Food Waste Friday

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No food waste this week! Yay! I have some items in my fridge that on the verge of making it to a FWF post, but I will hopefully use those up this weekend. Hope everyone else had a waste free Friday!

Have a great weekend!

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T-Shirt Reconstruction…well, sort of

or "cursing while using glitter"

After the amazing success of my last t-shirt project (does the sarcasm read here?), I thought that I should try a simpler t-shirt craft. Plus, I own a ton of t-shirts that I rarely wear. The back story for the t-shirt I picked for this project: it is for the roller derby team my friend Sara plays on; but when I went to buy one at the bout, the merch table only had men’s sizes–seeing as I don’t get to go up to see her play often I went ahead and bought the too-big-for-me t-shirt. When I was digging for shirts to destroy last project, I got the idea to do this for this shirt (not the destroying, but the idea for this project).
I debated at first if I should do a different t-shirt for this post, kinda like a test run so I wouldn’t mess up a shirt I actually wanted to wear. Then I got ballsy and said “Ah, just go for it!” Man, I really need to be more cautious. Anyway, here we go!

I actually looked up a tutorial for this project but I remembered how to do this from my college days (sort of) after reading the post. However, if you want to do this project right you can read it here at Connect the Dotsons.

Materials used:
• oversized t-shirt
• scissors
• safety pins (this was just to help me, they are not necessary)

Here's the shirt before I get started. As you can see, Tom is trying to get me to stop before I destroy it. Or he just wants to lay on it.

I trim off the bottom seam like the tut tells me to.

Then, I cut up the sides and snip them into small strips (here's where I needed safety pins to help me).

Not pictured is the step where I tie up the side strips I made. I forgot to take that one. My bad.

Finally, I cut the collar off the shirt. The tut doesn't say to do that, but my out come wasn't as neat as her shirt, so I decided to "rough" it up a bit more to make it look like I knew what I was doing.

Here's the final product. It's not perfect, definitely no where near as well done as the one in the tutorial; however, I like it.

Inconvenient Productivity Surge

or you could call it "Lyn wanted a day to just ramble"

I wish my job was more flexible in it’s hours. It’s pretty flexible for a desk job, I must say, but still. I will get to work and while I’m sitting at my desk the ideas and urge to clean and organize my home will hit me. WHAM. And I can’t do anything about the feeling until I get home from work later that day. By then, the urge has passed and I do nothing. I wish I could just get up, go home and do the dishes or whatever it is that I feel like doing and then come back to work after that task is finished. I mean, I can’t really see myself wanting to stay home and clean so it’s not like I’d be gone for the rest of the day. Just a few hours. And these urges always hit when I have nothing in particular to do besides busy work (i.e. organizing my fonts; cleaning out my old files on my computer; doing tutorials off the internet; etc.); so what would be the harm?

Anyway, that’s just an idea I have that maybe someday will become a reality. Or maybe not. I wish it would though…however, I must clarify: I want the flexibility without it being a detriment to my income.

Food Waste Friday

 

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This week wasn’t so bad. I actually tried to use up the last bit of milk in the container the day before its “best by” date; but when I opened it, it smelled sour. The cereal, and there was only less than a bowlful left in the box, has been sitting on my counter for months and months now. In the storage container is some rice and black beans that have been in my fridge probably longer than the cereal on the counter.

T-Shirt Headband

or "cursing while using glitter"

When I saw this craft on the internet my first thought was “Oh, I can do that!” Through the course of completing this craft I have come to understand the difference of being able to do  and the ability to do well. But, I won’t give it all away at the beginning, so let’s get this show on the road.

First, here’s a link to the tutorial I attempted to follow over at Make It & Love It.

Next here’s a list of materials I used for this project:
• old t-shirt
• scissors
• needle and thread
• safety pins

 

snip snip snip

First, I cut up my old t-shirt as per the tut's instructions.

 

sewing it up like a boss

Then, I sewed the strips together. By hand. I don't own a sewing a machine, or know how to work one.

 

It's for threading your needle!

In sewing these things, I FINALLY figured out what this thingie is for and how to use it! I was very proud of myself (sorry for the blurry pic).

God help me if I ever have a daughter.

Next, I attempted to braid the strips like the tut told me too. As you can see, I'm not very good at braiding aside from the normal three strand braid. Even Tom couldn't help, though he was trying.

I will never use this thing.

When all was said and done, the damn thing was WAY too long to be a head band, so I ended up with this weird knot-turd on my head. Oh well. Can't win them all.