Friday, July 19, 2019

An Embroidered Detail Tassel Knit Top From Stitch Fix

Now that our precious new grand baby finally made his way into this world, I can finally return to a normal blogging schedule.  If you missed the baby pictures, you can see them on THIS POST.  I will also be doing a special post on Atticus birth story as well as a new "Grandma and Me" post soon.  For now, I'm returning to my review of my June Stitch Fix box.  I had to cancel my July box because it would have arrived while I was away from home.  That was a bummer.

This top is the third piece I'm reviewing from my June box.  You can see the other two items previously reviewed HERE and HERE.

The top is by Daniel Rainn and is called "Micaela Embroidery Detail Tassel Knit Top".  I really liked the cut and fit of this top.  It was form fitting in the bust, yet flowed nicely over the tummy area.  It had so many pretty details like the pleats, the embroidery, and the tassel's.  I also liked the color;  I don't have much of this color at all in my closet.

The back was almost as pretty as the front as the embroidery was on the back as well.  Also, notice the tapered waist line.  Women over fifty, like myself, tend to get thicker waists.   The tendency then is to wear boxier tops to cover up the thick waist, which just makes us look shapeless.  What is nice about this top is how the top tapers in at the smallest part of the waist, then the fabric is loose and flowing covering up the parts us over-fifty women want covered.  No boxy, shapeless look here!

Because the top is a bohemian style, I carried that boho look from head to toe throughout my outfit.  I wore embroidered, pom-pom hem capris, brown sandals, and I carried a saddlebag (all old).

The top has a very nice length;  not too short, not too long.  About the only thing I didn't like about this top was that it was very heavy.  I didn't think I would get much use out of it in the summer because I'd be too warm.  However, I thought it would be great in the spring or fall when the weather was cooler and that it would look fabulous with a jean jacket!  The color is perfect for early fall!

This is one of my favorite bracelets.  I've had it forever.  I love all the colorful stones.

As always, I'll let you know if I kept this top or sent it back when I do my Stitch Fix Review post, you will also get the results of the Instagram Poll in that post.

If you've never tried Stitch Fix before, use my Referral Code to receive $25.00 off your first box!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

Linking Up with these Fabulous Blogs HERE!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Baby Atticus FINALLY Arrived

Hello, hello, hello!  I just wanted to pop in really quick and let everyone know that Baby Atticus FINALLY arrived.  He was a week overdue so he weighs a whopping 9lbs 3 oz.  He is such a beautiful baby,  he looks very much like my daughter.  I do plan on doing a lengthy post of Atticus Birth Story from a Grandmother's perspective and also a "Grandma & Me" post, but I just arrived home late last night and I am feeling overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done, so it'll be a few days.  In the mean time, here are a few snapshots of our beautiful new grand baby!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July Bible Journaling Pages

Well,  we are still waiting for Atticus to arrive.  So, I thought I'd write another post and then go out in the garden today to try and keep my mind off of it.  I'm just so anxious and I'm a worry wart,  I just want to get to the happy part where I'm holding him in my arms and were all together as a family taking pictures and enjoying a new life.  But it will come, I know!

In the meantime, here are a few new Bible Journal pages and what God has been teaching me.

Here is a pre-printed verse I simply colored in with gel pens.  This is a great verse to memorize.  I've always loved the verse "But as for me and my house will will serve the Lord", so I highlighted it and added an "Amen" sticker.

This is a page I created myself with a variety of stickers over a gelato background.  The story of the Israelites defeat as the result of Achan's sin really spoke to me in a personal way.  It made me wonder how often we as Christians do not experience a certain victory we are praying for because of sin in our lives.

This is another page I created myself.  I was completely blown away that Caleb had to wait over 40 years for a promise to come true.  It made me think how impatient we are when we pray for something and do not see answers to our prayers immediately.  I created the background with water colors, then added a bunch of stickers, my own hand writing, and washi tape.

I've been having a lot of fun with craft paint on my Bible pages.  Once the paint is dry, it's so easy to draw on them and nothing shows up on the other side.  In this page I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the verse Joshua 21:45.  Every single promise God made to the Israelites came true!  Wow!  So I underlined that verse and added another "Amen!" sticker.  The I added stickers and my own hand-writing to emphasize that verse.

These are pre-colored pages I had a blast coloring!  The page on the left is the last chapter of the book of Joshua and the page on the right is the first chapter of the book of Judges.  In the Inspire Bible they always have a beautiful illustration at the beginning of every new book.

I loved that they had one of my favorite verses so beautifully illustrated in the Inspire Bible.  I had so much fun coloring it.  I did the background with a mix of gelatos and water colors.  The words were colored in with gel pens, and for the house I used colored pencils.

