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DIY Circle Skirt Reboot!

11 August 2016

Hi guys! I have another repost for you. It's been a little gloomy here lately and I'm dreaming of Fall! I don't know why but in my brain this skirt is a fall skirt. I love it so much that as soon as I get home I'm going to dig it out and wear it tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy and give it a try!
Happy Thursday!


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October 14, 2015

This weekend Blake and I are celebrating our birthdays in Beaver Creek. Our birthdays are about 2 weeks apart so it's fun to plan a trip or something for us to do together instead of big gifts... although presents do make things even sweeter ;)  But while were up here we're spending our time hiking, drinking a lot of wine, and eating a lot of pizza. My favorite things!

Today we went on a little picnic in this pretty park, people watched and drank. Juuuust as we were getting comfy and tipsy the sprinklers all went off. That's what you get for tryin' to be cute!

I was getting a little sick of the Van Morrison pandora station Blake chose but it was an abrupt ending to our little trip.

Anyway, while we were out we shot some pictures for this weeks DIY Friday tutorial! I always feel really stupid when people are walking by and I'm posing by a lamp post or something and Blake is taking weird "artsy" pictures through branches. Buuut oh well! Im sure I'll get over it someday.

This tutorial is for the simplest project you'll ever do! This skirt can easily be completed in under an hour. I love this skirt because the texture makes it easy to carry you from summer to fall and even to winter (especially if you've somewhere warmer).

I found this fabric at JoAnn's and knew I wanted it but wasn't sure what to do with it. Sometimes I just walk around carrying the bolts with me hoping the inspiration hits me before I have to leave. I have a rule about buying fabric without a purpose.. it saves me a lot of money. This is a knit but its a little heavier since its quilted. It does make it a bit harder to get though your sewing machine, especially near the zipper but it's nothing you can't handle!





Tutorial

Materials: 

1.5 yards heavy knit for quilted knit
Matching thread
6 inch zipper 

Step 1. Follow the formula above to find the circumference of your waist. Mark the center of the fold and measure out from there to get your waist cut out. Measure down from there to make the skirt as long as you'd like. For reference, I cut my skirt 17 inches long.  Use your waist measurement to find the length you need for you waistband. Cut this out as well. 

Step 2. Find the center of your skirt and cut a 4.5 inch slit to allow for the zipper. This also makes installing your waistband easier. 

Step 3. Iron out your waistband and fold it in half hotdog style, iron and then fold the raw edges in about 1 cm and iron again. Now you should have a nice uniform waistband piece. It should be about 2 inches tall when folded. 

Step 4. Pin your skirt and waistband together, putting the skirt piece into the fold and securing. It may start to look a little wavy when you get about halfway through but just try to keep track of how fabric you're pinning into the fold. 

Step 5. Sew along the bottom of the waistband, then hem the skirt and iron everything out again. 

Step 6. Install your zipper! You're done!!

See, so easy!!! 

Be sure to tag me in any photos if you try this skirt for yourself. I promise you'll love it! 



Wandering

10 August 2016

Hi guys! 


So I know I have been doing that annoying thing lately where people give vague clues about what they've been up to, or what's "in the works" that will will share as soon as they're able to.... and then it takes forever and you're just left wondering what their thing is. BUT I swear I will really will spill the beans soon.
In the mean time I can give you a few hints in the form of a life update. A vague, annoying one ;) 

We have been working really hard on cleaning out our house. Anything we don't need goes - and it is shocking how much stuff you have that when you put it away for a while you completely forget that you have it. We have so much of that stuff so we have been selling, selling, selling, and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. We trying to get down to only what we use routinely. I'm a toss it kind of person but Blake is more sentimental. His box of 'keep it' stuff is much bigger than mine. Even clothes... If I haven't worn it yet this summer, it goes and if I didn't wear it last winter it goes. It feels good guys!
I just don't need Christmas glasses, as much fun as they are. 

Nexttttt...We bought an RV! I know that seems like an old people thing to do but we have been thinking about it for a really long time and finally pulled the trigger. It's so cool! And also, kind of dorky. It has the worlds ugliest interior upholstery.. think red and black racing stripes... but I can fix that with a little fabric. It was funny because Blake and I were sitting at the dealership getting a tour from an older gentleman who was teaching us everything we need to know and I mentioned that the fabric wasn't my style and he said "I think it's super cool!" I flipped into people pleaser mode and immediately changed my tune. 
"Oh yeah! I love it to!! Im just worried about the dogs ruining it because its so nice! Otherwise I wouldn't change a thing!"

I'm always a little disappointed in myself when I do that. But oh well - no harm I suppose. 

