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Day 243. 122 days and $122 left to go.

We’re back to an even amount of days and dollars!! Remember this dress from Day 186??

Day 242 - Before

Day 242 - Before

That was crafted into this??

Day 186 - After

Day 186 - After

Well, I’m working with the skirt leftover today which first and foremost, doesn’t cost a dime (woo hoo!) and is going to get a little makeover perfect for cooking club tonight!

My first step was folding the skirt so the ruffle area that was at the bottom is now in the middle.

Folding action!!

Folding action!!

I then pinned this down and sewed it into place.

Pinning in place!

Pinning in place!

We’re going with a quick apron today (thanks DL for the request!!) and this new ruffle is going to hit me right at my knees.

I then cut the sides off and got the amount of fabric that would be covering my legs just right.  I’m using a little bit of flour today and I can’t wait to actually rub it off onto my new apron!!

Edge trimming!!

Edge trimming!!

I trimmed, then folded down the raw edging, and added some sashes (extra fabric!) that I would be pulling to the back and tying to keep it in place.

Pin time!

Pin time!

Now it was round two for sewing and I stitched down my edges and my new sashes – almost ready for cook time!

 Almost there!

Almost there!

I grabbed some vino and spanakopita and brought it to the Mediterranean covered table.

Day 242 - After

Day 242 - After

That was our theme, so we had delish orzo and feta, spinach and pine nuts with raisins and amazing homemade tzatziki to go with some baked falafel pockets.

Yum Spread!

Yum Spread!

We were reminiscing that we just hit our year mark of monthly cooking nights which called for a little wine glass clinking as we cheersed each other and got grubbing!

Suzie Homemaker!

Suzie Homemaker!

This was the take two shot – it looked a little more like the commercial version of my after shot… “Hey, Mamma Mia, I work at an Italian restaurant as I wear my gingham top from Day 115 to pour some vino into your glass. Ciao Bella!” (Clearly in my head I’m saying this in an Italian accent.) Couldn’t resist adding it in…plus it’s a little closer up on my apron.  I cannot wait to use it at the next cooking night which we decided will be Southern themed.  I’ll be asking for fave recipes as we get closer…

Day 183. 182 days and $179 left to go.

“Ohhh, we’re halfway there.  Woah, livin’ on a prayer!  Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear…”

From the lips of Jon Bon Jovi, yes friends, we are halfway there!  Day 183 has arrived – six months down and six more to go.  Clearly this calls for celebration and a celebration will be had.  My halfway point also just happens to fall on the day of my lovely friend JK’s wedding, so party dress, here I come!

Day 183 - Before

Day 183 - Before

I came across this puppy in my sifting journeys for a buck.  I loved the color most of all and the ruching and gathered waist was totally Grecian, which I adored.  My first thought was to turn it into a mini dress and make the sleeves 3/4 until I got the wedding invitation in the mail.  I knew that this would be the perfect piece for the “black tie optional” dress code.  First plan of attack, the sleeves.

Seam ripping the sleeves

Seam ripping the sleeves

I took my seam ripper and began to carefully take out the stitches – this fabric pulls very, very easy so I had to be gentle with my seam ripping activity.  I was on my way after both sleeves came off.

Sleeveless!

Sleeveless!

I then pinned under the raw edges of the armholes and hand stitched the edges.  Even though this took a little longer than planned, I wanted to make sure it looked clean and precise.

Pinning under my new sleeveless dress

Pinning under my new sleeveless dress

After the arms were tweaked, I cinched the sleeves a bit by gathering the material and sewing them together.  Aside from a small style change, it also made the top of the dress a bit more fitted as well.

Strap cinching!

Strap cinching!

And with the addition of some gold jewelry and shoes, a peacock feather in my hair and a glass of champagne in my hand, it was celebration time!

Day 183 - After

Day 183 - After

Ooh, and did I mention that there were pockets?  A dream come true, especially for a wedding.  Camera in one pocket, gloss in the other.

Perfect for quick shots of the lovely new couple dancing the night away to a fab wedding band playing Journey (you know we were all belting out some “Don’t Stop Believing”), Earth, Wind & Fire (I mean, it’s not a wedding if “Dancing in September” isn’t played) and the Black Eyed Peas (yes, whoever had a feeling that it was going to be a good night was right – we lived it up, we smashed it, like oh my God, and then we did it again).

,I heart the back of her dress!

I HEART the back of her dress!

My favorite part of the night was the sweets!  From the cake…

Cake!

Cake!

…to the candy bar filled with sour apple rings and chocolate covered pretzels, I was set!

I Want Candy!

I Want Candy!

Twas the perfect night to spend dancing, toasting, picture taking, smiling, and celebrating with old friends and new friends alike.

No, I did not catch the bouquet :)

No, I did not catch the bouquet, borrowed it solely for the photo op 🙂

To the next six months friends – thank you for all the love and support!  I’m blessed and honored to have you on this trip with me 🙂

Cheers, L’Chaim, Prost, Salute, A Votre Sante, Okole Maluna, Bonski, & Kampai!  xx Marisa