Wednesday, September 26, 2012

fashion : fly away blackbird

Hi y'all! Happy Wednesday! Working from home has it's perks. Well... a lot of perks actually. No commute, no annoying co-workers interrupting you, I get to (for the most part) set my own hours, and yes, I get to work in my pajamas. But as much as that last one is a perk, it's also one of the negatives. I never get to wear any cute office clothes, except for the one or two times I'm in the office each year. But there's a possibility that might be changing and I might be doing some traveling for work, which has got me daydreaming about dress pants, shirts that aren't t-shirts, and nice shoes. And so... here's a post that's inspired by a gorgeous photograph, and my own fashion daydreams. 

First, the photograph : 

{ image source : Carolyn Cochrane }

And now, the fashion : 

Fly away bird...

I absolutely love the teal and chartreuse color combo. And then those wedges... LOVE them! This would be the perfect outfit for presenting at my seminar, while still being comfy and stylish. Yes, working from home has it perks, but getting to work outside of the home, has a few as well. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

inspiration : diy freezer paper shirts

Hi y'all! Sometimes I think of these great ideas for t-shirt designs. My mind spins with quotes, colors, fonts, designs, and for just a bit I think, "I should design t-shirts!! That would be awesome!!" But then I think of how much work that would be and how little time I already have for projects going on and I come back down to earth. Which is why this is a perfect DIY for me and any of you other screen-printing-business dreamers. ;) 

I got the inspiration from one of my favorite blogs Made, and honestly, I didn't know you could use freezer paper for this until reading Dana's blog. And then, it was like the sky opened up and a light shone all around me and I could actually design some shirts and execute them so easily! And today, I'm sharing that with you!

What you will need :

- freezer paper (found by plastic wrap and aluminum foil)
- fabric paint
 - t-shirt or onesie
 - scissors

Step 1 : Iron your shirt and lay flat. 

Step 2 : I was doing a star design so I printed a star shape (using MS word) and traced the shape onto my freezer paper. I used a ruler to make sure my lines were perfectly straight. 

Step 3 : Fold your design in half, and cut out. 

Step 4 : Iron the freezer paper (shiny side down) to your shirt. 

Step 5 : Paint over your design. 

Step 6 : Remove the paper and VOILA! You have a star design on your shirt!

Since we're the Plains Cowboys, black and gold, I added a gold "P" to the shirt with more fabric paint. 

It was perfect! And just what we needed for the first home football game of the season. 

I'm looking forward to making more shirts for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions!

Happy designing!

Monday, September 24, 2012

me : weekend recap : new car, goat photo bombs and syrup!

Hi y'all! I don't know which is worst: wanting to blog but having zero ideas of what to write about, or having things to write about and Blogger not working with you and letting you write them. I experienced the second one most of last week. I don't know why Blogger had it out for me, but I'm hoping we've mended things and will be getting along from now on. I couldn't even read some of my favorite blogs, so I have a lot to catch up on, or just miss out on. :( 

Anyway, this weekend was a busy weekend. But, it was also a lot of fun! And... we got a new car!! But, let's start with Friday. 

A while back, Joey traded my old car (a perfectly good Mercury Milan) for a jeep. It's something he has always wanted and he convinced me that we would be able to sell the jeep (or trade it in) for a lot more than we would my car (which is true), so he got the jeep. But the jeep was trouble. The gas mileage was terrible, he couldn't take the kids in it because it was a soft top and therefore WAY too dusty, I didn't like driving it for extended trips, it just seemed to be a waste. We argued more about that jeep in the past 6 months than anything else. Finally, Thursday, I laid it all out for him. How much the jeep was hurting us financially, how it didn't make sense for our family right now, and once I laid out all my reasoning, I let it go. I decided he would make the decision and that would be that. But, I wanted to show him that we could buy a car perhaps, if he sold his jeep. So Thursday night I stayed up till 1am looking up cars and working out our budget and all that business. I went to bed, woke him up and told him what I'd found. He looked, we talked, then I went to sleep. Friday morning when I woke up, Joey told me he'd found a car of his own, a Chevy Cruze. He said he had decided to sell and was getting the money for it today. So, I started looking online, making calls, and finally found the car we wanted, for the price we wanted, for the mileage we wanted. Perfect. Now we just had to get approved. 

You know, I understand that times are changing but never before have I bought a car through texting. Seriously. I called the dealership inquiring about the car. And the salesman called me to say our credit app was approved. Everything else was done via texting. Isn't that bizarre!?!?

Anyway, so we were approved, we were getting a new car! YIPPEE!!

