130821 Woven sandals.

I seem to have pretty good luck with purchasing deeply discounted Frye footwear via eBay.  Unfortunately, my boots have been taking up residence on a high shelf in our closet since moving to our current tropical locale … sometimes I put them on and walk around the apartment just to remember what dressing for winter feels like.

I’m super stoked about this latest acquisition – And since they’re pre-worn (though you’d never know it) someone else has already broken them in for me!





Since it’s uncomfortably hot nearly year-round here, it can be difficult to pinpoint the arrival of summer.

Temps in the mid-90s and high humidity encourages some of my favorite warm-weather critters to come out and show themselves:dsc_0565Big Blue Land Crabs are everywhere, but can be super skittish and most of them popped back in their holes as soon as I tried to get near …dsc_0469These little guys like to run around near the water’s edge:dsc_0493They can be tricky to photograph sometimes.dsc_0482Golden Orb Weavers (a.k.a. Banana Spiders) spin enormous and beautiful webs when the weather heats up.  Even though they’re harmless to humans, they can grow to be about the size of your hand – So I made sure I didn’t get TOO close …dsc_0533Finally, I leave you with wise words from my Grandmom:dsc_0567 dsc_0546Hope your summer is off to a good start!!

DIY Cuffed Shorts

I’ve been on the hunt for new shorts recently, but all the pairs I seem to find are either too expensive or don’t fit in any of the right places.

Fed up, I decided to cut the legs off an old pair of jeans and make my own.


  • old pair of jeans
  • pair of shorts (to use as a template)
  • scissors
  • paper clips
  • water-soluble marker
  • needle and thread (only needed if you have to patch any holes)


1.  Lay jeans on a flat surface.  Decide how long you want your shorts to be and draw a line 2-3 inches below that with a water soluble marker.  You can use a pair of shorts you already have as a template.

2.  Cut along the line to remove the legs.  Put these pieces aside to make patches later if you need them.

3.  Try on your freshly cut shorts, cuff them to your desired length and secure with a few paper clips.  At this point, your cuffs will probably be uneven – Use the water-soluble marker to even out the hem and cut away the excess.

4.  From the fabric you removed in step 2, cut patches large enough to cover any holes you need taken care of on your new shorts.  (If your shorts don’t need patching, skip to step 6.)

5.  Pin a patch to the inside of each hole and use a back stitch to secure them in place.

6.  Immediately wash and dry your new shorts to remove any remaining marker ink and to prevent excessive fraying of the cuff.  Cut away any loose threads.

Put on your new shorts and enjoy!