WILL YOU BE WEARING A MIDI?

If you had asked me this question last year or even 6 months ago, my quick response would have been NO.  But I purchased a midi length skirt for my trip this past fall to Europe, which proved to be one of my most versatile pieces.  Then a few weeks ago I was sent a package from eshakti and inside was this full, high-waisted, flirty, and wonderful printed midi skirt for spring.

I was so pleased that the waist fits just where its supposed to fit (at the waist), and the fullness of this skirt just makes me want to dance around my yard.

I had a lot of fun shopping in my own closets to find different ways to assemble this new skirt.

Image

(this will be a great everyday, easy to throw on ensemble with flats, although I’m thinking a new pair of fun ankle strap sandals might be in the making)

Image

Image

(this version just by trading the denim for a linen blouse and gold high heel sandals makes for a fun night on the town outfit)

Image

Image

(or for that fun beach day or lunch date with friends, I’m doing the pattern mixing, sandals, and sun hat)

Image

With this beautiful palm tree print, it was the perfect attire to celebrate Earth Day.

Image

So, my friends, I’m all ears, give me your suggestions as to how you would assemble this fun skirt.

A big thank you to eshakti for this wonderful gifted skirt.

(by the way eshakti is having a great sale right now and you can also receive another 10% off from now through Friday with this discount code ‘ttts’.)

The ever so creative and fun Anne over at spy girl is focusing on Earth Day this week, come and join me over there as well.

 

BECAUSE OF HIM

As I sit outside on this beautiful Easter Morning . . .

Image

I have been reflecting on past Easter mornings when giggles and laughter filled the yard . . .

while my children quickly searched for hidden Easter eggs which we had so creatively painted the night before.

And then searched even harder for their treasured Easter Baskets filled with brightly colored treats . . .

and then to come inside and find their new Easter outfits (usually something in a pastel color) waiting to be put on . . .

and join them at church service.

Today my yard is quiet . . .

It’s just me and my husband . . .

I am still dressed up in my pastels . . .

ImageImage

But instead of searching for the hidden Easter eggs and treasured baskets . . .

I am just taking time to remember Him . . .

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Because of Him I am the woman I am today . . .

Image

Full of Joy

Full of Peace

Full of Love . . . all because of Him.

Image

May you each enjoy this wonderful Easter Day!

Join me over at Patti’s for Visible Monday.

HIGHLIGHTS OF BRANSON

Image

If you follow me, most of you know my full time occupation is what I call “supporting my husbands working habit”.  This job is actually quite awesome, the hours are PERFECT, the dress code is whatever I decide for the day and my boss is the best.  The pay, well, I haven’t really asked about that for a while.  The one benefit and also downfall is that my husband travels A LOT but every once in a while when his travel plans include a city I want to see I tag along.  This past week he was schedule for Branson, MO which I haven’t been to yet so I packed my suitcase again and did some exploring.

The highlight didn’t actually take place in Branson, it took place at a PF Changs located in Bentonville, AR where I was able to finally meet up with the one and ony Jan, a blogging friend I have been corresponding with for over a year. You can get to know all about this incredible lady over at her blog. Jan was the first lady who gave me encouragement and feedback when I first began blogging.  I had absolutely no idea you could actually become friends from blogging, but let me tell you, a friendship can take place and it certainly has. This cute lady, as most of you know, is vibrant, energetic, smart, and stylish to say the least.  But meeting her in person brought all these qualities to a whole new level.

Image

Some of you who follow Jan may recognize this breathtaking fabric, (yes, it’s the same as her last skirt she made).  She was creative and caring enough to present this gift to my husband and me at dinner and carefully wrapped inside were our very own chop sticks.  Jan mentioned I wasn’t one to show off my chopstick skills but actually if truth be told, I have absolutely no chopstick skills and if I wanted to eat anything at all and get the food to my mouth I had best stick with the silverware, that is until I learn this fun skill.

Image

Image

The evening and meet up was so extremely delightful and hopefully just the beginning of many more.

Now to the highlights of Branson . . .

When I travel the first thing I do is take a morning run in my new surroundings, this enables me to see all the breathtaking views one might miss in a car.

(this is from my morning run by the lake)

Image

Image

I even found a restaurant for dinner, check out the menu. The food was wonderful (I did stay away from the alligator)

Image

Image

I found the mix of old and new in Branson just to my liking.

