Monday, February 19, 2018

On Winter Break

I am going to Chicago to visit my children and grand baby for a week!  One entire week of cuddles and kisses!  I'm so excited!  I will back to a regular blogging schedule on Wednesday,  February 28th!
I will still be posting to Instagram and sharing our Chicago-land adventures to Instastories!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Pearl Embellished Sweatshirt

 Did everyone have a Happy Valentine's Day?  My husband and I love this holiday and because it landed on a Wednesday this year we decided to celebrate twice.  We first went out the weekend before for a day-date!  We went out to lunch and then went to see the latest Thor movie.  Oh my goodness, it was so funny.  I just about bust a gut when Thor saw "The Incredible Hulk" and said "Yes! I know him!  We work together!".  Then, because my husband has a 60 hour week week plus commutes 10 hours a week, we had a romantic candlelight dinner at home on Wednesday.  You may have seen pictures of our inexpensive sirloin sizzler meal and my decorations on my Instastories.  I had so much fun decorating the table and deciding what to serve.

This is what I wore on our first Valentine date.  It was such a bitter cold day I thought I would die just wearing this wool coat and not my parka.  We knew there was no way I could take pictures outside in this cold, so we walked down the street a bit hoping there was a cute lobby somewhere...and there was.

If I had known how bitter cold it would be that day, I wouldn't have worn this coat.  I just wanted to wear red for Valentine's Day and this coat seem perfect.

Underneath the red wool coat, I wore white skinny jeans, a grey pearl embellished sweatshirt, and grey booties.

Even though the lighting wasn't the best, I was so happy to find a spot indoors with some interesting architecture to take pictures.  This is a recently remodeled hotel in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin called The Lismore.  We had never been here before.  They had the coolest coffee shop in the lobby that would have perfect for taking pictures, but there were way to many college students inside.  I was so bummed!  The lighting and atmosphere was perfect for fashion photography.  I'll have to find out when it's not quite so busy.

My pearl embellished sweatshirt is by Liz Claiborne and my jeans are from Charlotte Russe. 

I was thrilled to find this top but I was mad because when I bought it, it was on sale for $27.00 and I used a $10.00 coupon on it.  Now it's already on clearance for only $13.20!  UGH!  Oh well, that happens sometimes!  If you like it, scoop it up!  Because it super cute and comfortable!  I like that the pearl embellishments are so small.  Some of the pearl embellished tops I've seen have really large pearls on them, and I don't like that at all.

The top also has these unique tie sleeves.  I knew pearl embellished anything was totally trending;  how could you miss it?  You can't walk into any store anywhere without seeing pearls covered all over everything!  But I had no idea these cute ties were back.  I started seeing these adorable ties on a lot of tops as well.

For jewelry, I accented with silver and more pearls!  I wore three silver bracelets, silver rings, and pearl earrings.

I continued with the grey theme by wearing grey booties by Blowfish (old, similar).

I really loved the modern architecture and feel of this newly designed hotel.  I did not however like the black and white mural you can catch a peek of in some of my photos.  Lets just say it is not family-friendly.  My husband and I couldn't believe this ugly mural was even in the lobby.  I wonder what someone was drinking when they decided to put it on the wall.  haha!  Now, if your an Eau Claire native don't drive right over and check it out.  It's not that obscene or anything, it's just gross.  It's more of a obscene suggestion.  Now I probably got all my readers curiosity up.  haha!  Sorry.  I'm not going to tell!  :)

I love that this top is a sweatshirt material because it's so soft and comfortable to wear.  Yet, the pearls and ties glam it up a bit!  I love clothes that look dressy but are super comfortable to wear.

I've fallen in love with these high-waisted jeans as well.  I loved them so much I bought another pair in the exact same style but in a different color.  I also bought a pair of dark high-waisted denim as well.  Charlotte Russe is having a jean sale right now:  all their jeans are only $25.00!  I couldn't have been more pleased as I am trying to weed out all my low-rise jeans so I have nothing but high-rise or mid-rise in stretch denim.

I don't know if it's the high-rise or what, but I thought these jeans made my legs look super long and thin.  Who doesn't want that?

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I've Been "Grilled" on "Grilled Grandmas"!

I'm been "Grilled" On "Grilled Grandmas"!  

I'm so happy to be featured on Grandma's Briefs today!  Lisa does a "Grilled Grandmas" feature on her blog.  Here is her description of this feature:

A Grilled Grandma is a grandmother on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions and she's graciously responded with answers and photos.

