DIY Floral Skirt

Happy Spring Everyone!

As you all know, this half of the year is by far my favourite. During Spring, the flowers bloom, the clocks get put forward meaning longer days and the sun begins to shine alot more preparing for the warm Summer months. This means it also my favourite time to go shopping for some pieces of brightly coloured fabric and create a bunch of new shorts, skirts and dresses. I found this amazing floral fabric at Pete’s Emporium yesterday for $15 and couldn’t wait to get home and make a great skirt out of it.

I decided to use a half circle skirt pattern for this fabric as I really like how these skirts look while you are wearing them. I have made a few circle skirts over the past few years, and love them but I have found that they tend to be blown up by even the slightest breeze. I was so excited to make a half circle skirt because I still love how flowy they are and find they tend to stay down alot more on windy days. This was my first attempt at a half circle skirt so it helped to watch a few videos on YouTube so I wouldn’t make any mistakes. You can find the video that I used here.

I really liked how easy the instructions were to follow in this video. I usually don’t use a pattern when I am sewing and tend to just wing out and the items turn out fine but I found this pattern was quite easy to make and use, I will definitely be using it again. The first thing I had to do was measure the circumference of my waist in inches and divide it by 3.14. This gave me 8.5 inches. I drew this measurement onto a large piece of wrapping paper by measuring 8.5 inches from the corner of the paper and made several dots which I then joined up. The next step is to determine the length you want your skirt + the waist measurement. I wanted mine to be about 16.5 inches long so I measured 25 inches from the corner of the paper and joined up all the dots.

I then laid my pattern onto my fabric and cut out two pieces. To make this easier you can fold your fabric in half and cut it out as one piece, however my fabric wasn’t big enough to do it this way. I also cut one of my pieces in half so that I would be able to add a zip onto the back. I then hemmed and sewed all of the pieces together, added a zip and then decided to add a 1.5 inch waist band to finish it off.

I am really happy with how this skirt turned out and cannot wait to wear it when the warmer days start. I am already planning to go and buy some more fabric to make another few skirts in the near future 🙂

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Pretty Little Liars and A Bid Farewell

A few weeks ago, on a dreary Friday afternoon, I was scouring through the internet to find a good TV show to watch and came across Pretty Little Liars. I started watching this show back when it first aired in 2010, however I kept forgetting about it and when I went to back to watch it, season 2 had already started and I was completely lost, so I gave up. That was until this particular Friday. As soon as I watched the pilot episode, I was hooked. I find that it is definitely one of those shows where so many different things happen, that you can’t miss a single episode because you will get so lost. Pretty Little Liars is a show about 4 girls; Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily who are being bullied by a person called ‘A’ while they are trying to solve the mystery of Alison’s murder. Each epsiode is full of new surprises and secrets, slowly getting closer to solving Ally’s disappearance.

I have just started season 3 and I love it so much. I love how all the actors bring each character to life and make it seem so real. I think one of the main reasons I love this show so much is because it runs along similar lines as The Vampire Diaries and even contains some of the same actors. I think Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario are such amazing actresses and their chemistry on screen is amazing. There are also alot of on screen romances, and as at season 3 my favourites include Hanna and Caleb, Aria and Ezra & Spencer and Toby. Although a few of the episodes do get a little creepy and it does get quite frustrating not knowing who ‘A’ is, I’m really looking forward to watching the remaining 4 seasons filled with even more lies and secrets.

On another note, I would also like to use this blog post to say goodbye to my beloved family cat, TC. I arrived home on Saturday morning to find out that at a grand old age of 17, she had had a stroke and we had to take her to the vet to be put to sleep. It was a very hard day filled with sadness and tears, but by late afternoon my mum and I had changed tones and decided to remember all the good and funny things TC used to do. We went through so many old photographs of her and laughed at all the memories they brought. A few of my favourites included the day we dressed her up in a puppy jumper that my mum had made for the SPCA, the day she got stuck in a plant pot and the day we decided to have a photo shoot of her and my teddy bear. She was such an incredible cat and will be very missed. I love you TC.

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Homemade Salsa

As the warmer months are approaching, it is time to start thinking of some cool, refreshing snacks that are perfect for the summer time. I try to make the most of the delicious summer fruits and fresh vegetables for my snacks as they are healthy, light and you can make so many incredible things out of them. I have decided to share a few of my favourite go-to summer snacks with you over the next few months. All of the recipes are very simple to make and are made with things that you are more than likely to already have in your house 🙂

The first recipe I have to share with you is homemade salsa. This is a recipe that I threw together last summer, it is full of fresh vegetables and is great served with toasted pita bread. Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • 2 Celery Sticks
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1/4 Cucumber (large, 1/2 if it is a smaller one)
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • Sprinkle of Paprika
  • Sprinkle of Chilli Powder (or fresh chillis if you have them)

Optional:

  • 1/2 Capsicum

What To Do:

  1. Chop all vegetables very finely and place into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Sprinkle over your desired amount of paprika and chilli powder.
  3. Gradually add in the lemon and lime juice, tasting as you go. (I tend to put in quite alot as I like it extremely mild).
  4. Mix together until well combined and serve fresh with toasted pita bread or corn chips.

