Make your own faux layered shirts from leg warmers or socks!

Holy easy project, Batman. This was such a fun no-brainer—a trifecta, really, of circumstances that yielded kid #3 something like 50 new shirt combos: #1 – it’s dang cold outside #2 – baby girl has lots of these in her closet #3 – I’ve got a bunch of these left over from past projects: Women’s … Read more Make your own faux layered shirts from leg warmers or socks!

What Not To Toss Weekend: Make mittens & hats from old sweaters!

Remember this little sweater that became a cardigan? Well it’s too small for kid #6 and has a few stains here and there which makes passing it down to younger kids a no-go. Time to trash that striped number, right? Wait! Don’t toss that! With a little Edward Scissorhands love, that sweater or cardigan can yield mittens … Read more What Not To Toss Weekend: Make mittens & hats from old sweaters!

Shop Local and Let’s All Stay Off The Fiscal Cliff, okay? See ya at DownEast.

Holy cow everyone. We’ve got a week. Just. One. Week. You ready? Have you been recycling old shirts, chopping up boxes and turning cake pans into stars? Have you found awesome deals on line and scored some great deals? I hope so. But if you’re like me and still have a few items on your … Read more Shop Local and Let’s All Stay Off The Fiscal Cliff, okay? See ya at DownEast.

Make a Tree Skirt out of a Girls Dress in 10 minutes flat!

Do you remember this little Easter dress that I refashioned for Christmas last year? Well baby girls has grown  a lot this year and it’s too short now. I set her dress aside in the donate pile until my older daughter freaked out. “Mom! You’re not recycling this??!” And I love that she wanted to recycle this. Plus the kids … Read more Make a Tree Skirt out of a Girls Dress in 10 minutes flat!

Christmas Tree Decorating – Gangnam Style

As I mentioned in my last post, me and my kiddos are excited to share what we’re going to BAKE, MAKE, DECORATE and also SHOP this holiday season. This week we’re in DECORATE Land and, true to my word, I’m letting the kids call the shots.  And I gotta admit … it’s tough. Why? Is it because I’ve … Read more Christmas Tree Decorating – Gangnam Style

Halloween Refashion: The Candy Corn Ruffle Skirt

And it begins. My daughter’s convinced that she needs an extensive Halloween wardrobe. I’m convinced that it’s not gonna happen. Luckily for her I have a closet full of  these ripped, stained and worn out gems. Toss in some thin elastic and scissors and I came up with this candy corn themed, ruffled skirt refashion … Read more Halloween Refashion: The Candy Corn Ruffle Skirt

Super Duper Cheap Back To School Clothes

Happy Back To School! For the first time in eleven long years, all six of my kiddos are in school—five in elementary and one in preschool! (Please pause for Party Rock Anthem) That means that I now have dedicated time to get back to spending some quality time over here at Thrive while my kids have a blast … Read more Super Duper Cheap Back To School Clothes

Kids Summer Break Sewing Project: Silly Pillows

Well, despite my hours of dedicated research on Pinterest, my kids still arrived at ‘bored’ last weekend. *Sigh* It’s only been a couple of weeks and apparently all the park trips, splash pads and kid crafts just aren’t cutting it anymore. And movies, coloring and playing outside were also nixed. Bummer. But those stacks and stacks … Read more Kids Summer Break Sewing Project: Silly Pillows

How NOT to paint a vinyl floor–Epic FAIL

Thanks for your kind comments on my door painting fail – so glad I’m not the only one who’s screwed up a DIY project. And I’ll give a quick disclaimer right now: painting your floors can look AWESOME and is a great solution for a cheap face lift until you can replace flooring outright. However … Read more How NOT to paint a vinyl floor–Epic FAIL