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Monday, March 9, 2015

New Name and Place

Oscar Wilde wrote that Life imitates art. In this case, my art seems to be imitating life. I felt like it was time for a name change on the blog.  For the past few years I've been The Wizard of Odds and Ends. I liked that name a lot. My best friend thought of that name! It was just time for a change. Slightly more descriptive but still general enough that I can make a variety of posts on my blog.

I figured I like to crochet and sew household things or clothing and accessories with a vintage elegance and I recently got married and moved so I'm trying to figure out a whole new "home" sort of thing. The posts will be pretty similar to what you've seen here but I'll be posting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and there will be some more DIY and Tutorial posts.



You can now find me posting regularly over at Elegant Homestead. If you've enjoyed it over here, I would love for you to continue following along over at my new place. There may be some minor changes going on there over the next few months with layout but it is up and running and there's already a new post!

 Hope to see you there!  




Friday, September 12, 2014

Making Tea

A few years ago I used to have a blog about tea. We had an abundance of tea in one of the kitchen cabinets in a wide variety of flavors. I would make a cup of tea and then give a short review on it. I did some research on each tea I tried like where it originated, how it would traditionally be served, and the way the leaves were cut, etc. Needless to say, I got tired of drinking tea pretty quickly and found out that I can't stand berry flavored herbal tea. Blech!

 This post isn't about that though. This post is just an observation on the very basics of making tea.

You've made a cup of tea before, right? Maybe you're drinking one while reading this post. It's September 12th. Perhaps that's still a little early for tea drinking weather. At any rate, when the weather gets chilly nothing can top a warm cup of tea.

My heating method of choice is the microwave. I bought a mini kettle last year with the intention of boiling water on the stove top for my tea, but I was never patient enough for that. If I'm in a rush I'll put the teabag in before I put the water in the microwave and if I time I'll heat the water first and then watch the tea seep out of the bag as it brews to perfection.

Then you wait.

If I had to wait for water to boil, then for tea to cool, I probably will have gotten some milk and cookies in the meantime and not be thirsty anymore. But, here's the catch with waiting for tea to cool.

Tea only has a peak drinking time of about 10 minutes. This 10 minutes is never completely enjoyed because you can never catch a few of those elusive moments of temperature perfection either because you sipped to soon and then feel, but don't taste, the slightly cooler tea washing over your tongue only moments later or, you got too into a movie, conversation, work, etc. that you missed the final moment when the last few sips of your tea could have been thoroughly enjoyed and you could feel it's warmth radiate to your fingers and toes. Instead you get a bitter mouthful of cold watered down flavor of cow pasture.

So many things have peaks; foliage, songs, careers, life all of which should be through enjoyed.

I never any good at writing conclusions to English compositions and I'm just rambling now anyway. I hope you enjoyed the somewhat satirical post about making tea.

Please, if you're a tea drinker, let me know your favorite kind of tea! I still like to try new flavors now and then. My favorite is Trader Joe's Ginger Pear White Tea.

This is sassafras tea. Homemade from boiling tree roots picked from the yard.




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Cables || One of Those Posts Again...

Yet again, it's late Tuesday night and I'm taking a grainy picture with my iPad and trying to bring spur of the moment ideas to life. That's basically the general process of how each post comes into being. I'll get a little more organized someday, I hope.

The spur of the moment idea is a new series for Tuesdays. Life is getting busier. I have a 45 hour work week between both jobs next week. That is a 17 hour jump from what I will be working this week! The influx of posts that I thought might happen, well, that was before I check my schedule!  Anyway, I thought a series would be good. Something I can write a post for any day when I have some free time. Check back next Tuesday for something both fashion and crafting related. I'm pretty excited about it!

Here's a fun little survey in the meantime.
 
1. What is the closest thing to you right now that is red? A stitch counter. Seriously. 

2. What is your ring tone? I always have my phone on vibrate. It was Moon River on my old phone.

3. What color is your favorite pillow? Um, white. My pillow cases vary. I use two pillows and don't have any matching pillowcases so they're always different colors. I don't have a favorite. I love both my pillows equally.

