Saturday, March 01, 2014

9 Month Check-in

Well I have been at this for 9 months. During that time, I have eaten meat on three occasions and on all three occasions, I have gotten sick. I don't think it's a coincidence. The meat is what was making me so sick all those years.  Additionally, I have have been fully awake every morning by 7am for months now with no grogginess or sluggishness during the day.  Recently, I have been allowing myself to have cheese and ice cream a few times a week.  I have been soooo tired and unable to wake up in the mornings like I was before I started eating a completely plant based diet.  I am now thoroughly convinced that eating a plant based diet is the way I will need to live for the rest of my life.  I haven't had even a cold the whole time I have been doing this (except right now because of the dairy I have been eating the past couple weeks).  I am still down 35 pounds. I haven't lost any more than my last check in but have maintained and that's new for me.

I have found many great recipes on Pinterest and have grown to love these recipes as much as I loved my old ones.  I've also found a lot of great recipe books, including those by Lindsay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore. Yesterday, through Facebook, I found out that she has weekly meal plans that include a menu, shopping list and recipes. They come by email every Wednesday and you can get them for an individual or a family.  You buy only what you need for the week and cook everything on Sunday so you just have to reheat during the week.  Each day is for 1200 calories and you can tailor them if you need more or less. I decided to try it out to see if it will help kick-start my weight-loss again.

If you're interested, you can find them here.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Meatless Dairy-free Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving!

What does someone eat for Thanksgiving if they don't eat meat, dairy or processed food?  Read on and I'll tell you about my menu for tomorrow.

This will be my first plant-based Thanksgiving since giving up meat about 7-8 months ago for health reasons.  I couldn't imagine eating Tofurkey as a replacement. I love their Italian sausages on occasion with my whole wheat pasta, but fake Turkey seems wrong on such a special day.

So I searched Pinterest for something special and found a recipe for Portabello Wellington. There are several variations across the web, but this one seemed the simplest to prepare and sounds very tasty. I'm really looking forward to eating it.

Another thing I couldn't imagine missing out on is Green Bean Casserole, but Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup is one of the unhealthiest food items in the grocery store and it contains dairy. So what could I do?  Pinterest to the rescue again. I found this recipe which calls for fresh green beans (can't get healthier than that!),  veggie broth, (whole-wheat) flour and (non-GMO) Soy Coffee Creamer (I'm using Silk Brand) along with fresh mushrooms.  If you are afraid of soy, I am sure you can substitute in another milk replacement, but I've done my research and am secure in my descision to continue using GMO free soy products. No one eats more soy products than China and Japan and those two countries have the lowest instances of breast cancer in the world.  'nuff said.  As I mentioned already, I try not to eat processed foods, but mostly stick to foods with very little processing and no more than 4 ingredients.  I can't imagine eating this dish without the crispy onions and considered making them myself with fresh onions, but I found another brand in the grocery store made by Fresh Gourmet. Although they have some additives, they have far less than French's brand so I decided to splurge.  Next year, I'll try to make my own.

I can't have Thanksgiving dinner without cranberry sauce, and my mother-in-law's recipe is a favorite. She used canned whole cranberries and white sugar in hers, so I made them but I used fresh cranberries, and raw cane sugar. To ensure I used the right amount of cranberries and sugar, I referred to this recipe and omitted the lemon juice and ground cloves to stay closer to her recipe. If you've never tried this recipe, you should soon. It is delicious! (Yes, we add the pineapple)

Before the squash and potatoes are mashed for the rest of the family, I'll remove a portion to prepare separately without butter and milk so no extra effort is needed there.

For dessert, I made a pumpkin bread pudding. It smells so yummy. I can't wait to eat it......hours after the meal is done so I can enjoy it without making myself sick!

So, there you have it. A meatless, dairy-free Thanksgiving meal that won't make me sick and will not leave me feeling deprived.  The rest of the family is eating turkey so I'll have to find something to keep myself entertained while they all sleep, sprawled out across the living room, in a coma from the tryptophan!






Friday, September 27, 2013

Four month check-in

Today marks 4 months since I eliminated meat, dairy and processed food from
my diet (eating only plant based whole foods). Out of the 4 months, I have juiced two times for a total of 17 days. So far I've lost 35 pounds, I have reduced my medication and hope to be off of it completely soon.

I feel so much better and I am in much less pain despite the fact I have
reduced my pain management meds.



