Wednesday, December 23, 2015

His Smile Was Worth It!

So...you know how I said in yesterday's post that I wasn't going to make Peanut Butter Snowballs? Well, yesterday when my weary Some Postman got home from work, he saw I'd been making candy while he delivered a bazillion letters and packages. Poor guy was sadly disappointed when the candy turned out to be Mocha Truffles instead of the beloved Peanut Butter Snowballs. My Postman doesn't like coffee or coffee-flavored anything.

I really don't like to disappoint that man.

Yeah.... I made a small batch of Peanut Butter Snowballs today.

PB Snowballs for him, Mocha Truffles for me


The smile on my Postman's face when I showed him the PB Snowballs was definitely worth the effort!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Time is Here!

It's Christmas Week! Thanks to many lists and my trusty Holiday Planning Notebook, I'm right on schedule with everything I wanted to accomplish. Gifts purchased and wrapped, decorations up, cards mailed. This week, I am making candies and cookies. Although after today, I will admit that I'm about sweeted out. Didn't think that would ever be possible, considering how much of a sugar junkie I am! Ha ha!

          

Those sugar cookies were just the beginning of the treats filling my kitchen! In addition, I've made Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Peanut Brittle, and Mocha Truffles. Peanut Butter Cups were on my list for tomorrow, but I've crossed it off; there are plenty of goodies without them. Also, for the first time in many years, I'm not making Peanut Butter Snowballs. My kids used to think it couldn't be Christmas without PB Snowballs, but last year, they barely touched the candies and I had tons left over. Shh...don't say anything, and let's see if they notice the absence this year.

In addition to making special treats, I enjoy wearing special outfits this time of year. Not all of them have been or will be photographed, because there simply isn't enough time for it, but we did get pics of a church outfit a couple of weeks ago.

Outfit details:  Cardigan ~ eBay; t-shirt ~ Target; 
skirt ~ thrifted; leggings ~ JC Penney's;
boots ~ JC Penney's; earrings ~ Target; brooch ~ vintage shop.

I love, love, LOVE how soft and cozy this cashmere cardigan is! Sadly, it is too big for me, and obviously so, no matter how much I attempt to disguise the fact. One day last week, it seemed like a good time to felt a couple of wool sweaters I'd thrifted over the fall (perhaps I'll actually get to some of those felted wool projects this winter!), so I figured it couldn't hurt to add the cardigan to see if it would shrink. I haven't had good luck with cashmere shrinking in the past, but I am happy to report that it WORKED this time! Yay! Now the cardigan fits me perfectly! (Sorry, no pics of how it currently fits, but one of these days, I'm sure you'll see it.)


Now, tell me, who can resist an adorable penguin pin? Not me! He's not decked out for Christmas, so he can make appearances all winter long. 


Even though they are barely visible between the hem of my skirt and the top of my boots, these pretty floral leggings give my outfit some fun pattern-mixing with the striped shirt. While I do enjoy mixing patterns, I like it best done subtly. My personality lacks the flamboyance necessary for bold pattern mixing. 

Since I won't be making Peanut Butter Cups tomorrow, I plan to use the time to choose outfits for the Christmas events we will be attending over the weekend. Hopefully we'll get some photos so I can share them with you, because one item I really want to include is the vintage fur capelet my sister-in-law gave me. It is SO soft and luxurious! 

Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Couple of Casual December Outfits

It's been a while since I've featured any casual outfits here on the blog, and even longer since I've written a thoughtful post or documented a kitchen adventure. Today I'm covering the casual outfits, and hopefully a variety of other topics will find their way onto the blog after the holidays.

Outfit details:  Lace jacket ~ thrifted; studded t-shirt ~ JC Penney's;
jeans ~ thrifted; boots ~ thrifted; earrings ~ JCP? (can't recall).


The outfit above was worn to a Wednesday evening Advent service at our church. While there is certainly nothing wrong with wearing jeans to church on Sunday morning, it's something I reserve for evening services. For one thing, Sunday morning is the only chance I have to dress up! 

Outfit details: flannel shirt ~ Menard's; jeans ~ Dress Barn;
hat ~ self-made; scarf ~ gift from daughter;
shoes ~ thrifted.


