Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day Vacation

Guess where I am going!!!!!
I am not going to lie. This sounds like we are really going to be roughing it. We have a 10 mile hike in and we have to carry EVERYTHING. Food, water, personals, shelter. If you need it you carry it.

This is all I am taking for the whole weekend.

Got all the essentials for food. Costco muffins, deer jerky, popcorn, apple crisps, PB&J, a couple MRE's and of course some High Chews!

 A lot of people rent a pack mule to carry their things and let me tell you, I picked out THE CUTEST mule you have ever seen and I know he will do the best job of carrying my things down. I even snapped a picture of him! Meet my ass, Calvin. (What the bible says it.) ;)

JK, I will be carrying my own load down.

But Shhhhhh. Dont tell my ass because when he wasnt looking, I shoved a few more essentials in his pack.

A half eaten box of Lorna Doone cookies (cause it doesn't weigh as much if it's half eaten...that's why I ate half of it!... Duh) and a good book to read! 

Wish me Luck! I will be missing my Sunday post because believe it or not, I am not taking my computer down there!!!! I know, I feel a little naked but it's dead weight (I thought about sneaking it in C.J.'s pack but I thought he  
would notice for sure! They don't have any internet service anyway. I will post on Monday when I get back! Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lillyamae's Blessing Dress

Ok everyone, I am so excited to post these pictures. Does anyone remember my oh, SO cute niece Lilliamae that I did newborn pictures for??? 

Well I had the chance to take some pictures of her in her blessing dress just recently and you will never believe where we found the materials used in her dress! Does this shirt look familiar?

When doing Lilly's newborn pictures (CLICK HERE TO SEE THOSES) her mom and I ran to D.I. to find some textures materials We found a few old shirts including this one that worked perfectly!
As I was cutting off the ruffled sleeves of this shirt off I had the idea to use them as a little skirt in our pictures!

 The rest of the ruffles we used in the background of the pictures 

After our photo session my Sister-in-law liked the lace so much that she decided to use it in Lilly's blessing dress and it turned out AMAZING!

The blessing was up in Provo and my family was staying at my Aunt's house who is also an avid garage saler. When I was asked to take some pictures of Lilly's dress I scrounged around for some cute props. My eyes settled in on this antique toy baby craddle. My Aunt bought this for $7 at a garage sale! It was perfect for the pictures!

Here are some pictures of just the dress.

Using the lace off of a shirt we found from D.I. was pure genius! Here is my Sister-in-law's explanation of how the dress was made and a picture of the materials:

Basically, in a nutshell, what I did was I took a onesie that I knew fit her well, and turned it inside out. Then I traced the outline of the top and made sure to trace it a little larger for wiggle room. I then free-handed the shape of the skirt. I left the front piece of the dress that simple shape, but wanted the back to have buttons, so I cut the back piece in half hot dog style and added a little extra down the middle for seams. Before I put the front and back pieces together, I folded, ironed, pinned, then sewed down around the collar and button area in the back to give them a finished edge. I then sewed the two back pieces together and then the front to those pieces. After all that work I realized the dress was way too small since she had grown a good three lbs since I made the pattern (you really have to plan ahead with babies and always leave way more wiggle room than you think you need... or just do it the easy way and use a pre-made pattern). To make it fit her I had to add additional fabric in strips on the sides under the arms and in the back. I also added a triangular shape and gather in the front to make it a little more interesting. Finally, after weeks of work and a lot of trial and error, I was able to hem up the bottom, add the lace from our shirt from D.I to the sleeves and bottom edge, put on the buttons and button loops, and add the flower embellishment over the gather in the front. It was a ton of work, not for the faint in heart, but the results were well worth it!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Best $5

While I was out garage saleing on Saturday I came across a woman that was selling a balance beam. Her daughter had out grown it so she was trying to get rid of it. I did gymnastics as a kid and always dreamed of putting my girls in gymnastics myself but I thought that the women would ask a fortune for the beam so I walked away. As I got closer to my car I thought, Just see how much she wants for it. I doesn't hurt to ask. So I turned around and asked about the beam. Her answer, $5 dollars! I am sure I looked like this when she gave me the price!

but then I was like SOLD! me!

I brought it home and surprised my girls with it. They were so excited to play on it, So we ran and got our leotards on and started "practice" as they called it.

 I loved watching this girl inch to the edge of the beam, and very seriously count to some random number. As she would squat down to give her legs the best spring she was capable of her eyes would get wide with anticipation of take off. As she took flight the biggest grin stowed across her face as if she were flying. I love sitting out in my rocking chair just watching how much fun she has.

 Now this girl takes her "practice" VERY seriously. She has been enrolled in gymnastics classes before and knows exactly what it is she is supposed to be doing. She is a pro!

Getting her to stand still and smile for my camera was torture for her.

The take off... her form looks great.

And the landing!

  Nailed it!!! That's a future gold medalist right there!

Best $5 I have ever spent!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fashion On a Dime #10

My financial stats for this outfit are:
Pale pink jeans- $4 dollars at the D.I.
Navy pin stripped shirt- $4.99 with a 30% discount which comes to $3.50
Hot pink belt- $1 at Goodwill
Hot pink bubble necklace- $5 dollars at a garage sale
Nude shoes- $5.99 at Savers 
Nude handbag $3 dollars at a D.I.
My total outfit cost is $22.50
DPWF is $2.25

Kid's FOD
Financial stats for this outfit are:
Grey leopard jeans- $2 at D.I.
White ruffled shirt- $1 at a garage sale
Grey metallic flats-$1 at a garage sale
Black headband with bow- $3 at Target
Total outfit cost is $7 dollars
DPWF- .70 cents

She can be so Sweet!!
and soooooo SOUR at the same time!
Financial stats for this outfit are:
Green stripped shirt- $.50 cents at a garage sale
Jeans- $1 at a garage sale
Silver metallic shoes- $1 at a garage sale
Total outfit cost is $2.50
 P.S We were at my Aunt's house when we took these pictures and she bought this antique stool at a garage sale for $5 dollars!

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Fashion On a Dime #9

My financial stats for this outfit are...
Plaid Hurley button down- $3.99 with a 20% discount which comes to $3.20
Grey tank top- $1.99 with a 20% discount which comes to $1.60
Vigoss Jeans- $7.99 with a 20% discount which comes to $6.40
Brown boots- $25 on a Buy one get one free sale at Forever Shoes
My total outfit cost is $36.20
DPWF is $3.60

Kid's Fashion

Financial stats for this outfit are:
Teal plaid shirt- $3 at the D.I.
Light Grey jeans $2.99 with a 20% discount which comes to $2.40
Sliver and grey sandals- $1 at a garage sale
Total outfit cost is $6.40
DPWF- .65 cents

Financial stats for this outfit are:
Teal floral shirt- $.50 at a garage sale
Dark blue Levi's $2.99 at Savers with a 20% discount which come to $2.40
Michael Khors Sandals- $1 at a garage sale
Total outfit cost is $3.90
DPWF is .40 cents

P.S. My aunt bought this little chair for $7 dollars at a garage sale!

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