Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Blue Jean ReVamp

Ok, so I know what y'all are thinking? How in the world is she crafting right now while she's getting ready for the big move? I know, I know! But a girls gotta craft when a girls gotta craft. And this craft is one FAB project. This is by my sweet friend and Crimson Clover sidekick, Marisa. Thanks girl for teaching me how to make these. We had so much fun doing this project! I can't wait for her to visit me in VA so we can make some more fabulous goodies! I started out with an old pair of Seven for All Mankind jeans that were a little big on me. {Slightly larger jeans, i.e., go up 1 size, work best for this project}. Decide how short you want your skirt to be and cut off each leg. I guessed a little long. You can always cut it off shorter when you are done. And girls...don't be afraid of the sewing machine because cannot mess up this project.

Me and Marisa working on our skirts

So once you get the legs cut off, you will need to set them aside as they will become the center of your skirt. From here, get out your seam ripper and rip the seams on the cut off jeans {see below}

The legs that you cut off earlier become the center piece of the skirt. Make sense? In order to do this, we cut the leg fabric in half and laid it out flat so the seam was down the middle.

And then you just pin it in place. You will use the other leg for the back of the skirt.

Yes, I do own a sewing machine and no, I don't know how to do anything other than a straight stitch. But this project is so easy and you honestly can't mess it up. Here I am sewing the pieces back together. After you sew the back and front pieces, just cut off the excess fabric and you are done.

Here is Marisa wearing one of her fab skirts and holding the one we just made. This is in raw form. Once it is sewn, you just cut off the excess fabric. And after 1 cycle in the washing maching, you will get these awesome frays.

Here I am holding my finished product! I was so excited that I put it in the washing machine right away!

And Voila!! This skirt is a bunch of groovy cuteness!!
Peace out,
tia & andrea

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Silhouette Art

You know how you have people in your life that you just "click" with? I am so blessed to have MANY. And one in particular is my cousin and best friend in the whole world, Kiki. She is an amazing mother, friend, artist, and decorator. Our styles work so well together. I was so fortunate to have her help me with my new home in Chicago 3 years ago and looking forward to getting her design eye in my newest home in Virginia in a few weeks. We have so much fun talking decor together. Her talent is shining through with these beautiful handpainted silhouettes! Look at what she did for me below! She handpainted my 5 children and they are just precious. I am in L♥VE with them! Since we are moving in a couple of weeks, I didn't want to put anymore nails in the wall, so I hung the canvases in our master bedroom with the 3M Command picture hanging strips. These things are genius. I love how the canvases pop against my pale Tiffany blue walls. My office space in the new house has a gorgeous fireplace and I'm thinking these will have to take center stage above the mantle. Not sure what the wall color will be yet, but I know these beautiful works of art will look fab against just about anything.
Ok, so I just had to throw this picture in because I thought it was too cute. You can see my daughter, Paige in the mirror dancing around wearing her Minnie Mouse ears as I'm trying to capture the right angle.

Kiki is also in the middle of a move herself but if you are interested in contacting her to purchase your own hand painted silhouette, just click HERE. You'll be glad you did!
tia & andrea

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Recipe share

I found this recipe for Lemon-Basil Pasta with Grilled Chicken at blog. I made it tonight and my family and they loved it so I wanted to share with you. Even my 10 year old loved it and he is a picky eater.
I liked it because it didn't take long to make and it is really good. The only thing that you have to do in advance is marinate the chicken.
Andrea & Tia

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Subway Art

Last month when we were together in Chicago, Tia and I had were lucky enough to get some crafty time in during our visit. One of the projects that we worked on was Subway Art. Subway Art is popping up all over craft blogs everywhere so of course we had to make our "own" versions that meant something to us and our families.
Tia and Andrea being Crafty!!!
Tia working on her Art. We got carried away and didn't take a picture of me working on mine. lol!!!

Here is how we made our Art:

We bought inexpensive canvas at Hobby Lobby while they were on sale. We sprayed painted the canvas using London Fog spray paint from Rustoleum. It is the a great Muddy Taupe color that we both could use in our homes. It is on clearance at Hobby Lobby right now so even better!!! We did use several coats of paint on the canvases.

We thought of the text that we wanted to use on our Subway art pieces. Tia used all the places that she has lived with her husband & family plus a couple of other places that are special to them. I used all the places that we have traveled to on vacation on mine.
We used my Silhouette Machine to cut out the letters out of white card stock. We cut them out while changing up the fonts and sizes to make them interesting. I love the silhouette because you can cut out any font that is on your computer.

We carefully layed out how we wanted our canvases to look and then glued the letters down using Mod Podge. I love Mod Podge because it is easy to use and cleans up just as easy plus it acts as a glue and a sealer in one. We used several coats of Mod Podge and let them dry before hanging them up on our walls.

Our Subway Art



Have a great week!!!

andrea and tia

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Hi everyone!!! We have been enjoying the summer with our families and we hope you have too. Tia and I have tried to fit some creative time but things keep us from doing or completing some of our projects. I promise new projects and pictures coming soon but until then I have a couple of cards to share that I recently made.
Butterfly Card
Hero arts stamp, copics, glimmer mist, bazzil card stock and ribbon from Michaels

Birthdays are good for you
Bazzil cardstock, inakadinkado stamps, copics, distress ink, clear embossing powder
Andrea and Tia
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