Monday, March 10, 2014

Running Saturday & Sewing Sunday

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I sure did – always too short though, am I right? Even shorter this weekend because we lost an hour – boo.

On Saturday I ran the 2nd part of the Louisville Triple Crown, the Rodes 10k. The 5k was 2 weeks ago, and the 10 miler is in 2 weeks. And then… the Derby Half Marathon is mid April. To say I am not prepared is putting it mildly. I don’t want to blame it on the weather, but seriously I am so over winter. I love running outside, and in Sydney I could run year round even when it was ‘freezing’ to me. I am used to KY weather now but I can’t run in the snow or ice. Which leaves the gym, and I hate running inside on the treadmill. But I went this morning, because I have to train for these races for fear of running them unprepared and injuring myself, or worse giving up and not running them. No siree, not me.

Anywho, after the race I had a bath and a nap, my favourite parts of race days. Then I met my friend at Joanns where we picked out the finishing touches for the fascinator she is making me for derby – that girl is talented, to say the least. She made my wedding fascinator. And the bouquets. And the corsages and boutonnieres. Just saying. Whilst at Joanns, I rummaged through the clearance / remnants fabric section because I keep hoping I’ll grow a creative bone and make something. I picked up some polka dot fabric for like $5. I also found a letter W for the entry wall that I had been looking for. It was like $4, and perfect. I was going to buy the famous anthropologie letter eventually if I couldn't find something I liked for much cheaper. Joanns for the win! And it’s cheaper online

On Sunday… I let down and hemmed 3 pairs of pants, turned a dress into a skirt.. remember this dress?

I just used a seam ripper to remove the tank top part from the elastic waist. it was fairly easy, not even sure you could call this a 'refashion' but I will, because it was my first ever, and I'm proud of it. Turning it into a skirt didn't really fix the short factor, because if I wear it any lower than my waist (third picture) it kinda looks silly. 

and…. I made a skirt! I really have never been more proud of myself in my life. I feel like a sewing genius now.

I basically followed this youtube tutorial, except for the elastic - I had the below skirt in the goodwill pile and got the bright idea to steal the elastic instead of buying more. I knew it fit, so perfect option for a newbie like me. I honestly thought myself very thrifty and crafty. I had only worn this skirt once, a bit short and just wasn't really feeling it. Super glad I hadn't yet donated it and found a use for it.

Making the skirt was hard, but easier than I thought – it’s definitely not perfect, far from it, but I am so proud. The fabric I found was literally, to the inch, the exact width I needed for the skirt. Boom.

After I finished being a creative sewing mastermind, I cleaned the whole house top to bottom, popped off to Walmart with the hubby and bought groceries and random things, including a flashlight (hubby), a clock (not online but was only $4) and picture frame for the entry way wall.

Continuing the productive theme, I started putting together my entry wall. I hung the faux canvases we got from Walmart before Christmas, the W, clock and the Up print I got off Etsy in my new pretty frame. I just kept staring at the wall last night, it’s so pretty and I’m so proud of myself. Nowhere near finished, more things to buy (darn), but I can’t wait to show it off when it is. One baby step at a time and this house is really starting to feel like our home.

And, because it's Monday - here's today's outfit! Went to the gym this morning, so a plain and simple 'I know it will work' outfit. 

Top: TJ Maxx (similar)
Skirt: Goodwill (similar)
Tights: Target
Shoes: Madeline
Belt: Goodwill


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