DIY Dress Alteration

So I found this dress in the sale section at Gap.  It was the only one left, in my size and just $13.  I snatched it up and went to the dressing room with a few other items.  When i tried it on however, it was very big in the chest and stomach (you know, the area where most things are usually tightest on me).  I was confused and took the dress off disappointed.  I looked at the tag and realized it was a maternity dress.  Whoops.  I still really liked the style of the dress and I had a daytime wedding coming up that it would be perfect for, so I bought it with the hopes that I could take it in and make it fit.  And let me tell you, it came out perfect and was “sew” simple.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

The dress has an empire waist, a side zipper, and 2 darts (as opposed to 1 seam) up the back so I decided to take it in along the darts.  First I tried on the dress inside out and had my mom take it in equally at each dart and place just one pin at the waist.  Then following the lines of the darts took in the same amount of fabric as was pinned at the waist.  I tapered the lines off a little longer than the original darts.

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Then I made a seam along the lines of pins, pressed them towards the middle of the dress and turned it back right-side out.

That was it. Two-quick seams and I had a new, custom fitted dress.  Yay!

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So don’t let clothes that don’t fit perfectly scare you.  If it fits all criteria but 1, there is usually a simple adjustment to make it work for you.  Good Luck!!

Leave a comment if you have ever purchased a sale item hoping to fix it yourself.

~D

Who doesn’t like Oreos?

Seriously.  Is there anyone?  If you belong to the rare breed who don’t enjoy this amazing cookie, than stop reading this post.  But the rest of us are going to press on and discover this awesome, easy, delish no-bake dessert.

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I found this recipe and was in love with it before I even tasted it.  Cream cheese, cool whip, powdered sugar, chocolate pudding and… OREOS.  A true winning combination.

Mix up the layers, assemble in a 9×13 pan and let chill for a bit.  And thats it, you’re done “baking” and off to enjoying a fabulous end to your meal!

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What’s your favorite Oreo dessert?

~D

 

PS: Sorry I’ve been so slack with my Sunday posts (notice how this one was on a Monday… whoops).  I have a dress refashion and a dessert tray tutorial in the works!  Let me know if there are any pins you would like to see me review!

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Crocheted Chevron

Sometimes out of boredom I start a craft project.  Often it is a project that requires more way more time than the few free hours I don’t know what to do with.  Such is the case with this chevron granny afghan I crocheted.  I just decided I wanted to crochet an afghan one day, and 6+ months later, I had a completed throw.  This project took extra time because I did not work on it consistently.  Had I devoted a regular amount of time to it each week, I probably could have finished it in a third of the time (about 2 months) as the rows did go fast.

This pattern was designed to use multiple colored stripes, but I went with a simple black and mint.  You make it in 4 panels, which is nice in the summer, because you don’t have to have the weight of a blanket on your lap to work on it.  Also, by working the afghan in panels, each row is fairly short.  This makes it easy to come to a good ending point if you don’t have a long chunk of time to work on it.

A friend of mine described this throw as a mix between modern and vintage.  It is cute, warm, and just reminds me of home.  So if you are looking for a cute and versatile throw look no further because the time commitment was totally worth it.

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This is my favorite thing to wrap up in while watching tv.  In fact, I’m snuggled in it right now!

~ D

 

 

My Favorite: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I posted my favorite dinner a while back and have since decided to make a sort of “My Favorite” mini series.  Today, I’m tackling my favorite chocolate chip cookies.  And that is no small feat as chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite dessert.  EVER.

I have been a big fan of Sally’s Baking Addiction blog for a while, and her chocolate chip cookies are just one of the many delicious recipes she’s posted.  I am not entirely sure whether I fell in love with the blog first or the cookies.  Either way, they are both fantastic.

A big thing I’ve learned in trying to perfect the chocolate chip cookie is to follow the instructions regarding how to mix the ingredients and in what order.  It really does matter, and makes a big difference in how your cookies turn out.

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 The wet ingredients

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Dry ingredients

Also, make sure you chill the dough as instructed.  It helps the cookies to come out extra fluffy.

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Don’t they look delicious?  You’ve just got to try them, they are soooo worth it!

Enjoy!

~D

Sharpie Mugs Debunked

If you’ve been on Pinterest for any length of time you have surely come across the “sharpie mug” or “sharpie plate.”  Each post seems to have a slightly different set of directions, some of which work, most of which don’t.  So if you would like to see what finally did work for me (along with my first failed attempt), keep reading.

First of all if you use regular sharpies, you will be sorely disappointed.

Your project will look good at first

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First attempt: after baking

But I could tell they weren’t going to hold up to washing, even hand washing.  I read that you can spray them with craft sealant.  I tried that, but after one good scrub this is what they looked like:

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First attempt: after washing

So I did a lot of research before I found a way that worked, FOR REAL.

First you need to use an oil based sharpie paint pen.  You can still use cheap dollar store plates/ mugs, but definitely, definitely spring for this more expensive sharpie.  You can find them at craft stores in a bunch of colors and tip sizes.

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Draw you’re design on the mug.  Put items in a cool oven.  Turn oven on to 400.  Once oven reaches the temp, bake  for 30 minutes then turn off.  Leave items in oven until they cool.  And Voila!

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The high oven temp, does change the color of the paint slightly.  Those states were outlined in a light blue originally, and are now slightly green.  But I have no doubt they will last for a long time!  (If you want to avoid the color change, try black.  The pink seemed to hold up well for me too!)

