Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Handmade Masculine Card

Editoral Note:  This is a pre-scheduled post.  I am in Illinois for the week visiting my children and grand babies.  They do not have Internet service so I will be unable to post or respond to comments till I return.

Summer is months of birthdays and anniversaries for me so I am always busy in my craft room making cards.  All my children and grand babies were born during the summer, plus almost everyone gets married in the summer, so I have lots of cards to make!

My son--in-law's birthday is in August and this was the card I made for him.


To make this card I used an old, retired background stamp from Stampin' Up!.  I stamped just a portion of it on an angle in brown ink.  The stop watch is an old Inkadinkado stamp.  I stamped it on separate card stock, colored it in, cut it out, then popped it up on dimensionals.



The sentiment is also an old SU! stamp.  I stamped it on a piece of separate white card stock, and cut it out using an MFT die.  Then I sewed it on to the main white panel using my sewing machine.  The entire card base was then glued to a brown card base.


Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Drawstring Pants For Hot Summer Days

Editorial Note:  This is a pre-scheduled post.  I am in Illinois for the week visiting my children and grand babies.  They do not have Internet service so I will not be able to post or respond to your comments until I return home.

Lightweight pants are a great alternative for hot summer days if you don't want to wear shorts.  My regular readers may be aware that my legs have been looking very scarred and bruised from a cooking accident last Thanksgiving and also from working in the garden.  Although I still wear shorts on occasion, my scars have been leaving a bit self conscious so I've been leaning on lightweight pants and maxi dresses as options.  

Because of my scars, I asked my Stitch Fix stylist to send me some "Easy Breezy lightweight pants" and she sent me this pair from Kut from the Kloth.


The pants are a thin linen material.  They are so thin you can see right through them if you hold them up to light (definitely got to wear the right underwear when wearing these pants!).  The thinness is nice for hot weather, but the material does wrinkle easily.



The pants have both a drawstring and elastic waist line, plus pockets.

I paired my Stitch Fix pants with this cute graphic tee from JCPenney.  I will be leaving for a hiking adventure in Utah in a few weeks, so I purchased some new active wear and lightweight loose tanks for the trips.  I absolutely fell in love with the print and color of this tank, but of course the only size they had left was a large.  I promised myself I would never buy clothing that was not my size again because I always end up regretting it, yet, I did it again.  Ugh!  Why do I that?  I should have just waited and ordered my correct size on-line.  Anyway, the top is very large and loose on me, which makes me look bigger than I am, but, I think it will be very comfortable to wear with my active wear shorts and leggings.  The longer length will cover up my backside nicely.



I chose my strappy flat sandals from DSW (old) to go with the casual, boho vibe of this look.


I added a multi-strand beaded bracelet that has a lot of the colors from the outfit in the beads, and I carried a straw bag...both great boho pieces that compliment the outfit.




I could not find these exact par of pants on line, but I love these olive green Kut from the Kloth pair HERE (on sale).  JCPenney also has this great pair HERE!.  The tank is available HERE, but I see the elephant graphic I'm wearing is sold out already (other designs still available).  So maybe I wouldn't have been able to buy it on-line anyway.  Everyone wants this print I guess!


Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, August 16, 2019

How To Wear A Dark Floral Maxi Dress

Can a woman have too many maxi dresses?  ha ha, I'm beginning to wonder now that I'm the proud owner of six maxis!  I just love the comfort and ease of knit maxi dresses.  I like looking like I'm dressed up but I'm so comfortable I could sleep in what I'm wearing.  This is a maxi I received in my August box from Stitch Fix.  It's made of a soft thin knit material so it's so comfortable!  


I think the dark floral will transition me from summer to fall nicely.  Here I am styling the dress with black sandals, but I can see it with booties and a jean jacket when the weather gets colder.


This dress is by Loveappella and is called "Torri Knit Maxi Dress".  I couldn't find this exact dress on-line other than Poshmark, but here is a great alternative on Amazon.    Speaking of Poshmark, I've recently discovered that I can find a lot of Stitch Fix pieces on Poshmark.  I always regretted sending this black floral top back, but I found it on Poshmark for only $22;  half the cost Stitch Fix was asking.  So I scooped it up!  I've also seen this dress on Poshmark, but it was sold out or not in my size.  I've learned that before buying from Stitch Fix, to check Poshmark first because I might find it cheaper!


Like most Stitch Fix pieces, the dress has several charming little details.  I like that this dress not only has sleeves (most of my maxis are halters) but it's a trending flutter sleeve.  There is also a cute crochet detail on the shoulder.

The dress has a wrap style which is flattering on all figure types, but it does reveal more cleavage.  If  I wore this dress to church, I would definitely wear a cami underneath it.



For accessories I chose black and white jewelry and I carried a blush pink clutch also from Stitch Fix (Sole Society, similar bag HERE).



Have A Great Day!  Amy

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