Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Finds Linky Party #45

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5 Layer Pie from All She Cooks
Laura
Apple Butter Pancakes by Shaken Together
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Deco MEsh Fall WreathOur Crafty Mom
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Watercolor Gem Easy Art from Delineate Your Dwelling
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies from Jennifer Meyering
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Easy Colorful Triangle Cork Board from Delineate Your Dwelling
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
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DIY Fabric Mousepad from The Casual Craftlete

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tips on Updating your Old Jeans

Posted by Tara and Devin

Hey guys! For today's fashion post we are collaborating with our good friend Kelley who has just started a new, fabulous fashion blog called So Posh Girl. We adore Kelley and her fashion sense is always on point. So when we recently purchased some slightly out-dated jeans from Goodwill, we turned to Kelley to work her magic and make them stylish and current! She did an AMAZING job with them and is sharing her tips with us today so you can do the same with your old jeans. (Don't toss them out yet!) Without further ado, here's Kelley!


Hello, I’m Kelley, creator of soposhgirl.com, a site where I share my best shopping secrets as well as inspirational looks.  I am so excited to share with you one thing I have been doing for almost 2 decades now- denim distressing!  I put together an easy step-by-step guide that with the right tools anyone should be able to follow.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:


1.) Jeans
2.) Scissors
3.) Tweezers
4.) Bleach
5.) Gloves
6.) A scrubber
7.) A bucket (not shown)

Step 1: Determine where your knees hit in the jeans.


The key to having believable distressing is making the holes all appear where holes would normally appear in an old pair of jeans, which is usually right around the knees from bending and higher on the thighs from rubbing.  I like to start right above where the knees would fall.

Step 2: Get ready to cut!

Using your fingers, pinch the fabric in a vertical manner, like this:


Now, snip 2 horizontal snips roughly an inch apart.


Using your tweezers you will want to start pulling away all the blue threading that runs vertically through this section. It will be tricky to loosen up the first few threads, but the more you remove the easier it will be and soon enough they will come out 5,10 at a time.


Now your jeans should look like this!


Repeat this anywhere you feel the jeans would have natural wear and tear.

Step 3: Cut some more!

I like to cut slits where the knees hit and smaller holes where there would be rubbing on the thighs. Also, now’s your time to change up the length. Would you like capri’s, shorts, or daisy dukes? Word of advice, however short you want you jeans, add at least 1 inch.  You will lose quite a bit with the fraying in the wash.



Step 4: Bleach (optional)

You do NOT want to apply the bleach directly to the jeans. This will result in looking like you just spilled a chemical all down your pants. First wet the pants with water where you intend on fading the jeans.  I also used pieces of cardboard as a protectant against the bleach seeping onto the backs of the jeans.


After you’ve wet your pants (Get it? hee hee), carefully pour, or spray, bleach where you want them to look faded and then start scrubbing with your scrubber.  The faster you scrub the better.  This will help the bleach look more naturally blended.


For Devin’s jeans I chose to bleach just the thighs. Tara’s jeans took the bleach REALLY well, it was almost impossible to make the fading look natural with the dark contrasting denim so that’s when I decided to just go for it and bleach the whole thing!


I used about 1 part bleach to 2 parts water. And again, you want to first wet the jeans before dipping them in the bleach water.   I left the top out for some of the bleaching because I wanted to give the jeans the look of a gradual fade.  Keep checking on the jeans, and remember, denim is darker when wet!

Step 5: Final step- throw them in the wash!

Whether you skipped the bleach step or not, this is an important step to give the fresh cut pieces fraying. And look how awesome they turned out?!

Tara's Jeans

Devin's Jeans




Thanks so much for allowing me to share something I love to do with all of you and be sure to follow me on Instagram @so_posh_girl.

Xoxo, Kelley

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bar-stool Makeover: From Drab to Fab

Posted by Tara


I've lived in my house for 3 years now and never found the stools I was wanting. If I found some similar, they would always cost an arm and a leg! And I wasn't about to spend a ton of money on them. 
I recently took a trip to Goodwill and behold I found what I was looking for! Old, wooden stools. They didn't look amazing when I found them but I could see their potential. 


Get this, all 4 costed me a whopping $35!! (Insert happy dance)  Now for the fun stuff... Picking the color I wanted to paint them. I am changing the colors in my kitchen right now, so I knew I wanted something soft with color. I fell in love with a craft paint named Sea Glass, and took it in to get color matched at Home Depot. The result was perfection. I used my BBFrösch to mix with the paint. I loved using it for my dresser makeover I did recently, and I knew I needed to use it for my stool makeover!


I got 1 quart of paint and headed home to get started. I first took the chair cover off the tops. They were super outdated and well.... gross. I took off all the hardware on the bottom of the stools and wiped them down.


Some of the tops of the stools needed sanding, but for the most part they were all ready for their first coat of paint. 


After I applied 2 coats of paint (a total of 1 cup of paint), I got started on the spray painting of the metal. I really love the color of gold. Mint and gold is like Oreo's and milk. They seriously were made for each other!!


Once everything was painted, I felt like my stools still needed something. I talked it over with Devin and we both agreed numbers would be perfect!


I bought a pack of 8x11" mailing labels. I printed my numbers in the font of New Times Roman on my mailing label. I cut the number out and placed it where I wanted on my stool. I painted it in with black paint. * Tip: Remove the label quickly after applying the paint. This was the first time the adhesive stuck to my chair the longer I let it sit. So be sure to remove it quickly. After I was done with the numbers I waxed the stools to seal in the paint. Here is my finished product!!






Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Finds Linky Party #44

LinkyMain2-04 It's Friday again - time for another edition of Friday Finds! Check out our favorites from this week and don't forget to link up for a chance to be featured across all of our blogs this week! Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds

Buttermilk Ranch Dip from Kleinworth & Co.
Laura
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Grilled Garlic BreadThe Food Nanny
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Soft Buttery Pretzel Bitesl from Liz On Call
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Blueberry Peach Oatmeal from The Casual Craftlete
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Minion Bookmark Craft for Kids from One Creative Mommy
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DIY Elephant Knobs from My Creative Days

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2. Limit 3 Links per person per week
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