T-Shirt Scarves

So I recently saw this adorable idea for re-purposing old t-shirts on Pinerest and decided I had to try it. The idea is to cut up old shirts you don’t wear anymore and make them into adorable new scarves.

They are extremely easy! All you do is cut the seam off the bottom of your old shirt and then continue to cut the shirt into thin strips (about 1/4 inch each) until you get to the sleeves. The larger the shirt you use, the more you’ll be able to do with your scarf. I actually used a jersey-cotton pillow case that didn’t have a match for the scarf below because it only had one seam and was the perfect size! Make sure to cut all the way around the shirt (or pillow case) so the strips stay in loops. At the end you can attach them together however you’d like. I cut one of the loops and wrapped it around the scarf to cover up the seams and keep all the loops together.

You can find a better tutorial on how to do this and other cute t-shirt projects here. I have to say their scarves turned out a little better than mine, but for my first try I think it turned out pretty well. Click on the images to see a larger view.

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Who Doesn’t Love a Good Tutu?

My best friend found this awesome video tutorial on how to make tutus without any sewing. She has a 2 1/2 year old niece who loves dress up and wanted to make her a tutu for Christmas so I decided to join in the fun! I have twin nieces who are 14 months and would look adorable in their own homemade tutus. These were so easy (and inexpensive)  I couldn’t believe it. I made one that was ivory, pale pink, and pale green with a green satin ribbon and one that was ivory, pale pink, and periwinkle with a light blue satin ribbon. The tutus  I have photographed here are the green one I made and the one my friend made as well. Hers was so fun! It was blue, pink, purple, and white. What little girl wouldn’t LOVE to have one of these to play with? I plan on making these for every little girl I know! You can click on each image to get a better view!

Hopefully I can take some photos of the girls wearing them this weekend for next week’s blog post! Stay tuned :)

You can watch the tutorial here but all you need is tulle, scissors, ribbon and a ruler!

Make Your Own Cake Stands

I saw this idea on another WordPress blog, A SLO Life, (thanks for the idea!) and I absolutely loved it. I love to entertain and am always looking for fun dishes/plates to display appetizers and desserts and this looked like such a fun idea! I made a few different types because they were so quick and easy. All you need is a few plates (I chose different sizes) candle holders, and some tacky glue.

I found these three white candle holders and the blue and white plates at Marshalls for only a few dollars each and I used white plates that I already had at home. I also made a few stands with square plates and made the bases from dishes I had in my cabinet. These cake stands only cost about $5.00-$10.00 a piece!

How to: Make Delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup

I work a 9-5 Monday through Friday and eat lunch out way too often. When I don’t bring my own lunch I end up spending too much money on unhealthy food and regretting it later. So, this weekend I decided to make an easy meal that I could take to work for a few days during the week. I wanted something easy that I could just throw together in my slow cooker, but I wanted it to be healthy as well. So I pulled out my old slow cooker recipe book and found this one. Tortilla Soup! Notice my handy-dandy cookbook stand? This was a wedding gift that I absolutely love. You can still find it at Crate and Barrel.

Here is what you will need:

4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (I use organic)

4 large fresh tomatoes, diced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can green chilies

1 cup chicken broth (I use organic)

4 Thai chillies finely chopped (use one-two jalapenos if you have them)

1 Avocado, sliced

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

4 corn tortillas, sliced into ¼ inch strips

1 teaspoon cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

*The recipe in the book called for canned tomatoes, but I really prefer fresh ingredients. Everything listed above I either picked from my garden, or bought from my local farmer’s market.

Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Mix broth, cumin, onions, garlic, chillies, salt, pepper, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Pour over chicken and cook on high for 3 hours (or slow for 6 hours). Take chicken out once cooked all the way through and shred into pieces. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker. Before serving add sliced tortillas and cilantro and stir. Serve with sliced avocado and garnish with fresh cilantro. This recipe was so easy and delicious! And very easy to transport to work. Enjoy!

Mixture of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and chillies

Gotta go organic!

All the ingredients in the slow cooker. The chicken is underneath.

These are the thai chillies I used because our jalapeno plant didn't make it this year.

Topped with sliced avocado and fresh cilantro

The finished product.

How to: Make the Most Amazing Shoes of Your Life

What girl doesn’t love a little sparkle?

Last year before my bachelorette party in Las Vegas, I decided I needed new shoes. Not just any shoes…. they needed to be amazing. I searched and searched for the perfect pair and was disappointed by my options. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money because I was saving every last penny for my wedding– so I decided on this little DIY project.

Okay, this was not as “little” as I thought it was… It took me HOURS…. I worked on them for months before they were finally finished.

Here is what I did– I found a pair of plain silver peep toe Steve Madden pumps at Nordstrom Rack and decided to glam them up.  I would come home after work and add a few more gems, one at a time. I tried super glue…that didn’t work. I tried fabric glue…and that didn’t work. So, I pulled out my handy hot glue gun and got busy.

All you need:

– hot glue gun

– about a million tiny clear rhinestones (I bought mine on Etsy for a steal!)

– tweezers (that you don’t mind ruining)

– silver or white pumps (peep toe preferred)

– newspapers or plastic to cover your table

– patience and lots of time!

All you do:

1- Squirt a tiny line of hot glue directly onto your shoe

2- Quickly use your tweezers to pick up and attach your rhinestones one by one until you cover the glue

3- Repeat steps one and two! It’s that easy!

Hot glue probably wasn’t the best choice I could have made, because you could see a little bit of the glue poking out around the gems but it did the trick. If you find a better option, please let me know!

Up close the shoes weren’t perfect, but from afar they ROCKED. I got so many compliments on these shoes at my bachelorette party that I wore them three weeks later at my friend’s bachelorette party in Vegas with a different dress. They don’t exactly work for going out in any old city– but they fit in perfectly in Vegas! They quickly became my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned and I always look forward to the opportunity to wear them again.  I decided to blog about them today because they’re coming back out of the closet this month! They will be sparkling on the strip in Vegas in T- 25 days. I can’t wait!

How to: Bring your shattered eyeshadow back to life!

So a friend of mine shared this little tip with me recently and I had to pass it along! This technique can be used for pressed powders and blushes too!

In the past, my eyeshadows, blush’s, and even pressed powders would break and I would end up throwing them away and wasting the $15-40 I spent on them. But not anymore! Ever since my friend sent me this tip I haven’t thrown any of these products away!  So, if you don’t like throwing your money in the trash then take a few minutes and try this technique!

Here is what you will need:

-butter knife

– rubbing alcohol

– tissue

– plastic sandwich bag

– a nickel, dime or quarter depending on size of eyeshadow

The process is actually super easy!

Step 1– Put the eyeshadow in the plastic baggie and use the butterknife to break up the rest of the eyeshadow into a fine powder. (This demonstration was done with a dual eyeshadow, which made it a little more difficult, but not impossible!)

Step 2– Take the eyeshadow out of the bag and pour a little rubbing alcohol over it.

Step 3– Cover the eyeshadow with the tissue, and then use the quarter (or dime- depending on the size of the product) to push down the loose powder until it is back to it’s compact state.

Step 4– Let the eyeshadow dry, and you’re all set!

I love this tip and have already done it to 4 eyeshadows that were just waiting to go in the trash! Who knew saving money could be this fun?