4. Is there an animal that creeps you out? Yeah! Aye-ayes. That one long claw they have...their faces...their fur...pardon me while I shudder. 

5. Ever have stitches? Only when I had my wisdom teeth removed.

6. Have you ever seen northern lights? Yes, faintly one Halloween they were visible I don't really remember it all that well though. 

7. Are you wearing nail polish? Yep, on my toes, L'oreal Lacey Lilac. 

8. What shoes did you wear today? Men's sneakers. When I got hired at JoAnn Fabrics I needed comfortable black shoes. K-Mart didn't have any women's sneakers in black and I didn't have anytime to shop around. They're really comfortable though!
 
9. What’s one thing you’re really good at cooking? Ha! I like baking treats, which I do more often than "cooking" meals and stuff. I love using our 1950s cookie press to make orange shortbread cookies. I haven't done it for a while though. I'm not patient enough to let the dough chill long enough.

10. What is your dream job? I always wanted to do musical theatre but I get way too nervous at auditions. I recently found out that you can apprentice to become a seamstress so I think I will be looking into that pretty soon!

11. Where were you 3 hours ago? Eating supper in my room and checking Facebook. 

12. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? Ha! My room is pink! I'm pretty sure all 4 walls are within 10 feet of me.

13. What are you wearing right now? Bright coral-y orange sweat pants and a New York City T-shirt.

14. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? No, but I made one.

15. What do you want to know about the future? I'll leave that in Gods hands.

Thanks for reading!



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Thank You Rit Dye

The last Tuesday Cables post that went up was about dyeing my bleach blotched vest.. I knew dye probably wouldn't absorb into the bleach spots, but I still held out a little hope. Over all, the end result was not too bad. 

I was so surprised when Ruth from the Rit Studio commented. She told me that bleached fibers are damaged and usually won't take dye. Then I went to Twitter and saw that someone at Rit had replied to the blog link that I tweeted and had offered to send me some other dye colors to try out! How awesome is that?! Of course, I went straight to the Rit website and started looking at what colors were available. Finally I settled on Petal Pink, Pearl Gray, Dark Green, and Teal. 

I just want to take a moment here to note that I am not being sponsored by or receiving payment from Rit Studio and Phoenix Brands for any part of this blog post. I'm simply posting as a thank you to the company for their great customer service and generosity. 
When the package arrived I had no idea what it was. I was mid-cold at that point and had completely forgotten that I was being sent the dyes. So I was surprised again when I opened the package and realized it was the dye!

Sunday afternoon I gathered up all the essentials, dye, salt, gloves, and went down to the basement where we have a giant sink. Last time, which was my first time dyeing anything, I used a powder dye and the stovetop method. This time I used liquid dye in the sink, which also happens to be right next to the hot water heater which is very convenient considering that the instructions call for hot water!

First was Pearl Gray and a pair of white pants with dirt stains on the knees. I am SO happy with how these turned out! You can't even see where they were stained!

Second into the sink was a white tee shirt that just needed a little something to make it more interesting. I toyed with Heiden of tie dye, but I didn't feel like preparing more than one color.


 I attempted to make it a Teal ombré by setting sections of it in the dye bath for a little while and then lowering another section in. I didn't use any exact science with this one. I'm happy with the results and this shirt will definitely be worn now. 

After having used both powder and liquid dyes, I like the liquid better than powder. The instructions are pretty much the same exact thing but you don't have to worry about whether or not the powder has completely dissolved. Plus, The liquid mixes so quickly and evenly into the water. Thank you very much to The Rit Studio for sending me some dyes to try out! 

Again, I just want to say that I was not paid by Rit Studio or Phoenix brands in any way for this post. I just wanted to write it as a thank you for their great customer service and generosity!!

And as always, thanks to my subscribers and anonymous readers as well. :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

1 Maxi 3 Days || Day 3

The final day of the 1 Maxi 3 Days event hosted by Ashley from Bramblewood Fashion!  

I wore way more solid black on top than I had originally planned to with this skirt. However, during this challenge I realized I own a while lot more solid black tops than I thought I did! 

