Monday, September 29, 2014

I Am Beautiful!

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! 

Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
I Am Brave and Beautiful
AND so are YOU!

Sometimes I feel like the only thing I can see in the mirror are my negative (or at best neutral) qualities. I am pale, my freckles are uneven across my cheeks, I pluck my eyebrows so that they are two separate entities, my thighs are where I keep my 'extra' weight, my booty has changed shape many times (perky, flat, fat), I lose hair by the handful, my teeth aren't actually white, I'm a curvy girl in a 'slender frame' focused world...and the list could go on and on and on. I know I'm not alone in giving my self a guilt trip while glancing in the mirror. We, especially as women, are so very hard on ourselves, and even our expectations of others can be skewed. 

I know I shouldn't expect myself to be perfect according to anyone else's standards. I have a strong body, I am happy to have had the opportunity to give life to my children and that I can be there for them physically (also emotionally and spiritually) now, I can be loved by my husband and love him back, I can give service to those around me and I am continually learning and growing in all aspects of my life. My experience, including everything that has happened to me physically, has made me who I am...

I don't have to try so hard because I know I am loved by God, my wonderful and supportive husband, my beautiful daughters, our extended family and our friends. It has taken me (probably) my entire life to be (not only) okay with being me, but to actually LOVE being me...and I am certain it will be a lasting endeavor throughout my life to continue to love and be kind to myself 100%, but I know I'm headed in the right direction. I am happy to keep up this fight, to love myself for who I am and be supportive of others, as well. 

I don't have to try so had because 
I am already Brave and Beautiful!

share your natrual beauty -
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on -
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup -
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WWW: ReFashion Girls Dress from a Garage Sale Find

Check out this black and white beauty I re-fashioned for my 6 year-old from a garage sale find!

WWW= What Widget Wore (in other words, what my daughter will wear)

My friends, I love a good deal! And when I found this sweet little dress at a garage sale for $2, I knew I could transform it into something wonderful for Widget.

Here is what I used:

  • Dress (mine was a garage sale find)
  • Thread Picker
  • Scissors
  • T-shirt (that fits your model)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread (matching)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Elastic Thread
  • Iron-on Adhesive Vinyl
  • Iron & Pressing Cloth
  • Ribbon/Fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Broach Back/Safety Pin (found in jewelry findings)

I used my good ol' thread picker to undo the stitches attaching the tank-top to the skirt
Here is what it looked like from the right-side...
After pulling all the old threads out, I grabbed the t-shirt and sewed it to the skirt using two parallel rows of stitches and elastic thread in the bobbin--so that there was still some stretch available when pulling the dress on (or you could use a double needle and regular thread in the bobbin for similar results).
This is what it looks like on the right-side of the dress...

Once the shirt is attached to the skirt, I had to decide what to add as the finishing touches. I finally settled on the idea of adding a necklace to the shirt using iron-on adhesive vinyl. I found and purchased a shape in the silhouette store (mardi gras beads) and manipulated it to fit the shirt by making the shape much larger.
I followed this tutorial on how to cut my iron-on vinyl, and cut the shape with my Silhouette Cameo...but you could purchase a similar iron-on decal in a craft store, or cut one by hand...or use paint to make a necklace like this one.
I peeled the extra vinyl off my sheet, placed the decal onto the shirt positioning it to where I liked it. Remember to use a pressing cloth to iron on the vinyl, it helps to protect the vinyl backing sheet and your iron.
The dress finished:
I made a few broaches to jazz up the dress, but couldn't quite decide where to put them...
A striped bow and a teal rose....this was my final positioning (below)
One last picture of Widget sporting her new frock to church paired with her favorite black high-heels she purchased her self (also a thrifty find found at Savers).

Do you love garage sale-ing around your area? What are your favorite items to look for?

Want to see other re-fashions from garage sale or thrifty finds? Check out these other tutorials: