The 2-Seam Skater Skirt!

It has been too long since I’ve been able to sew.

TOO LONG, YOU GUYS.

So today, when I woke up and thought, “I don’t have anything to do this Christmas Eve,” then asked myself, “what am I gonna wear to Mass tonight?”, I decided that my sewing machine and I were gonna spend some much-needed time together.

The 2-Seam Skater Skirt

This skirt was so easy to make, and if you use jersey-knit fabric, it literally takes just two seams because don’t have to hem the edge, unless you’d like!! Let’s do some sewing, shall we? 🙂

YOU WILL NEED:

-1.5-2 yards jersey knit

-thread to match

– Tape measure

-scissors

-tailor’s chalk

THE WAISTBAND:

1. Measure the part of your waist where you want the skirt to sit. Mine sits at the smallest part, which measures about 26.5. Then, decide how wide you wanted your waistband to be. I knew I wanted mine to be about 1.5 inches, so I cut the fabric about 4 inches wide to give room for the seam allowance.

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The tape measure is sitting at 4 inches right now, and because of the angle I took the picture at, it doesn’t look very straight. But it is. I promise!!

**SIDE NOTE: Apologies now for my lack of pictures. Once I got into the groove, I forgot to stop and show you guys what was happening!! I’ll explain as best I can!

2. You should have a waistband that is as long as your waist circumference and as wide as you want. For example, mine was 26.5in long and 4in wide. Now, I laid it flat and trimmed off about 3in so that it would add some tension and not fall off when I wore it! Fold this trimmed product in half longways (hot dog-style for those of us who are still 1st graders at heart!) so that you can’t see the wrong side of the fabric.

3. Fold in half hamburger style and sew the short edge together using a zigzag stitch!

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You’re done with the waist band for the moment. Get those scissors ready- time for the fun stuff!

THE SKIRT:

1. Take the huge piece of fabric you have and fold it in half one way, then the other so that it’s in fours. If that wasn’t confusing enough, here’s a picture:

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2. Now we’re going to measure out and cut the skirt! You’ll want to cut from the corner where you have NO RAW EDGES on your fabric. Use the diagram here…

circle skirtAnd use the tailor’s chalk to draw out the shape of your skirt. to give you an example of the math (blech), 26.5 (my waist) / 6.28 =4.2in. My trick to getting the perfect circle is by pinning my tape measure to a set point and holding my tailor’s chalk at the measurement I need. Hold the tape measure taught, and you’ll end up with a pretty close-to-perfect circle.

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okay, it’s a pencil. I left my tailor’s chalk in San Marcos, then found some in the middle of making this.

3. Do the same as you did with the waist to cut out the length of the skirt. I wanted mine to be about 18in long, and 18+4=22, so hold your tailor’s chalk at 22in and draw!

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4. Cut along your lines

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5. Carefully lay your skirt out with the right side of the fabric towards you and carefully pin the waistband to it. The three raw edges should match up. You’ll have some extra room because the waistband is shorter than the circumference of your waist. I promise, it’s going to be okay!!

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6. Now it’s time to sew the waistband to the skirt!! Make sure you use a zigzag stitch to allow for stretch. Carefully stretch the waistband as you sew it to the skirt- this will take care of the extra length we have in the waist.

That’s it!! You’re done!!

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I think my favorite part about this skirt is how twirly it is!!

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I’m hoping to try another one soon, with some cool patterned fabric. If I want a fuller result, I’ll probably try it again with a cotton fabric. If you have any questions, let me know! And if you make your own, I’d love to see the results! 🙂

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sizzlers! The King has come- let us all adore Him!!

Sincerely,

Jessica

Long Time, No See!

I’ve officially decided that 16 hours worth of pre-nursing prerequisites is too much!!

I’m so sorry that I abandoned y’all the last few months, Sizzlers! I’ve missed crafting and blogging so much! I plan on actually sticking to blogging now- NO MORE LONG HIATUSES. Especially not three month-long ones. I missed crafting too much. But, after a very long ride on the study struggle bus, I’m hoping the fruits of my labor will pay off because it’s officially time for me to apply to TXST’s nursing school (real life? What?).

