refurbished bikini top

 

1 frilly top + 1 old bandeau bikini (mine was rust stained from a keys adventure) = brand new top to lay out in!

I have been fiddling around with things in my house, since I really can’t leave for too long, and I discovered this gem of an idea. I am in horrific shape from studying for months, please don’t hold that against the bikini. Also, because I am a future professional, or at least hope to be, I cannot provide full body pictures. You will just have to trust me that this bikini top rocks!!!

First, I pulled the stitches that connected the frilly top to this hideous blouse out.

The top already looks better without all the frill! More on the top later though, today we are concentrated on the frill.

I cut the embellishment off the front of the bikini. Then, cut the frill in half and sewed it all the way around the bikini top. I used a loose hand stitch, because the top still needed a bit of give when worn. I used fabric glue to lay the bottom layer of the frill to the front of the bikini. With my mini sewing machine, using a simple stitch (only stitch it has sadly), I sewed the ends of the frill in on themselves. I could lace a bow through, but they sit well, and hide the hardware from the bikini clasp as is.

There you have it, one of my first documented sewing adventured gone right! Hope you find this idea helpful<3

 

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hanging garden

I saw this hanging garden a while ago, when it circulated around Pinterest. Needless to say, I was pinterested! Side note, if you want to follow me and pin fun stuff together, I have a link to the right that will show you my inner most likes:] Anyway, the garden I saw was just a picture of a garden. I had no idea how to make the lovely hanging garden I saw, but I knew who would, my Dad. My Dad is pretty much a super hero and is always able to help me. He always finds a way to be there for me. That aside, I was right, he knew exactly what to do and bought me all the materials!

We (my dad and I) constructed this garden a few weeks ago, but I haven’t had time to post. I have been studying for the FL Bar every day now. I have even had a true blue “I am going to fail!” moment. I am told everyone will have at least one. So here I am, turning to my favorite stress reliever.

Materials (and tools):

3 mason jars (or as many as you would like to hang)
1 plank wood
3 hose clamps (same # as your mason jars)
3 washers (same # as mason jars)
3 screws (same # as mason jars)
electric drill
small flat head screw driver
picture hanging kit from ACE (or screws and wire to hang 50lbs)
lava rocks
top soil
3 small plants (any kind)
water, sunlight, and love:]

Directions: 

I found the antique piece of pecky cypress that I used at a salvage yard. There are companies that pull wood off of old houses that are being demolished. Google and see if there are any in your area. My piece of wood cost me $15. I think it is much prettier than a regular old plank, like the ones you would find at Lowe’s. The hose clamps have slots in them. I positioned each one the same way. I put them in the position, where the screw used to tighten the clamp, was to my left. My Dad placed a washer over one of the slots and screwed a screw in, using his electric drill. Repeat that process as many times as you want to, we did it 3 times, but do not crowd your board. Keep in mind that an antique board may not be able to hold as much weight. I put lava rocks at the bottom of each of my jars, to drain water, filled the jars with topsoil, added my plants, and watered them. Once the jars were ready, I put them into the hose clamps and tightened the clamps with the small flat head screwdriver until they were stable. Then, I used the kit to hang my lovely garden:]

Thank you for everything, Dad!

paint stick sign

While studying for the bar today, I realized I am not as versed in the law as I thought. My worst subject so far is real property. John claims that it is a toughie for everyone. I hope so, otherwise I am boned! I remember sitting in a bar survey class and the teacher saying, “look to your left and to your right, out of the three of you one of you will fail.” I sincerely hope I am not the one who fails. In fact, I do not want anyone in that class to fail. It is pretty rough how we are pit against each other. My dad calls it, “meanness training.” I think he might be right. If everyone knew all the terrible things lawyers went through to become lawyers, maybe they would ease up on the jokes. The bar alone is so tough, so stressful, and so traumatizing, that Nixon mentioned it in his impeachment speech. That poor bastard must have figured that if he could go though the bar, he could go through anything.