I wanted to wear my skirt today with my shirt tucked in because it has a nice waist band and I rarely wear my tops tucked into anything. There was a breeze when I went to take photos outside so my shirt looks a little shorter than where it actually fell when I was inside. Anyway, still not a fan of the tucked in shirt. I don't know why,  I have just never really liked it.


Top: thrift store, restyled by me :) 
Skirt: Family Dollar
Shoes: Payless


Thanks to all who have read and commented the past few days! It's so much fun reading what you have to say!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

1 Maxi 3 Days || Day 2

Today I sort of had it in mind to wear my skirt as a dress even though I pulled out a shirt when I was putting the outfit together. The elastic on this skirt fits so well that I didn't feel like I needed a tank top underneath and the cardigan made it unnecessary as well, so it was a strapless "dress." I was actually surprised at how much I liked the look! I would never have tried it if I hadn't take part in Ashely's challenge from her blog, http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com.


Skirt: Family Dollar
Belt: Charlotte Russe
Cardigan: gift
Shoes: I got them so long ago that I can't remember!!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Versatile Blogger Award || Triple Threat

A blessing today...being nominated for another blog award and being able to sit down and make THREE new posts today! Hence the title. (Sorry for the overload today...but it sure was fun! ;) )

Thank you so much to Ireland from Ireland Rhea for nominating me for this award

1. I'm eating supper as I type this
2. My middle name came from one of my great grandmothers.
3. I just ate banana chips this week after about 7 years of not eating banana.
4. I love reading books that the musicals I watch were based off of.
5. I feel cold most of the time no matter what the weather is like.
6. I have lived in three different states.
7. I've read through the entire Bible one and half times.

I would like to nominate all my readers for this award! I appreciate each and every one of you! If you have a blog, please leave a link to your blog in the comments! If not, feel free to comment with 7 random facts about yourself if you like! :)


1 Maxi 3 Days || Day 1

I bought this knit, houndstooth maxi at, believe it or not, Family Dollar. They actually had quite a few different styles last time I was there so I had a pretty hard time choosing. The wide waistband makes this skirt incredibly comfortable and the length is perfect for a taller person. I can wear the waistband at my natural waist and the skirt still brushes the tops of my feet!



Yesterday, (it wouldn't have been practical to wear a maxi skirt to work today) I wore one of the most comfortable outfits ever! The black shirt I'm wearing was purchased at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago, the pink tank top is from Target, and the shoes are from Payless. 

I didn't put much thought into this ensemble and hadn't ever worn it before. I just grabbed the skirt out of my closet and the black t-shirt happened to be at the from of my dresser drawer. The tank top is one that I often wear with the shirt. This is definitely something I will wear again it is SO comfortable!



Friday, June 6, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Deutsch: Von Trapp Series Part 1

Welcome to a new series to be oh so appropriately posted on Fridays for this month! (I know, my last series was about The Sound of Music play. This is fairly different. It really is one of my favorite things!

 Last week, in the comments I was dubbed a Sound of Music nerd. I take that as a compliment. I saw the movie for the first time when I was about three years old. I have seen the Sound of Music probably hundreds, if not thousands, of times since then, and watched it twice last month. I even got to meet Julie Andrews once! My interest delves much further than the film. I have quite a few of the books written by Maria von Trapp. I also have a book by Agathe von Trapp (The eldest daughter of the 7). Well, anyway, you get the idea. 

While I'm not exactly starting at the very beginning with this post, I'll be starting with a relatively general subject. The German language. No, I don't speak it fluently, though I would love to! What I have learned is mainly from von Trapp related things. From "fräulein" and "auf wiedersehen" in  the Sound of Music to portions of the poem Der Lindenbaum which is sung in Die Trapp Familie, the 1956 German movie that the Broadway play was based on. Of course, I learned Silent Night in German too!

Other German words I know I have learned from a 1912 book I have called "Writing and Speaking German by Paul R. Pope. I'm sure some elements of the language have changed in the past 100 years, but I don't plan on visiting any German seeking countries and trying what I've taught myself anytime soon. I just love the sound of the language. In fact, I wanted to take German in high school but all they offered was French, Spanish, and Latin. I took three years of French then one year of Latin. I sort of wish I had taken four years of Latin. Anyway...