God has really come alive in me throughout the semester, as well. I had developed mild depression and anxiety over the summer, and it got much worse during the beginning of the semester. But, through many blessings both big and small, he has come to show me that I deserve so much better than the place I was at during the beginning of this year! It was very hard for me to see in the beginning, but he has built me up so much and really shown me what it means to have childlike faith. I don’t recognize who I was when I started my sophomore year, and it has been a remarkable journey: my depression is completely gone and I’ve never felt happier! My anxiety is still sliiiightly there, because nursing school is stressful. But that’s tolerable, and He’ll give me the patience and grace to work through it…hopefully. On top of all of it, I’ve been blessed with a wonderful new group of friends who raised me up and stood by my side during all of it!

I’m a proud active member of Mu Epsilon Theta Catholic Service sorority and am so blessed with the girlfriends and sisterhood I have there!

My lineage!! My "twin" Sabrina (aka Mario here) and I are littles to our Big Natalie, who is above us. Our Grandbig Mari is on the very top!

My lineage!! My “twin” Sabrina (aka Mario here) and I are littles to our Big Natalie, who is above us. Our Grandbig Mari is on the very top!

My family went on a cruise (my very first one) over Thanksgiving, and it was grand! I can’t wait to go on another one. I spent most of the ship days studying for my nursing exam, but I passed with flying colors (and got to see Jamaica and Cozumel) so it was all worth it!!

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The final thing I wanted to tell you all about is the beginning of my essential oils business!! If you’ve never heard of essential oils, let me tell you: they are a wonderful thing. They’re a holistic alternative to healthcare, and they work wonders!! In my experience, lavender and peppermint oils stop a headache almost immediately as opposed to popping an Advil or Tylenol. And that’s just one example!! I’m a Wellness Advocate for a company called doTERRA, so if you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, you can contact me and visit the essential oils page in the menu up top, which contains a link to my essential oils website where you can purchase your own oils. There’s an oil for everything- feel free to ask me for advice!

I’m ecstatic to be back in the blogosphere, Sizzlers! Thank you for bearing with me during my break, and I’ll be back to sending tutorials your way very soon! ❤

ROOM REVEAL!

In my 10 Things I Wish I Knew for Freshman Year post, I forgot to mention how much I disliked the first few weeks of school. Between getting books, falling into a new routine, and the general chaos of organizing my life for a new season, it just gets SO overwhelming!! A lot has been going on, and I apologize for my absence. Move in day was insane for Kaitlyn and I. We chose to help the freshman move in so that we could move in early, and skip the chaos. We didn’t think that trying to help 6,000 freshman move into their tiny rooms in the Texas heat was going to be chaos. Can you tell we were wrong? Haha!

It’s been difficult falling into a new study schedule, particularly because my textbooks took a week to ship. So this last week has been a lot of trying to catch up on chapter outlines, notecard-creating, and reading! On top of it all, I decided to staff Bobcat Awakening #42 AND I’m rushing the Catholic service sorority, Mu Epsilon Theta. My, my, MY!

Now that my routine is finally starting to fall together, it’s time to add blogging back into the mix, and it all starts with my RESIDENCE HALL ROOM REVEAL!!!!!!!

Room RevealMy canopy is undoubtedly probably my favorite part of the room. It’s nice because I made it out of voile, so it’s basically a curtain that hangs around my head and keeps the pesky light out when I wanna sleep in a little bit!

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This gem hangs by the end of my bed, and I can see her in my closet mirror!

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See Audrey at the left edge? 🙂 I didn’t have a lot of hanging clothes, and because these individual rooms tend to feel really small when they have a lot of furniture in them, I shoved my dresser into my closet and created an entire “getting-ready station” with all of my clothes, jewelry, and perfumes right next to each other! P

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I love how this wall came out! The picture board, and my canvasses balance out the nightstand perfectly.

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Welcome to my desk area! I love that I get a lot of light from my window. Next to it is my crafting station. I brought my sewing machine this year, and I’m excited to have room to use it!

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This is the collage wall above my desk.

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I like this shot a lot because you can kind of see the little window decoration I made. I didn’t want to hang curtains that would compete with my canopy, but I wanted to draw the attention away from my dingy mini-blinds. So, I made a little curtain of Tiffany blue flowers.

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It’s my personal belief that no room is complete without a cozy reading/study area. So, I strung some lights under my bed and made it a little homey 🙂 I love to stretch out under there and read up on my anatomy.

