Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Birthday Card For My Husband

Last month was my husband's birthday and this was the card I made for him.

This adorable deer die cut was made using a die from MFT.  I just love this die.  These deer are so pretty and just the right size.  The tree I made using a Circuit Expression.

I stamped the sentiment directly on the tree.   I sponged the edges of the tree with a dark green ink.  I scattered heart die cuts on the tree using one in the sentiment for the word "heart" and one actually on the deer representing one heart.

And here is the happy birthday boy with his card and the gift I gave him.  I purchased this gift at a gift shop, but it would be so easy to make yourself.  The frame is just stained pallet board.  The "Home" is a 3D piece glued to the pallet board.  You can find these words at any craft store.  The state of Wisconsin is stained with a darker stain than what was used on the board.  A red tack indicates where our home is.  

My husband absolutely loved this gift for after all our travels he is always happy to come home.  

 Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, January 21, 2019

A New Top From Amazon

I've noticed more and more people are buying their clothes from Amazon lately.  You can get some real good deals for sure!  I've never been one to buy clothes on-line because I like to try them on.  That's why I love Stitch Fix so much, because I don't have to buy them before I try them.  But I saw this top on another blog somewhere (sorry, I can't remember where) and so I put it on my Amazon wish list.  My son ended up buying it for me for Christmas!  Yay!  Lucky me.

I was interested in this top because I love to wear leggings in the winter but I'm always struggling finding tops long enough to cover my butt and my front side.  I am 5'7, plus I have a very long torso, so a top that might be long enough for most women, isn't long enough for me.  I usually end up wearing short dresses with my leggings, and those can sometimes be too long making me look frumpy.

This top is the perfect length to wear with leggings.   It is just long enough in front to cover the "you know what",  without being too long that it looks frumpy.

And the back is the perfect length too;  providing perfect coverage without being too long.

The top is edged with two layers of flouncy chiffon.  I really like this added detail, however, I did have to spray the chiffon with Static Guard to keep it from clinging to my ponte knit pants.

I styled my top with a long pendent leaf necklace and multi-strand gold bracelet (both from Stitch Fix, old).

For footwear I chose my old Liz Claiborne booties.

This top is available in both long sleeve and short sleeve in a wide selection of colors.  I chose Emerald Green because it is the one color I don't have much of in my closet and it's also a color I think will really be trending soon.  I'm wearing a size Medium for reference.  It does tend to run large, so if you're worried about this style of top making you look like you're wearing a tent, I'd size down if I were you.

You can find the top HERE if you're interested.  I should also mention it has a seam running down the middle, but that doesn't bother me at all.

So what about you?  Do you buy clothes from Amazon?  Have you found any good deals lately?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Four Months of Instagram Selfies!

Since I took a blogging break, I haven't been taking fashion photos of my outfits.  I have however tried to take selfies of my "Outfit Of The Day" and posted them to my Instagram Stories.  Here are some of those outfits.  

This is a new knit top I picked up at our town's Younkers "Going Out Of Business" sale.  I think I paid only $3.00 for this top. It is super comfy with flutter sleeves and pretty embroidery.  Hopefully this spring I'll have an opportunity to wear it again and show you better pictures of it.  I paired it with olive green skinny jeans and brown suede booties.

I also picked up these unique ruffled hem jeans at the Younkers "Going Out of Business Sale".   I'm not sure I like them.  I got a lot of weird looks the day I wore them.  Funny thing is, when I see these jeans on other women, I think they are cute, but on me I'm a bit uncomfortable wearing them.  I never would have purchased such a trendy item had they not been so cheap.  I could always take the ruffle off and wear them like capris too.

This was a new top I bought at JCPenney, but I no longer own it because I gave it to my daughter.  It was one of those items that I loved in the dressing room mirror but when I saw pictures of myself in it later I didn't like it.  The seam was constantly riding up and going right across my bust instead of under it.  The only way I could wear it was if I were constantly mindful of pulling it down.  I decided it was better suited for my pregnant daughter than for me.

When the controversy over the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was going on, I decided to show my support for the song by wearing this holiday sweater to church.

And that's just a few outfits I've been wearing the past few months!  Which one was your favorite?

