How to Grow Veggies from Scraps

I’m really excited about this.

Did you know that there are several veggies that you can grow in your garden by using the scraps you would normally toss out?

Celery, green onions, romaine, iceberg…I’m sure the list goes on. Those are the ones I’ve tried and been successful with. I hear you can even do this with pineapple!

The pictures below are my latest romaine and iceberg. Simply cut it about 2 inches above the base and place it in a bowl of water for a few days to get it started. See the new leaves? ūüėÄ

Then transfer to pots or your garden by burying it just enough to cover the original cut piece leaving the new growth exposed. Keep soil moist but well-drained.

Most lettuce prefers full sun in cooler weather and partial sun in warmer weather. I suspect these would grow well indoors too if provided enough light.

Harvest when the plant looks mature (it should be about the same size as when you purchase at the market) by cutting the leaves down to about 2 inches above the root and watch it grow again!

Southwest Style Day Five: Painted Curtains

Oh boy, did I have an interesting weekend…something hit me hard Saturday night (not sure what) that had me up all through the night emptying the contents of my stomach in a most unpleasant way. Then Sunday my husband was struck and Monday our son.

Needless to say, our Memorial day plans were cancelled and we were all relinquished to the couch for the extended weekend. What a bummer.

Anyway, I didn’t want to leave you high and dry without the last in the series of my posts on Southwest style so I’m giving it to you late.

I had plans to make these curtains on Saturday evening so I could share pictures and instructions but that obviously didn’t happen. So I’m going to share my inspiration and plans then I’ll have pictures for you when I get to it. These will go in my living room which is, at this point, not styled in any particular manner. It’s quite bare.

I was inspired by the curtains below that you may recognize from my first Southwest post. My plan is to buy inexpensive cotton and make my own curtain panels then stencil or free-hand paint a modernish¬†southwesty design on myself. What do you think? I’ve never painted on fabric before so I could use some tips (do I have to use fabric paint?). In fact, I’ve never hung curtains before (what can¬†I say? I’m a minimalist)¬†and came across this post from a blog Fred Gonsowski Garden Home. I’ll definitely be following Fred’s advice on this one. I’m not much for decorating so I know I need it.

Southwest Style Day Four: The Mexican Blanket

Also known as a serape, the mexican blanket embodies the fashion trends of this summer with its beautiful stripes and designs and the bright colors.

Being a blanket makes it sort of like a beautiful piece of fabric just waiting to be transformed into something else. I scoured my regular thrift stores yesterday in search of one (at a cheap price) and came up with a big fat goose egg. I’ll continue to look and if I find one I’ll share with you its transformation.

In the mean time, enjoy these beautiful things and get inspired! If you have a project using a serape that you’ve¬†completed or just have an idea for one please please share! We would all love to see it!

  1. Belt
  2. Chair
  3. Purse 
  4. Jacket
  5. Bustier
  6. Shorts
  7. Table Runner
  8. Purse
  9. Scarf
  10. Ottoman

Southwest Style Day 3: Desert Sunset Vase

Umm, I just realized that yesterday morning instead of hitting ‘publish’ I simply saved this as a draft. Sorry!

So, I know it’s technically day 4 of our Southwest journey but I got a little preoccupied with margaritas¬†and chatting with my hubby last night. We even went to bed without dinner!

Anyway, because of my transgression I’m giving you three little projects today. Simple, quick and cute.

The little jute wrapped jars you see above are just that. Hot glue gun, jute and empty jar. Insert tealight and place on picnic table for an alfresco summer dinner. These look very cool at dusk.

The vase with the red (fake) flowers is a cleaned out tomato can wrapped in jute (with the help of our trusty hot glue) and then trimmed at the bottom with a southwest ribbon. You could use this as a planter if you poke some holes in the bottom for drainage.

The third project is¬†what I’m calling¬†the desert sunset vase. This one could be done with acrylic paints or (like I used) nail polish. I guess I’m into sunsety colors because all of these were in my bathroom already. I just dumped the colors into the glass and turn it to swirl it around. Once dry, I did a final coat inside with a creamy white (thinned!) acrylic paint. If you want to use this for real flowers you need to seal the paint with a glaze and let it dry for several days.

