Category Archives: clothing and jewelry

Two Easy Ways to Corral Hair Bands

I can open a drawer a million times and the mess doesn’t bother me.

At least not enough for me to do anything about it.

And then…

I can’t explain it. Something snaps.

I find myself saying to no one in particular, “what kind of animals live in this house? Why is this drawer such a gross disaster?”


I have a silverware tray in a bathroom drawer to organize my daughter’s hair stuff.

As you can see, it’s working super well.

*sigh*

Handy Husband’s idea for organizing this drawer was short hair. That idea was met by an epic level of eye rolling by our 10-year-old daughter.

*sigh*

Thank goodness HGTV had a better idea! It was to use a binder ring to store hair bands. Clever, but, of course, that was one random office supply I did not have on hand.

I did have a carabiner though!

This simple solution has been working great for my 10-year-old to use to hold her hair bands.

If you don’t have a carabiner, then one of these cheap shower rings also works well, I discovered.


Not all of my organization ideas stick, but simple and easy-to-use solutions seem to work best.

I’m happy this idea is holding strong after several weeks, but ask me again in a year!

If you have a simple way to organize hair accessories, let me know!

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Anonymous Jewellry Subscription Service

A few months ago I gave myself a gift.

I’m not in the habit of frivolous spending on myself, but man, let me tell you, spending that 30 bucks felt GOOD.

What? Did you think it would be more expensive? It’s me we are talking about.

After thinking about it for a good long while (that’s my M.O.), I signed up for an Anonymous Jewellry subscription. It’s a monthly subscription service that sends you a present every month. In this case, 1 to 3 pieces of costume jewelry. I prepaid for 3 months.

You have no idea what you’re going to get or if you’re going to like it. That was part of the fun for me, oddly enough.

My subscription was a little over 30 bucks for 3 months (I used a coupon code). Since I signed up (3 months ago) they’ve changed the price structure a little bit so you can order a specific number of pieces for a specific number of months. You can also select if you have a preference for gold or silver jewelry.

Was it worth it? There’s one necklace from my first month’s box that I’ve worn several times a week (see below). There’s also a pair of earrings that I’ve worn at least once a week, so I’d say it has been worth it.

Also, as the below picture demonstrates, when you can’t even take a selfie by yourself, you might be due to treat yourself to something that is just for you.


Honestly, it was the ‘happy mail’ factor for this subscription that really did it for me.

It was something to look forward to – a present I’d given myself. A true present because I didn’t know what it was going to be when I unwrapped it.

There are also a few pieces that I looked at and laughed out loud. Not because they weren’t pretty, per se, but because I couldn’t imagine wearing them. For rings, necklaces and bracelets, I’m all about the flash. In the earring category, I’m a minimalist. I know. It makes no sense, but it’s just where I’m at in my style evolution.

On the other ear hand, my daughter looked at these over-the-top-for-me earrings and said, “Ooh! Those are so pretty, mom!” I can picture her wearing them too. You know, when she actually gets her ears pierced. Which she wants to do, by the way. Is it too early? I digress.


Quality-wise, I’d say what I have received is comparable to other inexpensive costume jewelry you’d buy at a department store. These aren’t heavy-duty heirloom pieces, by any means, but nothing has broken in the 1- 3 months that I’ve had the jewelry. I also don’t typically wear jewelry while sleeping, cleaning or doing yard work though.

By the way, Anonymous Jewellry is an U.K. company. That’s why jewelry is spelled with two Ls. The company offers a return policy and has free worldwide shipping according to their website. I’m outside of the U.K., so my subscription counts as worldwide shipping too.


This company does not know me, other than as a customer, but in my 2nd or 3rd box I got this coupon code for 15% off, so I’m sharing it with you: ANNISA15

I checked it (use all caps) and it worked as of few days ago, but let me know if you have problems. Not sure I can fix it, but I’ll try!


