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

Grecian Goddess Dress


Greetings from Ancient Greece!  Well, not really.  More like Northern Colorado.  This is my sheet upcycle that was giving me such fits the other day.  This sheet came from Goodwill, probably for a buck.  I’ve also made two infinity scarves out of it for my Mom and my hubby’s Grandma.  I love the colors.  I looked at this tutorial, kind of.  The video is really long and my wifi was being persnickety, so I just used the measurements.  I probably needed lighter weight fabric to do this exact tutorial, which is why I was so frustrated.  I love upcycling because it’s quick and I get nearly instant gratification when something goes right.

For this upcycle, I didn’t like the baggy waistband and the way the top was laying.  Again, the fabric was so heavy that it just kind of hung straight down.  Even a belt didn’t support the middle enough to bring it up to my waist.  I cleaned my entire house, except my magnet keeper/kids art/all important papers holder, aka, my fridge.  I even did the ceiling fans.  I find that when my house is cluttered, so is my mind.  Every little thing I notice that needs to be done nags at me and takes my focus away from what I really want to be focusing on.

The answer ended up being an elastic band around the waist, gathers on the shoulder and then part of a green shirt for the belt and the strap gathers.  I love using little pieces of fabric to gather my straps over my breasts.  It pulls all the fullness together and give the girls extra breathing room.  I’m not sure where I’ll wear it, probably on a date night or just around the house because it is SO comfortable.

The extra happy moment came when I realized that the colors matched the pillowcase dresses I made for my girls.  SQUEEEE!!!  I told my hubby that our next family picture outfits were done as long as he and my son could find shirts to match us.  Although, he doesn’t get as into family pictures as I do, so I’ll probably be scouring Goodwill’s racks for them myself.


Geeky Upcycle

Our favorite comic shop, Gryphon Games & Comics in Fort Collins, held a garage sale last weekend.  I picked up two t-shirts for $3 a piece.  The first shirt I upcycled was a men’s Witchblade t-shirt.  I turned it into a … Continue reading

Shirt into Shrug

The other day I came up with a way to turn a shirt into a shrug on accident.  I was playing with a men’s shirt upcycle where I cut off the men’s shirt from the back yoke, around to the front and then straight across the front beneath the armpit.  I was going to add different fabrics to the bottom of the yoke and the front.  I may still do that.  Once I undid the buttons, I realized I had a T-shape.  I’ve looked at lots of shrug tutorials and several of them have you cutting your fabric into a T-shape.  I’ve never done it though.Image 

I finished off the raw edges and then played around with pinning the edges together.  You end up putting the shirt on upside down with the front of the shirt making the sides.  I’m also wearing the skirt I refashioned from a long jean jacket.  I added the rectangle of fabric squares on the side.  I don’t know if you can see it in the back, but there are a couple of the buttons left in the back that were for adjusting the coat that I left.  They are nice to have because they hold my belt in place along the back.


Please ignore the less than straight mess at the back of my head.  I’m practicing straightening my hair.  I haven’t done it in years.  The shoes I’m wearing, I’ve had forever.  They are A 2’s and super comfortable.  The shirt I thrifted last year, I believe from Goodwill.  It’s got a stain on the breast and I’ve contemplated dyeing it, but the stain bugs my hubby more than it bugs me.  The belt I got from my Father-in-law and Mother-in-law.  They got it from a yard sale along with some costume jewelry for my daughters.  I ended up keeping the belt and some other bracelets because the girls didn’t like them.  Thanks Gpa and Gma!

While I’m on the subject, I really do need to thank my Mom and my Father-in-Law and both Mothers-in-Law.  They are always encouraging and always finding me great deals.  My Mom lets me have all the fabric I want from her stash.  My Texas Mother-in-Law sent me her old Scrabble game to play with.  My Colorado Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law always find me stuff at yard sales, including two big jars of buttons that an older lady had been collecting for years.

Work Shirt Upcycle

We are going to the Greeley Independence Stampede ( for dinner and the rodeo with my hubby’s bank tonight.  I’m going to wear one of my skirts that I upcycled from a Hawaiian shirt that I bought at Goodwill.  It has a Western feel with cowboys on horses amongst the flowers.  I’m also wearing an old work shirt I upcycled that has a bank’s name embroidered on it.  I cut off the sleeves, folded the seams back and sewed to finish the arm holes.  Then, to cover the embroidery, I made yo-yos (had to look up the pluralizing of yo-yo) and attached them with buttons.



Up close and personal with the cowboy on a horse.



A close-up of the yo-yo’s and buttons.  You can just barely see the embroidery peeking through.  I may have to attach the edges of the yo-yos later.





I didn’t make the dress Emma is wearing, but she wanted to take a picture too.  I know I’m not really smiling, but I was thinking really hard.  My 10 year old took lots of pictures and this is the best one, even with the blank look in my eyes.