It was so fun answering Lisa's questions and picking out which photos to include in the feature.  And I especially love that Alethea and I were featured on Valentine's Day!  She is my little Valentine after all!

Check out the post HERE!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Handmade Valentine Cards and Tags

Valentine's Day is tomorrow and if you've procrastinated and are still looking for some ideas for handmade cards and tags I have a few for you!

Every Valentine's Day I make my husband and children handmade cards.  And this year, I have my very first grand baby to give Valentine's Day gifts too so I made her a card as well.  

This is the card I made for my husband.  I cased the layout from this card, but I used a different sentiment stamp and papers.

I've had all these little hearts in my stash for years.  The upper right heart is a button, and the lower two are made of felt and foam.

My next card I cased from this card.  I just thought it was the cutest idea and the design would go perfectly with a book I bought for Alethea.  It was so simple and fun to make.  Again, I followed the original design but used all my own supplies.  I didn't have to buy a thing!

I cut all the caterpillar hearts out of card stock using a heart die from Spellbinders.  The little hearts are made of fuzzy pink felt (I had these in my stash).  I added little google eyes and black pom poms and bakers twine for the antennae.

I saw this book at Walmart and I thought it was so cute! I love the story line, and it's very interactive! Perfect for little kids or babies who can't read yet!  The card I made went perfect with the bug theme of the book!

My next card I made for my son Jordan.  For Christmas, he gave me a package of card fronts to color and make cards out of.  I absolutely love these cards!  Even though there is a lot of coloring involved, they actually make quick and easy cards because I don't have to spend hours trying to design a layout (the hardest thing for me to do when making cards).  I just color the image and slap it on a card base and I'm done!

I did put the coloring panel on a piece of black card stock to make it pop against the white card base.  I also added some hearts to personalize it for Valentine's Day.

The cards come in this cute little box.  I decided to include my fingers in the photo to give you some idea of the scale.

There are 44 inspirational cards inside the box. They are not Valentine cards (I just took two cards with a love theme and turned them into Valentine Cards by adding hearts and a "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment inside.  They are just generic, spiritual cards that you could use for any occasion.

Here is a sample of what the cards look like before they are colored.  I used Stampin' Up! markers to color mine.  If you like to give handmade cards but you may not be the most creative person in the world, or maybe you don't have a lot of time or stamping supplies, these are a great alternative.  You can find them on Amazon HERE for only $4.11!  What a deal!  You couldn't buy a card that inexpensive and you get 44!

I also made my daughter and son-in-law a card using a coloring panel from the same kit.  Once again, I popped the colored panel onto a black base before adhering to a white card base.

I added little pink paper hearts and Stickles (glitter glue) to personalize it a bit.

I also gave everyone a small gift and I made tags to with them.  They are very simple.  I just cut tag shapes using my Spellbinders Tag Die then I stuck a Valentine felt shape on it (all from my stash).  I hand wrote their names with a red gel pen.

I put Jason's gift in a bag I decorated for Valentine's Days.  It's just a simple white bag with designer paper glued to it.  The sentiment on the bag was created with a stamp.  I added ribbon and two paper hearts for embellishment.

For Alethea's and Ashley gifts, I wrapped them in Valentine tissue paper and tied with a white bow!

 For Jordan's gift, I just filled a medium size red bag with candy and tied the handles together with the tag and ribbon.

And I can't finish the post without showing a picture of my little cuddle bug after she opened her Valentine's Gift.  I had to laugh at how much she enjoyed playing in the box.  I shipped the box last Thursday because that's the day of the week I run my errands so they received their Valentine's presents a little early!

I hope you all have a Happy Valentine's Day!  Please take some time time on Valentines Day to tell or show the loved ones in your life how much you love them!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

A New Re-Decorating Project!

My husband and I have lived in our house for over 25 years.  When we first bought the home, we gutted every single room and redecorated them, then we built a 1200 square foot addition.  After that, I went back to work for six years, and the house renovations and upkeep ended.  Since I "retired" three years ago, I've been slowly working going back through the house completely redecorating some rooms and doing minor updates in other.  Last year we renovated our master bedroom, and the year before that we did created my beauty room.  This year, it's time to redecorate my daughter's old bedroom.

When you live in a home a long time, your needs for each room in your house change.  So when it came time to redecorate some of the rooms in my house, I had to first take into consideration "How will the room be used now in this stage of our lives?".  My daughter married and moved out of our home six years ago.  Her room is primarily used now as a guest room and also for seasonal clothing storage.  My daughter and her husband are the guests who use the room the most so I asked her "How can I design this room to fit your needs when you come to visit".  She replied, "Plenty of floor space to put a small crib, a place to put folded clothes, and a place to put dirty clothes".  