And then, something even better happened. We got a call from the realty company that our house in Levelland was FINALLY renting!! Hallelujah!!! 

I know some of you may not be believers, but since I am, I can totally see God working in this. Joey had selfishly gotten the jeep and selfishly held on to it even though it caused us numerous problems and arguments. When he finally decided to let go of the jeep and do what is right for our family, we are blessed with being able to buy a nice, new car, AND, our house (which has been a financial burden forever it seems) finally is rented! I totally see God in that. 

The only problem with the car, was that it was in Alamogordo. 3 1/2 hours away into New Mexico. Hmmm.. We at first thought that we would go on Monday, but Joey decided Friday night he wanted to go on Saturday. So, Saturday morning we woke up early, loaded up the kids, and hit the road. 

One of my current projects. I've worked on them the past two Friday nights while Joey's been at football games. That's about the only time I've had to work on them, so it's taking me a while. I finished up one more letter yesterday, so I have one more letter to go. Then, they will go on a shelf (that I have yet to buy) in BB's room. I love them! And am definitely thinking about making some more for my shop. 

I had never driven up this way in New Mexico, so I got to see more sights I hadn't seen before. I love driving through tunnels! I think it's amazing that engineers can do that. It amazes me! Excuse the bug guts across the windshield. ;) 

It was fun to get out of town and see some different landscape on Saturday. At this point, we were still on our way to pick up the car, and were still planning to make it home in time for a birthday party, so we didn't stop on the way up there to take any pictures or see the sights. 

Joey's new car! He said on the way home he was getting 42 mpg AND he drove all the way home and only used 1/4 of a tank of gas. Yeah, this car is definitely better than the jeep in that department and is so worth it!

After getting to Alamogordo, we decided we weren't going to be able to make it home for the party. So after picking up the car we went out to eat. We ate at a place called Tia Lupes and it was not a pleasant experience. The wait was LONG, for a very un-busy restaurant. The food was mediocre. And the price was a little steep considering Joey and I shared an entree. But, such is the traveling life. 

We made one more stop in Alamogordo to buy some cherry cider. I've never had any, but Joey said his family used to go pick cherries and  buy cherry cider and it was delicious. So we bought a bottle for us and a bottle for his mom and dad. I'm looking forward to trying it. 

We stopped in the Mayhill area at this little roadside stand/petting zoo. We had to stop, I was getting way too drowsy to drive. But we stretched our legs, checked out the petting zoo and bought some syrup. 

All the animals come up to the fence when you walk up because they are expecting you to feed them. We didn't buy any feed, but it was fun watching BB interact with them. It was his first petting zoo experience and I'm looking forward to taking him to one again. 

BB was most interested in the goats. Until this pot-bellied pig came into this pen. Then he was interested in that. Apparently, the goats don't like sharing the attention, and will photo bomb your piggy pictures. 

The roadside stand had all kinds of homemade goodies, but we decided on this blackberry syrup. I'll have to make pancakes soon to try it out. 

Then, after another stop for dinner at McDonald's, we made it home. Joey's incredibly happy with his new car, I love driving it too (it's turbo charged so it's super fun), I'm proud of Joey of making a decision for his family, AND it turned out to be a pretty fun Saturday. I told Joey on Sunday that we should try to make more family outing trips now. It's good for us to get away. 

Sunday brought a busy day of church, naps, finishing one more yarn-covered letter, church again and then taking all the youth kids to Pizza Hut. Which was a pretty chaotic experience but we still had a wonderful time!

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend! 

How was your weekend?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

goodies : cobalt blue

Hi y'all! I'm not usually a big fan of dark blues. Not that I have anything against them, I just usually prefer other colors to dark blues. But then... a little while ago I noticed cobalt blue and well... I suddenly developed an admiration and (dare I say) crush on cobalt blue. I guess you could say the blues took away my blues blues. I might have lost you on that one. Let's just get to the fun part!

A fun, lovely collection of all things cobalt blue from Etsy : 

If you are in to making your own jewelry. These beads are most lovely. 

I had to include this! It's so interesting!

Gorgeous! Perfect for church, work, or date nights! I love versatile dresses!

You always need more arm candy. Plus, this is an easy way to add some cobalt to your wardrobe. That way you can test it out and see if you're really a fan. 

I love the handle and spout! Very smart, indeed!

Y'all know how much I love pendant necklaces! This one is gorgeous!!

If you're wondering if I'm ever going to be over the chevron fad, the fact is probably not. Not for a long, long time. 

This is me. Every morning. I've seriously reached that stage in my life where I must have coffee every morning. 

I like the fold over clutch trend. Very cool. 

Shnazzy! This is red carpet worthy!

