Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Life is Just Grand, and Busy Too!

WOW! Yeah. Mama and I have been really busy writing (and photographing and designing) for the Resourceful Gals blog... hop over there to check out all the amazing recipes, tips, and DIY how-to's! (resourcefulgals.blogspot.com)

If it wasn't for my camera, I don't know how I'd remember all the great stuff happening around here. I'm too busy most days to scribble an entry in my journal, so the pictures help refresh my memory. Spring, with its delicately scented blossoms and cool, dewy mornings, is just gorgeous... though I have a feeling it's almost over. Summer is peeking around the corner, promising heat and sunshine and ripe blackberries. :D

We have babies! Little chicks hatched by our own hens. We also have a new flock of chickens -to-be in the form of 21 baby chicks we ordered in the mail. One of the eggs we got the other day was so huge it filled my whole hand! (and I gave myself a manicure with a glitter-dipped effect. Really cute) - I've been keeping the windowsills stocked with fresh flowers. Top right- Mark and I in the car on the way home from church.
 I've been attempting to get some jewelry work done every day, in preparation for the GHEA convention in Atlanta that's happening in a few short weeks. I'm nearly there to reach my goal of how many items I'm taking, but I want to have as many pretty pieces on hand as possible. :)

Lovely vintage-style cameo necklaces, Me in my beading-glasses, bracelets all strung and ready for finishing, beads that are now made into many pairs of earrings... 
So, life is grand and busy and hectic and fun. :D How about you? :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

How My 22nd Birthday was the Best Yet

Hi Everyone! :D

I had an absolutely wonderful day yesterday on my birthday. I was happy all day long, the weather was gorgeous, the flowers were exploding into bloom, and I had wonderful people to share it with... my sweet mom and my funny daddy and cheerful brothers.

Mama and I went shopping (I had a few birthday bucks to blow) :D and we had. a. blast finding all sorts of amazing deals, and I scored some fabulous items for my wardrobe that are completely my style and colors... besides fitting perfectly! I love it when I find something that fits me perfectly!

So. My haul. :D I loved every single thing I found... a buttery-soft handbag with tons of pockets (basically my dream purse) from T.J. Maxx, beads from Hobby Lobby (at 50% off, I might add),  a couple new fragrances and a free item from Bath and Body Works (I was packing a coupon for that free item, and 20% off the rest of my purchase), perfect light neutral plaid long-shorts from Ross, three pairs of shoes from Payless ... "Kate Middleton"-esque beige heels (that I've been dreaming about), jewel-studded champagne-colored flats, and $5 white flip-flops... And from Goodwill, 3 pairs of perfectly-fitting jeans, 1 pair of khaki bermuda shorts, 1 pair of black heels that fit like they were made for me, and 4 adorable tops.

*whew* :D
Daddy took Mama and I out for lunch at Chick-fil-a and I had a Caesar chicken cool wrap, fries, and lemonade. I must say, I think CFA's lemonade is the best lemonade ANYWHERE. I had such a nice time at that lunch!

And I can finally say I've been to Panera Bread! Mama and I popped in there just before driving home to get an afternoon snack - we chose 2 cheese pastries and Mama got some coffee. Those were really great pastries. :D

For my birthday dinner, we had lasagna ready to throw in the oven (the boys actually started it for us while we were on our way home!) and served it with fresh side salads with lettuce from our own garden. Yummmm.
Dessert was, instead of birthday cake, a Fruit Pizza! It was really awesome. The kiwi and strawberry slices, cream cheese,  sweet crust, and strawberry sauce were a delightful combination. Next time I think I won't roll out the crust so thin, but other than that it was perfect.
Thank you to all the dear friends who messaged me on facebook and left comments on my wall, it means a lot... and thank you especially to two very dear, sweet ladies who sent me e-cards!! (You know who you are.) ;) I also got a couple of birthday cards in the mail, which is always fun!

I felt so loved and treasured on my birthday, and it was better than I'd even imagined! God is so good and has blessed me so much. Now it's my turn to be a blessing! :D Let me know via the comments section if there's anything I can be praying about for you. :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dressing Up a Dress

Hey there!