These old books are little treasures on my shelf. The two others, Storm's in St. Jürgen (Storm is the authors last name) and Fulda's Unter Vier Augen, Benedix's  Der Prozess published in 1901 and 1902, respectively. Storm's is, I think, a famous poem and the other book is a couple of plays. The books were used for a German course. There is a German to English glossary in the back of each. Even though I can only understand a few words on each page, there are many words I can make out the pronunciation of, even if I'm not sure what they actually mean. The printing is so pretty. I hope to learn a little more German someday, but for now it's nice to have these old books to look at in my spare time.



What languages do you speak? 
Have you ever been inspired to learn something new because of a favorite book or movie?







Friday, May 23, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || We Interrupt Your Friday Evening For...

A brief announcement.

When you go click the little blue "Jill" at the bottom of each post, it takes you to my blogger profile. Or click where I just typed "blogger profile" ...either one. There's something a little new there.

Beneath the somewhat pensive picture of moi, you should see the words "contact me" and beneath that, "email" in blue. If you click on it you can now send email messages to thewizardofoddsandends@gmail.com!! 

This means my blog and Etsy shop now have their very own email! Isn't technology so nice?

Sorry, I think I might have given this post more build up than it's worth. Hey, it is pretty exciting! If you have any questions that you'd rather not post in the comments or any requests about crafting projects, or even post topics, or you'd like to show me things you're working on, feel free to send me an email because I would love so see/hear from you!


I would also like to note that the banner on both my blog and Etsy shop were made by Hilary, who has an incredible eye for and talent with Adobe Illustator! Unfortunately we haven't really been in contact for a while, but I am thankful that she made the banner for me a few years ago and that my technology skills are finally to the level that I have been able to get said banner on a couple of my pages.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Beautiful Blog Award!!

I had planned to have this post up last Friday, but I was away for the weekend and never got around to posting. Sorry! So, here it is for Tuesday. I am happy to say that Ireland of Ireland Rhea and Paige from Sunday Best and All the Rest nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger award! A HUGE thank you to Ireland and Paige for this nomination!! :)


Here are the rules if you decide to accept this award:
1. Thank the blogger who awarded you
2. Answer the ten questions he/she asked
3. Nominate ten bloggers to receive the award
4. Ask them ten questions
5. Let them know they've been awarded

Ireland's Questions:
1. What was your hardest subject in school?
Geometry. I do not miss that class one bit.

2. Do you play an instrument, and if so, which one?
I play a little of a lot of instruments. Flute, violin, harmonica, guitar, piano, voice if that counts. I think that's all.

3. What is your favorite color? And you have to pick ONE. No cop-outs.
My favorite color is probably blue. It looks nice when I wear it and I can wear it pretty much any season depending on the shade of blue.

4. Flip-flops or boots?
Flip-flops they are just so nice to wear. When you wear them that usually means it's WARM outside, or you can just slip them on if you're going out to get the mail or whatever and they're so inexpensive and come in all kinds of colors!

5. Football, soccer, or tennis?
I'll have to say tennis, though I hardly ever play or watch any of these.

6. Have you ever taken a self-defense course?
I have. They're pretty interesting and I'm sure they must be pretty useful.

7. What is one weak area of your life that you are working to improve?
Definitely my prayer life. I do not pray as much as could I'm trying to spend a little more time with God that way than just reading His Word.

8. Bible passage you are loving right now?
I have always loved Psalm 121

9. How would you describe your personal style?
It's blend. I try to incorporate a lot of classic pieces that I can wear for years.

10. What's your favorite way to work out? Again, no cop-outs. :)
I haven't worked out in a long time, I need to start again. I used to have a routine I loved. That included just low impact exercises like push ups, lunges, and planks.


Paige's Questions:
1. How would you describe your personal style?
See number 9 above. :) Though, I feel like to add to that I should mention my fairly recent obsession with maxi skirts and that I should do a small ThredUp haul or something like that for next Friday's post. Hmmmm.....

