Monday, December 15, 2014

Rudolph Returns


Red Beads: Great Grandmother's
Green Czech Glass Beads: DIY
Sapphire Butterfly set: Gifts from Hubby
Cardigan: Thrifted
Blouse: Gift from Sister-in-Law
Belt: Local
Skirt: Self Made (no pattern)
Hue Tights: Macy's (clearance)
Heels: Marshall's

The countdown has begun on how long I can wear this skirt!  Hmm, I think I'll wear it grocery shopping tomorrow.  Yes, yes I will. :o)

My nails are all nice from going out on a date with Hubby the night before. :o)  I managed to keep them on three whole days before life demanded I get practical and remove them.  It was nice while they lasted.  Maybe I'll bust 'em out again for our New Year's party?

Hope everyone is having as much fun as we are during the holidays!

JJ




Friday, December 5, 2014

Walking in Leaves



Silver Earrings: Gift from Hubby
Vintage "Pearl" Necklace: Thrifted
Heart Necklace: Gift from a Friend
Cameo Ring: French Quarter New Orleans
Rosary Bracelet: Gift from Grandfather
Ceramic Watch: TJMaxx
Belt:Commissioned from Local Leather Shop
Lace Top: Ross
Skirt: Self Made (no pattern)
Heels: Thrifted

Ok, I seriously love this skirt!  It's like wearing a ballgown...in a wonderful weighty cotton!!!  I totally found myself swishing side to side on stage when I was singing at church. :o)

On the way home we rounded the corner and I saw all those leaves and just had to walk (swish) in them!!!

JJ

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Monday, December 1, 2014

It Was a Happy Thanksgiving at the Farm


Leaf Crown: DIY
Red Beads: Great Grandmother's
Gold Hoops: Gift from Hubby
Watch: TJMaxx
Blouse: Self Made (New Look 6808)
Duck Cardigan: Thrifted
Jeans: Gift from Hubby
Loafers: Thrifted

It was a wonderful day spent at the family farm celebrating Thanksgiving with lots and lots of family, good food, and fun!

I made the teepee for my boys with the intention of letting the cousins paint designs on it.  The painting didn't happen...now we have something fun to do next rainy day. :o)

What did happen at the farm?  Tractor rides, horse rides, jumping on hay bales, a 500 piece puzzle was put together minus one piece (we think we lost it in the campfire), and lots of eating, drinking, and visiting around the fire.

The last photo is the view out back of the farm house.  A few years ago Grandpa placed the statue of Jesus looking across the fields.  Isn't it peaceful?  (The statue is taller than me, even without its platform.)

Still feeling Thankful,
JJ





Monday, November 24, 2014

Feeling Corny


Autumn Crown: DIY
Gold Hoop Earrings: Gift from Hubby
Necklace: Thrifted
Ceramic Watch: TJMaxx
Fox Tie Belt: Thrifted
Blouse: Self Made (New Look 6808)
Skirt: Self Made (from a tablecloth)
Yellow Tulle Skirt (worn under as a petticoat): Self Made
Vintage Heels: Thrifted

This is one of my top favorite outfits!  I am just tickled it came out exactly how I envisioned!

I should have taken a good closeup of the blouse's fabric (you can see a bit of it in the belt photo).  The print is Indian corn with metallic outlines.  I love Indian corn, the colors are just soooooo beautiful!!!  I bought the fabric intending to make a blouse to wear for Thanksgiving last year, but didn't know what pattern to use so it never got done.  Fast forward to this year when I finally knew which pattern would be perfect for it.  It has such a cute vintage look that is darling made up in novelty prints.  I plan on making more of these blouses for sure!  The pattern calls for a side zipper, but so many sewists blogged that they didn't need it.  I made a quick muslin for fit, sans zipper, and pulled it over my head.  Sure enough...it worked!  *Happy Dance* :o)  Another thing I got to skip was interfacing the collar.  The metallic printing on the cotton made it plenty stiff on its own.  Instead of doing the collar facings, I finished it with bias tape.  I ended up grading out to a size larger at the hips (the blouse is almost tunic length) and putting slits in the sides for when I wear it untucked with jeans.  Guess what I'm wearing on Thanksgiving. :o)

I've been wearing my leaf crown as much as possible...running errands, a day at the school, church, everywhere I can before Thanksgiving ends and Christmas takes over.

JJ