It’s such a nice place to chill out in. I’ll be posting tutorials based off of some of the stuff I made for my room as the next few weeks go by- I promise! Be on the lookout, Sizzlers!

Sincerely,

Jessica

 

Makeover Monday: Glassware

This was a long, crafty weekend for me! The only thing that stinks is most of the stuff that I made is currently packed for the move back to San Marcos (WHICH IS IN 4 DAYS!), and so I can’t get pretty pictures of it all until I’m moved in :/

However, I did wanna share with y’all the wineglass and tumbler I made for Kaitlyn! She turned 21 last week, and of course that called for monogram glassware she can use on our trips back home.

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I won’t drag out the tutorial. All you have to do is doodle with some paint pens on whatever glassware you want and bake them to set the paint.

Set the glasses in a cold oven, and preheat the oven to 350. Once it has preheated, let the glasses sit for 30 minutes. Then, turn the oven off, and let them cool down in the oven. Pulling them out immediately could cause the glass to break!

As always, if you have any questions, leave me a comment! I’d love to see what designs you come up with if you try this out!

Sincerely,

Jessica

Room In the Making: DIY Kate Spade Canvasses

I think it’s safe to say that Kaitlyn and I have very different decorative tastes when it comes to our future room (7 days to move-in! WHAT?!). When she politely turned down my washi tape wall , I began scouring pinterest to find us some common ground.

That’s when it came to me.

In the inspired form of Kate Spade.

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YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 Canvasses
  • Paint or paint pen
  • Something shiny to make your confetti circles out of
  • Projector (or other fancy stenciling gear)

HOW TO DO IT:

1. Play around with fonts in microsoft word. Once I found a combo I liked, I hooked up the laptop to the projector. Then, I projected it onto the canvas.

2. Trace the letters with sharpie.

3. Cut circles out of whatever shiny thing you got! I found some insulator tape that my dad has in his workbench.

4. Fasten circles to canvas!

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It’s as easy as that! I’m super excited to hang them up when we get back to campus!

More tutorials to come soon- it’s been a busy week for me!

Sincerely,

Jessica

5 Uses for Coconut Oil

Happy Hump Day, friends!!

I’m taking a few moments today to share with you a miracle product that I have discovered within the last few months-Coconut Oil! It’s been life-changing in an I-can-afford-it-and-it-does-everything kind of way. Like, literally, everything. I don’t use near to the extent that I could. But today, I’m coming at you with 5 ways I use it and have really benefitted from! 🙂

Without further ado…

Coconut Oil

 

1. Oil Pulling- Let me tell you a secret: I HATE flossing my teeth. So, this little trick has helped my gums feel so much healthier. It’s basically using coconut oil as mouthwash. The health benefits are fantastic! Not only does it kill and clean bad mouth bacteria, but, like I mentioned up top, it is great for gum health. Another benefit that I’ve noticed is whiter teeth! I don’t know if it’s just me, but since I started swishing I definitely noticed that my teeth look nicer. On that note, DON’T swallow it. You’re cleaning out your mouth- you don’t wanna swallow all the bacteria you just gathered! I prefer to do my oil pulling in the shower, before I brush my teeth.

DIRECTIONS: Swish for 15-20 minutes a day, but I normally just swish for the duration of my shower. Use about two teaspoons, or whatever amount feels comfortable for you! I encourage you to experiment with it and try to keep on it as much as possible.

 

2. As a Facewash- I know. You read that and went, “Jessica, are you crazy? I’m not gonna wash my face with OIL!” But let me explain a few things. I felt the same way, but I gave the Oil Cleansing Method (or OCM) a try nonetheless. I was already breaking out a bunch- what harm could this possibly do? And it was literally the best thing I could have done for my face. My acne has cleared up considerably. It hydrates my eyes, so those awful under-eye I’m-an-OL-running-on-four-hours-of-sleep bags are nearly invisible. My skin is super soft! AND I’m saving money by not having to buy a facewash OR moisturizer! WHAAT?! The concept is like-dissolves-like, such as in chemistry. So, you’re using good oil to dissolve bad oils and other dirt. It’s a great makeup remover, too. (BAM. I just saved you like $15 there as well.)

DIRECTIONS: Gather about a tablespoon of oil, and rub it between your hands until it is no longer solidified. Then, massage into your face for about 1-2 minutes. I like to do this in the shower so that my pores are very open and the oil can penetrate deeper dirt.