I enjoyed treating myself with this jewelry subscription service. Right now I’m trying to decide if I renew it or try a different subscription service. I’ve already done Birchbox. Choices, choices!

I definitely think Anonymous Jewellry would be a fun gift to give someone: a mom, a teacher, a friend, a sister, YOURSELF! It’s a fun way to bring a bit of happiness to someone’s mailbox!

P.S. Let me reiterate again, this company doesn’t know me and I have not been compensated for this post. But, in fairness, I’m always open to that possibility. Call me! Actually, don’t call me. I don’t like to talk on the phone. Message me. Yeah, that sounds better. Shameless disclaimer over. For now. 

DIY Embroidered T-Shirt: Nevertheless She Persisted

I don’t usually do step-by-step tutorials because I’m not that detail-oriented, but I’m going to try my best today.

My main reason for this is because embroidery thread is right up there with felt on my list of favorite craft supplies! Also, to encourage you to try embellishing a t-shirt with embroidery stitching because it’s not as hard as you might think. I taught myself! If you can do it, the possibilities are endless.

Here’s the step-by-step of how I started with a plain white t-shirt and ended up with this result.


Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

You’ll need a t-shirt you want to embellish, embroidery thread, a sewing needle, backing material (I used a water soluble one), scissors and an embroidery hoop.

The backing material/stabilizer gives you something stiff to pull your stitches through. T-shirt material, even if pulled tightly, has too much “give” in it making it easy for your stitches to end up where you don’t want them. Don’t try this project without a stabilizer material of some sort.

You’ll also need to print out a design you want to embroider, a pencil to trace on the design and a hard surface to work on while you do the tracing (I used a cutting board). Your design needs to fit on your shirt and simpler is better – at least at first. If you don’t want to reposition the design during the process, it also needs to fit inside your embroidery hoop.


Step 2: Trace your design

There are two ways to do this.

1) You can trace directly onto the shirt, like I did. This is because my shirt was white, so I could put the paper design underneath and still see through the fabric to where it was. You’ll want to work on a hard surface like a table for this, or like I did, use a cutting board slid inside the shirt.

2) You can also trace directly onto the backing material, which you would need to do if using an opaque-colored shirt. In that case, your shirt would be sandwiched between two pieces of backing material when do your stitching. Only do this if you are using dissolvable backing material though.


Start tracing with pencil. In this case, the pencil marks will be covered up with thread and/or the pencil marks will be washed away when you launder the shirt.

If you are tracing onto a dissolvable backing material, the backer will literally dissolve when you run it under cool water. It’s pretty awesome to watch!

Step 3: Secure shirt and backing material in the embroidery hoop.

This is how mine looked because I was only using backing material behind the shirt. It would be stiffer and easier to work with if there was also a second piece of backing material on top of the shirt.


Tighten the screw on the hoop and you’re ready to go.


Step 4: Prep your thread

A strand of embroidery thread is really 6 thin threads wound together. For this project, you don’t need all 6 strands. Separate the strands in half, so you are only working with 3 of the strands.


Because you aren’t using the thread in its super thick original form, you will only need a regular ‘sewing needle,’ not an ’embroidery needle.’ The eye of the needle does need to be wide enough to thread 3 strands through though.

I’ve also found that the sharp point of a regular sewing needle is handy for this project since you’re stitching through the t-shirt fabric and one or two layers of backing material.


Step 5: Start stitching

For a really good tutorial on the types of hand embroidery stitches, read this Craftsy article. It’s how I taught myself. I used a split stitch for this particular design.

If you are stitching letters, like I was, then start your stitches much how you would start writing each letter. That way, you minimize the amount of back tracking or doubling up on stitching.

Note of caution if you are using a white shirt. If the shirt is a little see through then you don’t want to make a mess of your thread behind the scenes. For this particular design, I had to tie off the thread for every single letter since the font wasn’t connecting cursive. It made the process go a lot slower. If you’re using a dark colored shirt, this won’t be as big of an issue.


