I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

from old navy to j.crew

from old navy to j.crew

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I have always loved shopping for clothes and now that I have three kids, it's great because I have more people to shop for. And even though I would love to buy all of my kids clothes at J.Crew... because their Crewcuts collection is adorable...  I just can't justify spending $60 on a sweater that will most likely be covered in glue stick and yogurt by the end of the day. So, by adding a few little things, I was able to spruce up a less expensive item.
I bought this coat at Old Navy using coupons... which, is it just me or is everything always on sale there. I never buy anything full price... just wait a week and it will be on sale. It cost $15
I switched out the buttons with some leather ones I picked up at JoAnns for about $8 then added a little flower pin I made out of leftover felt. A revamped coat with a little bit more character for $23.
I had been looking for a cardigan for Jackson and found this one at Old Navy also. It was $24 after coupons. I liked it because of the color and the style.. but I wanted to make it even cuter.

Just like with the coat, I switched out the buttons with some leather ones from JoAnns for about $12. I also added some faux suede patches on the elbows. That was free because I had the faux suede at home. Total for this one was $36, not super cheap, but I wanted a nice sweater for him to wear at my sister's wedding, so I made an exception.

For the elbow patches... (that actually would be a cute addition to just about any sweater or coat), I just ironed on some interfacing to the backside of the suede to give it a little extra strength because mine is very thin. I was planning on sewing it on, but realized that it would be pretty impossible to do unless I cut the sleeve open which I did not want to do. So I just used some heavy duty fabric glue to attach it and made sure to glue right up to the edges of the patch.

So now when I buy things, I still look for the deals, and I also look for the potential to make something a little bit more my style and cuter with just a few enhancements.

thanksgiving crafting

thanksgiving crafting

canning applesauce

canning applesauce

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