Monday, June 27, 2016

Another No sew tee shirt project...So cute and as always...Easy!

If you are handy at sewing the above photos show you what a little bit of sewing can do to a project. I have cut off the collar and added a tie, Two large grommets and pockets made from the sleeves. Just add your own label and voila' a Artsy Fartsy wearable garment to add to your hot days at the beach!


P.S. Add a little Ravenswood Wine!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

No sew T-shirt Project is Easy as Pie

Project level: EASY

I am all about easy. If I can get away with creating projects and designs that require no sewing, sister I'm in! So Here is a perfect project for a hot, lazy day :) all you are going to need are a pair of scissors and a fun fitted t-shirt. 

The only real plan you will need is where to begin the cutting. Personally I begin at the sleeve and cut straight up the shoulder seam, head carefully around the back of the collar (keep it neat and clean-steady as she goes) around to the other shoulder seam and then begin the incline around the the armhole. At this point you will want to determine how low you want your back to be :) Cut a nice straight line across the back and back around the arm hole on the other side- right back to where you began!

The wonderful thing about t-shirt material is it is very forgiving. You can give it a little pull and voila' it makes a nice little curled edge, hiding all your imperfections. As for me, I love all the imperfections within my re-purposed designs. Raw, rough and organic letting the materials fray and unravel as they may!

With all the clothing that is already produced and just sitting there, waiting for a new life, why not re-cycle that old t-shirt. Eco-couture, green fashion, upcycling and recycling isn't just a trend it is a mindful opportunity to keep our planet happy, healthy and green.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Traveling, sporting events, night out on the town???

A must have for all fashion minded, utilitarian people on the go! Have you seen the Infinity Scarf with a hidden pocket yet? 

This little fashion accessory will have you wondering where it's been your whole life...

You can find them in all colors, lengths and widths. One of Kind, handmade a genius of an idea! Infinity Scarves that conceal a hidden pocket. A pocket that allows you to discreetly carry items such as your passport, i.d., credit cards (at a safe height away from those pesky scanners) money and more. Finding a scarf with a zipper that keeps your personals safe is a must for travel and especially if you wear them while out bar hopping ;)))

Excellent for winter sports, traveling abroad, evening with friends and especially great for the work environment when you would rather keep your secrets to your self.

Andrea ;)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sassy Saturday - Reader Beware (well kind of)

Yesterday morning I discovered a nice little charge on my Pay Pal account (again) from those sneaky little disclaimers, you know the ones, those unread, hidden statements where perfectly hidden fees and charges are stowed away for forgotten times.

March 16, 2012 I must of tried a FREE TRIAL (let's all laugh out loud here!!!!) version of AVG for the protection of my computer. Of course I never used it or downloaded it because I use McAfee and have for the past year very successfully! AVG took their FREE money and went on their way for the next year without a thought about or from me.

January 16, 2013 I guess I received an e-mail from AVG letting me know that they were coming for some MO MONEY and as usual I missed the notice. So 45 days later (yesterday to be exact) they took their money. Alrighty then, I realize that I am to blame! I realize that time and time again I give Corporate America another opportunity to do for me what they say in CAPITALS on their front page...and I am the ass that fails to find all the run-around, hidden buttons, words and code that say otherwise. I am the idiot that allows These Monstrous Bullshitters a handout to my bank accounts and virtual studio, with little or no recourse at all!

I get hung-up on, computer freezes (hmmmm...interesting, rarely does that!) and told that they have the right to take my money, like didn't I read the statement where I get it back  just as soon as they have collected and used hundreds of millions, of what I like to call "Crazy money" (cause we the common folk is CRAZY people for allowing corporate to keep taking it)  to turn investment profits before it is returned!!!(AND BREATHHHHHH) 

So I demand that we the "crazy" people have the same rights as these Corporate apes! We have the right  to a fair and timely, AS IN IMMEDIATE, return of OUR money that has been processed in a backroom manner and taken from us! That we should receive fees paid to us when we are unjustly stolen from by ways of their little hidden tricks and "contracts" written in an illegible font size 4, somewhere lost in translation.

OK how about realistically they have to do what the Surgeon General had to do eons ago with smoking and enlarge the truth on the front page ad for the product itself. I advocate that they have to make statements like the drug companies (awkwardly) have to list, you know something like;





I personally love that one because first the screen freezes and I wait...... waiting.....wait.....hit it one more time (maybe I didn't push hard enough) and then.... they tell me with a coy little message and an adorable Smiley face;

                " 0ops! Please be patient as we are processing your charge. Hitting the button 
                                                  may create a second charge :) "

                                          smiley face inserted in your ass, Sir!!!

But we all know that that's not going down! I mean we've won a few battles with all the petition websites that are available today and I for one have signed quite a lot! So for now, I'm gonna wise up and start reading, stop clicking and keep a microscopic eye on my Pay Pal and bank accounts. I will diligently check invoices, and all payments that are being charged to me because for one, I am tired of getting sodomized  in my sleep people. Let's Wake up and smell the shit covered roses cause hidden words, fees and links are quietly draining American citizens one undetected penny at a time.