***Side note: Much like makeup products, coconut oil will not benefit every skin type. This article is great for choosing the right oil for your skin type.

 

3. As a Deep Conditioner- One of the girls on the orientation staff has great, wavy hair. Like, the waves that are super hydrated and shiny all the time that people see in magazines and lust over. I had to ask her how she did it, and coconut oil is her big secret!

DIRECTIONS: To keep hair super moisturized, scoop up some coconut oil and run it through hair, then pull back and let sit for 30 minutes minimally, sometimes all day long!

 

4. As a Body Lotion- I personally have pretty dry skin (except for my face, which is why the OCM works for me). If you’re looking for a lotion that is SUPER inexpensive, and SUPER moisturizing, coconut oil is seriously the way to go!! It leaves me feeling super supple, and my skin doesn’t need lotion until after I shower THE NEXT DAY. It’s a miracle-worker, y’all!

DIRECTIONS: Use it after a shower before bedtime to give it a chance to really sink into the skin.

 

5. As a Supplement- A tablespoon of coconut oil a day has chains of good fat that the body can break down easily and use as a readily available energy source.

DIRECTIONS: Take a tablespoon a day! My favorite ways include dipping some M&Ms in it for a sweet snack (it tastes EXACTLY like an Almond Joy!)  or smearing it on a slice of homemade whole-wheat zucchini bread. SO GOOD!!

 

Let me know if you try any of these, and how they work for you!! What ways do YOU like using coconut oil?

 

Later, Sizzlers!

Jessica

A Day In the Life of Orientation

I went back and re-read a lot of my posts, and realized that I am CONSTANTLY telling all of you that I’m really busy with orientation and that’s why I haven’t been able to post a lot. I promise, it’s not a lie! With the way my Freshman Advice post blew up, I figured I could let you guys know a little bit about exactly what I do. A very common question we as orientation leaders (OLs) get is “What’s the point of all this stuff?”. A lot of students and parents are completely boggled as to why two-day orientation is even a thing in the first place. As one of the OLs of Texas State, let me tell you about a typical two-day session for incoming Bobcats!

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DAY 1

My day starts at 7 am with morning meeting. Our staff gets together and discusses what is going to happen during over the next few days. We then divide to different stations for a few hours while freshman are checking in!

At 10 am, our welcome session starts. This is where we introduce the school a little bit to parents and students. People from different places on campus (Financial Aid office, the Dean of the PACE college which is specifically for freshman, etc.) come and speak to everyone. Then, we get a chance to break for concurrent events where orientees have the option to go talk to a panel of OLs, meet with some different organizations, and go to lunch to name a few items.

From there, we host another set of presentations (department of housing, parking services, our on-campus technology center, etc.) before students speak with representatives of specific colleges they will be under when they have more than 30 credit hours. For example- now that I am a Sophomore, I fall under the Health Professions college for nursing. Then, we split parents and students and break into our small groups! All the cool kids are with my partner, Ryan, and I.

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Aren’t we rockin’ those khakis?

SO. The fun really starts with dinner, a rec tour, then a skit performed by all of the OLs. It’s a good time, promise- and the university isn’t paying me to say that. At 9 pm, we all head back to the dorm everyone is staying in overnight, and there are nightly activities until 11. Students have a chance to…

go to the rec and play volleyball or basketball

go to a bar-style spot called George’s and play pool, ping-pong, or karaoke

go on a moonlight tour (this is a tour of campus at night when we tell ghost stories! TXST is the most haunted campus in central Texas!)

hang out in the hall lobby

or sleep!

At 11, everyone is sent upstairs and the hall closes.

DAY 2

If we get lucky and don’t have wake-up duty at 6 am, then morning meeting is at 7:30 am. We discuss things necessary to day 2, then go to a presentation on registering for classes!! There are a few more presentations, and students get advised and register for classes  throughout the day, until right around 5 pm. From there, I clock out then take a nap or try to fit in a blog post!

It’s busy stuff, but I love it. You too can interview to be an orientation leader-just make sure you don’t mind averaging about 5 hours of sleep a night all summer long! 🙂

And hey- now when I say I’ve been busy, you can understand a little bit more about what I do!!

Sincerely,

Jessica