Thursday, January 29, 2015

What I Wore- Pinspired Black, Brown and Leopard


Black dress, brown cardigan, leopard scarf
Dress- Target, Cardigan- Loft via Twice, Scarf- Jane.com, Boots- JC Penney
I'm joining in the Audrey's Style Challenge at Putting Me Together again. This weeks challenge is to wear something you pinned on Pinterest. This is a common occurrence for me since I am always using Pinterest for style inspiration. I will pin outfits from style blogs I read or check out my feed but my most favorite way to look is to search for a specific item. I get in a rut with how to wear something so I will search for "red cardigan outfits" or "scarf outfits" and I almost always find a new way to wear a piece in my closet. 
Sometimes when I'm lacking inspiration I scroll through my pins and remember an outfit I pinned and get new inspiration to try it out. That was the case with this outfit. I recently scored this Loft cardigan on a 40% off sale from Twice. (Twice is an online second hand shop. If you haven't tried it yet get $10 off when you sign up through my referral link.) After I got the cardigan I found two different outfits I had pinned with a similar color cardigan and this was my first one to try. I actually had this on my board twice so clearly I like this combo. I am also slightly obsessed with this leopard scarf lately. It really goes with everything and made this look complete. 
 
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Friday, January 23, 2015

What I Wore- Winter Brights

Cobalt, Fuscia, Jeans, Tall Boots
Cardigan- JC Penny, Tank- Loft, Jeans- Levis via JC Penney, Boots- Sam and Libby, Scarf- Made by me
I was planning to do a post with ways to wear my new infinity scarf but I wanted to join Audrey’s Style Challenge at Putting Me Together to wear bright colors so instead I am wearing an older (but still loved) infinity scarf I made. I love this color combo so much. Wearing brights isn’t hard for to do in the winter because I love color no matter what season it it.
I got to try a new picture spot since I have the afternoon off from work today. This was my casual Friday work look and it looks great taking a picture in natural light. Hopefully I get to take more shots from here but taking pictures any time besides after work in the evening can be quite the challenge most days.
Anyway it’s just a really quick post from me today as I am going to go enjoy an afternoon to myself where I can do anything I want sans toddler. Although I can’t wait to go pick him up and see his happy face…after I’ve had my few hours alone :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Crochet Double V Stitch Quick Infinity Scarf


Crochet Double V Stitch Quick Infinity Scarf Free Pattern

When it comes to crocheting scarfs I only want to make them if they are quick and easy. I've mentioned before in the past but I have little patience for long projects. I need to be as close to instant gratification as possible when it comes to crochet. That's why you won't see me making a huge afghan and instead I make an overabundance of hats and easy scarves. 

I got this Red Heart with Love yarn in this fabulous burgundy color (or the trendy name for burgundy which is marsala this year. Let me just say how obsessed I am with this color.) I've used this type of yarn for a few other projects and it's becoming one of my favorites. It's relatively inexpensive and softer than Super Saver. I made this v stitch scarf with it before. I really wanted a scarf with this yarn and I love v stitch for a quick scarf that drapes really well and isn't too hot to wear all day. I wanted to wear this scarf at work, since I always need another layer, and I didn't want it to be quite as bulky as my other v stitch scarf. I actually have another v stitch scarf (do you see a trend here?) that I really like too but I wanted something slightly bigger than that one. 

I searched for an embarrassingly long amount of time to find a pattern to try but, as it normally happens, I couldn't find exactly what I wanted so I decided just to make up my own pattern to get the right width and length to make the size scarf I wanted.  I thought I should try something slightly different than the other two scarfs so I decided to go with the double v stitch. It's basically a v stitch except you double the number of double crochets in the v part of the stitch (if that makes any sense.) There is nothing earth shattering about this scarf pattern as something similar is all over the internet but I feel as it is my duty as a blogger to share since I'm so pleased with how it turned out. 

I may use this pattern to make another scarf because I have some cobalt yarn (that I untangled, see what I mean here) and it's been calling my name. On the other hand I may try something different since I saw a cute scarf at the store yesterday that reminded me of puff stitch and it's been on my mind ever since. We'll see, like I've said before, my crafting mind changes with the wind.
On to the pattern. Stay tuned too because I'll be sharing some different ways I wore this scarf.
 