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Coconut & Mango Pulihara



You're looking at tonight's Plant Based Whole Food Dinner featuring a lot of healthful spices. I found this on Pinterest this morning and couldn't wait to make it. 

If you decided to try, be sure to get a completely green Mango. It is meant to have a sour taste and the dal is nice and crunchy. I also enjoyed an Aloo Parantha on the side as a treat. I bought it pre made at my Indian Grocer.

I am loving this animal product free lifestyle. I only spent $68 on groceries this week because most of the ingredients had been bought in bulk during previous weeks and I'm feeling great. 

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Sweet & Spicy Tempeh Wrap

We tried a new dish tonight that I found on Pinterest. It was pretty yummy and we'll definitely try it again. You can find the recipe here.


Saturday, June 01, 2013

Not too shabby.

Well, I made it 7 days on juice alone. I lost 10 pounds, feel lighter and am definitely cleaned out. I switched back to a plant based whole food diet last night and treated myself to some miso soup and veggie sushi.

Today I spent the day with my youngest shopping for ingredients for this week's menu. If you are curious what we are eating week to week and for the recipes, find me here on Pinterest. I set up a board called This Week's Menu.

I'm pretty happy about the past two weeks. I am down a total of 20 pounds, I can feel the difference in my digestive system already and I am already a little bit less tired. When I woke up this morning, I instantly felt clear headed and rested. That hasn't happened in decades.

Bean Dip



My kids' step-mom makes a dip they love and to my surprise, it is made from all plant based whole foods so I decided to try it out. I cut down the oil and will try to cut it out altogether over time. We ate it with Tostitos Baked Scoops. 

Bean Dip

12 oz bag frozen corn, thawed
1 can organic garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained and rinsed
1 can organic black beans, drained and rinsed

Mix together with:
1/4 c olive oil 
1/4 c balsamic vinegar 
1/4 c brown sugar (we used raw cane sugar)

Try it. You'll love it. I promise. 


Monday, May 27, 2013

Day 3 of my Juice Reboot

Well, I've survived 3 days of consuming only vegetable/fruit juice I made with my new Breville juicer. 

Lessons learned:

  • I hate juiced cucumber. yuck! I am going to try to substitute zucchini in the next recipe that  calls for it  and if I still don't like it, I will just eliminate those recipes from my diet.
  • Beet Juice is yummy. Peeling  works out better with a peeler than a knife and it comes out the same way it went in so don't be alarmed if the toilet turns red-purple.
  • Blueberries and grapes do not yield much  juice on their own.
  • Everything tastes better with Orange in it.
  • All leafy greens need to be scrunched up into a ball (if they are not purchased whole such as bagged spinach and kale)  before going into the juicer or they  simply end up in the waste pile.
I'm down about 3-4 pounds in the first 3 days. I weighed myself yesterday and saw a 3 pound loss and will weight myself again tomorrow to confirm if it's more.   when I woke up this morning, I noticed that my nightgown was not tight against my stomach which it has been.

Tomorrow I am back to work, so I will probably make my juice tonight for tomorrow's breakfast, lunch and snack (and dinner since each juice is two servings).  If it works out well, I will continue to do it that way.

Now, I am off to find some new juice recipes to replace the ones I am not crazy about in Joe's 15 day reboot (i.e. anything with cucumber in it!).


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Today is the day I start taking charge of my health. I'm 42 years old and I feel like a very sick 60 year old. I am overweight, always tired, and on medication for high blood pressure, acid reflux and chronic pain.


A friend directed me to a documentary called Forks over Knives (free on Netflix streaming) and I was floored.  Watch it.  They show how eating a Whole Food, Plant Based diet can prevent or even reverse heart disease and some cancer. The documentary is based on research and a book called The China Study. They found that in China where people ate more animal products and processed food, instances of heart disease and cancer were higher and in the regions where they use only a small piece of meat as a flavoring agent, they were lower.  For the past week, I have cut out meat, dairy and processed foods and have lost a whopping 11 pounds and I already feel less tired in the mornings when waking.

Then another friend told me to watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (thanks Annette!). It's about a guy named Joe Cross who is overweight and suffers from an auto-immune disease. He juices for 60 days and you watch him gradually become healthier and leaner and come off his meds.  It has inspired me so here I am today, starting Day 1 of my juice reboot (plans and recipes are available at the link I posted below).

If you're interested in learning more about Joe, juicing and the documentary visit his website. It's also free to watch on Netflix along with Hulu and for a limited time it's available on YouTube.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Have you used Ebates yet?

