyone, including me, is aiming to eat better (wowza, I just watched a documentary on Food - YIKES! - - enough to scare you into all-natural all the way)

Nutrition Tips from Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD

·       Jumpstart your morning with a nutritious meal that includes protein, fruit and energizing nutrient-dense carbs.
o      Think you don’t have time for a complete breakfast? Blend your favorite fruit with 100 percent Florida orange juice and low-fat yogurt for a convenient, on-the-go smoothie.
o      Want to jazz up your weekend breakfast? Substitute 100 percent Florida orange juice for water in your pancake batter to give your meal a zesty, new taste.

·       When looking for a snack, think outside the box before trying to satisfy your cravings from roadside convenience stores or airport kiosks.
o      Plan ahead and take a cooler with portable, smart snacks that fit your on-the-go lifestyle like nuts, hummus with veggies, granola bars and 8-ounce cartons of 100 percent orange juice that will help give you the energy and nutrients you need to get through your travel day.

·       Outdoor grilling and dining is a great way for your family and friends to enjoy the warmer weather.
o      Protein is a vital part of your daily diet, as it provides nutrients and may help satisfy hunger longer than most fats or carbohydrates.
o      Choose leaner cuts of beef, pork, and poultry to grill and pair your protein with other nutrient-rich foods, such as high-fiber fruit, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Add 100 percent Florida orange juice to marinades for poultry and pork for a refreshing citrus zing and pour a glass of 100 percent orange juice to accompany your meal.


Did you read those healthy tips - - substitute OJ instead of water in your pancakes - I am so going to try that!!

So consider this your encouragement post to make healthy decisions and incorporate more OJ into your diet. I know I'm going to give it a try and then I'll check back with you in a couple of week.

Be sure to follow Florida Orange Juice on Facebook and Florida Orange Juice on Pinterest to grab lots of other great ideas!!


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May 28, 2012

Disney Trip Expert - giveaway

Who loves Disney?!?!  (and the crowd goes wild....)

Here's us in the fall of 2010:

Well today I'm here to tell you about Krystin: Disney Travel Professional-An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.  From her: Krystin is a certified Disney Travel Specialist. This means that she will help you plan any Disney vacation. She helps you by choosing your resort, helping and securing your reservations for dining locations and making sure you get the best discount. She also creates itineraries that will save you time and money! Her blog shares helpful tips and tricks to assure you have a great time in the parks. Go and LIKE her Facebook page because every 200 likes she gets she gives away a Disney gift card!

It CAN be overwhelming planning Disney vacations... so many people don't know where to start!  That is where my planning services come in handy!  The BEST part is... that when you allow my company to plan your On-Site Disney Vacation... it is all FREE!  My company does not charge you any additional fees to plan your vacation. It is the same as what you will find on the Disney website!  However... sometimes Disney offers specials that may not be advertised.  Even if you are paid in full for your vacation... I can add those savings (Disney e-mail PIN codes, room only discounts, Florida resident discounts etc.  if they apply to your dates of travel) to your booking!  So there is no worry about whether or not it is the best offer for your vacation!  By the time you travel... it will be!

So if you are planning a Disney vacation, she's your hook-up!!  You can find her at lots of different places:

Webpage: Magical Vacations

Blog: Disney Trip Expert

Facebook: FB/DisneyTripExpert

Planning for Disney is HUGE!!  Don't think you can just mosey on down there - it takes lots of thought.  This sounds like a great gig to have Krystin do the legwork :)

Today she is giving away a Disney Gift Card for $25 - wahoo!!  

to enter, 2 ways (leave a separate comment for each)

--Check out one of teh three places you can find Krystin listed above and come back here and leave a comment telling me which one you visited.

--Tell me something you love about Disney.

Giveaway ends Friday, June 1st, around noon.  Good luck!

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Happy Memorial Day!

I find it pretty funny that I don't have a post scheduled for today but Trevor does (what a strange world!).... he made me this desk and I plan to start painting it today - -I'm sure I'll blog about it, but you can read his side of it over at So I Married a Craft Blogger.

So since I am ill-prepared for a post today, how about random fun from our long weekend so far.....

Cousin sleep-over complete with playing the sprinkler - - the epitome of summer:

Venturing downtown for music and fireworks (I don't know why the kids look bored in this picture - they had a blast!)

And a sneak peak at a skirt I sewed (normally I do "sneak peeks" over on my facebook page, but thought I'd stick this on here for filler) - I tried a new pose - obviously it's a little awkward - but I am loving my new white background paper (also coming up - how Trevor rigged it up for me - sa-weet!!)

And, I'm gearing up for a week of Girls Camp - it all starts tomorrow.  And I don't have any posts prescheduled yet, so if nothing shows up, know that I was defeated by teenage girls and their crafting abilities...

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May 26, 2012

more Furnkies - yum!!

mmm - FURNKIES!!  they're peanut butter bars and they are my go-to whenever I have to bring a treat somewhere.  They're quick and easy to make and they have a big WOW and YUM factor - perfect!!  I make them all the time - I very first posted on my blog about them here: Peanut Butter Furnkies - and that's where you can find the recipe.

I found this cute ceramic plate at a garage sale for $2 - it came with a bunch of ribbon so you could change out ribbons for the edge depending on the holiday.  The ribbons weren't my taste, but I thought it looked cute with a strip of fabric woven through the edge.  So cute!

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