Friday, May 17, 2019

Pastel Stripe Button Down

I received this pretty light cotton pastel stripe button down in my April box from Stitch Fix.  I've already shown you four other pieces from that box, a Faux Wrap Dress, Light Blue Pants and an Embroidered Top, and a clutch which I am also featuring in this post.

The top is by Cosmic Blue Love and is called Ava Button Down Top.  My stylist suggested tying it at my waist or tucking it in.  I liked it tied, but for this post I wore it as a cover up and just left it open.  I think this is how I will most likely use this top this summer.  It's very thin and light weight and I think it will be great for wearing over tanks in hot weather.  I always like to keep a lightweight short sleeve top or light cardigan handy to wear in air-conditioned buildings int he summer.

In addition to the thin, lightweight material, I really liked the vertical stripes (I'm not a fan of horizontal stripes) and colors.  It's also a very wide, loose fitting top, which I like for summer.  I think a looser fit is cooler in the summer, rather than something form fitting touching my skin.  I can always tie it or tuck it in like my stylist suggested if I want a tighter fit.

I paired my top with the peachy/pink clutch from Sole Society I also received in this Fix, and a pair of embroidered jeans and open toe booties (old). Underneath the button down top,  I wore a Calvin Klein white shell top that I received from a previous Fix.

I had a lot of fun playing with my new footstool in my new living room for this photo shoot, but you guys, I think this foot stool is going to end my 31+ year marriage.  🤣 My husband just hates it.  I can't believe what strong feelings he has about it, totally out of character for him.  I said "I will keep it until YOU find a better one."  I love the footstool;  I felt the chair was already so traditional, and I wanted to add something fun and contemporary to balance it out.  BUT, more on that when I do my big "Living Room Reveal" post, which I'm beginning to wonder if it will ever be posted as I'm still looking for a few more finishing pieces.  Patience, patience!

Be sure to come back Monday for a review of my entire box from Stitch Fix and find out which items I kept and which ones I sent back.  Also, I will have the result of my Stitch Fix Instagram Poll too!  It was much more positive than my last poll.

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Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

How To Decorate A Metal Tier Tray And A Dining Room With A Lemon Theme

Once Easter was over, it was time to re-decorate my metal tiered tray for summer (if you missed my Easter tray, you can see it HERE!).   I love these tiered trays!  They are so much fun and so easy to decorate for all the seasons/holidays at minimal expense and time.  Who doesn't want that in this age of minimalist lifestyle trends?  

The first thing one needs to do before decorating a tiered tray is to pick a theme.  The theme should coordinate with the current season or holiday.  I decided to do a lemon theme because I have a blue, white, and yellow kitchen right off the dining room where the tray will sit on the table.  Plus, it's pretty easy to find lots of lemon decor as lemons are really trending in home decor right now.

I found most of my items, like this cute little sign, at Walmart.  I bought the lemon picks from Hobby Lobby, one pot is from the Target Dollar Spot, everything else I already owned.

The metal tin flower vase with the forsythia flowers and cute gingham ribbon is from Walmart.  I used ivy from my stash to fill in all the bare spots.  It's always important to use a filler when designing a tier tray.  For my Easter Tray, I used grass as my filler.

The ceramic bird I picked up at The Dollar Store years ago.

I echoed the lemon and bird theme around the dining room, by putting lots of lemon and bird plates on the plate rail.

The little black and white striped terra cotta pot is the one item I purchased at the Target Dollar Spot. The yellow coffee mug was from my stash.  Both the pot and the mug were filled with pieces of ivy and white flowers also from my stash.

Above the piano on the plate rail,  I added a lemon plate and a yellow plate.  They carry the design from the table to the wall unifying the theme throughout the room.

I put another lemon plate on top of the china hutch with a yellow bird plate on the plate rail above.  Again, the yellow was carried from the table, to the hutch (lemons), to the wall above (goldfinch plate).  A blue and white tea pot from my tea pot collection was added to coordinate with the blue in the plate and in the vase of the floral arrangement.

A close up of the plates above the piano.  Most of the plates I purchased at Home Goods, but the goldfinch plate I got from Hobby Lobby.  They are all very inexpensive plates costing less than $3.99 each.

