Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Shrunken Cashmere Sweater To Cowl Scarf Upcycle No Sew Tutorial

Do you have a cashmere sweater that has shrunken but you can't bear to part with it?
Here is the perfect solution! Turn it into a cowl neck scarf. With no sewing involved!
Just cut across the sweater under the armpits with fabric scissors!
Yup! That's all! Now pull it over your head. Done.
Since the sweater has shrunken, it does not fray when cut!

This is the perfect fast, easy, and affordable DIY Christmas gift for that special someone in your life!

I have sure been enjoying it on these cold days here in Michigan. 

Sylvie :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Serging Tip: How To Easily Finish The End of a Serged Seam Tutorial

Here is a quick little tip for you on how to finish the end of 
your serged seam to keep the threads from fraying.
When you get to the end of your seam, continue to pull the fabric, and serge an extra thread "tail". 
Thread that "tail" through an extra large needle.
Push the needle back through the last couple inches of your seam- just under the stitches, and then back out.
Trim excess thread and you're done!!
Now you don't have to worry about the ends of your serged seams fraying on you! :)

Happy Sewing!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Turn A Basket & A Pulley Into A Light DIY

I get SO excited when I can redo something in this here house, 
and make something I love happen without spending a penny!!! 
So. I turned my scrap basket into my dining rm light (pulley was kicking around in Mr. Liv's Shop). Squeeeel!!!
We had just a plain shade hanging there. It was fine. But kinda boring.
So my sweetest hubby took it down, threaded the wire through a pulley and the bottom center of the basket, and hung it back up!
I am in love!! (With him and my new light!)

Well folks. I was going to do a tutorial on how to take down your ceiling light, redo it, and re hang it... butah... I am not really much of an electrician actually. And Mr. Liv did it so fast, I was standing there on the table with my camera stuttering and fiddling with my camera settings and the next thing I knew- TADA!!!! Mission complete! Husband back out in his shop. So. I'm sorry friends. No tutorial. Ask your Hubby or your Dad for help. Or maybe Google it?! 

Thanks for reading!
Really. You guys rock.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Plus Sign/ Swiss Cross Pillow Cover

Here is a easy and fast project for ya'll to tackle! 
It took less than an hour to make, and I love it! 

To make it I used an old pillow, some flat cotton from an old skirt and a piece of felt.
I used this simple tutorial to make the cover. 

Am I the only one who just can't buy pillows full price!?
It is SO easy to make pillow covers for your old ones!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Easiest Pumpkin Seed Recipe, Pumpkin Carving, & Up In the Night

Want to know the easiest way to cook pumpkin seeds?
I love that these pumpkin seeds are not as woody as others I've had.

I learned this easy pumpkin seed "recipe" from my sweet neighbor, 
and I'll never make them any other way again!
Just rinse the seeds, pop them into microwave steamer dish w/ a lid,
mix in a lil salt to taste, and pop it in the microwave for 6-8 min 
or until they're dry! Stir them once or twice while cooking.
That' s it! :) I like to add other seasonings too with the salt. 
Some ideas are- Paprika, Cumin, Black Pepper, Red Pepper...
This year we had a Batman pumpkin, and a polka dot pumpkin!
Mr.Liv sharpened the end of a 1" metal pipe for me,
and I used a rubber mallet to pound it through the pumpkin. 
I do say I have the most handy husband!!
And well, here I am, up in the night with baby Liv, a bowl of rice cereal, and pumpkin seeds. 
Baby Liv decided it would be a better idea to hang out in the kitchen together than sleep, 
so here we are!

I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween! :)
Thanks for stopping by!