Showing posts with label favorite things Friday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label favorite things Friday. Show all posts

Friday, February 27, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Guest Post: Chambray Outfits by Paige



Today is what I hope is the first of many guest posts on this blog! Paige has her own fashion blog called Sunday Best and All the Rest where she gave me the privilege of guest posting a few months ago. Her blog is full of great fashion facts, advice and lots of lovely outfits! Recently,  Paige graciously agreed to write a guest post for me. So, without further ado, here is Paige's post:

Greetings everyone! My name is Paige, and I'm happy to be Jill's guest writer for this week's Favorite Things Friday post. Because fashion blogging is just my cup of tea, I'll be sharing about one of my favorite fashion statements - it's chambray!
Chambray is a cotton fabric similar to denim in that it's woven with a white weft and indigo warp. Usually, (though not always) chambray is a lighter fabric. You will see a criss-cross pattern on the underside of chambray, while denim has a diagonal pattern (http://makeupbytiffanyd.blogspot.com/2013/04/denim-vs-chambray-fun-little-fashion.html ). My own chambray items are a button-down, a tunic and a dress. Take a look at a few of the ways I style my pieces. 




Above, you see three different outfits with a nearly white button-up top. My favorite way to wear it is unbuttoned and tied on the bottom, layered over a top or dress. I've also styled it by layering it under a sweater in a more preppy look. Most recently, I wore it over a dress - it can make a dress look more like a skirt!


Here are two ways that I've worn my tunic. Because it's a darker shade and I don't have any light jeans, I have to get creative by wearing it with a skirt. For the first look I belted it over a short skirt; in the second look I tucked it into a long skirt and put the belt over the waistband of the skirt. In both outfits the belt cinches in the baggy shape of the tunic to make it compatible with skirts.



Last, but not least, here is a quintessential item to my wardrobe. My chambray shirt-dress comes in handy when I'm feeling uninspired, making it easy to put together a tasteful outfit. It's casual, yet cute and can be dressed up or down, making it a practical item for the female wardrobe. Above, I styled it simply for summer with a brightly colored scarf as a belt.

I hope that seeing one of my favorite things has inspired you to go out and give chambray a try for the first time or to restyle what you already have. If you would like to see more of my outfits, check out my blog Sunday Best and All the Rest. Thank you to YOU for reading and thank you to Jill for giving me the honor of posting!

                                                   Show me Your ways, O Lord;
                                                          Teach me Your paths.
                                              Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
                                             For You are the God of my salvation;
                                                        On You I wait all the day.
                                                                Psalm 25:4-5

Friday, February 20, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Snowflakes that Stay...(10 Things to do When it's Cold and Snowy Outside)

...on my nose and eyelashes.

The Northeast has been pummeled  with snowstorm after snowstorm. I moved just before winter began and so far have seen enough snow that I can still enjoy it without dreading the next round of fluffy, white precipitation.

I went through several old photos to see what I decided to make memories of in winters past and came up with the idea for this post.

1. Go to Florida! They say, "With age comes wisdom." Why do you think so many retired people go to Florida in the winter? You always thought it was because it's too hard for them to shovel or they can't handle the cold, right? Now you know. Those sage, grandparental figures have weathered through a rough winter or two and garnered a few feathers in their caps which they now use to make their annual flight to the sunshine state when the temperature begins to drop. (If becoming a snowbird is not a feasible option, read on.)


2. Make (or buy) a hat. And a scarf, and a sweater, and a blanket, and a hot water bottle cozy. If you're in this for the long haul then you need to be prepared! Learning to crochet or knit is a great winter hobby. Not only will you be able to make yourself things to keep warm, but it's also a wonderful way to pass the time when the fifth storm in three weeks hits and you're officially snowed in until you can open the front door again.


3. Go for a walk/drive. When you can once again get outside and clean off your car it's always fun to go out and look at the beautiful scenery of snow covered trees and fields. Of course, you can bundle up and just take a short walk, but it's always nice to crank up the heater in the car while you look at the frozen landscape that surrounds you. Just remember what the colors and shapes of traffic signs mean. Also, if global warming were a thing, you'd be contributing to it and might lessen your chances for getting snowed in next winter.


4. Ski! The snow can be enjoyable. I know that can be pretty hard to believe when you're shoveling the driveway for the third time in the same storm, but how about learning a winter sport? Skiing is very popular and schussing down a hill can be very invigorating on a cold, bright and sunny day in the middle of winter.


