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K is for Kaleidoscope

Did you have a kaleidoscope as a child? I remember I could have sat there for hours, twisting it and twisting it in front of my eye. Each time I saw a different pattern and combination of colors.

As I look at the new fashions coming out for spring, I can’t help but to be reminded of the colors that I would see in the kaleidoscopes of my youth. Vibrant colors in swirly patterns. I tried to look up some tutorials for kaleidoscopes, but they all use glass. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t have tons of mirrors lying around begging for me to cut them up.

So rather than take on a potentially dangerous project, I’ve put together some cute (affordable!) things that reflect this lovely kaleidoscope trend.

I’m a little bit obsessed with the Modcloth shorts. Oh, and speaking of bright colors… I think this is THE prom dress.. eek!

Prom 2011

Prom 2011 by ElizabethMarie

And my last thing to share with you in this post is my Vera Bradley Lizzy crossbody in Folkloric. Yes, Lizzy is my nickname, so this bag is perfect for me. The purpose of this bag is to take with me to Paris to pack my essentials around. I have waited over a month for it to arrive since the print was on back-order (they don’t even list it as an option online) and so I was beyond thrilled when it arrived yesterday!


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Being a Seattlelite (we are, of course, infamous for our obsessive recycling ways) it’s surprising that this was my first “upcycling” project. However, while searching for something to do over the past weekend, I stumbled across a bag of clothes that were meant for giving away, but had never found themselves to a donation box. I rummaged through the old grocery bag and found an adorable dress. It was given to me for my fifteenth birthday. However, it had taken one too many spins in the dryer for my tall stature and no longer was an appropriate length. As I was looking at the dress, I had a stroke of genius: make it into a skirt! The leader from my small group is having a baby girl soon, and I thought it would make a cute skirt for her to wear during the summer months.

So, now I will explain to you, in a few easy steps, how I made this dress into a fabulous little skirt.


One: Figure out how long you want your skirt to be, then to that number add double the width of your elastic and desired seam allowance. Measure from the bottom.

(As you can see, the photo was taken AFTER I cut the dress)


Two: Figure out how much, if any, you want to take the skirt in. You want the circumference to be triple the measurement of the waist so that the elastic has room to stretch. I chose to bring it in five inches. I simply marked the spot with a pin.

PhotobucketThree: Sew along the line where you’re going to bring it in to. Nothing fancy about it, just a straight line.

Four: Cut off the excess fabric (in the picture from step three, I cut off the fabric to the left)

PhotobucketFive: Fold over the width of your elastic + desired amount of seam allowance and pin. Sew, leaving a small opening so you can feed your elastic in.

PhotobucketSix: Cut your desired length of elastic. It should be a few inches shorter than your waist measurement. Then, safety pin your elastic onto the skirt, leaving a little excess so you don’t loose it in the skirt when you remove the safety pin.

Seven: Feed elastic in.

Eight: Sew ends of elastic together and the close the gap on the waistband.

PhotobucketNine: Ta-da!

The best part of this skirt? The price, of course! This skirt cost me, drum roll please… $1.99! The only thing I had to buy is the elastic.

So take a look at your closet, or your donation bag, and decide what items you can transform into something fresh & new!

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19

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