Frayed Jeans

Did you see my step-by-step guide: how to fray your jeans ?  I am so happy I took the plunge and frayed my jeans. I might not have cut them short enough but I am glad I erred on the side of caution and went a little longer. I feel like they will start to fray more and after a few washes will be the perfect length.  It was the perfect way to fix a favorite pair of bootcut jeans that was just a little too short.  I have worn them all the time and know they will just get better the more I wear them.  Next I am going to go after a pair of my white jeans!

Frayed Jeans | Ridgely's Radar

Frayed Jeans | Ridgely's Radar

Frayed Jeans | Ridgely's Radar

to buy:  my favorite White Shirt / Bootcut Jeans / Lattice tassel earrings /  WeWood Watch  /  TKEES Sandals

 

How to Fray Jeans

I have had frayed ankle length jeans on my mind ever since I did this post on cropped flared jeans earlier this Summer. I realized I had a  pair of bootcut jeans that had shrunk up in the wash and were a little too short for anything other than the flattest of flats.  I decided to transform them into a better more hip length.  I got out my best sharp sewing scissors and got to work.

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Here is what I did:

DIY – How to Fray Jeans

PRINT instructions

1 . Try on your jeans and fold them to the length you want them to be after you cut them. I erred on the longer side to be safe. (2.5″ versus the 3″ I folded them to)

2. Measure the folded portion of the Jeans to determine how many inches you want to cut off.

3. Turn jeans hem smooth and lay on flat surface.

4. Pin the pant leg together so that when you cut them it will be even on all sides

5. Using a Measuring Tape, mark the jeans with a Marking Pencil (that dissolves when washed)  at the desired length you want to cut.  I cut mine at 2.5 inches.  I figured I could always go shorter and I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to fray them and that makes it even shorter.

6. Using a Good Sharp Scissors cut along marked chalk line through the jeans

7. Using a Seam Ripper pull the threads along the cut edge of the jeans.  Pull as many as you want but remember the hem gets shorter with the more you pull.

8. Put jeans in the washing machine and wash/ dry as you prefer.

9. You can leave the hanging frayed edges or cut the long bits off.  I cut mine off to make a cleaner edge but know they will fray more as I wear them.

10. Ta Da!  That’s all .. How easy is that?

Supplies:  Bootcut Jeans  / Good Sharp Scissors  / Pins and Magnetic Pincushion / Measuring Tape  / Marking Pencil  / Seam Ripper

 

Check back later this week to see the results!  

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode gives step-by-step instructions on how to fray your jeans at home on her blog Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Bootcut Jeans  /  Good Quality Sharp Scissors  / Pins and Magnetic Pincushion / Measuring Tape  / Marking Pencil  / Seam Ripper

How to Hide Your TV in Plain Sight

When we moved into our home some 18 years ago (!!) flat screen TV’s were the new hot thing.  We loved how thin they were compared to the big, deep TV’s we grew up with. It changed how we decorated and the size of the furniture we needed to house them.  We still have one of those original flat screens on the wall in our family room and it is not flush to the wall or as thin as the latest models you see now.  Ours is attached to one of those pivoting arms that lets the TV swing out and around depending on where you want to view it.  It is actually very deep and not so pretty from the side.  It is time to upgrade and  I love how you can hide the TV in plain sight by arranging pictures, art and other wall hangings around the TV.  I went to the internet and Pinterest for inspiration and these are some of my favorite gallery walls that “hide” the TV….

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

How to hide your TV in plain sight | Ridgely's Radar

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Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring

I hosted our April book club a few weeks ago and am finally getting to the pictures I took of my dining room.  I have been wanting to use my white butterflies for a centerpiece and what better time than a Spring dinner party?  I had purchased the wooden box at a flea market a few years back and it has turned out to be really useful.  I have filled it with many decorations and for this arrangement it was just what I wanted to make my rustic butterfly forest. I put three Floral Foam blocks in the box and then stuck branches I found in our yard into them.  I was able to find some Moss in our yard to cover the foam and make a forest floor.  If you do not have a yard or garden to scavenger from, you could purchase green Moss and branches.  I then clipped on the white butterflies in a random pattern.  It was so easy and I should credit my husband for reminding me to use the flora foam and doing a huge Spring clean in our yard that made looking for branches mush easier.  It looked really pretty lit by candles and we have been enjoying it ever since.  I love it so much I don’t want to take it down!

