High Waisted Jeans: DIY Alterations

Hello! So I know it’s been a while, but today I’m going to show you how I altered some high waisted jeans to fit perfectly! It is super simple. Here we go:


This is how they fit when I bought them. They were new, tags and all, from Salvation Army for only 3 dollars!!

(sorry for the blurry picture)


To start off, I put the jeans on inside out and believe it or not, it IS quite difficult to button them up!


Then, I just pinned down the side seams so that the jeans fit the way I wanted them to. . .IMG_7344

and sewed down the side of the jeans, following the pins. — I learned the method from The Vault Files blog.

The End Result:


I love the way they turned out! I might even turn them into shorts for spring and summer. (if this cold ever goes away!!) It was super simple and I’ve done it to many of my pants. If you try it, I hope it works out! Good luck my friends!


Summer to Fall Transition: Candles!

It’s that time of year again! It’s too early for those pumpkin spice candles but too late for margaritas on the beach! Here are some of the candles I like to burn at this time of year 🙂 Enjoy!

I get most of my candles from Yankee  Candle. I like the way they burn and they have the best scents!

Image                   I like this one because you could burn it pretty much all year ’round. I would LOVE to have a campfire in early fall 🙂

Image                          I like using votives candles because you don’t have to worry about them burning evenly and you can change up what scent you want to burn without feeling wasteful.

Image                            The blueberry scone and mango peach salsa scents are just delicious. They are very summery but they still have a warm feel to them. The red velvet cake is warm and smells wonderful- just like you’re baking the cake!

Image                           A votive holder, a wick trimmer and a candle cover are a must for the candle lover. It is amazing how much more evenly the candle burns when you have a cover over it. The wick trimmer also helps you maintain the right wick length without having to awkwardly try to stick your scissors in you candle jar.

Image                           Enjoy your last few days of that beautiful summer weather and keep burning those candles!


DIY: Dry Erase Calendar

Hi all! This is a super simple DIY! I haven’t used it much yet, but I LOVE it already. ImageEnjoy!

This is the frame I used. It was actually just sitting in my basement, but you could get a cheap one from a thrift store.


Part 1: Demolition 😉

Here’s what you’ll need:


I started by ripping the protective paper off the back and taking the staples out.

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Then comes these pesky little staples. Since this was a cheap frame, the staples meant to keep the picture in were actually put through the cardboard, so i had to remove them instead of just bending them back. Take out all the cardboard and glass, but make sure to keep EVERYTHING.

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I then sanded down the frame. I used a hair dryer to blow away all dust left from sanding.

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Part 2: Painting

Here’s what you’ll need:


Let’s get painting!


First coat:


Second coat:


Third coat:


Fourth coat:


I wanted my frame to have a rougher appearance, so  I let some of the gold and wood show through.

Lastly, I went out in the driveway (while it was raining) and gave it a coat of Krylon. I would NOT recommend spraying the frame in the rain.


Step Three: Drawing

Here is what you will need:


Plus some white poster board and a pencil

I measured the size of the picture in my frame and cut out a piece of poster board that was the same size. Mine was 16 x 16. measured about half an inch all around to make sure the frame wouldn’t cover up any part of my calendar. It’s sort of difficult to give directions for this part because the measurements all depend on the size of your frame. So just measure the amount of space you want the days to take up and divide the vertical by five and divide the horizontal by seven. Trace out the lines lightly with pencil. I hope that made sense. I left space at the top to write the month, a space for notes, and space to write the days of the week.

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Then add in the details like the days of the week and label for the notes section.

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Once you make the lines the way you want them, trace them with a sharpie ( I like the way the metallic sharpies look).


Wait for the frame to dry, then put your calendar in, along with all the cardboard and glass. If you had the same issue that I had with the staples, just tape all that stuff in there. 🙂

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That’s it! Now it’s time to enjoy your calendar! [ I’ll post more pictures of it hanging up on the wall soon 🙂 ]