A Sassy Saturday to all,

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blog Appreciation Day :)

I am sharing some wonderful blogs that I have read today. I hope that you find something here you will enjoy as much as I do!

The storybeader's journal: AlphabeThursday - O is for Michelle Obama

What we Eat - by

Put a Ring on it -by Memories for Life

Roy Orbison - The man behind the Glasses ~ Magnolia Surprise

Enjoy and Namaste,


Of Happiness and Hope


Happiness is a myth we seek,

If Manifested surely irks;

Like river speeding to the plain,

On its arrival slows and murks.

For man is happy only in

His aspirations to the heights

When he attains his goal, he cools

And longs for other distant flights.

If you should meet a happy one

Who is contented with his lot,

Unlike the rest of all mankind,

Pray his Nirvana disturb not.

~The Procession of Gibran~


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Monkey mind...A cart wheeling dervish of insanity

It's so cold outside and all I can hear is the wind whipping at my car doors but my mind is a million miles away. I've already tried searching for some inspiration to stimulate my writing, but nothing seems to want to stick. Andof course, like usual, I have already forgotten most of the ideas I was so excited to use, because my mind doesn't really want to settle right now...well not really ever these days.

It can't be bothered by my trivial daily pursuits. Most days I feel as though I am really putting it out just asking it to sit still and quiet down.  I need to clear myself of all the insanity and unnecessary clutter that means nothing in the scheme of things ! Jeez come to think of it...hmmmm...where was I gong with that thought? (Squint eyes, furrow brow, scratch the back of my neck). Follow the little butterfly...lalala

Oh yeah! I have to barter with my mind quite often, begging it to give me simple words, common thoughts...things I have taught others and known for years, but mostly it refuses and goes about its business making my life chaos!

I think, and there are many labels for this,  we can call it "Monkey mind"!

So yeah...I have a monkey mind, always did!

What is monkey mind, some of you may ask? Well that's a mind that goes about, on its own. Creating futures, fixating on the past.  A mind that travels everywhere except here... now! A mind that jumps from thought to thought and is always elusive... never sitting still or remaining calm.

I most definitely have that problem, along with just plain, old, simple not going to work mind! Out to lunch, no one home mind and I am just plain not giving you what you need mind! And I am really exhausted. Exhausted from trying to remember that my keys are actually in my left hand or my purse is under the seat...where I put it 30 seconds ago. Tired of getting in and out of the car because I forgot what I just ran in the house  3 times already for! WHAT???

So here I am, asking my brain to help me out! I beg for simple words or profound mindfulness, but to no avail I have failed to create any cohesive relationship. I make all kinds of excuses these days for it, "I 'm tired , not enough sleep, it's just hormones, I have too many projects in the works"...etc. and they are all true, except I know that little monkey mind is swing around somewhere in that head of mine laughing and waiting. Waiting to confuse me, or to run away and hide more of my thoughts, words and ideas, leaving me scratching my head and  awkwardly trying to remember the very names of my own family!

So I wonder when it's going to officially move out. When the day will come that I will be left in the dark and totally unaware that I ever had a working mind at all?  I am sure when that day arrives, I will be left with little concern for the loss of words and names that routinely reek havoc on me.  I am determined to find solace in the the present. A present that will always be new and current and I will smile and greet everything as though it is for the very first time.  Till then, I will keep chasing my tail and appreciate whatever small vocabulary it chooses to beseech upon me, even if the words are a garbled conundrum of gobbley gook and my thoughts are a cartwheeling dervish of insanity!

I will prevail with or without a brain...because the jokes on my monkey mind, I would rather have no thoughts at all!!!!


Andrea trains riders and horses alike and knows the importance of remaining focused on each movement.  Learning how to stay focused and in the present moment is no easy task but can practiced on a daily basis with just the simple technique of mindful breathing throughout the day. Taking a moment to consciously inhale. and exhale will bring about a calmer, quieter mind, body and create a expansive spirit. Read more about yoga and meditation weekly here or on any one of these wonderful blogs that I support:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fire and Blood Treasury...

Thank you so much Kayleigh for The beautiful treasury Fire and Blood, it is awesome!

Kayleigh has an amazing shop at and I am sure that you would enjoy feasting your eyes on these gorgeous Bohemian/boho silk wraps at Air Sign Studios. Here are just a sampling of what she offers in her studio.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Aromatherapy Eye Pillow, Lavender Eye Pillow, relaxation pillow, Organic Flaxseed Pillow

12.50 USD, by AndreaDurhamDesigns via Etsy

Clear your Energy Centers with Crystal Chakra Bowls

Calling All Equestrians Ride Every Stride Online Radio by Andrea Durham| Blog Talk Radio

Hey there, Hi there equestrian fans...Join me and learn to Ride Every Stride on my blogtalkRadio.