We also got paddle boards! We have been really wanting to be more active and get into a little bit of a different lifestyle than we have here in our small town. I like a lot of things about living here and being in such a small place. For one thing, I feel really safe here in our neighborhood, which is really worth a lot. On the other hand, we have to drive quite a while to get to things that we really like to do. So! We thought that we would force our own hands a little bit and get expensive toys that we will hate to see sitting around. Hopefully, we can get the dogs used to them fairly quickly and make it a family affair. We're definitely going to try because I already bought a doggy lifejacket and it's the cutest thing I have ever seen. I literally squealed when I saw Huckleberry in it. That boy just kills me with his fat head. 

In sewing news, I'm back at it! I found the motivation everyone! I have a lot that I'm working on now and I'm excited to show it all to you soon! Check Instagram for some sneak peeks this weekend!

Next in this loooong winded post is the Olympics! I am so sad that we don't have live tv anymore! I feel like I'm missing everything since all we have now is glitchy Apple TV. I'm trying to follow along a little bit but I'm mostly just reading snarky buzzfeed articles. I'm not sad about it though because their headlines are so funny - for instance "A high school student just won gold for Australia, what have you done with your life?"  There are also a ton of Michael Phelps memes that I enjoy.

Annd! I almost forgot! Follow Leslie Jones on Twitter @Lesdoggg
You won't be sorry. She's so enthusiastic about the olympics that team USA needed her there in person and paid for her trip! So cool! Those beach volleyball players won't know what hit them when she gets there tomorrow.

Okay, have a great week everyone! Come back Friday morning for a little lace up DIY! 

#nsale

19 July 2016


First things first... I really underestimated the mania that is the #nsale.

I will get to the standard my #nsale picks in just a second but man oh man. I feel like it's some kind of blogger right of passage or something! Every blogger I follow on both Instagram and real blog world was doing round ups and dressing room diaries. I was super overwhelmed. Not to mention that I woke up at 7 the first morning of early access and saw that other girls were setting their alarms for midnight to start shopping.... does no one have jobs? or things to do? or just sleep to get? 
I must not have my priorities straight.

I really didn't know what to expect being a rookie and all, but I can say that I had no idea where to start once I got in. There are a few categories that I was really excited for - like activewear and shoes. We have a big trip coming up and there were some items that I was looking for specifically so I was trying to stay focused. But here's the thing! Guys! I got in at 9 am on the first day and SO many things were already sold out. It felt a little bit like Black Friday.  

So I guess the trick is to really hop on it - also save all of your money for three years to get everything you're going to want. I almost hate to say it but it's a really good sale. The more I comb through everything, the more of it I want. I should probably just cancel my account now but then I wouldn't get all of these goodies I'm about to show you! 


A Sweet Country Wedding

13 July 2016

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending my friend Holly's wedding near my home town. I had mentioned in an earlier blog post that I was working on some chalkboards, and this wedding is where they went to very good use. 

 I loved every part of their ceremony and reception. It's exactly what you have in mind when you think of a Pinterest perfect country wedding. It was the perfect balance of rustic and girly and Holly knocked the details out of the park. From the flowers, to the table setting and the vintage touches - it was stunning. I wish I had known about this venue when I planned my wedding! She was absolutely gorgeous and Carson looked almost as good ;) Their ceremony perfectly reflected their personalities and I loved seeing their close friends and family laugh and happy cry with them throughout. You could really feel how much they are loved by all of people around them.  

Holly and I grew up in the same small town in South East Colorado. We didn't know each other until after college but I think that one of my favorite parts of looking at these photos is seeing the beautiful parts of the plains that I always appreciated but haven't ever  been able to capture. I even love the simplicity of the photo of the dirt road leading to the ranch. It feels like home to me - as cheesy as that sounds.  Holly's photographer was Sarah Goff, who is incredibly talented! These are her photo's below and I hope you enjoy scrolling through as much as I do! Check out her website (linked here) for the full gallery and to let her know how much you love her work!

^ The most beautiful Bridal Suite. Every detail was gorgeous!
^ heart eyes <3
^ I thought the In laws and Outlaws welcome sign was such a fun idea. I loved doing this one and it might be my favorite! But just look at the table set up! So sweet!
^ This photo is just from my iPhone but I thought the S'More station was so cute I just had to show it to you in action! 
^ I wish I could have that drink chalkboard in my house. It turned out so cute and is officially in the running for my favorite :) 

These last photos are just gorgeous! I think they are so unique and so beautiful. I'm sure Holly and Carson will have a hard time choosing which to hang - and I'll just say that if my wedding photos turned out that beautifully I would cover my whole house in them. 

Thank you Holly for giving me a reason to get back into chalkboards and for inviting me to your wedding! It was a night to remember - that's for sure! 



Catching Up!

12 July 2016


Hi everyone! It's safe to say that I have really neglected this little space of mine, so thank you to those of you that continue to stop by anyway! I really appreciate you :) 

We have had a pretty busy few weeks and it feels like summer just flies by! We have been spending a lot of time planning the next steps for ourselves and I will definitely share more of that in the coming weeks - but we have some exciting things going on! As far as regular life goes - Huckleberry just can't stay healthy! I don't know how many of you are crazy dog ladies but when either of them are sick it just hurts my heart. Dogs are too sweet to ever be sick. 