Now that I had my use for the room identified and I knew what the special needs were, it was time to peruse Pinterest for some interest.  Below are some bedrooms I pinned to my For The Home board that I really like because of the color and style.  Keep in mind, that my bedroom is only a fraction of the size of these rooms,  I'm looking at colors and styles only.

After years of living in a jewel-toned house, I love the idea of neutral walls and furniture and bringing in accent colors with pillows and blankets. 

I love upholstered headboards and purchased one for my own bedroom.  I think I will purchase another one, but this time buy a beige or off-white one instead.

I want to keep everything in the room a mix of whites, creams, and beige's and only bring in color with accent pieces and some dark wood furniture.

The hallway leading to the guest room has peachy tones, so I was thinking this soft, muted pinky/peach color would make a great accent color.  I love fur pillows, and this one would not only bring color into the room, but texture as well.

I love this chunky knit throw too!  Isn't it fun?

I will be on the hunt for some type of bench or settee that could be used for both storage and/or a place to put a suitcase on top of.  This one is awesome!  It brings so much texture into the room.  And I'm crazy for those floor to ceiling drapes!  Love the color of the drapes too!

And now that you've seen all my inspiration pictures and what I hope to do in the room, here are some pictures of what the room looks like now.  It was Christmas when these photos were taken, hence the Christmas decor.

The room was painted a very dark red with white trim.  The floor is nothing but painted floor boards.  Toile material was used for the window drapes, closet drapes, and bedding.  The furniture consisted of a queen size daybed, an old sewing machine used as a table, a floor lamp, and a chair.  

The decor has a 'Paris' theme, which I will be keeping, but everything else is going!  I will be making a bed skirt with the striped material, and keeping the toile comforter,  and one or two of the pillows. I'm not sure if I will be keeping the toile bulletin board.

Time for an update, right?  Yikes, I'm embarrassed to even show you these pictures!  I think you can also tell why I want to leave the dark jewel tones behind and open up the room with clean, bright neutrals!  I painted the room dark because back then it was all the rage to paint small rooms dark colors to make them seem more cozy.  Now it just seems like spending time in this room is like being in a dark cave...nothing cozy about it!

My husband and I have already gutted the room and I repainted the red walls a "China White".  I can't believe the difference!  Wow!  But, I will talk more about that in next week's post!  Till then, 

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, February 9, 2018

A Valentine's Outfit

Is everyone all excited for Valentine's Day?  I've seen so many of my blogging friends post their pretty Valentine outfits, desserts, and decorating ideas this past month.  I know Valentine's Day often gets a bad rap for being over-commercialized, but I LOVE Valentine's Day.  First,  it's so nice to have a holiday in the middle of winter;  I mean, can you imagine getting through January, February, and most of March without one?  Second, I love that there is a holiday dedicated to "love".  I celebrate all the "loves" in my life on Valentine's Day.  My children, granddaughter, and husband all get handmade Valentine's cards and small gifts from me!

 Many fashion bloggers are posting pictures of themselves wearing red or pink dresses, but here in Wisconsin it's been a very cold winter.  Most days have been below zero or in the single digits, and we are all growing a little tired of it.  So when deciding what to wear for Valentine's Day, I had to skip the skimpy dresses, and opt for a sweater and jeans instead.

I picked this floral cardigan because what is more romantic than flowers, right?  I chose a blush velvet tee to wear underneath the cardigan.  The blush color is a traditional Valentine color and velvet is a very romantic texture.  I decided on black pants and black over-the-knee boots because black is my husband's favorite color on me and he loves OTK boots (what guy doesn't, right?).

I couldn't decide if I liked this outfit better tucked in or out, so I included both versions and decided to let you decide.  Here it is tucked in.

 And here it is un tucked.  Which one do you prefer?


I purchased the floral cardigan this past fall at Charlotte Russe.  Mine is no longer available, but I love this white floral version for spring.

For jewelry I chose a necklace and earring set from Liz Claiborne.

Other than my wedding ring, I picked two silver rings to coordinate with the silver necklace and earrings.

I have shown this floral cardigan to you before.  I wore it to another romantic event:  a weekend at a Bed and Breakfast.  I must look at this cardigan and always think "romance"!  :)  Here I wore it with all black:  A black tank top, black leather leggings, and black ankle booties.

So what about you?  Do you have any big plans for Valentine's Day?  I'd love to hear from you!

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