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Now that you know the truth, get out there and make some fun cheap sharpie mugs and plates!

Have fun!

~D

Happy OT Month!

In honor of OT month (which began yesterday) I was planning to write a post about this amazing piece of adapted equipment I made for a patient who has trouble performing “toilet hygiene” (to put it nicely).

Well the equipment was a fail.  Not because it was a bad idea, but because it just didn’t suit the patients needs.  But I still didn’t feel right posting it just yet.

So, instead of an adapted equipment tutorial, you’re just going to get some of my favorite OT meme/ saying posts from Pinterest.

Remember to love on, thank, or simply learn more about what OT’s do this month.

(OT stands for occupational therapist for those who have never heard of us.  We help people learn/ re-learn how to participate in their daily occupations or daily activities that occupy their time and have meaning – not just their jobs!)

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I love being an OT!

~D

Ms. Clean

Even typing that title makes me laugh because it absolutely does not describe my natural tendency.  But I have a new system that has really helped.

Some people find that cleaning helps them to de-stress.  I, however, get stressed out by cleaning.  I don’t know how to prioritize it, and I tend to have the mentality that I will only clean if I can get it all done at once (and who has time to clean their entire house/ apt in one shot? No one.  Thats who.) So I tend to just not clean and then get mad about how messy things are.  Its a really healthy process.  Or not.

I saw this video on one of the beauty channels I watch and thought it was a great way to break everything up into manageable chunks.  A few weeks later I stumbled upon this pin which also offers great tips on how to make a cleaning schedule.

This is life changing stuff here people.

I say that a lot, don’t I?  Y’all are going to stop believing me soon.  But, I promise this has made a HUGE difference.

First, I made a list of what I needed to clean and how often I needed to clean it: weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly.  Ruth’s blog (2nd link above) has a master cleaning list which I printed and adjusted to my needs.

Then, I made a chart similar to the one Blair made in her video (1st link above).

Lastly, I wrote out my schedule on a half of a piece of white paper which I then put in a frame.  I use dry erase markers to write my daily schedule and to-do lists on the glass and check off chores as I do them.  Since the cleaning list is on paper under the glass it doesn’t get wiped off and I can reuse it.

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Daily/ Weekly Schedule template

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Filled in with Monday’s schedule and lists for the week.  

My apartment is now clean and stays that way.

Happy Spring cleaning!

~D

1-2-3 Curls

No heat curls seem to be the next big thing.  And they should be, because they are- dare I say it- life changing.

I do my best to style my hair using heat as infrequently as possible.  I have been growing my hair out since I cut 12 in off about 2 years ago.  I use my straightener about once per month, and that is the only heat I put on my hair. Going (virtually) heatless has increased my hair health and speed to which my hair grows.  However, my hair is naturally a very unflattering mix of frizzy, wavy and straight.  So, I’ve had to get creative.

I have found several different no-heat curl methods that all seem to last the 5-6 days I go between washes.  No heat curls seem to keep their curl much better than regular curls, at least this is true for my hair.

I plan on showing you a few of the methods I’ve found, but today I will stick to my current favorite.  It can be found at this pin, or from this video.

(Yes, the photos in this post are awkward selfies.  I am not a selfie taker but I just couldn’t find any other way to take these pictures.  So please accept my apologies)

Step 1: With freshly washed and wet hair, part the top of your hair where you normally part it and divide in two sections.  Twist each half away from your face.

Step 2: Secure twists with a clip on top of your head (or if your hair is longer with several clips). Let hair dry overnight or for several hours.

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Step 3: Unclip your hair, and separate twists.  I will usually put some mousse in the curls to help them hold.  And Voila!  You now have stylish, fun, no heat curls!

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The picture of these curls was actually taken at the end of day two.  That is how well they stay.

I either put my hair in a high messy bun, or a loose braid to sleep in between days when I wash (and subsequently curl) my hair.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

~D

S’mores Dip…. YUMMMM!

I have seen several different variations of this pin floating around Pinterest recently.  It looked yummy and chocolatey and easy to make into a single serving dessert.  It definitely proved to be all of those things.  Are you ready?! Because you’re going to love it!!

First, I put a layer of mini chocolate chips into an individual loaf pan.

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Then I personalized it and added a small handful of peanut butter chips.

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I ripped some large marshmallows into pieces and mixed them in too, along with a splash of milk.

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I put the dish in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval until the mixture was smooth.

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Lastly, I broke 3 marshmallows in half, placed them on top and broiled the dish for about 2 minutes, watching closely for the marshmallows to brown.

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Serve with graham crackers and enjoy!

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I’ll just be over here stuffing my face.

~D

Happy Handwriting

A few weeks ago, I was given the task of making a poster to welcome students to the MCO winter retreat.  (MCO is a campus ministry I am a part of at the medical university I attended).

I have several fonts I can write in, but wanted to do something different.  So I turned to Pinterest, and searched for handwriting fonts.  I was not disappointed.

I found this font, which worked perfectly:Image

(If someone knows where exactly this picture came from, let me know so I can link back to the actual site.  I can’t seem to locate it and want to give credit.  Thanks!)

I have since used this font for other things.  Here is a picture of the poster I made, using a block lettering for the heading, and my new font for the subtitle.

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I also used it to label the inside of my planning notebook for this blogeroo and my etsy shop:

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I love when Pinterest saves the day!

Happy pinning!

~D