Scarf Dress

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It was my sister Sarah’s idea.

She bought this silky dress on clearance years ago but never wore it. I was wearing a silky scarf when I went to her house yesterday. It could have been her paying respects to my endless pool of crafty. Maybe it was to lighten the load to her next visit to the thrift store. Either way, I walked out the door with a dress and was told to gut a scarf out of it.


Here is the dress.

Let’s make a scarf!

Start out by cutting out the side seam of the dress on one side so that you can open the dress wide.


If your dress has a zipper, you can salvage it. Free zipper!

Use a seam ripper for those hard to get places.

Your dress should be open now.

Mine was a little “bunchy” near the top. I cut off the bust line and the upper back sections. This took away the gathering on the rest of the fabric.

Spread out a scarf as your pattern piece to see where to cut.

Smooth pattern scarf out

Pin in place

Trim fabric 1 inch outside the pattern to allow room for a seam you will make later. If you have a serger, cut normally.

Snip, snip. After you’re done cutting, fold down the fabric to match the pattern scarf’s size. Pin. You can fold down the fabric twice to keep the fabric from fraying (shown below). Make sure that your folding doesn’t make the scarf smaller than the pattern scarf.

Sew the seams all around your new scarf!

It turned out SO cute!

Leave a comment if you try it! I would love to hear how it worked out for you. Thanks for reading.


Vacation is lovely

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I can’t tell you how great it feels to be on break.

I have been sleeping in, drinking lots of milk, and and seeing people I love. Now this may sound kind of  ordinary… It actually  is a big deal because 1. I couldn’t sleep in at school, 2. I rationed the milk I buy to last me a whole week, and 3. I didn’t really have many friends at school.

So yes, I am very much enjoying myself visiting home! Christmas was wonderful; I loved every moment just sitting with my family drinking in the good-feeling of being home.

I made my sister an AWESOME Christmas present,

                          if I do say myself.

I made this bright, beautiful bag!

I think she loved it, which makes me happy. I love my little sis.

Now the question is what else should I make?

Lonely Student Pancake Recipe

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I am alone in the apartment tonight… And since I have time to myself, I got hungry. Scouring my cupboard, and finding food was scarce, I noticed my bag of flour. What can you make from flour with a poor college student’s kitchen items? Lemme tell ya.. PANCAKES! So here is my “Lonely Student Pancake Recipe”. ARE YOU READY?

1/2 c flour                                                                          1/2 c milk (I use 1%)

1 1/2 tbs sugar                                                                  1 tsp canola oil

1 tsp baking powder

pinch salt                                                                           Yields: 6 small pancakes

splash of ground cinnamon

Let’s do this!


Mix together dry ingredients

Combine wet ingredients right in (there really is no need to dirty another bowl is there?)

Perfect! Let’s  grill em’ up!

Keep these cakes on medium-low heat; they get brown quickly

Add a chip or two

Beautiful pancakes!


They were very satisfying


A Good Day

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Today.. Is a good day. I’m not saying that because something happened today that miraculously changed my outlook of life, or anything big. Life is just good. Last night, 1:00 am, all my roommates were in bed, and I was left alone in our livable, $995-a-semester living room. I wasn’t on my laptop or phone, but was all by myself. Just sinking back into the couch, I sat there.. and I felt serene.. it was beautifully brilliant. Those are the moments when I can clearly be. I can sit there and think or not (it doesn’t matter). And if my thoughts turn towards stresses I’ve worried about earlier, I can coherently figure things out. Silence is beautiful. It heals.

This reminds me of a few quotes I just used in an ENG 101 paper recently:

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

–  Saint Augustine

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

-Mother Thereasa