Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pump up the jams and cut up the shirts

What a Wednesday morning looks like for me.

I have a lot of shirts I don't wear. 
So I decided to start a few projects. 
I have been cutting up shirts since I was 15. 
And since I didn't own a digital camera till I was 21( No one did, don't hate) are a bunch of pics from my twenty's!

Court is such a peach

I made this shirt when I was 16.
I loved it to death...and still have it packed away.
I am sure safety pins will make a comeback in fashion one day (cuz they were so great?!)
 and I can drag it out again,
Only problem is that the rivets and pins don't wear well in the,'s never been washed.

My Darkness Top circa 2005
Believe in a thing called LoooOOOVe

In San Diego 

Ballard 2009

Note: My daily drivers , if you will, George Straight and Reba shirts DO get washed !!

Anyway, what I'm saying is that shirt craftery isn't foreign to me.
It's nothing new.
The new part is that I cut this shirt up to work out in, not wear around in real life.....or did I?


Here is my little tutorial
Start with a shirt.
This is a men's large, I really should have gotten and xl.
I like my tops baggy these days.

Start by cutting off the sleeves, neckline and bottom hem

I cut the back into a deep V and kept the front as a scoop neck
Then I thinned out the straps
The best method I have found is to keep trying it on and checking in the mirror before making your next cut. 
I even put it on and make marks with a pen so when I take it off to cut , it's in the right place. 
However, doing it "freehand" like this makes it difficult to make everything symmetrical. 
So it helps to fold your shirt in half vertically and make your cuts in both sides at the same time.

Then I cut the bottom hem strip so it's no longer a loop and stretched it out till it's edges roll.
Next I pinched the back straps together and then wrapped the fabric around them. 
This part you can really do whatever you like. 
I just wanted the V and a bow, so I didn't wrap up very high but if I had kept going, it would have looked more like a T back and would have pulled my front straps in to look more like a halter.
Since this shirt isn't huge on me, I didn't want to do that.

Tah dah!

Like I said, it's for workouts....

Rittershport Ah Ya! ( In German accent)

I swear, you leave them alone for one second. 
ONE second....
and they steal all your chocolate!

I was making breakfast and heard a little rustling near by.

This little critter had went into the spare room down the hall and managed to pull a t shirt off the bed that had this chocolate on top of it. ( Left there by the Hubs)

I have no idea if Clark knew it was up there, or if it was just pure luck

But he brought it back into the kitchen to have a feast

" Hey Mom, this tastes better than cat food"

Too bad he is so cute 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

If ya haven't heard....

July 1st Google Reader is going away!
So if you subscribe to my blog or any blog for that matter and you currently use RSS you are going to need to find another way!

May I suggest BlogLovin!?
I use it myself and you will love it just as much as pie.

Here is how to git er done.
(Tutorial from EllisonLane)

(You will have to sign in or sign up)

2. Click the Blue button you see on your screen

And that's it!
Make sure to add all the blogs you read and don't forget yours truly!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Things to love on a wednesday

Stuff you for you to feast your eyes upon

Happy Wednesday

The wedding cake I made for my BFF Amy that is blowin up on Pinterest


A painting I made for my sister


I wish more tags had this wit

My future ex husband

The grass is always greener

My little patio at my apartment in Cali

My crazy outfits of high school

Look at me busy as a bee. Where did I get this energy!?

  Steve and his dad with the catch of the day!
What's the soup du jour?
The soup of the day.
Oh! I'll have that.

The Sh*t no one tells you

Sounds like my kinda book.
Might need to check this one out.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The sister graduated....again..

How many more graduations am I going to have to sit through for my sister?
She actually enjoys school
and keeps going back for more.
Me on the other hand.... never mind that

"You keep it going man, you keep those books rolling. 
You pick up all those books that you're going to read and not remember and you roll, man. 
You get that associate degree ,okay. 
Then you get your bachelors, then you get your masters. 
Then you get your master's masters. 
Then you get your doctrine, you go man. 
And then when everybody says quit. 
You show them those degrees, man."

This weekend she graduated with her Masters from Seattle University 

Then it was off to Toulouse Petite to celebrate.
Too bad I am still on my diet and couldn't eat whatever I wanted.
I had a steak salad though and it was still amazing.

This is totally not a kid friendly restaurant.
Small, swanky, no changing tables in the Ladies Room.
But we weren't the only guests with a baby in tow. 

We took this funny picture of grandpa and baby times 2!

"Because when I die Buddy, you know what's going to keep me warm?
That's right, those degrees."

(Yes, Rose. I used lyrics from a Kanye West song on the blog about your graduation.
You can go throw up now.)