Friday, January 30, 2015

The queen of upcycles

A few weeks ago, I was at my parents and my dad was about to saw their old (20+ years) couch in half to fit into the trash can. It was covered in a bold floral, which I had been wanting to make a skirt for about a year. Bold floral apparel fabric has elluded me however. I love making clothes with upholstery fabrics. Living in San Diego, I'm not often enough in LA or San Francisco to find good apparel fabrics and I prefer to feel them before I buy them, so online shopping is out. My favorite back up is Ikea. Their upholstery fabrics are relatively thin, but lend more structure to clothing than cheap, thin, quilting cottons. 

All that to say, I made a skirt out of my parent's old couch. The pattern I used was from SEW: The Sew Everything Workshop, the first sewing book that I bought when I taught myself to sew a few years ago. It was the naughty secretary skirt (a very simple straight skirt with back vent and zipper, no waistband). 
an old shot of the couch before it was cut up
and laying on it with my little one 8 years ago ! !

*added a 4 inch wide waist band with long tails to tie in the back
*shortened about 6 inches to knee length
*had to add a front center seam due to cutting from odd shaped couch fabric remnants 

Photos taken at the Balboa Park cactus garden

Outfit deets: body suit, earrings- F21, shoes- Vince Camuto from Nordstrom Rack, sunglasses- BonLook, necklace- Anthropology , purse- Fossil

And a few more shots for fun:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Our 2nd Anniversary Video!

We just got back from four days in Desert Hot Springs. It was ridiculously relaxing. I'll post some photos soon, but here's a video I made. I'm in love with it :)

 It was inspired by this one. I made it with Splice, entirely on my iPhone. The titles were made using the Rhonna Designs app.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Boozy Root Beer Float

After the bar cart was assembled, we went on a drinking blitz. By blitz, I mean that we each had one drink a night for maybe a week. Then I remembered that I can't drink that often and returned to the drink a week that I'm used to. However, having it all out and visible has inspired to me to try some of the cocktails from my boozy pin board or try to recreate drinks that we've had out. We've had a few winners so far: Thyme Gin Lemonade, Habanero Cucumber Lime Margarita, Curried Mango Rum, and the Boozy Root Beer Float. 

The first drink we made after we got the bar cart was this fun concoction from A Beautiful Mess. Turns out, I find it was better without the whisky. I picked up some  Blackmaker Root Beer Liqueur at BevMo, IBC root beer, vanilla ice cream, and whipping cream. I tried two different versions. Each one had root beer liqueur and root beer (equal parts or to taste). Then I added vanilla ice cream to one and a few ounces of whipping cream to the other- both delicious. The ice cream version is more fun, but the whipping cream version is easier to drink and not as sweet. Both were delightful!

Speaking of root beer. I am on a quest for the perfect root beer. I like it spicy and not too sweet. Any suggestions? I've tried Sprecher and another one that I'm blanking on right now. There is a cool beer shop near to us (Bottle Craft) that has a great selection of root beers. I'm buying one each time we're in the area and hoping that one of them will be that dream root beer that I am sure exists.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I don't always drink beer...

and when I do it, it is so rarely Dos Equis. But I do enjoy commercials with the Most Interesting Man in the World.
I posted a picture of my new {empty} bar cart on Instragram a few weeks ago. It is finally stocked and ready to be enjoyed.

Somehow kegs of Natural Ice at house parties in college turned me onto beer. It was all I would drink for years (to be clear, good beer, not Natty Ice), then slowly we started keeping wine at home and somehow we amassed quite a collection of liquor. Our liquor was kept high above the sink. Not that big of a deal, considering that we didn't often drink it, but I've been craving a bar cart recently. When I found this one at Ikea, I knew that it was just meant to be. It is small, on wheels, and fits a small space next to our couch, where the kitchen and living room meet.

It has three levels. We have the liqueur on the top, bar tools, mixers, coasters, and napkins on the middle, and fruit and the ice holder on the bottom. It's the perfect size for everything that we already had.

because up next is a fun cocktail recipe.