Step 6: Enjoy your creation

When finished, you’ll want to dissolve the backing material under water if you are using a water soluble backer. Then launder as usual.

If you are using a backer that does not dissolve, you’ll just want to trim it down and you can wear your shirt!


I probably spent two Netflix shows on this project – or 1.5 – 2 hours. I’m always happy when I can turn a little Netflix binge into a productive crafting session! I’ve washed this shirt a couple of times since I made it in March and the stitching has held up great! I hope you give it a try. Let me know what questions you have…in other words, what details I left out!


P.S. This isn’t my first trip down the embroidery stitching lane.

I also worked some embroidery thread magic on a tank top and some jeans.

Happy stitching!

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Linen Bath Towels: Should I Make the Switch?

I keep tripping over linen bath towels.

Online, not literally.

In my own house I’m tripping over regular cotton towels. Note to self: put towel hooks at height where kids can reach them.

It has me wondering, should I make the switch from cotton (terry cloth) towels to linen towels?

I know, I know. It’s a big question for a Monday. Real life changing stuff here.

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According to what I’ve read, linen bath towels are more absorbent than cotton towels.

They are faster drying, so no musty smells.

They take up less space.

They last longer – up to 30 years! Craziness.

Apparently, linen towels get softer and better with age too.

Kind of like me a nice pair of blue jeans.

But!

There’s always a but.

Linen towels aren’t anywhere near as plush as terry towels. I think it would be akin to toweling off with a tablecloth.

They also are more expensive. Sometimes WAY more expensive. If linen towels truly last 30 years though, it seems like they would be a good deal in the long run.

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I don’t know anyone who uses linen towels on the regular, but they are quite common in parts of Europe.

It makes sense knowing that many Europeans prefer to air-dry their laundry. Regular cotton towels take FOREVER to air dry. Trust me, I’ve been experiencing this first-hand.

Many backpackers swear by linen towels too because of size, ability to dry quickly and resistance to smells.

(Brahmsmount Towels – Brahmsmount)

I found this blog post by LinenMaven about the pros and cons of switching to linen to be helpful. I haven’t found any blog posts written by the cotton industry on this topic, but I only spent a cursory amount of time on the search.

Should I make the switch? Have any of you?

If you’ve known me for more than two minutes, you’ll know I have a frugal streak. I tend to think  long and hard before spending money – especially on something like towels.

I also really, really like the feeling of wrapping up in a plush towel after a shower. It feels so luxurious. Although, I’ve been drying my towels on the radiator lately. On the plushness spectrum, my towels are a bit more on the sandpaper side of things. Exfoliation for the win!

Have any of you made the switch to linen towels? If I decide to go this route, I’ll be happy to share my experiences!


P.S. Here are some linen towels I found online, some through affiliate links:


(LinenMe Bath Towel – Amazon)


(Bless Linen Bath Towel – Amazon)

(Luxoteks Linen Towel – Etsy)

Easily Add a Hidden Pocket in a Scarf

I rarely have the most clever ideas, but holy cow, I can spot one!

Then I proceed to stumble through recreating the idea and making it my own. When I come out the other side of the DIY tunnel, you can bet your bottom dollar I am immensely tickled with myself. Truly.

Recently, my newsfeed served up a gem: adding a hidden cell phone pocket to a scarf. Such a good idea, right? The blogger made her own scarf using sweatshirt material.

I pondered this “make a scarf from scratch” approach for a moment.

Remember this about me: I spend a crazy amount of time daydreaming about how to never leave my house. It never actually works. I leave the house every day. But in all of that ruminating, I do come up with a few ideas to reuse and repurpose what I already have, thereby eliminating at least one trip out of my house.

Lucky for me, I did not have to start from scratch on this project. I already had the perfect scarf for the job and I’m betting many of you do too!

Check your closet for a fleece scarf.


What’s important is that your scarf has a seam, like this one does.