2. What was your first pet? 
A tabby cat named Tigger after the Winnie the Pooh's friend.

3. What is your ancestry (e.g. German, Italian)?
French and English

4. Dill pickles or sweet pickles ;) ?
Sweet Gherkins!!!

5. What Bible character do you relate to the most (it can be character, life experiences, or anything like that)? That' skins of difficult off the top of my head. I'll have to say Martha. She was so worried to have a things just right for Jesus when she did not need to worry.

6. What is the first favorite scripture verse that comes to your mind?
Psalm 121:1

7. Do you have any food allergies?
No, thankfully. My UC does cause some dietary restrictions, but I don't have any allergies.

8. You would be really excited if you woke up tomorrow morning to the smell of ____ cooking.
I don't think I would be really excited. I always like to have a fairly small breakfast. A spread of cooked breakfast yummies doesn't appeal to me, well, at the moment anyway.

9. What are you looking forward to this summer?
My first Summer Reading Program working at a library. I hear it's pretty exciting!

10. What is one thing you've learned from blogging?
Just to be myself.

Here is a is kind of a mishmash of random questions. I also only picked a few blogs to nominate. It is much harder than one would think to pick 10 that haven't already been nominated. 

Questions for the nominees:
1. What is your favorite article of clothing you own?
2. Do you have any hidden talents?
3. Do you give yourself any clothes shopping "rules" that you must stick to?
4. What colors do you see the most of when you open your closet?
5. Have you ever refashioned a piece of clothing? If so, what did you make?
6. If you had the chance to share just one Bible verse with someone, which would you choose?
7. Do you have any pets?
8. What is your favorite vintage/antique item you own?
9. Do you know more than one language (ASL, Braille, etc. count too.)
10. Flats or heels?

Becca and Bethany at Clever Bunnies

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Liebster Award!

Today my blog was nominated for a Liebster Award...twice!!

The Liebster award is a fun award given to bloggers with 200 followers or less to encourage them to keep up their great work and to help others to discover those lesser known blogs. Thank you to both Ireland from Ireland Rhea and Paige from Sunday Best and All the Rest for nominating my blog!



                 

Liebster Award Rules-if you choose to participate:)
Acknowledge the blog that nominated you. 
Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created. 
List 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers that deserve some recognition. 
Write 11 questions for them to answer. 
Notify them they've been nominated. 

Answers to Ireland's Questions:

1. What is the one thing you do everyday, almost without fail?
The past few weeks for breakfast I've been having a plain bagel with cream cheese and either dried cranberries or apricots for breakfast. That's basically breakfast everyday unless we're out of bagels, cream cheese, or dried fruit.

2. What do you like most about where you live?
Everything is in such close proximity. I could ride a bike to both of my jobs!

3. What would you like to accomplish by the end of 2014?
It would be a lot of fun to be able to run my Etsy shop and blog full time by the end of this year, however, I know it would be a TON of hard work too. That's the goal though, if not by the end of this year then maybe next year or the year after that. We'll see what God has planned. 

4. What's the last book you read that you would HIGHLY recommend me?
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp is really good and very funny! She has a wonderful sense of humor and talks a lot about her family, their singing, being refugees from Austria during World War 2. She has such a charming way of telling about the experiences God led them through and the opportunities He provided for them in Austria, America, and around the world! (It's the book, that The Sound of Music is based on.)

5. Your favorite style of music?
Traditional hymns, folk music, and just about anything from the swing era. Depends on what I'm in the mood to listen to.

6. One thing about you that you want the world to know?
Galatians 6:14 

7. Quick! Pick one. Winter, spring, summer, or fall.
Spring.

8. What is your view on staying healthy... inside and out?
Physically: Mainly I try to eat healthy, for the most part. My sleeping habits are not the greatest. Spiritually: make sure to set aside and spend time with The Lord and in His Word every day.

9. If your blog has to do with fashion, who is your favorite celebrity in terms of style inspiration? If your blog has nothing to do with that, then what is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
I'll answer both since I've made some fashion posts even thought I'm not strictly a fashion blogger. I don't really draw fashion ideas from one celebrity. I often draw inspiration from a lot of classic musical costumes and will try to find things that remind me of a piece of certain costumes I admire. 
I don't really watch sports, but I can sit through a baseball game if there' snorting else on tv.

