Keeping it Simple

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Polka Dot Shorts

Do you ever walk into your closet and look around and say to yourself, "I have nothing to wear".  I do that all the time!  At the beginning of summer I actually didn't have any shorts to wear.  Those joys of losing baby weight and clothes not fitting.  I have a hard time finding shorts too because they are either capris or too short.  I found a pair of navy flares that I love how they fit me around the waist, but don't care for the flares.  So I decided to turn them into a fun pair of shorts.  I made these two months ago and they are by far my favorite pair of shorts right now.  And they still look amazing.  
DIY polka dot shorts
Here are the pants before:
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First thing I did was cut them at the knee and hemmed them up.
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Then using white fabric paint and a pencil, I made the dots.
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I carefully put the dots all over the pants.  Then I waited a couple hours and painted the other side.  Be careful that they don't fold, or paint gets everywhere (I know that from experience).  I then hung them up in my closet and let it dry for 24 hours before wearing them.
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And this is what they look like on, I love them!  
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Painted Barbeque Shirt {Silhouette Designer Edition Promotion}

I am obsessed with my Silhouette.  It's by far my favorite cutting machine.  It does everything that I need it to do and more!  Especially with the Designer Edition, you can do a ton of things with it.  The main upgrade for the designer edition is that can you can design a .svg file and then cut it in Silhouette studio!  Awesome, right?  There are even more things that you can do it with too.  Normally the designer software is $50, but right now it's 40% off!  That saves you $20!  It's totally worth having!  And if you haven't already gotten a machine, now is the time to because those are on sale too.  All you have to do is use code SIMPLE at checkout.
I am using my Silhouette CAMEO non stop right now since I'm decorating my house.  I just love how good things turn out!  For my husband's birthday last month, I wanted to make him a fun shirt.  I've seen this one before and it cracks me up. 
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All I did was designed it in Silhouette studio and cut it out in vinyl.  
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Using transfer paper, I transferred it to the shirt.
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I took off the transfer paper and now it's ready to go.
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I used black fabric paint and using a up and down motion, painted the whole thing.
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I took off the vinyl and it looks great!  Super easy project!  I plan on making lots more fun shirts for my husband to wear!
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Make sure you take advantage of this promo if you don't already have the designer edition software, it's awesome!  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Traveling Toiletry Bag Tutorial and Paperless Coupons #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Lately I have been going to the gym almost every day to go work out or to go swim or to go play with my kids.  It seems like when I go in the morning, there is somewhere we have to be soon after I work out, so I shower at the gym too (even if I don't have somewhere to go, I like to shower because I can actually shower alone...).  Since I'm going all the time, I wanted to make a fun and cute bag that holds all of my toiletries. So I made one and then filled it with toiletries that I bought at Walgreens with their new paperless coupons.  
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 This is how I made the bag:
First I cut out two pieces of fabric that were 14x10 inches.  Then I cut some elastic that was 13" long.
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I sewed the edges of the elastic onto each piece.  Then I marked where I should sew down the elastic.  I actually measured a little big, so I would make them a little tighter.  I then sewed the elastic on the lines that I drew.
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For the front of the bag, I cut out a piece of fabric that was 12x22 inches.  I then sewed on a pocket onto the front of it.  I did that by folded a piece of fabric in half and then sewed it on.
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I then placed the pieces with the fabric onto the longer piece and sewed them onto it.  
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To make the edges prettier, I made some bias tape with black fabric.  I cut strips 3" inches wide, ironed the edges down and folded it in half and then sewed it around the edges of the bag.
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I also made a handle with the bias tape.  
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And that's it!  It was pretty simple to make.
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The pocket in the front is nice for miscellaneous things that don't fit in the elastic.  
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I needed some extra toiletries because I don't like to have to keep transferring my toiletries from my gym bag to my bathroom.  I tend to forget something when I do that.  So I headed to Walgreens to get some.  These makeup displays were right in front of the store, so nice and convenient. 
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This is what I picked up for my gym bag.  Several items were on sale, plus I saved money using the new #WalgreensPaperless coupons!  I love saving money!  I saved $8 with the coupons, nice huh?! 
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Did you know that you can put manufacturer coupons onto your balance rewards card?  Well you can now!  You can download the Walgreens app and then you link it to your card.  Then all you do is pick out some coupons and clip them to your card.  When you check out you can scan your card, scan your phone or just enter your phone number. 

It's so easy to use and so much better than cutting out all of those coupons.  One huge perk is once they are on your card, you don't have to remember something.  I sometimes just run to the store in a hurry and forget things, like my coupons or even my phone. With the paperless coupons being on my card I don't have to worry because I always know my phone number, so I get to save money even if I forget the coupons.  
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I put all the toiletries into my bag and then got my workout bag ready to go.  Yes that's a shower cap on my shoes.  Shoes are VERY dirty, so it's a great way to put them in my bag without them getting the rest of the stuff dirty.
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And here is my workout bag.  I'm excited to use my new toiletry bag.  It's going to be perfect to hang up on the hook so I can be all organized when I shower and get ready.  
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If you like to use coupons and save money, make sure you down load the Walgreens app and clip some paperless coupons for your next shopping trip!

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