On a lighter note, I used the plethora of paint sticks I received when buying paint for my new place to create a door sign. My friend Stephanie started calling me Pita during our 2L year. The name stuck, and I began calling my old apartment, “The Pita Pad.” Even though my student digs were far from choice, I became attached to the apartment and wanted a way to bring a little piece of it and law school to Tampa.

Basic Design: 

My dad drilled holes down the sides of each stick, which I looped twine in and out of. Behind each stick is a knot in the twine. Because the paint sticks were narrow, I didn’t have space to drill 2 holes in each stick. Without a second hole in each stick, the sticks would not lay flat. Because of this, I added an extra paint stick in the middle. I tied the extra stick at the top and bottom with twine, but super glued it to the rest of the sticks.

bird cage planter

My move is going well. I have my room painted and most of the things I wanted to hang up, up. The salmon color that I painted my room looks different in different lighting. I think I really like that about it.

I am really happy with my bird cage jewelry holder from Urban Outfitters. I purchased it almost 2 years ago, for the purpose of using it as a planter, and never got down to buying a plant for it. I even hinted to John that I needed an orchid for it. Well, when I moved, my sweet dad got me an orchid. I think it looks perfect!

 

clementine candle and bagel brunch

Delicious breakfast food with fragrant citrus lighting is perfect to brighten up a cold, grey, winter’s day.

Clementine Candle

I have seen a few blogs do the clementine candle, and honestly you can google the instructions, so I won’t bore you. There are a few things I found out when making one myself that I think are good to know, though.

Tips: 1. You can cut the clementine in half and only have to remove the fruit gingerly from the side with the “wick.” Also don’t worry about it being perfectly cut in half. 2. You can cut any shape into the lid, I chose a triangle because it was easy. Don’t kill yourself trying to make some fancy design. 3. The candles float, so you don’t need to find the perfect stand. I didn’t use it, but the lid of a Yankee cande would hold one well. 4. The lid on the candle may make it tip, so don’t put too much water in the bowl.  You can always opt to use a stand or 86 the lid if it topples too much. 5. You can put oil in it again and dump out the water if it tips. Remember to pour oil on the “wick” before lighting.

The candle was super easy to make, smelled amazing, and lasted over an hour. You do not have to worry about it burning out before your brunch is over, unless you continue your brunch into the day with champagne. I think I am going to use these instead of tacky tiki torches this summer when I have people over for a garden party, or drinking on my back porch.

Bagel Brunch

I often buy breakfast sandwiches for my “most important meal of the day” and am usually disappointed that they are never quite big enough, have too many calories, and never have fresh ingredients. I’ve found that the only way to get a good breakfast sandwich, is to make one yourself.

My best friends, Kayla and Ashley, set up the perfect girl’s brunch buffet today and helped me remedy my breakfast sandwich dilemma. They also set out a feast of finger foods to snack on and balance our breakfast into a brunch. They bought all the lovely produce at the Winter Park farmer’s market and got the bagels at Panera. After all, quality ingredients lead to quality products.

They set out fresh fruits to snack on and veggies fresh from the farmer’s market. The girls chopped and cooked the onions and peppers for the omelet station. There was also fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese, and herb goat cheese.

Ashley baked the cinnamon, blueberry, and other sweetly flavored bagels at 400 degrees, until they were crispy. Then she cut them onto a platter with 2 flavors of cream cheese and cookies. I munched on these and crackers until my omelete was ready.

The omelets were vegetarian, which is exactly what I wanted on my bagel. All the veggies were so crisp and flavorful. I can’t even look at store-bought veggies the same anymore.

An everything bagel with cream cheese and a delicious, cheesy, veggie omelete. Yummmmm, thanks girls!

pepper bisque & pretty pesto bread

Another time I made the bread.

I dreamt up this soup and bread combo after eating at a restaurant in Baltimore. They served a tomato bisque with a pesto and goat cheese blend sitting on a crouton. In my mind the shabby crouton became a lovely loaf of bread which I paired with a sweeter pepper soup.