10. Who do you look up to when it comes to keeping the faith?
Jesus. He understands what it is like to be human and yet never sinned.  

11. How has your relationship with God changed who you are as a person?
I became a Christian at a young age and I still have shortcomings, but I know that if I repent after I realized I've sinned, I will be forgiven. I guess my relationship with God has caused me to be more forgiving of others too.


Answers to Paige's Questions: 

1. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl.

2. Do you prefer dogs, cats, both or neither?
I love both!

3. Where did you get your name?
Blog name or real name? My blog name a friend suggested to me when I posted a Facebook status asking friends to help me come up with a name. My real name is just a name my mom liked. 

4. Do you have an unusual talent?
Hm...I used to be able to put my legs over my shoulders. I haven't tried it for a very long time.

5. Would you rather show up at an event over-dressed or under-dressed?
Overdressed! I love dressing up and don't care if I'm slightly overdressed.

6. If given a choice, would you rather perform singing, dancing, or playing an instrument?
Singing. Though I would love to learn how to play my violin better.

7. What kind of job do you have (to me, this means anything from a career to getting paid to do chores around the house or babysit your siblings)? I work at a library and a craft store. I really like both my jobs!

8. What was the song you last heard? 
Probably "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky. That's what I set to wake up to on my alarm clock at 6:30am the other day.

9. Food you last ate?
Scrambled eggs with black pepper, cheddar cheese, sausage, and artichoke heart.

10. Part of the Bible you last read? 
I just finished reading Esther yesterday.

11. Is there any quality you think the Lord is growing in you right now (e.g., patience, love, trust)? I think He's growing me in a lot of areas right now, patience is definitely one of them.



My Questions for the nominees:

1. What is your favorite pattern to work from? If you don't use patterns, have you ever made a project multiple times? 

2. Who taught you your craft(s)?

3. What do you consider your biggest crafting accomplishment?

4. How did you get into blogging?

5. Have you ever made a mistake but manage to salvage the project and make it a success?

6. Where do you find the most inspiration for the things you make?

7. Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, please post the link. :)

8. What is one craft that you would love to learn?

9. Depending on your main hobby, what is your least favorite type of fabric/yarn/paint to work with?

10. What is the longest amount of time you've spent in a craft store or browsing craft supplies online?

11.  What sort of project are you currently working on?



The girls who nominated me have blogs that focus on fashion. I do make posts about fashion, but more often my posts are about crafting so I nominated other craft bloggers for the Liebster Award. :) I'm sort of following suit nominating less than 11 bloggers. 

Nominees:
Ashley from Say It Ain't Sew
Megan and Rachel from The Path Less Raveled
Rebecca from Rebecca's Crochet
Judy from Sew Blessed Maw
Hana - Marmota from Marmota's Dress Diaries

Saturday, April 5, 2014

1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways - Day 3

Thanks to Olivia, the three Boyer sisters, Jessica, Brigid and Charlotte, and to  Callie, and Ashley for hosting this fun challenge!!

Creations  by Callie: http://www.creationsbycallie.com
Bramblewood Fashion: http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com

Today was an interesting outfit choice. I had no idea what I was going to wear and then just decided to get really creative with how I style my top. I don't personally feel convicted to have my backside covered when I wear pants, but I know a lot of girls do and that's sort of how I came up with this fun ensemble. It's inspired by the pinterest posts about wearing a buttondown shirt as a skirt.


The shirt does add a little bulk around the waist so I wore a wide belt to define my waist better and to hold the sweater closed so you can't see where the outfit changes from a tee to the buttondown. 

Feel free to comment if you'd like a tutorial on how I wore my buttondown top as a bottom piece of my outfit! I post every Tuesday and Friday and I would love to share :)

Button down shirt/skirt ;) : same as days 1 and 2
Tee: Sonoma- Kohls: $5.80
Cardigan: Sonoma- Kohls: $17.60
Pants: Levi's- JC Penney: $? (Had them a long time!)
Boots: ?- JC Penney: $17.00

Hope you like it!
Have you ever worn a shirt as a skirt?






