Thursday, May 30, 2013

Men's Shirt Refashion

I've been inspired to refashion some men's clothing.  Have you checked out Refashion Files?  It's chocked full of one piece of clothing being turned into a completely different garment.  Some are basic, like mine, and some are mind blowing.  So let's see what I did!

I started with this:

It's a man's button down denim shirt.  These are staples in my area.  I think every man has at least one in their closest.  I was thankful to find one in great shape, it looked new!  Let's talk about how I picked my shirt.  I wanted something cheap, I wasn't sure how it would work out so I didn't want to invest much into it. This shirt ended up costing me around a nickel.  I also paid attention to length.  I knew by the time I got something long enough there would be some tailoring that would need to be done but that was OK.

I wondered why there isn't always a lot of photos on these kind of tutorials.  I quickly realized why, no two can be done the same.  What I needed to do for my body may not be what you need to do.  I will explain though so you have a starting point or at least some ideas.

I started by cutting the sleeves and collar off.  I also very carefully removed the pocket.  Then I turned it wrong side out and tried it on.  I marked where I needed to cut the shoulder area.  When I tried it on the edge of the sleeve started half way down my upper arm.  I also needed to take in the sides.  I used binder clips to hold the sides where I wanted them.  After sewing the sides I tried it on again to see if there were any more areas that needed fixed.  The bust was in dire need of some attention.  I needed a dart on each side.  (I had a feeling this would needed done and is why I took the sleeves and pocket off.)  Then I had to put it all back together.

I thought it needed a pop of color so I grabbed a couple of bandannas and went to work.  I traced the collar on the bandanna and cut two, be sure to cut it larger for seam allowances.  Sewed them together and attached it.  I trimmed the pocket in the bandanna fabric and reattached it.  I also shorted the sleeves, gathered them up a little bit, I needed bring them in so that they would fit correctly and put a cuff of the bandanna material on it.

Now I have this:

Monday, May 27, 2013

Week In Review May 19 - May 25

Wow was it a week!  So much so this post is a day late because I've lost so time somewhere.  So let's get to what was popular this week!

Top 10 Visited Blog Posts:

3. Oklahoma Tornado - If you are a fellow blogger who would like to join forces drop me a line at craftingtodo at gmail dot com.  I'm working with a local pastor in that area on ways we can help them.

Thank you for coming from:
3. Google

Thanks for repinning:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado and How You Can Help

I was supposed to post a craft today.  I stopped that post.  I can't deal with crafting right now.  My heart is broken.  I live in tornado alley.  I know this happens.  I've seen it first hand.  It doesn't make it any less heart wrenching when it happens again.  So what can we, you and I who aren't there do?  We can donate, please use one from this list.  These are FEMA approved agencies.  That means they are allowed into the ground zero areas.  If you have friends or family in the area let them know these shelters are available.

Don't show up!  If you have such a strong urge to be there to help, contact one of the groups that is on the list and volunteer to go with them.  Then wait until you are called.  They have enough headaches they don't need a bunch of well meaning people showing up.  Also don't send stuff.  Yes they have lost everything but the have no place to put stuff.  Again, donate those items to someone on the list above, they will ask for what they need when they need it.

One last thing you can do and that is pray, send good thoughts, whatever it is you believe in.  There are families who lost their children.  There are people who have lost everything they lost.  

UPDATE 12:30 CST -

The state of Oklahoma has set up the website to keep everyone updated.

You can text 32333 to make a $10 donation to the Oklahoma Food Bank.

You can text 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross.

If you were affected please register that you are safe here

Some organizations are asking for specific items.  Please call first!!  

Please be a smart donor - call ahead and see what the biggest needs are. Do not bring clothing unless asked.

Feed the Children donation center (donations) – Feed The Children is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies to aid victims of the Moore tornadoes and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center (29 N. McCormick). Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.

Salvation Army at KFOR-TV studios (supply drop-off) – Items needed: Bottled water, Gatorade, Wipes, Diapers, Baby formula, Hand towels, Individually wrapped snacks, Work gloves. Please do not bring gloves. Financial donations can also be made to the Salvation Army. Text “storm” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

All Edmond High Schools have drop offs. Edmond Memorial: Clothing — Edmond North: Bottled Water — Edmond Santa Fe: Canned Food Crawford Family Funeral Service in Edmond is taking donations. Please call 340-2333

OU Equipment at 180 West Brooks in Norman – accepting supplies Memorial Road Church of Christ at 2221 East Memorial Road in Edmond (405-478-0166)

Net Church of Oklahoma City – donations at our location until 12 noon. Location: 2200 N Bryant, Oklahoma City (405-427-5600) New Direction Ministries – 10109 N. Western Avenue (405-242-4692 ) Choctaw Road Baptist Church – collecting water, diapers, toiletries, snack foods, work gloves, gatorade, sunscreen, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen. PLEASE NO CLOTHING. Between 8:15 am and 4:15 pm Tuesday and Wednesday. 14971 East Reno, Choctaw (405-390-9002)