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Wooden Planter old (other options here and here)  /  Floral Foam  /  Small Birch and Beech Branches /   Moss /   White Butterflies ( I used two boxes, but bought 3 to make sure that I had enough)  /  Juliska Placemats  / Rattan Chargers  / Juliska Dinner Plates  / Juliska Napkins / Juliska Napkin Rings

 

Life-Changing

I am always on the quest to organize some corner of my house. I am one of those people who have clean piles around and am mostly neat.  Every now and then, I get in a frenzy and have to go through my closet, drawers, and anyplace that seems to have gotten out-of-control. I knew that I had to read  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and that I would be trying everything that she wrote. When I finally read it, I couldn’t wait to tackle my drawers and closet. Marie Kondo, the author, gives very simple rules for organizing. The first task is to take everything, and she means everything of one category, and pile them in the middle of one room. She suggests starting with clothes and from there break it down into smaller categories. Once you pile all the clothes you have from every room and hiding hole in your house, you pick one category to sort first.  I started with shirts. You pick up every single item int that category and give it your attention. Does it bring you joy?  Did it ever bring you joy?  Did it give you joy just when you bought it or when you were given it?  It might have given you joy at one point, but if it is not really your taste or it never really fit, it is time to thank it for what joy it gave you and give it away. Give it to a friend, sell it, donate it or throw it out.  Get it out of your life.  It sounds really weird to speak to your clothes, books, and clutter, but there is something really cathartic about releasing the items that are taking up space in your house, life and mind.

CLICK THE BOOK IMAGE TO READ A SAMPLE OF THE BOOK

kondo

My one suggestion would be to read the book cover to cover and, before you get started, assemble some very useful tools to make the process easier.

    1. Shoe boxes – you will need lots of shoe boxes to put in your drawers to hold your larger clothes; sports bras, t-shirts, gym pants, leggings, pajamas etc..
    2. Clear plastic dividers – these are perfect for small items, sunglasses, underwear, bras and socks. I bought several of these Drawer Organizers
    3. Large Bags or boxes – use these to put items you want to Donate, Give Away, Sell or Throw out.

organized drawers are Life-Changing | Ridgely's Radar

 

After doing my closets (yes, I have closets of clothes) and drawers, I ended up with about 15 large black garbage bags of things that no longer brought me joy.  I never looked back, I do not miss anything I put in those bags. What has happened, just as Marie Kondo said it would, it opened up space in my life.  I know, you think I am crazy, but it is so true.  I didn’t know it, but all that stuff was making my life and mind cluttered.  I am so much happier!

organized drawers are Life-Changing | Ridgely's Radar

organized drawers are Life-Changing | Ridgely's Radar

My favorite all time life-changing moment came when I started folding my clothes into the shoe boxes.  They all stand up and I can see everything I have. I only kept my favorite items and they all fit perfectly into the space.  If I want something new, something will have to go.  Turns out I have a lot of striped, white and navy t-shirts!  At least I am consistent!  It has made getting dressed each morning easier and putting laundry away is a snap.  So not only have I cleaned out my drawers, I no longer have piles of clean laundry sitting around looking for a home.  And I can’t leave you without mentioning my sock drawer.  OMG, I have never in my life felt so tidy!  This is life-changing!

organized drawers are Life-Changing | Ridgely's Radar

organized drawers are Life-Changing | Ridgely's Radar

Go get the book,The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and change your life!

 

Fun and Bright Stocking Stuffers

I am always on the look out for fun and useful stocking stuffers and I think you can find many great ideas at  poppin. The rainbow of colors and clean line desk accessories are sure to please many people on your list.  Something that won’t fit in a stocking but really useful is their monitor stand, considering I stack my monitor on a pile of books, I am putting this on my wish list!

Stocking Stuffers from Poppin | Ridgely's Radar

Stocking Stuffers and more from Poppin

to buy: poppin at Staples