Friday, July 25, 2014

How to SKINNIFY any shirt.


 I have been wanting this JCREW factory shirt for some time. Last week they were on sale for $20 and another 50% off, $10.00 each. Perfect! So I snagged 2 of them up. This cream/navy and a cream/grey and a few other things I will show you when they come in the mail. 
 
I wasn't sure how they fit since I haven't shopped at JCREW for a while, so I guessed with Medium. The length was good but the rest was BIG! S I do what I do to most of my tops-SKINNIFY! Yes, I know that is not a real word but it is the best description.
Skinnified-to make a big top fit perfectly!
 Big and boxy!
 I start by using a shirt with a perfect fit that I already have. I used this one from Target. I turned my Jcrew shirt in side out and lay if flat, make sure all seams are flat. Then I lay my pattern shirt (target shirt) on top of it. Press both shirts flat and line up the neck and the bottom.
 Then I take a pencil and lightly trace pattern(target shirt) onto the Jcrew shirt. You might have to go over a few times for the pencil to show up. make sure you leave a half inch for your seam allowance. Better to error on the too big, then too small. I used a blue line in photoshop to show you my pencil line.
 Use a big stich the first sew, start from the bottom of the sleeve. Make sure the fabric is laying flat, sew up the sleeve to the armpit. Then with your needle still in the fabric lift pedal foot and turn fabric to go straight down the shirt. Sew all the way to the bottom. Repeat with other side. Try your shirt on and make sure everything is the way you want it. Then using a small stich go over the first stich just   to make things secure. Cut off the excess fabric, leave about a 1/4 inch or use a Serger to finnish your shirt and your done!
I love my new perfect fitting JCREW top and can't wait to wear it! You will be so glad you know how to do this it has changes my clothing world. I have a really long.slim torso and small bust and was really limited to just getting small shirts and having them be too short or getting medium/large and having them be to big. Now we can have the best of both worlds!
Thanks for your visit. Let me know if you have any questions :)
-Linds 

Monday, July 21, 2014

DIY Gel-ish Nails

 
 
My name is Lindsay and I bite my nails!!
  I know, I know, I thought I would grow out of it. I have bit my nails ever since I was a kid. In the past I never painted my nails but I find that if I have my nails painted I leave them alone! I don't have the time or the money to go get a manicure or pedicure every week. So while at Sally Beauty Supply I ran into a base coat that is like Gel nails. If you are not familiar with Gel nails they are awesome! They last about three weeks and are so pretty.
I have tried many ways to paint my nails and this is by far the best.
First I start with a base coat of this clear GELOUS polish. It dries really quick. Then I use my colored polish. My favorite is China Glaze or ORLY they come in so many pretty colors and stays on really well. I purchase it  from Sally Beauty for about $6. 
I let that dry for about 5-10 minutes then add some good hard fast dry protective coat of clear polish let dry and you have a beautiful set of gel nails for way cheaper than a manicure or pedicure. Mine have lasted almost 2 weeks, if I don't dig in my garden and do a bunch of yard work.
Here are some of my favorite colors. Some of them are from the dollar store.
Here is a close up of the GELOUS polish it runs about $7
Happy nail painting!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Brighten up your closet by painting it white.

I am preparing to paint my little girls room a lighter color. I started by painting the closet white.
 
Here is the before
(I started painting before the before picture!!) Sometimes I get ahead of myself.
 
 After
 
It really lightened up the space I can't wait to start on her walls and ceiling. I used baskets to hold all her small things like short, shoes, toys/books and hair bows, then hang everything else.
Have a great Thursday!
-Linds

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Chicken Coop Makeover with Planter Boxes

 
I have been trying to do some outdoor projects on my yard before the weather gets too hot. My chicken coop was looking a little run down so I decided it needed a makeover. 
Here is the before
After
 

 I made these planters with wood I had on hand. I painted them white and added some colorful flowers. Aren't they pretty! I think my chickens will lay more eggs after they see how beautiful  their coop is. ;)

2013 Before The barn red color just wasn't doing it for me any more. I felt like it just didn't flow with the rest of the yard.
2014 After
It got a new paint job and some pretty flower boxes. oh and we planted a new shade tree and Shade master Honey Locust . This tree will get big and give us some badly needed shade and something for my little ones to climb on.
Thanks for visiting Country Girl Home.
Lindsay

Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY Animal Print Sandals

 
 Hello happy Friday to you all! I am so excited to show you my new sandals I made last night. Well I didn't make them but I did give them a wild makeover. I have been looking for some animal print sandals that were not too wild and out there. I have never worn anything animal print EVER. But this summer I have gone out of my safe shell of brown flip flops all summer and purchased me some cute girly sandals.
These are from target. Lots of their clothing and accessories and shoes are buy one get one 1/2 off. These are $19.99 I got two different pairs (ones with brown straps and a glitter strap) to makeover, together they were $30!!

 
 
I went to Joann's and purchased 4 inches wide of animal fabric I think the length of the bolt was 60" They lady said this is the smallest amount I could buy :/ I am not sure what this fabric is but it does not fray. the fabric total was $1.89. I cut a piece of the fabric to make sure it fit the while strap it is ok if it is an inch or so bigger you will cut it down before gluing the underneath.
I started on one side lining it up to the bottom of the sandal and gluing and pressing don't rub just press the fabric to the strap. I worked in small sections about one inch go until you reach the end of the strap on the other side. (picture below) Then you can trim the fabric so it is easier to work with and it won't get bunched underneath and feel weird. I flipped the remaining fabric and hot glued it to the underside of the strap. (above picture)
Now you have yourself some cute animal print sandals for under $20.
I love how they turned out. I will probably spray them with some protective spray.
 Thanks!
-Lindsay

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

4th of July Decor

July is sneaking up on me. I can't believe that is it the 24th of June. My kids asked the other day if I had any 4th of July decorations and why I had not put them out yet. I think my kids like all the fun celebrations that go along with summer holidays, really any holiday.
I don't have a ton of Americana décor so we drew up some paper stars and cut them out and made some banners bought some little flags and framed and stuck them in planters.
 Below I distressed a small flag and framed it.

 I kept out my "grateful" sign because we have so much to be grateful for. All our freedoms because of those brave people who fight to protect our wonderful country. I am so thankful!

My kids had fun making the banners and deciding where to hang them. Have you got your USA décor up yet?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Garden Area Makeover


Last year I had this idea in my head about a cute little private sitting area in the back part of my yard. There was nothing there but tall weeds...I mean fire hazard!! So one day I decided to get our old mower and mow the grass/weeds down put down weed barrier and make a path with bark surrounding it with a bench at the end. I didn't take a before picture before I started, but this one below is close enough.
I added this long section below the year before and loved it so I thought I would add on to it.
This is about half way thru the process. I was hauling all the bark and rocks by hand in buckets!! It was A LOT of hard work! I didn't make the path pavers really flat or even, I was very impatient. I wanted it to feel kind natural and wild.. We got the bark from a guy who makes bark out of old pallet wood. And who doesn't love anything made from pallets! and the best part was that it was free!
Here it is all filled but no plants still a  major improvement
 
That is how it stayed till spring of 2014
2014
I planted some bushes and transplanted some of my favorite plants I had in others areas of the yard. In the evening it gets shady and cool here. I love to sit and watch my kids play, it has turned out to be a favorite little place of our family. The shrubs had little fences around them to keep the deer and other pesky critters from eating them.

 
Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have so much fun outside with my kids in the summer I have a hard time working on things inside (Computer). More posts/projects to come. :)
Have a fantastic day!