That means your scarf is double-sided and you have a spot to hide a pocket!


Second, you need an old makeup bag with a zipper that will fit your cell phone or whatever you plan on storing in your scarf pocket.

My cell phone is the size of a brick, so I needed a large bag.

I’m guessing most of us have a makeup bag or two lying around. This one was for beach stuff and it has the benefit of being water resistant.


To begin this project, you need to determine where you want your pocket to be.

Since my phone is heavy and my scarf had a horizontal seam, I decided to place my pocket a bit lower for the added support. There’s no right or wrong here. I think it would have been fine most anywhere I placed the pocket, but go with what works for you.


Now you’re going to take your scarf apart.

A seam ripper would be the most handy tool for this job, but small scissors or a sharp knife would work too.

You need to cut open the threads on the seam where you want to insert your pocket. Don’t open it up more than you need or you’ll just be creating more work for yourself later.


I probably could have skipped over this next step, but I thought it would make it easier for me later if I stitched each side of the flap/hem back down.

I used a needle and thread and quickly stitched it back up. I didn’t have teal thread, so I used the closest one I had, a navy blue. I hid the stitches in the seam line that was already in the fabric.


After that, it was time to stitch the makeup bag into the scarf.

I positioned the bag where I wanted it to go. So that it didn’t wiggle around, I held it in place with a few straight pins. If you don’t have straight pins, you can use binder clips or safety pins.


Then I channeled my best Laura Ingalls Wilder and got to hand stitching the bag into place. If you can sew on a button, you can do this.

Yes, you could complete this part of the project in about 3.2 seconds if you have a sewing machine. I don’t have one and even if I did, I would have spent longer swearing at the machine than I would hand stitching.

My stitches are not even, straight or proper, but again, no one will notice – especially if your thread blends well. Plus, all of my stitches are hidden in the seam line that was already in the fabric.

You might have to get creative with your stitches at the very ends. It was tricky to stitch in that last little part where the end of the makeup bag is bulky.

Less than an hour later (if all goes well) you’ll end up with this!

An awkward selfie using your husband’s phone as a prop!


Or this! Another awkward picture your husband took of your chest scarf.

No, no. You’ll end up with a scarf that not only keeps you warm, but holds all your stuff!

By the way, still not my cell phone in this picture.

I’m really rocking this model thing though.


Self-deprecating jokes aside, I cannot even explain how ridiculously happy I am with this project. Giddy happy and that’s kind of weird coming from me. I have worn this scarf all week and my makeup bag turned cell phone pocket has stayed put! It’s so handy having this extra storage -especially when you’re trying to not carry a purse! In addition to my phone, I’ve also used that pocket to hold tissues, lip balm, keys, my debit card and a packet of gum. All the essentials.

If you want to see the original tutorial on how to sew your own scarf from scratch with a hidden pocket, please visit the extremely talented Amy Allen Clark at MomAdvice.

The Happy List #5: A Story and Boots

We here at A Pretty Happy Home (and by we, I mean me) are not very trendy and we definitely aren’t going to win any fashion awards for moms.

But I do love shoes. They make an outfit, don’t they? I’ve learned the hard way that some shoes are designed to look good while walking to and from the car, but they are not designed for walking miles and miles per day.

Case in point. A couple of months ago it was a beautiful, sunny day in Ireland and I had a pair of leopard print flats that I really wanted to wear, so I did. They were fine for about a mile. After that, they started rubbing my feet. In multiple spots. I travel with bandaids and I had about 7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bandaids plastered on all of the tender spots, plus a few tissues shoved here and there and nothing was alleviating my misery. I still had a train ride and a mile-long walk to endure before I made it home. Going barefoot did not sound smart and that left only one option. The logical choice, really. In my desperation, I asked my 6-year-old son to take off his dirty, sweaty, too-small-for-me gym socks so I could wear them home with my cute leopard print flats.

