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T-Shirt Dye DIY

4 May

I finally did the winter-to-summer clothes switch in my closet the other day and I came across a t-shirt that I had purchased but never wore.

I absolutely love South Parade t-shirts because they are super flattering on and also really insanely soft. True&Co carried their tee’s for a bit and I was able to use some referral credits to stock up. Unfortunately, I kind of hate white t-shirts. I much prefer colors or black, so this one just sat in my drawer until I packed it away last fall.

Lately nothing in my house is safe from purging and anything I don’t love gets either sold or donated, so I figured I might as well try dying this t-shirt to see if I like it better in a different color. I had some teal Rit dye sitting in my office, so I decided to put it to work.

By the way, my ugly green bathtub was the perfect fit for this DIY! I probably could have just filled it up with water and dye, but I grabbed a handy dollar store bin. I filled it with hot water and then dumped in the entire container of dye.

Then, I poked it with a stick.

I’ve learned NOT to put my hands in the dye, so I was careful to stir it with a random stick that was sitting in Jack’s bathroom (#boymomlife). I left it in there for an hour or so and then rinsed and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed until the water finally ran mostly clear. When it was mostly clean, I added it to the load of laundry that I had going in and gave it a nice wash and dry.

And I LOVE IT:

The color turned out so pretty and as soon as I pulled it out of the dryer I wore it that day AND wore it to bed that night. So yeah, I’m a regular Martha Stewart now.

Do you dye your clothes?

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Redoing a DIY

12 Jul

A few years ago when we first bought our house, I was going a little crazy with the DIY’s. I mean, that’s kind of the fun part when you buy a house… to rip everything apart and make it your own. Right?

Well, one of the first projects I did was to upgrade our kitchen. When we moved in, the island was in a super weird spot, the backsplash was bright white and the gold-colored hardware hurt my eyes.

In fact, back then I described it as looking like King Midas came over and molested them.

You can see the full post here — Kitchen Changes, Part 1 — where I decided to paint them with spray paint. It actually turned out really well, but after four years of using our cabinets every day they were looking a bit rough.

Redo knobs - 1

I decided to take an hour over the weekend and redo the whole project. I unscrewed any knob or pull that had a chip in the paint and shoved it through an old cardboard box.

Redo knobs - 2

I did a quick wipe-down with Windex, and then I spray painted the hell out of them.

Redo knobs - 3

I let them dry for about an hour and stuck them back on the cabinets.

I’m not even kidding when I say the entire job took me less than 60 minutes. However, the amount of times I moved the task on my calendar went on for literally MONTHS because I never felt like doing it. Now, hopefully we will be good for another 4 years…

Am I the only one who procrastinates a month for a project that literally takes less than an hour? Have you needed to redo a DIY?

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I Saw it On Pinterest: ‘Cat Eye’ Eyeliner

8 Feb

So far in my Pinterest adventures, I’ve tackled a braided bun, made some fire starters, tried to unclog a sink drain, made a t-shirt bag, baked some crappy s’mores pockets and made an awesome blanket scarf.

Well I received a liquid liner in my January Birchbox (review of box coming soon) and had the great thought that I’d use some Pinterest tutorials to try the ‘cat eye’ look. I mean, how hard could it be?

I found two posts that sounded perfect to help me figure it out: 22 Genius Eyeliner Hacks Every Woman Needs to Know and 18 Useful Tips for People Who Suck at Eyeliner. Considering that I use eyeliner on a daily basis, I figured that with these 40 new tips I’d be a PRO!

The girl on the pin is exactly the look that I am going for:

cat eye pin

I mean look at her… it’s perfect! And don’t even get me started on the eyebrow jealousy I have going on right now…

So with this exact ‘swoop’ in mind, I readied myself. I read EVERY SINGLE tip in each article. I steadied my hand on my face. I made small dots with the liquid liner and slowly smudged them together. I tried making the liner extend out on a curve… only to realize it was randomly curving down when I stopped pulling my skin tight. I wiped it off with makeup remover and tried it again.

And again.
And again.
Okay, so I got one side done and it’s not TOO awful.

cat eye 2

And then, I did the other side.

cat eye 3

What the hell just happened here?!
I’m not even kidding when I say that this is literally the best that I could do after trying over and over again.

Even when it seemed like I was doing a good job, I’d back up from the mirror to look and I pretty much looked CRAZY.

I mean, LOOK AT THIS:

cat eye 4

Maybe I just need more practice? Like months and months of more practice…

Have you perfected the art of the ‘cat eye’?

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I Saw it on Pinterest: No Sew Blanket Scarf

1 Dec

So far in my Pinterest adventures, I’ve tackled a braided bun, made some fire starters, tried to unclog a sink drain, made a t-shirt bag and baked some crappy s’mores pockets.

Well, a few weeks ago I came across this pin for a No Sew Blanket Scarf and was intrigued. I love the blanket scarf I received in my last Fix but also really wanted a plaid version to add to my neck collection.

Well, I had planned to go by Joann’s to check out their pre-lit Christmas trees (and got one for 50% off, yay!) and while I was there I browsed through their flannel shirt fabric section. Just as promised in the pin, the fabric was $8.99 per yard and an online coupon took me less than 3 minutes to download to my phone.

It was probably the easiest DIY I’ve ever done in my life.

Blanket Scarf - steps

  1. Pick fabric.
  2. Cut the crooked edges into a straight line by following the print.
  3. Throw the fabric in the laundry.
  4. Pull it out and see that the edges have frayed adorably.

Put that warm fresh-from-the-dryer fabric around my neck and give it a little snuggle:

Blanket scarf love

Isn’t it gorgeous?! I ended up buying 2 ½ yards of fabric for $22.48 and then saved $8.99 by using my online coupon (you can get them right off the Joann’s website and have it sent to your phone). So, the total for my new super soft blanket scarf was only $13.50!

Blanket scarf

I’ve seen similar blanket scarfs for sale for WAY more than my DIY steal. So I’m feeling pretty darn good about this project!

Have you made a DIY blanket scarf? Are you going to run out to the fabric store and make yourself one now?

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