Image

 

Image

My husband told me there was a shopping mall right by the lake, but seriously who needs a shopping mall when you have antique and flea market stores to hunt through all day? Just wait until you see my treasures I purchased.

Image

How many of you remember these?

Image

Image

When I went inside I did have to laugh because most the candy was 5 for a $1.00 now.

Image

My husband was quite excited to be staying in a Chateau on the hill, even if it were in Branson.

Image

Image

And my friends, this is one of my typical travel type outfits. Since it is spring time, I opted for a light weight sweater to layer over my blouse instead of a jacket.  I always take along a scarf for extra warmth and accent piece.  Both the scarf and the sweater are easy to take off when it gets too warm throughout the day.  And you can’t go wrong with a pair of trusty Chuck’s (converse).  Normally my husband is in meetings for the day so I do most of my sightseeing on foot.

Image

Image

Image

I found Branson to be a very delightful, friendly and extrememly patriotic city, I look forward to returning often.

Image

As always my friends, thanks for dropping by. Hope you’ve had a wonderful week.

THE GO-TO-MOMMY ATTIRE (WITH A GENERATION GAP)

Last week I had my daughter come to visit and of course we had a mother-daughter shopping day. When I asked Tori what she was going to wear that day, her quick response was, “oh just my mommy go to outfit” so I decided that would be a great idea.

Well, as you can see, I must be getting older . . .

Image

I really like Tori’s version of a go-to mommy outfit. A pair of cute floral jeans, a soft tee layered with a light weight sweater, not to mention the fun fun pattern mixing. And then she smartly threw on a pair of sneakers.

Image

I look so grown up for the occasion, (haha) in my white skinny jeans, a grey tee layered with a longer patterned cardigan.  And my ever comfy silver pumps.

Image

Tori was perfectly dressed for her mommy version . . .

Image

and I was very comfortable sporty my mommy version as well.

Image

For those of you who do not live here, this is City Creek Shopping Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, it’s our favorite place to shop for the day.

Image

So, all my cute over 40 (and for me over 50) friends have you been caught by surprise at a generation gap in your go-to- attire?

P.S. don’t you worry, the very next day, I threw on the floral jeans and striped sweater and had a ball.

SOME BUNNY IS INVITED TO AN EASTER TEA

Image

My favorite way to welcome in Spring and celebrate Easter is to throw one of my Tea Parties. And let’s be honest here, spring time, with the awakening of fresh new grass, blossoms all over on the trees, bright colored tulips and daffodils springing forth from their sleep and the chirping of birds as your wake up call, that alone is reason enough to throw a tea party.

Each year I try to come up with a new theme for each tea party.  This year I decided to bring in the timeless tale of Peter Rabbit. I knew with cute Peter Rabbit, I could easily bring in all sorts of fresh garden displays and flowers.

Image

The next thing I get working on is the invitation. An invitation not only invites your guests, it also sets the tone for the entire party.  I actually enjoy making handmade invitations. I truly believe the person receiving them can feel the time and love you put into making these for them.

(for these invitations I began by creating this on my computer and then having them printed off)

Image

then I begin my assembiy line 1- painted doilies green to look like lettuce 2- brown card stock paper for layering 3- pattern paper for the next layer 4- trim the invites with scallop scissors 5-glue them together 6-ink the edges 7-wrap them with bakers twine 8- tie on tag.

Image

Image

Now I begin thinking of ways I want to create little displays related to the theme.

Like this antique bird cage  . . . I simply placed my Complete Edition of Peter Rabbit Tales inside, along with a miniature tea set, and some garland on top.

Image

And this display of my Rabbit vase with maple branches (in bloom) and my Peter Rabbit pop up story book.

Image

A few little bunny’s resting on top of the piano is also a fun little display.

Image

And of course, a banner for the window. I actually bought these cupcake holders for the tea but when I took them out I immediately knew they were NOT going to be for a cupcake, they were just too darn cute. So they became my banner . . . I painted burlap the blue then cute it into pendants and used doilies and cupcake holders and lots of ribbon.

Image

Then I go to work on the really fun stuff . . .

Setting the table.

I was only a little excited, OK, actually hestatic when my mother decided to hand over my grandmother’s china, I knew it would make the perfect place setting for this theme. (It’s actually going to be the perfect setting for a lot of themes).

Image

I wanted the table to appear as a wonderful garden, one that Peter Rabbit would want to wonder in, and stay a while.

Image

My tablescape consisted of fresh potted tulips and ranunculus. I added in a few bunny candle holders and my garden bunnies.

