Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Handmade Anniversary Card And Our 31st Wedding Celebration

 My husband and I celebrated 31 years of marriage last August.  We celebrated our anniversary by going to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for a romantic getaway.  We went to the Paine Gardens and the Paine Mansion, then spent the evening and following morning at a beautiful hotel in downtown Oshkosh along a river.

I always make my husband a handmade card for our anniversary.  This was the card I made for him.  I cased it from THIS CARD on Pinterest.  I apologize for the bad photography.  For whatever reason, my camera did not like the colors of this card and I could not get a good photo to save my life.

I created the hearts by stamping designs on kraft cart stock with red ink and cutting out heart shapes using dies from Spellbinder's Nestabilties.  The "Love" sentiment was cut from red card stock using my Cricut Expresson machine.  I popped the hearts up using dimensionals and glued the "Love" sentiment directly to the hearts.  I added a wooden button for embellishment tying a bit of red string in a bow into the button.

The sentiment was stamped in red ink directly onto the main panel.

 The bottom half of the card was dry embossed with my Cuttlebug machine and a heart folder.

A red grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the dry embossed layer before adhering it to the main card stock panel.

And now I'd like to share some personal photos of our anniversary weekend other than the ones you've already seen taken at the Paine Gardens and Mansions. 

After visiting the gardens and mansion we were starving so I googled "best restaurants in Oshkosh" and the "Fox River Brewery" popped up.  So after plugging the location into my GPS off we were!

The ratings and reviews of this restaurant were spot on.  It was located right on the river with indoor and outdoor seating;  both offering beautiful views of the river.  Since it was such a beautiful day, we chose to sit outdoors and watch the boats go by.

Customers could drive their boats right up the restaurant's piers and dock them while they ate.

There was also a draw bridge that was fun to watch go up and down.

The outdoor seating area also had a tiki bar, fire pits, and heat lamps.

I ordered one of my favorite standbys:  a barbecue sandwich and my husband ordered his usual, chicken tenders.  I thought my sandwich was pretty good, but I could have used more barbecue sauce and they did not give me any extra ( I also didn't ask for more sauce as my waitress was super busy).

After lunch we checked into our hotel and then walked a bit downtown.  Most of the stores were closed by now, so we got back into the car and drove to the local park "Menominee Park and Zoo" which in addition to a free zoo, had a beach and gorgeous views of their lake,  Lake Winnebago.   It wasn't a very nice zoo for it wasn't that well maintained, but we still enjoyed visiting the animals. 

The hotel that we stayed in had a restaurant that was also right on the river and provided indoor and outdoor seating.  We had dinner outside along the river again, but this time it was dark and we could enjoy the heat lamps and fire pits.  It was so peaceful and romantic.

The next morning we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel's restaurant so we could enjoy the river view one last time.  Before heading back home, we decided to take a leisurely stroll on their scenic river walk.

On our actual anniversary date,  I woke up to a bouquet of these beautiful red roses and a romantic card.

Yes, were in our mid fifties and married over thirty years, but we still take time from our busy lives to celebrate our anniversary and give each other small, thoughtful gifts.  I think it's so important to never stop doing that.  You don't have to spend a lot of money or go somewhere exotic;  we just went to a small town three hours away.  Not every anniversary has to be celebrated with a lavish vacation to be enjoyed.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, September 17, 2018

How To Wear Two Trends At Once: Pearl Embellished Jeans with an Embroidered Top

A few weeks ago I shared a pair of pom pom jeans and a Calvin Klein top that I picked up at a Yonkers's store closing sale.  I picked up a lot of cute, trendy items at that sale, and I will be sharing them all with you in the weeks/months to come.  This is an outfit I wore to a ladies' bible study, lunch with my husband, and shopping.  It was a warm, 80 degree day in September.  I picked up both this lovely embroidered peplum top and pearl embellished jeans for less than $5.00 each at the Yonkers's store closing sale.  

I mentioned in my pom pom jeans post that I normally don't buy trendy jeans because they get dated quickly, but for less than $5.00 a pair, why not?  I have about three more left of jeans to show you yet, one of them I think is really wild!

