Third Time’s a Charm – The Circle Skirt

sewing a circle skirt

To use the term “expert” is certainly taking it over the top. But I’m definitely getting the hang of these circle skirts! With each new garment I make, I’m becoming more and more comfortable with my sewing skills.

sewing a circle skirt

This particular skirt turned out heavenly. The last circle skirt I attempted, the one with leopard print, was a bit too short for my liking. So I figured I’d add about an inch and a half to this design.I also cut a few inches from my waist measurement in order to make the elastic band more snug around my midsection.

sewing a circle skirt

And it worked! I’m so very in love with this skirt. The fabric is awesome and it’s just the right length. I’m certainly getting the hang of this sewing thing!

Canvas Clutch

canvas clutch

My purse weighs about three pounds. And it’s not the most organized bag either. I’m in a constant search for ways to get my things in order and lighten my load.

So when I spotted this cute canvas clutch in Wal-Mart I knew it would be perfect for me. It’s made out of a durable material that won’t tear easily and can be wiped clean or even washed in your machine if needed.

This can be used as a make-up bag, a medicine bag, or even a snack bag (if you’re like me and carry lots of food in your purse).

Whatever you decide to do with this bag it’s a steal at $2.97. Be sure to check out the sewing section of Wal-Mart if you want to pick one up.

Organizing With Fabric Baskets

decorative organizational baskets

These organizational baskets are perfect for my home. And the pastel colors will be useful for anyone doing a bit of spring cleaning.

there are so many things that I need to keep around the house but have nowhere to place them. Sewing notions, craft supplies, and even mail would find a nice home in any of these baskets. I could tuck one of these baskets away in an odd corner and it could add a bit of decor while giving me much-needed organization.

I found these beauties in one of my many shopping expeditions at Joann Fabric and Craft Stores. I believe they were on sale for less that $15.00. And there were lots more! Joann had many types of decorative baskets on sale with varied designs. I’m going back soon to pick up a few more to add to my home.

When Your George Foreman is Sick….

George Foreman Grill

This is tragic. I don’t know what to do. Somehow, the oil tray to my George Foreman Grill got stuck in my dish washer and ended up melting from the heat.

If I had known better, I’d have ensured that the drip tray was placed on the top rack of the dish washer instead of the bottom rack…but hindsight is always 20/20.

I’ve searched the internet and found replacement trays for a cost of between 5 and 29 dollars. Of course, I’ll eventually purchase a new one, but I’m stuck mourning the loss of my beloved tray. *sniff sniff*

Leopard Print Circle Skirt

circle skirt

It was love at first sight when I spotted this leopard print in Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I couldn’t wait to get home and make a circle skirt out of it.

Since my last demin skirt is about a half and inch too wide in the waist, I decided to cut a smaller waistband this time around. I am so  in love with this garment! My sewing repertoire is growing!

elastic waistband for circle skirt

In full disclosure, I certainly wish I had added about an inch onto the length of this skirt. Because my bottom is so large (ahem!), it kind of hikes the skirt up a bit in the back. Another inch would have solved that problem.

elastic waistband for circle skirt

But no worries! Along with this leopard print I also purchased yards and yards of a fabulous colorful fabric. So I have another opportunity to get the circle skirt just right.

elastic waistband for circle skirt

New Business Cards

Kozy Kase Design Studio

Tadda!!!!!! Aren’t they the cutest??? I just ordered these awesome business cards. When they arrived I was so very pleased with the results. It was my first time ordering from Zazzle so I was a bit nervous. But they turned out just the way I like them.

Throughout the years, I’ve ordered business cards from several different online sites. Moo, iPrint, Vista Print, and UPrint have all given me excellent customer service and delivered great products.

With this new business venture, I needed a very specific design. After searching on the internet I finally found what I was looking for with Zazzle. The cards took approximately 1 week to arrive. And now, I’m ready to pass out my cards and gain a slew of new customers!

Oka B Shoes

Oka B shoes

A few years ago I was gifted a few pairs of Oka B shoes. I instantly fell in love with the cute designs and bright color schemes of each pair. They have been my go-to shoe during spring and summer months. And talk about comfort! I can’t begin to describe how comfortable these flats are.

Oka B Shoes

Just recently I decided it was time to update my Oka B collection. There were so many choices! Their website is incredibly easy to navigate…making my decision-making much harder. After hours of perusing the site I decided on two pair of sandals.

Oka B Shoes

The black pair would easily go with any outfit. And I have a few maxi dresses that would match perfectly with the green pair.

Oka B Shoes

I should mention the awesome packaging that my order arrived in. I was thrilled to see the canary shoe bags with the elastic ties. They are the cutest!

Shopping At Fashion To Figure

Fashion To Figure jeans

If I had my wish I’d wear jeans and a t-shirt every single day. Throughout the years it’s been a challenge to find jeans that work well with my figure…they are either too long, give me a terrible muffin top, or just make me look like an oompa loompa.

I am 5’1″, 197 lbs. and have more curves on my body than the New Jersey Turnpike! Since the weather is warmer I figured it would be a great time to purchase a new pair of spring jeans. Off to my favorite store I go…… Fashion To Figure has PERFECT jeans to fit my body type.When I go into the store I know I’ll come out with bags and bags of clothes that are form fitting and flattering to my shape.

Fashion To Figure has been a life saver. Shopping isn’t frustrating anymore. And I feel beautiful!

*Check out my previous post on Fashion to Figure here.

Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thankfully, my children have low expectations when it comes to my cooking. It is clear to them that I’m not a gourmet chef. So when my son asked me to bake him a batch of chocolate chip cookies, I felt little to no pressure to start from scratch.

pillsbury chocolate chip dough

Pillsbury to the rescue! These 24 pre-cut cookie dough chunks came in handy for my inexperience in the kitchen. I didn’t have to do anything but place them in neat little rows and turn the oven on the set temperature.

pillsbury chocolate chip cookies

Easy peasy! We thoroughly enjoyed our treat and left nothing on the baking sheet! They were delicious!

Sewing A Circle Skirt- 2nd Attempt

DIY circle skirt

Success has been achieved! With this second attempt at a circle skirt I decided to use a true elastic waistband. That made the construction soooo much easier.

DIY Circle Skirt

It’s about three inches longer than my first skirt. I decided to add length because I have a rather large backside and the skirt hikes up in the back. So, adding length prevents me from showing all my goodies to the world!

DIY Circle Skirt

The dark wash on the denim makes it simple to match with a variety of tops. This is a great spring look. I’ll certainly be making more of these skirts.