Monday, April 20, 2015

The Shelly


First things first, I didn't realize my collar necklace had shifted sideways until I got back inside to change out of my outfit!  I simply could not redo the photos, so big blooper #1.  (I'm saving another for the end.) :o)

This outfit was thanks to my super sweet friend, Shelly!  Two birthdays ago, she wrapped my present in the polka-dot fabric I used to sew my top.  Last Summer she thrifted the skirt for me.  Last week she bought the tiny hat for me.  She said it jumped out at her and said, "Buy me for JJ!"  I told her she needs to get me a pair of shoes next so I'll have a complete Shelly outfit. :o)

JJ

Items not compliments of Shelly are: Ring (DIY), Belt (Local), Vintage Collar Necklace (Antique Shop), and Heels (Marshall's)

Here's the promised 2nd blooper...a BIG swarm of bees flew overhead.  This is a mixture of "worry" and "what it that?" facial expressions. :o)



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Monday, April 13, 2015

My Wedding Dress


This Sunday was our Wedding Anniversary.  We've been married a dozen years...we joked that the anniversary gift should be a dozen donuts. :o)

I decided to pull out my wedding dress and see if I could squeeze into it.  I just made it!  I designed my wedding dress and my Mom sewed it.  You see alllllll those dangly beads from the butterflies?  She hand strung and hand sewed them on!  She also hand sewed the lace around the entire hem and train AND added beads to it too!

I had a garden wedding that wasn't very fussy at all.  I ran around barefoot as soon as the minister pronounced us Man and Wife. :o)  Would I design the same dress if we were getting married today?  No, but it was perfect then!  The lace has all yellowed a bit, and there are some mystery stains here and there, but I still think it is beautiful.  I loved it as a Bride, but now that I see it through a sewist's eyes I see so much love in every stitch!  I remember how stressed my Mom was about it being perfect!  She really did a spectacular job!!!

Oh, and the Butterfly hair jewels were alllll over my hair on our wedding day...I only wore three for our anniversary. :o)


Janna

PS: I will scan in a photo of the dress on our Wedding Day later this week.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Outfits


Hat: Flea Market
Blue Pearl Necklace: Gift from Grandmother
Gold Necklaces and Earrings: Gifts from Hubby
Vintage Dress: Thrifted and Refashioned
Wearing my Yellow Tutu skirt as a petticoat
Sandals: DSW (clearance)

It was my Sister-in-Law's turn this year to pick out the colors (see color palette) for our Easter outfits.  I had this vintage dress (complete with original sales tags still attached) hanging out in my refashion pile.  My original plan was to do something nautical to it.  Well, I'm happy that I needed to change plans, I really do love how it turned out.  I tossed the dress in the wash with three bottles of Kelly Green dye and it came out this Jade color.  I took in the bodice and those giant sleeves, those things went past my elbows!  I swapped the buttons for cute little sheep that I colored in with Sharpies.  I sewed them on when they were still White and they just jumped out and were distracting.  Once I colored them in I thought they were cute and complimentary. :o)

I bought the sandals last Fall when they were marked way, way down.  This was my first time to wear them.  I was so happy they went so well with my outfit since I hadn't taken them out of the box until the day before Easter to see if they'd work.  I didn't really have a backup shoe in mind either.  I live life on the edge sometimes. :o)

JJ



Dress Before:


Sheep Buttons:
 
 





Friday, April 3, 2015

Butterflies


Butterfly Wing Earrings: Gift from Sister-in-Law
Necklaces and Bracelet: Burke's Outlet
Lego Watch: Gift from my Son
Dress: Dillard's (clearance)
Belt: Local Leather Shop
Butterfly Top: Thrifted

This top mostly gets worn with casual outfits, think ripped jean shorts.  I'm happy I hit on this flowy outfit to dress it up.  I almost felt like a butterfly myself...my earrings flit about, my sleeves floated, and my dress tried to blow over my head!  Not a safe outfit for a windy morning. :o)  Thankfully the wind had calmed down by the time church let out.

JJ

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