I absolutely LOVE this top!  It's so soft and comfy.  I love the length, the peplum bottom, and of course the pretty red embroidery.  It is a little sheer, so I wore a think camisole underneath it.  I actually purchased it to wear with my red pants, but I thought it looked really cute with these pearl embellished jeans as well.

I am wearing two trends at once in this outfit (embroidery and pearl embellishment) which is usually a no-no, but I think it still works because there is so much white to balance everything out and keep it from becoming too busy.

For accessories I chose red and silver earrings, a red and silver bracelet, and a blue and tan straw bag from DSW.

Aren't these jeans fun?  I first saw pearl embellished jeans appear on the scene last year, so I'm probably a little behind on the trend, but so what?  I love the fun released hem that's longer in back than in front too.

Pearl embellished anything has been trending the past few seasons.  I did purchase one pearl embellished sweatshirt last year, remember THIS POST?

Because I had so much going on in the rest of the outfit, I chose nude sandals so my shoes would blend into the skin tone of my feet and barely look like I even had shoes on at all.

I got so many compliments on this top the day I wore it.  I'm so happy I found it, and for such a great price too.  I love the looser fit, yet the peplum gives the top shape and structure so it's not boxy.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

My End Of Summer Garden

This time of year is always so sad to me.  When other people start posting their "I love Fall" posts and dream of cooler weather, football, and pumpkin spice lattes I want to cry.  No, it's not that I don't like fall.  I actually think it's very pretty.  And, like everyone else, I look forward to the cooler temps and no more mosquitoes!  But falling leaves always remind me of falling tears; because  I know that all the flowers will soon be fading away and I will be left with six months of a colorless, barren landscape and lots and lots of snow.  So even though this is the time of year my garden looks it's absolute best, it's always bittersweet for I know it's the beginning of the end.

In my end of summer garden, rudebekia's and annuals steal the show.  A lot of people say their annuals fizzle out this time of the year, but because of Wisconsin's cold temperatures, I would say most of our annuals don't even take off till after the 4th of July, and don't even hint their prime until now.  Don't believe me?  Look at last months garden post and see the difference a month makes!

I'm not one for hanging baskets in plastic pots:  I prefer the moss lined baskets.  But every year I buy these begonia baskets at a home improvement store for around $5.99 because they are perfect for this spot.  This area is hard to reach with a hose and is in the hot sun all day, so a moss basket would dry out to easily.  I rarely water these baskets, maybe once a week if I have the time, and they just bloom profusely from spring to fall.  

My fall Viburnum bush is looking gorgeous as always.  This bush never lets me down.  My husband wants to build a deck in this area overlooking the yard.  I said "Not if it means you have to cut my Viburnum bush down".  He doesn't think he can build around the bush, so it looks like we won't have our new deck.

I spotted this cute little guy hanging out in my pond the other day.

Here's another look at that Viburnum bush looking to the left.  There's also another Viburnum bush with a ball flower in bloom in the distance.

I grew zinnias from seed this year and they grew so tall.  They actually look awkward in the space but the butterflies love them so I left them.  Next year I will look for a lower growing variety.

Every year I plant a gigantic red salvia next to my house's foundation.  They absolutely thrive here!

Years ago I bought a few cleome plants at my nursery, and although they are annuals, they come back every year because they reseed.  I can't recommend this annual flower enough.  It's such a striking, faithful garden plant and it blooms when a lot of other perennials are done for the year.

I also grew 4 O'Clocks from seed this year.  They did very well, but I'm not sure I like this flower as it is only open during certain times of the day.  I decorated my garden a bit for fall already by adding some fall garden stakes and this rusted metal pumpkin.

This is the front path leading up to my house.  The cleome makes a dramatic statement.  I had a fellow gardening friend drop by my house the other day and she was shocked at how much color my yard had and attributed it to the annuals.  I agreed, and said I decided a few years back to keep the front of my yard full of annuals which most visitors see.  The rest of the yard is dedicated to perennials.

