Monday, January 30, 2012

Pick an era...

Today's challenge was to wear an outfit from a specific era. I chose the 40's. The dress is vintage, so I added a cardigan to make it more modern. The picture quality is killing me. This may drive me to an SLR sooner than later.


Dress: Thrifted vintage probably from the 40's-50's
Cardigan: I forgot
Shoes: Thrifted

Friday, January 27, 2012

10 Day Challenge: Pattern mixing

Today's challenge was to mix patterns. I re-used my Modcloth top thus also making it a remix.

Cardigan: Peobles
Top/dress: Modcloth
Jeans: Aeropostale
Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory
So there you have it.

I think I am going to work on the Riassa this afternoon, perhaps. Daniel is sitting in his Bumbo, playing his piano. He is such a calm baby. I think he might calm me down more than I calm him. Except when he is hungry. Actually, that is nearly the only time he is ever very upset. I can't believe how easy he is. I just wish he would stop wanting to eat during the night. Mama's all night cafe is closing up shop. Well, not really, but it makes me feel good to say. From my memory, I haven't slept a full, uninterrupted eight hours in over six months. Gah.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

In which the Oxfords make a comeback

10 Day Challenge: Monochrome.

Matt thinks they look like clown shoes, haha. I still love them, but usually wear them when he is gone. He is gone right now, too.

Cardigan: Gap
Cami: Forever 21
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Target

I have worn this cardigan for each outfit so far. I either have mad remixing skills, or I need to stop wearing it. This is also the skirt I layered from the first day. 

You should see the great lengths I have gone through to find a place with somewhat decent lighting to take pictures by myself with, The camera is literally being held up by nail clippers in the windowsill.

Channel someone

I went out on a limb here. For day four of the challenge (I skipped day three, but hope to catch up later today) we were supposed to channel someone, but not look "costumey." I chose Downton Abbey's Countess Cora. It is a period drama set in the early twentieth century. When I set out to find the picture, I had a terrible time trying to link it properly. I hope I did this right and the copyright people won't come after me.


Source: UK MSN

I don't think it looks too costumey, but let me know what you think. As much as I would sacrifice just about anything for it to be normal to wear those amazing clothes of earlier times, I really don't want to look like I just stepped out an a movie set when I go out. I think it works though. I have been seeing high waisted skirts and loosely fitting tops.

Cardigan: Gap
Top (It's a dress tucked in): Thrifted
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Thrifted
Necklace (Cameo): Thrifted 


I WAS drinking a cup of tea during the crazy amount of time it took to get two decent pictures, but it may have been a giant Starbucks mug, not that delicate cup. 

I might have let Katherine play with it though...

What a little rascal!

Momma Go Round pleated poppy

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Skinny jeans

In all fairness, they are a little big. I like the idea of skinny jeans worn with tunic like tops. In this case it is a dress. However, there is no way I would ever wear a dress this high on its own. Not. Ever.

Cardigan {it is really a deep purple}: Forever 21
Cami: Forever 21
Dress: Modcloth
Skinny jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory

As a side note, I ordered this dress from Modcloth. Sadly, the seam ripped out on it. Modcloth is so amazing; they totally refunded it, but allowed me to keep it to fix myself. I did it yesterday- while watching the new season of Downton Abbey.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Layers

Remember that 21 Day challenge when I inundated your readers with pictures of myself? Well, I am back at it again with the 10 Day Challenge hosted by Freckles in April. I am not sure if I will participate everyday with this one, so I am not going to make any promises (A.K.A.  Posting Daily in the month of November).

Today's challenge/inspiration was to use layers.

Cardigan: Gap
Dress: Modcloth
Skirt: Thrifted
Tights: ?
Boots: Khols
I loooooove this dress. I got it on Black Friday for a great deal at Modcloth. The only problem for me is that it is way too short. Layering it with a neutral skirt adds enough length to make me happy. I really like the lacy look, too. the pleated poppy blog

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shirt to skirt in twenty minutes




This was probably the easiest skirt to make in the world. The entire world.

