Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Paper Flowers Part 5

These are quite possibly the best paper flowers I've ever seen.

I can't even compete with this talent! This is like Martha Stewart on steroids kinda of talent!!

Sneak peak of this amazing turn out!

Picture borrowed from here

Monday, August 30, 2010

Polo Re-do 2

Hey guys!!

I survived my Pharmacology exam with an A!! Whoop!  Anyways, I treated myself to an evening of crafting after the exam and this is what I came up with!

First start with a polo and cut it up

I cut the cuffed sleeves off, to make a ruffled sleeve instead (really easy to do, no worries!)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Study time!

Sorry guys I wont be posting for the next week or so, I have a few major exams coming up that I need to focus on! Pharmacology and Intro to Clinical Science (aka pathophysiology on steroids) finally picked up and the study load is increasing exponentially!! As soon as I get a free minute to craft I'll post pictures.

I have a few polo-shirt reconstructions in the works, and a custom percussion Mallet bag brewing in my brain for a client, and a custom T-shirt quilt for another client starting in the next few weeks!! Not to mention I'm knitting up a storm to get those squares off to Africa soon!!

Stop by my Etsy store if you get a chance! 80% of profits go towards knitting and shipping 8" squares, and donating funds directly  to Knit-a-Square foundation in South Africa to be made into blankets and distributed to Orphans affected by AIDS!!

For now I leave you with my new white board.....covered in pharmacology!

Of course Phoebe trying her best to keep me from leaving in the morning to go to class and study all day....

Medical Mystery Mondays- Stitches

I'm in my second year of PA school and we are learning some of the fun procedures we will be doing for...well the rest of our lives.

One of these, my favorite so far, is suturing. So I thought I would share with you an unfortunate banana that had a run in with a steak knife.

**please take note in the real world I would be using "smaller thread" this was simply for practice and it is what I had on hand at the time!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Paper Flowers Part 4

These aren't flowers, per say, but they are definitely flower like. Plus with holidays just around the corner, perhaps a neat way to display some eco-friendly decorations!
Picture borrowed from here

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Custom Purse

I was going to wait to post this in the morning but I just couldn't wait!! I'm so excited about how this purse came out!!

I've been pretty busy here lately between classes picking up and a few custom orders for friends.
I just finished this purse for my friend, she plans on giving it to her mom for Christmas! She was telling me what her mom liked, fuschia and teal, oriental/Asian style, large purses, with good sturdy straps.

Just so happened that I acquired some fuschia pink oriental satin (from my grandma, like 5 years ago) that has some tiny cherry blossom trees/branches on it! Instant inspiration, its like I was meant to make her mom this purse!

Fun Stuff!

My crafting "area" if you will- is quite limited. A little while ago I saw this awesome idea from a fellow blogger (can't remember who...oops!) about taking foam board cutting it into rectangles and using it as tiny bolts, thus easily displaying fabric without forgetting what you have because it is folded up in a drawer, bin, or box some where.

I'm kinda ghetto in the sense that I "made" the second saggy shelf out of a card board box, duct tape, and some white paper. One day I'll find an actual white laminate board to fit there, but for now it works great to hold buttons, ribbon, beads, and hem tape!

Also those fabric boxes on the bottom I made here if you are interested in learning yourself!

I'm also very excited about this vintage sewing notions set I just bought from Etsy at Simply Suzula for $7.00 including shipping!! Couldn't even get all this stuff at Hobby lobby for $7 if I tried. Plus they just don't make hem tape(lace) in these fun colors anymore!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Polo re-do

I have a few polo's (3 to be exact) that I bought from Old Navy, a while ago because they were cute, cheap, and seemed comfortable in the fitting room. So after a run through the wash, I throw one on and head to class....about 15 min after I get in the car my neck starts itching like crazy, and I'm convinced I was assaulted by some 6 legged creature with beady eyes....NOPE! Turns out the "ribbon" they used to cover up the inside seam from the shirt to the collar was the assaulting agent...thus never wore the shirts again.