5. Skating is another very fun winter activity! Many rinks will let you rent skates or you might be able to find a used pair at an affordable price online or at a used sporting goods store. Always make sure that you are skating on a body of water with ice that is thick enough. Several states/counties have websites that tell you whether or not certain lakes and ponds in your area are frozen enough and safe to skate on. The plus side of rinks is you don't have to worry about ice thickness and they are often inside and can be warmer than skating outdoors.


6. Look for animal tracks. Winter is prime time for looking for prints in the snow. Not every animal hibernates or migrates south. There is quite a variety of wildlife that remains active in the winter. Of course, not every animal will spend time on the ground, so make sure you look up too and you might just catch a glimpse of a bird that prefers the snowy season. This Snowy Owl spent a little time watching my husband fish last winter.

 
7. Sit in it. Who doesn't like to make a snow angel? Of course, when the snow gets too deep for that and you're tired of trudging in drifts pasts your knees all you can do is just sit down and see how deep the snow is. It's actually a little, tiny bit insulating and pretty warm for the first 10 seconds.



8. Watch a movie. When it's way too cold to go outside and you've had enough of the wintery weather then it's time to kick back, relax, and put on a good flick. Preferably The Sound of Music.


9. Make something warm to drink. The prefect accompaniment to a good movie on a cold winter night is a warm cup of cocoa. Of course tea, coffee, or hot apple cider are also acceptable. While you're at it you might as well put it in a Christmas mug since it still looks like Christmas outside anyway and you probably haven't taken down your Christmas lights since they're buried in the snow.


10. Enjoy the winter. Don't be chicken, (I know, I really had to reach for that joke. Sarcasm.) enjoy the winter season. Spring will be back someday and after that follows summer. Remember summer? It's that scorching, hot season that always makes you wish that it were winter again.





Friday, February 6, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || On Schedule

What an ironic title when I missed posting on both Tuesday and Friday last week!

I just saw a couple of days ago that I have a couple new followers! Thanks so much for following and welcome!

A few Fridays back I know I talked about falling into a new routine while getting used to living in a new place. I still feel like that hasn't completely happened. Recently, I did make a schedule that I follow and started some new habits that have helped make things feel a little more normal in my new place. I thought I'd share a few things that others might find helpful if you've just moved to a new place or you're just trying to get a little more organized.

1. Spend time in the Word everyday.
    This sounds like it should be so easy, but sometimes when you're trying to get into a new routine things can get a little discombobulated. Something that my husband and I decided we want to start doing is learn more Bible verses by heart. I had a little slate heart that I could fit a scripture reference on but I needed to write the whole verse. I ended up finding a chalkboard door knob hanger at a craft store that works beautifully for the task. I'm keeping track of each weekly verse in a notebook to look back at and to avoid repeats.


2. Buy a calendar.
    I can't even begin to say how helpful it is to have everything written in one place. I write down doctor's appointments, job interviews (one of those would be nice), when bills are due, birthdays, even cleaning and laundry. I am slightly obsessive using two calendars. I like the one on the wall for crossing off days and keep another one by the bed and that's the one write things on.

3. Have a cleaning schedule.
     I know cleaning is not always the most exciting thing. but if you keep on top of it, it can take just minutes a day as opposed to taking hours when you suddenly realize it looks like a group of 17 children on a sugar rush went through your drawers...but you have no kids. Right now I only have one room to keep clean, but it helps immensely to know that I have gotten things done and everything is in it's place.
 My schedule looks something like this:
Monday: dust and vacuum
Tuesday: (every other week) wash sheets and towels
Wednesday: dust and vacuum
Thursday: general organizing, whatever looks like it needs sprucing up.
Friday: dust, vacuum, and wash clothes
On certain Tuesdays and Thursdays I might not have anything specific to do, but I try help out around the house in other ways by vacuuming other rooms in the house or filling/emptying the dishwasher.


4. Have regular times for waking up and going to sleep.
    I am the worst at this. I am definitely a night owl. I do notice that when my alarm goes off in the morning and I get right up out of bed I can wake up pretty quickly. It's just the getting up out of bed that's difficult, especially on cold mornings under a warm down blanket! My trusty ol' flip phone is my favorite alarm. I can change the ringtone I wake up to. I set really annoying tones on days I need to get right up.

