Showing posts from May, 2013

What I Wore: Handmade

Well, I didn't end up wearing too many skirts and dresses this week. It stayed pretty chilly from Friday-Monday, so I got to wear my scarves and layers again over the long weekend. I even got to wear my new rain boots I picked up on clearance!

I also wore a couple of items that I made in the last few days - a shirt and a maxi skirt. I got some good apparel fabric on clearance at Joann's over the holiday weekend as well, and was excited to use it!

Denim Jacket: Lands' End, Gold Blouse: LOFT (Goodwill), Pants: Old Navy (Goodwill), Flats: Target, Necklace and Earrings: Avon, Bracelet: Shabby Apple

Sweater: Elder-Beerman, Shirt: Merona, Necklace: Kohl's, Skirt: Made by me, Flats: Payless, Bracelet and Earrings: Avon

Shirt: Made by me, Pants: Target, Flats: Target, Necklace: Elder-Beerman, Bracelet: Gift

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Dress for the Day at Dear Abby Leigh

Show and Tell Tuesday: Maxi Skirt

Over the weekend, I picked up some nice jersey fabric at Joann Fabric for only $3.50 a yard. I got 2 yards and knew I wanted to make a dress or skirt out of the fabric. Thanks to a tip from Lindsay, I decided to make a simple maxi skirt with a fold over waist using this tutorial from Make It and Love It.

The skirt took only about an hour and a half to make and I love it! I wore it today for my daughter's preschool Fiesta program. I like all the neutrals in the fabric and it will get a lot of wear. I can see it with a ruffled tank and sandals in the summer as well as a sweater, tights, and boots in the fall and winter.

This skirt is a good representation of my signature style - comfortable but dressy and classic with a touch of the trends. I like to start with basic pieces and add accessories like the necklace, bracelet, and flats.

I made my daughter a similar skirt from a premade adult t-shirt dress that I repurposed and I also promised to make my mom one as well. I may just make…

Coffee Date: May 24, 2013


What I Wore: Warm!

It's time for another round up of outfits! I admit, I've been in a bit of a rut lately. I think it was a bit of a shock when it suddenly got very warm! I have had several days of staring at my closet and changing several times, which is what I am trying to get away from. I spent some time on Pinterest and browsing last week's What I Wore to get some ideas and inspiration on outfits I can create from my closet.

I wore this for a day off work - errands, dr. appointment, and stuff at home. :)
Blue Gingham Top - Old Navy (Garage Sale), Shorts - American Eagle (Goodwill), Flats - Target, Necklace - Kohl's, Earrings - Avon

 I wore this outfit for soccer, an hour at work at the library, and a few hours at an outdoor event in our town representing the library.
Khakis - Lands' End, Boat Shoes- Target, Chambray Shirt - Kohl's, Scarf - Kohl's, Earrings - Avon, Bracelet - Gift

I wore this to church and then hanging out with my family! I was inspired by the color combin…

The Gluten Free Baking Mix Cookbook: On Sale!

I wanted to share a special sale on The Gluten Free Baking Mix Cookbook by Lynn Walls. For 2 days - May 21 and 22, this ebook is on sale for only $0.99, regular $4.99. As someone with a family member that has food intolerance issues, I am looking forward to trying the recipes in this book!

There is a Kindle version available and a PDF version as well.

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Scrappy Books

I shared pictures of this quilt recently, but wanted to write a little more info about it and link up with the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

I made this quilt out of 4 rows of 5" squares and 3 half yards. I cut the squares (40 total from scraps out of my stash. I purchased the book fabric (Somerville Study in Tawny Plum by Alexander Henry) and the Bangle Dots fabric for the half yard sections and also used the Bangle Dots for the backing.

The quilt is machine quilted on my home machine using straight lines horizontally across the quilt. I finished the quilt envelope style using tips and a tutorial found at Red Pepper Quilts. Finished size is approximately 67" long by 40" wide.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out all the other amazing quilts!

