That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: The Bodacious DIY Bleach Pen

Head on over to That Cheap Bitch & discover how I created my very own fabulous re-usable bleach pen from bits I already had lurking about the house + my step-by-step for personalizing your cotton textiles with your fancy upcycled bleach pen!

 (*my cheap-bitch-dude-stop-peeing-over-there face)

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An Asian Inspired Thrifty Thursday

I spent the better part of my 20’s living in Tokyo…

A delightful lunch at the onsen (hot spring day spa)

working at a pretty awesome job…

Akk! That date looks positively vintage today!

I have fond (& rather offbeat) memories of my time spent in Japan and thus a great affection for all things authentically Asian.

An actual vintage score from my time in Tokyo that managed to join me on my many international moves, unfortunately the matching trousers didn’t survive, fortunately it coordinates perfectly with my tattoos!

Vintage Top (had since the 90’s) €0 – Belt (thrifted) €1.50 – Jeans (had for years) €0 – Bracelets (handmade from scraps) €0 – Felt Clogs (thrifted) €3

Total cost: €4.50

This gorgeous silk dress was an amazing thrift find – it needed a wee bit of love & attention but for only €1.50 I was more than up for re-stitching the seams & adding a few snaps!

Chinese Dress (thrifted) €1.50 – Vintage Sandals (ebay) €6

Total cost: €7.50

I snagged a fantastic second hand bargain online with this vintage embroidered linen top for only €1.00!

Vintage Top (thrifted online) €1 – Trousers (thrifted) €2 – Bracelet & Rings (thrifted & inherited) €2 – Clogs (had since Tokyo) €0

Total cost: €5

Check out the intro/outro of my Kawaii Bento Picks video tutorial from last year to see me sporting my 1990’s yukata + as a bonus hear my oddball Japanese!

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook page!

As always feel free to take part in the thrifty fun & vote for the upcoming themes…

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the small to smaller dress refashion

Thrifting online is awesome and I love thrill of opening a fabulous frugal delivery…the only drawback is when what awaits you in your package isn’t quite as advertised (but even then it’s still pretty awesome!):

This cozy flannel dress was described as a size small – I can comfortably wear an average “medium” and was swimming in this + the neckline was so wide that it slid off of my shoulders when I wasn’t shrugging – but for only €1.00 I wasn’t about to complain or send it back so I busted out some basic refashioning skills, got to work and in less than an hour had this beauty:

the perfect €1 plaid dress to go with my fantastic €1 thrifted jacket!

Here’s what I did:

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Totally Smitten With Look What I Made

Sarah has the remarkable ability to transform trash into treasure and the mundane into marvelous. Her fabulous easy-to-follow projects are beautifully presented on her captivating (and oh-so-cleverly titled) corner of blogland Look What I made - a visit to Sarah will easily have you losing track of time & adding to your must-make list!

“I created this project as some kind of counter-project to all those shirts that I have with brand logos. A few years back I stopped buying logo shirts. I’m not a walking ad for their company. Even if I like the brand. When somebody asks me where my shirt is from, I’m happy to tell but does my shirt have to shove it in everybody’s face?! I don’t think so. That’s why I created my own signature shirt. (Pun totally intended. I’m this hilarious.)”

 Let’s get to know this bodacious maker-babe and learn her thrifty DIY secrets…

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Dream a little bigger with me!

I am over the moon to announce that I’ve joined the DIY divas on Dream a Little Bigger as their resident refashionista!

Head on over and take a gander at my first contribution – a comfy cozy poncho to chase away the autumn chill:

This is 40 (one)

A pic for each year on my 41st birthday!

I honestly haven’t a clue why aging and birthdays are supposed to be scary events that should be dreaded after you leave your 20’s behind…with each passing year my confidence in myself has grown and my varied life experiences enable me to make much more intelligent decisions than I did in my younger years (most of the time).

Sure, I now have some bits that have started to wobble & a few smiley lines that stick around my eyes even when I’m not grinning like fool but would I combat these signs of a life lived with injections & scalpels? Nope. (although my opinion might change drastically in 10 years or so…)

For now a sunny frame of mind + a bit of help from my fave bargain cosmetics is all I need to feel great about my appearance…and so without further ado may I present my basic face painting routine for looking fab at 41 (+ a few tips n’ tricks I’ve learned along the way):

 

Grab your make-up bag and give yourself a Happy-Birthday-To-Sheri makeover!

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That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: The Cut Out Top

Ready for another thriftastic anyone-can-do tutorial?

Grab your scissors, head on over to That Cheap Bitch and get slicing!

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