With that being said, that little boy might not be so smart because he let a bug bite his nose at least 5 times. He had welts all over it and it slowly blew up to cartoon character size. After some Benedryl, 10 calls to the Emergency Vet (of course it happened on the weekend) and lots of couch snuggles he finally started doing better. The next day may have actually been worse though because I didn't know that constant vomiting was a delayed reaction to allergy... good to know! Since then Huckleberry has gotten sick two other times and Teddi has some kind of crazy rash... dogs are so easy.... 

Blake started a new schedule at work so he's now working 7 days on and 7 days off. Its great for him - I think he's loved almost every second of it but it's a little bit of a bummer for me. mostly because I really don't like going to work while he's still laying in bed and also because I don't get every weekend with him anymore. He was supposed to be my date for a wedding a few weekends ago (more on that tomorrow) but my mom was my date instead so it all worked out. 

I loved seeing everyone's snap chats and photos from the 4th of July! Especially the adorable pics of all of your patriotic babes. Babies in red, white and blue just kill me. So sweet!  We basically planned to just hang out and then ended up drinking way too many festive drinks by ourselves and dancing around our house. The next morning I took my hangover to work and Blake "felt great!" and got to stay home and play with puppies all day. 

So! Like I said before - thank you for following along and let me know what you think of the new blog format! 

Have a great week everyone! 




Fort Collins : Highlights - Part 2

23 June 2016


Okay guys - it's part 2 of the city guide! This half will be a little more family friendly - so if you aren't a beer drinker or hiker, don't worry - I've got you covered.
As a college student I didn't really pay close attention to the family friendliness of Fort Collins, but senior year I started working as a nanny and it was like a whole new world opened up. Not only are there 100 things to do with  your kids but the shopping is awesome and so are all of  the other quirky little attractions.

//Shopping//


Sunday Supply Co. - Amazing clothes, housewares and gifts. This store has the coolest vibe. When you walk in, you immediately want everything and also never want to leave.
Kansas City Kitty - The cutest little shop with tons of locally made clothing and tee's. Stop in for a unique gift for your girlfriend or...a haircut! There is a salon called The Spot in the back that adds to the coolness of this shop.
Ragstock - This shop is fairly new to Fort Collins and Blake loves it. If you're looking for an 80's windbreaker, an ugly Christmas sweater or leggings of any kind. This is the spot. They also have a collection of newer clothing that is very wallet friendly and weird. I found a sweatshirt with a T-Rex drinking a beer once and if I had had my wallet it would be mine.
Antique Row - There are a few really good antique stores in Fort Collins. They are a little spread out but if you're close to one, its worth stopping in. Super fun, weird stuff.
Topo Designs - A really cool outdoor gear store. Their backpacks and bags are one of a kind and they have developed such a great reputation that they are now collaborating with Chacos, Tenkara and Giro.
The Cupboard - kitchen wares! In college  I would go walk around the Cupboard by myself sometimes if i needed a break - I know that's a weird thing to do - but this store is wonderful. Imported treats, cookware that I still can't afford, a loft full of cookbooks and gadgets galore.

// Kids//


The Farm at Lee Martinez Park - The cutest little interactive farm experience. Pet farm animals while learning about them, milk a cow, ride a pony and go on a hayride. Its just as fun for parents - or babysitters :)
The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery - A really cool little Museum right in the middle of Old Town. Grab some lunch and then go check out the cool kid friendly exhibits. I spent many afternoons here!
Old Town Splash Pad - click the link! You guys know about Splash Pads - great for an hour while you enjoy your coffee mostly in peace.
Science Toy Magic - A super cool kid store in Old Town. So many toys!

//Quirky Fun Stuff//


Larimer Farmers Market -  Every Saturday in the summer from 8am to noon. Tons of local farmers, coffee roasters and artists. It's super fun and there is always a lot of  cool stuff to check out.
Mishawaka - A cool little venue up the canyon that always has live music and food trucks.
The French Nest Open Air Market - A little outdoor artisan fair. Lots of cool handmade stuff. Art, jewelry and tons of other cool stuff. They are only open once a month from May thru October but it's worth checking out.
Tour De Fat - A super fun yearly beer festival here in Fort Collins. Dress up in your stupidest costume and decorate your bike to join the parade! The whole day is a big party downtown hosted by New Belgium Brewery.



Here is the full events calendar for the rest of this summer! If you're from Fort Collins and I missed something you think you think i should have added please tell me in the comments! If you decide to come visit I hope you love it! It really is an awesome little getaway and lots of people that come to visit never leave - that says something!

Have a happy Thursday everyone! 
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