Yes, I bought a flannel shirt at Menard's. Some Postman needed some fix-it stuff, and I tagged along. Normally, I'd never purchase clothing at a home supply store, but the buffalo check called to me, and the shirt is of decent quality. I think I wore this outfit to buy groceries. It was cold that day, obviously, or else my hair looked rotten. Ha ha!



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Wear It Again, Sam

This outfit is a variation on a look I've enjoyed since Fall 2012. You can see my first version of it here and a second here. I've changed one or two elements of the outfit each time I've worn it, but the basics of chambray top, rust red pants, and Southwest print scarf remain the same.

Outfit details:  Chambray shirt ~ Walmart; mustard tank ~ thrifted; 
pants ~ hand-me-down from friend; earrings ~ JC Penney's;
scarf ~ Walmart; boots ~ eBay.

Since this is one of my most favorite fall outfits, I wore it to go Christmas shopping with my son's girlfriend (nearly two weeks ago, now). The mocs previously worn with it have been demoted to "outdoor shoes". I've replaced them with a chocolate brown pair of moccasins, but elected to wear boots instead this day due to rainy conditions. The boots are OK, but mocs definitely look better.


Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving Day! Mine was spent with family at sister B's house. I'm so thankful for my family and all that God has blessed us with!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

This Week's Sunday Style

This is what I wore to church this past Sunday. That's right - it's only been a few days since this outfit was worn and I'm already writing about it! Please don't fall over from the shock. I'd be sad if you injured yourself.

 Some Postman got me laughing!

Outfit details:  sweater - thrifted; top - Target; skirt - JC Penney's;
earrings - MIL's collection; scarf - thrifted; boots - zulily.com.

Pairing olive and plum makes me happy. Adding the gold sweater gave the outfit some sparkle, and the scarf helped to tie all the colors together. I was quite pleased with this outfit.




These earrings came from my dear mother-in-law's collection. I wear them every autumn and think of her.


Fun socks! Of course! Having little sweater-wearing Dachshunds peek over the tops of my boots was the perfect finishing touch, don't you think?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Orange and Blue Sunday Style

Sometimes it's fun to wear a color combination that's a bit different. One of my favorite combos is purple and green. Or red and lime green. On this particular Sunday in October, I put together pumpkin orange and royal blue. With cowgirl boots, of course.


Outfit details:  dress ~ eBay; sweater ~ Target; 
boots ~ Target; bracelet ~ Walmart.

I didn't get a close up photo, so you can't really see it, but I had to do some adjusting to this dress in order for it to fit better. One of the biggest problems I have with dresses is my narrow shoulders and more-pear-than-hourglass shape. Without the sweater, it would have been much more obvious, but the top of the dress gaped on me. My solution was to gather the front of the neckline into a few pleats, then secure it with a simple bar pin. Not only did this solve the problem of it falling off my shoulders, but it added a little extra design detail. I like that it isn't a permanent alteration; I can use a different pin or even change the location of the pleating for a slightly different look.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Annual Wearing of the Fall Maxi Skirt

A few years ago, I found a beautiful floral maxi skirt in colors that sing FALL to me. I'm pretty sure I paid a whopping 25¢ for it. The fabric is simply gorgeous and the skirt fits me nicely, too. Finding a top to go with it has proven to be a challenge, and I have no idea why! There are so many colors in the skirt from which to choose, and yet nothing in my closet actually matches. And so I end up coordinating colors awkwardly, wearing the skirt once during the fall season and letting it languish until the next fall, frustrated at my shortcomings. There's something about the browns in the fabric that refuse to mate up with any other brown on the planet! What I'd love to pair with my fall skirt is a sweater in that lovely shade of dark red - not the color of the roses in the print, but the subtle red meandering with the brown in the background.

This year's attempt at creating an outfit with my Fall Skirt was moderately successful. The shell-pink button down shirt coordinates fairly well, although I'm not certain I like the high contrast between the dark skirt and very light shirt. It was absolutely better than the cocoa brown sweater top I'd thrifted over the summer in hopes it would match (it doesn't - at all! - and the sweater is all droopy and baggy on me now, for some reason). Some Postman suggested adding a belt to the outfit to tie the two pieces together, and by gum, he was right. I do believe the man is learning a bit about fashion! LOL

 Outfit details: skirt, shirt, belt, pin - thrifted;
earrings - gift from hubby; 
purse - handmade by church friend;

 Do you see Some Postman's shadow on my shirt? :)

 Can you spot the photo-bombing kitty?