Someone told me about Ebates and I signed up just before starting my Christmas shopping (which I did a ton of over the weekend) and so far I have $15 pending from just 3 stores. They'll send it to me as cash back just for going to the shopping websites using a link on the Ebates website. I also got coupon codes to use in checkout that saved me even more money.  
The cash back percentage is different for each store,  but it adds up quickly.  I did nothing and I got $15 in return just for going to a website and using their link to the store. Love it!

If you sign up, please do so through my link here so I get more cash back for referring you. Thanks!

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=K0Cwo8qidzBT7n7InDULKQ%3D%3D

Thursday, November 08, 2012

India!

I'm heading to India today.  I'll spend the first week in the state of Haryana, home of Delhi where I will meet new friends and get to know existing ones much better. 



On Sunday I'll travel to Agra where I will get to check off another item on my bucket list, "See the Taj Mahal."  Then Tuesday is Diwali and I am excited to be in India for the celebration!


The second week, I will be traveling with my friends to Rajasthan to visit Jodhpur, Jaipur and Pushkar.  Jodhpur is where we got the name for the classic riding pants.  Jaipur has a step well like the one seen in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" that I am dying to see and we're going to a camel fair in Pushkar.

I am so excited to experience this country and it's culture. I love the food, the music and the people.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rugged Maniacs



                        


Today was an adventurous day! Molly, my friend from work Nicole and I did the Rugged Maniac. It's a 5k MUDDY obstacle course. Tons of fun, but very challenging. My body is screaming in pain. LOL But, I did it!




Friday, July 20, 2012

Refashion Alert!

I spent some time in my sewing room today (sweating my butt off).

I made this shirt from a men's shirt and a necktie I picked up at Goodwill, Savers, or Salvation Army (can't remember which).

Loving it! Now I want to make more.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Chair

I have been searching Craigslist and eBay for a chair to go in our Living Room that I could reupholster. They were so expensive or the shipping was cost prohibitive.

Then, one day last week, when I was driving to the grocery store, I found this on the side of the road.


Now the search for the perfect fabric is ON!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

You made this from that?

Don't ask me why but when I saw these 1970-esque, red white and blue, granny polyester pants, I had to have them.  I bought them on my inaugural trip to the thrift store back in December.  I knew I wanted to turn them into a shirt but wasn't sure how I was going to do it (or why for that matter LOL).


The first thing I did was open up the waist band and take out the elastic, which I set aside to use in a future project since part of the reason I am doing this is to reduce waste.  Of course, we all know that the main reason I am doing it is to ensure NO ONE will have the same outfits as me.  People can try to come close, but they will never be exact.

Next, I cut the legs off just below the crotch and opened up the seam so I had a tube.  I decided to put it on the dress form and see where it would lead me.  I put it on upside down and it just started to materialize in my head.

This is what I came up with.....



Here is a shot that shows the armhole.  I took the cuffs from the bottom of the legs and sewed the raw edges of the top inside the cuff and extended them over the shoulder area to make a boat neck.  I also took part of the legs and added a band to the bottom to extend the length. I finished the look with a flower  made out of the leftover fabric by sewing a running stitch,  gathering it like you would for a ruffle but then rolled it into a circle and sewed it together.


Viola!!   Here's a close up of the top and the flower.  I can't wait to wear it!!


Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Perfect Shirt??

What do you do when you know exactly what you want but can't find it?  Make it!

I decided I want to wear the skirt I made at the end of December for a work thing this week, but, I didn't own a shirt to match.  I've really been loving the color mustard lately and the skirt had it in the design.  So, I decided to try to find something at the mall today.  All I could find was this shirt.

They only had it in a 3X but it was on clearance for $4.  In other words, it was singing the "Refashion Me" song.






I took the size down quite a bit.  The I took the scraps from my alterations and added some pleated ruffles to the top.

Viola!





Here's a close up of the top.  I love it and can't wait to wear it with my skirt and mustard colored tights.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Detox continued

Here I am on Day THREE.  Yesterday was a struggle but I made it through. Today is a repeat of Days 1 and 2 but, I am on the eve of Day 4 where my snacks change from the Ginger Carrot Soup (which I'm still digging) to fruit.  Three snacks per day consisting of either 1 cup or 1 piece of fruit.  I bought Pineapple, Gala Apples, Oranges and a Grapefruit.  So, I'm looking forward to part two of this detox.  The fruit will make it a lot easier to go back to work on Wednesday and Thursday. I'll only need to prepare my lunch smoothie when I make my breakfast smoothie and take a couple pieces of fruit. That's doable.