For those of you that are here because of my dressage training and horse related blogging,  I am finally going to do that blog talk that I have been prepping for FOREVER AGO! You can follow me at the below link and get a notification of my scheduled blog talks.

Ride Every Stride blog and blog talk Radio will be filled with educational, informative and practical information that you will be able to apply directly and confidently to your horsemanship tool belt. I have been training and instructing for most of my life and look forward to helping others outside of my local area learn the language of the horse and help resolve everyday issues that sneek up and quickly throw our training off track.

Tune in and be one of the callers who will have the opportunity to "Ask the Trainer" . This will be an excellent opportunity to get professional help and/or an evaluation of your progress.

Ride Every Stride Online Radio by Ride Every Stride | Blog Talk Radio


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NO,NO, NO I don't want to go!

I just returned from a 4 night 5 day cruise to Cozumel, it was my very first cruise. My girlfriend set the whole thing up and let me tell you, I really did not want to go. I drug my feet all the way... She bought the cruise with her flyer miles, got me the plan ticket and made sure we had enough credit to enjoy a cocktail every hour on the hour. :) and I still drug my feet!

Just ask my mother, she can tell you stories of how much I hated to go anywhere there were people. I am a rebel and an introvert. Most people may never guess that about me. They may think that I am outgoing and very much a talker. They may tell you that I never shut up and I seem very comfortable in crowds, and they would be very much mistaken.

I have never much liked group gatherings.  I always make sure that if I go to visit anyone that they know I don't want to go anywhere and most definitely do not want to meet new people.  When I travel, I want to be alone, I want to sit silently somewhere and listen to sounds, feel the wind and turn off my mind because it is normally so busy, busy, busy with all the grind that we call adulthood.

So when Tammy asked me to go, I dreaded the close proximity with all those people and all that clammer and interaction that seems to be the main idea behind cruises. As you can see from my pictures I was MISERABLE!

As I said before, I drug my feet all the way... well to the ship dock and then I decided it was time to give it a go. I will admit there are a lot of people, more than I prefer, but they are all perfectly happy to be there without giving you much notice. And Tammy was quite content going on her way to do her own things, such as working out, using the whirlpool and swimming without guilting me into anything at all. And so I slept....On the deck, in the sun, in the solarium, in the room. I ate and drank but almost always staying clear minded and never feeling hung over (other than a food hangover, here and there). I meditated, listened to the ocean and allowed my mind to let go of all worries for those wonderful 5 days. Feeling deeply relaxed and clearly healthier from all the sun, silence and solitude and then coming home with a better understanding of myself and my discomfort in crowds and with people.

I have always been in tuned and highly sensitive to extreme activity. I can easily be drawn into conversation and with little encouragement, but at the same time I find I am open and fragile to the effects that are occurring all around us. Effects such as the seen and unseen judgements that are continually being made. The effects that the energy vampires leave behind by draining and stealing others life force. And the ability to take on others feelings even though you have little or no involvement in the outcome. I realize that I need to let go more, trust the process and open up to more adventure in my life. But at the same time I find the process and adventure to be overwhelming and crippling.

It is this crippling effect that brings me to my need for alone time to empty my mind and expand my suppressed and stifled energy. This alone time allows me to decide how much I want to open myself up to the energy of any given situation and once again enjoy the journey.

This sensitivity has been most of the reason that I say "NO, NO, NO I don't want to go!" Most of the reason behind my lack of confidence and my strong, fiery personality. It is my protection, my suit of armor that keeps the negativity somewhat at bay. Those of us who are introverts or autistic are simply intuitive, sensitives who are overpowered by the collective energies that are everywhere. Those of us who sway from happy to sad in a fleeting moment, those of us who can go off the handle with no warning at all are exposed and open to the feelings and emotions of others in our presence.

As I grow older I can not say that I am in any way getting better at handling my sensitivity. If anything I find that I need more alone time. I find that I am more susceptible to becoming emotional on a whim. But I can say that knowing what I am and understanding myself, finding room for acceptance and making time to empty and make space inside myself has become a life saver for me as well as for those who deal with me on a daily basis. Being true to who your are, and understanding that you are a constant and ever changing being can bring you peace and help you feel less depressed and more de-compressed.

I encourage people to find the time to step inside and empty themselves from all the negativity that they collect throughout the day.  People are energetic beings by nature and do not understand how this energy works either in their favor or against them. Being open minded to the energy that surrounds you and is you will give you a new sight and grow not only your mind but your heart and soul. Explore the possibility, surround yourself with knowledge and empower yourself with light.

For this moment I feel a peacefulness. I feel an emptiness that allows me to expand from the tiny me to something so much bigger. Where ever you find yourself today I wish you health and happiness. I wish upon you a moment of expansion where you let everything go. I find even a minute of focused silence with emphasis in breathing gives me that perfect opportunity to release, expand and feel lighter.

Namaste' and happy travels

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