This page is so much prettier in real life.  It was hard to get a good photo of it.  The colors are much, much deeper.  I chose these hues of yellows, oranges, and reds to represent the sun in the verse.  I colored the entire page with water colors, then I went back and colored in all the words with gel pens.  The column was done with pencils.'

I did this pre-printed image in pinks and reds to emphasize "Hearts".  I then highlighted the specific verse in the text with deep pink, plus drew a heart around the word "Heart" and colored it in with a white gel pen.  The background was done in gelatos and all gel pens were used for the words and large hearts.  I love how God emphasized multiple times how the promises He made to the Israelites came true.

Another pre-printed image.  I colored the yellow background with water colors then did all the words using gel pens.

And my last page is a pre-printed image colored with gel pens.  I emphasized the word "Victory" by doing an ombre effect.

Have A Great Day!  Hopefully I'll have baby pictures to share soon!  Amy

Linking Up with these Fabulous Blogs HERE!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Yellow with White Jeans From Stitch Fix

Well, as I sit and write this post, our grandson has yet to make an appearance in this world.  He is just taking his sweet time and apparently has no idea how impatient we are all growing waiting to meet him.  Every time the phone rings or dings I literally jump out of my skin and think "Is it time? Is it time?"  I seriously don't know how much longer I can go on like this. But every time I begin to throw a pity party I think of my sweet daughter who is having even a worse time.  I think the wait has been especially hard because we missed Alethea's 2nd birthday party and we didn't get to spend the 4th of July with our kids.  We couldn't make the long trip twice too close together, so we had to spend it apart this year.  That was rough for me.  I always miss not being with my children on holidays.  So, we did nothing for the 4th.  I didn't want to go anywhere only to be suddenly called away.  I spent the day weeding, trying not to cry, while the hubby worked fixing our front porch roof.  

But now that I'm still home,  I decided I might as well return to a regular blogging schedule until I hear otherwise.  Last Monday I showed you the first piece of my June Fix:  a white polka dotted top.  This week I am sharing my second item from that box, a pair of white jeans.

Before I continue with my review, can I first say how wonderful it is to have a beautiful flower garden to post in again?  It makes photo shoots so much easier than taking pictures indoors.

The jeans are by Cosmic Blue Love, the same brand these coral pants are from that I kept from a previous Fix.  This a great brand for me.  The fit is fabulous for my body type.  The name of the pants are "Adrianne Boyfriend Jean".

I styled the top with a yellow top I already owned and then I accessorized with yellow jewelry.  I chose a gingham bag to add a pop of fun to the outfit.  My footwear are jeweled thong sandals I picked up at a gift shop.  They have great arch support (unusual for a thong sandal) and are super comfy.

The pants fit great, like almost all Stitch Fix pants do, but honestly I did not need them.  I already own a pair of white jeans, and I didn't think I was ready for a new pair.  I was actually a little perplexed why Stitch Fix sent me another pair of white jeans as they sent me a pair last year (which I returned, see that post HERE) and I told them then I already owned white jeans.  Maybe they thought it's been a year, and I could use a new pair.  I noticed I had a new stylist, so maybe she didn't look into what I had received in previous Fixes before putting my box together.  Who knows?

If you are looking for a great pair of white jeans, I can recommend these!  They are just the right thickness to not be too heavy for summer, yet not too thin so you can see through them.  Very comfortable to wear too!

If you've never tried Stitch Fix before, use my REFERRAL CODE to receive $25.00 off your first box.

And remember, if I disappear from Blog Land, you will know Baby Atticus has finally decided to say "Hello World!"  I'll post pictures as soon as I can!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

Linking Up with these Fabulous Blogs HERE!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th Of July!

Happy 4th of July!  I wish I could tell you where we're going or what we'll be doing to celebrate the holiday,  but we're just on "stand by" awaiting the birth of our new grandson.  His due date is July 8th, so we can't make any plans because we will head down to Illinois to meet him once he is born and take care of our granddaughter.  If I suddenly disappear from "Blog Land" for awhile, you'll know why!

Have a wonderful, and safe 4th, and hopefully soon I'll have some pictures to share of grand baby #2!


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Some Examples of How To Cover Over Your Bible Journaling Mistakes

I can't believe it's been over a month since I've shared any Bible Journaling pages.   I do read my bible almost every day, but I have had so many other crafts to share on Tuesday, there hasn't been much room for Bible Journaling pages.  Here's some of what I've been learning from God's word the past few months.

This is a page I created myself, and I actually made a huge mistake on this page.  So many people are afraid of Bible Journaling because they are afraid of messing up their pages.  I can guarantee you WILL mess up your pages, and many times it won't even be your fault.  Stuff just happens.  Just work with your mistake!  On this page I stamped the bird in black ink and then I must have hit it with my hand before it was dry and the ink smeared everywhere.  So, I just went with it and smeared the black ink some more, creating a shadow of sorts.  Then I stamped the bird again, over the smear, in a different ink color.

