Shop til you drop

I’ve come across some great bargains lately and feel the need to share. Isaac found this vintage looking cabinet at TJ Max for $39.99 last week… mine.

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I came across some furniture on craigslist that’s still available at Pier1 for $1400 for the set. I paid $550 for it used, in excellent condition. Win!

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The next piece isn’t exactly a bargain, but I had a $50 gift card that I got free from work, so I only paid about $7 towards this hand blown glass decanter & cup set at crate and barrel.

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And the ultimate win of the week. Two pier1 Italian hand painted plates that retail for $14 each. I paid $2.98 at goodwill. It was my only find, but I had fun looking at everything.

Photo Feb 21, 11 27 13 PMWhen you have champagne taste with a beer wallet, you have to shop the bargains to get what you like😉 I got some other great deals, but this is enough for now.

American Picker

Although I was raised in a poor little town in NJ with my parents finding ways to turn pennies into dimes, I am honestly not fond of the whole trash picking thing. For the first time in my life, the other day, I TRASH PICKED! Haha. I totally could not pass this chair up though.

2013-02-20 10.07.00So it obviously needed some work, but was well worth it. I had a little chat with it while I was sanding it down, explaining that it better be good to me because I saved it from the dump. (Maybe I’m turning into a crazy cat lady!) I hope to get a lot of life out of this old wooden rocker🙂

The arm would have been way easier if I was using my corded jigsaw vs the battery charged jigsaw that kept dying during the process!

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The electric sander was wonderful though. This one is my moms, and I definitely need to get one for myself. I used it to strip the blue paint from the chair and to strip the edges from the replacement arm that I traced and cut from a 1″x4″.

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I started with the intentions of spraying the chair with a base of brown, a thin coating of vaseline on the edges (for the distressed look) followed by a top coat of heirloom white.

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So far, it was coming along as expected, although the bottom coat took two cans of paint, versus the one I was expecting.


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I strategically coated the edges with Vaseline and applied the heirloom white top coat.

2013-02-21 10.43.37Once it dried, I wiped down the Vaseline and the distressed look was spot on. Unfortunately, the white top coat was a little blotchy from the wind that day.

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After a few days of staring at it, I decided to paint over it by brush with rustoleum’s  almond color paint. I then sanded the edges by hand to get the distressed look.

2013-02-28 20.04.03I love how it turned out, the depth of the brown, then white in the distressed area’s adds a lot of character. Today, I applied the clear matte coat and the only changes to the chair at this point will be the cushions that I decide to sew up for it!

It’s been a while!

Life has been busy lately, but I really should make time to blog. I’m not a great writer, but I happen to be a craft snob. I’m a coffee snob too. I guess that beats being a snob snob? Unfortunately for me and fortunately for my living space as well as friends and relatives with kids, I love doing the things I find on pinterest😉 Anyway, my sister in law, Emily and I tossed around ideas for making her daughter Ella a first birthday dress last year. We never got around to it, so I made up for it for her second birthday.

Ella LOVES Minnie Mouse, and had a Minnie Mouse themed birthday. What could beat having her wear a Minnie Mouse dress? I started with a hot pink turtle neck. (finding a light pink 24 month short sleeved shirt in the middle of the winter proved to be difficult).

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I then hit up the craft store for the polka-dot fabric to make the skirt. I pulled and converted the Disney font and Minnie Mouse vector with my 5D embroidery software, using felt for the appliques on the shirt.


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After I finished up, I checked out some other designs on pinterest because I felt something was missing. I noticed most of the pink minnie mouse dresses had some zebra print incorporated, which I found to be adorable. Yes, I was a total biter and made her a zebra belt!


Long story short, Ella had a ball at her second birthday party, and did it in style😉 BTW, this pic was taken at the end of the night. Clearly, the bowtie in the belt didn’t withstand the energy of a 2 year old. No surprise there!


My aunt is selling these origami owl necklaces. Most people that see mine love it, and while some may think they’re a bit pricey, they’re a really fun way to wear the things that you love. I chose some of the things I happen to love:

  • Scissors to resemble sewing.
  • Headphones because who isn’t inspired by music?
  • The computer, well, because that’s what I do. I mean, I work for the internet😉
  • I love photography, although I’m not a pro, I really enjoy admiring others photography and playing around with it a little myself.
  • The owl… well I guess it’s just a trendy craft thing. While I do dig owls, it should really be replaced with a dog bone, because I’m kind of obsessed with dogs.

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I’m not quite sure where I came across the following pic, but I saved it on my phone and I’m glad I did. This resembles everything I strive to be as a woman🙂


Just a quick rant about inspiration, being an independent woman, and my aunt’s super cool necklaces!

5D Embroidery

It’s unfortunate that there are copywrite rules against mass producing these things. I downloaded some minnie mouse vector art today, colored it in with photoshop, and converted it to an embroidery file with the 5D embroidery software.

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My mom wanted some practice with the embroidery machine, so she embroidered it onto a onesie for my niece, Lleyna🙂

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I love that expression, it’s so perfect for a baby!

Dress Form

Santa was too good to me this year, I felt a little spoiled. My mom and my husband really went overboard and got me a ton of stuff that I really like and appreciate.

Tonight, I broke out the new dress form and planned to size it up. Unfortunately, the size chart on the box was covered up by a label and the size medium only started at a 32 inch waist which is too big for me. My dad’s reaction was pretty priceless though. He said, “I hope you don’t plan on making yourself a dress on that, and if you do, you better be using spandex if you expect it to fit!”.

Anyway, my mom went over to Jo-Ann’s with me and we got it exchanged. The small ranges from 26″ to 33″, so it’s perfect. I’m surprised by these dimensions though, because my waist is 28″ and there are plenty of people much thinner than I am. As far as I know, they don’t come in an extra small.

Sizing it up to my height and measurements was a little awkward, but it’s pretty cool to see a replica of my body now that the measuring and adjusting is done. I’ve been making much healthier choices lately as well as incorporating at least work outs a week considering I have a bikini to wear in Jamaica in under two weeks now! In the past few months I’ve lost 14 lbs🙂 It’s a lot easier than you would think, to be honest. You just have to find healthy food that you enjoy (which I learned a lot about a few years back while counting calories using

2012-12-24 08.26.23 Another thing that kept me motivated was the occasional trying on of the bikini😉 I indulged in some incredible food over the holiday’s, I’m not going to lie, but I didn’t slack on my workouts. I already started packing for my trip, I can’t wait.

I’m going to start working my my dress tomorrow night after work, so I’ll post about it soon. It will be my first time using a dress form, so this should be interesting for me.


If there’s one thing I don’t find exciting about sewing… It’s hemming! I bought Isaac two pairs of Guess jeans at Macy*s last winter which were a little long and now a little big in the waist as well. Last week, I found them in the attic, never worn and nicely folded. We gave one pair to a friend of ours who happens to wear that size and I agreed to hem the other pair. After all, they are nearly $100 per pair.






As for being a little baggy, a belt will need to do, because I am not further tainting Guess jeans’ wonderful stitching to try to bring the waist on these pants in as well!