Category Archives: Green

DIY Recycled Paper Roses

We are still packing for our move to Mozambique and our house is a huge mess but I wanted to share this little post with you for DIY Paper Roses.

My niece is getting married in July and I have been enjoying looking at wedding sites and sending her links and I love the ideas she has came up with for her wedding. One of her recent finds was paper roses and she has already started making then. She sent me some photos of what she made and I was totally impressed, I’m hoping I will get to help her make some one day in March before we leave.

If you are interested in trying this project click here for instructions from NeuroCrafts. You can pretty much use any paper you find, from books, magazines, newspapers, wrapping paper, really anything works. Give it a try!

DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Skirt

This is a quick post today. I saw this skirt made from tee’s over at Beelieve and loved the way it looked. Of course mine is a bit different. T-shirts really are great material for a comfy skirt. I made this skirt in about an hour. I just started cutting shirts apart and piecing them together. Next time I will try overlapping more, like Karen from Beelieve did. I even used a long piece from a tee for the drawstring.

For directions on how to make your own upcycled t-shirt skirt click here.

Last Thursday on Alberta in PDX

Last night I should have been cleaning my closet and getting ready for the garage sale on Saturday but instead I was enjoying a great meal(at Tin Shed) and fun times with the family on Alberta Street.

I have mentioned the Last Thursday on Alberta in a post before but last night was a different mix than normal. The fact that it is summer always brings more people but the other factor that played into the interesting mix was that Michael Jackson died yesterday making it like a memorial to him, with his music playing in the restaurants and shops, to people in the streets with boom boxes dancing to his songs. It was a lot of fun.

They had their usual crafty people lining the streets, selling their goods and the occasional band, beat boxer or crazy circus act mixed in there. I love the way the artists take old, crazy things and make them into something beautiful and useful.


These ladies were selling vintage aprons, I wanted to take every single one of them home, but I sadly walked away.


This lady was dressed in a cute twenties style swimsuit with striped leggings, twirling fire with 20’s style music playing in the background, she was amazing. My youngest daughter loved watching her, until she remembered Tour de Crêpes was closing soon.


There were bikes everywhere, its so much fun to see what people are riding and checking out their gear, I just loved the vintage bag attached to the back of this bike. I love how green Portland is!


This was another one of the street vendors. My girls loved these lamps. I just loved how they lit up the street. Reminded me of my Irish friends saying – You’re a Star!


This is the lady that turned on the Michael Jackson song Beat It and everyone started gathering around her dancing. It was such a great site.


Here I am with my DH, waiting for the crepes to be served, (yes we made it before they closed) enjoying the sounds from the street behind us and a little Stumptown coffee from Random Order.


Here the girls are using the old time type writer after they ate their crepes. If you want a delicious crepe, try the raspberry Nutella one, sounds a bit weird but amazing! All the way home(45 min) my youngest daughter talked about how she wants an old typewriter…funny… when she has choice of 3 computers, but no, she wants an old type writer.

I apologize for the photos. I used my little pocket camera just cause it was convenient. But I am getting some instructional help with our big canon cameras and hopefully will have better pictures in the near future. I am not holding my breath though.

Recycle T-shirts into Underwear Tutorial

I am so excited to try this wonderful project I found at Super Naturale. I have so many t-shirts that I never wear and would love to give them a purpose.

I know you’ve got them, lurking in drawers, the back of the closet, in the “giveaway” pile: those T-shirts that are, for various reasons, both unwearable and indispensable. They are too small, too big, too short, have a stain, a hole, or some other flaw, and yet you cannot bear to part with them. I took my old t-shirts and gave them new life. They were reincarnated as underwear. From


– T-shirt
– Thin elastic cord (48″ or enough to go around both legs and your waist)
– 6″x4″ of clean fabric, a thin cotton knit (optional)
– Sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc.
– Big piece of paper (2′ x 4′ -ish) or enlarged pattern printout.

Click here for the pattern(right hand side half way down the page).

Burp Cloth Tutorial

Over at homemade by jill, I found this Burp Cloth Tutorial that looked easy enough and really cute. My neighbor just had a baby so I tried these out for her.

So if their are awards for the funniest looking burp cloths, I think I would win! Jill’s burp clothes look so cute, not sure what I did wrong but I am not opposed to trying it one more time.

Here is a photo of what hers looked like –

And here are mine –

I think where I went wrong was with the backing I used. I thought a white towel would work but for some reason it shrunk more than the flannel, leaving it bulky and just not laying right. So what did I learn from this you may ask?? Well I learned that sometimes deviating from the pattern can leave you with an undesired result. And I guess I would have never learned that towels shrink more than flannel.There is always something to be learned.

And you also may be wondering how this is recycled – well the flannel I used was from the goodwill and the brand new towel was from my sister, who was planning on throwing it away. Another item saved from the landfill!