I love this bag! I really want it! It's so fun looking! 

Gorgeous! I really want these!! Love them! They would be great for drinking, or even for candles say decorating a wedding or party? ;) 

I'm not a knitter or crocheter, but these just seem so handy!

These are so fun! And remind me of something my great-grandmother would have had decorating her house. 

How delicate and pretty!

Are there any colors you are crushing on right now?

Monday, September 17, 2012

fashion : relax and wear pink

Hi y'all! Happy Monday! Can we get a three day weekend every weekend? Seriously, I'm all for that! I need more weekend time to get things done. 

Anywhoodle, I realized last week it's been a long time since I've done a Fashion Meets Ph(F)otography post. Shame on me. So wait no longer my dedicated readers, I'm here with a new post!

This week's inspiration comes from this lovely photograph : 

| image source : MyanSoffia |
I found this lovely photograph and I got lost. Dreaming about days of hanging with friends and late night, epic conversations about life, love, and everything in between. 

Which inspired this outfit : 

Relax and wear pink.

Which really, is all about those comfy days when you feel completely connected to everything and everyone, and so filled-up with life and love that it's like you are, at last, exactly who and where you are supposed to be. Anyone have days like that? When you dress exactly for you? Do exactly for you? Oh I hope you do. I hope you realize who you are, and are completely comfortable being you. No, this isn't about all free-love, hippy nonsense, haha. It's just that for me, my teen years were so much about being what everyone wanted me to be. My early-twenties were about figuring out who I really am. And now, in my late-twenties (gah), it's all about being who I really am. Being the me that I want to be, to the point of dressing like I want, doing what I want and enjoying things that I want. Which I'm sure, people could contort and twist around to be very selfish and negative, but really, for me it's about wearing outfits like the one above, wearing pink because I love the color, listening to 90s music because it's the best, and being the best momma, wife, friend, daughter, sister that I can be. That's who and what I want to be. And I'm going all out for it. Because there's no point in half-way being yourself, you still aren't being yourself. Either go all out or not at all. 

Who and what do you want to be, and are you going all out for it?

p.s. I'm 98% sure this post went way deeper than I intended. But, that happens, and that's part of me, I'm deep, reflective, and a touch nostalgic. So I'm just rolling with it. ;) 

p.p.s. And if you have no idea where the saying on that sweater are from, shame on you. ;) Or... you can just check out the video below for one awesome blast from the past. And if the song gets stuck in your head all day... well.... you're very welcome. ;) 

Friday, September 14, 2012

fashion : blazers

Hi y'all! I'm not gonna lie... it's really hard for me to not title this post something like "blaze of glory" or "blazin'" or any other number of punny lines. What can I say? There's a lame comedian living inside me that wants to come out! ;) 

Okay, most of the time, I'm a cardigan fanatic! Seriously! I feel my most comfortable dressed in layers and there's just nothing like the outfit I wore yesterday : skinny jeans, loafers, comfy t-shirt, and over-sized cardigan. Those are the outfits that I feel the most... me. 

But this fall, there's a new trend that's hitting stores everywhere and, well, it's stricken my fancy. (Which, by the way, I don't understand that saying, but oh well.) That trend is blazers. Now, when I was growing up, I only saw blazers worn with trousers. But somewhere along the way, I started seeing blazers paired with jeans on men and yow-zah, I liked it! Then I started noticing blazers on women and I wanted it! Whoever decided this was appropriate wear, I applaud you. It's like wearing a cardigan, but more of the business end of casual business. I love the versatility. You can wear them with all sorts of washes on jeans, you can dress them up, dress them down, dress them anyway you want. You can wear the sleeves down all business-y, or you can Miami Vice those sleeves and roll 'em up. I'm a fan. So... this fall, I'm on the prowl for the perfect blazer. And these are some that I'm particularly eyeing :


Blazer by reginakay featuring a ponte blazer

Yep, I'm definitely crushing on blazers! In a big way! And the other day I was in Target and it took all I had to not go nuts. But, the hubby and I are watching our budget this month soo....... no blazers for me. Yet. 

What about you? Are you crushing on anything particular today? And what outfit do you wear that makes you feel the most you?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

me : it's always you, fall

| image source : Amy Cutler |

I try not to be partial. I try not to pick favorites. But fall is my favorite season. I felt the first hint of it several weeks ago. It was a hot, summer day, but as I was outside, in the shade of the oak trees in our front yard, moving the sprinklers. I felt just a hint of coolness. Not just in-the-shade coolness, but coolness that carries a crisp with it. And I knew, right then, that fall was just around the corner. 

