Thrift Score: Burnt orange tweed jacket.

Thrift Score:  Burnt orange tweed jacket.

While scavenging a thrift/re-use shop for materials I could use for Christmas packing, I discovered this gem of a jacket. It was less than 10 bucks. It’s a size medium, so it’s a tad loose on me, but I like the way it looks.

When it comes to thrift shopping, or shopping in general, you’ve got to disregard size labels and just go with what looks good on you and suits your style comfort level!

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Long sweater vest find. H&M. Discovered at Plato’s Closet.

It comes down to past my knees, which might be weird for some, but I love it.  It’s so cozy, like I’m sporting a blanket around all day.  The deep, jumbo-sized pockets are a nice, practical touch as well.

When was the last time you saw pockets that large on a women’s garment?

I made pillows!

 

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Oh wow, it’s been a couple weeks since my last post.  I must have completely forgotten about blogging, what with the beginning of a new quarter (and the beginning of my last year at university, woohoo!).

I finally got around to making new pillow covers.   I know, they don’t match my couch very well, but that’s okay!  They’re a lot better than the covers I hate before, which were very… ugly.  (I didn’t pick them out, I swear!)  One was sewn with an envelope enclosure and the other with a hidden zipper.  You know, just to get my practice in with both styles. 🙂  While both are easy, I much prefer invisible zippers with pillows because you don’t have to see the mismatch of the fabric’s pattern when you fold it over for the envelope enclosure!

Funny how after taking this photo, I felt like I completely need to make over my living space!  My tastes have changed a lot since I bought these things… like… that sofa. 😐

I gave up trying to get a close up shot after my cat kept photo bombing.  She loves getting her photo taken, I suppose!

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I also created a new ironing board cover.  I scored this small ironing board at the thrift store a while ago, but the existing cover, while not bad and not too stained, was just not “me.”  Hence the colorful, stripe-y pattern!

Funny story:  I was biking home with ironing board hooked onto my shoulder, and I stopped at an intersection.  A lady in a car stared at me, despite obvious car troubles with her engine coughing and hacking away.  I just thought that was ironic because she was having car troubles but she was more concerned with me and my ironing board!  Hah!  Okay, not that funny, but a story, nonetheless!  I got loads of stares as I biked across town home, though.  Didn’t bother me!

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I also went to Goodwill for the first time in my life, and look what I found?  This sheep cup thing. IT’S SO ADORABLE. AND TINY.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with it – maybe put in a succulent?  For now, I’m storing handmade gift tags.

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My fingers hurt, but I still sewed!

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This furry-faced feline, who I adopted two-and-a-half weeks ago and just happens to match the sweater I’m wearing, sunk her fangs into my fingers!  The left index finger and the right thumb, to be more precise.  And now they’re all hurt-y.  That’s okay, though.  I still love my cat.Image

(Look!  A muslin-covered pillow form I have yet to sew a cover for.)

See?  This photo was taken after I came home from the urgent care center.  This finger is much more ridiculously swollen in real life.  Still, even with a puffed-up index finger that doesn’t bend much and feels painful when anything so much as tickles it, I managed to sew.

This.

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(Oops, I forgot to get rid of the iron and the cat toy from the picture!)

Okay, okay.  To be fair, I got this apron from a thrift shop.  It was made for a 7-foot tall person and went down to my ankles, but when I saw this, I thought, “That’s okay. I have a sewing machine now!”  So I took it home and cut out maybe a foot from the middle, into these two parts you see here:

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I used my pinking shears for probably the second time ever.  I LOVE THESE…Image

…SO MUCH.

Look at how I managed to iron this double-fold hem in preparation for stitching.  It’s really hard to iron when two of your fingers are sensitive and virtually useless.  It’s even more annoying when you thumb touches the part of fabric that was just freshly ironed, so it gets even more sensitive and touchy.  But I still did it!

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I did have this minor issue, though…

When I was finished stitching, I flipped the fabric over and realized there was a pile of thread in an otherwise nice, straight stitch.  No matter!  I cut it out and stitched out it.  Then, I reattached the straps on the sides at a more flattering location.  Previously, since the apron was made for said 7-foot-tall person, the straps went around the middle of my butt.  That was neither flattering or comfortable.  I sewed on the straps near center of the apron so they would wrap around my lower back. MUCH BETTER.

And, in case you’re curious why the cat bit me – it’s because I picked her up from the kitchen countertop she jumped on, and I was trying to get her away from the heavy duty cleaning products I just sprayed around the kitchen.  She got scared, especially getting too close to the stove exhaust fan which was on “high,” wanted to get out of my grasp, and bit me.  Boo.  Next time I’ll use a spray bottle as some people have suggested to me!