Friday, August 31, 2012

From Skirt to Shirt

Yep, another remake. This one was a super fast job! :)

This past weekend we attended the wedding of our good friend, Grant. Grant is my "rent-a-brother", as we like so say, since Kathryn and I have no brothers, the Strand boys became our "rent-a-brothers". It was a very joyous occasion, and we had a great time, but we were very very tired by the end, since Dad and I played the music for the ceremony, Mom ran various errands, and Kathryn was the photographer.

Sunday we all took naps and woke up still pretty exhausted.

And Monday I went with some friends to Six Flags, and walked around all day and went on roller coasters, and generally made myself even more exhausted (but is was sooo worth it! :)

All that to say, the past few days have been "recovery time", and rather un-productive. Yesterday, I just really needed a simple, relaxing project, so I pulled out this skirt from my grandma, and whipped it into a shirt. All in all, it took me about an hour. Perfect way to relax, and still get something done!

Before. Just a knit, drawstring skirt.

After - a comfy summer shirt

Back seams - those seams were the original seam down the center back of the skirt

Scrunchy, flowery design. I think I saw this on Pinterest....

More bedroom photos will be coming soon - all the painting is done, and now I need to get to work on the floor. As I said, not much has been done recently with the wedding! :) And I hope to also work on another remake of an old linen dress.... we'll see what that turns into! :) For now, here's a picture of my puppy:

See ya'll later!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

More Re-making...

... but sadly, not in the line of sewing. I actually haven't touched my sewing machine since my last project, which is depressing.

I'm currently working on re-finishing our guest room, soon to be my room. My sister and I have shared a room since we were little kids, but as we've grown older, our schedules have changed a little, and our tastes have changed, and it would be nice to have some personal space. So I'm moving into the guest room, and she is taking over our room, which means we both get to re-decorate (we are done with the pink - oy!)

I'm going with the vintage/french/postcard look, so the walls are going to be two different shades of tan, and the trim is going to be a creamy off-white.

This is what our guest room looked like before. Yes. I know we have a lot of stuffed animals.

I'm excited about the big closet all to myself....!!

The ceiling looked like it had those stick-on glow-in-the-dark stars all over it, and when they were removed, it left marks, which got painted over, so that needed a LOT of sanding. The lower half of the wall was paint-speckled with several different colors, so that needed a TON of sanding. And the top half was nice and easy, except that it looked like about a hundred pictures were hung on the walls in the course of time, so a it needed a BUNCH of filling in. And the floor looked unfinished, so that needs to be sanded and stained.

That was the only wall I sanded by hand. My dad found me an electric sander which made the process go MUCH faster!

This is what it looked like yesterday - all primed.Yesterday I put another coat of prime on the lower half of the wall and did the ceiling. Now it has blue painters tape alllllllll over, and tomorrow I will get the color on the walls! I think it is a huge improvement thus far. 

I, on the other hand, look... well, yeah. 

More updates on the progress to follow. 

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