I am still only going to the bathroom twice a day, just after the morning and evening Cleansing Rituals.  They're normal and I have no gas or stomach pain.  I have noticed an increase in the frequency of my peeing (the infamous number 1) though. You'd think it would be due to an increase in drinking, but I am drinking just about the same amount of water and tea as I was pre-detox. Maybe it's from the smoothies or maybe it's just due to the detox process.  This is probably why Robert stresses the importance of drinking a lot of water.

I took another Detox bath last night. It was heavenly.  There is something to be said about soaking in hot water on a cold winter night.  I'm also happy to report that there was no reaction at all with the ingredients, so the night before must have just been my reaction to the intense smell of the ginger.  It was very enjoyable last night....almost as comforting as a glass of ginger ale when I have an upset tummy.

As a result of my efforts, I have lost FOUR pounds so far in 2 days.  I hope this means I will meet my 10 pound goal by the end.  Fingers crossed.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Here it goes...

And now the cravings start....LOL

I've been living Diet Free for months and find it very easy and never have a problem with wanting to eat more than I should.  But after a day and a half of nothing but smoothies, I am craving anything and everything.  I just want to chew.  I'm doing my best to stay busy so I can't think about it. I'm not hungry at all. I think I just want to eat something savory. The smoothies are like fruit flavored ice cram so craving sweet things is not my problem.

Anyway, onto the experience....

The smoothie recipes that Robert has provided in the booklet are all very yummy.  I also really like the Ginger Carrot Soup from Trader Joe's.  Added bonus, I found something else I really like and will probably continue eating this after the detox/cleanse is done.

The actual "Cleansing Ritual" isn't as bad as I first thought it was.  The very first one I did I used only the 100% Cranberry Juice and was awful. As soon as you swallow, it tastes bad.  I love sour stuff, but this isn't sour. I can't put my finger on it, but it's not sour.  So, I am mixing it 50/50 with 100% Apple Juice (all from Trader Joe's) and it's now tolerable. I just hope I have enough Apple to continue mixing it for all 6 days. I bought mostly the Cranberry because I have loved absolutely every Cranberry item I have ever tasted.

So now down to the Dirty Details.....after the cleansing ritual....

I thought that I would need to stay close to home because I would be in the bathroom all day, but I am finding that I am only "using the bathroom" twice a day, about an hour and a half after I do the ritual.  Maybe the rest of the week will be different but this is what I am finding to be true for the first two days.

Last night I also did a detox bath. It was so relaxing. I figured it would help me detox as much as possible if I took them along with the Detox Drop.  I checked with Robert who said it would be safe to do.  Everything in the bath is all natural and they have so many extra benefits.

Detox Bath

2 C Epsom salt
2 C Sea Salt
2 C Aluminum Free Baking Soda
5 TB Ground Ginger
1 C Vinegar

Combine all dry ingredients and store in an airtight container.  At bath time, add 1 cup of dry ingredients and 1 cup vinegar to hot running water.  Soak for 20-40 minutes. 

I bought my ingredients at http://www.bulkfoods.com/ and have linked each ingredient above in the recipe.  I bought my epsom salt and vinegar in my grocery store. It can be found anywhere and is very inexpensive.

Benefits:

  • Epsom Salt draws toxins out your body and it's also great for relieving aches and pains.  I have been using Epsom Salt in my baths for a few years after my masseuse recommended it to loosen my muscles after working out. It draws out built up lactic acid.
  • Sea Salt soothes and heals blemishes and open wounds. 
  • Baking Soda balances out an over acidic system, leaving you refreshed and energized. It also softens the skin.
  • Ground Ginger increases circulations,  and aids in the elimination of toxins.
  • Vinegar soothes and softens dry, itchy skin while balancing the body's pH.
There was a slight reaction of the ingredients when I poured them into the tub, so be sure to leave the door open or turn on a fan.  It wasn't noxious but it sure helped clear up my lungs. LOL

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Taking Control of my Health

If you're following my blog for the refashioning ideas or knitting, I apologize ahead of time. Please indulge me for a few days. I am going to blog my way through a Detox/Cleanse with brutal honesty since I can't seem to find anywhere online where others have and I think you need to be informed if you are going to do one.

Today I am beginning Robert Ferguson's Diet Free Life, Detox Drop (click on the pic to go to his online store if you're interested).