Materials:
Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart with Love)
J hook
K hook (for starting chain)
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
DC= Double Crochet
SC= Single Crochet
CH= Chain
SS= Slip Stitch

Pattern:
Gauge is not important but my scarf measured approximately 6 3/4 inches wide
Using a K hook CH 23
Using a J hook SC in 2nd Chain from hook and each across
CH 3, Skip 2 stitches, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC in one stitch, Skip 3 stitches) repeat 4 times, Skip 2 stitches, DC, Turn
CH 3 (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC in the below CH 1 space) repeat 4 times, DC in top of CH 3, Turn
Repeat the above row until the scarf reaches 60 inches long. Fasten off leaving along tail. Whipstitch the ends together. Weave in ends.
 
You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.
 
Crochet Double V Stitch Quick Infinity Scarf Free Pattern

Crochet Double V Stitch Quick Infinity Scarf Free Pattern

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lincoln's One Year Photo Shoot


I've been holding on to these pictures for a couple of months. They went on our Christmas cards so I didn't want to ruin the surprise. We got these professional pictures taken for Lincoln's first birthday. I really wanted a nice family shot of the three of us because it getting a good one is so hard to do. I am super pleased at the shot we got especially since Lincoln is actually has a smile on his face which is usually the piece that is missing from our family pictures.
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It's kind of amazing anything turned out from this shoot considering he was all over the place. The photographer had this cute little stool we tried to get him to sit on but all he wanted to do was pick it up and chew on the end. She also gave him a globe to hold and he just treated it like a play ball. Finally we stuck him in a crate at the end to keep him still for a few more shots. 
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The cake smash was the best part of the whole shoot. Lincoln went berserk over the cake. He dug in the second he saw it like he knew what he was supposed to do. Once his hand got the cake in his mouth it pretty much stayed there and he ate a good three fourths of it. He did take a minute to push the cake around like a car too and the photographer laughed and said she had never seen anything like that before. Cake was everywhere too especially since he kept sticking his feet in it. Luckily we were able to give him a bath before we went home because he was a sticky, cakey mess.
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I ordered a bunch of these prints the other night too. We started a huge family photo wall and I've finally got it finished. Of course the next day I realized I wanted to print out some other pictures I missed but I guess printing pictures is never done with you have your first child to admire. Getting good pictures of Lincoln is getting harder and harder these days. I'm so glad we had this shoot done to remember him at one but I need to work a little harder at getting some of my own pictures with my dslr camera. Grainy iphone pictures taken in the evening are fun for Facebook but not how I want all of my pictures to turn out. Plus I need some pictures of Abby and Lincoln together. They are best buddies but I haven't taken a picture of them together in a while. Neither one of them sits still though so it will be quite the challenge to accomplish.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

What I Wore- Winter Dress


Grey dress, plum cardigan, burgundy tights, tall boots, statement necklace
Dress- Old Navy, Cardigan- Thrifted, Fleece Leggings- White Plum via Jane.com, Boots- Madden Girl, Necklace- Styled by Tori
 
Ever since I added some new pieces to my closet I've been excited to take pictures again so two outfit posts in one week is in order. The post is really to show off this new dress from Old Navy. I. Am. In. Love. Seriously this is the cutest dress ever and I got it for a whopping $14 dollars. I was checking out the extra off winter clearance and couldn't even believe how cheap this dress was and it wasn't even on clearance. I had to buy it. The shipping was insanely slow but once it showed up I was so presently surprised at how nice it is. It was called a "fleece" dress but that's not what the material is like. It's more of a heavy knit with an exposed zipper in the back. I didn't have a grey dress in my wardrobe and I can think of lots of ways to wear it already. I got tons of compliments at work when I wore it too. It was sold out online but it was back in stock the last time I checked.
I have a whole list of cardigans to pair with it and my fleece leggings make this such a warm outfit for the office in winter. I am frozen at work all the time now so many many layers are very important too me right now. These fleece leggings are White Plum bought via Jane.com and they are the thickest, plushest pair of fleece leggings/tights I own. They keep me so warm and are like a blanket for my legs. I could wear them every day. They really don't compare at all to some of my other pairs and are definitely worth a little more money even though they were still a great deal. They are always on the Jane.com so check back often if you don't see them. I notice those sales cycle through pretty frequently.
Anyway the main reason for two fashion posts in one week was to link up with Audrey's Style Challenge at Putting Me Together. I love her blog and it was one of the first one's to inspire me to remix my clothes and pay more attention to what I was wearing which eventually led me to share my pictures on the blog. This week’s style challenge is to wear a dress which I is something I never used to do in the winter a few years ago and now either a dress or a skirt is always part of my work week. 
And while I am rambling on about unimportant topics like clothes, I miss having a weekly picture of my outfits like I took before Lincoln was born. Sometimes when I'm staring at my closet I think about an outfit and if I wore it or not yet and when the last time I wore an certain dress or cardigan or skirt and I think it was so nice to have a record of all the ways I wore something so I could challenge myself to wear it another way. Taking a silly picture of myself and posting it for all the world to see has really helped me to develop a sense of style I've never had before. When I get compliments at work on my outfits I have this blog to thank for it. 




Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lincoln at 14 months


I just had to read Lincoln's 13 month post to remember what he was starting to do a month ago. This past month has been a bit of a blur with Christmas and New Years and vacation time and sickness and four molars. Molars are not fun at all but they are finally through and our boy is back to his sunny self.
Lincoln is still a bottomless pit and loves to eat. I mean he really loves to eat. He can eat more eggs for breakfast than I can. Favorites on the list include meat, broccoli, cheese, bananas, rice, potatoes and recently steamed baby carrots. We've had a few misses lately which include a smokey flavored chili and sauerkraut flavored pork but generally if you feed it to him he will eat it. He even likes brussel sprouts! We must have a growth spurt coming or he is storing it up because he is always hungry. If he sees food he must have it. Right. Now. It's usually pretty funny unless we are trying to finish dinner and he won't stop begging for a bite. Then he will try and scramble to climb up into his highchair even though he's clearly too small to make it in. 
We don't have very many new words on the talking front and he's started to say one word all day long. Abby. Abby. Abby. He is so obsessed with out little dog and she is seriously his best buddy. He calls pretty much any animal an Abby now and it's so cute. Occasionally I get a ma or mama. And Mike gets a dada. He also says cheese when he sees the bag of cheese come out of the fridge but he says it more like chess. There is lots and lots of babbling all the time. I know he's trying to say something but we just haven't figured it out yet. 
He recently discovered his belly and is obsessed with looking at Mike's and my belly too. He tried to pull our shirts up for a peek. I swear he started saying belly too but sometimes I wonder if I make up words he is saying.
Recently he has been trying to imitate tasks that Mike and I are always doing. He takes his shoes and puts them close to his feet because he knows that is where they are supposed to go. We keep our tv equipment locked in the cabinet so he can't touch all the buttons and he figured out where we keep the keys. He will take them and hold them up to the cabinet because he know we do something with the keys to open it. 
The latest toy we've been playing with is a Little Tikes basketball hoop. Our neighbors were generous enough to give it to us and we just bought a basketball on Amazon. We had been storing it in our basement and pulled it out the other night. Lincoln caught on so quickly and was dunking the ball in the hoop. He loves the new basketball ball and is getting good at throwing it too. Maybe we have a future Cavs player in our house?
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What I Wore- Pinspired Houndstooth


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Blazer: Target, Shirt: Thrifted- J Crew, Jeans- Levis via JC Penney, Shoes- Steve Madden Girl, Scarf- Gift (Similar)
I saw this blazer, white button down, and houndstooth scarf on Pinterest and immediately pictured all these items in my own closet.
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I think black riding boots would have also been cute but I wanted to pack my shoes in my bag since I wore my snow boots in to work. I wasn't quite sure how the scarf and would look with the button down but I like how it made the whole look a little more causal for casual Friday. This scarf was a Christmas present and it's actually a regular scarf but I turned it into a temporary infinity scarf by knotting the fringe and then hiding the knots in the back. 
I have been super bored with my closet lately and it's amazing how a few new things have made it exciting again. I'm still using a lot of the pieces I already had but now I have a few new pieces to add to the mix. I hit up some after Christmas sales and even though I love lots of color in my wardrobe I gravitated towards mostly all neutral pieces. I have been trying to buy more versatile pieces lately and realized I ended up with a bunch of gray, cream and tan. I have barely shopped for myself in months and I tried really hard to buy pieces that made sense for me and could be worn in multiple ways. I also replaced a couple of my cardigans that I haven't cared for the fit in a long time and I was well overdue for getting some better fitting pieces. 
I still love color despite all my neutral pieces and I've been trying to add color to my scarf collection. I made a new crochet scarf and I having been dreaming about plaid scarfs. The blanket trend is so popular right now but do you know how big a blanket scarf is? It's the size of a blanket, literally. I bought fabric for a DIY version but I'm not sure if I can handle the size. I will continue to fiddle with it and eventually share whatever size I decide to settle on. Regardless I need a plaid scarf in my life and eventually I will get one!






Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Latest Crochet Projects

 

I made some crochet gifts for Christmas and I‘ve got some pictures to share today. First up this pattern has become wildly popular on Pinterest and is my most visited page of all time. It's a fairly quick and easy pattern to make once you learn front and back post double crochet. They are very easy to do if you know how to double crochet you can definitely do this stitch after watching pretty much any video tutorial on you tube. I had to re-watch for back post double crochet since it's a been a while since I made this pattern. 

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I made this hat for Lincoln's sitter's nine year old daughter. Since it's really stretchy and a child's head isn't much smaller than and adult's head I made the hat as written in the pattern but omitted the last row. Although I didn't get to see it on her in person, it did fit. It kind of fit Lincoln too since I tried it on his head as I was making it before I added the final row. It was so adorable I want to make one for him too but I would probably modify the pattern to make the crown smaller. He is due for another hat before winter is over anyway and this might be a good choice.

I used Bernat Satin in a dark purple color for the hat. The color didn't photograph well but it has a hint of pink in it. It's very soft yarn but it is more a light worsted yarn. It's been in my stash for some time so I don't have the original wrapper to tell you the exact color.

Next up is a mohawk hat I made for Lincoln's sitter's three year old son. I made Lincoln a similar hat months ago (and have still yet to photograph) and his sitter is always commenting on how much she loves it. I think the mohawk is improved in this version over Lincoln's. I made his shorter and I still want to extend it but I have to admit making the mohwak is insanely time consuming and annoying. I didn't love making this hat so I'm not really intending to make more any time soon. (But we'll see. My crafting mind changes with the wind.) I really do intend to share a full pattern for this hat so I promise I will. I will not promise what date that will be though because that would require me to fix Lincoln's hat which I have little desire to do. I'll add it to my list of non existent New Years resolutions.

 

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And last up is a chevron scarf I made my sister. I love but don't love how it came out. I love the color scheme and uneven chevrons. I don't love the pattern or the yarn I used. I tried to create my own pattern but after an hour of miscounts and frogged stitched I looked up a pattern instead since there are a ton out there for this popular stitch. I settled on this pattern from Sarah London. I followed the stitch pattern but made up the stripes randomly. Mine looks nothing like hers to start but I used a bigger hook and only one strand of yarn so that probably has something to do with it. I also didn't like the ridges that are created with crocheting in the back loops. And last I made this with wool yarn I've had in my stash a friend gave me and I was not a fan. I always use acrylic and the wool was really stretchy and not as soft. Maybe not a bad thing is some cases but I just didn't care for it. I had already invested too much time before I decided I didn't like it so I just continued on. I would have liked to add a few more rows but I ran out of time due to the fact that I started it too late and I lost time to work on it getting sick. I do think it is pretty and my sister seemed to like it but lesson learned in the future.

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Right now I'm making a scarf for myself as a reward for all the hard work on gifts for others. It's nothing fancy but I did make up a pattern after I spent an embarrassingly long amount of time not finding exactly what I wanted. I'm quite pleased with how it's turning out and I might make a few more colors since I have been itching to add to my scarf collection since it's been so cold lately.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Looking Ahead to 2015

 

Happy New Years! I'm not sharing a round up of posts like every other blogger on earth and I'm also not setting any crazy New Years resolutions but I do want to acknowledge there is a new year here. Last year was the craziest year of my life. I've never had so many changes happen at once. I had to care for a new baby (he did actually come in 2013) a new job for me and a new job for Mike. 

Priorities sure do change after having a child. I left my job where I had been for eight years to be closer to home so I could spend more time with my boy. I had to basically relearn how to do every day tasks to fit in caring for a child. Mike and I are still learning about being parents. There are always new challenges and stages to overcome as Lincoln grows. 

I didn't know my heart could be so full of love for my boy and my husband and the little family we created. We aren't perfect and we struggle but the sweet times are so much sweeter than ever before. 

On the blogging front I would love to share more projects. I am going to try but I can't make any promises. That little boy comes first but I still want/need/crave a way to express my creativity. I'm slowly figuring out how to get that accomplished and maybe I will also figure out how to take pictures of it too.

So maybe I will set a New Years resolution. To stress less and enjoy life more and have the best year I can have. This is a resolution that I can keep!

And here’s some of my latest pictures of Lincoln…

Wearing his new jammies and playing with his Christmas present/ In his new sweatshirt/ Sporting his new sleeved bib which clearly we needed!

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