New in thee shop: Upcycled Woven Sweatshirt Table Runner Tote Bags with Denim and Cotton




These upcycled totes were made from woven sweatshirt table runners, remnants of jeans and cotton webbing for straps. They are partially lined (the bottom denim) with a matching blue mens cotton dress shirt. Each bag has pockets on front and back. You can check out the bags in shop, here.


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Refashion | Upcycled Too Small Vintage Jeans into Shorts

I bought these DKNY jeans on Ebay because I wanted some higher waist, mom jean looking jeans lol. I failed to realize most vintage denim is smaller than sizes today. They ended up being too small and with almost no give to the denim. It's that thick real denim that barely stretches. The rise is nice though, it's high but not too high. 

So I thought I'd make them into shorts and by adding material on the sides, they should fit. While wearing them, I marked with chalk where I wanted to cut for length.

I opened them up on the sides. 


Inspo from All Things Denim: 19 DIY Inspirations For Denim Lovers

I didn't have golden colored corduroy but I did have a small remnant of black corduroy, just the right length. I really like the textural contrast but my corduroy doesn't stretch so this was not the thing to do...


I found a pair of black stretch jeans and cut panels from the legs. Totally stretchy and comfortable now.

I didn't serge the edges (too thick) I figured it would be okay. I just folded them back and sewed them in place.

They turned out pretty cool and with a much better fit. To further spruce them up I bought a pair of embroidered floral patches to sew on. 

I had added floral appliques to a top a while back and I liked the result a lot.

I pinned the applique on where I wanted it or so I thought I wanted it...

I didn't end up sewing it on just yet. I figure I can add them on after I've worn the shorts plainly a few times. Honestly there's a lot you can do with sort of setup/refashion. I've seen people do multiple stripes with ribbon or inserting floral fabrics. You can get really creative with it but most importantly they'll fit much much better.

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Fresh Fig Spice Cake | RECIPE





It's fig season, least for my tree it is. They are ripening so fast and I'm scrambling to find more recipes to use them all.


Yeah they're okay on their own but I wanted muffins. I couldn't find my muffin tin though so here's a simple cake.

*this fresh fig spice cake recipe was adapted from this recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound fresh figs (roughly 8 medium sized figs)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan (You could use a regular springform pan too though). Cut your figs into slices and set aside.



2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and poppy seeds; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, add the cream of tartar then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture. Fold in the sliced figs. Pour into your prepared pan.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

5. Enjoy!


P.S. You can add lemon zest for extra aroma and/or substitute buttermilk with yogurt. The original recipe calls for walnuts so you can do that too. You can also puree the figs if you want them evenly distributed throughout the cake. For added sweetness give the cake an icing or dusting of powdered sugar.

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