WIWW- What I Wore Wednesday #8

 

polka dot dress, black cardigan

Cardigan- Thrifted- Old Navy, Dress- Thrifted and Refashioned by me, Tights- Kohls, Shoes- Thrifted, Earrings- Groopdealz

I’ve only worn this dress in the summer/fall so I decided to bring it into the winter months. This was the wrong cardigan to wear because I was freezing all day (I do own 5 black ones!) I ended up wearing it buttoned up and suddenly this dress reminded me of the polka dot J Crew Skirt I see floating all over blog land. I guess I can cross that off my dream list of items I wish I had in my closet.

mint cardigan, navy necklace, gray pants

Cardigan- Target, Button Down- Thrifted, Pants- Thrifted- New York and Company, Shoes- Thrifted, Necklace- Gift

My mother in law gave me this necklace and wondered if I could make it into something else. I don’t know why I would do that when it is perfect the way it is! I wore it to satisfy my mint and navy obsession. I do need to get more creative with this cardigan since this is very similar to the last time I wore it. I’ve already been scouring Pinterest for ideas.

blue cardigan, navy turtleneck, leopard belt

Cardigan- Target, Turtleneck- Garage Sale- Limited, Skirt- Target, Tights- JC Penney, Boots- JC Penney, Belt- Kohls

I know I have a winning color combo when I get the thumbs up from the hubby. I threw in one of my two leopard items into the mix. This belt is actually way too big for my waist but I skip the belt buckle and just wear it through the loop after the buckle. After I add a big loopy knot to it and it stays in place quite well.

blue sweater, mustard tank

Sweater- Target, Tank- Target, Jeans- Kohls, Boots- Aerosoles, Hat- Made by me

My casual outfit for the week. I have been trying to look more put together when I’m not at work. Wearing a long sleeve shirt, fleece and workout pants doesn’t have to always be my out of work norm. I’m starting by wearing my long forgotten sweaters. Adding a mustard tank to this one gives it a fresh look.

What I’ve Been Crocheting Lately

 

This weekend was pretty rough for Mike and I. We were both super sick with some kind of super cold. I’m not sure if it could be classified as the flu or not but it was not fun. The good news is that we are both on the mend after struggling to get anything accomplished this past weekend.

While I don’t have an awesome tutorial or crochet pattern to share today I can show you what I’ve been working on the past week or so since I finished my crochet fox scarf.

Our next door neighbors just had a baby. They didn’t find out the sex (this is way more common than I would expect!) so when we found out they had a baby girl I whipped up my go to newborn hat. We still haven’t brought it over though with all this sickness we have been harboring. It just didn’t seem appropriate to stop by.

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I am participating in the Crochet Along over at One Dog Woof. It’s for a fun infinity cowl.

I did feel kind of crazy taking on another scarf pattern but it works up super quick. I already finished it but I don’t have any great pictures to share so you’ll have to wait to see the final product but here’s a sneak peak. If you want to join in you have until 3/7 to finish so there is still lots of time to get it done. Mine took a week with just working on it a little bit here and there.

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I still have a hat design in mind but I ran out of yarn before it was finished :( I just bought a new skein at Michaels so that’s on my to do list. I also want to make a hat or ear warmer to match my new cowl so expect to see that too once I figure out what I want to do. Maybe I’ll even make both, I have a ton of that yarn left.

What are you working on this week?

I’m on Google Plus! (and my thoughts)


In case you didn’t notice my new social media icon, I jumped on the Google Plus bandwagon. If you are on too you can add me to your circle. I was really inspired to join by this post at Serendipity and Spice.
I went through a bit of headache to get it all set up but things are running smoothly now.
My blogger profile was originally through a Yahoo email account and when I set up a Gmail account I could not figure out how to switch it over. I tried a while ago to figure out how to switch it over but you can’t just change your blogger email to Gmail which is a poor design in my opinion. I did some more Googling and finally found my solution through a post by Graphically Designing (can't find the old url anymore.)
I accidentally locked myself out of access to my account momentarily but I figured it out after a short period of sheer panic.
Once I was all set up with my Gmail account I upgraded my account to Google Plus. It’s just a tab on the left navigation bar in Blogger. I learned through reading other comments that upgrading can make you a “no reply” blogger. I was pretty sure this happened to me since I wasn’t getting many email responses to my latest comments. I had to clue how to fix it though. Then I was lucky enough to find this post by Fluster Buster. Problem solved!
I set up my personal profile and a blog page but I ultimately decided to stick with my personal profile. The main reason is if I make a comment with Blogger’s commenting system it links back to my Google Plus profile. I want other bloggers to be able to find me easily once they get there so it seemed like the most logical choice.
I am liking the setup for Google Plus. It’s easy to separate people into different circles based on your relationship to them. The posts are nice and big and show up in chronological order. I could see it taking over Facebook someday considering that I don’t see everything I want to in my newsfeed and my blog page only gets seen by one third of my followers. It’s fairly easy to get everything set up and understand how to use so that’s a bonus.
We’ll see where Google Plus goes but for once I joining in early and I hope you’ll follow me there!
Are you on Google Plus yet? What are your thoughts?

