Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lights, Camera... Action!

A couple of years ago, I posted about my uncle's upside down Asian themed tree.

Sometime back in July or so, a producer came across the picture and contacted me about a show on Extreme Christmas Trees for a cable network. After months of calls and emails between the producers, my uncle, and me, we were selected to be on the show and the camera crew came out last week for filming. Here are a few pics from the day....

Getting the living room ready for interviews

Will and the crew

Getting ready for my interview

The family comes in for the unveiling of the Christmas tree.

We spent 11 hours with the crew and ended the day with a big feast with the with the whole family. It was definitely a great experience that my family will always remember.

The show will air on TLC next year :)

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Sewing: A Simple Way To Hem Your Jeans

Being only 5' 3" there is always a length issue when it comes to buying jeans. Before I learned how to sew I got really creative with "hemming" my jeans. I used safety pins, duct tape, packing tape, or fabric glue. The sad truth is, I was too lazy to get them hemmed. Finally after taking a few sewing classes, I learned how to hem my own jeans. Now mind you, I am not good at sewing. I can do basic things. If you can go a basic forward and back stitch, you can hem your own jeans. Here's how I did it...

Mark your desired length and measure how much you'd like to take off. I am taking 4 inches off this pair.

Cuff you jeans up 1/2 the length you plan to take off, and measure it starting at the bottom of the hem. You don't want to include the hem because you will not be taking that off. Notice that I measured 2 inches below the hem. Make sure your seams are lined up properly and pin your cuff all the way around.

Time to sew! Sew a simple stitch right under the hem all the way around the cuff. It doesn't matter what color thread you use since you won't even see your stitch. Don't forget to take out the pins as you sew along and backstitch at the begining and end to lock in your stitch.

If you look closely, you can see my stitch right under the hem. I used a cream colored thread.

Fold the cuff under and press at the hem with a hot iron. You can choose to keep the cuff underneath as is if you plan to let out the hem. Or you can cut the excess cuff. If cutting, cut right under the stitch you just sewed. Be careful not to cut your stitch and iron the hem to ensure that it stays flat. Here's how it looks...

You've now hemmed your jeans but got to keep the original hem. BTW, I meant to wear taller shoes in this pic, but ended up grabbing my flats. Oh well...

I hope this lesson was useful!

Have a great day!!!
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Making Over Mom

I have a wonderful mother in law who is so sweet and loving. Recently she has been invited to her first Ball! She is so excited and nervous at the same time. For the most part, my mother in law has kept her look very simple. She has long, long hair that she usually keeps neatly in a bun/ponytail.and she doesn't wear make-up. With the grand ball coming up, she decided it was time to freshen up her look. She didn't know where to start, so she turned to me for help. This is my mother in law's transformation in 2 days....

She looks amazing and I am so excited for her. I know she is going to have an amazing time!