Magic Treasure Rocks

Since I have a child at home, we often try out different activities for library programs at home to see how they work. Our theme this year is "Dig Into Reading" and one of my colleagues found this fun activity for Magic Treasure Rocks at Growing a Jeweled Rose. It's super fun and simple and incorporates science!

The rocks are made from water and baking soda and require around 24 hours of dry time. You can put little treasures inside that are revealed as the child sprays vinegar on them.

Here's a little video of how they work!

New Avon Products

A few weeks ago, I received my second prize box for being selected as my Avon district's Makeup Maven. The bundle included some really great new Avon products and colors.

I've had some time to use these new products and I want to share a few of my favorites!
Cosmic Eyeshadow in Celestial Taupe (available in Brochure 12) - This eyeshadow is beautiful. It is a neutral and incorporates peach, taupe, and grey. I have been wearing it almost every day since receiving it. I purchased Avon's Rounded Eyeshadow Brush to use with it.Glow Blusher Bronzer Duo in Rose Glow (available now) - This is a great product for summer! It incorporates a blush and bronzer that can be mixed together. I use this blush brush with it. Big Color Eye Pencil in Aquamarine (available now) - I love these big pencils because they are so easy to use. This bright turquoise shade adds a fun pop of color for summer!Totally Kissable Lip Gloss in Succulent Fuchsia (available now) - I really like lip gloss and th…

Coffee Date Friday: May 17, 2013

Hope you all had a great week! Leave me a comment about your week! I'd love to hear.

I'm linking up with Alissa at Rags to Stitches.

Giveaway Day Winner!

I realized I never posted our giveaway day winner. Our winner was J.L. Verde - and she's already received her package! Thanks to everyone that entered!

Happy Friday!

What I Wore: Up and Down

Our temperatures have been very up and down lately! We've had some summer-like temps and some days that have barely hit 50! I wore my riding boots one day and also have worn jeans and scarves. I didn't get too many photos this week, but here's what I have!

Chambray Shirt: Kohl's, Skirt: Express (Goodwill), Belt: Target, Necklace and Earrings: Avon, Flats: Target

Cropped Pants: Limited (Garage Sale), Shirt: Kirsten Kimono Tee, Cardigan: Kohl's, Shoes: Payless, Necklace: Avon

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Dress for the Day at Dear Abby Leigh

Marionberry Style

Show and Tell Tuesday: Finished Quilt

I finally have a finish to share this week! I've been working on this lap quilt for several weeks. It is a gift and I love the fabrics, especially the book print - I am a librarian after all!

The book print is Somerville Study in Tawny Plum by Alexander Henry purchased from Hawthorne Threads.

Instead of binding it, I finished the quilt envelope style, using tips and a tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts.
I'm linking up with Show and Tell Tuesday with Randi at Fresh Squeezed Fabrics!

Striped T-Shirt: Made By Me!

I finished a piece of clothing for myself that I am pretty happy with! The shirt is super simple with only 2 pieces, which is just right for me. I used the Kirsten Kimono Tee pattern from Craftsy.

I was able to make this with a 3/4 yard remnant of knit fabric I purchased at Joann Fabrics.

The neckline was the hardest part, and it didn't turn out perfectly, but I will be making more of these. Next time, I will make the bottom and sleeves a bit longer, plus I hope to change the neckline a bit as well.

I'm thinking about trying some knit fabric from Girl Charlee to make another one.

Do you ever make clothes for yourself? Any (easy) patterns you'd recommend?

I'm linking up!

Book Review: The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall

The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall is the second book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. I read and reviewed the first book, A Season for Tending and really enjoyed it, so I was eager to read the next book in the series as well.
The book begins where the first book leaves off, but if you haven't read the first book, there is a brief synopsis of the story so far at the beginning of this book. Rhoda Byler, Samuel and Jacob King, and several of their other family members are preparing to leave their current Amish community to establish an orchard and new Amish community in Maine. The move almost doesn't happen when Rhoda is forced to meet with her current district's bishop and defend herself against accusations. Once the characters move to Maine, they are faced with more unexpected difficulties that test their faith. The end of the book leaves the reader uncertain of what will happen next - and ready to read the third book in the series!
This book had a strong, sus…

Coffee Date Friday: Week 3

Happy Friday! Hope you've a good week!

