Month: January 2016

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things!! Refashions!!

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In a continuing effort to focus on the joy and happiness in my life, I am making a list of my favourite things.  Here are a list of a few of my favourite refashions.

  1. Winter coat gets a new collar.                                After refashion.
  2. Suede skirt from tunic top.                                          image
  3. Scarf turns into a top.                               image
  4. Coin into necklace.                                         image
  5. Top from an old Gap dress.                                                  image
  6. Shoes get new soles.                image
  7. Polka Dot jumper into dress.     image
  8. Snowy sweater                                                image
  9. Doll House .                            image
  10. Zombie costume.                                         image

So these are just a few of my refashions.  Cheers, Michele

Jamaican Food…Yum, Yum.

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While in Jamaica, I made an effort to try as much Jamaican food as possible.  Here are a few of my favourite dishes.

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Akee and Saltfish

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Curried Goat

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Jackfruit

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Jerk Pork

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Conch Salad

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Jerk Chicken

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Octopus salad

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Black Cake

Maybe in a future post I will include some recipes once I have tried a few myself.  Cheers, Michele

Strapless Dress Refashion.

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Here is another dress that came with me for my anniversary trip to Jamaica in January.  I got it for $7.99 at Value Village.  I don’t usually wear strapless dresses, but I thought, what the hell, it’s Jamaica after all and I need to let loose once and a while.

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The elastic at the top and the waist is just a bit too big, so I measured a piece of elastic for the top, pinned it in place in several places and then stretched the top to fit the elastic.

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Then to tackle the waist.  Luckily the elastic is in a tube, so it was just a matter of cutting a small slit in the tube, pulling out the elastic, cutting it and sewing it smaller and then hand stitching closed the slit.

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I didn’t know if the over skirt midi length worked, what do you think, should I keep it as is, or shorten it?

Now it is a pretty white strapless dress, to wear with a chunky necklace. for those lazy evenings on the terrace with my hubby sipping Jamaican Rum Cream on ice, a truly decadent drink.  What do you think of this refashion?  Cheers, Michele

Drift Finds Of The Week!!

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Sorry about the corny title, but these finds were not thrifted, but found drifting through the beautiful waters near Runaway Bay, Jamaica.  I took photos of many of the things I saw with my GoPro Hero 4 Black mounted on my brand new wrist mount.  I saw amazing things this trip, lots of new fish species and some cool but weird finds.  I will show you the fish first and then the unusual items I found last.  Leaving the best for last of course!!

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Jamaican Flying fish with it’s beautiful “wings” spread.

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A spotted Ray.

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A Doctor fish.

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A Lion Fish.

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A cuttlefish which changed colours many times in response to me following it around.

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Sea Slug Shell.  This still had a partially eaten slug still inside and I was able to pry the flesh out before washing it.

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Horse tooth.  I also found parts of the rest of the skeleton; some ribs, a vertebrae and a tibia or two.  I left the other bones behind because I figured it would take some real explaining to the border guards coming back through customs.

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An antique clay pipe bowl.  From what I can find out from researching off the Internet and based on the markings and shape, it is possibly from the 1700s or 1800s.  Pretty cool I think.  I can only imagine who used this pipe and then either lost it or discarded it when the stem broke off.  This is my favourite find for sure.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and the post.  Let me know what you think.  Cheers, Michele

 

Home Again, Home Again!

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Spy our wonderful trip to Jamaica for our 28th wedding anniversary is over.  It was an amazing trip with lots of sun and sea and fun with my husband, Will. We ate lots of great food, read awesome books in the shade of a tree on the beach.  We had the great joy to have our youngest daughter Maddy and our new son, Jesse join us for their honeymoon during our last week.  It was so much fun to see them.  Cheers, Michele

Jamaica Anniversary Trip 2016!!

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  So today we woke up to another beautiful day in Jamaica.  My husband and I are celebrating our 28th Wedding Anniversary away from the cold and snow of Ottawa.  Having a wonderful time!!  Lots of snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.

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Hope you are having a wonderful day.  Cheers, Michele

Quickest No-Sew Dress Refashion Ever!!!

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This has got to be the quickest and easiest no-sew refashion ever.  It only took 10 minutes from start to finish.  Taking the pictures took more time than the actual refashion.  I just bought this vintage dress at Value Village today for $7.99 minus a 15% discount.

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I had seen it before and admired the print and the beautiful silky fabric, but never thought it would fit as it is a size 12.  But when I went back today, it was still there and I Still love it so I figured I could always make a top out of the fabric.  But I brought it home and tried it on.  As you can see, the top is quite puffy and not so flattering.

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But I also love the little pearl buttons at the cuffs and at the back of the collar.  They are very in keeping with the style and age of the dress.

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I considered taking the elastic out until I noticed that the bodice lining was much shorter than the bodice fabric which was what was  keeping it puffy.

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So all I did was carefully cut the lining out of the top all around the neck, arm holes and waist.  This left me with the lining fabric seen above.

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Then I just had the top and the bottom attached without the lining and the elastic still in place.

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So I was left with a much more flattering silhouette that I can belt and place the elastic higher or lower on my waist.  What do you think of this refashion?  Cheers, Michele