Sunday afternoon after I got home from church, I played around with some different style combinations for my new beige dress. I had a lot of fun raiding my closet, but not so much putting it all back again. :P Lol! And there was still more I could have done, I just got tired of taking pictures... perhaps I'll try more in the future! Anyways... enjoy. :)

Okay. So here's the dress plain, by itself. Still so pretty. :D

This is the way I wore it to church. I added a mint pashmina shawl , chunky copper pearl bracelet, my favorite brown jewelry set, brown heels, and braided my hair. (I also carried my copper purse but forgot to get it in the picture)

"Business Casual" - gray short-sleeved blazer, silver purse, white-silver-gray leopard print ballet flats, (which are really cute, too bad you can't see them very well in the pics) and super-sparkly gray crystal necklace and earrings.

"Boho Chic". GAH. I think this is my favorite combo I came up with. The ivory ruffled blouse, belted with a 'lacy' leather belt, makes this amazing! Wow. I am definitely going to wear this somewhere soon. ;) (That is the copper purse I was using that morning, btw.) The pearl bracelet and pearl/ribbon necklace I made myself. 

"Girls' Day Out" - the bright peachy pink cardigan and crocheted ivory hat are such a fun combo! I added a peaches-and-cream tote, a pretty peach-and-white cameo necklace, peach eiffel tower earrings (hard to see, sorry) and white flats.

"Blues n' Boots" - inspired in part by some of my Texas bloggin' friends! ;D Denim jacket, brown  boots,  wide studded leather belt, brown jelly watch, gold filigree dangle earrings, and I tried two purses with this - one dark brown corduroy and leather one, and a canvas purse with cute fringe and polka-dots. I liked both. :)
"Dressy Ivory" *dreamy sigh* I pulled out my favorite ivory blazer and paired it with pearl cluster earrings, a  'diamond' (cubic zirconia) pendant necklace, an Aigner purse (I found that at a yard sale!) and white heels with bows on them. Hair swept up in a bun with a ruffly beige flower added. Oh, and a large white flower ring. :)

"Simple but Sparkly" - If one was going to wear this beige dress with a khaki jacket, you'd need something to glitz it up. I added a sparkly coppery-gold scarf a friend from Malaysia gave me, and sparkle-studded copper flip-flops. This needed a belt but I forgot to add one. :P

And I discovered that my favorite new dress is perfect to wear with my favorite old crocheted robin's-egg-blue poncho that I was given for my 13th birthday. Lovely! Not that you can see very well but I added silver flats with jewels on the toes, and beaded dangle earrings in the same shade of blue as the poncho. I also have a pretty pendant a friend gave me that would have matched this but I didn't think of it until later! :P

I also love the coral sweater-dotted belt combo I tried last week!
I hope you had fun reading this post! Which was(/were) your favorite combo(s) and why?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mix-able, Match-able Dress

The dress I bought with my eShakti.com discount arrived today! I LOVE IT. After getting two dresses to review I finally broke down and purchased one, but I ended up saving a lot of the price after a $25 gift discount! And my birthday is the 10th, so I rationalized that I could call it an early birthday present for myself. ;)

I picked a sensible beige chambray dress because I was looking for a piece that would go with anything and be totally dress-up or dress-down... and this baby is that! :D

I quickly tried one combo, pairing the dress with my favorite coral-pink cashmere sweater and a cute thrifted polka-dotted wide belt. Result? A-DOR-A-BLE. I can't wait to wear this somewhere! :D

I'm planning another post in future with all the different ways I can accessorize this very versatile dress. I'll bet that I could get at least fifty different looks depending on what I mix and match!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Simple Sprouting

Hey there! Just popping in to tell you that my mom and I are having so much fun blogging together over at The Resourceful Gals! Our latest post is about how we love simple sprouting.

If you haven't visited it yet, now is a great time to do it! :D ResourcefulGals.blogspot.com 

I'll be back with some 'real' posts soon. ;)