This Southern California weather has me sweating!!!  I’ve run out of cute stylish tanks and this heat has me refusing to go out shopping for more.  How do you beat the heat, stay indoors, and get some new tanks!?!  Why, revamp some tees into tanks of course!

Honestly, I love all of the shirts I revamped and I would wear them more if they were tanks.  However, for the sake of keeping the length of this DIY blog short, I’ll just show you one tee.  Technically, I did the same to all of them, they’re all just different prints, but you’ll get the gist of what I’m doing.

As you can see below, it’s just a regular crew neck t-shirt.  This one is actually big on me, but the outcome is the same.

Folded TeeSnip t-shirt:

1. & 2. Cut both sleeves off just along the inside of the seam

3. & 4. Cut off the folded over ends of the sleeves

5. Cut off top, just below the crew neck

See Below:

Cut patternOnce all snipped, fold over the top cuts (front and back, not together), pin and sew into place.  Remember to allow room for straps to be pushed through. 

To create straps, cut open the strips of sleeve you removed and sew one end to the other, making one long strap.  Thread through both sides of the top of the shirt.  Once both sides are threaded, you can sew the other two ends together, making your tank top straps. 

I loved it so much, I recently wore this on our day trip through Yosemite, have a look:

Transformed Tee at YosemiteIt’s a good thing I mostly wear long sleeves and sweaters in the winter, because I have a feeling I’ll be turning more tees into tanks this summer!  What are you favorite tee transformations, maybe I’ll try one of those too!?!

-Sandra
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I don’t know about you, but I love men’s buttoned up dress shirts.  However, they don’t translate into “stylish” wear for women.  On my quest to find something similar without the fuss, my daughter found a website called Closet Tree that up-cycles clothes, making them stylish along the way.  We were floored that a simple DIY solution was starring us in the face!  How did we not think of taking a man’s dress shirt and making it our own!?!

Because we weren’t willing to fork out the non-up-cycle price of the website, we ventured out to DIY one of our own.  We took a trip to the local vintage shop and found a pristine, cheap, buttoned up shirt for less than $4.00.  Brought it home and chopped it up.  After all, we didn’t want to take a brand new $30 shirt and make an up-cycled dress, especially if this was our trail & error experiment!

Here’s our shirt before DIYing:

Here’s what we lopped off:

DIY Cut Pattern

First, we chopped off across the top of the shirt, placed elastic across the front and back of the shirt, folded it over and sewed it up.  For the shoulders, I didn’t place elastic in them because I wanted it to be versatile.  We wanted the dress to go over or across the shoulders without looking scrunched up.

Next, the cuffs had to go.  I cut them off, but saved them to be used after I shorted the sleeves.  Once I shorted the sleeves, I cut along the inside of the dress, slimming it down to fit my daughter and giving it a more feminine shape.

Last, I reattached the cuffs to the sleeves to give it a finished buttoned up shirt look. Violá!

Finished up-cycled dress:

What do you think? Love it or leave it!?!

-Sandra

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Because for the life of me I can’t keep from doing a million projects at the same time, I added painting a chalkboard wall calendar onto my list.  If you click on if you can see my scribbles along with Toria’s scribbles as well.  We were using this tiny little white board and we kept on missing appointments and special dates because it was just too small to write everything on.  There is no way that’s going to happen with this one!  When I say wall calendar, I mean WALL calendar.  It’s about 3′ by 4′, it’s huge!  I totally thought my hubby was going to veto this project, especially since it’s in the dining room, but nope!  I got my way and guess what!?!  He actually likes it!  Not like the time I painted a fireplace in the living room just to have somewhere to hang our stockings (long story)…lol!!!

Now on to my other million and a half unfinished projects like the 28 day organizing challenge, sewing 2 dozen mini first aid kits, listing for my etsy store…etc!

-Sandra

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I don’t have time to scrapbook as much as I used to.  I would work on one page for hours trying to get it just right.  For those of you that are scrapbookers, you know what I mean.  So I wanted to share with you all my current scrapbooking technique…cd scrapbooking.

I had so many empty cd cases laying around, it felt wasteful just to throw them away and I knew eventually I would find a use for them.  In the cover flap of the cd case, I placed the invite I sent out for my girl’s birthday party.  I keep the orignial invite anyway and it was a great way to label this particular scrapbook.
As you can tell it was a safari themed birthday party and we had a mobile zoo come to the house with exotic animals.  When you open the scrapbook, you can see that I took out the black insert that the cd lays on, giving me more room to place pictures in it.  You can’t really see it from any of these angles, but behind one of the pictures I hid a pocket to place the cd that had a complete set of pictures of that day.
I love it because it was quick, small enough for little hands, and it’s personalized for my girls; they love taking it to show-and-tell.
I’m working on pre-made scrapbooks to put in my Etsy store (as soon as it’s up and running).  I’ll update you all when they’re available.

-Sandra

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For the sake of my hubby’s sanity, I revisited my whole “organize my life” plan this week. You know what? I’m not as crazy as he thinks. Almost everyone at some point goes through some type of mid-life crisis, identity crisis, and/or mental breakdown. I’m probably not to far away from any of those…lol… but for the sake of my sanity, I need to make a change for the better. Change isn’t something he takes too well, but guess what? He’s just going to have to find another way to stay sane; it’s not good to be so dependent on me for that….especially since my sanity is slipping! 🙂

Since he’s a visual learner, I decided to work on a family vision board. I’m thinking that if he can see the direction that I’m going in, he’ll understand exactly what I’m trying to do, and hopefully join in to make the process smoother. As I mentioned in my previous post, routines are a great way to keep on track. So I figure, if we make a routine as a family to accomplish one thing a week to get closer to our goals, the rewards will be that much sweeter!

If he really thinks about it, we’ve already started the ball rolling by reorganizing our finances. I don’t want organization or routine building to be something that needs to be done when things start to go south; I want to do it to prevent things from getting that far…if that makes sense. Not to mention, I have little girls to think of and God willing, they’ll eventually be running families and households of their own, what better tools can I give them than my examples?

The family vision board, as with all vision boards is a work in progress. I’m sure we’ll be adding things and taking things off along the way as we accomplish goals and think of new ones. I’ll be sure to post it as soon as I can get everyone in agreement of this year’s goals.

-Sandra