I've redesigned a few t-shirts now, and I consider myself a semi-good t-shirt reconstructionist (yes it is a word now), here ya go, polo re-do tutorial!


  • Polo shirt
  • Scissors, seam ripper
  • Sewing machine, matching thread
  • A few buttons
  • Knit scraps 
  • Fabric "disappearing ink" marker
  • Ruler

First take your Polo shirt and cut the collar and button on the front out, might as well pull out the "tag" too if you can (mine was also crazy itchy)

As most of you know, cats are drawn to new things on the floor and most definitely get in the way right as you take a picture!

Monday, August 16, 2010


Good Morning everyone!!

I hope you all had a wonderfully blessed weekend! I've been crazy busy the last few days and I'm sorry I haven't been able to post any fun new tutorials! I'm working on a new t-shirt reconstruction so stay tuned!!

Today I wanted to really showcase TOMS. TOMS is a company that was developed by a man, Blake, who was traveling on the Amazing Race and was had stopped in Argentina  for a "mission" on the show. While there he noticed that ALL the children and adults were shoe-less and many of them were starting to show signs of podoconiosis, also known as elephantiasis , which is an disorder caused by small parasitic worms. They gain access to the body by people walking around barefoot and it only takes one or two of these little worms to get into the lymphatic system and reek havoc causing grotesque enlargements of the feet, ankles, calves, genitals,  etc. People with this condition are unable to perform daily tasks and are sometimes shunned from the primitive societies.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Anthropologie Inspired

I love this tank from Anthropologie....but it is $58.00 which is definitely not in my grad student budget, and its "hand wash only" which I just don't do....so I'll just make my own! HA take that Anthropologie!

Picture borrowed from here
So I had planned for the T-shirt to come out similar to this....but I didn't have large enough scraps of fabric so I ended up having a similar version - but with smaller ruffles

Here is the finished product:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

T-Shirt Quilt

I started this T-shirt quilt about a year and a half ago, by cutting up all my old high school T-shirts into 14" blocks.....then I didn't know what to do next and they sat in a storage bin. After some coaxing from some fellow crafty and quilty (yes its a word now) ladies, I hunkered down and got it all done in about 3 days, with many breaks in between.

I didn't know I was going to write a semi-tutorial on this...so bare with me, the pictures aren't all here, but I'll try my best to explain things as I go. This makes a T-shirt quilt that is about the size of a twin bed.

First up, Supplies:

  • 24 T-shirts, too precious to throw away, yet taking up space in the closet
  • 9 yards of 20" light/medium weight fuse-able interfacing with left overs
  • 2 yards of 90" batting, mine is natural cotton (with left overs)
  • 2.5 yards of 60" jersey knit material
  • 1 yard of cotton blend material for the border
  • 6 yards of 1 inch double fold bias tape (with left overs)
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors (this would be a fantastic time to invest in a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat. Believe me your hand will thank you)
  • Matching thread (or at least best you can, I primarily used white or grey thread).
  • Cereal box to make 12.5" square template
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mystery Medical Mondays: Ears

Good Morning everyone!! I hope you have a wonderful Monday!!

This week on Mystery Medical Mondays I'm going to be discussing ears. It is swimming season, which means lots of swimmers ear!!

First lets review some anatomy of the ear canal. There is an External, Middle, and Inner portion of the ear. The external ear canal is the passage way between the outside to the tympanic membrane. The Middle ear is where the ossicles (or ear bones) are housed and it is enclosed by the tympanic membrane and the Eustachian tube. The Inner ear is the part that does the "hearing" and it is formed by the cochlea and the semicircular canals.

Pictured borrowed from here

Sunday, August 8, 2010

ETSY Grand Opening!!

The day has come that my tiny Etsy store has officially opened!! This was my surprise I was hinting at earlier in the week.

Head over and check it out. Buy something before Wednesday August 11th  by Midnight CST and receive a free coordinating gift, just message me through Etsy and tell which of my blog posts is your favorite!

