Friday, March 22, 2013

What I'm wearing: March 22, 2013

Hey all! I thought that I would do a few kind-sorta fashion blog posts with some of my outfits that I really love. Here's what I'm wearing today:

Black circle scarf: Boyfriend's mom. Military jacket: Goodwill. Denim Shorts: Goodwill. Black Pantyhose: Fredmeyer. Black boots: target.

Obviously, I don't shop designer shops. I simply don't have the money. But I wanted to inspire some outfit ideas that don't cost a ton of money! The shoes were probably the most expensive part of this outfit.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Upcycling project: Onesie to T-shirt

I have always been really into upcycling things and finding new uses for items that are not used anymore for their original purpose. Especially clothes. Clothes can be made into so many different things! Blankets, home accessories or other clothes! Today, I've made clothes into... Other clothes. I took one of my daughter's outgrown onesies and turned it into a cute t-shirt for her to wear. In a few simple steps! You don't even have to hem it! And here I am to show you how to make your own onesies into t-shirts. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the last step or of the finished product. But hopefully, you get the point! If not, I can add the last pictures on.

Step 1: Choose a onesie that you would like to transform and lay it out flat.

Step 2: Cut the strip of snaps off the front of the onesie.

Step 3: There should be two strips of binding hanging down. Cut a rectangle out of the front of the onesie large enough to allow the two sides of binding to reach together with some allowance for a seam.

(They are not quite touching here, so I went back and cut a bigger piece of fabric out.)

Step 4: Sew the binding together

Step 5: Sew the binding to the fabric. (if there is a little fabric hanging past the binding, like there is here, you can cut it off)

Step 6:  cut the snaps off the back of the onesie.

Step 7: Cut a rectangle out, leaving the strips of binding behind. 

Step 8: Just like on the front, sew the strips of binding together.  Then, sew the binding to the onesie.

Hooray! You have a completed t-shirt!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sofi's First Birthday!

I know, this post is very, very late (Her party was September 8th) but here it is! (get ready for a lot of pictures!)

 Party Favor table. Clown noses
 Place to sign a piece of fabric for her memory quilt
 Party horns

 Animal crackers
 Birthday girl
 A tiny tantrum

 Opening gifts
 The birthday throne
 Apple spice cake with cream cheese frosting
 Chocolate cake with ganache 

 Eating the cake
Birthday banners.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pin tackle: Home made teething biscuits

I found this recipe for Homemade teething biscuits on Pinterest and just had to try them for Sofi! Here's how I made them:

1 cup of dry infant cereal (I used rice)

1 cup of flour

Stir together with 2 tsp cinnamon

Add 1/3 cup mashed bananas or other food (I used a jar of banana baby food)

Add 2 tbsp oil and 3 tbsp water and mix into a non-sticky dough 

Roll out, cut into desired shape and bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before giving to child.

Sand box fun!

Sofi has a new-found love for sandboxes and loves to play in the one at our neighborhood park.

I love how you can see the sand falling out of her hand in this one!

See her pants? She likes to scoop up sand and dump it on her legs.

This is when she stuck a rock in her mouth (Don't worry, we got it out and she was fine)

Messy baby!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Photo editing tutorial with Photo Pos Pro

I downloaded a free photo editor called Photo Pos Pro and it is fantastic! It doesn't have quite as many tools as photo shop or some other more advanced editor but it is really great for touching up a basic photo. Anyways, I am just going to post a little tutorial on how to edit with photo pos pro. (and I'm sure some of these tricks apply to photo shop, too)

Here is the original picture that I started with:
Good picture, but kinda grainy
  1. I used Noise Reduction twice on the picture to despeckle and make it look smoother and less grainy.
  2. Increased Brightness and contrast to desired amounts. (10 brightness and 5 contrast if you're curious)
  3. go to RGB and change color levels (R -2, G 5, B 5)
  4. Go to HSL and change Saturation and Luminosity ( S 5, L 3)
  5. Crop, if desired. 
  6. Use clone brush to cover up any unwanted places.
And here is the image with basic edits applied:
But I decided I liked it better without the under-eyes smoothed over, so I undid that:
Much Cuter, I think.

Now, I decided I wanted to make it look a little vintage-y so here's what I did:
  1. Go to Brightness/ contrast and turn the contrast up pretty high (I did 28)
  2. Then go to Effects - Colors - Fade to Gray
  3. Turn saturation down (-33)
  4. Go to Effects- Colors- Sepia - Advanced
  5. Adjust Tint, Level, and contrast until desired look is achieved (T 21, L 40, C 21)
  6. Lower Opacity until Desired amount of color shows through (I did about half)
Here is the picture with these edits applied:

Which do you like better?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Trip to the park

Yesterday, We took Sofi on a walk to the park. We do this a lot, but we usually go in the afternoon when the sun is blazing down and this time, we went around eight at night. The lighting was so beautiful in the park, that I took a few pictures.