Update: Here's a great series from Blogging with Amy about author rank. It's related to your Google Plus profile if you link your blog to it.

WIWW- What I Wore Wednesday #7

 

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Cardigan- Lands End, Skirt- Target, Tights- Target, Necklace- Burlington Coat Factory, Shoes- Thrifted

I love finding new ways to wear this skirt. It usually try to pair it with a more neutral color to keep it from getting too crazy at the office. This color combo was inspired by Katie and Tara. This cardi is just a tad bit short for tucking in so I had to fiddle with it all day to keep it in place. Also, do black and navy go together? I sure hope so because I don’t own navy shoes and I wore them together anyway :)

 

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Dress- Target, Cardigan- Thrifted, Target, Belt- Came with sweater, Tights- Kohls, Shoes- Thrifted, Necklace- Thrifted

I usually wear this outfit in the spring/summer but decided to bring it back into the rotation by adding in some tights. I wore this day before Valentine’s Day and after I was all ready looking at myself in the mirror it dawned on me that it would be a great Valentine’s Day outfit, but there was no way I was changing!

 

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Dress- Thrifted- Target and altered by me, Tights- Kohls, Belt- Thrifted, Shoes- Thrifted, Necklace- Gift

So here was my Valentine’s day outfit. I still got some red incorporated in it. I am going for week two with colored tights. I was feeling a little but unsure of these ones but I think they worked. They actually look more purple/red in different light.

Mike surprised me at work and took my out to lunch for Valentine’s day. He told me he had a headache and wanted some medicine and then showed up with a rose and a handmade card. It was so sweet <3

 

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Sweater- Ann Taylor, Button down- NY and Company, Pants- Kohls, Shoes- Kohls, Necklace- Made by me

I don’t know what it is about Friday but I usually end up hating the outfit I picked out, trying on ten different variations, and settling with something because I am going to be late to work. This outfit was no exception. I was trying to wear these pants differently than I wore it last time but I ended up going with the same formula of sweater, button down and statement necklace. Oh well, it worked last time :)

 

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Dress- JC Penney, Cardigan- Lands End Canvas, Belt- JC Penney, Tights- Kohls, Boots- JC Penney

We went to a birthday party for our friend’s one year old daughter on Saturday. I was planning all week to wear this outfit with yellow tights like this post I found on Pinterest. I normally only wear this dress in the summer but it was the perfect color for my inspiration picture. I put the outfit on and I just couldn’t do it. The tights were just so bright. I didn’t want to waste this perfectly good outfit so I remembered seeing Audrey wearing red and navy in this post and also this one. So the red tights got a second wear this week.

I don’t know what my aversion is to wearing those yellow tights. I think I need to bite the bullet already and just wear them. If not they would make a cute headband.

 

I may be linking up to one of these fabulous parties.

Crochet Fox Scarf


Crochet Fox Scarf

I did it! I finally finished crocheting the fox scarf I was working on. I’ve been working on it for about three weeks. At least that’s how long I think it was I lost count somewhere in the middle. This was definitely the most challenging project I ever worked on.

My friend asked me to make her a fox scarf. I found this pattern on Ravelry. It’s the first pattern I ever paid for but I feel like it was worth it. I never could have come up with this on my own. I used Bernat Satin for the grey body and Caron Simply Soft for the black and cream parts. My friend really like the feel of the Simply Soft but I don’t think the weight of the yarn would have worked for the body since it’s crocheted with an I hook and I don’t like that combo turns out. I was pleased with the way the Bernat Satin worked up.

This pattern is worked in the round with turning. I had a hard time understanding that since I never turn my rounds. I had to Google it to make sure I was doing it right. Somewhere in the body of the scarf I did end up losing four stitches to I had to modify the tail part slightly because there was no way I was going to go back and figure out where I went wrong! Especially because it wasn’t noticeable.

I also made the scarf 8 inches shorter than the pattern called for. I discussed the length with my friend and we measured one of her scarf’s that she likes to wear to get a good length for her height. I actually think it would have been too long the way the pattern was written.