That’s it for now folks!

I may have day 4 ready for you by this evening…or maybe I’ll be playing catch-up Saturday morning :/ either way there are two more Southwest projects to go so keep on the look out.

Happy Trails

Southwest Style Day Two: Jewelery Jewelery Jewelery!

Howdy! Hey, I know it’s late and you’ve been waiting for this all day (ok, maybe not) but, here it is.

Day two of my Southwest Style fiesta is all about jewelery. DIY jewelery to be exact.

I don’t have step by step pictures for you as I’ve been feverishly working on this stuff for the past two days with interruptions, snafus, material hunting and blisters (aaand gluing my fingers together ūüė¶ ).

I’m going to give you a quick run-down of how these little beauties were made. And let me also disclaim that I realize this is not your traditional southwest jewelery. It’s my modern take after being inspired by searching the web.

Before you scroll down to read my secrets, try to guess what materials I used ūüôā you might be surprised.

1. Bronzy Feather Pendant

Materials used:

  • Chain, jump rings, lobster clasp and one of those long pieces of wire with the loop on the end for beads…I’m drawing a blank
  • homemade salt dough try this recipe¬†from the lovely katy¬†elliott
  • metallic brush markers in black and bronze
  • Pliers

I made the dough then shaped my feather then stuck in the bead thing. Once it was hardened (took about a week) I used the black marker to get into the nooks and crannys then several coats of the bronze. Attached a jump ring to the feather and one end of the chain, lobster clasp on other end and you’re done!

2. Suede Tassel Earrings

Materials used:

  • Two different colors of suede fringe (I got them at Wal-mart $1 for 8 ft)
  • Chain, two large jump rings and two small, earring thingamajig (man, I am on the ball tonight)
  • gorilla glue or some other fast drying glue that dries clear
  • wire cutters, pliers

I used two 8 inch lengths of turquoise suede and two 8 inch lengths of orange then cut four 4 inch lengths of chain. Line up one turquoise and one orange together then fold in half and knot onto one of the large jump rings. Attach two pieces of chain to a small jump ring and then attach that to the big one then attach to earring thing.

3, 4 and 5

All of these use the same materials:

  • Shoebox (yep!)
  • chain, jump rings, earring do-daddys, lobster clasps
  • Metallic Silver Paint pen
  • Scissors/utility knife and pliers

I cut up a shoe box to make it flat then drew my designs and cut them out. Painted¬†two coats (front and back) with the paint pen. I used my seam ripper to make holes for the jump rings. Easy peasy ūüôā

6. Painted Leather Earrings

Materials:

  • Leather ( I cut mine from an old purse)
  • acrylic paint
  • stencil (optional)
  • scissors
  • jump rings, chain…you know the drill

I cut the leather in the shape I wanted then painted. For the white part I used a stencil after the yellow was dry. Attach rings, chain etc.

7. Glittery Fox Pendant

Materials:

  • Same as 3, 4, and 5 except instead of the silver paint I used some gold nail polish and gold glitter

You may want to finish up with a spray sealant to keep your fox from ‘shedding’ (tee hee)

So, that’s it folks!

Have a great evening and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for more Southwest Style fun. I have a really neat project that’s ready for the sharing!

Southwest Style Day One: Simple Dress with Pockets

I love this dress. I’m sure my family and friends get tired of seeing me wear it but its sooo comfy and fairly versatile.

Usually I wear it with a simple skinny black leather belt (as pictured) and my favorite black flip flops from Old Navy. Hair in bun, no make-up and I’m off to the grocery store, gas station, pool – you name it.

Other times, I have styled it as in the pictures with some red snake skin heels (I got them in fantastic condition from goodwill for $5!) and my favorite vintage earrings passed down from my mom. Still simple but, appropriate for a nice dinner with my husband or happy hour with the girls.

I have to admit that I had step-by-step pictures waiting for you but they somehow got deleted ūüė¶

I’ll do my best to explain how I did it without confusing the heck out of you! Also, keep in mind that I typically wear a size 8 dress and unfortunately I do not work well with patterns (we’re currently in couples counseling). The shape of this dress is loosely based on a dress I already had that I like. I am clueless about pattern-making and sizing adjustments so you’ll have to just feel it out. Perhaps, take a dress that you like (inside out) and measure the key points so you can get a feel for how much fabric you’ll need.

