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Silent Snow

Happy post-Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had a great Holiday and stuffed your bellies full of delicious food, I know I did! :)
Today I bring you a snowy post. The pictures were actually taken a week or so ago, in more parts of Ohio’s wonderful parks. I love going to the park after a snowfall because it’s so peaceful, I think snow in general is very peaceful and tranquil. But in the park, it is especially noticeable because there is barely any sound…maybe a bird chirping once in a while, but mostly just silence. Which is indeed something we should never take for granted.

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I finally made this coat a year or so ago after having it cut out and ready to put together for wayyy tooo long. I am so pleased with the outcome and it has quickly become a winter favorite…here it is in previous post!

Also wearing booties by Bed Stu, found here. And mom’s tooled leather purse making yet another appearance.

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This early snow has me wondering what kind of winter Ohio will experience this year. But regardless of type, I am pledging to still try to remain positive and make the most of it by actually pursuing wintery things, like sledding and ice skating, and drinking a crazy amount of hot cocoa…and I’m sure there will be future posts to prove it. ;)

Brighten Up

Now that it is May, I am definitely ready to see some more consistent Spring weather on this side of the country. We’ve had some pretty warm days here and there, but for the most part, we’ve seen a lot of rain…and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels kind of blah when it rains. Rainy days are my indoor days…the days I can spend all day sewing and not feel guilty about not going outside. Well, if the rain’s not going to go away (at least for the time being) then I will brighten up my days by brightening up my wardrobe! And I think YOU should do the same ;)

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These bright pink pants are a pair I made last year. (Also seen in this post). They’re like a red (but pink) flag-They cannot be missed. That is for certain. The camisole is a more recent (like, a couple days ago) sewing project of mine. I didn’t have much of this beautiful silk to work with, but I had just enough to make a silk cami. The colors are gorgeous. Belt is from Anthropologie last summer–yes, yes I have many-a- Anthro sparkle belt. They really are the best though. Coach wristlet. Cobalt blue heels from Gianni Bini at Dillards.

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How will you brighten up your wardrobe for Spring?? :)

Printed Pants: DAY

I got these awesome printed pants from Anthropologie a couple weeks ago. There are printed pants EVERYWHERE for the spring. And the best part about them is how comfortable they are. Although, it seems that a lot of people tend to stay away from printed pants because they’re unsure how to wear them, or incorporate them into their wardrobe.

Knowing this, I decided to test their versatility myself and see how I could incorporate them into my wardrobe, and hopefully help give some ideas to those on the fence about printed pants. ;) So, I bring you this two part postToday, is Printed Pants: DAY, and tomorrow will be Printed Pants: Night.

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Tank is also from Anthropologie, denim jacket was a major score from Dillard’s a few years ago, $5!! Made the earrings. Straw fedora from H&M. Vintage tooled leather purse was my mom’s.

Stop by tomorrow for Printed Pants: NIGHT ! :)

Dressed for Easter

I think Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I always look forward to the hard boiled eggs, chocolate from Malley’s (a Cleveland Easter MUST), yummmmy food (especially the ham), and I just love the atmosphere that usually comes along with the Easter holiday. More often than not, it’s on the warmer side and sunny-that’s not to say there have never been cold, rainy/snowy Easters, but the probability of it being nicer weather wise is often better than the former.

I also think Easter is more of a ‘dressed up’ holiday. For the most part, we all dress a bit nicer on Easter, right? We reach for the dress instead of the jeans in our ever growing casual society…and I like that. People used to dress up daily, and now that’s practically diminished. You wear a dress and your friends/family/colleagues are asking you why you’re dressed up…we’ve reached a point where we now need an actual occasion to wear our ‘nice clothes’. This saddens me…but if Easter will count as an occasion where people are in their Easter best, then good. So, let’s dress up today, shall we? :)

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I made this dress a few months ago. It was one of those projects where I had to improvise a little with a few things, but this ultimately made me like the end result more. Today was actually the first time I wore it! Wrap dresses are awesome. Simply put. They seriously flatter everyone. DVF knows what’s up. Belt from Anthropologie. No longer available, similar here.

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Shoes were about $15 from DSW sale a while back.

Taking Fancy Down a Notch

Well, between taking these pictures this morning, and now as I’m typing up this post…the weather here in CLE has taken a drastic turn. Everything is now covered in about 2 inches of snow. I saw a funny pin on Pinterest the other day that sums it perfectly: ‘What a lovely winter we’re having this spring’! ;)

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Beaded top was a great buy at Anthropologie back in January. Cords with side zips are also Anthropologie…they’re such a great color-a verrry pale greyish blue.

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I posted about this jacket back in October of 2012…it’s one of my absolute faves. My mom made it for me about 6 years ago and sent it to me when I was studying abroad in London. What an awesome surprise it was! I’ve worn it TONS since then because I just keep finding new ways to wear it. And now, after 6 years, it’s finally gotten to that perfectly broken in point. You know, where the elbows aren’t too tight anymore and it just moves with you instead of you moving with it ;)

I noticed that I’ve got on the same earrings and the same boots in this post as the one from 2 years ago! And just like the jacket, the boots are now at their perfectly broken in point as well. Everyone needs a good pair of broken in combat boots. They’re great for taking the fancy down a notch…hence the reason I like to wear them with ‘fancier’ things like this tweed brocade jacket.

Button Belt

This is my button belt! I meant to post about this belt a while ago and just never got around to it. It is one of my latest sewing creations. I haven’t been sewing (and blogging, sorry! :-X ) quite as much as I’ve wanted to lately-just from being caught up in other things-you know what they say, life gets in the way of life. Anyway, this belt is what happened when I decided I needed something to do with all of those extra, mismatched, and /or vintage buttons I had laying around. I will say, it definitely helps to add a little interest to an otherwise basic outfit.

