Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

inspire: tea time

here are two things that I would love to have in my future bakery/tea room.  the simple colors and theme of taking an old fashioned tea thing and giving it a new life and purpose as a piece of art just make me swoon.

that's enough blogging for me, I need to go fix a cup of chai.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

diy: flutter flower shirt

I originally saw this upcycled shirt idea on dollar store crafts' facebook page.  I fell in love and had to try it immediately.

the only thing that I didn't like about this tutorial was how it wasted a perfectly fine t-shirt to make the fluttery ruffle flowers.  I had some thrifted pillowcases on hand, so I decided to use those instead.  I made two, and I have the fabric and shirt on hand for a navy one.  each shirt cost me $4, and the pillowcases were $.50 each (you can make several shirts with one pillowcase).  it takes me an average of 2 hours per shirt.

white with ivory and pastel florals

gray with white and seafoam florals

if you decide to try this project, please remember to hand wash and air dry.  this is a practice you really should adopt for any ruffly embellished tee.  it's a pain, but the price you have to pay to live lavishly in ruffles.  a fair price to pay, if you ask me.

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p.s. the photos shown were taken using the instagram app for iphone. if you have an iphone, you really must download this app!  it's free.  follow yours truly under "factorygirlashli".

Friday, April 29, 2011

relocation & a call for sponsors!

oh, hello.

after making the decision to close my etsy shop at the end of May, I have decided to get serious into the blogging business.  I still have an old blog, but I wanted to find new followers and re-brand my blogging self.  this blog will contain some thrifty looks (I do not, by any means, claim to be fashionable.  I just dress to make myself happy and do it on a budget.  sometimes I feel like sharing it.), diy ideas and tutorials (from myself and others I have found on the internets), things I find inspiring, places of interest (mostly local, but as I travel I will post about those places), and food (recipes and tutorials from either myself or clever discoveries).

while I get the blog set up, I would like to offer free ad space to the first ten people who reply to this post.  you can advertise any of your websites (blog, etsy shop, bigcartel, etc), but you have to already have a button designed.

once I get settled and accumulate a few followers, I will post again with rates.  it will probably be relatively low, because I'm not necessarily interested in making money from blogging.  I just need it to organize thoughts.

if you want to put your button up on this baby of a blog, send an email to factorygirlashli [at] yahoo [dot] com with "Blog Advertising" in the subject line.  include the code for your button.  I will keep all of this sponsors until I get my first 100 followers. at that time, I will post info for advertisements.

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