Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ikat Get Enough Fall

Hey, fall friends!
So glad the weather is starting to dip in temperatures. Yesterday, I left work kinda late and it was so nice out. My mind started to zone out into leaves, and cooler weather, possible boots I am looking at, and textured tights and fall skirts.
Fall skirts?

Somehow on my way home, my car steered itself over to the fabric store. While there, I picked up a fall-ish ikat print and some good 'ole elastic.
(I promise its not this "rasta-farian" in person).

And after a short bit and some Jay Leno, there's nothing like a little Friday Nite Fall Skirt makin'.
Easy peasy!

Wanna make one?
Here's how:

* 1- 1 1/2 yards of some type of stretch fabric. Mine is polyester/rayon blend with a bit of stretch.
* Elastic for waist. I have a 2 in. elastic band, but a 1 1/2 would work, too. I got a yard of this just to be safe.
* Sewing machine, pins, scissors, thread, etc.

A BIT OF HELP: I tried to follow this tutorial but realized Sharroll at Jo Ann's fabric cut my fabric wrong. (Duh, Sharroll I knew what I was talking about in the first place) So I tweaked it.


Go ahead and open your fabric, print side down. Lay your elastic at the top, on the long side. You are going to start to make a case for your elastic to slide thru. Starting at one side, using your elastic as a pattern, fold the fabric over and pin.

Keep pinning and sliding the elastic down, until the top is pinned.

Next, go sew a straight line where you just pinned. You might also have to re-watch the Instructional Video that came with your new sewing machine, since this is your 2nd time sewing just to make sure.

Next, lay fabric out again, and measure your desired length for you. I chose knee length, but a longer skirt would be cute, too. Cut and go back and hem it.

Now, you have a little case at the top and your skirt hemmed. Take your elastic, measure it to your waist, and cut appropriately.
Now, the boring part. Turn on some tube. Grab your elastic, and slide, squench, and bunch it into the case at the top. This will give it some soft pleating.

Smooth out your pleats, nice and even. Turn your fabric print side in, and pin the edges together. Sew up your elastic and where you just pinned- AND you are done!

Do a little fist pump and victory dance that you didn't cry or say ugly words at your machine at your completed project!

Monday, September 19, 2011


Hey friends.
Good gravy, you guys weren't kidding!
Being the last person on the face of God's Earth to join Pinterest, I'm proud to say that I NOW have the hang of it.
 Shoo- wee, guys, I can already tell.
It's going to ruin my life my free time.

I mean, just look at what I found in the first 5 min. I signed on:

A DIY Farmhouse Table


ANNND my personal fave..

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Awkward-Awesome Thursday- School Edition

Kids say the darndest things, don't they?

Working in an elementary school, with little ones, sometimes makes for a silly day. However, I love it- and am blessed by their (mostly) sweet spirits. So today's awesome-awkward is based on the RIDICULOUS things I've actually heard in the past few weeks. So awkward, they give me the giggles all over again.
* "Mrs. Lindsey, are you married to the gym teacher?"

* "Do you have kids? Your belly is big". (Uhhh.. thanks?)

* "My Daddy says the HW you send home is silly and that I don't have to do it". (Oh ok, talk
                        with a lisp forever, then)
* We're playing a phonological awareness game and rhyming some words. Should have known
     that 'truck' is not a good one to start with....

* "Mrs. Lindsey, I smell pooted. Do you know how to do that?"  (Nope)

And although WILDLY inappropriate, my personal fave:
    Child and I are reviewing some SH- picture cards. Shoe, Shark, Sheriff, Shirt, Shaving Cream. Shaggy dog, etc. Face lights up and small tap on the shoulder.
Child: "Hey know what Mrs. Lindsey? My daddy shaves."
Me: "Oh, good? Does a shark shave? Does a shoe shave?
Child: "No! That is so silly!"
          "BUT know what? My daddy shaves his teeter!"

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missing Missoni...

A few weeks ago, as I was casually perusing through some TV, I heard that Target was coming out with a new clothing line. You know, those "famous" ones that run for a few weeks, featuring a handful of unique pieces?
When I heard it would be Missoni, I was over the moon excited!
Funky patterns, capes, knitwear, and sweater bathing suits with a kinda 70's retro vibe.
I mean, duh, we ALL need a sweater bathing suit.
But it still would be fun to see it up close.

So, after work, I stomp to my local Target and what do I see?
After careful "review of the situation" (ok, polite grilling of the random 16-year old boy clerk), I learn that they are all SOLD OUT, excpet for a few larger sizes, and mis-matched pairs of rain boots.
Cheese and rice.
 It was a "swarm of women fighting over this stuff", he shared.
"Women buying 6 or 7 of the same thing. I heard lots of ladies were going to re-sell it on eBay. And they told us our website crashed."
Hrmph, I thought.

Missoni, I guess I'll be missing you.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

To Boot or Not to Boot...

To boot or not to boot.
Specifically, the Steve Madden Intyce-cognac.
That is the question.

  It seems like EVERYONE and their momma has a pair. I see them everywhere. With dresses. With pants. With skirts. With skinnies.
 So naturally, I've kept my eye on them.
Did I spend the second half of a college football game last year, head down, counting pairs seen, to pass the time?
But that is beside the point.
  But gosh dern, they are just too cute.

My only reservation?
The " not-so-savvy"  $149.00 price tag.
(Feel free to insert long, low whistle)

I know, right?
I don't think I've ever spent that much on one thing, unless it was furniture to re-paint.
Would you go for them? Intyce-boot "wear-ers", have your boots "held up" and have they maintained their loveliness?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Smashin' Fashion

True to my word, here's a few fashion pics from the game.
 A warning about the dress code: Ole Miss ladies and gents LOVE a chance to dress up. So why not combine a love of dressing up with football?
  Seersucker, pearls, blazers, sky-high heels, and collared shirts The more ridiculous, the better. You can't walk five feet without seeing some girl teetering on too-high shoes, or a Frat-Daddy sweating to death in his blazer. 
 I wish I knew why, but it's just the way we are.
Here are a few of my faves while I was waiting in the stands:

These gals- both CUTE and comfy

A SUH-weet pair of pants

Last, but not least, my personal favorite.
This poor gent has on his Paw-Paw hat, a a blazer, bowtie, dress shirt, SHORTS and loafers.
Classic Ole Miss.

Random, totally off-topic P.S. 
Have you had a chance to see the new Pioneer Woman cooking show on The Food Network? So, SO cute!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Oh, Hello Again..

Oh friends, I am so excited.
So terribly excited!
It's that time of the year again.
 In kind, gentle, lady-like fashion, I can't begin to express how excited I am over some college football.

Here in the South, college football it is almost like another religion. It's one part sport, one part tailgating and two parts major social event. My friend, Jenny Beth, explains it quite well- dresses, drinks, and dates are on most minds on Saturdays in the fall, across the South.
Me and me mate went to school at The University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss. Known for red-shirting Miss Americas, fronting some of the Manning dynasty ( Hello, Archie, and Eli ) and in an unbiased opinion, the initiator of the Southern tailgate party.

Don't believe me? What are you talking about?
Imagine going to a picnic to watch football in a fancy cocktail dress and heels, with 60,000 of your closest friends.

Me mate and I just got back from the 1st game, against BYU.
We lost.
BUT at least we had a great time.
Want some more proof of these shenanigans?
I'll post some of the pics I snapped tomorrow.

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