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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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 So, this post was never intended to be a post… really, I only have pictures because I was texting them to Jess at the time.  Here’s a little back story…  I’m not all that into fashion.  I mean I don’t dress like a dork, but I’m not super trendy or anything.  Jess is great with fashion and has strong style sense.  Before the Nate Show taping we tried on a bunch of outfits and she kept trying to get me to add cute belts.  I just wasn’t feelin’ it.  It looks cute on girls like this, but something about my hips after four kids, just kind of makes it less cute on me.   Katie Holmes can rock the belt for sure!
Katie 1
BUT… this morning I was getting ready for church and I’m usually a jeans and tee shirt girl at church, but today, went for the dress.  I like this dress, but it was feeling a little blah… it needed a belt {gasp!} Ok, now get ready for some poor quality Blackberry pics…
See, the dress was fine, but nothing special… missing something…
I think I must have been craft deprived lately, because I felt like I just had to make something… I saw this leftover fabric from the kids’ playroom curtains and thought, “What the heck, let’s give it a try…”
Two minutes later, I had kid scissors (I can’t find my good ones) and Zots (remember them from a Fab Find Friday?) This probably isn’t the normal bathroom vanity scene is it?
So the first idea was a chunky style belt, but it basically looked like I had fabric wrapped around my waist… FAIL!
I was about to give up when I gave it one last shot… I just twisted the fabric into a rope and tied a knot.  Hmm, this might actually work… I believe my exact text to Jess read, “I must have woke up drunk this morning because I might actually try and pull this off” (and no, I don’t really drink much and don’t wake up drunk!) I liked the pop of color and thought this sorta worked.
I just tied the knot and then cut the ends into four pieces to look more like a flowery-thing.
Here’s the final product taken with a real camera… (My husband thinks I’m SO weird) I love how it worked with my new yellow watch… seeing a color pattern trend??
Overall, I think my little adventure in the fashion world worked out alright.  My 9 yr old was mortified by me the entire time we were out, but that’s alright.  Moms are supposed to be embarrassing right?
I did a little looking online and found this one other idea for scrap fabric that I love so much!
Fabric Necklace from My Cakies
 I simply adore this and she gives great directions on her blog.  I will definitely be trying this soon and sportin’ a cool, new necklace!
It’s pretty amazing what you can do with a just a little scrap…
What are you going to create with yours??
P.S.  Congratulations to Janet, the winner of the Starbucks giveaway!
Thanks to EVERYONE that helped us out and took our little survey.  Janet, just shoot us an email with your information and we’ll pop it in the mail.

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