New Year Resolutions?

So I don’t like to call them “resolutions”, but I made some goals for 2013. I feel like if I call it a resolution it is bound and determined from the beginning to fail. So I like goals, because I think I have made many of mine plenty obtainable this year. Also, I really like lists, but not as much as I enjoy checking things off the list, which I plan of doing to my “New Year Resolutions”. I am already off to a great start!

Goals for 2013

– Memorize the book of Philippians
– Read 25 books, 300 pages a piece
– Be able to run 15 non-stop miles
– Complete at least 20 Pinterest crafts
– Finish the baseball puzzle with Tyler
– Work out with friends
– Organize all the gift wrap
– Call someone I love on the phone at least once a week and talk for at least ten minutes
– Watch 8 documentaries
– Learn how to knit/crochet

On New Years Eve, my great friend Whitney and I. Our community group had a breakfast/pajama New Years Eve party, the best idea ever.

Whit and I

What are some of your resolutions or goals?

TOMS Refashion

I don’t know about anyone else, but I LOVE my TOMS. I have three pairs, but  I love them so much that I wear them a ton. Mine first two pairs have gotten really beaten up, but there are some great stories behind those tears in the fabric I tell ya. Again, I love wearing my TOMS so I didn’t want to throw them away. I found a TOMS refashion tutorial on Pinterest a long time ago (Original idea here!), but never really found the time or the courage to take on the task. Well, today I did!

I am not going to lie to you…this took awhile (over 3 HOURS!) and at times was very frustrating, but I think in the end I have extended the life of my oh-so-favorite TOMS. So worth it.

The original tutorial shows a lot of pictures and gives some helpful tips at the bottom, but I will tell you of how I went about doing it, and what I will do to make things easier when I refashion my second pair. My methodology is at the bottom of the post in case you could care less about what my TOMS looked like.

The before picture:First pair of TOMS

Sad little holes where my toes stick out!

Materials needed:Stuff

In hindsight, I would also include these:

Supplies

During the frustrating craftiness:

Step 1 Step 2

I started to use pins to help hold the fabric in place because it kept moving around when I did not want it to!

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Remember here people, there are not one, but TWO shoes you have to do this for. I am pretty sure at this point in the refashion I had wished I had planned this out a bit better…

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La la! The (almost) finished product!

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[I say *almost* because I think I may do what the tutorial suggested and use some thin piping or ribbon to help cover a few of the seams. Also, I may use some fabric paint or nail polish to paint the brown elastic triangle that peeks through the fabric, just to make it look more uniform. I may edit this post later.]

Alright, enough of the pretty pics, and on to business. I used a light canvas fabric, which I thought was a great choice, I did have some fraying issues though. Partially because of the fabric, partially due to my terrible cutting skills.

1) Gather all of your supplies. (Seems like a no brainer, but I cannot tell you how many times I have started a craft or recipe without doing that and then being REALLY sorry.) You will need:

  • Old TOMS
  • 1/2 yard of New pretty fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue (the permanent kind)
  • Pins
  • Wet cloth or paper towel (trust me!)

If you plan on wanting to be able to wash your refashioned TOMS later, you will want to pre-wash your new pretty fabric beforehand. Also, the glue gets super sticky and messy, but then again I was going at it Kindergarten style rubbing it around with my fingers. You may want to use a small paint brush instead. {P.S. The order below is not how the pictures are ordered, I did however use it with the second shoe and things went much more smoothly.}

2) Cut your fabric into 4 large sections. Most likely you will not use an entire 1/2 yard of fabric, honestly I used about half of that, so only make these sections as large as the sectioned off parts of the shoe itself. (Sections: #1 Tip of toe, #2 Top of foot, #3 Around foot, #4 Small heel section)

3) Pin and then glue on Section #3 first, then #4. Again, it might be easier to use a brush to do this instead of your glue tip and finger. Pinning a section and gluing part of it, then doing the other side seemed to help me a lot.

4) Pin and glue Section #2, then do #1 (the toe). This order helps in case your measuring got a bit off, and you can cover up any gaps.

Tips:

  • Using a razor cutter might help the fabric look a bit neater, or measuring out everything pinning it in place, then marking to trim off unneeded material. I measured, pinned, and re-cut the fabric on the second shoe and it turned out much neater. 
  • I also found that trying on the shoe while pinning especially the toe and top of the foot made it much easier.
  • I folded a small amount of fabric over the tops of the shoe, took away the raw looking fabric edges.

Phew! Hopefully you too can refashion your beloved TOMS! Let me know if you do your own or have any tips you would like to share!

Holiday Family Pictures

The holidays always lend to a convenient time to snap some photos with the people that you love. Since Tyler and I have been living in Kentucky with our families across the country, holidays prove to great opportunities to update family pictures.

We were fortunate to be able to spend a few days with both of our immediate families for the past three married Christmases. This past December, the festivities began at my parent’s house in Kansas City, and then to Tyler’s brother house on the other side of the city. At my parent’s house, we had a great time chatting, opening gifts (of course!) and then a mini photo shoot of sorts…well as close as the Rodgers family has gotten to a photo shoot ever. My Dad has a great camera, unlike his previous one but that deserves a post by itself. He got it hooked up to the tripod in the dining room and set the timer. The first few were great! Lots of sweet smiles and such. Exhibit A:

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Then something great happened! None of us really knew how much fun and how hard we would laugh with this new element.

The Mustache.

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Needless to say, we had a great time!

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After a day or so more, we headed to Tyler’s older brother’s house. Tabron lives about 40 minutes away with Sabot his beautiful white German Shepherd. I always love to see Tyler’s family, I have missed them so much since we moved to Louisville, particularly Tyler’s mom, we have the best times together! To end our great few days of holiday celebration bliss, there was a scheduled photo session. It looked beautiful outside, but unfortunately for us it was 23 degrees outside. BRRRRRR! But no matter, we are all beautiful people, so despite the wind and cold we made some great photos!

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Great memories captured!

Anyone else have some interesting family photo sessions?

Hello world!

Tyler and IThe blog got a new look and name! Introducing Home for the Holloways, a place for journeying with Tyler and I in our life adventures. Welcome and enjoy!

Veteran’s Day Reflections

As a history major in college and an United States history teacher, I am naturally very patriotic. I reflect on the history of the struggle for freedom our great country has in the last 250 years and I cannot express my appreciation and gratitude for the upstanding men and women who have protected and fought for the liberty I experience today. I also honor those closest to my heart who served this great nation: My Papa, James Thomas Rodgers Sr.,  served in the National Guard and was on call during the Bay of Pigs in 1961. My great grandfather, James Hisle Rodgers, was in the U.S. Army and served during WWII. My husband’s grandfathers on both his mom’s and dad’s side both served in the U.S. Army, thanks Pops and Papa. Of course my awesome brother-in-law, Tabron Holloway who recently served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. So overwhelmingly thankful for their service!


But why was November 11 set aside for the holiday, and how has its meaning changed over time? A National Geographic News Article does a really great job reteaching the history of this special day. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/11/111111-veterans-day-2011-facts-history-war-parades-museums/

First Blog Post EVER

This is my first blog post ever! I read a lot of different types of blogs each day, but never really considering blogging myself until my husband started to really get into posting on his blog a few weeks ago. I do not necessarily believe that what I have to say or my life experiences are super exciting…but sometimes I think they are! I think blogging will be fun and a good way for my friends and family in Texas and Kansas to stay “in the know” about me and my family. I am excited about this new blogging journey:)

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