This purse never fails to prompt the question "Where did you get that?!" It's one of a kind...designed and made by an older lady from church. Just about everyone in our LWML group carries one of Mary's purses; she has made hundreds of them, I'm sure! Aside from the whimsical print, what I love about this purse is the bazillion POCKETS it has. There's a pocket for everything, including a pen!


Fringe is a trend for fall that I have embraced. In small ways. That's how I prefer to sport trends. After several years of blogging, trying to figure out what my style is, there is one point I've finally gotten nailed down:  trends, for me, should be done in small doses. So, while I won't wear a full-out fringe dress, I will wear ankle boots adorned with a double layer of fringe. On a side note, it took two weeks of airing them out before I could actually put on these boots. The chemical smell of the fake leather was atrocious!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

It's Been a Warm Fall So Far...

Fall is my favorite season, especially fashion-wise. I love to wear cozy sweaters, scarves, boots, etc, but not have to cover everything with a coat. This fall in the Flint Hills, it still has yet to be cool enough to fully embrace anything very cozy and warm! For now, my short sleeve sweaters and light weight scarves are taking the stage. Some days have been cool enough to break out ankle boots. And I do wear a jacket to do morning chores most of the time.

Here's a church outfit I wore on a warm Sunday in September (kitty photobomb!):

Outfit details:  sweater ~ Dressbarn, clearance rack; tee ~ JC Penney's;
skirt ~ JC Penney's, clearance rack; shoes ~ zulily.com; 
silk scarf ~ free box at yard sale (it was NEW!);
earrings ~ ???; bracelet ~ antique store.




Have to say, I was really pleased at how this outfit turned out. Not only was it very comfortable, but everything fit well and I loved the colors together. OK, with adjustment, everything fit well. Had to roll up the waistband of the skirt a couple of times to keep the hem from dragging the ground. Luckily, the wide elastic band lent itself to such a maneuver and actually stayed put.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

An Outfit I'll Never Forget! SIA: Book Club

Style Imitating Art (SIA) is hosted by Jen of Librarian for Life and Style this go-around. Her choice was this 1936 - 1940 WPA "Be Kind to Books" poster by Arlington Gregg:


I've been wanting to participate in this fun challenge again, but have simply not been struck with inspiration for an outfit until this one. As soon as I saw the poster, I knew exactly what pieces from my closet would work.


 Outfit details:  Top ~ Goodwill; Jeans ~ Target; Dansko shoes ~ eBay;
Socks ~ Modcloth; Necklace ~ MIL's collection; Ring ~ yard sale.




I chose these socks not only because of the theme of the poster, but also in honor of Banned Books Week (Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2015). It seemed fitting to have books hidden under my pant legs. :) After hiking up those black jeans all day, I decided it's time to replace them. They are simply too big. Not a bad problem to have! 

I wore my SIA outfit on Thursday, Oct 1st, feeling a little more dressed up for running errands and attending a meeting at church in the afternoon. It also turned out to be what I wore to witness my granddaughter's birth! As I pulled into the church parking lot, my phone buzzed with a text message. I didn't read it until after getting my ducks in a row for the meeting...it was my son-in-law saying he'd taken my daughter to the hospital and it was FOR REAL this time! Squeal! The ladies wanted to send me back out the door right away, but there was plenty of time for me to lead the meeting. I'm not sure I remember everything we discussed, however. I hope someone took notes...ha ha! 

After I got home, I kept busy until Some Postman arrived home from work. We left for the hospital within the hour, and by the time we got there, Min was in the throes of hard labor. Poor thing, she burst into tears as soon as she saw me enter the room. She'd told me days earlier that it was up to me whether to be in the birth room with her or not, but I think she really did want me there. I'm so very glad I went! B wiped her forehead and spoke softly in her ear, while I braced her right leg (a nurse had the left) and had the joy of seeing my precious granddaughter enter the world. I've witnessed the miracle of birth several times, but I have to say...this one was the most wonderful!

