Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fall Harvest Card

I have one more fall card to share with you before we move into the holiday season.  This is a fall card I made for my daughter and her husband.  I used a very old set from Stampin' Up!  called "Feathered Friends".  I actually sold this stamp set, but I stamped off a few images before I sent it on it's merry way to its' new owner;  and, I'm glad I did, because it is a classic!

I colored the image and cut it out with square Nestabilities from Spellbinders.  I added lots of embellishment to this card since it was such a tiny image.  I used Prima flowers, a brad for the flower center, and some hemp cord for a bow.

On the lower right corner I added another Prima flower and brad, but this time I cut out a leafy stem using an MFT die and I added a couple of shiny red apple brads.

The designer paper is from an old DCWV fall mat stack.  I created lots of frames and layers by matting it multiple times.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stitch Fix #22: A Plaid Vest, Sweater, And A Necklace

I just got my November Stitch Fix box this Saturday and at the time I'm writing this post, I'm still trying to decide what to keep and what to send back.  I'm having a hard time because I love everything!  I created a poll on my Instastories on Instagram and I would really appreciate it if you'd pop on over there and vote on each item.  The poll should run through 3:30 central on Monday.  I don't need to decide what to keep until Tuesday, and I will really be taking whatever you guys say into consideration.  So please vote!  And of course you can leave your opinion of these three pieces in the comment section below this post.

In this Fix I received a vest, a sweater, a necklace, a pair of skinny corduroy pants, and a bell sleeve top.  Today I will review three of those pieces:  the vest, sweater, and necklace.   On Friday I'll review the last two pieces and then do a review of the entire Fix and let you know what I kept and what I sent back.

The first item I will review is this vest.

Lemon Tart "Kallen Ponte Puffer Vest"

I'll be honest and admit I sneaked a peek on the Stitch Fix website to see what they were sending me in advance.  I try so hard not to do that, because I really liked to be surprised, but sometimes I just can't help myself.  When I saw I had a puffer vest in my Fix I initially thought "Oh no, I don't need another puffer vest.  I already own five!".  But then when my Fix arrived and I pulled out the vest I was blown away.  It is so well-constructed!  It's one of those items when you examine it you realize you definitely get what you pay for because the quality is amazing.

I'm normally not a big plaid lover, but this plaid is so subtle it works for me.  I like the colors in the plaid.  It has a tiny bit of burgundy in it which really works for me because I have a lot of burgundy in my closet.  It is very tapered, so even though it's quilted and thick, it's very slimming for a vest.  It doesn't feel or look like it adds a lot of extra bulk to my frame.

It has side pockets with zippers!  Yes, another plus for me!

My husband really liked the vest too, and feels I should keep it.  He says I don't have anything like it, and he's right, I don't.  He liked the quilting as well.

The next item is this necklace.

Marlyn Schiff "Newman Circle Charm Layering Necklace"

I like the style of this necklace but the quality of the necklace is kind of cheap for the cost.  I could find something similar for half the cost or less at Charming Charlies or elsewhere.  I will probably only keep the necklace if I keep the entire Fix because it is pointless to send only the necklace back and lose my 25% off discount.

 The third item in this Fix is this burnt orange sweater.

Vero Moda Leroya Crew Neck Pullover Sweater

Things I love about this sweater:  the color, the thin knit, the length.   Things I don't love:  the crew neck and shoulders don't flatter my figure.  I also have two similar colored sweaters in my closet already.

The two similar sweaters I already own are slightly different.  One has a lace up neckline (HERE) and the other is a thicker knit and shorter (HERE).   I prefer this Stitch Fix one over the thicker, shorter knit one I already own.  This happens a lot to me with my Stitch Fix items.  I already own a similar item, but I like the one Stitch Fix sends me better, and I want to keep the Stitch Fix item, even if I really don't need it.  Ugh!  That's why I need you to help me decide!

I'm actually not a big fan of pullover sweaters in general because I never think they flatter me.  I always prefer tops with cardigans or vests.  But, living in Wisconsin, pullovers are often necessary:  as you can probably tell by these photos.  Yes, we have snow already.  This is actually our 4th snowfall this season.  It's going to be one long, miserable winter.

I'd really love your thoughts on these items!  I don't have to decide till Tuesday, so please advise me!  I'll be back on Friday with the other two pieces of this Fix and I'll let you know the results of the poll on Instagram and also what I ultimately decided to keep.

Have you always wanted to try Stitch Fix but you were a bit nervous about it?  Did you know if you use my Referral Code you can save $25.00 on your first Fix?  Give it a try!  What do you have to lose?  

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, November 9, 2018

What To Wear On A Christmas Walk

Every year our small town does a "Christmas Walk" where three houses in the community are chosen  and open to the public.  They are also decorated for Christmas.  One year, many years ago, my home was chosen.  It was a lot of work, but a huge blessing too.  If you want to see the posts I wrote about that event, they are HERE and HERE.  But, beware, as a lot of my house has been redecorated and doesn't even look like that anymore.

This year my husband and I went on the Christmas Walk together and we got to see a renovated barn that was decorated for Christmas.  The barn is rented out for weddings and other special events.  I took lots of pictures, and I can't wait to do a blog post about it after Thanksgiving. 

 For today's post, I'm showing what I chose to wear on the Christmas Walk.  It was a cold, dreary day so I wanted to be warm and comfortable.  You are also required to remove your footwear to tour the homes, so I had to pick shoes that I can take on and off very easily.

 I decided on this long, animal print sweatshirt that is super old.  It's one of my favorite pieces in my closet.  I've always loved the length, the weight of the sweatshirt, and the print.  I've previously styled it with grey jeans HERE and with light denim crops HERE.  Today, I'm styling it with my new eggplant leggings from Stitch Fix and a new pair of booties from JCPenney.

The sweatshirt has quilted shoulders and a bit of silver metallic scattered throughout the print.

 I carried my black Liz Claiborne tote (old)  to coordinate with my black leather jacket and black booties.

This top is great to wear with leggings because it's long enough to cover my backside.

I've been seeing the booties with the multiple buckles for a few seasons now and they have been on my wish list.  I finally took the plunge when I saw this pair by a.n.a called "Women's Ann Bootie Zip".  They are super comfortable, but I wish they had a little more of a heel.  I think they would be more attractive on me if they had more of a heel.  But, on this day they were the perfect booties to wear because I could take them on and off very easily (there's a zipper on the inside of the shoe) and because they're flat, they were comfortable to walk in.

For jewelry I chose these long, thin silver/black earrings and my usual rings.

I chose my faux leather jacket from CJBanks (old) because it was a bit drizzly this day so I needed to wear outerwear that could handle a little rain.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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