DIY Graphic T-shirt

DIY Graphic T-shirt

It’s no secret that I am a bit of a cheapskate.  So when I decided that I wanted a new t-shirt with a camera on it for my photography job this summer, I scourged the internet for the most inexpensive shirt I could find.  I found an adorable shirt for only $10 and was ready to check-out of the online store when an idea came to me.


Last year I ordered a camera shirt for the summer.  When the shirt came in the mail, it was the wrong size.  The store sent a replacement and offered to let me keep both shirts.  Since then, the incorrectly sized shirt has been sitting in my craft drawer.


Using a Goodwill t-shirt, the too-large shirt in my craft drawer, and some acrylic paint, I recreated the online $10 steal for less than $4.  A penny saved is a penny earned.


  • Ill-fitting graphic tee
  • Properly fitting plain tee
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard


  • Cut out the image of the ill-fitting tee.
  • Pin the image onto the shirt that fits.


  • Use a zig-zag stitck to sew the image onto the shirt.
  • Place cardboard inside the shirt so that it separates the two layers of material.


  • (The next two steps are optional)
    • On a piece of paper, I wrote the text that I wanted to add, and I placed it on the shirt to decide where I wanted it.ohsnap4
    • I used permanent marker to lightly write the text on the shirt before painting it.ohsnap3
  • Use acrylic paint to decorate the shirt.


  • Let dry.


The Maturation of a Thought

The Maturation of a Thought

It all started in the shower (admit it–this is where you do all of your thinking).  I was mentally planning my weekend, and I knew that shopping was definitely on the agenda (along with the ubiquitous studying, of course).  But what stores?  Are there any coupons available?  What exactly did I need?  Suddenly, my mind was racing.

This is typical for me.  I never have a solitary thought.  Even when I appear focused on one duty (writing a blog post, for example), I am usually working on some other tasks as well (such trying to find a specific dress for a cheaper price).  Needless to say, I am that person who never has less than three tabs open on my web browser.

Maybe that is why I hate disorganized clutter so much–my mind is so busy that I cannot handle an exterior mess as well.

Here is just a glimpse of the lifespan of a thought in my mind.


One Man’s Trash

One Man’s Trash

Yesterday (Wednesday), one of my favorite things happened.  Actually, a lot of my favorite things happened.  Let’s rehash:

  • It was SEVENTY degrees!!  After two weeks of snowy, rainy weather, yesterday was absolutely gorgeous! (Today is supposed to be rainy and in the low-thirties again :/ ).
  • With the warm weather, Old Salem was repopulated and bustling during my run.  I like it when there are a lot of shoppers milling around.  It means I can people-watch while I run.
  • I took pictures at Graylyn Estate (Be watching – I plan to post them later this week).
  • I went thrift shopping and found some bargains.

On my thrift trip, I decided to brave the Goodwill Outlet.  If you have never been to one of these stores, please watch this video.

Basically, the outlet store consists of extensive lines of bins full of another person’s trash (versus the Goodwill Retail center that sets the trash on shelves or hangs it from racks).  You dig through the bin, find your treasure in the trash, and pay $1.25 per pound.  The first time I walked into the outlet store, I immediately turned around and walked out; it was just too dirty and crazy for me to handle!  Thankfully, yesterday’s trip was on a weekday morning at 8:15; the store was nowhere near as hectic as in that video (the narrator is right, though; it gets crazy).

The shopping started out pretty boring with two tee shirts.  Nothing special.


My third find was a little better – a Lilly Pulitzer belt.  If I had bought this new, it would have easily cost over $40.


The real gem of the trip was my last find.  Check it out:


That’s right! A genuine Coach handbag!  I would have to guess that the original retail price was well over $200.  Now, I had to admit that it had seen better days.  It was undeniably dirty, but there was very little wear on it.  I figured that some TLC could quickly make it usable.  Simply cleaning out the pockets, washing it in cold water three times, and letting it dry made a world of difference.  I cannot wait to use it!

Oh! And I didn’t tell you how much it cost.  My entire purchase – two shirts, a belt, and the purse – came to a grand total of….

$2.14!! What a steal!

Have you ever shopped at the Goodwill Outlet?  What’s your opinion?


Back to Dorm Life

Back to Dorm Life


School is officially back in session, and I am nervously facing the new semester with the daunting privilege of being an RA.  I hope to use the position to grow closer to the Lord and point others to Him.  I am definitely anxious to see what God has planned for the semester, and I know that it will be a growing experience for me.  I am going to be super busy working at the daycare, attending classes, and being and RA–God is going to stretch me for sure!

Welcome back to the dorms, back to microwaving meals, back to school outfits, and back to college.  Good luck this semester!


Microwave “Baked” Apples


  • 1 whole apple, cored and chopped
  • cinnamon to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave 2 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Eat and enjoy!
  • bakedapple1What are you looking forward to most this semester?  What changes seem most daunting?
What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday


When I was younger, I desperately wanted an American Girl doll.  I treated the catalogues like love notes, saving and memorizing every one I received in the mail (in fact I still have all the catalogues and magazines that have been sent to me since Fall of 2001).  I saved my pennies.  I devoured the books.  I purchased purses, lotion, pins, trading cards, and ornaments.  I never bought a doll.


In 2001, the Kit doll that I wanted cost $89–an incomprehensible fortune for a first grader.  Now, the same doll can set a parent back $115.  While I could probably afford to buy myself a doll (and maybe one of these days I will bite the bullet and do it), I will just dress myself like one for now.


Dress:  Forever (consignment)

Coat: Guess (eBay, gifted)

Tights: Walmart

Boots: Bamboo (gifted)

Earrings, bracelet, pin, and hair clip: gifted


Top Ten Tuesday: Thrifty

Top Ten Tuesday: Thrifty


On my way to college of Friday, I stopped at a thrift store.  What better way to relieve the back-to-school blues than shopping?  Some people don’t understand my love of thrift stores; they view second-hand shops as dirty, cheap, and difficult.  However, there is no where I would rather shop than a decent thrift store.  Here are ten reasons that Goodwill is my go-to.

Top Ten Reasons to Buy Second-Hand Clothing

  1. You will save a TON of money—why pay more?
  2. It is good for the environment
  3. You can get clothes that no one else will have–no more matching the girl across the room!
  4. You can buy more clothes because you are paying less per item
  5. You can alter the clothes without the fear of ruining an expensive piece (yay! refashioning!)
  6. It is fun to dig through bins, rifle through racks, and peruse shelves.  I love the hunt!
  7. You will get a good laugh at some of the ridiculous items you find.
  8. Thrift shops are a great place to people-watch.
  9. College students often consign their clothes—you are paying for someone’s education!
  10. Most of my favorite pieces are second-hand.  (Like the awesome J. Crew rain boots that I bought Friday for $5)