5. Don't be too hard on yourself.
    If I get up later than I wanted to, forget to vacuum, or don't read my Bible some morning or night, I only get more frustrated and less productive if I spend time dwelling on the fact that I didn't do those things when I had planned to. It's nice to have someone who will tell me repeatedly, "Don't worry about it." of course, my husband isn't the only one telling me this. God reminds me too.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

I hope you have found a helpful tip or two from this post. It's time for me to go and put the clothes in the washer now!


Another fun fact: I find a laundry bag much easier to use than a basket. I can sling it over my shoulder to carry down to the basement and when the bag gets a little dirty or smelly I can just throw it right in with the clothes to wash! Plus they are so simple to make from an old sheet!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Abba Dabba Honeymoon Part 1


If you haven't heard Carleton Carpenter and Debbie Reynolds sing Abba Dabba Honeymoon in Two Weeks With Love the you should probably go watch it on YouTube right now!: Abba Dabba Honeymoon

My love for musicals didn't really explode until I was in 8th grade and I got the Original Broadway Soundtrack of Annie in my stocking that Christmas. For longer than I can remember, and I have mentioned it multiple times before on this blog (including last Tuesday), I have loved The Sound of Music.

 In 1992 my family visited Stowe, VT, where the von Trapps settled after they fled the Nazi regime in Austria. I have very vague memories of that vacation. We walked on the grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge but were stayed at a campground near by. After I got my drivers license I thought it would be fun to take a road trip, either by myself or with a friend, and spend the day in Stowe. It never happened. When I got engaged there was no doubt in my mind where I wanted to go for the Honeymoon. So this is kind of like Tuesday's post, a reminiscent photo dump, but this time not art related. These pictures do not do justice to how gorgeous the scenery really is.



The mountains are breathtaking. That sound so cliche, but that is the only way to describe them without turning into Baroness Schraeder and saying, "The mountains are magnificent, Georg! Really, magnificent!"

I had to do this without falling. In 1992 I tried to be Maria in the famous opening of The Sound of Music and ended up rolling down the hill, thus creating a family memory that I will never live down. There is a post-roll photo in existence.
We went for a hike the the chapel Werner von Trapp built after returning home from World War 2.

Ringing the bell to "make a joyful noise." 

We drove around the area looking at the mountains, going into shops, and seeing snow for the first time in the season! There was a friendly exchange of frozen ammo.

And of course, when you're this close to the factory, you go!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Tuesday Things Friday

Friday again so soon! It has become clear to me over the past few weeks that I really need to either A) Write my Tuesday posts on some other day so all there is to do on Tuesday is click "publish." Or B) Change my Tuesday posts to some other day altogether!

Craft-wise here is what's been happening. Aprons. Going slowly. I think I'm going to try my own design for the next one. I used a pattern for this one but absolutely loathe sewing the flounce on the bottom. I'm also learning how to use my mother-in-law's Singer Inspiration sewing machine which is quite a bit different from my Brother machine. 

I love these pins! They remind me of gumballs! Yes, I am very easily amused.


There seems to be a problem with thread tension because the bottom thread keeps bunching up. It may be the bobbin too, but I won't be able to find out until I use up all the thread on my current bobbin and wind a different one. The (not so) funny thing is that the thread bunching only happens when I'm sewing in reverse. 

Here's what I've finished so far. It's only a half apron so that waistband is all that's left. Hopefully I can figure out the thread tension issue before I start the next one! I didn't realize I was still styling my wrist pincushion until after I took the picture.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Girls in White Dresses

This is going to have to be short today because I just cast on a Christmas project and I am such a slow knitter.

In Monday's post I said that I used Edelweiss Pattern's Liesl's Party Dress patter to make my wedding dress. I did not add the lower sleeve puff and I lengthened the skirt. I went to a seamstress to have it fitted because I only started using a machine a few years ago and am just not confident enough to make any important alterations yet.  I had some pictures on a camera card of constructing the entire dress but I can't seem to find them right now! 

This is the full dress before I put in the zipper and without the pearl bead sash. It was so much fun to sew and to see the whole thing come together. I had just guessed at the amount of fabric I would need to lengthen the skirt and I was so surprised when I ended up having the perfect amount with enough scraps left over to make a ring bearer pillow! 


This is just before walking down the aisle. I was trying to pin a broken pendant with an edelweiss flower to my bouquet when my mother snapped this picture. My veil is home sewn as well. Just a couple yards of 108 inch wide tulle and about 8 yards of satin ribbon. My mother in law gave me some pretty silver and pearl combs that I used to hold the veil in my hair. The metal combs didn't hold securely enough to make me feel like the veil wouldn't fall off, so I also ended up using the plastic comb from my mother's wedding veil that she had worn 30 years earlier when she got married at the same church.