Robert suggests that you do a Detox as often as once per Season or Quarter.  I am excited to feel the results of this since this is my first one ever.  I expect to lose between 5-10 pounds and rid my body of toxins that have built up over 40 years of living in a polluted world.  There is an excellent article located here that I suggest you take the time to read if you have not considered the health benefits of a Detox before now.

If you don't know me personally, you may not know that I have been struggling with digestive problems for years.  I was diagnosed with IBS back in the mid 90's and had a bad bout with my Gall Bladder during Christmas 2009 that landed me in the hospital for 9 days over the holidays.  It got really bad because I ignored it for months on end because I simply thought the symptoms were due to the fact I was not living a healthy lifestyle.  Then I had a mystery illness that lasted 6 weeks during March and April 2011.  I had stomach bug symptoms once a week for 6 weeks.   Each time I got sick, it felt as if the food I had just eaten was just sitting at the top of my stomach and that my system was backing up.  Eventually I started taking a pro-biotic which helped the process of digesting work correctly and I haven't been sick since.  But, I still feel as if my body is not working the way it should and I always feel yucky. 

So, here I am about to start a Detox/Cleanse that will reboot my system and help cleanse my liver which I know isn't healthy (I was also diagnosed with fatty liver when I went through my gallbladder ordeal in 2009).  The bottom line is I feel like I imagine the participants of "The Biggest Loser" feel after they have been seen by the show doctor who tells them how sick they are.  I need to take control of my health and the time is NOW.

Along with the Detox Drop products, Robert includes a booklet with instructions, a shopping list and recipes for protein smoothies/meals you can enjoy during the 3 or 6 day Detox. Just about everything you need can be found at Trader Joe's.  If you do not have one nearby, the items can probably be found in your local supermarket or online.  The list consists mostly of 100% organic juices with no additives, protein powder, frozen/fresh fruit and either Ginger Carrot soup from Trader Joe's or ingredients to make the one Robert shares a recipe for in the booklet (If you follow the one with the meal program, you'll need additional foods).

I am doing the 6 day Detox to get the full benefits of the program and will give a recap here of the previous day along with how I felt and what I experienced.

Monday, January 02, 2012

China Shirt Refashion

I bought this shirt/tunic/mumuu/whatever-the-heck-it-is in Beijing when I went to China in April. The colors grabbed me, but once I got home and tried to wear it, I looked ridiculous.  I tried tucking it in and that worked ok, except there as sooo much excess fabric that it made it a pain in the butt when I needed to use the bathroom and needed to tuck it back in several times a day.  Plus, it looked like a huge shirt would look when it was tucked in.....unflattering.

So, it hid in my closet for months until I finally tossed it into my Refashion pile and tackled it today.


A web search turned up this pretty Butterfly Shirt from etsy (link to shop under pic).  It is also a refashion, and fit the vision I had for this shirt from the moment I bought it.

Butterfly Shirt

First I took in the sides a little bit and trimmed off a few inches from the bottom.  Then I cut off the sleeve area turning it into more of a tank top.  I hemmed all of the new edges and the sleeves.  Then I sewed a couple of gathering stitches.  I ruffled the sleeves as I pinned them onto the shoulder area.  Finally, I shirred the bottom using elastic thread.

Let me know what you think!




Skirt Refashion

Once again, I forgot to take a before picture.  Ugh! 

Imagine a very ugly black skirt that fell somewhere between the ankle and the knee with back pockets.  It wasn't very flattering so I never wore it. But for some reason, I held onto it.

My refashions up until now have been on clothes I found at Thrift stores or eBay.  So, it was time to refashion something out of my own closet.

I love it now!  I cut it just above the knee and added the ruffle so it will fall just at or below my knees. It looks exactly how I planned it.






I took the excess fabric I removed and cut it in two.  I then sewed it together so it was twice the old circumference. I hemmed both sides before sewing a gathering stitch and pulling it into a ruffle. Once it was back to the original size it was easily reattached to the bottom of the skirt.  Such an easy update.


Sunday, January 01, 2012

Satiny Blouse Refashion

I had a different plan for this shirt when I bought it on eBay.  I found another idea on Pinterest after I got it in the mail.

I keep forgetting to take a before pic on my refashions.  As you can see, I remembered it on this one just after I began cutting. 


 I followed the tutorial on the Viola & Pearl blog.  Excellent instructions.  My shirt came out fabulous. 

