Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Trendy Gift

My Bestie and I exchanged birthday gifts while she was in Kansas visiting this week. Yes, our birthdays were a month or two ago, but this was the first we'd seen one another since then. She gave me this trendy top, which is apparently the latest thing. From the front, it looks like an ordinary knit top...

...But the back is what's really cool!

I wanted to pair a skirt with this top, but since it's raining and we'll be schlepping thru parking lot puddles this afternoon, it seemed prudent to wear pants instead. These aren't the greatest pants, but they're all I've got at the moment. Like the farmer'll do, pig, it'll do.

Thanks, Bestie! I'm already plotting the next wearing of this cute top!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Another Summer of Frumpiness Has Begun

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and true to form, good old Kansas weather is right on target. Humidity up? Check! South wind gusting? Check! Temperatures climbing? Check! Nights are still comfortable, but it won't be long before we'll still be sweating at 2am.

Summer isn't my favorite season, but it's still a good one. I do enjoy the garden produce and being able to splash in the creek (if there's water in it). There are more sunny days than cloudy, and the landscape is green and lovely. I don't enjoy high humidity and hot temps, but once we're able to crank up the AC, I won't mind that so much.

While I do enjoy being able to wear less layers of clothing in summer, I don't enjoy how less clothing means there's no hiding my chub. Alas, it is what it is. I'm a little teapot, short and stout. When it gets to steaming, my stout stands out.

Mossimo shirt dress - Target
Comfort Plus by Predictions sandals - Payless

 Sand Dollar pin - not sure, either from MIL's collection or thrifted

Bracelet - Walmart

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

In the Kitchen

Some Postman gave me an idea last night. I asked him what flavor of cupcakes he'd like for me to bake, and he began rattling off all kinds of silly flavors like bacon, hamburger, cookie dough, root beer. Hey, wait a second...root beer? That sounded interesting! And so the plotting began...

Root Beer Cupcake!

I used most of a yellow cake mix (there were two partial packages in the pantry that needed using up - they totalled about 3/4 of a full cake mix). Instead of water, I used milk for the liquid. Duck eggs replaced chicken eggs (they are bigger and richer, ideal for baking). Then I added about 1.5 teaspoons root beer concentrate to the batter. After the cupcakes were baked and cooled, I frosted them with extra-vanilla-y buttercream frosting (homemade). 

How do they taste? Rather like a root beer float! But cake-y! Definitely yummy. This "recipe" is a keeper!

Monday, May 20, 2013

This One Was Better in Theory

The components of this outfit are all things I truly enjoy - chambray, blue & yellow together, a skirt, my Dansko sandals. The trouble is that it appears the outfit was better in theory than it was in reality. And perhaps I need to snip some of the elastic in the waist of the chambray shirt. In one of the photos my hubby took, I look about 6 months pregnant! Egads! This was the better of the two photos he took, in which my upper regions look droopy, but at least I don't appear in need of a diaper bag shortly. Well, maybe it still does look like that. Sigh....OK, this really is an outfit FAIL! Just living up to my name, folks! They don't call me the FRUMPY Hausfrau for nothin'.

 No Boundaries top - Walmart
Old Navy skirt - thrifted
Dansko sandals - Trade Home Shoes

Earrings - JCP
Necklace - I can't remember, maybe Target?

On a more positive note, please notice the background in the photos. Some Postman got the walls painted in the master bedroom! It's beginning to look like I've imagined it would.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I'm a Little Teapot

Attitude Unknown dress -

Yes, I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Hard to believe, but it is possible to find a dress that is short on ME. And it manages to emphasize my roundness. I was self-conscious the entire time I was wearing it. Therefore, if it is possible, this dress will be returned. If they won't take it back, then at least it only cost  a few dollars.

Bird scarf - Rue 21

 Vintage cuff bracelet - thrifted

Predictions Comfort Plus sandals - Payless

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Frumpy Hausfrau Finds Another Bargain

I've been having a difficult time finding the umph to post on this blog. Amazing how gaining just a couple of pounds makes me feel stuffed into my clothes and therefore, uncomfortable in anything I wear, regardless if it fits or flatters. One pesky pound has left the premises, and I hope more follow in its wake. In the meantime, it is important that I keep up with the blog. Not that this blog itself is all that great or important, but keeping up with it will help me keep my focus and (hopefully) see some progress.

Last Friday, I went grocery shopping. It was still chilly then, at least in the morning, but I was really getting tired of wearing pants. Time to break out dresses and skirts! This dress is one that looks as if it should be cool, since it's a sundress, but because the fabric is a moderate weight knit, it's actually best to wear it on a day that doesn't get above 70°. Last Friday was the perfect day to wear it.

 Christopher & Banks denim jacket - thrifted
Merona sundress - thrifted
Danskin Now t-shirt - Walmart
Mossimo western boots - Target
Wooden circle earrings - JCP

That jacket is definitely too big on me, and rather boxy - but I still like it and won't be giving it up any time soon. It's just too versatile! Maybe I can take some darts in it to help with the boxiness. I've already rolled the sleeves, as you can see, but I don't really know what to do about it being too big in the shoulders. Aside from completely taking it apart and re-sewing it (which is NOT going to happen!), I don't know what simple alteration can be done for that. The dress is one that I had picked up at a yard sale last summer; I shortened it to a better length for me.

Since I wore that outfit out shopping, I thought I'd share my best bargain of that trip with you. Dillons had Country Time lemonade mix on sale 10 for $10 - a great price as it was! But...I had a handful of coupons for  $1 off 2 packages, bringing the price down to just 50¢ each! This will give me something "special" to drink on a hot summer day, since my tummy isn't tolerating soda pop these days. I'm sad that I can't have my favorite summer time occasional beverage - a Vanilla Coke. Lemonade isn't quite the same, but it will taste better having been purchase so cheaply!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sausage and Marshmallows

I can't decide which one I feel like more...a sausage or a marshmallow. My body feels stuffed like a sausage, yet puffy like a marshmallow. So how do you dress a sausage-marshmallow? And how do you get the sausage-marshmallow to give way to a pear? I'd much rather feel like a pear, I think. A pear is crisp and shapely and rather pleasant. Yes, I would love to feel like a pear. Yay! I have a goal! Become a pear!

In the meantime, this is what the sausage-marshmallow wore to church this past Sunday:

 Handbag - Walmart

Xhiliration floral denim jacket - Target
Merona tiered top - Target
Worthington skirt - JCP
Predictions booties - Payless

Bauble bracelet - gift from friend MA
(This is the first time I've worn this bracelet. MA gave it to me for my birthday last year, 
and it's taken me this long to find a way to wear it!)

After church, I fed the guys some lunch, then changed up my outfit to be a little more casual and went to a fund raising event for the Ruby Slippers fund. Ruby Slippers is women helping women - and it was a fun event, with lots of vendors and a silent auction. 

 Daisy Fuentes jeans - thrifted

Pink Converse tennies - Target

I have to say, I much prefered the more casual version of this outfit. The jeans and the mono-chromatic base disguise the sausage-marshmallow better. And it's much more comfortable!

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Sewing Project from the Recent Past

Despite my intentions of posting more often, I have not done so. It's not that I've been terribly busy lately, but I have been uninspired and unenthusiastic, about just about everything. I lay in bed at night, not sleeping when I should be sleeping, thinking that "tomorrow, I'm going to get on top of things". I make all kinds of resolutions and plans in my mind, and then they all get tossed out the window in the morning, because I'm so tired and sluggish from lack of sleep. It's a vicious cycle. And I can't seem to jump off this crazy, rusty, squawky, lop-sided go-nowhere merry-go-round and back on the running path to health and wellness and organization and the good life.


I did get inspired to finish a sewing project last week. A girl I've been friends with since 4th grade finally had her first (by birth) child a month ago (she has three grown adopted children). This is what I made for her very special baby girl:

The bibs have velcro closures and are designed after some bibs I used for Boo when he was a baby. The burp cloths are made from a tracing my daughter made when she worked at a daycare when she was pregnant with Boo. One of the daycare babies' mother provided these cute hand-made burp cloths that Min loved, and she wanted me to make some for her. So I made some for my friend, using that same pattern. The circles are what was left over from cutting out the bibs, layered and sewn together. They can be used as little baby wipes, face cloths, nursing pads or whatever.

Speaking of babies, we have new babies on the farm! One of our barn cats had kittens three weeks ago. She made her nest over at the neighbor's house - actually, underneath their house! We brought them here, where they belong, and now the Mama Cat seems happy to care for her babies on our porch. Aren't they cute???

Let's hope this week's warmer temperatures will improve my outlook and inspire me to get my act together. I'm sick of being stuck in this rut....