I found this adorable onesie for Sophia, but because she is so tall, and almost two, it didn't fit and I think she is a little too old to wear a onesie out in public. I decided to make it a dress. She now asks to wear it all the time, like every morning when we're picking out her clothes this is what she wants! Super super easy to sew and refashion!
Once you get the hang of it thrift shopping is invaluable. There are great pieces of clothing at amazing prices. Since I like to refashion clothes it has an endless supply of cheap, but amazing quality clothing just waiting to be worn again!
I have been thrift shopping for about 10 years now and in the beginning walking into a thrift store was very intimidating. Rows and rows of clothes, sometimes not categorized by size. Definitely not categorized by style, color or really anything. Everything is jammed together but among the ugly, outdated clothes there are little gems just waiting to be found, worn or re-fashioned....by you! A thrift shop can be a challenge at times so I'd have a couple tips I'd like to share on how to overcome the shopping experience and find yourself those one of a kind treasures.
1. Make a list before you go.
I know usually you never make a list when you go clothes shopping, but when you thrift shop its important to know what exactly you are looking for.
2. Browse the return/dressing room racks.
Sometimes they are empty because the employees have returned the clothing, but if not you may be able find some real treasures that didn't fit other people just hanging there. I definitely try to make my way over to the racks at the beginning and end of my shopping.
3. Look for specifics while scanning.
With your list in hand keep in mind the specifics you want but also scan for patterns and textures that your drawn to. For instance even if I'm looking for a floral shirt I tend to pull out gray shirts and anything striped. I don't move every single shirt to look at, but run your hand over the shoulders of the hangers or scan with your eyes and see what jumps out at you.
4. Be mindful of time
If you are there with kids in tow only look for your specific items. For instance, if you really want to find a jacket don't start looking at jeans and shoes. Go straight to what you are looking for and if the kids are okay then move onto another section. If you are lucky to be on your own and you have time that's when you can really scan and handpick things out of the racks.
Once you get the hang of it, thrift shopping is invaluable. There are great pieces of clothing at amazing prices. Since I like to refashion clothe,s thrifting provides an endless supply of cheap and amazing quality clothing just waiting to be worn again!
I found a lacey pink top at Plato's Closet. I tried it on and looooooved it. However the sleeves stopped at a weird point on my arms. It was trying to be a 3/4 length and a long sleeve at the same time. I decided since its almost summertime I'd cut and sew the arms to be short sleeves. Here's my little sewing adventure....
My little girls' hair is starting to get long and since I don't want to cut bangs I've needed to put clips in to keep it out of her eyes. Or at least keep her from pushing them to the side constantly. I decided to use my own bobby pins and paint them with nail polish to make them cute for her!
So my sister bought me this adorable top from H&M (love) but thought it was missing something. I've seen striped shirts with lace on the front a lot lately....and I LOVE lace...so I decided to try to do it myself and it worked! I had a lace tank that didn't fit right and decided I should use it for my refashion. It worked perfectly!
So I've had a sweater for a loooooong time, like maybe over one year. It was way too big. The sleeves fit me wierd and it was very wide on me. I am petite, 5'2, and this was definitely meant for someone taller. I loved the colors because it could go with anything, any colors or patterns. I realized I should take the sleeves up and in and take the sides in a bit and it probably would fit.
To take the sleeves up measure where you want the bottom of the sleeve to hit. Keep in mind that you need to compensate for the hem of the sleeve. You will fold it down after you sew. It's kind of confusing now, but you'll see what I mean in the end. You fold the sleeve up pin all the way around where the prior stitching is.
As I mentioned in my first blog, I am the only member of my family to live in Florida. I figured that since my move across the country started a whole new life for me I would talk about how I ended up in the "armpit of Florida" as its called.
I always knew that I wouldn't stay in Washington State my whole life, even though my family is there. There's too many places to live in the world and I couldn't imagine staying in one place my whole life. Forever. So, at the age of 23 I realized, at that point, I wanted a drastic change. I had been with my then boyfriend for four years and thought now was the time to do something. I was young enough to bounce back if things didn't work out and I didn't have kids. My boyfriend and I decided that it was time to move out of state. We came up with California or Florida as our potential destinations. We wanted sunshine! After looking at the cloudy Seattle sky for 23 years I wanted to see some sunshine and find out what a blue sky looked like. (It rains 364 days out of the year in Seattle, okay not really but it feels like it) We decided on Florida because California at the time was very expensive. I moved sight unseen. I had never been to Florida and didn't know anything about the state except flamingos live in peoples yards, the sun shines everyday and Disney World is there! I have yet to even see a flamingo in the wild, but it was HOT (and it was October)! I wore shorts in November and I couldn't believe it! Compared to the gray dreariness of Seattle I left, waking up to sunshine everyday wasn't like opening a new chapter in my life but a new book!
Soon after I moved everything began falling apart with my boyfriend, although it took almost a full year for us to make a complete break. Considering he was the only person I knew down here I felt tied to him. As my personal life was floundering my career was starting to take off. I finally was starting to make friends of my own, thanks to my co-workers, and after a few months we made a clean break and it was over. The friends I made down here helped me through an extremely hard point in my life. Some of them don't know how much I needed them and what an impact they had in my life. People always say you have to go down before you go up and I was very far down. Without family my work friends became a type of family for me. It was great to finally find myself. What I didn't realize was how much I needed to deal with certain emotions that I had felt and situations that had happened over that five year period. For now I stuffed those feelings down and moved on with my life for a few more years.
I ended up meeting my amazing husband within my new found friends. Without making that huge move across the United States I never would have met him and never have had my daughter. I found myself in Florida and even though I miss my family everyday that move was a turning point in my life; towards better things and better people for me.
My hubby and I are trying to eat healthier so I've been experimenting with dishes to cut down on the calories. Normally I just throw in whatever, but I've been trying to put more veggies in things since they're good for you and they don't pack tons of calories. That being said I decided to try my hand at a meatless spaghetti sauce, without the heavy marinara sauce either. The outcome was delicious! So healthy and even my little girl loved it! The recipe is at the bottom of the post!
Not too many ingredients-Whole peeled tomatoes, red onion, chopped garlic and spinach for the sauce
I used Garden Delight pasta. It tastes good and has a lot of flavor. And it goes with the veggie theme!
Chop your veggies! I did large bite sized pieces for the zucchini and squash.
After the veggies are chopped place them on a roasting pan and season with salt and pepper. (Remember to put water in the bottom of the pan) I put the oven on broil and checked every few minutes until they were golden brown.
Meanwhile, I used all the tomatoes in a large 28oz. can, and cut each one into fourths.
Hi I'm Ruth!
Wife to Manny and Mama to two little spunky girls, Amelia and Sophia. This is my little corner on the internet where I share my style and everyday life as a stay at home Mama.
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