Friday, July 26, 2013

Peanut Butter Caramel Twix Bars

Averie over from Averie Cooks posted this delicious looking recipe for peanut butter caramel Twix bars that my sister tried making with her friends. They were yummy, but not the best, so we went ahead and tried it again and here they are. Amazingly delicious diabetes-in-a-bite bars. Seriously easy and probably won't be lasting long. At all.

Look at that smooth chocolate.
Side view. The foil made it look funky.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Flowery Eighties Dress Makeover

The first dress in what may or may not become a series of eighties clothes refashions is boldly patterned, loose-fitting, floral dress. I figured I'd start out pretty simple, and since I'd never wear that dress in its entirety, I went for a shirt and skirt refashioning combo.
Close ups of the dress.
The crop top was pretty simple to make. I simply cut the skirt from the bodice (no hemming necessary since the bottom edge was already finished) and took the sides in a bit for a more fitted look. I would've made it a little tighter, but since the material isn't stretchy and I didn't want to bother with adding a zipper or buttons, I kept it loose fitting.

The skirt on the other hand took a bit more effort. I wanted to keep the original pockets, so instead of cutting the side seams to make the skirt smaller, I cut down the middle instead. I also used a skirt I got from Target that I like the fit of for reference during the process.

I cut fabric from the top and bottom to get the length I wanted, hemmed the bottom edge, and used the leftover fabric to create the waistband. I went with a partial elastic waistband in the back so I wouldn't have to use as much.

floral skirt

DIY Fringe Tank

Here's a quick t-shirt upcycle I made the other day. This tie dyed shirt has been sitting in the back of my dresser for years (I tie dyed it in elementary school Girl Scouts), so I figured I'd turn it into something I'd wear again.
Before and After
To make the tank, I cut the sleeves off and cut a lower neckline. For the fringe, I cut the bottom into about half inch strips and tugged on them to finish them off.

Later I decided to sew the sides in for a more fitted look, although this DIY could easily be no-sew.

Final product

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Let's Start with Some Nail Art

I've had this blog for some time but haven't really had anything to actually post on it. I suspect it'll end up a hodgepodge of random things I feel like sharing, but we'll see. For now I'll use it to document thoughts and little projects here and there beginning with some nail art!
Sinful Colors in Rise and Shine
This one's from a few weeks ago. I couldn't decide on a pattern so I did them all. I just used a while nail art polish to do all of the designs free handed.

Nice lighting
wet n wild Fergie Nail Color in Fergalicious, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mint Sorbet, and LA Colors Art Deco in White

 My current nail art, inspired by this pin on Pinterest, is kind of a summery geometric design. The white on green was a last minute decision, but the white looked sort of lonely on that single pink nail. The pink looks much brighter irl which is a nice pop of color, but of course I took this picture at night in my room with a burnt out light bulb.