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Monday, March 31, 2014

It ain't easy to be green

That's right. It wasn't easy but I found this green windbreaker at Savers. Priced at $30 but with green tag half off, took it home for $15! I've never heard of the brand, Ariat, so I did some research. It makes high quality footwear and apparel for equestrian athletes. The quality of this windbreaker was what attracted my attention. It's a bit pricey for Savers standard but the jacket looks new. It's also a very nice, versatile green. It's a good find!




Looks like lili found something in the same category! Great minds!

Next month, April Showers.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Love is in the air

Valentine's day was a few days ago but love is still in the air.

I spent part of the morning at Savers and found a new heart-shaped baking dish and a book about the hill towns of Italy. The dish had a green tag which meant half price that day. For $0.99, I took it home. Maybe I'll make a tiny molten lava cake for our upcoming anniversary. The book was $2.99. Some day husband and I will make a trip out there. How romantic would that be.



After the hunt at Savers, I went to a nominating committee meeting for the District Council and then to the boys' classroom parties. Gebu started working on his valentines goodies days before the big day.  He decorated some cellophane bags with heart-shaped stickers, put a See's Candy lollipop in each, twist-tied them closed, then stapled a handmade heart-shaped card on the bag. He carefully hand-wrote each card and couldn't wait to give them to his friends. He definitely took this seriously. B, on the other hand, decided he was not going to give out valentines this year.  Maybe after a certain age, for boys, it's no longer cool. 

I must mention this side story. The night before Valentine's day, yeye and nano arrived, a day earlier than planned. We decided to surprise the boys. We were on Google hangout with them as they knocked on the door. Gebu had this confused stare still trying to process what was going on while B got it right away and couldn't stop laughing. Their reactions were priceless.

For dinner, the six of us went to Umami Burger. They do have the best burgers in the world. It may not be romantic but I sure had a great meal and a great day.


Hope you had a sweet Valentine's day. Let's see what lili found. Next month, It ain't easy to be green.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Year Resolution

Happy new year!

While I was scratching my head, literally (long story), and tried to decide on what my new year resolution was this year, I looked at last year's resolution and realized I didn't do much with resolution #2: up-cycle. I did cut off a T-shirt and made an infinity scarf that I never wore. I also cut off the toes of husband's sock and used the tube part to make a "donut" for my sock bun. Although these simple projects are technically up-cycle projects, this year I want to make something a little more advanced.

I love tote bags. It's an obsession. I can never have too many of them. When I saw this Abercrombie shirt from Nano's Salvation Army 49 cents stash, a vision came to me.  I didn't take a photo of the shirt before it was taken apart but you can see from the photos below that it has two flap pockets in the front and an embossed pattern on the back.  The bottom piece was a sleeve.



My initial design was to simply turn the front of the shirt into the front of the tote. I thought it was the easiest way although I typically don't like bags that look like a shirt. I'm not a big fan of recycled jeans bags either. Totes shouldn't look like shirts or pants. Period.

So after putting in some Googling efforts and in talking to my sister-in-law, I decided to turn the shirt into a knitter's tote. Inspired by Spotted Stones, here's what we ended up with. I say "we" but it was all Nano.


It looks nothing like a shirt but we used every part of the shirt to make this tote. The top pocket in the front of the tote was once the shirt placket. 


 The back of the shirt is the back of the tote.


The front flap pockets of the shirt are now in the inside of the tote. 


Oh, forgot to mention the beautiful chandelier in the sewing room.

 

I'm so excited about this tote. Hopefully, I'll knit more and sew more this year.

Let's see what lili found this month.

Next month, Valentine's Day.



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