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Find A Hobby

13 Oct

Until the past 5 years my hobbies consisted of my friends. Things change a bit once entering the working world, getting married and having children. Everyone is busy and it seems to be harder and harder to get together with friends on a consistent basis. I have found that even though your hobbies may change, it is important to keep something in your life you really enjoy.

I think the one hobby that I incorporate into almost everyday is sewing and crafting. I learned to sew about 6 years ago and it is something that calms and relaxes me. It’s funny because when I was growing up my mom would always be sewing. She always wanted to teach me but I never had any interest in it. I didn’t have the patience to sit down and listen long enough to gain any skill at it. I guess what really piqued my interest was when I started watching Project Runway. I found it amazing how these people could craft the most amazing outfits out of a square piece of fabric. The more I watched the more I wanted to be able to do it myself. I asked for a sewing machine for my next birthday and that’s what my mom bought me. I’m sure she was overjoyed that I had finally found some love for sewing. My mom helped me get started and showed me the basics and then I sat down with the instruction book until I had the machine figured out. I jumped right into creating clothes and trying different combinations I had in my head. They really weren’t that great:( I refused to use any patterns and just tried to draft them myself. That didn’t really make for the most flattering clothing. I think I made one pair of pants from a pattern and I was so proud of them because they looked like real pants! I don’t wear them anymore but I have held onto them so I can show Lila one day. But, based on me though, she won’t care until she is in her 20’s.

I would like to get back into sewing clothes but for now I sew and create birds for my mobiles just about everyday. I love sewing at the end of the day and creating something with my hands. Even though my job is designing and creating this is a different type of outlet for me. I forsee sewing to be a part of my life for a long time and I look forward to all the creations.

The Great Closet Makeover

3 Aug

Last week I said I was going to clean out my closet and make it a place I didn’t hate walking into each morning and I finally accomplished it. It took about 5 HOURS but I did it. It had gotten majorly out of control and I didn’t even realize it. I was at the point each morning where I was so frustrated and frazzled because I couldn’t see what I owned and things didn’t have their own place. I was holding onto things that I no longer wore for sentimental reason that didn’t really make sense anymore. Lila’s babysitter was having a yard sale and asking for donations so it was the perfect time to purge all of my belongings and make a fresh start. Let me tell you, it felt amazing. I scrubbed the floors, found clothes I completely forgot about, donated things that have found a new home and now I can breathe again. My morning routine of getting dressed has become much less stressful and much more enjoyable. I forgot to snap some pictures of the disaster beforehand but it was scary.

I have moved all my dresses over to one side and can easily browse through them each morning.

Lighting was one of the most important updates I made to the closet. The closet had zero lighting before and I get up before Josh in the morning and our room is very dark so it really hard to find anything in a dark, unorganized closet. Now, I have some nice lighting that kinda makes me wanna curl up and read in there…or take a nap…probably the second one:) A flip of a switch and I can put my outfit together for the day.

Ok, you caught me, I’m a handbag hoarder. Most of the purses I made and I just have stored away for a rainy day as gifts or to sell. I do love handbags though. Although I have currently been carrying the same purse for over a year. Maybe it is time for a change.

A girl has got to have room for her shoes. This was one of my main problems before. Shoes were strewn everywhere. This is a drastic improvement. It actually makes me feel like I should do some shoe shopping πŸ™‚ When I switched my dresses from one side of the closet to the other it actually allowed me to be able to see my shoes. This is important. If you can’t see what you own…..you won’t wear it because you forget about it. Simple as that.

I got really fanatical about my shoes during this process and bought this over the door shoe organizer for $9 at Dollar General. So worth it. Aren’t my fuzzy slippers cute and so fashion forward? In the purging process I got rid of about 8 pairs of shoes that I didn’t really wear anymore or that weren’t really comfortable to make room for things that I LOVE. Also, tucked behind our door is a little coat rack I use for necklaces. It is easy to slide things off and on and it is out of the way.

This is my other little jewelry display area beside my closet. The little tree holds my shorter, more fragile necklaces.

I really just love that I can see my clothes for the first time in a long time. I had forgotten about a lot of old favorites. Whoops, theres some more purses up in the corner:)

In case you haven’t been able to tell I am a lover of color and it makes me extremely happy. I like to open my closet and see colorful options sitting in front of me. I am really have with the new organization and hopefully I can keep it up.

*****Josh and his grandfather installed these built-ins when we moved into the our house. It is important to know how to utilize the space you have though and take full advantage of it. I wasn’t using it to it’s upmost potential before.

Steppin Out Saturday

9 Jul

On Mama> Dress: From a cute little boutique on our trip to Ohio a few weeks ago, I meant to look at the label and of course I didn’t ——-I will try and follow-up with that Β Earrings: The Limited Β Sandals: Old Navy

On Lila> Dress: This little dress was mine when I was a wee little thing. I wish I had gotten a better picture but Lila was having none of it. Sandals: K-Mart Β (I love these sandals so much that Lila has now had them in two sizes and I may get a pair for next year, they go with everything!)

We had a busy, fun Saturday! Lila, Josh and I went to our niece’s 10th birthday party and got to hang out with the family all afternoon. It was super hot with temperatures over 1oo but we tried to stay cool with some ice cream and cake! After the birthday party Lila and I headed out to see my best girls, the Jamies! Jamie brought her new little man, Bray, and Lila gave him some sweet lovin.

I was proud of Lila, she was gentle with Bray but still curious. He is such a sweet and handsome little man. I could just sit and cuddle with him all day. We were busy shuffling babies and food and we didn’t get picture of all of us together but at least we got the babies!

By the time dinner was over it was getting pretty late and it was already well past Lila’s bedtime. I decided to pull off at my parent’s house and lay her down. We didn’t really come prepared with any clothes but we made it work. Lila made some interesting outfits out of her G-Mama’s socks and her G-Daddy’s underoos!

Needless to say, it was a good weekend:)

Steppin Out Weekend

30 Apr

We worked on the house a bit this weekend, celebrated Josh’s birthday and played outside.

Family photo time!

Mama Style>>>Β Top:Francesca’s Tank Top: Target Β Jeans: Express

Baby Style>>> We got everything at consignment sales. I have to start looking at tags because I’m not sure about the brands.

Daddy Style>>> He is wearing clothes. I know that is super helpful.

Lila’s stitches came out on Saturday and her eye is looking great!

Dinner with my parents!

All our girls!

Steppin Out Sunday

23 Apr

I know, I know….this is supposed to be stepping out Saturday but trust me I am doing you a favor by not putting up a pic from that day. I threw on a scrubby t-shirt and jeans, had on no make-up and had my hair plopped on top of my head…I was stunning. I didn’t think the internet could handle such glam so I decided to spare you.

On Sunday, however, I did have to look alive for a baby shower I was helping throw. I managed to remember to take this picture at about 10 at night. Oh well.

Top: Kohl’s

Purple jeans: Delia’s >>>>>I am aware Delia’s is probably targeted toward 15 year old girls but they had these awesome pants on sale for $9. I really couldn’t pass that up. Since my first venture with color pants here, I have really taken it to the next level. I now have teal, purple, bright pink and red pants. I love them all! I have always enjoyed wearing a lot of color, so these are right up my alley. I realize they will probably be out of style in like 3 months but I will enjoy them while they last.

Shoes: Francesca’s

The baby shower was so much fun and there was so much good food. I was eating like I was the pregnant one (and I am not by the way.)

Anywho, Sunday was filled with some other excitement that will write about later this week! Happy Monday:)