I finally got brave and tried my hand at making a skirt from a men's shirt. Hubby put some shirts out for a yard sale last year and they didn't sell. I held back a couple of them from the Goodwill pile.
Happy Memorial Day! And thanks to all who served and sacrificed and thanks to all the families! In reality, this is a day of sadness and mourning for many, and I pray God will wrap you in his peace and comfort.
This week's Must Do Monday is all about planters. Last week we looked at porch makeovers, and I'm itching to try some of these planter ideas for my porch.
sip-n-wear painted up some cute polka dot planters:
Happy Friday! Hope you all have a fabulous three day weekend. I think most of us will be outdoors, but if you spend it inside doing some organizing, here is a neat tip for you that I found at In My Own Style.
No slip hangers! Take your regular hangers - wire or plastic and wrap them with pipe cleaners from the craft store! Genius! You know you have those pesky dresses or tops that slide off all the time. This will fix the problem. Click on the link above to read the whole post and how-to.
In addition to all the great ideas and projects I come across in blogland that I want to try out, I collect various magazines with projects that I want to try. (Am I the only one addicted to magazines?)
This week I finally tried out a necklace in one of my Bead Style issues.
Here is the magazine project (it's from Best of Bead Style 2011)
I'd love to create this one as featured with all the colored beads, but I was using some of what I had on hand, along with some extras I picked up on clearance at Michael's this week.
That's the beauty of DIY- you can take an idea and make it yours. I followed the tutorial but substituted color and size of beads. I also tweaked the number of beads called for- the magazine projects calls for 12 20 mm round beads, rondelles, and pearls. I used all round pearls and my largest was 18mm. I used 10 instead of 12 of the 18mm because the strand in my stash only had 11 beads. I adjusted the other numbers by two less as well.
If you see something you'd like to try but don't have everything as listed in the supplies, try substituting.
My front and back porches are in need of some cleaning and attention. The back one stays either covered in pollen in the spring and fall or dirt in the summer, so I don't think it's worth putting a lot of extra stuff out there. It would just be more to clean. Hopefully one day we will replace the screen with glass and it will be a nice room to enjoy.
In the meantime, I can focus on the front door and porch. It's not a big porch but there is room for a couple of chairs and a few things.
Here are some front doors and porches that inspire me.
Look what some paint and bright pretty flowers can do:
Now that I'm in love with washi tape and have officially tried it out for myself, I thought I'd share some places to find some pretty and interesting designs. Of course there is Michaels and Target. But here are some cute options on etsy:
We battle cholesterol issues around here. Not high, but not enough good cholesterol, so hubby's last check up sent me looking for more heart healthy recipes. Here is one I found at Heart Healthy Online that was a hit. And it's quick- perfect for our busy nights after work.
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size strips I used precooked bagged chicken strips (maybe not as healthy but quicker)
1 medium yellow sweet pepper, coarsely chopped
1 small zucchini, bias-sliced and quartered
1/2 of a medium onion, cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup bottled salsa
1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1/2 cup cooked or canned black beans, rinsed and drained
4 8 inches whole wheat flour tortillas, hot cooked rice, or red sweet peppers with tops and ribs removed (optional)
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Sprinkle chicken with seasoning. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a very large skillet. Add chicken; reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until chicken is browned on all sides. Add sweet pepper, zucchini, and onion; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes more or until crisp tender.
Add salsa, corn, and beans to skillet. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through and chicken is no longer pink.
Serve with warm tortillas, rice, or red peppers, if desired. (To heat tortillas, wrap in microwave-safe paper towels; micro-cook on high power for 30 seconds). Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.
Tip: Substitution Tip: For an even lower sodium meal, use fresh deli salsa or homemade salsa rather than purchased bottled salsa.
I've always been in love with taking photos. Over the past few years I've been investing in better equipment and learning to improve my photography. I carry my camera in a backpack camera bag and it's really good for traveling and sight seeing. Sometimes though when I'm on short outings I'd like to be a little more stylish. Those bags that look like purses are so pretty, but I don't care much for the prices. Here are five tutorials for making your own.
Here's my version of the Anthro Paisley Rebirth necklace based on the tutorial from Bev at Flamingo Toes. I loosely followed the tutorial. I didn't wrap my chain the same nor did I wrap it as tightly because I was afraid I would run out of chain. I didn't have quite as much as I needed.