Meet our sweet baby girl....



And here she is, all cleaned up (3 days old):


If you haven't guessed....this Grammy is in LOVE!!! She is so precious, sweet, cute, lovable, soft, cuddly, and wonderful! Big brother Boo loves her and is a good helper. Soon Grammy will come up with a nickname for this bundle of joy. For now, she's simply my sweetheart!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Farewell, Summer...Welcome, Autumn!

On this final day of summer 2015, I'm going to share with you all the rest of my summer outfit photos. Don't worry, there aren't a lot - only three. Each of these outfits made me pretty happy, though, so I didn't want to let them slip into the past without acknowledgement. I've condensed the outfit details, mainly because I don't feel like poking through my closet to note brand names. Hmm...I might just keep doing outfit details this way. Brand names don't really matter to me, anyway. It's far more informative to know where a piece was purchased.

Worn on a Sunday in August:

 Outfit details: top & skirt ~ JC Penney's
sandals ~ Vanderbuilt's

earrings ~ Seattle Goodwill
bracelets ~ yard sale finds

This is what I wore the last Sunday of August:

 Outfit details:  olive sweater ~ suddenly materialized in my dresser
lace peplum tank ~ JC Penney's
skirt ~ Goodwill
shoes ~ Goodwill
necklace ~ Target

I love how the mornings are cool and foggy in late August! Brings back memories of the kids getting on the bus, ready to start a new school year. Now I watch my neighbor's kids get on the bus on foggy mornings.

And this was my outfit the Sunday of Labor Day weekend:  (Cuteness alert! Kitten photobomb!)

 Outfit details:  cotton top & skirt ~ JC Penney's
belt ~ thrifted
sandals ~ Trade Home Shoes
sunglasses ~ ???

 earrings ~ JC Penney's
necklaces, short to long ~ yard sale, self-constructed, MIL's collection

bracelet ~ yard sale

As you may have noticed, I did some shopping at JC Penney's over the summer. They released some of those fabulous $10 off a $10 purchase coupons, and I scoped out the clearance racks. I loved "Weekend" collection, with its gauzy white cotton and cool blue. I bought a white cotton above-the-knee casual skirt, too, and a striped tee for an everyday outfit with a nautical look.

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn...my favorite season! Now if the weather would just glance at the calendar and get with the program...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Red Sundress - Sunday Style

Gracious sakes...I wore this dress to church at least six weeks ago! I'd hoped to get caught up on my summer outfit posts before the end of August, but obviously that hasn't happened. Life has simply been too busy!

Outfit details:  Jones New York dress - thrifted; Style & Co sweater - thrifted;
BOC sandals - Vanderbuilt's; red seaglass necklace - eBay.


Sorry about the blurry pic above; it was the "best" one Some Postman took of me without the sweater. I've found that a sweater - or a shirt with sleeves - is necessary to wear at church. The air conditioning is set fairly low in the sanctuary, and they always have the fans going. This past Sunday, the fan directly over our pew was on TURBO speed, making the four of us (SP, me, our son, and his girlfriend) huddle together for warmth. I suggested to the kids that they wear long sleeves next week!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

I've Got a Case of the Butterflies!

100% cotton dresses being a challenge to find in my area, I have purchased a few online over the summer. This unbranded boho sundress is my favorite! I've worn it numerous times since I bought it on eBay in June, and found that there were two wearings that got documented in pictures for the blog.

On July 6th, I wore the dress belted, with my white BOC sandals:


 Earrings: Walmart

Belt: thrifted

Bracelet: yard sale

One month later, on August 6th, I wore the dress loose and free, with my new turquoise Vionic sandals (purchased on Zulily.com):



This dress will be fun to wear in the spring, as well. I've got a couple of light-weight sweaters / shrugs that will coordinate with it nicely, and a short-sleeved denim jacket that might work, too. With its breezy white fabric and butterfly print, the dress is not really a fall or winter piece, but that doesn't bother me. I'll wear it at least once more before the autumnal equinox. Then after the cold of winter, those purple, blue, and green butterflies will once again bring a happy smile to my face!