Image

For each guest I sprayed painted ( I know, I love that spray paint) vases I bought at a thrift store in a soft pink or mint green, then placed a fresh tulip in each vase.  I made the little tag, ‘bloom where you are planted’ and tied it onto the vase.  Then I hung the chocolate Lindurf carrot from each vase. This was their little party favor to take home.

Image

I wanted my friends to be greeted with spring and garden at the front door so I decided to dress “Betty” up for the occassion as my greeter. Don’t you just love her cute little tea cup and garden-gloved belt?

Image

Then I quickly wrote a greeting on a chalkboard and placed it on an easel next to Betty.  This way my guest knew to just walk on in and make themselves at home.

Image

Two of the cutest guest, just couldn’t resist adding this photo.

Image

The last thing on my list is to create and write out my menu.  I decided to begin with my wonderful and refreshing strawberry soup and fruit kabobs.

Image

The garden salad of spring mix, kiwis, strawberries, avocados, and almonds with a greek yogurt-honey lime dressing came next . . .

Followed by parmesan-chive scones ( I used a flower cookie cutter), chicken salad stuffed croissants, and asparagus wraps.

Image

The dessert was a carrot cake parfait (sorry no pictures- hubby kind of ate the last one before I snapped the photo).

As you can see, Spring time is the perfect season to gather some friends around your table for a few hours of laughter and a time to renew your friendships.  As one of my friends stated ” it’s just so nice to be reminded of the many beautiful things in this world, thanks for feeding my heart”. 

Image

And that’s exactly the reason I throw a tea – to have my heart fed by all my lovely and wonderful friends.

So blessed that they have planted so many seeds in my heart through the years.

And to all my blogging friends, I thank you for blooming here and planting the seeds that are making it fun and worthwhile to blog.

As always thank you kindly for dropping by, have a wonderful day.

Linking up with Jann for SYC.

WHAT TO WEAR TO AN EASTER TEA

Image

An Easter Tea Party is one of the most fun ways to welcome in Spring. 

It’s one full of blossoms, of flowers, and friendships, both old and new.

As we prepared for our annual Easter-Spring Tea we not only outline a garden type menu, set a garden table, send out invitations, and craft away, we also closet shop for the fun Easter-Spring attire for this occasion.

This year we began by dressing “Betty” for the occasion, she along with our chalkboard greeted our friends at the door.

Image

I decided, once again, to skirt it. Although I did try to match “Betty” by adding a touch of floral with a simply tying on a floral belt around my cardigan.

Image

 

 

 

Image

It didn’t take my long to realize that something essential was missing.

Image

Of course, the much needed Tea Party Hat.

Now I was ready to party the afternoon away.

Image

Image

This is how Miss Molly dressed for the occasion.

Image

Image

(can you believe she is wearing my dress, now 51 years old)

And the three of us just having some fun afterwards.

Image

As always my friends, thanks for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day.  

Don’t worry . . . I will be posting all the fun Easter Tea Party details including invitation ideas, table setting ideas and menu in the next few days.

Joining me and all the other fun gal’s at Patti’s for visible Monday.

After donning the Easter Bonnet it’s also fitting to hop on over and join the link up for Judith’s monthly hat attack.

SKIRTING IT

Image

This season I was bound and determined to find the perfect pleated skirt.

One that was classy and stylish yet functional and fun.

One that I could pair with several different shoes.

One that could be versatile.

One that could take me ‘skirting’ around town in all different ways.

I think I may have found the ‘perfect’ one (at least for me).

Image

So far I have worn it with my navy patent leather shoes, bringing out the navy undertones.

Image

I have dressed it up with lace and pearls.

Image

Image

Image

I have had some fun by pairing it a floral linen tee, some denim and leather sandals.

Image

Image

And, sadly when mother nature decided to bring some winter back, I threw on a comfy sweater and my booties.

Image

Yep, I’m thinking this little number is going to be a whole lot of fun this season.

What about you, have you invested in a pleated skirt lately? Or better yet, what kind of skirt would you or are you thinking about investing in?

As always my friends, thanks for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day.

 

skirt (on sale) floral tee and sweater: jcrew 

denim jacket: gap

slik bouse: banana republic

lace shawl/vest: a local boutique (dear lizzies)

While I’m talking about skirt, head over to Jill’s at everythingjustso or Adrienne’s at therichlifeonabudget for their monthly HIWM. This month they featured skirts and let me tell you, there are some amazing skirting issues worth seeing.