I'm back with a new coffee date video. Just sharing some things from my week!

Here are links to a few of the things that I referred to in the video.

ThredUP (This is my affiliate link. You get $10 off your first order and I earn $10 in credit if you decide to order.)Hawthorne Threads - Somerville Study Fabric in Tawny Plum (You can see a picture of my quilt here as well.)Kirsten Kimono Tee Pattern Lari Boat Shoes from Target How's your week going? Leave me a comment!

I'm linking up with Rags to Stitches!

What I Wore: Spring!

Time for this week's what I wore! Springtime is such a busy time of year, isn't it? Lots of events and occasions! :) Dance Recital Outfit - Limited Crop Pants: Garage Sale ($3!), Blouse: Kohl's, Scarf: Target, Cardigan: Kohl's, Peep Toe Shoes: Payless

 Church Outfit (Nursery Duty) - Black T-Shirt: Target, Jeans: Gap via Goodwill, Scarf: Charming Charlie, Wedges: Payless

 Work Outfit - Green Skinnies: Kohl's (finally found some!), Floral Blouse: Elder-Beerman, Necklace: Mark, Peep Toe Shoes: Payless

Casual Day at Home - Denim Crops: Lee via Goodwill, Striped Top: Elder-Beerman, Flats: Target, Scarf: Kohl's, Earrings: Avon

What springtime activities are keeping you busy? Do you have a favorite go to outfit for various occasions? I'd love to hear!

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Dress for the Day at Dear Abby Leigh

Giveaway Day!

Today is Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day! We love participating in this event. It is so fun to discover new blogs and hear from lots of people!
This year, we're giving away the 3 fat quarters pictured below (Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner!) plus your choice of either a pattern or a scrap bundle from our shop.

To enter, leave a comment about your favorite spring/summer tradition or your favorite vacation destination.
This giveaway will be open until Friday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Please make sure to leave a way to contact you if it isn't a part of your profile. We will ship internationally.
Good luck and have fun! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Spring Color Challenge Day 5: Poppy Red

It's the last day of the spring color challenge and today's color is poppy red! I do not wear or have a lot of bright red, but I do have a red dress, so that is what I chose. I picked it up for $5 at Elder-Beerman and paired it with a tan cardigan (also seen yesterday), leopard flats, and gold and leopard jewelry. Sorry for the glare in the photo!

Dress: Elder-Beerman, Cardigan: Elder-Beerman, Tank: Meijer, Flats: Payless, Necklaces: Avon and Kohl's

I'm linking up to The Modern Austen!

Friday Coffee Date: It's May!

I'm linking up with Coffee Date Friday at Rags to Stitches! Let me know how your week was!

Spring Color Challenge Day 4: Linen

On to day 4!

Jeans: Gap via GW, Sweater: Elder-Beerman, Shirt: LOFT, Scarf: Target, Flats: Payless
I'm linking up with The Modern Austen!

Spring Color Challenge Day 3: Lemon Zest

Well on to Day 3 of the color challenge! Lemon Zest is a color that is lacking in my wardrobe - I do have several pieces (striped t-shirt, t-shirt, ruffled blouse, blazer, and flats) that are more of a gold/mustard color. I tried to find something I owned that was a springier yellow and came up with a necklace and earrings. Again, this outfit is a bit of a stretch for the color challenge, but I did wear a neglected necklace (that is actually very pretty) and also a pair of earrings I've never worn before.

Cardigan: Kohl's, Wedges: Payless, Shirt: Target, Pants: Kohl's, Necklace: Avon, Earrings: Groopdealz

I'm linking up with The Modern Austen for the color challenge as well as:

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