Sunday Snapshots: November 15-21

Sunday Snapshots: November 15-21

november photo challenge

November 15 – In Your Bag

Since I don't carry a purse most days, my backpack is my only bag.
Since I don’t carry a purse most days, my backpack is my only bag.

November 16 – Begins with “K”

Keys
Keys

November 17 – Something You Cannot Live Without

17 - Can't Live Without
My family means the world to me.

November 18 – Horizontal

I thought it might be whimsical for my "horizontal" photo to be vertical :)
I thought it might be whimsical for my “horizontal” photo to be vertical 🙂

November 19 – Large

19 - Large

November 20 – Shine

20 - Shine

November 21 – Nature

21 - Nature

Opting to Refashion

Opting to Refashion

lacesweatshirt1Option 1:  Spend over $140 on this cute gray sweatshirt.

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Option 2: Buy the less-expensive version at Nordstrom for $50.

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Option 3: Make your own sweatshirt for less than $5.

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Something told me you would choose option 3 🙂

When I bought this sweatshirt for less than $1.50 at the Tanger Outlets, I knew that I would personalize it before I wore it.  It took about a week for me to decide exactly what I wanted to do, but the project itself only took a short part of my morning.

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After washing and drying the sweatshirt, I cut a piece of lace (leftover from making this purse) large enough to cover the entire front of my sweatshirt.

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Then, I pinned the lace to my sweatshirt.  I cut off excess fabric and folded the edge of the lace under itself so that the sweatshirt would look more finished.

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Using a straight stitch, I attached the lace to the sweatshirt.

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Before long, my frugal sweatshirt was ready to be worn.

Refashioned Denim Dress

Refashioned Denim Dress

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I love being busy.  On top of classes, I am an RA, student body president, peer tutor, choir member, “Brewin’ Den” barista, and admissions aid. I am not quite sure when I breathe or sleep, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sadly, all these responsibilities mean that I do not complete many “just for fun” projects during the school year. With foreknowledge of the coming busyness, I spent the entire week before school sewing, crafting, and cooking.  One of the last refashions I completed that week began with a denim frock that I snagged for $1 at a local outlet sale (the same monthly sale where I grabbed this last year and this the year before).  With a few snips and stitches, I had a cute new dress for fall.

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First, I laid a well-fitting dress over the bulky denim frock and used chalk to outline the smaller dress.

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I pinned and sewed along the chalk marks, and cut off the extra material with pinking shears.

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I then repeated this process with a favorite oxford shirt so that the arms would fit.

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With the addition of a belt and accessories, my dress was ready to wear!

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Sentimental Refashion

Sentimental Refashion

You know that one piece of clothing that you hold on to simply because you’ve had it forever?  I have a lot of those.  Rather than let those unworn garments hang uselessly in your closet, turn them into something useful.

I bought this jean skirt at a consignment shop the summer before seventh grade (don’t be surprised that I remember that; I can tell you the origin of every thread I own).  I proudly wore it the first day of school with a green, heart-covered shirt and pink plaid flats.  I felt trendy in that outfit, and I remember the following conversation with two high school girls.

Girl one:  I like your shoes.

Girl two:  I like your shirt.

Girl one:  We just like your whole outfit!

My year was made.  Here I was, lowly seventh grader, and high schoolers liked my clothes.  Success.

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I couldn’t get rid of that skirt.

I also could no longer wear it.  As a college student, I try to dress a little nicer than a faded, ill-fitting denim skirt and t-shirt.  I like to look professional and put together.  Using an old purse strap and two fabric scraps, I put the unwearable garment to good use and made a simple cross-body tablet carrier.

To start, I turned my skirt inside-out and laid my tablet on it, marking a large rectangle around the tablet.   I then cut out the rectangle, and pinned the fabric scraps into place.

Measure and pin!

I used a simple straight-stitch to attach the fabric to the skirt.  I then sewed all the sides together, and, voila, I was done!

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The front…and the back

 

What garments are you attached to, and how could you re-purpose them?

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What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday

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When I was younger, I desperately wanted an American Girl doll.  I treated the catalogues like love notes, saving and memorizing every one I received in the mail (in fact I still have all the catalogues and magazines that have been sent to me since Fall of 2001).  I saved my pennies.  I devoured the books.  I purchased purses, lotion, pins, trading cards, and ornaments.  I never bought a doll.

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In 2001, the Kit doll that I wanted cost $89–an incomprehensible fortune for a first grader.  Now, the same doll can set a parent back $115.  While I could probably afford to buy myself a doll (and maybe one of these days I will bite the bullet and do it), I will just dress myself like one for now.

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Dress:  Forever (consignment)

Coat: Guess (eBay, gifted)

Tights: Walmart

Boots: Bamboo (gifted)

Earrings, bracelet, pin, and hair clip: gifted

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Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn Essentials

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn Essentials

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As the days grow shorter and the air chills, my wardrobe changes drastically.  While I would prefer to wear sleeveless tops and sandals year-round, goose bumps and frozen toes force me to stow away the shorts and extricate the sweaters.  Below are the ten items most used items in my fall ensembles.

