Month: May 2013

How to Clean a Bath Tub

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When you live in an apartment with three other people and only have one bathroom, that bathroom can get dirty fast. We have a weekly cleaning schedule and the bathroom is one of the assigned chores, but you know how life is, people get busy, bathrooms don’t always get cleaned as thoroughly as they should. I admit, I am guilty of doing a quick surface cleaning in the bathroom every now and then.

There are several methods for cleaning a bath tub. A white distilled vinegar/water spray is a good way, and avoids use of harsh chemicals. I have also seen (and hope to try soon) white vinegar and blue dawn dish soap mix for no scrub tub cleaning. Be sure to ALWAYS, after any cleaning, rinse the shower and tub with water to rinse away any remnants of any cleaning agents.

If you are looking to clean your bath tub with bleach, as I am, it is a very simple process. First, make sure your bathroom is well ventilated, open a window if you can, turn on any fans, bring one in if you need to, be sure to get any fumes out of the bathroom. Fill the bathtub with hot water, just enough to cover the bottom of the tub. Add 6 caps full (CAP not CUP) of the bleach to the tub water and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes. When you come back be sure to wear protective gloves and a mask (to prevent breathing in the bleach) and scrub the tub. I use a sponge wiht a scrubby pad, which I use speciffically for bathroom cleaning only. Be careful not to splash the bleach water onto yourself or out of the tub. After cleaning, drain the tub. Rinse the tub with warm/hot water to be sure all the bleach has been rinsed away. Leave the bathroom to vent for a half hour after the cleaning.

White distilled vinegar is good for killing many forms of mold, and is recommended as a cleaner before using bleach.

Happy cleaning!

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Dress Refurb: DIY Top and Shrug

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I have a dress that I love and have had literally forever, okay about 10 years, but in fashion that’s practically forever. In my rush to get dressed for work this morning I threw it on, vaguely remembering that there were a few reasons that I don’t wear this dress to work anymore.

Reason number the first one: as I have gotten older I have healthily filled out, thus shortening the dress length to about 2 inches too short for me to feel comfortable wearing to work.

And Reason number the second one: when I bend over you can see clear down to my belly button if I don’t have anything on under it.

Because I love the top of the dress, I decided to cut it to make a top and use the leftover skirt bit to make a shrug.

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Yes, it is a cute dress, but when you no longer feel comfortable in something its time to change it or donate it. So, to keep my mind off my growing headache, I planned how I was going to alter my beloved dress.

Step One: I determined where I wanted to top to fall to, and added an inch for hem. I marked the seam with a pin, and took the dress off.

Step Two: Lay the dress out on a flat surface.

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Step Three: Measure from the bottom to the pin, and determine how much you will be cutting off. I pinned all across the dress using the tape measure as my guide.

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Step Four: Cut along your markers. Set the top aside to be hemmed later.

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Making a shrug

Step Five:  Hem top edge so you have a tube.

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Step Six: Measure arm holes. Mine are 6 inch openings, so I marked 6 inches in from both edges and pinned in between.

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Step Seven: I then sewed the pinned sections together resulting in the picture below.

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Finished shrug

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Finished Top

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Ta Da! Not too bad for a quick dress alteration. This took me about 15 minutes to complete.


Beauty Sleep

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Many years ago, I was given a sleeping mask as a gift. I had discovered in college, much to the chagrin of my mother, that I cannot sleep when a light is on. Anywhere. When I moved back home after college (yep, total boomerang kid here) I found sleep difficult with an east facing bedroom. My beloved sleeping mask moved from the Mid-West to New England with me. Now, as I prepare for a move down the Eastern Seaboard, my sleeping mask just doesn’t seem up to making the move. Today, after work, I cranked out a new one. In, literally, under 20 minutes.

Sleeping Mask

Bet that fabric looks familiar 😉 Yep, I used scraps I had lying around the apartment (much to the glee of my fiance, I’m sure, who doesn’t want my sewing stuff collection to grow any more until we have a house to put it in – and maybe not even then). Having made one now, there are a few things I would change about the base pattern shape, but the idea is sound. I used a cotton for the outside and one layer of fleece for the inside padding. It’s the same fleece that I use for pretty much everything because I seem to have an abundance of it for some reason. I used binding for the ties and as an accent to the edges. Yes, it looks rushed, but this was a trial run, and for that it is acceptable. I am always more critical of my own work than anyone else – and any good seamstress will tell you the same of their own work.

Regardless of its appearance, I am happy with it, and have had many nights of good sleep thanks to it 🙂

Polka Dot Bridesmaid

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In November of 2011, two of my friends got married. I was honored to be a part of their day. The bride-to-be wanted polka dots. The colors were red, white and black. I found the dresses at a lovely site called Vivien of Halloway She is based in London, (so, internation shipping may apply).

I made a red bolero for myself because November, even early November, in Michigan can be crazy cold.

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I also decided to save myself the money and hassle of having someone else alter the bridesmaid dress and do it myself. I think I did pretty well.

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I think the final product turned out pretty well 🙂317595_10100327134387085_22401481_49856043_1173360335_n

The wedding was featured on Off Beat Bride in May of 2012:

More Past Crafts

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I was very excited to have a toddler to create for when I started dating my fiance a few years ago. His niece was about 13 months old at the time.

This was the first thing I ever made for her. A teal sun hat. She LOVED it and wore it quite a bit. She was 21 months old when she received the hat.

Teal Toddler Sun Hat

I made the below jacket and jumper for her second birthday.

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Fleece Jacket and Jumper

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Fleece Jacket and Jumper

Adorable pink damask jacket and pink fleece jumper for my fiance’s niece

Table Runners

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This past winter I needed a project to keep myself entertained. With the knowledge that within the year I would be married and have a place of our own to decorate (YAY) I thought it would be a great time to start being domestic.

My first thought was holiday table runners with matching placemats and napkins.

I bought fabric for Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, as they were the upcoming holidays at the time. I also ordered two Sabith tablecloths; one to be used as a tablecloth and the other to be used for the accent of the placemats and napkins, as well as a lovely blue fabric.

I am sure you heard about Blizzard Nemo hitting the Boston area in early 2013. Well, I was there, in the middle of it. Mother Nature gave me the time to make most of set.

And true to form, making the 12 placemats, 14 napkins, and 72 inch table runner wore down my desire to sew for a long while, and the Vday and St. Patty’s Day table linens have yet to be made. They will be my new project when I get settled into our first apartment 🙂

One of my pictures from Blizzard Nemo: Feb 9, 2013