49-Cent Friday: No-Sew Dress Refashion

As somebody who typically doesn’t dress up very often, I wanted to challenge myself to change that bad habit.

The problem is, I normally have a hard time finding dresses that fit me.

Being slightly taller than average (I’m nearly 5’8″), brand-new store-bought dresses are often too short, and the butt-part of the dress (where the darts are sewn in to make room for your derrière), end up in the middle of my back (which looks really weird, let me tell ya’).

I also don’t have a budget that allows me to go out and purchase a whole new dressy summer wardrobe.

(That’s where refashioning has come in handy.)

With all of the 49-cent dresses I’ve scored in the past, I’ve already got a great collection of refashioned (or soon-to-be-refashioned) summer dresses, but I just couldn’t resist adding to my collection!

I started out with this little blue number…

No-Sew Dress Refashion | Diary of a MadMama


The first thing that desperately needed to happen was removing these bad boys… Continue reading


49-Cent Friday: Sweatshirt Refashion

For this week’s refashion, I started out with this pullover hooded sweatshirt.

Hoodie Sweatshirt Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Slightly snug

I actually like this sweatshirt, but I don’t like having to pull it on and off over my head.
I figured this would be a quick fix…WRONG!
Let me explain… Continue reading

How To Can Pink Applesauce

Hey ya’all.

I really enjoy refashioning (in case you didn’t notice).

But besides that, there are other things I really enjoy as well…like baking…and canning…and gardening (just to name a few).

Today I wanted to share with you some pink applesauce I recently canned.

In one of my first posts (Mango Meyer Lemonade Recipe), I mentioned a great company, Door to Door Organics.

They are an awesome company that delivers organic produce (and other groceries) right to your door!

In a recent delivery I was able to score two 10-pound boxes of organic apples (seconds).

Note: I believe it’s important to use organic apples for canning or baking or even eating, as it is always at the top of the Dirty Dozen list of produce that contains the most pesticides… YUCK!

Anyway…I planned on using mine for making applesauce. My kids love applesauce!

And I don’t make my applesauce the way anyone I know makes it. In fact, every recipe I have ever looked up for applesauce is different than how I make it.

So here’s the Diary of a MadMama way to make applesauce. : ) Continue reading

49-Cent Friday: Blue Plaid Dress Refashion

When I saw this dress, I instantly knew what I wanted to do with it, and it was going to be relatively quick and easy.

Plaid Dress Refashion | Diary of a MadMama


I’m all about quick and easy refashions lately. There’s been a lot going on and I’ve been much busier than I like. :/ Continue reading

49-Cent Friday: High-Low Dress Refashion


For this week’s refashion, I started out with this ugly thing that reminded me of something from my middle-school years…

Ugly Dress to Hi-Low Dress Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

This is NOT very flattering… I think I need to work out. Yikes!

Yuck! The only thing I liked about this dress was the print. Continue reading

49-Cent Friday: Too Big Tank-Top to Skirt Refashion

Happy Friday everyone!

For this week’s refashion I started out with this too big tank-top that my daughter wasn’t all that interested in…

Tank Top Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

“Mom, this thing is huge on me!”

Obviously this wouldn’t work for her as-is, but she can always use more skirts, especially in the summer!

To begin, I trimmed along the neckline, to even things up a bit… Continue reading