Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Scarf Style!

Scarves are so my thing right now! Wearing a scarf  is a great way to dress up a plain shirt or dress. I am noticing that scarves can be worn on any season.
But the problem for me is: What do I do with them?
I see all these cute scarves and I think, "How will I tie that?"
Well, leave it to Pinterest to come to my rescue! There are so many cute ways to tie or knot a scarf and on Pinterest I have found the instructions on how to do a few of my favorite looks.
The Scarf Braid.

When I saw this I was like, "YES!" This is so cool! Braids are so in style for hair, why not for scarves? I found the instructions HERE
Very easy to follow instructions with pictures. (AWESOME)
Great idea, I love it! Thank you to  Krissa, the author of the blog I saw this on, for sharing this wonderful idea!

I don't know what to call this one but it looks like a Celtic Knot to me so...
The Celtic Knot
I saw this picture that was step by step on how to do this one here: Celtic Knot Pic
This was easier than I thought! :)

Sort of Infinity Scarf
This method turns any scarf into one of those cute infinity scarves! This opened up a whole new world for me :) How to tie a scarf.
After reading this, I hope you give one or all of these looks a try! Let me know what you think, I would love to see your scarf styles!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Men's T-shirt to Tank Top Refashion with Crochet!

I saw this idea on pintrest. The directions are HERE. From a blog called Designs by Studio C
This inspired me to make a new tank top from a men's t-shirt on this yucky April (Winter Go Away Already!!!) Day.
Things you will need:
Men's T-shirt
Good Fitting tank top- to use as pattern.
Sewing Machine and Thread
Crochet hook
Needle and thread
(For a no sew option... just use a tank top that fits you and you can skip the first few steps, just go on to where you mark the design out on the tank!)
 First I found a tank that fits how I want this new tank to fit. I turned the t-shirt inside out. Next, lined up the tank to the men's shirt I had.

 Then, I started cutting the shape of the tank. First, I cut the bottom. Then, I cut the sides open and the arms off.

 Next, I cut the neck.  This is where the sewing comes in... Two quick seams up the sides to get the top to be fitted.

OK... Now you will have a basic tank, but this could be done on any style tank. Using a ruler, or your eye, mark lines to make the cuts.

You can go in any design pattern you like. I chose some straight lines.

 Cut slits along the lines, I made mine just under an inch wide and about a quarter of an inch apart.
Take your crochet hook and insert under 2 of the first slits. Pull the 2nd slit under the 1st.
Now you have a loop on your hook. Insert your hook under the next slit and pull it through the loop on your hook. Continue this until you get to the last slit. Stitch the last loop down to keep it from unraveling.

Do this to all of the slits you cut until you are finished with the entire design. Here is how mine turned out. I am going to make more!!! It was easy and I like how the design looks!

I am definitely going to be doing this again. I would not recommend crocheting all the way to the bottom as this has caused the edge of the tank not to lay just right.  Stopping the slits about 2 inches away from the edge will help it lay better!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Can Light to Pendant In 10 Minutes!

Over our kitchen sink is a can light. I never really thought about it before, until I was at a friend's house and saw her awesome looking pendant light over her sink. How could I change the can light in my kitchen to a fabulous pendant light? I was stumped. I am no electrician. I thought that I was going to be stuck with that generic looking can light forever. UNTIL... I was wandering around at the hardware store and saw THIS

This looks easy! So I bought it... I also bought the glass shade that I was able to pick from MANY different styles.

We followed the simple step by step instructions in the box... and 10 minutes later... Ooh La La! My kitchen is fabulous!