Sunday, December 1, 2013

DIY Leather Purse - Recycled Leather Jacket

I decided to take an old leather jacket and go green with it! I had some fabric left over from some pants I altered and decided I wanted to make some matching accessories (a bracelet may be next.)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tea Party

Yes, I'm grown but I still love to play tea party. It's not really playing I suppose. I love 1001 Nights Tea, roasted green with brown rice, Rooibos (super healthy) and Hibiscus to name a few.
I love old and odd tea sets although I don't have much information about them. One says Macau on the back, the others say Bavaria Schumann Arzberg Germany and Winterling Schwarzenbach Bavaria Germany on them.

I recently came into possession of the dinnerware from Yamaka China (Antique Rose) that I remembered using as a child! That will sit next to the Gildhar set. :D I need more cabinet space...

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Leathernu - Leather Furniture Repair

Leathernu - Leather Furniture Repair DIY
I bought a box of Leathernu several months ago and I finally got around to trying it out on my poor helpless WHITE couch. Now I know why people don't buy white couches or even worse, bonded leather. (IE bonded pleather; it's either leather or it's not, lesson learned.) Leathernu works like a charm but will probably take me a few applications to get the swing of it. Since this was a first time testing it out, I didn't mix the colors to get the off-white I needed for my couch on the second layer and it DOES show. I will be doing a third coat or layer of coloring and use the pointy white tip to mix some of the brown in before applying it directly to the chair. I will then clean and condition the whole piece with my Leather Therapy and leather oil condition that I usually get from the tac shop but you can get them through the link down below also. Good luck with your project!
Leather Therapy

Friday, November 15, 2013

DIY: The Interchangeable Bead Strap Dress

DIY Bead Strap Dress
 I had a dress that I bought at Ross or some other little cheapy shop for the beach. The around-the-neck ties went all helter skelter on me. This is the second time I've replaced them, I like the change and it's not like it's a Vera Wang or something. I've been wanting to use the big 4 color button for a while but decided not to on this dress. Maybe a ring later? I bought some super grip elastic and put it in the upper back area to keep the dress from slipping as it is a size to large for me. I love that stuff!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The High-Low Dress: Comfortable, Affordable, Classy!

The High-Low Dress: Comfortable, Affordable, Classy!

 No matter what it feels like, winter is not going to last forever! I found some of the cutest high-low dresses (also known as back-drop dresses) for sale online. Until then some of the more summery light weight cotton high-low dresses are perfect for lounging around the house after work. Average prices ranging between $10-$45 other than the sublimely elegant formal and prom dress versions of this classic style.

 I've been bombarded with some style ideas of my own as well. Shortly after my move I'll be grabbing up some unique fabrics at Joanne Fabrics during their next sale and hopefully have some adorable custom fashions to share with you.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Vegetarian French Onion Soup - Convection Oven Challenge

Last night I found out that when letting my dough rise, it does much better in the convection oven as well as everything, so far, bakes and broils better in the convection oven. Instead of using the usual beef stock or beef broth I used vegetable stock from the 365 company (Whole Foods.) A splash of a dark 1967 red wine instead of a dry sherry, a  little lemon juice, some dried tarragon and viola!