Sadly, this is not the grossest thing I have done as a mom.

So who better than the woman wearing her 1st grader’s sweaty socks to write a post all about boots? I learned my lesson, so that makes me a self-proclaimed expert. Now my shoes, if I intend to walk very far in them, have to look good and feel good on my poor, poor feet.

Here are some boots that I can vouch for and some I’d like to try out.

Sorel Slimshortie Boot

I have these exact boots and I love that they aren’t your usual waterproof boots. While there is a slight heel, I can still comfortably walk in them for 3-ish miles. My one criticism is that when I first got them, I had a hard time slipping my foot past the arch area and I don’t have high arches or wide feet. However, they weren’t tight once I got them on. After I wore them a few times, this area loosened up a little. Just a little.

Amazon link for this style. Sorel link for other styles.


Sorel Major Low Premium Boot

I also have these boots and I can’t tell you enough how awesome they look and feel. I wore them yesterday and did 16,405 steps without any problems. The best part – besides looking sassy – is that they are also water resistant for light rain. I’ve walked through Irish downpours in these babies and my feet stayed dried.

I did spray mine with the Kiwi Suede Protector when I first got them and the suede has stayed like new except where the color of my jeans rubbed off on the very top seam. That suede protector is worth every penny. I do prefer to wear these boots with a sock that goes over my ankle bone just for added cushion.

Amazon link for this style. Sorel link for other styles.


Madden Girl Carrage Boot

I don’t have these exact boots, but I have two pairs of Madden Girl boots that are, what looks like, an earlier version of this boot. I’ve always found my Madden Girl boots at Macy’s, but you can order these online direct from the Steve Madden site or from Amazon.

I’m really digging the tassel detail on these boots and the price at less than 100 bucks is fantastic.

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Merrell Sylvia Mid Buckle Waterproof

I’ve had Merrell hiking shoes in the past and you can’t beat the quality. These boots look like shoes I could walk in, so I’ve put them on my Christmas list. At $190, Handy Husband is much more likely to buy them for me than I am to buy them for me. Shopping guilt is real if you are me.

Amazon link to this style, which was cheaper as of 11/8/16. Merrell link to this style.

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Jeffrey Campbell Taggart Cutout Bootie

If I didn’t have to worry about silly things like walking, rain and cold temperatures, I would definitely be buying a boot like this for fall. A girl can dream sweet shoe dreams.

Nordstrom link to this style and other colors.

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UGG Simmens Waterproof Boot

I saw a lady wearing these boots the other day and I thought “wow, those are not what I expected from Uggs.” And then I thought, “why does she look so put together on an early weekend morning at her kid’s fencing practice?” Maybe it was the boots. I’d like to try them and find out.

Prices seem to vary a bit based on style. Here’s the link on the Ugg site. Here’s the Amazon link. Here’s the Nordstrom link.

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Columbia Jessa Waterproof Boot

This doesn’t look like a waterproof boot to me and that’s what I like about it.

Here’s the link on the Columbia site. Here’s the Amazon link.

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If you have a pair of boots that you love, then I encourage you not to get rid of them when you’ve worn the soles out. Try having the heels or the entire sole replaced first. I recently saved my Madden Girl boots by having the heels replaced for 15 bucks! That’s it!! (I totally would have paid more, but I kept it cool…I swear.) I can’t tell you how happy this made me because those boots and I have been through a lot together and I wasn’t ready to let them go. Happy shopping!

P.S. There are affiliate and non-affiliate links in this post. Over and out. 

Jewelry Organizer From an Old Door

When you move, all of your organization systems are magically *poof* gone.

Then you find yourself untangling necklaces day after day that you’ve been storing in a sandwich baggie in the bottom of your carry-on luggage.

It’s a quick way to go mad.

So I decided not to go mad. At least that day anyway.

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My favorite salvage item from our house in Oregon are these doors. They were in our basement and when we remodeled, I didn’t want to get rid of them.