My vision became an adventure that all started when my best friend Ashley came over today for the most fun farmers market trip of all time…

If you ever find yourself in Deland on a Saturday morning, I suggest you go to the farmers market. The peppers pictured above were 3 for $1! All the produce was extremely fresh and cheap. I spent $5 and bought: 3 yellow peppers, 2 red peppers, 5 tomatoes, and a small bushel of bananas.

While we were walking, a man asked us if Darwin was “a killer,” at least 2 others asked if he bit, and one meanie shooed him away from a table. This farmers market wasn’t very dog friendly and as you can see from the background in the next picture, not ritzy at all. However, what it lacked in glamour, it made up for in price and quality.

The open tables consisted of cheap planks on rickety frames and were absolutely brimming with produce. I was reminded of the open-air markets in South America. I visited Equador and Mexico a number of times in my youth and remember the trips fondly. Just like in South America, the people around us at the market haggled freely and tried to get even better deals.

A gaucho taking a siesta.

Stands like this one littered the market grounds. There were women outside cooking in huge pots and little plank tables set up for their customers.

This whole bunch of sweet peppers was only $1.

Ashley couldn’t resist the allure of the sweet peppers and ended up taking a whole mess of them home.

Cooking the Pepper Bisque

I started by covering 2 tomatos, 2 red peppers, 3 yellow peppers in olive oil and garlic powder. Then the whole lot of them went into the oven to roast. Once they were cooked and cooled, Ashley helped me remove all the skins and seeds. Next, the fruits and veggies went into my magic bullet with a handful of fresh Italian basil. I emptied the pureed mixture into a medium sized pot and added a container of heavy cream, more garlic powder, a cup of water, and a couple of teaspoons of “better than bullion” (the chicken flavor).

My best friend Annick introduced me to “better than bullion” and it has replaced chicken stock in many (but not all) of my recipes. With it you get a kick of flavor without having to water down whatever you are cooking like you would if you added chicken broth. Also, less salt is needed when you cook with it. I didn’t add any salt at all to this recipe because I used it.

The pepper soup turned out to be delicious and very rich. A perfect winter soup. However, it ended up a lighter color than I wanted. I think I either added too much heavy cream or needed to add a couple more peppers. Next time I will try adding less cream and another pepper. Again, I have no qualms with the taste, but the showman in me expects better.

Baking the Pretty Pesto Bread

I started by covering a clean countertop with four. Then I started to roll out the pound of french bread dough I bought from Publix. Because I was wrist deep in flour, Ashley was sweet enough to take most of the bread pictures for me.

After rolling the dough out a little, I let it rise for 45 minutes before stretching it and rolling it out a little more. Once I was satisfied with the size and shape of the rolled dough, I covered it in a mixture of pesto and goat cheese. I used about 1/2 a packet of goat cheese and 1/2 a tupperware of pesto.

Once the dough was covered I rolled it calzone style. Before baking, you have to pierce the dough by taking a fork and poking holes into it. If you do not pierce the dough, you will likely get unwanted air pockets and your bread will not look pretty.

Lastly, I used a paint brush to give the top of the dough an egg bath. Ashley reminded me of this crucial step. Without her instruction I would not have known how to do it. When the dough was glistening with its egg coating I added 3 leaves of Italian Basil. The Basil got a quick coating of egg and the dough was ready.

A picture from the other time I made the bread.

We baked the bread at 350 degrees on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Neither of us really tracked the time, we just watched the bread to make sure that it looked done before we took it out of the oven. You’ll know when it looks golden brown and the pesto goat cheese mix is bubbling.

The pretty pesto bread was the belle of the ball today. The bread had the same consistency as french bread, but with the added flavors and creamy textures of the pesto and goat cheese. I can really see this becoming a family favorite!

Ashley, thanks again for coming and having a wonderful day with me:]