I hope you enjoyed my lemon tiered tray and other lemon decor.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Pretty Pastels From Stitch Fix

Last Friday I mentioned that my April box from Stitch Fix was one of the best boxes I received in a long time.  I've already shown you a cute "Faux Wrap Dress" (HERE), and today I am showing three more pieces I received in that box:  the clutch (also seen on Friday's post), an embroidered top, and light blue pants.

The top is by Pale Sky and is called "Emmy Embroidered Top".  I fell in love with this top the second I pulled it out of the box.  I love white tops in general, and the GORGEOUS embroidery sold me immediately.

The neckline is gathered and can be tied closed or left open.  It has the cutest peach tassels at the end of the cord.  The top is more fitted in the waist area than a typical boho top.  

Isn't this embroidery gorgeous?  I love the colors.  I wore this top on Mother's Day and Alethea kept playing with the tassels and tracing the embroidered flowers with her fingers.

The clutch is by Sole Society and is called "Emmet Clutch".

Next up are these pretty pale blue pants by Lila Ryan.  They are called "Kit Button Hem Detail Skinny Pants".

The pants are a super soft thin stretchy material that is so comfortable to wear.  I'm sure I can wear these pants instead of shorts in hot, humid weather and still be comfortable.  

I have to admit, it was these cute little buttons that sold me on these pants.  Aren't they an adorable detail?

I loved these pants from the moment I saw them, they will be such a nice alternative this summer when I don't want to wear shorts.  The only drawback to these pants is that there is no belt loop.  If there's any weight fluctuation, these pants will be difficult to keep up without a belt.  Do any of my readers have any suggestions?

I'll let you know next week if I decided to keep any of these pieces, but I'm sure you probably already guessed!  😊

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Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, May 10, 2019

A “Faux Wrap Dress”?

Ladies my April box from Stitch Fix was one of the best boxes I've received in a long time.  I received this gorgeous, and comfortable "Faux Wrap" dress in that box.  As usual, I won't let you know if I kept it or not until after I review each piece separately and then do a review a post in a few weeks.

For those of you wondering, yes, you are getting another sneak peak at my new living room, but it is STILL not done so I can't do a big reveal post yet.  I'm still looking for a couple of pieces needed to complete the room.  I will say, although it didn't turn out as I envisioned it, I am accepting the new reality and enjoying it.  I ended up LOVING my new recliner (the piece I was most worried about) that you can see in the picture below,  and would you believe, I did not like the new leather chair in this room at all so I moved it to another room?  UGH!  What a huge waste of money that was.  This remodel has been a total disaster and has discouraged me from ever remodeling a room again, but I will tell you more about that in the big reveal post.  I have the feeling that will be a very long post. 

Anyway, back to fashion.  The dress is a comfortable, soft jersey knit.  It feels wonderful on!  The name of the dress is Leota Finnley Jersey Faux Wrap Dress.  It's called a "Faux Wrap" because it looks like a wrap, but you actually pull it over your head to get it on. It's actually quite nice, because you get all the benefits of a wrap dress (wrap dresses are figure flattering on everyone!) without having to worry about a breeze blowing it open revealing things you don't want seen.  It's actually an ingenious idea, and I wish all my wrap dresses were made like this.

I paired the dress with a faded denim jacket, nude sandals, and a clutch from Sole Society that I also received in this Fix.

The wrap dress is sleeveless, but it has a thick shoulder band so I can wear a regular bra with it.  I really detest spaghetti straps and I usually avoid most spaghetti strap dresses.  I like that it is sleeveless because I can wear the dress when it's hot but I can also easily cover my arms with a jacket or cardigan too.  Perfect!

I really liked the colors in this dress,  especially the teal.  I don't have anything like this in my closet already.  At first, I thought it was a bird print, but upon closer inspection I discovered it was not.

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Have a Great Day and Happy Mother's Day!  Amy

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Early May Bible Journaling Pages

Tuesdays are the days I posts my crafty endeavors.  If I don't have a craft or a handmade card to share, I show my Bible Journaling Pages.  If your new to Bible Journaling and want to learn more about it, see this post HERE!  I use the Inspire Bible which has some pre-printed pages, that I can just color in, but I also venture off and get creative sometimes and create my own pages.

