Robot Love

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Last night I headed to the Free Time Best of Columbia Party. This year’s theme was space. I love a theme party (and dressing for one!) I didn’t want to go too costume-y for this party. I wanted to make something I could wear again and not get funny looks. 

 My outfit robot skirt and robot purse

The shirt

The shirt is a re-dye. I had originally dyed it with purple cabbage and loved the way it looked. Unfortunately, the dye didn’t stay well. Food dyes tend to stick better to animal fibers and this shirt is cotton. I re-dyed it with log wood. I loved the uneven dyed look the shirt had; kind of reminded me of space. I’m still playing around with my formula for log wood but I do have post coming soon.  

 

The skirt

I had this skirt pinned for a while and used it as inspiration.

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I kept the making of the skirt very simple. I had some fabric that was long and wide enough for the length I wanted. I sewed the skirt together, hemmed the bottom, sewed an opening for the elastic, inserted it, closed the opening, and that’s that. I do plan to a make a skirt more tailored and fitting (like the inspiration pic). I love the look of the pleats and the cinched waist. Plus, I want to try appliqueing again. 

This was my first time using the applique technique and I just decided to wing it. I didn’t use a template for the robot. I just cut a few pieces for the head, body, leg, hands, etc. 

I pinned the robot to the skirt and attached it with the zigzag stitch.

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The Purse

 robot purse

I didn’t plan to make a purse but when I showed the finished skirt to my crafty buddy Jordan, she suggested a purse. In her mind she meant an applique purse. Welp! I took it to another level. 

I didn’t have inspiration for the purse; again I just, say it with me, “Winged it!”

I had some vinyl fabric in my stash and used it to make the robot. I left the seams and sewing stitches exposed. I feel it gives more character. For he arms and leg I used added poly fill to make therm more sturdy. I had dowel rods so I painted them black and used them for the handles. If I had more time I would have spent it reinforcing the purse. 

 

I love all the pieces! Can’t wait to wear them individually. 

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Latest Reads

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I seriously fell off the radar with my reading but now I’m back on track! I recently finished the ones below and have another stack I am currently working on.

book reviews

The Andy Cohen Diaries

After reading this book I realize I really don’t care about what happens in Andy Cohen’s life. You can tell he was holding back (can’t burn bridges). I wanted more scoop on the Housewives and other Bravo shows I love. Guess I’ll have to wait for Brandi Glanville to write it. You know it’s coming.

Going Off Script

I have always loved Giuliana Rancic. She’s the reason I started watching E News years ago. Like Jason Priestly’s book, she told the story of her life through moments. I could relate to her on having an very intertwined family. Keeping a secret between us is a joke. She tells a funny story of when she’s taking her Driver’s Test.

Grey

Eh, skip it. I thought it would give more insight into Christian but basically it’s a lot of copy and paste.

Paper Towns

This was a quick read. Well, I read it rather quickly because I had promised my niece we would go see the movie.

Book and Movie – Both were good. Your typical coming-of-age, live life to the fullest story. Definitely enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars  (both book and movie)  more than this one.

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Catch me on The Good Life!

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Starting this month, you can find me and other local bloggers on the The Good Life, the blog for the Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands in South Carolina​. Posts will focus on DIYs, Home Decor, Fashion, Sustainability, and Goodwill (duh!). The blogger roster:

 

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Shanika Pichey of Life is Pichey

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April Blake of The April Blake

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Rashon Carraway Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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Jillian Owens of The ReFashionista

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Anne Wolfe Postic of The Shop Tart and The Kitchn

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Frank Thompson and Laurel Posey

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Sarah Ramburg of Sadie Seasonsgoods

Have any suggestions for posts? Let me know!

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Crafting and Podcasting

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Listening to podcasts have become one of my favorite things to do while I am working on a project. I love to plug in the headphones and start sewing/knitting/crocheting/dyeing away.

Some of my faves:

crafting and podcasting

 

 

1.Watch What Crappens

The title is a play off of Bravo’s Watch What Happens. These guys talk about all things Bravo but in the bitchiest (but funniest) way. The impressions are so horrible they are good. Countless times I have randomly laughed out loud while my husband looks at me weird or my youngest says “What happened, Mommy?”

2. Tom & Lorenzo Pop Style Opinionfest

This podcast is a great mixture of all of the things I love about pop culture: gossip, movies,  TV shows, and fashion. They also wrote a book which I am currently reading right now.

3. Slate’s Pop Culture Gabfest

I like hearing their perspective on mainstream (and not so mainstream) movies, shows, books, etc. Plus, they introduced me to one of my favorite Google Chrome Extensions.

4. Straight Up with Stassi

Of all of the shows on Bravo, Vanderpump Rules is my favorite. HANDS DOWN! Stassi was my favorite on the show. This past season wasn’t her best so this podcast gives me back the old Stassi I grew to love.

5. Dusted: A Buffy Podcast

One of my favorite shows of all time being recapped by a couple who love the show as much as me. This podcast has me wanting to go back and re-watch the whole series. I love hearing their perspectives (positive and negative) on each character and the strength and weakness of each story line.

6. The Lyons Den/Deep Thots

I started listening to this podcast when they were recapping Empire (you know, the show EVERYONE became obsessed with!) and let’s just say they don’t hold back on their feelings.  Since Empire is on hiatus, they changed the name of the podcast to Deep Thots and each week they talk about what is being mentioned in the media or whatever is on their mind.

7. Again With This

Right now they are recapping the first season of Beverly Hills 90210. As much as I loved that show, it was pretty god awful. These folks share my same sentiment. They end the segment with who wa the MVP and LVP of each episode. There’s also another funny segment in which they have to list ways in which  Dylan was “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know.”

 

I am always looking for more podcasts to add, so send me some suggestions! Except for Serial. That is not my style.

 

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Feta Makes it Betta’!

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For the past three weeks, morning, noon, and night, I have been obsessively eating watermelon. For dinner the other day I made myself a Watermelon and Feta Salad. With a side of guacamole because, guacamole.

 

watermelon and feta salad

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Mint
  • Basil

 

Directions:

It’s pretty straightforward. Since my watermelon is already pre-cut I usually do two scoops of watermelon chunks. About 10-15 chunks, depending on how large or small you cut your watermelon. Before I add the basil and mint, I like to rip them into smaller pieces to release more of their flavor. Then I toss them together with the watermelon. Add a generous amount of feta (like half the container!) and enjoy!

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