Friday, April 4, 2014

1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways - Day 2

Go check out the hosts' sites for this event!

Creations  by Callie: http://www.creationsbycallie.com
Bramblewood Fashion: http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com

This ensemble, though I'm wearing it on day two, was the first outfit that I came up with for the one top/three days event. It's definitely lighter than yesterday's sweater outfit. I didn't really have dig through my dresser to put this all together. When I decided what shirt to wear I almost instantly knew this outfit would be worn. It's perfect for today too. It's my long day at work and pants are just more comfortable when I'm constantly getting up and walking around and then sitting back down when I help library patrons.


I love these pink corduroys!!!...my almost perfectly matching pink belt doesn't show up quite so well in the picture below. :( 

Which outfit so you prefer so far, yesterday's or today's? 
Do you like brightly colored pants/skirts or do you wear mainly denim for casual looks?

Shirt: same as yesterday: ;)
Tank top: Faded Glory: $? I've had it for a long time
Necklace: ? : gift
Belt: Old Navy: $3
Pants: L.E.I.: $7
Shoes: Lower East Side: Gift

Thursday, April 3, 2014

1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways - Day 1

Go check out the hosts' sites for this event!

Creations  by Callie: http://www.creationsbycallie.com
Bramblewood Fashion: http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com

Decisions, decisions: 
This was actually the second outfit I decided on. I'm not too sure about wearing it to work tonight since it's supposed to be 28*F and it's basically short sleeves, but the sweater is actually pretty warm! I know I won't be as comfortable in it working all day tomorrow and it's not an at home outfit like I can wear on Saturday.

The lowdown on the button-down:
This white and brown pinstriped shirt started is actually a men's medium dress shirt! I found it in a pile of clothes one of my brothers were getting rid of because it didn't fit him anymore. After asking the rest of the men in the house if they wanted it, which no one did, I put it on a hanger at the end of my closet where all my "projects" go. I wore it once with a belt around my waist and a pair of brown leggings but it was still very baggy and puffy above the belt. Finally, two nights ago, after it sat in my closet for about a year, I took in the sides which helped to give it a slightly more feminine shape. I got to use my serger, yay! It's still a little baggy,thought you can't tell from this outfit, but it looks more like it's supposed to be that way now than just looking like I'm wearing a shirt that's way too big.



The entire outfit:
These two tops I have never worn outside the house. I knew I wanted to layer the button-down with something, but didn't like anything I had tried on. Since the goal of this event is to stretch your wardrobe I decided I should try on a piece that had just been sitting around since I made it. I put on this crochet sweater that has a little sparkle in it, rolled up the sleeves of the button-down and liked how the two shirts looked together. 

The closely crocheted waistband of the sweater makes it look bulky in comparison to the lacy top and no matter what skirt I paired it with it looked a little funny. I knew then that I needed something more streamlined so the pencil skirt became part of the ensemble. The sweater tights and flats were a no brainier for warmth and comfort. I knew that the brown pinstripes were so dark that I could get away with wearing black, which is a good point about the versatility of this shirt!



What I'm wearing:
Button-down: Wrangler Jeans Co.: Free
Sweater: made by me, yarn : Gift
Skirt: Mossimo: $12 (just a guess...I needed a black skirt so I didn't pay close attention to price)
Sweater tights: J. Jill: Gift
Shoes: American Eagle by Payless: $13.99









Friday, March 14, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Carrie Underwood Sound of Music Review Part 3

  Just so readers are aware, I have not seen the original, complete, stage version of the Sound of Music. I have read 5 books by Maria von Trapp, Agathe von Trapp's book, and Die Trapp Familie, the German movie that the Broadway show was based on. Also, This review is going to have to be in multiple parts. I am not as concise as a professional critic, and I think I have a lot more knowledge on this subject than the average critic would have, so bear with me here. I want to share some things about Maria's books and "how it really happened" along with some insight into the German movie, what I do know of the original  Broadway show, the 1965 film, and tonight's televised production.