I really need to thank Katrina of Edelweiss Patterns who made this beautiful dress pattern (And perhaps even Dorothy Jeakins, the Sound of Music costume designer.) ;) Cheryl, the seamstress who fitted and hemmed my dress was so sweet and full of lots of encouragement and tips for my future sewing!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || One of My Favorite Photos

It's true, there was no Tuesday post this week. So don't worry, you didn't miss anything and now Friday has come around again.

Photography has been a hobby of mine off and on over the years. I do it mainly for the memories and not so much for the artistic side of it. Once in a while I will take a picture and it really surprises me how it turns out. It may not be vibrant and colorful, and it may not be perfectly in focus, but there's something that is slightly out of the ordinary. 
Almost being able to relate to a snail's perspective might be what I find out of the ordinary in this picture. They move so slowly and this one had already been traveling for quite some time. It was fun getting this shot. I almost walked past the tiny creature but saw it inching it's way along the sand with a long trail behind it so I put my camera low to the ground to capture the moment and the memory.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

-Cecil F. Alexander


Friday, September 5, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Audio Books and Crochet

After finishing thirty hours in three days between both jobs, I am finally relaxing listening to Heidi by Johanna Spyri and crocheting. Enjoying books this way has become one of my favorite pastimes recently. 

I love "reading" books that movies I have seen are based on. I am also currently reading, print version, An English Governess at the Siamese Court: Being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bangkok by Anna Harriette Leonowens. The autobiographical version of The King and I. My favorite part so far was finding out that when the king asked Anna how old she is she really answered that she's 150 years old! She writes a lot about the history of Siam as well as her own experiences in teaching the royal children and some of the king's wives. It's very interesting!

Crocheting Cables. I've got quite a bit more to do, but it should move along quickly. I'll post some more once everything is finished and hopefully there will be an etsy update too, :)


What are your favorite books that you've also seen the movie version of?



Friday, August 22, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || The Library

For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know that I work at a library. I'm not sure if I've mentioned before that it's a children's library. I love it there. Being a library assistant is definitely my favorite job ever! I thought it might be fun to give you a little peek at one of the projects I was working on today.

With school starting up in less than a week, story times will begin again as well. I lead a story time for ages 2 through 4. The first day, wait, every week of story time is nerve wracking. I don't know why I get nervous before every single story time, but I do! Anyway, one of the fun things I get to prepare ahead of time is name tags for the kids. I won't know their names until sign up starts, of course, but it is fun to be able to choose what the name tags will be and how to make them. 


Last session I printed up a bunch of bees and just colored them in. The session before that it made alien name tags to go with our outer space themed week. This time we'll have a dog themed week during the session so I found a clip art picture of a dog that looked like it could easily be made into cutouts. I rubbed pencil on the back of the picture and traced the pieces onto some old cardstock from the card catalog.  Tracing and cutting the construction paper pieces was probably the most tedious part because I had to do 30 ears and paws and eyes! Don't you think they turned out pretty cute though?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Food

How's that for an alliteration?
Our fridge has been on the fritz for a month and can't be fixed. ;) (FYI don't buy Whirlpool.) Their customer service  even told our appliance repairman over the phone that he soldered something wrong and that's why the fridge wouldn't work after waiting two weeks for the parts to come in. Just one look at their facebook page shows that repairmen all over the country must be soldering things wrong...or something is wrong with the refrigerators Whirlpool manufactures. Hmm...oh well. Thankfully, Lowes gave us a loaner fridge in the meantime. Grocery shopping will happen tomorrow after the new fridge is delivered, however there was the slight issue of what to have for dinner tonight. Some sort of take out was the plan.

I worked all day at the library today and was pretty hungry. I looked in all of the cabinets and saw about half a box of spaghetti. Alfredo was the first thing that popped into my mind. I used Dawn Carter's Quick and Easy Alfredo  Sauce recipe from allrecipes.com. It just so happened that we still had all of the ingredients even with shopping day tomorrow!

It was delicious! And very quick and easy to make, just like the recipe says it is! We had some leftover mushrooms from part of another recipe. My mom suggested I add those to the alfredo which was a fantastic idea! I also added a can of chicken and heated up some beets and we had a quick, easy, and delicious dinner!