Remember in my last post when I talked about my Morning Glory that is out-of-control?  Well, this is it now!  I love the way it looks, but it just won't stop growing nor has it bloomed.  I will not be planting this vine again.

I've been digging up and dividing hosta and astilbe all summer (and I will continue to do so all fall) to the newly renovated shade garden on the left.   Hopefully in a few years, it won't look so empty.

View from the bottom of the yard looking up at the house.

View from inside the shade garden looking at the shed.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, September 14, 2018

How To Wear Western Wear

Western themed clothes are having a moment in the fashion world.  Western clothes appeared on the runway last year, but this fall, they are all the rage.   Obviously western clothes are always in style in certain parts of the country, but when they start appearing on a runway, they are trending.  I must admit, I've never been a huge fan of western wear.  Probably because I live in a area where a lot of people wear cowboy boots and, well, I'm a city girl at heart.  But, I enjoy once in awhile stepping outside my comfort zone and wearing something different.

When my husband and I were on vacation last week, we went to an old western town called Deadwood.   I thought, "What better time to experiment with the western wear trend?".  I did not want to buy anything new, since it's not my style and I knew I wouldn't get much use out of western clothes;  so I just pulled together some items already in my closet to create this western look.

Western and Bohemian styles are very closely related.  In fact, google western clothes and a lot of bohemian styles will pop up.  So when putting together my outfit, I picked an embroidered bohemian dress from Francesca's from my closet.  I then added a denim vest for what's more western than denim?

For jewelry, I chose a denim choker and a blue stone bracelet that I actually picked up in a western gift shop in Colorado on a previous vacation.

I do not own cowboy boots, but I do own these cute suede booties with fringe on them.  Suede and fringe have a very western feel.

My cross body bag is the only truly western item in my outfit.   The bag I picked up at the same western gift shop in Colorado that I got my bracelet.

The closest thing I had to a cowboy hat was this brown felt hat with a braided trim;  but it worked!  It finished my western look.

 So here you have it:  my western outfit created with only one true western piece.  Now, maybe your not comfortable looking as western as I do in the photo below, but you do want to incorporate the fashion trend into your wardrobe this fall.  Try just one piece, like the purse, with a fall outfit.

In a town like Deadwood, I fit in quite well wearing this western outfit.  But I would not want to be walking in downtown Chicago dressed like this.  If I changed the shoes, lost the hat, and just carried the western bag, it would be more appropriate for a city western look.

 It was fun dressing a part for a day.

How To Wear Western Fashion Tips:

Wear only one or two western pieces in your outfit.
Wear a western print.
Wear suede or denim, with a western piece or accessory.
Add something with fringe to your outfit.

And now for some western fashion inspiration from Pinterest to help give you more ideas of how to incorporate western fashion into your outfit without looking like a cowgirl.

Western Belt & Jewelry

This is a beautiful western outfit without looking over the top.  Her only two western pieces are the necklace and belt, but combined with the denim and striped shirt, and she is rocking a western look.

Western Print

Here is a obvious western print on a clothing item that definitely is not western:  the kimono.  But the print, when combined with jeans and some western accessories gives a cool western vibe with a boho touch.

Boho Clothes With Western Accents

These lovely ladies are giving a boho vibe with their clothes, but their accessories are western.  I love the fun bag with the fur and feather accents. 

Wear Only A Western Print

Maybe western accessories aren't for you, but you do want to join in on the western fun, well, just wear a top with a fun western print.

Wear Western Colors With Fringe

I absolutely love this cardigan.  It incorporates all the colors you'd expect to find in a western landscape, plus it has the fringe.  

Western Accessories

Maybe you're like me and western wear isn't your thing, but you still want to be up on the trends, just wear western style jewelry or carry a western bag.

Wear Turquoise 

Turquoise is the color of the west.  You can not enter one gift shop in the west without seeing a ton of turquoise jewelry.  If you want to embrace this western trend, wear something turquoise!

So what about you?  Is western wear a trend you will be embracing this fall?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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