That was my intro to these reviews nearly 4 months ago. I've forgotten some of what I thought or felt about the relatively recent Sound of Music Production on NBC last December which starred Carrie Underwood. However, I did take notes which I lost after part 2 of 4 and finally found exactly 1 week ago. 

This new Favorite Things Friday series will first consist of the last three Sound of Music Reviews and after that will feature a few of my favorite things. There could be blogs, Etsy Shops, or things about classic movies, music, etc. You'll just have to wait and see! 

Let's get started on this review.
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Costumes and Inevitable Comparisons

Something that really stood out to my musical loving mind while watching NBC's Sound of Music Live was the fact that Uncle Max looked incredibly like Rooster from Annie. That was all I could think of every. single. time. he. was. on. screen. I think if he had shaved the pencil mustache it would have improved his character portrayal 200%. The facial hair worked for Richard Haydn in the 1965 film but he also spoke with a British accent. Basically, American+pencil mustache = Rooster Hannigan. I shouldn't fret about it after all the sun will come out tomorrow.

(I will not speak about the head pieces of the singers behind Uncle Max)


The children's play clothes made me roll my eyes. Floral sprays for girls AND the boys. Let's not forget there were only two von Trapp girls and FIVE boys! Kurt looks very much like he's about to cry or throw up. While the gold/tan damask in the movie is not exactly masculine, it is a neutral color and it is not flowers!


 Gold costumes were used in the NBC television production in the scene where Maria teaches Kurt the Laendler. In fact both Maria, Kurt, and the set were the same exact gold, peach, and orange hues in that scene. It was hard to tell where the people ended and the walls began. Perhaps it was to hide the fact Carrie isn't so light on her feet? She did catch her heel on her shirt and fall during one of her concerts...

Another huge thing is the era. The costumes in NBC'S Sound of Music Live were very much mid to late 1940s style. Even the hair styles were from the 1940s, especially Liesl's. The actual real life von Trapps lived out these events beginning in the mid 1920s. Georg and Maria were married on November 26, 1927 and they left Austria in 1938. That said, the condensed era also makes the movie costumes slightly off style as well. I heard years ago, I think in a Christopher Plummer interview he mentioned that Dorothy Jeakins, the costume designer in the 1965 film said of the costumes she made, "If they weren't supposed to zip, they didn't zip." Watch the film again sometime and you'll notice there are no zippers on any of the dresses!

Jeakins' design of the wedding dress in the film was actually fairly similar to Maria von Trapp's own wedding dress. You can see some pictures of the two dresses over on the  Edelwiess Patterns Blog
Carrie Underwood's wedding dress in this television production followed suit, pun intended, with the other costumes and just looked way too modern.

I know someone must've worked hard on the costumes for NBC's Sound of Music Live but it just didn't appear a whole lot of thought was put into it pertaining to the era. It looked as if the few costumes that didn't copy style or color of film costumes were sewn together from some vintage 1940s patterns. Beautiful costumes, but they didn't quite fit even for "The last golden days of the thirties." Assuming the setting of play and film both take place at the same time. Costumes get just 1 out of 5 stars.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Getting to Know You

...And a few drawings I did this weekend. I'm doing excellently with my resolution to draw more this year! 
Pictures are James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly.
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? 
No.

2. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? 
I like my cursive better.

3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
I don't really like lunch meat.

4. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? 
Yes, and if there were a third me we would all learn the Andrews Sisters songs.

5. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? 
I just sat here for a whole minute trying to think of a sarcastic answer.



6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Anything that makes my milk chocolate.

7. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Egg soufflé 

8. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Mountain hideaway preferably in the Austrian Alps.

9. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? 
Happy endings.

10. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? 
The Sound of Music



11. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? 
Um, I have 4 shirts on. I'm cold. The outer most is green.

12. SUMMER OR WINTER? 
Winter as long as I don't have to drive in it.

13. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? 
The Bible and An English Governess at the Siamese Court: Being Recollections of Six Years at the Royal Palace of Bankok.

14. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Seattle, WA

15. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? 
I can wiggle my ears and touch my nose with my tongue!


Saturday, December 14, 2013

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