Mustang Brewing Company Headquarters – Open 5/21 at 7:00 a.m. Several thousand square feet of warehouse space opened up. Will get it to those who need it. 520 North Meridian Avenue, Oklahoma City Lucky Star Casino, Event Tent — a trailer is set up for donations from 7:00am till 3:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday (Event Tent on the West Side of the Casino). A cashier will be available for monetary donations. Necessary items, water, gatorade, non perishable foods, diapers, formula and wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels, flashlight and batteries, suntan lotion, pre packed snacks. No clothes, bedding or household items at this time, as Red Cross has no storage or distribution center set up for these items at this time. Will be needed in the very near future though. EL Reno, Oklahoma (405-422-6500)

First Baptist Church Nicoma Park - donation and drop-off location Juice Blendz at 1200 West Covell Road in Edmond (405-285-0133) The Gate Church is accepting: Water,Sunscreen,Baby Items,Toiletries,Gloves, etc. 7700 North Council Road in Oklahoma City (405-728-7700)

Journey Church in Norman I-35 & Tecumseh in Norman Culver Electric: filling trailers with water, diapers, wipes, formula, gloves, hand tools, sunscreen, Gatorade, and all needed items on the salvation army and red cross list. 1823 West 20th in Elk City

Zimmer Radio Group: will have a truck/trailer located in their parking lot accepting donations. When one truck fills up, it will be sent and bring in another one to fill. Location: 2702 East 32nd Street in Joplin, Missouri (417-624-1025)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My New Light Room

I normally take the month of March off from blogging.  This year though I took off April and part of May due to a major renovation that we were under going. The renovation was partly to help the blog.  I had teased about it on Twitter and it's finally time to reveal what it was.

It's our own photography room!  I'm still learning the setup but I do think my photos recently have been better and a few just where I want them to be.  So let's check out all the parts are pieces.

This is the warm side of the table.  The lights are yellower.

This is a large cutting mat that my mom had custom made for her years ago.  This photo shows the yellow or warm glow that is on this side of the room.

This is our cutting mat for doing mattes and frames for our photos.  This room isn't strictly for my blog photography.  I have to share a story about this cutting mat.  This mat has been in my life forever.  My mom had it made for her to cover her table.  She used it to make her quilts and if you look towards the back middle you can see that it is well worn.  It's a nice warm feeling to see it every time I walk into the room.  The yard sticks, even though they aren't the originals, are just how she had it set up.  The hubs didn't have a clue.

This is a neat area.  It's an old medicine cabinet.  The mirror used to reflect the light is from the door of the cabinet. The two sets of lights can be turned off or on independently.

That's an old desk lamp that we picked up for a buck.  It helps cut shadows when using the Christmas lights.

Now for the cool side of the room.  The lights over here are whiter than the other side.  They are all the same color temp too, we aimed closest to natural sunlight as possible.  What you don't see is two overhead lights.

This is a light box.  This piece did this photo:
The brownie isn't really floating it is just sitting on the light box.

We keep it covered with another cutting mat.

Now for my area.  You see the counter top and white background.  This is where I do my blog photos from.  The counter top can be covered and I can pin whatever background I want to the background.  I can even use the mirror.

That's my over head lights.  The one above the bulletin board flips up and down.

The last part of my little set up is my backgrounds.  I have seen tons of ideas on Pinterest but most are huge and time consuming.  I went for cheap and easy.
Packs of scrapbook paper.  I can use them over and over.  25 backgrounds for $5 is a steal.  I can have 100 background for $20.  That makes me happy.

So what do you think?  Have questions?  I'd love to answer them for you.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Plastic Basket Makeover with Krylon Paint

Thanks to Pinterest I have a new outlook on upcycling and makeovers.  It wasn't long ago that I would have skipped things at garage sales because I didn't like the color.  If I had I wouldn't have gotten these shelves and these would have been plain white still.  So when my husband showed me these baskets at Goodwill this weekend, I knew I could update them. Note: This post is strictly my own opinions.  I was not compensated at all by Krylon for the products or my opinion.

I've got to start remembering to take better before photos.  The phone doesn't cut it most of the time.

They aren't bad, but the color was really dated.  It doesn't look so horrible here but in person it was 1998 green.  If you were alive then I know you know the color I'm talking about.  The price I was great though, four of them for $2.99.  You can't beat that!  I got them after we had already done our major shopping.  I had purchased a can of Krylon Paint.  It must have been meant to be.

I bought my first can a week before, I wanted a certain color and Krylon was the only one who had the color I wanted.  I hadn't used it before, I have never spray painted much so when I needed some I just picked up the cheap kind.  I think I am a believer though now.  

Now I have two of each of these.

Much better than before!  Plus they'll look super cute with the blue and white shelves I posted about last week.  I've also got a set of metal shelves that are going into my craft room sometime soon.  I can't wait to show you those!  I've got a killer plan for them.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Facebook Rant

I warned you with the title, this is going to be a rant.  An angry rant, so if that isn't your cup of tea turn back now.  It's only going to get worse.  I'm not happy with Facebook for many reasons.