When reading this chapter in Deuteronomy I was drawn to the imagery of God flying across the skies like a majestic bird to rescue and protect His people.  So I created a dreamy background with gelatos and used a variety of stickers, pens, and stamps to pull out my main thoughts of this verse.  Then I stamped a couple of bird images onto the page.

My next page is just a pre-printed image I colored in myself with colored pencils.    As I went through the text of this page, I noticed how many times the words "Love" and "Obey" were used in this chapter, so I drew a heart around the word "Love" and a square around the word "Obey".  Love and obedience go hand in hand in the Bible.

I started reading my Bible from beginning to end in September.  I usually only read a chapter a day, so I can really dig deep into what I read instead of reading for quantity.  Although I have enjoyed reading the books of the law, and got so much out of them, I was excited to finally get to the book of Joshua.  It was perfect timing too, because our church just started a series on the book of Joshua.

This is a pre-printed image that I colored in with a mix of pencils and gel pens.

A simple pre-printed image colored in with gel pens.  These type of images may seem simple to color, and they are, but they are still nice to have in the Inspire Bible because I can take time to memorize and mediate on the verse as I color.

Another pre-printed page I colored with gel pens and pencils.  The shine in the picture is where I used glitter gel pens.  In addition to just mediating and memorizing the Bible verse as I colored, I also high-lighted and hand wrote a few notes to myself of what stuck out to me in this chapter.  I used stickers to accentuate the word "IF" and wrote notes on the blessings and curses of obedience and disobedience.

Another pre-printed image I colored with gel pens and gelatos.  Here I also played with a white gel pen to outline some of the letters.  I also used different colors on the words "Just" and "Fair" to highlight them.

I colored this pre-printed image with pencils, and here I also made another mistake so I covered over it by adding a flower leaf and stem.

Here's an example where a mistake can sometimes be an advantage.  I forgot to prep my page with Gesso to prevent leaking through.  When I turned over the page, to the book of Joshua, the large bird I stamped on the previous page showed through.  But, I actually thought it looked pretty cool!

There was another bird that leaked through by the title "Joshua" so I just left that one too, and because I now had a purple and pink colors of the birds already on my page I used those colors to color in the rest of the pre-printed image.

I then used those same colors to color the pre-printed page on the opposite side.

I hope I've inspired you to not be afraid of making mistakes in your Bible Journaling, and to turn those mistakes into advantages!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

Linking Up with these Fabulous Blogs HERE!

Monday, July 1, 2019

A Polka Dot Top From Stitch Fix

Sorry, I know it's the first Monday of the month, but I do not have a new "Grandma & Me" post to share.  I still have not seen my little Alethea as we are still waiting for little Atticus to make his way into the world.  Once I hear he's on his way, my husband and I will head down to Illinois to take care of Alethea while mom and dad are in the hospital;  then I'll have plenty of pictures to share with you when I get back.  For now, I will start the month with a review of the first item from my June box from Stitch Fix.

The first item to be reviewed from my 30th box from Stitch Fix (wow! I can't believe I'm reviewing my 30th box!) is this cute polka dot textured top.  I thought it would look really cute with my pearl embellished jeans so I styled them together.  If you're still looking for 4th of July outfit ideas, this would also make a great 4th of July look if you add some red in the outfit with some red accessories or shoes.  Also, check out my Memorial Day Outfit post for even more ideas!

The top is by Market & Spruce and is called "Ezide Textured Print Top".  My pearl embellished jeans were purchased last year at a Younkers "Going-Out-Of-Business" sale.  The neutral sandals were also from Younkers.

I really love the front of the top.  The polka dot textured print is so pretty, and I like that it has two layers in the front so that I don't have to wear a camisole underneath.

Here's a close up so you can see the fun texture.

The back of the top was another story.  Yuck.  It was completely see-through as it was only one layer, the solid layer.  I'm sure this top is only meant to wear under a jacket, blazer, or cardigan, but I don't like that.  I really need my clothes to serve more than one purpose.   If the back were the same as the front, I would have loved this top.  I thought the sheer textured polka dot layer in front was so cute, but I did not like the back at all.

I brought in a bit of color with my bag and bracelet, both old.

I really liked the V slash neckline in the top too, but I wasn't thrilled with the sleeveless, again.  Somehow Stitch Fix isn't getting the hint that my arms are not a feature I want to show as they keep sending me either sleeveless tops or tops whose sleeve caps are too high.

As always,  I will let you know if I kept this top when I do my end-of-month Stitch Fix review.  I might be taking a blogging break for the holiday or when baby Atticus arrives, whichever comes first!

If you've never tried Stitch Fix before, use my REFERRAL CODE to receive $25.00 off your first box!

Have A Great Day, and a Great 4th of July weekend too!


Linking Up with these Fabulous Blogs HERE!