DIY Crop Top

Summer is in full swing here in CA and seeing as how the 90's trend is not dying down anytime soon, I thought I'd do a quick, super-easy crop top DIY. This is the easiest no-sew refashion ever. Literally all you need is a pair of scissors. Oh, and a top.

1. Put on your shirt and mark how short you want to cut it. I used a pin but you could use chalk or a pen.
2. Lay out your top so the side seams, arm holes, and bottom hem are lined up (as pictured).
3. Cut in a straight line from the back and stop about 3 inches from the front. If you're planning on hemming the shirt then leave room for seam allowance.
4. Cut in a diagonal from where you stopped to the bottom of the front of the shirt. This description is confusing so just cut along the dotted lines in the picture.
5. Open the shirt and lay it out so the front is facing you. Cut straight up the middle of the front piece to the bottom of the shirt. If there's not enough space between the two pieces to make a nice knot, then widen it by making a little canoe shape (like I did).
6. Done! If your fabric frays then hem the bottom or sew a zig-zag stitch.



Glitter Mint Book Club

Hey guys! I've really been trying to read more lately and I thought that I would motivate myself by blogging about it! So you can follow along with me, Monica, and our book club friends either here on this blog in monthly posts, over on Goodreads (which I have not fully figured out yet), or just on your own.

The first book we're reading is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which the internet won't shut up about. I've never tried audiobooks before, but this one is narrated by the one and only Wil Wheaton if you want the full 80's nostalgia experience.

Here is the tentative list of books (which is impossible to put in order because Goodreads won't let you make lists?). We'll be reading one book a month so I'll be back to post about Ready Player One at the end of August/beginning of September!


p.s. As someone born in '89 (and whose parents sold their old consoles), that photo is as 80's retro gaming as I can get. Pokémon Red and Blue forever!


Painted Lemon and Cat Doormats

Happy Summer everyone! We found some time to get a couple DIYs posted during our summer break. It's been so long, I'll have to admit that I am a bit rusty at publishing tutorials! Hopefully you all can hang in there with us while we get our groove back! Let's get on with the post! One day I was scrolling through Pinterest for some housewarming gift ideas and I came upon this post from The House That Lars Built. I followed her instructions for the lemon tutorial and adapted it to create the cat doormat. Lisa and I spent a few hours one afternoon whipping these bad boys out and I couldn't be more happy with the results! Watch the video we made for this tutorial or read the full tutorial below. If you have any questions feel free to leave us a comment on the video or post!

  • half-circle doormat - this one
  • glossy spray paint - for lemon: yellow and white // for cat: black (suggested brand here)
  • large paper for creating template (thick enough so paint won't seep through, i used some drawing paper)
  • dressmakers pins
  • box cutter and scissors
Directions for the Lemon mat: 1. Trace out the semi-circle to create the template. Use the photos as a reference for creating your lemon template. 2. Before placing down the template I sprayed the entire mat white. This will require several coats and drying. We might have used an entire can of white to fully cover the mat. 3. Once the white has dried mostly, We placed the template down and secured them with dressmaker pins. Make sure most of the sides are secure, the paper will want to pop up so be aware of it when spraying. 4. Spray over with yellow paint. Leave out to dry for at least 24 hours and done!

Directions for Cat mat: 1. Create your template by tracing the semi-circle and sketching out where the ears will go. 2. Cut out the block for the ears with a box cutter and scissors (the mat was very easy to cut from the backside). 3. Place the face details down and pin them into place. 4. Spray the entire mat with black. Leave out to dry for at least 24 hours and it's all done!