First there is the whole cutting the amount of people who see our page posts.  I don't have a lot of fans on my Facebook page so cutting just a few kills me.  Putting the link in the comments has helped.  I also get that Facebook is looking at ways to make money.  I wish I could afford to pay to prompt my posts but that's not in the cards right now.  I think they should have thought of ways to make money through normal channels.  Cutting my views doesn't really make me want to spend money even if I could.

As if that wasn't bad enough then my personal news feed starts to fill up with recipes and crafts.  The kind of thing most of us pin on Pinterest.  I started mumbling to myself about wishing people would use Pinterest.  I'm not talking about the pages I have liked sharing their stuff, I have no issues with that, I signed up for that when I liked their page.  No, this is complete recipes or tutorials right there on my news feed.  I grumbled to myself, then grumbled on my personal twitter page.  I even grumbled to the hubs but not on Facebook.  Then one night I'm scrolling through my news feed and I found one that I couldn't just ignore.  It was a picture of a recipe from someone I "knew".  A fellow blogger, I clicked on the photo and realized that it wasn't from her, someone was stealing her content.  No link to her blog, no link to her Facebook page, nothing whatsoever just a flat out stolen recipe and photo.  I was done.  I couldn't sit back anymore.  I had to share my feelings.  I posted the following...
I know many of you love to share the recipes here on Facebook. There is a site dedicated to just such a thing, it's called Pinterest. At first it didn't really bother me, I just kind of mumbled to myself that Pinterest is a better venue for that kind of thing. Then I started seeing recipes from people I know in the blogging world being shared and it wasn't from them and they got no credit for it. I run my own blog, I put a lot of recipes up there. It takes a lot of time, I'm not just using someone else's recipe. I'm coming up with them on my own. I'm photographing the steps, the final product, and that takes time. I have a whole set-up to do that, lights, backdrops, ect. The more hits I can get on my blog, the more money I can make from it. I'm not looking to get rich, I don't think it'll ever grow to the point that I can quit my job. I would like however to make enough to cover some of my costs of blogging. Every time a blog is skipped because someone hijacked it to Facebook that person is missing out on a few cents. It adds up quickly.

Did anything change?  Nope, several other people chimed in that they agreed and some even shared my status.  Others posted something similar but nope not a thing.  I want to know how to stop this.  It is flat out content stealing and those of us who are just small bloggers need to protect ourselves.  I'm not sure how to do it or what can be done but something has to be done.  I've started moving my watermark to a more intrusive area of the photo.  I know for the most part that is a no no but I can't afford the lost hits.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

What Was Popular on Home Ec with Mel Week of May 5 2014

I had attempted to do the popular pins of the week but since there seems to be no rhyme or reason with those emails I thought I'd switch over to the top 10 posts for the week here.  Enjoy!

1. Gluten-Free Brownies
2. Plastic Shelf Makeover
3.Shelf Makeover with Mod Podge
4. Adam Levine Memes
5. Blogger Calendar You Can Edit
6. Crab Ragoon and Crack Dip - I don't know if this post will ever die.  I owe so many hits to the original people who came up with the recipes.  I just gluten-freed them.

7. Brassy Apple Spotlight

8. Raverly vs. USOC

9. Gluten Free Cheesecake
10. Fabric Covered Button Earrings

Friday, May 10, 2013

Shelf Makeover with Mod Podge and a Pattern

I found a set of ugly shelves at a garage sale a few weeks ago but they were sturdy and only a dollar.  Really, they weren't pretty but now they are one of a kind.  I used a can of spray paint, an old pattern I had laying around, and Mod Podge.

Aren't those neat?  I'm pretty proud of them.  This is what they started as though.
This picture actually makes them look better than they really were.  It was two different colors this red-brown color and black.  So I spray painted them white.  It wasn't a good paint job so I didn't take a picture of it.

Then I started putting the pattern on with the Mod Podge.  It did wrinkle in a few spots and at first I was worried but after looking at it again I liked the wrinkles.  It added some texture and character to the shelves.

You can't really see the wrinkles in the photo either.  It's not like a lot of people are going to see them up close.  They are going in my craft room.  The cat and dog will be the only ones who see them on a daily basis besides me and if they complain well they won't get to sleep in bed that night.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Plastic Shelves Makeover

I've been in need of shelves for my crafting and sewing room since I set it up.  So while out garage selling the last few weeks I've been on the look out.  I found a set of plastic shelves for $2.00.  This is what I did.

So how did I do it?  Very simply and very quickly, it's sticky paper from the dollar store.  It took two rolls.  So for $4.00 total I have a super cute set of shelves.

I traced the holes on the back of the paper and cut them out.  I left the white to break up the pattern.  I was worried if I did it all over I would go from cute to tacky very quickly.

The legs were the one tough part of this whole project.  I measured how much would go in the hole and then marked all my legs.  I took the backing off and then laid it down on the table and rolled the paper on to the legs.  There are a few that aren't very pretty and they are in the back.  It took me a few tries to get it right.
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