The salsa can be kept refrigerated for up to 5 days in an airtight container. I really hope you enjoyed this recipe and would love to know what your go-to summer snacks are! 🙂

Top 10 DVDs – Part Two

A few weeks ago, I uploaded a post about five of my top 10 dvds, so this week I thought it was time to share part two.  This list is in no particular order, as I found it quite difficult to pick a number one favourite. I had alot of fun putting together this list and really hope you have as much fun reading it 🙂 Let’s get started!

 Grown Ups + Grown Ups 2

In my collection, I own both movies from this series but the first one is definitely my favourite. This movie follows the story of a group of 5 boys who were once a basketball team, and are now grown up with their own families. They are reunited when their childhood coach passes away. Lenny is rich, Eric is unemployed, Kurt is a house husband, Rob is a hippie and Marcus is a party boy. Although they have all grown apart, and their extended families don’t really get along, I love this movie because you see how different groups of people can come together and enjoy a weekend by the lake. The joint comedy of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider make this movie a great hour and a half of laughs.

The second movie is also quite enjoyable and full of laughs but I found that it was trying a bit too hard to match the heights of the first film. During this second movie you follow the story of Lenny, Eric, Kurt, Rob and Marcus set a few years after the original. All five families now live in the same part of town and see each other nearly everyday getting up to hilarious antics such as wrecking havoc in a store and attending a dance recital. While trying to rekindle their youth, the men cross paths with a fraternity who are out to ruin their lives. While having a dress up party, the fraternity makes an appearance which ends in a fight between 200+ people.

I really enjoy these movies when i’m in the mood for a good laugh and find that the jokes never get old.

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Easy A

This film is definitely one of my top three, as it is such a feel good movie and I love movies that contain alot of romance and comedy. Easy A follows the story of Olive, a student in highschool who makes up a guy to try to get out of going camping with her best friend. This then lands her in a whole lot of trouble as rumours of Olive losing her virginity begin to spread like wildfire. This in turn, leads to multiple guys asking Olive to pretend to sleep with them to raise their social standing and causes further rumours that she is distributing sex for money. Olive is stuck in a web of lies and has to try as hard as she can to fix the havoc she has created.

I love this movie as although it is full of lies and rumours, it teaches you that so many bad things can happen from one tiny little lie and that it is just better to tell the truth, no matter what people may think of you. This film is full of witty humour and it never fails to make me smile.

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The Lucky One

The Lucky One is an amazing film that follows the story of Logan Thibault, a U.S. Marine who is saved from multiple deaths after finding a photograph of a woman in the midst of a battle field. He believes the woman in the photograph is a guardian angel watching over him. When he returns home, he makes it his mission to find the woman and thank her for saving his life. Becoming lost for words when he comes face to face with Beth, he takes up a job at the kennel she runs to get close to her. After a few months Logan and Beth begin dating, much to the disgust of her ex husband who decides to ransack Logans house, where he finds the photograph and goes straight to Beth. It’s tough sailing for Logan and Beth after this incident but as this is a Nicholas Sparks film, of course everything works out in the end.

I love this movie as it is filled with action and romance. It shows that despite controlling ex husbands, death and misunderstanding, true love really does conquer all. Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling bring amazing chemistry to the screen in this film and you can’t help but love them together. I haven’t watched this movie in a really long time and after writing this, I definitely need to watch it again as I remembered how much I loved it.

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The Fault In Our Stars

I absolutely loved The Fault In Our Stars after reading the book and when I heard that a movie was in the works, I knew right away that I needed to watch it and that I would love it. I didn’t actually get the chance to watch the film in the theatre, and ended up watching it online a few months later. It was an incredibly moving movie and I really loved the chemistry between Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. This movie follows the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old with thyroid cancer that has travelled to her lungs, causing them to fill with water and make it difficult for her to breathe. While attending support group one day, she meets Augustus Waters, an 18 year old who lost his leg to cancer a few years ago. The film follows their short love story, full of horrible authors, an amazing trip to Amsterdam and sunny picnics in the park. Although there are quite a few sad scenes in this movie, I absolutely love it, as true love doesn’t always run smoothly and the romance between Hazel and Gus is incrdible to watch.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and The Beast is definitely one of my favourite Disney movies. I’ve always loved Belle, as she’s so kind and has a strong love of books. This film follows the story of Belle, who is an outcast as she loves to read and her father, Maurice, is an inventor who people think is insane. While on the way to a science fair, Maurice becomes lost and ends up inside the castle of the the Beast. The only way for Maurice to be free is for Belle to takeHaha that’s true his place as prisoner. Eventually a romance begins to spark between Belle and the Beast, she teaches him how to read and he learns how to use a spoon for his soup so that they are able to eat together. Suddenly everything is threatened when Gaston has Maurice taken away to the mental asylum because Belle refuses to love him. Belle returns to save her father and the village goes on to attack the Beast, who gets very hurt. Belle’s love heals him and transforms him back into his original human form.

I absolutely love this movie because it is full of such happy characters and although quite a few bad things happen, everything works out in the end and the film has such an amazing soundtrack.

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Have you seen any of these movies? Are any of them your favourites? 🙂