Saturday, April 14, 2012

Trending now: fringe bikini..DIY!

soo while I was in california last weekend, I went to nordstrom to buy pink glitter toms for my two year old niece. they were adorable on her and she kept calling them her "dancing shoes" cause that girl loves to dance. Anyway, while I was there I wandered past the swimwear for this season and became obsessed with a neon green (and also the turquoise one) fringe bikini bandeau top...but I was not obsessed with the $70 price tag. Since then I had been thinking of a way to re-create that look. So I found an inexpensive bikini top for $4.50 at forever 21 and decided to make it my own, mine is a bandeau but this would look cute on a halter too. I was feeling creative today and went to Joann fabrics and picked out a neon pink swimsuit material for $16.99 per yard. I got a quarter yard and some 100% polyester thread in purple (because it has more give than cotton for stretchy fabrics). A quarter yard is more than enough, which gave me room for mistakes. I cut the fabric to the shape of the bandeau top and decided to do the same shape along the bottom of the fringe instead of a straight edge. I began cutting small strips almost to the top of the piece of fabric, not all the way so i had room to sew the top edge to the swimsuit itself.

 The cutting of the strips was a little time consuming, but you can cut them as skinny or as wide as you want them to be (The sharper your scissors the better). I prefer a skinnier look. And voila! this is the finished product. You can also do the bottoms of your bikini if you want, but I just did the top so I can mix & match my swimmies for fun :) now go try it! make your own custom cute bikini for the summer for under $10!

Monday, April 2, 2012

mini "cinnamon rolls"

So yesterday was April General Conference, my favorite time of year is conference. Mom came down to my house and we (ok, she)cooked all day because I am busy with school so she made various meals for me to have ready to eat for the week. she's amazing right?! well anyway, she was making quiche and had an extra ready-made pie crust and so i took it, slathered some melted butter on it (about a tablespoon), and sprinkled a good cup or cup and a half of cinnamon sugar on it. I rolled it up and cut it into 8 round pieces and popped them in the oven in a greased pie pan for 15-20 minutes at 350. I made some simple icing for them with a half cup of powedered and a tiny bit of milk (just enough to barely moisten it) and mixed it up. When my mini treats came out of the oven and were golden brown and crispy around the edges, i dabbed a little bit of icing on them and that melted down over them. voila! mini "cinnamon rolls". a quick and super easy breakfast treat a classic that my mom's grandma used to do for them when they were kids on thanksgiving when they had leftover pie crust, and also something my mom did for me growing up. so try em! share our lil family 'tradition'.