I finished the bread doily!! I couldn't really understand the pattern instructions for the edging. I don't know if it was my lack of patience, the way the pattern was printed, or a true lack of understanding. I just made up something that I think looks pretty similar. When I completed the last stitch I felt a little like Dorothy reaching the Emerald City. "At last! At last!" Of course, as I've said the last few posts, I still need to weave in the ends. Same goes for the second project too.
Vintage Bread Tray Doily Pattern
Yesterday I became an aunt for the second time! Of course when I was texted that the arrival of the baby was imminent yesterday, my knee-jerk reaction was to grab my yarn and log into Facebook, refreshing the page between rows waiting for the very first baby picture to be posted! The results of which are this, a hat and booties. I. love. crocheting. booties. They are such a fast project and, oh my goodness, you end up with an incredibly adorable miniature shoe in your hand!!
Bev's Easy Round Baby Hat
10 Minute Booties by Lisa Auch
That: I'm attempting to do a style challenge this month I'm starting today, the posts will start a week from tomorrow. I hope you all enjoyed Paige's guest post on Friday. It sort of inspired me to do some sort of fashion challenge for March. I did a little Google search and found Modesty With a Capital M. She made up her own style challenge for this month and I liked the list so I'm going to try to stick with it for the remainder of the month.
The Other Thing:
It might be time for a name change. Haha, I know I literally and legally just changed my own name recently, (as in "My new driver's license came in the mail yesterday," recently) but I think a blog name change might be on the horizon....
I'll definitely keep you all updated. It'll be a bit of an overhaul of Facebook, Pinterest, everything, but I think it's going to happen. Cue mysterious music. Sorry to leave you all hanging there. It's just been on my mind. More Spring cleaning I guess. It's sleeting as I type this. Cruel irony.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
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.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It's Tuesday again! Hello and thank you so much to those of you who are new followers within these past couple of weeks! Thanks to those of you who have left some lovely comments as well!
This past week I've spent most, if not all of my crafting time knitting a shawl for my friend's birthday which is now going to be a late birthday present. While I knit or crochet I usually like to watch tv. I had gone right through seasons 1 and 2 of the Dick Van Dyke Show just after Christmas. After that I downloaded the Spotify App which I listened to endlessly for weeks finding new (to me) songs; Traditional folk songs, 1930s through 50s popular music, and beautifully arranged hymns. However, this week I decided to scan through the movie collection at the library and find some new (to me) movies. --Are you noticing a trend?--
I checked out some Doris Day and Deborah Kerr movies. I love makeup from the 1940s and 50s and I used to dress up every so often in my spare time. I hadn't dressed up for a few years now and the movies sort of out me in the mood to for it so I decided dressing up would be something fun to do after work and post about today! I was also inspired to do so from Katrina's recent post on her Edelweiss Patterns Blog. If you haven't heard of it yet, I highly recommend that you go take a look!
I used this YouTube tutorial as a rough guideline for my look: Historically Accurate: 1940s Makeup Tutorial
And here are the results!
The vintage dress I'm wearing is for sale in my Etsy shop! (There's a link just under the blog title.)
The make up I'm wearing is:
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream:Light 4-5
Maybelline Coverstick Concealer: Fair
Elf Eyeshadow Primer: Sheer
Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadow: Not Just Nudes
Almay Eyeliner: Black Brown
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: Brownish Black
New York Color Powder Blush: Central Park Pink
Love My Lips: Creme Cherry
I'm thinking about posting a third time during the week with some sort of fun fashion thing. I figured I'd do sort of a test post today before I decide since I posted about yarn last Friday anyway. I'd love to know what you all think about that idea. Don't forget to check back this Friday for the next Favorite Things post!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Recently I did an online challenge where the bloggers who took part had to wear a button down shirt three days in a row and style it differently each day. On day three I decided to wear my shirt as a skirt. You can see that style [here!] There are quite a few similar tutorials on line, this is my version. It makes more of a high waisted skirt that is good for layering. Of course, these are just guidelines, you can change things up a little and style it your own way; shirt tucked in or worn over it, with a belt, as an underskirt for extra length, etc. The usually works best with a plain button down shirt that's a size or two above what you'd regularly wear.
Underneath each set of photos the steps are listed with corresponding numbers.
1. Make sure the collar is folded over the shirt so that it's on the inside.
2. Find out which button and corresponding buttonhole fit best around your natural waist.
3. Place the top edge of the shirt at your natural waist. Make sure the collar is still turned inside.
4. Button shirt so that it fits comfortably around your waist. Button the rest of the way down.
5. Pull the yoke up. (The part that would go across your shoulders on the back.)
6. Fold yoke down and smooth.
7. Pull right sleeve across front and around to back.
8. Tuck sleeve into the ”waistband" that you made from folding over the yoke. (Don't worry if it's a little loose, that will be taken care of in the next step.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with left sleeve.
10. Finished back. You'll want to check in huge mirror to make sure everything looks smoother than mine!
11. Finished front.
Just incase you've noticed that it looks like I'm leaning slightly to the left. That's not the shirt, the camera, or your eyes playing tricks. That's just my slight spine curvature.
So, there you go. Shirt as a skirt!