Shabby Geek

We have lived in our house for 13 years.  We have never had bedroom curtains.  Until this last year, we didn’t even really have anything hanging on our bedroom walls.

Then, something epic happened.

My Mom gave me a comforter that she got from a friend and we went through totes in the garage for a garage sale.  In one of those totes, we found old Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back sheets that my Mom found at a thrift store.  The comforter matches the sheets perfectly!  

Here's the bedspread and the fitted sheet that I didn't use because it was really worn.  I'm thinking about using the edges, where it's in better shape, to make a dust ruffle.

Here’s the bedspread and the fitted sheet that I didn’t use because it was really worn. I’m thinking about using the edges, where it’s in better shape, to make a dust ruffle.

The result:


The middle portion is also part of a thrifted sheet.


I am so freakin’ proud of myself right now.

The sheets are really old and thin and even had holes in some places, but to me, that just makes them cooler.

I love to think that some little boy or little girl used these sheets and loved them so much that their Mom had to make up some story about why they suddenly had different sheets.

I also love that someone donated these, even with the holes.  One woman’s trash is another woman’s totally-freakin’-awesome-Star-Wars-curtains.

I cut the flat sheet into six sections, took out the top hem so I could hem all the sides, then hemmed all the tops and bottoms.  Had to do a little math to get them all the same length, since three of the panels already had a top and three already had a bottom.

The sides also seemed to have a selvage edge that made some of the hemming on the side wonky, but you can’t tell when they’re hanging.

I’ll take shabby geek over shabby chic any day!



I’m laundering, dusting, straightening, vacuuming, everything, the whole house today, when inspiration strikes. The majority of the knotted rag rug tutorials I’ve seen require some kind of grid to knot the scraps to.  I’ve seen the braided rag rugs that … Continue reading

Men’s Shirt Refashion

Today, I’m sharing dresses that I made for me and my girls out of men’s Hawaiian shirts and swim shorts.  They are really easy to make.  Mine and Katie’s (in the red) are made out of shirts and Emma’s is made out of swim shorts.  In the pictures we are using them as cover-ups, but we’ve worn them as sun dresses as well.  

The top band is made out of old stretchy knit tank tops of mine.  I just did what you would do for a yoga waistband without the fold-over part.  You could do it either way.  The top bands are all from Victoria’s Secret bra tops that I’ve cut up.  I’ve also salvaged tons of elastic out of my bra tops.  Bra tops and tig-ole-biddies do not go together well.  I always have to wear a bra anyway, so what’s the point?  The girls needed ties to hold up their tops.  

The shorts and the purple shirt I found at Goodwill on half off day for around $2.00.  The red shirt was also a Goodwill find for the same price.  My hubby wore this shirt last summer so it is on it’s third life as Katie’s dress.



My son is the camera man.  I made sure to tell him to please try to take good pictures, not just click without looking this time.  I failed to tell my daughters that we were smiling, not making silly faces.




Emma had to get it out of her system too.





The only nice picture we got came out blurry.  LOL.





Here’s our silly on purpose picture.