80% of all profits benefit one of my favorite Warm and Fuzzy charities, Knit-a-Square. I currently have a dozen 8" squares knitted and ready to go to Africa, however the shipping costs are very expensive, the profits will go towards shipping costs and purchasing more 100% wool yarn.

Click  on "My Store" at the top of the page to see current listings and my Etsy Link.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Bandanna Skirt

Hope everyone is having a fantastically crafty day.

I have an upcoming "Western Party" to introduce the new class of PA students in about a week. Of course I need to make a new skirt to wear with my old boots. Hobby Lobby has bandannas for 99 cents a piece. So I picked up three red ones, and some elastic for about $4

In the past I have made a "wedge" skirt out of a pillow case and some elastic. It turned out great and I wanted to make one out of bandannas.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cat Naps

Enjoy this posting of my very fuzzy kitty. This is just a few of her favorite, apparently comfortable sleeping positions!

passed out after an afternoon of playing
Cuddled up on Nick's shoulder

snoozing in the fuzzy blanky

Friday, August 6, 2010

Paper Flowers Part 3

Good Evening all!

I spent the majority of the day Volunteering at Operation Lone Star here in South Texas. The Texas Coast Guard was hosting a large Medical, Dental, and Immunizations clinic to the local community free of charge (they travel many different places and stay a week at each place). They typically target medically under-served areas. It was lots of fun to work along side some amazing people! I primarily helped with taking patient histories- until I realized I'm grossly unprepared for taking a SPANISH medical history, I know lots of Spanish words, but that whole forming sentences part is very tricky, and if you're not careful you get some very surprised and/or amused looks!
Anyways, after I realized this, I headed over to the Triage station and took a couple hundred blood pressures, pulses, and respiration rates....my right hand is very sore from that darn blood pressure cuff!!

Okay back to the real reason I'm posting this blog!

Martha Stewart (insert grown, or excited giggle here, depending on your thoughts of her) has an amazing website. If you haven't been there, go......now. Seriously lots of different crafty things of all different mediums. During my paper flower phase, I stumbled along her website, and found this great link.

click here to see it.

Thank you Martha! Photo borrowed from here
It has several different types of tissue paper flowers you can make and the bouquet on the page is just beautiful! This convinced me to make my own wedding bouquet out of paper....until I realized that its a special day and I'm going to pay the extra money to get the real flowers....but none the less, it is very pretty!

I can't compete with her tutorials so I'm not going to even try, plus I attempted a few of these, and maybe I didn't read the instructions right, but they did NOT come out looking like hers! Guess some practice will be required!

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening. Now go proCRAFTinate!! I know I am!


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Full Circle Skirt

Hello!! Hope your Thursday has been great!

I've been super busy with my Pharmacology exam Wednesday morning...and then I'm working on a surprise, I'll keep you posted about it : )

Today, I'm going to share a great tutorial for a full circle skirt. I altered it a bit by adding a 3 inch waste with elastic instead of the tie.

I also added a liner because my sheet was a bit see through. I got the twin sheet on sale at Target for $5.00, the elastic was from an old pair of lounge shorts that had seen better days...and the liner was another white flat sheet I got from Walmart a few years back while making curtains.

All in all total cost was just over $5.00!! Pretty awesome!

Here is the link to the tutorial!

The skirt hasn't been ironed in this picture....so its a little wrinkly!

I actually made this same style of skirt for a great friend, it turned out super cute as well!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the day!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Silhouette Giveaway!

Go over to the Idea Room to check out this awesome giveaway!!

That's all for now, must get back to studying for my Pharmacology exam in the morning!! New posts soon!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mystery Medical Mondays: Eyes

So do you ever wondered what your PA, doctor, or NP sees when they look in your eye with that really bright light?

Every Monday I'm going to post about interesting random facts that your doctor, PA, or NP knows but you most likely don't. As a PA it is my duty to educate the public--so this is apart of my contribution!

There are a few things every practitioner should be looking for when they exam your eye.
- pupil size and reactive to light an accommodation
- red reflex
- fundascopic exam

This is the bright light your practitioner comes at you with is called a ophthalmascope, it looks like this:
picture borrowed from here

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