It’s not often that you find doors with cool details that have not had a circle drilled through them for a doorknob. It’s like winning the architectural salvage lottery. These doors had dummy knobs installed on them decades ago, so they were never ‘damaged’ in that way.

They were custom made for a wonky, not-level basement, so they are not absolutely identical. Although you have to look close to realize it.

Here’s what the doors originally looked like when I saved them.

Gross old door

Gross old door

Here’s how they looked after I spruced them up with white paint and chalkboard paint.

I’ve used the doors in my entry to hold wreaths.

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I’ve also used the doors to hold wood arrows.

And way, way, way back I used them in Oregon to display my children’s artwork, but that was before I took pictures of every random thing.

As a side note, the funniest thing to me about these doors is that it confounds every single moving company that I’m packing doors. I have to imagine they’ve packed some crazy, weird stuff. Why this trips them up, I’m not sure. It’s not like I asked the movers to detach the doors from the doorframe.

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Anyway, now the doors are filling a blank wall in our master bedroom.

I wasn’t sure what function, if any, the doors were going to fill in this new space.

Which brings me back to the dang necklaces in a sandwich baggie.

I needed them to be untangled.

Really needed that. For my sanity.

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I decided the doors needed to do more than stand there and look pretty.

However, I couldn’t bear the thought of drilling holes in my precious doors. I haven’t even written on them with chalk and I painted them with chalkboard paint, for goodness sake.

But I wanted a jewelry display with fancy hooks that looked pretty. Fancy hooks would have to be screwed into the door though.

But I also needed to get my necklaces out of the sandwich bag right. that. instant.

Do you see the tug-of-war happening in my head?

I fully own my issues. And I share them with you.

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In the end, function trumped the need for form.

I used some Command Hooks, from my stash, that wouldn’t damage my precious babies doors to create my jewelry display.

And I don’t hate it as much as I thought I would.

Ha! How’s that for brutal honesty?

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I could probably use more hooks, but I had a package of 6, so that’s what I went with in the moment.

I didn’t even measure for placement, unless you count standing back and eyeballing it measuring. Which I do.

As you can see, I excel at planning, patience and delayed gratification.

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I also believe in the frequent use of sarcasm.

Now does anyone want to see what I did with my bracelets? Normally I’d be happy to show you, but I can’t decide if what I did was ingenious or embarrassing. Maybe embarrassingly ingenious.

P.S. I saved a 3rd door from our basement remodel and it serves as a gigantic frame for all of my husband’s running bibs and medals.

Embroidery Embellished Shirt

My wardrobe is pretty basic. Lots of solids, not a lot of prints. I’m trying to branch out more, but the practical side of me says I can wear a white t-shirt with a lot more than I can wear a wildly-printed one. My practical side speaks REALLY LOUDLY.

Perhaps this project was my impractical side finding its voice.

I wanted to see if I could use embroidery thread to embellish an old t-shirt. Sew new life into it, so to speak.

The problem? My experience with embroidery thread is limited to the friendship bracelets I made when I was 12. I’m a little rusty. Just a little.

That’s why I was going to practice on an old shirt – a tank top. Unlike most of my projects, I did a little bit of research before I threaded the needle. I found this article about the different types of embroidery stitches on Craftsy incredibly helpful for a beginner like myself. It’s one thing to know what type of hand embroidery stitches to use. It’s another thing to understand how to stitch a design on a shirt without ruining the shirt or your design. This article on Design Sponge was so helpful in that regard.

First, I placed a section of water soluble embroidery backer on top of the tank top and also underneath the front of the tank top to provide a stable working surface. This is helpful because the tank top is made from a stretchy material and you don’t want your stitches moving around. The embroidery backer is “secured” or held in place on the tank top by an embroidery hoop.

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I cut out the shape I wanted to embroider from a piece of computer paper. In this case, a heart. I placed the paper heart where I wanted the design to be on the shirt and then I traced around the shape directly onto the embroidery backer material with a pencil.

