Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jack Johnson vs. Bob Marley

I got this t-shirt dress from a mall kiosk in 2006. It was pretty reggae-licious. Plus side: it's American Apparel.

You can tell from how insanely wrinkled it is, it has been stuffed in my PJ drawer since about 2008. 

Icing on the cake: Bob Marley is on the lower right butt cheek area.

That same year, I got this awesome tee. 

Unlike the black dress, I actually still LOVE this garment. But it was worn soooo many times, it's just about worn out. It's been stuffed in my t-shirt drawer since about 2010.

"In Between Dreams." This really was a great concert. Kokua Fest days. I miss them. But I'm sooooo stoked I'm going to his concert on my birthday this year!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully I can score a new shirt. 

Why am I blogging about old shirts? Well, I've had this idea for a while. I love the black American Apparel dress, but I hate the red, yellow, green screen print. I love this Jack Johnson screen print, but I hate the worn out shirt it sits upon.

A couple of snips and few stitches later.......

Oila! Good bye Bob Marley. Hello Jack Johnson. 

I wore it to work on Tuesday with my new black Toms and it was a hit among my 13 year olds. Success? Jack wins. Sorry Bob. 

Aloha, Becca
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Ribbon Bracelets

At work I have student captains who help me out with the younger kids. They're awesome and I really appreciate their help. This past Spring Break dance camp I had TWELVE of these captains, which is the most I've ever had! They're volunteering their time, so I like to give them a gift at the end of the week. I've resorted to making them something special and one-of-a-kind. 

I made ribbon bracelets for them. 

-bias tape
-various widths of ribbon/rick-rack
-sewing machine
-hair elastic

I wanted them to wrap around twice, so I measured it around my wrist that way. Then I secured each side with a strip of bias tape. I put a small hair elastic through one of the bias tapes before sewing. I sewed a button on the other bias tape end. 

 Here's two of my captains modeling the ones they chose. 

Simple gift. Took me about 3 hours to do all 12. The end. 

Aloha, Becca
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These are a few of my favorite things... the UO edition

Living in Hawaii, it's hard to find cool things in our limited supply of stores. There's a lot more selection on Maui than Kauai, though, so lucky me. :) I love to shop at I first went to one of their NYC stores in 2006, and after that I was hooked. Here are some of my favorite finds.

I got this in August 2010 at the UO San Diego shop. i LOVE IT.

I just got 2 of these orange placemats. They're plastic and adorable and easy to clean. So new, the folds haven't evened out yet. 

I also own 4 of them in blue. Cailin got them for me a few Christmases ago. I love them.

Technically I don't have this rug yet... but it's on back order. I bought it for Cailin's b-day cause I know she loves Owls and it's been sitting in my online UO shopping cart for way too many of her b-day's and holidays.

This adorable mat was in our tub for quite a while. It got dirty kinda quick, but I still love it. 

This rug was one of my top pins on Pinterest. It went viral in minutes. I love it. It was on sale for $9.99! It's in our bedroom.

The rug beneath the sink is sooo fun. The perfect shade of sage with polka dots and lacey/doily-like edges. It was like $14 or something ridiculous like that. 

The jewelry hanger on the right is awesome. It's white. I almost got the turquoise, but I'm glad I got white because it goes with more. 

This yellow key hanger is so fun. I love 60's-70's style yellow and green accents, so this fits perfectly with me. The clock above it was my grandma's. It hung on her wall for as long as I can remember. It seems like the battery died about 6 years ago, haha, so when I got it last Summer the first thing I did was put a fresh battery in it!

These curtain pull backs were like $3 a piece or something ridiculous, and I got 4 for Ivy's room in the Summer of 2010. I want some for our room now!

Cailin bought me 4 of these plates at the same time she got me the placemats. What's weird is she got them for me right when we were staging Swan Lake at work!

I got these green ones (love the retro green pattern!) when we had our business on Kauai: Green Light Creative Arts Center. 

Okay... I think that's all for now. How many times can I say. "I LOVE IT"? 

Next week is Kit's bday and I got him something from UO, but I can't show it yet! 
First time buying something from the guys' section. :)

Aloha, Becca
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Monday, March 5, 2012

My first day with Modge Podge

A few weeks back, I dedicated my day off to experimenting with Modge Podge. It took me quite a few weeks to find a bottle of this stuff. But finally I found it at Wal-Mart and it was the last bottle. I'm glad it was matte, and not gloss. 

I spent the majority of the day on a Valentine's Day present for my husband. The post (see here) from that present has been one of the most-visited posts on the blog, and pins from it on pinterest have gone viral! Here was the end product:

Then I Modge Podge'd fabric on little clothespins:

Then I used scrap fabric to make a suggestion box for my work office.

I wish I would have made a cool font and typed out "Teacher's Suggestions", but I didn't. I hate my printer a lot of the time. 

Lastly, I finished the 3rd tin from my Fabric Covered Tins post (see previous post here). I had to spray paint it silver first, because I was going to use lace on it, and I didn't want the leftover Sesame Street sticker to show through the lace. 

I put stretch lace and a cream colored XL rick-rack on it, which is my new favorite accent.

Ooh! You can see the hanging planter I got for $0.50 in the background! (See post here)

I have plans for this Rocking Chair... one day.


I put some sweat pant material on the bottom to cover the raw edges of the lace.

Here's the other two, which I didn't use Modge Podge on, just glue gun. 

And that was my day with Modge Podge!


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