I found the buttons for eyes the pattern called for at Joann’s and I think they are perfect. I did not use the second button in the center though.

So that’s my fox scarf story :) I don’t really see myself making another one anytime soon. I prefer to keep my projects much smaller, like hats and ear warmers. You can expect to see lots more of those from me in the future. I already have a new design in mind. I won’t rule out another scarf though, just not this one for now. (I am actually considering joining in this crochet along at One Dog Woof and it’s for a scarf.)

Crochet Fox Scarf

Crochet Fox Scarf

Crochet Fox Scarf

I may be linking up to one of these fabulous parties.

Crochet Flower Wreath


Yarn wrapped crochet flower wreath

My front door has been looking pretty sad since I took down my Christmas wreath, especially since I refused to take down the wreath hook because I just knew I would make another wreath for the door. Once month later I had an epiphany when working on a different project and this wreath practically made itself.
Months and months ago I wrapped a wreath form in yarn. I was going to make a zillion felt flowers and make an interchangeable wreath. After I wrapped the wreath in yarn I ran out of steam. It was more work than I bargained for and I moved on to something else. My recommendation for wrapping a wreath is to use a chunky yarn. I used Caron Simply Soft on mine.

Yarn wrapped crochet flower wreath

My friend’s daughter is turning one and I was looking through my stash of crocheted flowers to make some headband’s with and I started wondering how I could use these flowers that were just stuffed in my drawer. Enter the yarn wrapped wreath that had been sitting around for the past few months and some pins and my wreath was born.

Yarn wrapped crochet flower wreath

I used some straight pins to pin the flowers to the wreath so I can change it up without having to wrap another wreath form in yarn. It literally took me five minutes to put it all together.

Yarn wrapped crochet flower wreath

If you want to make your own flowers and leafs I got the patterns from 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet: A Collection of Beautiful Blooms for Embellishing Garments, Accessories, and More.

It’s a cute book with tons of knitted and crocheted flowers. If you don’t want the book, the pattern for the rose is on Ravelry. It’s actually my favorite flower pattern. And here is a similar leaf pattern.

The wreath was a little too wide for by wreath hanger so I had to add a piece of ribbon to hang it on before it went on the door. I love how cheery and springy it is. It’s a nice reminder of the light at the end of the tunnel (I’m talking about spring after a long winter if that wasn’t clear!)

Yarn wrapped crochet flower wreath

Yarn wrapped crochet flower wreath


WIWW- What I Wore Wednesday #6

 

Getting this post out later than I wanted because my original one disappeared :( I felt like it was so well crafted that I’m not sure I can compete with myself but here goes…

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Sweater- JC Penney, Skirt- JC Penney, Tights- Target, Necklace- Gift, Shoes- Thrifted, Belt- Kohls

The only pair of tights I have been brave enough to wear to work. I have a bright pink pair and a yellow pair but I haven’t actually worn either pair yet. This color seems conservative enough for the bank but still fun. Maybe those other colored tights will make it on the blog some day in the future.

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Sweater- Thrifted Old Navy, Pants- Express Editor, Belt- Thrifted, Shoes- Thrifted- Necklace- Made by me

This is my ultimate work outfit- a cardigan plus a belt. If I wanted to be boring I could wear this every day of the week, but that wouldn’t be any fun would it?

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Dress- JC Penney and altered by me, Long sleeve tee- Walmart, Tights- Kohls, Boots- Madden Girl, Belt- Came with a sweater

This sweater dress was my most recent sewing project so of course I had to wear it to work this week. I love having it back in the rotation!

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Shirt- Thrifted- Express, Pants- Express Editor, Necklace- Made by me, Shoes- Thrifted 

I love Fridays but I always feel so worn out by the end of the week. Getting up early and working all day just wears me out. Whenever we get invited to go out with our friends I always hope they want to hang out on Saturday instead of Friday so I can just go to bed early. I think I am starting to sound old…

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Sweater- Old Nacy, Cami- Old Navy, Jeans- JC Penney and altered by me, Boots- Aerosoles

Saturday date night with the hubby consisted of burgers at a local bar followed up by grocery shopping. Aren’t we romantic? :)

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Shirt- Old Navy, Pants- Kohls, Belt- Target, Shoes- JC Penney, Necklace- Very Jane

I generally love mint and blue together but I am really in love with mint and navy right now. When I saw this outfit by Audrey I knew I had to recreate it. (Also another great one by Danielle.) Did I mention I got these shoes for $2.00? Well I did and it was awesome.

