Friday, December 28, 2012

Snow storm

The Arkansas Christmas night Snowmaggedon took out our Internet service so no access to computer for blogging. Thankfully we kept power and were able to take in refugees. Now we are heading to Louisiana for family New Years festivities. Great and needed change of scenery. Hope you are warm and well this week.
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Prelude to Christmas

When my beautiful little #3, says she wished it was Christmas right now, I tell her not to hurry. Christmas will arrive and we have to wait a whole year for it to come again. The many joys of the season leading up to the big Day are so special and make it an entire season of wonder and love.  I will relax and enjoy every minute.  I am blessed to have an abundance of peace and happiness in my life.  Happy Holidays

Little Ones Holiday Show
Furry Friends 
Decorating the tree and wrapping presents
Pitch Perfect Holiday Show 
Making Gingerbread Houses
Friends Mix and Mingle
Elf's Antics
December Camelia Blooming
Daughter Dancing
Santa Watching
Christmas Shopping
Christmas Cheer
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holiday Treats

Power Outage aka Merry F*ing Cold Christmas is over!  Hurray for heat and everything "lit" up including me and hubs!  So now the festive holiday baking can commence. Here's what me and #1,2,3 and 4 will be doing today.
Graham Cracker Pralines
Melted Snowman Cookie
Mississippi Spiced Pecans
Rudolph Cookies
Here's what I SHOULD be doing today...
But that's definitely an after New Year's post!  
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What I wore Wednesday

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Tying a Scarf

I've come across many "ways to tie a scarf" pins, links, pictures online and I'm always intrigued.  I usually fall back on my two tried and true ties - infinity and .  I thought it would be an interesting experiment in blog-land to try tying a variety of these.  I only used one scarf to add continuity and test versatility.  This ruled out a couple of ties that required a small thin scarf.  My photographer, #1, and I got tired before we did all 15 from this link so here's the Top 10!  (Rated 1 for easiest/most stylish to 5 most difficult/least stylish) 
Half Bow Scarf. 3 for difficulty, 3 for style.

Fake Knot.  2 for difficulty; 2 for style.

Simple Double Knot.  1 for difficulty; 3 for style. 

Scarf Bow. 1 for difficulty, 5 for style. Grandma!

Braided Scarf. 4 for difficulty, 1 for style.  I'll use this one again.

Simple Slip Knot. 1 for difficulty; 1 for style.

Half-bow Cinch. 5 for difficulty; 2 for style.  

Muffler Scarf. 2 for difficulty; 5 for style. Church lady.

Knotted Loop. 1 for difficulty; 3 for style.   My daughter's, #1, favorite.

Make your own Infinity. 1 for difficulty; 1 for style. So current.
The Infinity tie is not on the how-to link.  To make your own Infinity Scarf, take your long rectangle scarf, ties the very ends together, hang scarf around your neck with knot at the back, twist scarf once and lift loop over head. Adjust to form a circle or tighten and loop again to your taste.

I doubt I would ever wear either of the Rosette ties - as a belt or at the neck.  A definite 5 on style for me.  I feel similarly about the braided scarf.  And a layered knot makes me feel like I have a noose around my neck.  I like the Ascot and Double Loop Wrap - I'll try those later and let you know.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Quick change

Took #1 daughter to the Repertory Theatre to see White Christmas.   Got to wear this fun skirt I found on sale not long ago at, okay yes, Target.  Paired it with a long sleeve tee and a fuzzy angora sweater plus patterned tights and booties.  I like this combo and I like the versatility of the skirt. 

 After the play I had literally 5 minutes to change into my "active mom" clothes.  Kept base tee on but switched sweaters because you never know what will end up on your clothes when #3 and #4 are around!  This sweater is cotton and can be laundered easily.  The crop shows off the color tee and I like the flattering large cowl neck.  Jeans and tennies.  Boom. Mom mode.

 Came home tonight and noticed my kitchen window Christmas decor (first seen here) from the outside for the first time.  Had to share - pretty cool.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Keeping with the plaid theme, I wore my Zara "burberry" plaid cape with black skinny jeans and black riding boots.  
Gap turtleneck sweater in stores or similar here, Banana Republic black jeans, DSW black riding boots, Zara cape (old)
When I wear this I have to resist the urge to pull out my pipe and deerstalker cap. "My name is Sherlock Holmes, it's my business to know what other people don't know." -The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.
My Sherlock Holmes library

pleated poppy
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Crafty Christmas

Spray paint is my new best friend. (Hmmm, maybe that's why I keep forgetting stuff?! )  I got real crafty with my porch decor.  These painted pumpkins have elicited the most conversation.

 Here I tried to do a pattern but realized spray paint was too runny.  Need to get some acrylic next time.

 I found this door hanger idea on Pinterest.  Turns out it came from a really cool blog, called A Diamond in the Stuff.  She has amazing projects.  Following her directive, I recycled a frame with some spray paint, added some Christmas balls from the attic, and new ribbon from Michaels (50% off!).
Door Frame Decoration blog here

Inside, another Pinterest inspiration.  Spray painted two old plant containers and also painted dollar store ornaments, added two fresh Rosemary trees and garland.  It was really hard to photograph a window. When the dust settles on the holidays I plan to learn some mad skills. PS: My kitchen sink area NEVER looks like this!
Pinterest inspiration photo here

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Promised Plaid

Mixing plaids? What universe am I living in?  Definitely not something I've done before, but I am really liking the way this works.  I took my inspiration straight from JCrew catalog on this one.  Can't find an online image but here's my version and its truly a look for less. JCrew version excluding shoes = $281; my version = $55.  But JCrew, imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery!
Old Navy blanket scarf - seriously softest thing ever!

Target plaid shirt (wish it were a little longer), Old Navy Rockstar skinnies (much darker green than they look), Target booties, Tory Burch purse, Michael Kors rose gold watch
 So I am looking for a new plaid shirt in cotton, preferably tartan or blackwatch plaid. If you've seen one tell me about it, please!
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

When the dust bunnies get you down

I don't hate cleaning, but it is often the thing "I didn't do". Came across this list today in Real Simple magazine. Holidays can be guilt laden and busy, here's a how-to when you are having a heavy helping of both.
Plaid week is on hold because it's flippin' 75 degrees in the shade down here and I already packed up my plaid bermuda shorts!  Working on some other fun stuff. Stay tuned and please follow or comment - it's so reassuring to know your out there.
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