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Grey wrap cardi is from Victoria’s Secret catalog, AG olive green sateen jeans from Anthropologie, Arturo Chiang combat boots ( now, perfectly broken in ;) ).

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14 Days of Valentine Ideas- Day 10

‘You Make My Heart POP”!  A very simple Valentine trinket for your special sweetie.  Just pop some popcorn, melt a little chocolate, and type up a cute hang tag!

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I am a popcorn lover if you’ve ever met one, unfortunately, a ton of popcorn reaps havoc on my insides.  Regardless, the smell of popcorn is a yummy perfume to my nose…so when I make popcorn I like to make it the old fashioned way-on the stove.  So bring out your kettle, oil, and kernels and pop away!  I promise, the popcorn made on a stove is way better than the ready in a minute microwave kind.

-What you’ll need-

popcorn kernels

vegetable oil

salt and some melted butter

chocolate (optional)

cellophane party bags (found at party store or in the baking isle at the grocery store).

ribbon

hang tag and single hold punch

Pop the popcorn ( Note* Measurements should be on the back of the popcorn package-I recommend heating the oil first, and then throwing in a few test kernels before you throw them all in there).

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Make sure you don’t keep the heat very high, medium heat is fine.  After all the kernels are in the kettle, make sure you keep lifting and shaking the kettle so the kernels get evenly distributed in the oil and don’t burn. 

Melt your chocolate, in the microwave is easiest, but only melt it in about 30 second intervals so it doesn’t burn.  Lay your popcorn out on some foil or wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate all over your popcorn.

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Let cool, and then put into your plastic party bags.  Tie with a ribbon, secure your hang tag and finish your ribbon in a bow.

Now you’re all set to make your sweetie’s heart pop! (Not literally, of course ;) )

Another great use for bags of Valentine popcorn would be as your Valentine’s Day party favors! Instead, your hang tag could say ‘Thanks for poppin’ by! ;)

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Stay tuned for another yummy Valentine Idea tomorrow! :d

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Days 9

This Valentine’s day DIY idea is for Valentine’s day cake parfaits! YUM! What a great idea! This would be a delicious little treat for your Valentine’s Day party, or as a dessert for your Valentine’s day dinner, especially if you’re making a homemade dinner. :d

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These may sound tricky, but they’re really not difficult at all. Here’s what you’ll need:

cake mix ( I went with Pillsbury Pink Lemonade flavor)

ingredients for your cake mix (*Note: Instead of the recommended 3 eggs, I used 4 eggs; instead of water, I used milk; and instead of 1/3 c of oil, I melted a full stick of butter–You would not believe how much fluffier the cake batter comes out! Give it a try!)

glasses/cups about 6-8

circular cookie cutter

cake pans

can of frosting and preferred toppings

large ziploc bag

cake frosting tip (find in your baking isle at the grocery store or craft store)

Ok, so first thing’s first-mix the cake batter and spread into 2 cake pans. (I used 8×8 pans).

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Bake your cakes. When they are done, let them cool for about 20 minutes. While waiting, using a spatula, scoop the frosting into a large ziploc baggie (make sure you clip the corner and put the frosting tip in first) This will make it easier to get the frosting into the cup/glass.

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Flip your cakes onto two plates, and using the circular cookie cutter, cut circles out of your cakes. Put one cake circle into a cup, and then squeeze a layer of frosting. Then another cake circle, and another layer of frosting. Sprinkle your toppings on the top layer of frosting on your cake parfait and you’re ready to enjoy! :d

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Enjoy your cake parfaits!

14 Days of Valentine-Day 8

Remember how I mentioned I’d show you what to do with some of those fun vintage valentines?  Well here it is!

A Valentine & Heart Garland!  Decorate your front door, your dining room, your classroom, your mantle, or use for your Valentine’s day party!  This Valentine DIY is pretty simple too.

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-What you’ll need-

scissors

construction paper

vintage valentines (can be found at stationary stores, but your best bet is an antique store).

hemp string or ribbon (whatever you want to attach them to)

tacky or craft glue

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Cut out your hearts from the construction paper, and your valentines if they’re not pre-cut.  First, cut the string the length you want your garland to be.  Then fold it in half to find the middle point.  Start from the middle and work your way outward to the ends (this way makes it easier to have more even spaces and lengths of string at the ends).  Glue your hearts and valentines to the string-make sure you hold it there a few seconds to make sure the glue takes-and finish with a small piece of scrap paper over the string/valentine to secure it in place.

Voila! Your garland is made. :)

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14 Valentine’s Day Ideas- Day 7

Wow! Already on Day 7 of 14 Days of Valenetine Ideas!! Thanks for sticking around!! Remember, there’s still 7 more days of ideas coming your way and you won’t want to miss them! Today’s Valentine idea is LOVE magnets! 

I took this idea from my own wedding reception!  As part of our favors, we made these little love magnets for our guests.  Each one had a different LOVE quote or lyric, which makes them perfect for a Valentine’s day idea too!  Instead of using framed magnets, you can also do this with picture frames-just in case you can’t find framed magnets.

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-What you’ll need-

Framed magnets or picture frames (Here in Northeast Ohio, we have a grocery store called Marc’s that sells close-out merchandise too, which is where I found the framed magnets, they were very inexpensive at about $.25 a piece)!

Favorite LOVE quote or lyric.

There’s really not much instruction to this one other than to print out and place the quote or lyric in the frame! Simple as that!

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Stay tuned tomorrow to see what you can use those adorable vintage valentines for! :)