Five Things

Happy Friday! Whew! We made it. It was touch-and-go a couple of times, but we pulled through at the end. Here are a few things on my mind this week:


1. Fall. It’s on my mind a lot. It’s my favorite season, after all, and it’s actually starting to feel like it. On Wednesday, a friend took my kids, and I had a few hours to myself. In my own house! (I cannot remember the last time I was home alone. Let me tell you, it was amazing.) The windows were open, a breeze was blowing, you could hear the leaves rustling – it was healing to my soul. Fall cannot get here fast enough for me. Bring on the sweaters and boots, the changing leaves (the gingkos above are my favorite), the rain (PLEASE let it rain soon!), the bonfires, the pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING. I’m ready for you, fall.

2. Friendship. I’m taking a parenting class right now, and one of the opening exercises last week was to write about yourself – five things you are and five things you would like to be. One of the things I would like to be is a better friend. I love people, I love building relationships, and I love my friends, but somehow, being a mother has made me not as good of a friend. I don’t return phone calls promptly, I let texts slip, I forget to send birthday cards. I think of my friends often, and I rejoice when I get a moment to talk with them or see them (like a surprise run-in at Target or catching up at Moms’ Night Out), but I’m not as good at making connections as I used to be (or at least that’s how I remember I used to be). Loved this piece about being good at being a friend.

3. Work we value. On a completely unrelated note, this was one of the most thought-provoking things I read this week.

4. 31 Days. October is coming, and like every year, it’s always a crazy month, but I love committing to 31 Days because it makes me get stuff done, and like that famous quote about writing, I love having done it. I’ve been working this week to start planning my projects because this October will be even MORE crazy – instead of just helping out at the preschool’s annual Rummage Sale, I am one of the fundraisers organizing it. If I start working on projects NOW, maybe I will still be sane by the time November arrives. Maybe?

5. Made me laugh. (And also reminded me of this – how did I forget about this?)

What are you up to this weekend? Around here, we’re looking forward to a soccer game, date night, brunch with friends (that’s just for me), and hopefully lots of time to do absolutely nothing. Can’t wait!


I Got My White Pants On

Have you seen this on Jimmy Fallon? I just LOOK at Will Ferrell and start cracking up. (Language warning!)

(The J.Lo. one is pretty funny, too.)

As BB says, that song just gets “stuck up in my head”. (Obviously, THAT song doesn’t get “stuck up” in his head – but this one does.)

So all day, I’ve been singing it, but with “white pants” instead of “tight pants”.


I like these jeans, but I just haven’t worn them. They are bootcut, which I almost never wear, and they are too long. I’m most likely going to wear them with flats or sandals, but even with heels, I would prefer them to hit at the ankles.


I tried them on and pinned them where I’d like them to hit.


Using chalk, I drew a line where the new hem should fall. I added another line 1/2″ down to mark where to press them, and then I used a rotary blade to cut them 1/2″ below that.


Ironed, pinned, ironed again, and ready to sew.


That’s what I was hoping for. Perfect summer white jeans just in time for fall – but the highs are still in the 90s, so I’ll be okay for a few more weeks. And then…


…since the bootcut hem has been removed, I can tuck them into boots for fall.

(Wooden bead necklace from my Etsy shop)

PS – Speaking of my shop, I made my first sale this week! And I just added a bunch of new earrings – go check them out!

How to Update Vintage: Something Up My Sleeve

How to Update Vintage: Shorten Sleeves

I’m excited to finally share this post today, because this is the project I was working on when my sewing machine went KAPUT!


The blouse I’m redoing started out like this – a simple, pretty shell that layers well. I love finding old blouses that are too big because I love they way they flow – especially in the summer. (I know I’m talking about breaking the rules by wearing white after Labor Day, but we’re in a string of hot days here in California, so it’s not a big stretch.) The only thing that needed to be changed were the sleeves – their length just felt too frumpy.


But before I got to start on this project, I got to sew together a net from the Dollar Store for BB. He loves this net. It has never been used for catching butterflies, but it has caught a few regular flies, lots of stuffed animals, and his sister. It’s multipurpose! And while my sewing skills aren’t usually in high demand with the under 6 crowd, being able to fix a broken net put me in superhero status. Well, at least for that afternoon.

How to Update Vintage: Shorten Sleeves

Back to the project – I like the look of an angled sleeve, so I angled the ruler to take two inchs off the bottom of the sleeve and three inches off the top, and I just cut it with a rotary blade.


I used my “cheater dog” hem technique to make a skinny hem on both sleeves.


And this is how I knew my sewing machine was really messed up – strings hanging out everywhere. I stopped here and took it to the shop. I don’t really know what the final problem was, but it was all covered under the machine tune-up. To fix the mess, I used my seam ripper to carefully remove all this crazy thread and then finished the hem.

How to Update Vintage: Shorten Sleeves

Much less frump, much more flattering.

How to Update Vintage: Shorten Sleeves

I love how it looks with a bold necklace.

il_570xN.648123586_5ge4I used this blouse for all the photos of necklaces in my Etsy shop so far. Through the magic of photo cropping, you never knew that I was wearing a blouse with strings hanging off the sleeves!


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