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Our Fall Vacation To South Dakota: Day 3, Part I, Mt. Moriah Cemetery

 This is a continuation of a travel series to South Dakota.  To start at the beginning, go HERE.  The rest of the posts in chronological order are  HEREHERE, and HERE!

Before leaving Deadwood, South Dakota for a day of hiking to seek out waterfalls in Spearfish, we stopped at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.  Old cemetery's are great places to learn more history of the area.  But we found out that Mt. Moriah was not just a great place for history lovers, but nature lovers as well.  It also offered scenic views of the town of Deadwood as it sits high on top of a hill overlooking the town below.

The name of the cemetery and its street names have a religious affiliation with the Christian Bible and the Jewish Torah.  The real Mount Moriah is located within Jerusalem.  The symbols on the cemetery gateway represent The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Freemasonry, and the Star of David.

With the exception of a few of its wealthier or most notable citizens, most of the tombstones in this cemetery are simple or non-existent.  There are three "Potter Fields" or final resting places of Deadwoods "early-day indigents, prostitutes included".  This tombstone caught my attention because of the brevity of the life and it's faded engraving.

Even if you are not a history lover and/or find cemeteries creepy,  you must take the time to stop and visit this cemetery for the view alone.  Because we were there early in the morning, we caught the sun lighting up the city of Deadwood below.

The land for the cemetery was purchased in 1878 and is located on a mountainous plateau overlooking Deadwood Gulch.

What a beautiful spot for a final resting place, eh?  Too bad the cemetery is now a "closed cemetery". It closed in 1949, but there are some plots being held for various families and individuals for future use.

My husband and I enjoyed seeing this view after we had spent a full day in Deadwood.  It was fun to locate and see all the places we had been, like the Franklin Hotel seen below.

It was so sad to read this sign and I tried to imagine how difficult life was back then for the early settlers.  I wondered, "Did they really value and treasure life, because it could be so brief" or "Were their hearts hardened because they had seen and experienced so much death?"  I just don't know.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about visiting this cemetery was seeing all the wildlife.  This cemetery was filled with deer!  You could get fairly close to them too before they ran away.  If you have a chance to visit this cemetery I strongly suggest going early in the morning so you can see all the deer.  We were there around 8:00 am.

There are 3,400 people buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  The grave sites of many of Deadwood's most famous residents are located here, the most famous of them all "Wild Bill Hickok"!

Other famous people buried in this cemetery include "Calamity Jane", "Potato Creek Johnny", and Seth Bullock.

The rocks left on the grave act as a remembrance to this deceased.  When rocks are not available, coins, and bits of glass are sometimes used. 

Because my husband and I are Christians, we love Jewish history and we really enjoyed learning all about the Jewish immigrants to Deadwood and how they contributed to make Deadwood a prosperous and thriving city.

We also loved seeing all the biblical street names in this cemetery.

There is a small charge of $2.00 to visit this cemetery.  It is open from May 15 to October 15 every day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

And that concludes my final post of the city of Deadwood, South Dakota.  Next week I'll share my first post in a new area:  Spearfish!  Believe it or not, there are waterfalls in South Dakota!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Handmade Christian Sympathy Card

 Back in November you may remember a post where I mentioned my husband and I had to drive four hours to Milwaukee to attend a funeral.  My husband's best friend since high school father had passed away.   My friend and his family are believers so I made this inspirational sympathy card for them.

I want the card to really focus on being inspirational.  Even though all deaths are tragic because we will miss our loved ones here on earth, we also know as believers "that to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ".  So to reflect that happy thought I chose bright happy colors and papers.  I also chose to use a cross image with a sun's rays behind it to represent the new life that awaits believers in heaven.

I created the sun rays using a Tim Holtz stencil and yellow ink.  The cross image came from a old Stampin' Up! set called "Symbols of Salvation".  I stamped the cross in blue ink, cut it out, then mounted it up on dimensionals over the sun rays.  I put a crystal in the center of the cross.

I stamped a sentiment on a MFT banner die cut.  The scrolls were also cut with an MFT die.  The sentiment is popped up too so I could glue the green scrolls behind it.  A Prima flower with a gem glued inside finished the adornment of the card.

I used circle dies from Spellbinders to cut out the sun rays and an orange border.

Two different sheets of designer paper were used in the background of the card.  I added a strip of white card stock to separate them.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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