Supplies:

  • Two 28″ X 36″ rectangles of fabric (I used an inexpensive non-stretchy cotton)
  • Two 6 1/2″ lengths¬†of 1/4 inch wide elastic in a coordinating color (or you could dye it!)
  • Four pieces of coordinating fabric in the shape of pockets (as you can probably tell by the irregular shapes in the¬†pic below, I just traced my hand with a couple inches of extra all around)
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread

Below¬†is my finished dress turned inside out. I originally¬†left it a straight rectangle because I thought it would gather in a cute way once I belted it…wrong. This fabric isn’t very flowy (it’s similar to plain ol’ quilting cotton) so I had to go back and adjust and taper to get this final shape. What I ended up with in the narrowest part was about 10 in more than my waist measurement.

I have labeled each of the measurements below. The front piece and back piece of the dress¬†are exactly the same size and shape. I added the elastic in an “X” shape on the back for interest.

Once you have your fabric cut into the shape you want follow these instructions from Burda Style for adding the pockets. Then complete all of the hemming and secure the elastic with a few¬†zig zag stitches.¬†I included a 1/2″ seam allowance in the measurements above. If any of this is confusing please comment with your questions and I’ll do my best to answer in a way that makes sense ūüôā

 

Southwest Style Day One: Rectangle Crop Top with Low Back

 

This top is so simple. I made it from start to finish in less than 30 minutes.

You need

two 28 x 23 rectangles of light-weight cotton jersey (you could use a different type of fabric here but you would have to hem the edges)

Sewing maching and coordinating thread

With right sides facing pin your rectangle together along sew lines and serge or zig zag stitch right on the edge backing over beginning and ending stitches to secure.

Along the top edge, cut a half oval out of the back side of shirt along the top and between the sew lines. The opening should be 12 inches wide and the lowest point 8 inches from top edge.

THAT’S IT!

A couple of¬†notes…

  • Yes, I am wearing a bra. I don’t go braless ever¬†(you’re welcome). Its a strapless and I measured the back cut of the shirt to be about an inch above the top of the hooks. Before you cut your fabric you might want to do a quick measure to make sure that yours will be covered.
  • I (usually) wear a medium in tops or an 8 in dresses and I’m 5’6″. If you are bigger/smaller and/or shorter/taller you may need to adjust the initial rectangle¬†measurements.

 

Stick around because I have one more post for today (a, slightly more involved than this top but, still simple, dress)¬†which I’ll try to get done before midnight ūüôā

ALSO, if you like my earrings in the pictures above…fret not! Those are also self-made and I’ll be sharing a tutorial for those and many more Southwesty goodies all week!

 

Fashion Trend: Southwest Style

This is definitely my favorite current trend. Perhaps, growing up in the Southwest makes it a bit more familiar and it certainly makes it little more approachable then I find other trends to be.

The Southwest style includes Native American and Mexican influnces; particularly popular are the intricate geometric prints and bright colors from the Navajo and Aztecs. Add to that mix a little bit Texas in the way of cowboy boots, leather fringe or worn in denim.

This week, I’ll be sharing with you¬†some¬†tutorials that will help you¬†to easily and¬†inexpensively add this trend to your wardrobe and home. Until then, here are some of my favorite things that embody the Southwest¬†and inspire me.

1. Nasty Gal  2. Spool 72 3. Anthropologie 4. Deny Designs 5. Spool 72 6. Le Redoute 7. Esther 8. HandMeDownOwl 9. Aum Apparel

 

10. Spool 72 11. Pretty Things 12. Theodora & Callum  13. Ashton Kutcher 14. Sea of Bees 15. Nostalgic Wardrobe

 

 

Easy Summer Dress with Pockets

Here it¬†is again, folks! Everybody’s favorite 25 cent fabric is back and this time I made a simple summer dress…with pockets!

First, you need to follow these¬†instructions on how to add pockets from Burda Style.¬†It’s exactly how I did mine.

Ok. Moving on.