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Sweater- Thrifted, Boots- JC Penney

Ok, let’s get reall for a second. This is how I actually wore this outfit. I live in Northeast Ohio in February. I am freezing from November through May. I wear boots and layers the whole time to keep myself warm. As much as I think flats and long sleeve tees are adorable, this outfit was much more weather appropriate for me. Counting down the days until we have weather where I can wear the first outfit.

Linking up to: pleated poppystillbeingmolly

Oversized to Fitted Sweater Dress


oversized to fitted sweater dress alteration

I bought this sweater dress at JC Penney a couple of years ago. It was the year I started wearing leggings and sweater dresses and of course my wardrobe search began in the clearance section. I actually really liked this sweater dress when I first bought it and I always wore it with a belt.

In the past year or so my style has evolved (mostly thanks to reading fashion blogs) and this sweater just didn’t fit right to me anymore. It was too baggy in the arm and waist area. I hadn’t worn it at all this winter. Every time I pulled it out of the closet, it went back in in favor of my more fitted sweaters dresses.
I decided to make this sweater dress work for me again by making it more fitted. I started by laying it out on the floor and laid another sweater on top that fit the way I like.

oversized to fitted sweater dress alteration
I used a piece of tailors chalk to draw lines where I would sew. I didn’t follow the dress all the way down because I only wanted to take in the arm/chest/waist area. The bottom of the dress fit fine.

oversized to fitted sweater dress alteration

I pinned the sides of the dress to keep it from moving around and sewed down my chalk line. Then I tried it on to check the fit and I ended up taking it in a little bit more. I chopped off the extra and ran a zig zag stitch over the edges because the sweater material started fraying like crazy.

Now I could get away without belting it because it actually fits me in the waist. I am excited to have this dress back in the possible outfit rotation!

oversized to fitted sweater dress alteration

Here’s a couple of outfits I put together using my newly refashioned sweater dress.

oversized to fitted sweater dress alteration

oversized to fitted sweater dress alteration

I may be linking up to one of these fabulous parties.

A Taste of Spring

 

This past weekend my dad and I went to the Home and Garden show. It’s an expo every year for inside and outside home improvement and the main focus are gardens that are set up for the show. There is a theme every year and landscapers show off their talents. My dad and I usually go every year for a little taste of spring in the middle of the cold and dreary winter.

This year’s theme was American landmarks, and although I felt like some of the landmarks were a little obscure, I still enjoyed seeing all the cool ideas the landscapers came up with. Add a gazebo to my back yard wish list.

It was snowing and freezing on Sunday so seeing all the spring flowers and smelling the hyacinth was a reminder of what’s to come (hopefully soon!)

I love these cheery little primroses!

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I feel like I need this color combo in my spring garden now.

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More primroses. I love all the pretty colors.

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Hyacinth, the smell of spring.

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I totally want Mike to build me this fountain (and fill it with wine.)

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This is the coolest idea. I used to have a type case when I was younger and I wish I still had it to display my wine corks.

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WIWW- What I Wore Wednesday #5

 

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Sweater- Old Navy, Pants- Kohls, Boots- JC Penney

This was my “birthday” outfit. I took the day off of work to enjoy myself so I figured I might as well wear my favorite sweater. Mother Nature’s birthday present to me was 55 degree weather. Even though it was raining all day it was fabulous.

I’m sporting some new bangs too. I felt like I needed a new look so I went for full on bangs. I’m feeling a little mixed about them. One moment I love them and the next I’m thinking what have I done. I’m getting used to styling them so I’ll take it one day at a time.

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Blazer- thrifted, Cami- Old Navy, Skirt- JC Penney, Tights- Kohls, Shoes- thrifted, Necklace- gift

This is my “I’m a professional” outfit. I had to throw in a pop of color with all this gray and black. I don’t know if you can tell but my tights have polka dots on them which means I’m actually pattern mixing.

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Cardigan- Lands End, Tank- Target, Pants- Express Editor, Shoes- thrifted

This is my “”It’s Friday, there is a snow storm, I have nothing to wear and I’m going to be late to work” outfit. I think that sums it up.

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Shirt- JC Penney, Pants- Kohls, Boots- Aerosoles, Belt- thrifted, Ear warmer- made by me

This is my “casual” outfit. I went to the Home and Garden Show with my Dad on Sunday. It’s a big remodeling/home improvements show where landscapers set up all these gardens with themes, there is a decorated home to walk through, and hundreds to vendors try to sell you stuff. We go for the gardens and the home and skip the gauntlet of vendors. I knew I would be wearing my coat the whole time so I went with a long sleeved tee. You better believe I put on another layer later when Mike and I were watching the super bowl because I am your typical freeze baby and it’s cold outside.

 

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