Have a great day! Amy
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Hello! I've had these old K & Co vintage tags for awhile and I needed an anniversary card for a couple in my church, so I decided to put them to good use! I used designer paper from my stash that coordinated with the tag. Three paper dots were added for embellishment.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Hello! Can someone who IS vintage wear vintage? LOL! Just kidding. I found this dress on clearance over a year ago at Charming Charlies. It hung isolated and alone in my closet begging to be worn through four seasons. I gave it some attention. Occasionally I would pull it out and try it on with various items, but I always struggled with the nude color against my skin tone, and also the sheerness of the fabric. It is also short and sleeveless: two big no-no's for a vintage woman like myself. But, I felt guilty that I had this never worn dress just hanging out in my closet, even though I only paid $20.00 for it. So I tried it on with jackets, and tights, and boots, and well, just about everything you could imagine, and I just wasn't happy with any of it. Finally I decided that instead of going against the grain and trying to make it trendy, I would go with the grain and keep it old fashioned. I added more neutrals and 'granny accessories', and you know what? I liked it. It turned out pretty good. I didn't feel the vintage look aged me, but actually kinda made me look cute and playful. And it was comfortable to wear too!here is a similar option). I put a bra cami underneath since it is sheer and more low cut than I am comfortable with. I put a belt around my waist to cover up the elastic and added a simple beaded necklace for jewelry. On my feet, I wore my granny shoes!
Until then, Have a Great Day! Amy
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Hello! Today I have a home decorating post to share with you. I scrolled through my blog and realized that I haven't shared a Fall Decorating post in two years. My main reason is that I don't buy new decorations every year and I pretty much decorate the same way with very little variance, so, why post the same thing every year? However, I do change my decorations slightly, and, I have a lot of new followers through Bloglovin who have probably never seen a post from two years ago, so, I'm back with another Fall Decor post! If you'd like to see the post I did two years ago and see if you can notice any changes, you can read it HERE.
As most of you already know, Fall is my second least favorite season. Only Winter trumps Fall for my displeasure. I always see it as such a sad time of the year, when everything is starting to decay and die, and then there is that awful chill in the air that I just can't stand. But, with every cloud, there is always a silver lining, and that is the fall color. I just wish the color part of Fall wasn't so brief only to be followed by months of endless grey and drab.
My house is the perfect home to decorate for fall or Christmas, as the earthy, Tuscan colors harmonize with it beautifully. Decorating for Spring on the other hand, with all it's pastel and pretty colors, can be a true challenge.
I love to bring these outside colors into my home by using artificial fall garlands, flowers, and berries. I cover all the major tables and surfaces in each room with these arrangements. The picture below shows the top of a hutch in my dining room. I added a antique fall plate as my main focal point, a tan candle for some warmth, a little bit of a harvest gold napkin peeks out to add some softness, and a wheat arrangement in the back provides a little more height to an otherwise flat decor.
I know it's an odd place for a piano, but we have our piano in the dining room. As soon as one of my children buys a house, it will be going to them as neither I nor my husband play. It actually was the perfect place to have a piano when the children were small as they were always in sight when I was in the kitchen or living room; however, it did prove difficult to watch t.v., if someone was playing the piano at the same time.
Below you can see a far away shot of the hutch in the dining room. The same collection of harvest gold antique plates echoes the one on top of the hutch, tying everything together.
Because I don't like to clear the dining room table just to eat or work, I try to keep as little on it as possible. Most of the year a clear vase of sand and shells from our Pensacola Beach vacation sits in the middle of this table, but this time of the year it is this candle arrangement.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at the beautiful colors of fall in my home. Check out my post from two years ago if you would like to see more far away shots of these rooms.
So what about you? Do you decorate for Fall or any of the seasons? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a great day! Amy
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Hello! Are you ready to party? If you are, I have a fun birthday card to share with you today. I used a retired Stampin Up! Christmas Stamp "Crazy for Christmas", to make my card. I simply turned the Christmas presents into birthday presents! Using a stamping guide, I stamped the image multiple times and then colored them in with pastel markers. I then stamped a dollar stamp sentiment onto vellum and glued just the edges to the present panel. Using Nestabilities, I cut out a large Kraft frame to hide the glue. I finished the card off with some pastel embellies, but it would have been fun to put some confetti in-between the layers too. Maybe next time.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Hello! So what do you all think of Kimonos? I have to admit, I'm on the fence about them. I finally broke down and bought one, wore it a couple of times, but I'm still not sure if I like them. When I first started seeing them this spring, my initial thought was "Kimonos are notoriously known as something old ladies wear. I know all the 'young people' are wearing them now, but will they just make an older person look even older?" I just couldn't get past the old lady look and kept picturing myself in an episode of 'The Golden Girls' walking around my house in a kimono and high heels. (Yeah, like I ever dress like that at home! More like yoga pants and a sweatshirt!) But as the months grew on, and the weather started to cool, I thought, 'You know, it might just make a nice sheer cover up to wear during these chilly mornings and nights.', so I gave in to my fears and bought one. The first time I wore it, I styled it with shorts and went shopping. When I came home, my twenty something son asked me why I wore a robe outside the house. Not a good sign. The second time I tried it with a pair of boyfriend jeans and heels.
The kimono was purchased from Francescas. I have found that they have the huge selection of Kimonos compared to most retailers. I wore my metallic tee shirt from The Gap underneath the kimono. I played with the shirt tucked in and out, and felt my tummy flab just showed way too much tucked in, so I left it out.
And now, here are some pictures of some real fashionistas on Pinterest who look much better in a kimono than I do. All of these lovely ladies paired their kimonos with shorts.
This kimono is the one I own.
I love this look pictured below, and will have to try my kimono with a blue jean pencil skirt. I don't think I've given up on wearing kimonos just yet. I will just have to keep experimenting with it, till I find a look that is right for me.
This model has her kimono paired with skinny jeans. Another look I'll have to try!
This lovely lady is one of my favorite fashion bloggers. She found her kimono at Target of all places! I just love her style! She has boyfriend jeans on too, but they sure look a heck of a lot better on her than they do on me!
Have a great day! Amy
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