Normally when I Bible Journal in my Inspire Bible I do some of my own creations, but this week I am only showing you some pre-colored pages.  Even though I enjoyed reading the books of the law and got a lot out of it spiritually, nothing really inspired me to create my own art.  I still get so much out of coloring the pre-colored images because I memorize the verse and mediate on it as I color.

This image I water colored.  Isn't this a beautiful verse to mediate on?  Even though it is referring to the Jewish people,  I believe it applies to all believers today.  I love how personal this verse is.

This next verse I colored the background in with Stampin' Up!  markers.  I didn't quite like the way it turned out.  I'm learning so much in this Bible what mediums work well for me and what don't.  This is definitely my "experiment Bible".  Hopefully when I start a new Bible, I'll have all my techniques mastered.  ha ha!  I doubt it.

This is another verse that also applies to the Jewish people, but again, I think it applies to all believers today as well.   Although it's referring to the time when God set his people free from slavery in Egypt,  I believe it is for me as well...for He broke my slavery to sin when He died on the cross for me and I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.

As much as I've enjoyed reading the book of Leviticus, I was excited to move on to Numbers.  I think that excitement showed in the bright happy colors I chose to color my image.  The background was colored with gelatos and water, everything else was colored in with gel pens.

This was a fun image to color, so I chose hippy colors!  The graphics reminded me of the 60's.

 Isn't this a beautiful verse?  God does carry through His promises.  It may not always be in our timing, but if He promises something, He does it!

I used wet gelatos for the background and gel pens for everything else.

For the book of Deuteronomy header page, I colored the entire page for a change with a light water color so I could still read the words.  I used a combination of colored pencils and gel pens for everything else.  I really love how this page turned out.

Another beautiful, beautiful verse.  So many believers ignore the Old Testament, especially the Books of the Law, but there really is so much to glean from these books and so many beautiful verses of God's love for His people.

I used pink gelatos for the background and gel pens for the words and images.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Grandma & Me: A Mother’s Day Tea

I'm so excited to share a special "Grandma & Me" post this month to celebrate Mother's Day!   My beautiful, pregnant daughter Ashley joined us for our special Mother's Day post.  We thought it would be so fun to have a tea party with Alethea and boy oh boy, did she enjoy playing with Grandma's vintage tea set!

But before the tea party began, first we had to get all dressed up.   Alethea wore the cutest white cotton dress with a little mouse and flower border on the bottom.  I wore a new chambray ruffle skirt, with a white top, white cardigan, and white heels.  Of course, we had to don our white tea party hats! Alethea was so excited to wear her hat!  She couldn't wait to get downstairs and show daddy her new hat!  It was so cute!

I love the big pink sash on the back of Alethea's dress!

Alethea's mom wore a blue dress with a white cardigan.  I decorated the table with blue and white linens and added a pot of faux flowers.  Alethea was so excited to play tea party she could hardly wait for her mom to finish dressing and come downstairs.

Of course, it was all pretend, but to Alethea, water never tasted so good!  I had to keep refilling the tea kettle because she wanted to taste more and more!

What a doll!  She's at the age where it's so fun to do activities such as this!

Of course her favorite pet rabbit had to join the tea party too!

Believe it or not I found this hat for Alethea at the dollar store.  It was so cute, I bought her another one in a natural color.

Here is a close up of the border print.  Aren't the little mice so adorable?

Alethea was so tickled pink so have a hat just like "Mamy's".  We would ask her "Do you like your hat?" and then she'd reach up and grab hold of it with her little hands, as if she were checking that it was still there.

I love the little eyelet ruffle on Alethea's dress sleeve and hemline too.

Alethea wore white shoes, just like her Mamy.  Of course, her shoes were much more comfortable than my heels. 🤣

I loved playing tea party with my little granddaughter.  Although next time, I hope we can have real tea in our tea cups and some pretty macaroons!  We didn't do that this year because Ashley was worried that Alethea would stain her dress as she is not even two yet.

But the simplest things make kids so happy!  Alethea just loved pretending there was real sugar in the sugar container, and drinking out of fancy cups was so special to her.

I can't wait to see this little pumpkin Mother's Day weekend!

Have A  Great Day!  Amy

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