 

Ten Fall Wardrobe Staples

1. Long-sleeved oxfords

Although oxfords were traditionally worn by only men, they have become a staple in most women’s wardrobes.  I find them very versatile–they can be worn with jeans, dress pants, skirts, and even dresses.  You can roll up the sleeves or leave them down.

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Pictured: Ralph Lauren, J Crew, American Eagle

2. Boots

Keep those legs warm and dry!

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Pictured: Bamboo

3. Knee-length skirts

If its warm, knee-length skirts can be warn with simple flats.  When the weather grows colder, add tights and boots to the ensemble.

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Pictured: Merona, Gap, Banana Republic, Belk

4. Jeans

Nothing shouts “FALL” louder than jeans and sweaters.

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Pictured: Old Navy, American Eagle, Banana Republic

5. Hoodies

Admit it.  There are days when you just feel like wearing a hoodie and leaving your hair in a ponytail.  Hoodies are also great to carry with you to a bonfire–warm evenings quickly chill when the sun sets!

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Pictured: High school and college team hoodies

6. Cardigans

Outside temperature: 50

Inside Temperature: 72

Solution: a cardigan

Pictured: J Crew (yes, all of them!)
Pictured: J Crew (yes, all of them!)

7. Dress pants

Invest in a classic pair of dress pants for looking professional when it’s cold out. I snagged these at a consignment shop for $3.

pictured: Bass
pictured: Bass

8. Ballet flats

Just like the oxford, flats can be worn with jeans, skirts, dresses, and dress pants.

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Pictured: Refashioned, Unknown, Papaya, No Call, No Call

 

9. Long-sleeved dresses

Pair with tights and boots for chilly Sunday mornings.

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Pictured: LOFT

10. Boat shoes

Boat shoes pair well with jeans and hoodies when you are heading out to a bonfire.

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Pictured: Sperry

 

 

What are your fall wardrobe staples?  Do you ever succumb to wearing hoodies and old jeans on cold days?

Gallery

June Photo Challenge

Back in May, I set a goal for the month of June; I decided to take a themed picture every day.  I found a list of 30 photo ideas, and I have gone through that list, in order, throughout the month.  Amazingly, I met the goal.  Some days, I wondered how I was going to take a picture to follow the theme (Day 9 was particularly tough).  Other days were planned weeks ahead of time (I could hardly wait for day 22).  Thirty days and thirty  photographs later, I have a month-long portfolio that I am quite proud of.  I hope you enjoy viewing my photos! (click the photos to enlarge them)

1. Nature

1 - Nature

2. Food

You may recognize a few of these photos.  Banana Pancakes anyone?
You may recognize a few of these photos. Banana Pancakes anyone?

3. Pink

I love the high contrast of this picture!
I love the high contrast of this picture!

4. Morning

4 - Morning

5. Night

All I did that night was take this picture and study for my summer class on Christian Ethics.
All I did that night was take this picture and study for my summer class on Christian Ethics.

6. Feet

Yes, those are all MY feet.
Yes, those are all MY feet.

7. 3 o’clock

I cheated.  We planned our hiking trip around where I wanted to be at 3 o'clock.
I cheated. We planned our hiking trip around where I wanted to be at 3 o’clock.

8. Read

Fairy tales are truer than nonfiction.
Fairy tales are truer than nonfiction.

9. Humor

Those sneaky cows--they put signs everywhere!
Those sneaky cows–they put signs everywhere!

10. Water

10 - Water

11. Transportation

0 to 60...never
0 to 60…never

12. Tree

12 - Tree

13. Handwriting

13 - Handwriting

14. Music

This one makes my fingers itch to play a song.
This one makes my fingers itch to play a song.

15. Colorful

I have filled this jar with happy memories from the year.

16. Black and White

I took B&W photos all day.  This was one of the last ones.
I took B&W photos all day. This was one of the last ones.

17. Bible Verse

I Thes. 4:3a
I Thes. 4:3a

18. Homemade

I made this colorful clutch a few years ago out of Duck tape and magazines.
I made this colorful clutch a few years ago out of Duck tape and magazines.

19. Fruit and Vegetables

I started my first garden this year. It is coming nicely.

20. Favorite Things

God's Word, reading, Monk, jewelry, travel, photography, exercise, ducks, cooking, shoes, The Wizard of Oz, flowers, fashion, bright colors
God’s Word, reading, Monk, jewelry, travel, photography, exercise, ducks, cooking, shoes, The Wizard of Oz, flowers, fashion, bright colors

21. Architecture

21 - Architecture

22. What I Wore

Click here to see how I made this shirt.

23. Childhood

Katy Bunny has been everywhere with me!
Katy Bunny has been everywhere with me!

24. Quiet

This insect didn't make a sound.  The colors are also very quiet.
This insect didn’t make a sound. The colors are also very quiet.

25. Texture

Yet another reason to love this shirt.
Yet another reason to love this shirt.

26. Old

If porches could talk, I would love to hear about the people who have stood on this one.
If porches could talk, I would love to hear about the people who have stood on this one.

27. New

First day lilly of the summer.
First day lilly of the summer.

28. Borrowed

I rarely borrow anything other than books.
I rarely borrow anything other than books.

29. Blue

29 - Blue

30. Self-Portrait

30 - Self-Portrait

 

Which picture is your favorite?