I recently acquired a plus sized shirt from my late-grandmother. Even though she died several years ago, I still miss her deeply. I was happy to have something of hers that I could make into something useful. When I saw it, I thought it would make a simple skirt. It was so easy! Now I would like to raid the thrift store to make more. I wanted to share how to do this yourself. 

You can pretty much tell if the shirt is large enough by comparing it to your waist.
Cut a straight line as high as you can, beneath the sleeves.


Cut a strip of thick elastic (I used 3") to the size of your waist and sew together using an elastic stitch. I like using thick elastic because it creates a bold waistband to wear over a tucked in shirt. 



Baste the raw edge and ruffle so that it fits the waistband.


Use a zigzag stitch to sew the waistband to the skirt. I didn't even use pins!



Trim the threads and you are done!


The fabric was a silky polyester. It is a lot of fun to wear.





If you would like a cute skirt without having to make one, I sell cheap skirts in my shop!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Riassa terrors

I have been working on making a Riassa for Deacon Matt over the last few days. I didn't have a pattern so I made one by laying wax paper over an already made riassa. 

Then I made the great decision of getting super thin polyester. Heh. Let me tell you, thin polyester is not a whole lot of fun when you are making something with long drapes. 

Even though I am not an expert by any means, I would like to post how I made it (after it is done) if it would help anyone who is interested in making one. Patterns for these things are hard to come by.

Of course, that is if I don't burn the thing and dance around its ashes.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Springtime necklace

Believe it or not, I have actually been spending lots of time making things. My downfall has been taking pictures of them. I reeeeeeeealy want a SLR camera and Adobe Paintshop. I am not about to purchase both, so it is one or the other, or possibly, neither. :/

Any who, I wanted to share something that I made just before Christmas. I gave these away as gifts. They are so easy to make and look lovely.



All that you need is some thin crafting wire and three beads. String the beads on about four inches of wire. Wrap it tightly in the shape that you see in the picture. After that, take about 12 inches of wire and  wrap it around a tube shaped object to make the nest. Use the wire from the beads to wrap around the nest, leaving some at the top (in a loop) for the chain/ribbon to go through.

So, what do you think? A SLR or Photoshop? :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

FYI

I do have some fun craft posts coming up. I just keep neglecting to take pictures! I made some jewelry and hair pins that I would like to share. They are super easy and a lot of fun to use.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Little friends



I took this picture after leaving the room for a moment. When I came back, this is how they were.

Just a quick idea

I decided to make an ice-cream sundae a couple of days ago using what I could find in the pantry. I made a delicious discovery.

Take a tablespoon of Nutella, mix with about the same amount of milk, warm in microwave and poof.... scrumptious hot 'fudge' for your ice cream. 

Image source
 Try it!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Some singing

Katherine sings a lot. We often hear her singing when she is in her crib. Even when I was pregnant with her she would react to music. I got this recording of her singing yesterday morning.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Holidays




Christmas night at my parent's house
Christmas has come and gone. It was a good but tiring week in NY with family and friends. The day that we came home (yesterday) I took down all signs of Christmas. I usually leave it up a little longer, but I was on a cleaning rampage.

This year I decided to put away several of the kids' gifts for later in the year. I did this for a few reasons. One of them is that Daniel will be able to play with his things a lot better when he is more mobile and able to sit up. This way he can have his things new without being previously played with and possibly lost or broken. Secondly, if Katherine has too many toys, she gets overwhelmed and ignores most of them. This way she can enjoy each gift a lot more. Granted, they have a lot out now, but about a third or so is put away.

Daniel tried to get in on the action.

We opened gifts at our home on Christmas Eve- just before heading to NY.

Later on Christmas Eve at my mother-in-law's house



A friend was tonsured a Reader on St. Basil's Day (New Year's)
Katherine crosses herself and sings a lot.

*gasp*

How could we ring in the New Year without a pretty dress?




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