I've already been observing the changes in the times of sunrises and sunsets. I've noticed how the shadows are just a bit longer, how the sun isn't quite so strong, how my patio is littered with brown and yellow leaves, and how the morning air has a hint of crisp to it.

It's wonderful.

Everything around me is changing. The boys are growing so fast. Sometimes I look at BB and see more big boy than baby boy. Sometimes I look at McCrae and realize his little newborn face is almost gone and the chubby cheeks of baby are filling out. I look around and I see all kinds of changes, in myself, in my life, in my environment. And then I stop, and reflect on a fall, 6 years ago when I fell in love with a guy. And all these things around me that I'm observing, are part of my life because of that "fall"

He had been watching me from afar, wanting to ask me out. There was a series of events that kept us separated, but eventually, 6 years ago, we were brought together. It was a whirlwind romance if there ever was one. And with each passing day, the weather changed and the temps got lower, but we were falling harder and deeper in love. 

| image source : Carl Christensen |

Then, 4 years ago it was late summer and we moved to Texas. There wasn't much left of summer and we spent a glorious west Texas fall in our first home together. And for that reason alone, I will always have a special place in my heart for that house. 

And then last year. Again, late summer brought another move, this one to Plains. To the new home we're in, the new church Joey works at, the new friends we're making, and this new life that is unfolding around us. And last fall, when the nights were certainly cool and crisp, and the mornings chilly, a little boy came to live with us. We both fell in love with him instantly, and knew if he could be, we wanted him as ours. He had his first Halloween, first Thanksgiving, first Christmas with us. And it was a wonderful time for fall, football, sweaters, boots, coffee, and falling in love. 

So you see, I try not to be partial, I try not to pick favorites, but fall is my favorite season. Because every fall, it seems, there are new things, new experiences and new loves. So if I had to pick a favorite, it's always you, fall, every time. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

inspiration : marriage

There are times when Joey and I are off. When the simplest tasks like going for a walk turn into a huge fight. Thankfully, those times aren't often. But it does happen. And I'm sure, if you're honest, they happen in your marriage too. 

Yesterday, Joey showed me this video. He showed it to me because of one specific thing that he thought I'd like to use for my class I'm starting this week, but what I took away from the video was much more than an idea for my class. I was reminded of a love so pure, so deep, that nothing can change it. Not even a terrible crash. Just watch the video below : 

I bet Ian and Larissa have off days, too. But their story is so inspiring. It inspires me to be thankful that mine and Joey's off days aren't too bad. And that the rest of our days are oh so good. That we might have to deal with financial stresses, work pressures, and more projects and things to do than we can ever have time. But we have each other, we're both healthy, we have two healthy boys, we have food, clothing, shelter, we can talk to each other and communicate easily with each other, and countless other blessings. 

"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter 
everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments 
of awe that change forever how we experience
 life and the world." -- Sarah Ban Breathnach

We have it so good, so easy, and moving forward, I'm going to be more thankful for that. Because the best remedy for off days and stresses, is thankfulness and gratitude. Wouldn't you agree?

Monday, September 10, 2012

fundraiser : adoption bracelets

Hi y'all! I've got a little something new for you in this post. I'm introducing one of the projects I've been working on lately : adoption bracelets. 

Many of you know, BB's parents' rights were terminated last month in the hearing, and after a waiting process, his case will be moved to adoption and we will begin the process of adopting him. Fortunately, when you're foster parents, the expense is not as great as if you were just straight adopting a child through an adoption agency. However, the expense is still something that is a little out of the means of Joey and I. We have to pay our attorney the fees for the work she's done so far in BB's hearing, but we also have to pay for the adoption, and any other fees that might come up in the process. It's not drastic, and not as bad as it could be. So I'm thankful for that. Since our house in Levelland (that we haven't lived in in over a year now) still has not sold (or been rented yet), I decided to make some bracelets to sell to help supplement our savings to pay for all these extra expenses. 

And here they are: 

The colors are white and lavender, which are the awareness colors for adoption and foster-parenting. The beads are super sparkly, and very pretty rondelles. Toggle clasps hold everything together. And the bracelets can be purchased in three different sizes in my Etsy shop, Live Delightfully. You can purchase small, medium or large bracelets, OR if none of those work, I would be happy to make your own bracelet in the size you need. 

The bracelets are $15 each and shipping is free. If you aren't able to purchase a bracelet, please help me by posting this wherever you can and at least bring awareness to this fundraiser. 

And if bracelets aren't your thing, look around at the other items in my shop. Right now, most of the profits from Etsy sales will go toward our adoption fund. :) 

Thank you so much! Really. Joey, BB, and I really, truly thank you. ♥