After that it was time to start embroidering. Deep breath. This could have been the part where I screwed it all up.

A tip I uncovered is that you don’t need to use the entire strand of embroidery thread. If you look closely, embroidery thread is 6 threads entwined together. I separated the threads in half and only used 3 of the strands to thread my embroidery needle.

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I started at the top of the heart and using a split stitch (or my beginner’s version of a split stitch) began to work my way around the heart. This type of stitch was great because I could easily transition in a different thread color to jazz up my design.

You could easily just rethread your needle when you are ready to switch colors. I had purchased a new pack of embroidery needles, so I had three needles ready to go with my three different colored threads.

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When you completely finish stitching your design, you will be left with a fully intact piece of embroidery backer. This is why you need to use WATER SOLUBLE embroidery backer.

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You’re going to hold your shirt with the backing material under running water. The water soluble embroidery backer will immediately start to dissolve. It’s a little freaky and pretty darn awesome too. Just keep holding it under the running water and working the material with your fingers until all of the backing is gone.

At this point you could probably dry the shirt and be done with it. I washed it in the washing machine and then ran it through the dryer.

Here’s my final result.

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This would probably be a better reveal if I showed you a true before picture, but it’s not too hard to imagine this tank top as a solid turquoise.

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Once I got going, this was a super quick and fun project. My stitches weren’t perfect, but I loved the instant results!

My only regret is that I used an old tank top that wasn’t holding it’s shape. If I would have known it was going to turn out so well, I would have picked a different shirt! Live and learn.

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Now, I didn’t turn this shirt into a wild print, but I call it progress! The possibilities are endless for using embroidery thread to personalize your clothes. Let me know if you try it! Happy stitching!

Thelma and Louise Leather Cuffs

A super cool chick and friend of mine recently had a birthday. She likes it when I remind her that she just had a birthday. In fact, nothing gets her more excited than talk about aging.

Well, nothing except jewelry!

I can’t really blame her. We do share a common love for shiny accessories.

Over multiple occasions and margaritas (my husband makes a mean margarita) this friend and I have daydreamed about taking a road trip when we are old and blue-haired. I’d like to see a parade in every state. Why you ask? Why not, I say? Parades are everything that’s right about this country.

Talk of these adventures somehow always leads to mention of a Thelma and Louise style road trip. Minus the crime and the stupid life decisions and that whole part about driving off a cliff.

Basically, it’s a road trip with Brad Pitt.

Margaritas have a way of helping you crystalize what’s really important.

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For my friend’s birthday (you didn’t know if this post was going anywhere, did you?), I found the perfect gift combining jewelry and road trip nostalgia.

Fun, right?

These Thelma and Lousie cuffs are made by an Etsy shop in Oregon called Hen and Chicks.

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Yes, it was a wee bit ironic that I ordered a gift from a shop in Oregon, had it sent to Georgia and then sent it back to my friend in Oregon for her birthday.

But, I had to take these pictures! And, of course, keep one of the cuffs for myself. Isn’t buying a gift you can share what good friends do???

The gals who run this shop were super sweet, asked me clarifying questions about my order and let me know when my precious parcel shipped. I should have taken a picture of the package – their handwritten touch even made the mail lady smile.  In case you are wondering, no, they didn’t know I was going to write about them. I just wanted to share!

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By the way, taking pictures of your own hand is at best awkward and at worst, more awkward.

I like that Hen and Chicks turned a leather belt and a spoon handle into something a little bit sassy. This might be the first leather cuffs both of us have ever owned, so it’s fun to have something like this to mix it up when the mood strikes!

Oh, and the leaf bracelet is from Cost Plus World Market. As if I needed another excuse to go in there!

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I have only a handful of close friends, but they make me super happy. The best part? These fabulous ladies keep getting better with time!

P.S. These bracelets from Hen and Chicks are fun too!

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