I flipped the shirt around so it would button up the back and removed the sleeves.  I made the ruffles from the sleeves.  Rather than serging my edges, I hemmed them.

The pictures are a bit deceiving. It's not as shiny as it looks.  It's a satiny material so the flash was reflected back at me.













Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dress to Skirt and shirt - Refashion

I saw this cute dress in Savers and immediately saw it's potential.  The bottom of it was screaming SKIRT to me and it was wide enough to make one to fit me where the dress would have been way too small.



I laid the dress out and cut the bottom off leaving just enough to sew a gathering stitch where I could adjust the width to fit  my waist and attach it to some wide elastic.

This was so simple to do, I don't think I am even need to explain it.  Now I can't wait until spring so I can wear it!



So as to not waste anything, I hemmed the bottom of the top portion and turned it into a cute summer top for my daughter.  It fits her perfectly.  (bad photo, the color is all wrong)



Denim Tie-Neck - Refashion

While searching the web for a black and white polka dot tie-neck blouse, I came across this picture of a denim version and fell in love.  But, it cost $67 and I refuse to pay that much for a shirt.




So...what do I do?  I make my own!  I knew I had a couple of very old man-shaped denim shirts in my closet left-over from sadder fashion days.


I didn't take any photos of the shirt before, but I'm sure you get the idea.  They were loose and boxy and not very fashionable.  They were also a very light chambray color and I wanted my shirt to be darker like my inspiration photo. 

I bought some RIT dye in Denim and dyed them before I started cutting.  I'm not in love with the color that came out but it's livable.

First, with my hand dandy seam ripper, I removed the collar from the shirt I would use as the base.  The only other alterations I made to that shirt was to give it a more feminine shape.

From the second shirt, I cut what would become my bow. I took off the front pockets and sewed all around them and the ties with Coats Dual Duty Denim Thread which is the gold color we're all familiar with from our favorite Levi's.

I then attached them to the shirt and was done.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Can you say OMG??? Boot Refashion

I am loving this!  Who knew refashioning could be so fun?  I am building the cheapest, unique, and most awesomest wardrobe in the world!

While we were shopping at Saver's the other day, I was looking for pumps that I could glitterfy (see earlier post).  My search was very narrow, so I thank GOD my oldest daughter was with me and pointed out these boots. Once I came out of my high-heel-fog, my mind started spinning with possibilities.  They had so much potential.


When I got home, I dug through my fabric stash for something with enough yardage to cover the boots and enough personality to deliver on my vision.

I settled on this pink, orange and white polka dotted fabric without even realizing it would match my cardigan refashion I started the same night.

I started out by adding pieces of newsprint to the boots in order to make a pattern to cut out the fabric.  I sectioned it out so that I would have separate pieces of fabric for each side and another for the top/front of the boot.  I taped pieces of paper together to get the best coverage and used a razor knife to trim it to the right size and shape.

After the boot was covered with the paper, I carefully removed it and transformed it into a flat shape which I pinned to my fabric.  Both sides of each boot were the same, so I only used one template and cut both pieces from the fabric at the same time with wrong sides together (giving me mirror images).  See below for what it looked like before I cut.


I then used Modge Podge to adhere the fabric to the boots and used my handy dandy razor knife to trim it to fit perfectly.    If you try this, work fast so that the modge podge remains wet while you pull and slide the fabric into place.  My fabric also stretched a bit as it absorbed the modge podge and made it easier to form fit.  I cut slits on the front piece so that I could layer it and mold it into a rounded shape over the toe.

After the fabric was on, I painted more modge podge over the entire surface to "seal" it and painted the back strip and areas near the laces with Martha Stewart orange glitter paint which allowed the black to show through and gave it a refreshed and professional look.  I then allowed the boots to dry completely overnight (at least 24 hours) and then sprayed them with Plaid Royal Coat Spray Finish which made them shiny and gave them further protection from the elements.

drumroll please..........





Can you say $9.99 Doc Marten/John Fluevog knock offs?  I knew you could.

See below for some more boot porn.










Faaaaaaaabulous! Shoe Refashion

Here are a pair of booooooring tan pumps I bought at Savers for $6.99.

They went from this....

 
To this....








All it took was some Modge Podge and some glitter.  You'll definitely want to seal them to keep the glitter from falling off with every step.  I used Plaid Royal Coat High Gloss Finish Spray which I found at Michel's in the glue section.  Be sure to buy a high gloss sealer so the glitter isn't dulled.

Aren't they FABULOUS??