Friday, November 30, 2012

It's All in the Details

I really enjoy decorating the house, giving everything a very personal feel. But since my husband and I have never settled in one place long enough to really devote time to a consistent scheme of decoration, I've only managed to design small little areas. Small as they are, I still love to see these carefully selected details every day because they remind me of different parts of our life together.

Our bedroom has a very definite "ocean" theme...I've decorated it in sea colors with plenty of things to remind us of our honeymoon in Maine, including my Maine glass buoy, our bottle of wedding night wine, and shells from the beach where we were married.

 The Maine love carries over to the refrigerator as well!

One of my favorite quotes of all time, from On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

A painting I made a long time ago of a gloomy monster with sweet intentions.

My husband's beautiful post office box and acorn sculpture, along with my handsome beta fish, Tiny Iota!

I am a self-proclaimed M*A*S*H junkie! This is my very modest collection of memorabilia.

The most gorgeous perfume I've ever smelled.

And of course, Lucy couldn't be left out of a post about my favorite parts of my house! She is the sweetest kitty ever. The poor lady has been through a lot. She was found with an abscess on her rear leg that consumed her foot and spread up to her hips, requiring the amputation of the whole leg. Then later she was attacked by dogs and her other rear leg was torn up pretty badly. Most of the inner part of her foot and leg don't grow hair anymore and two of her toes are missing! Despite all that she is sweet, loving, and playful. My best friend!

See you soon! <3

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday Nature Walk :: Panes of Glass

 Necklace \\ Forever 21
Sweater \\ Old Navy
Skirt \\ Vintage
Belt \\ Target
Shoes \\ Thrifted

Yesterday's nature walk was a lovely one. There was still a nip in the air, but not so much that I couldn't stand having my coat off. The lake was still and calm and there were icy fragments on the banks.  We even found a new trail that leads down to a different part of the river.

I really love this outfit... My biggest shortcoming in terms of putting outfits together is how narrow-minded I am about colors that work together. I was even unsure about pink/red, which seems like a fairly basic combination. It encouraged me to try every combination before I dismiss it in my head.

See you soon! <3

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

First Winter Chill

Yesterday was the first day that it's really felt like winter is here. There was a frosty chill in the air and my breath came out in those wonderful little clouds. So exciting! This outfit felt perfect for the day...I found this great skirt at a vintage store that was going out of business. It's so perfect and in absolutely amazing shape! The sweater is vintage as well...they seem like they're made for each other.

On a side note, my pixie cut is getting to a state where it's pretty annoying. The length is so in between that it's requiring a lot of upkeep to put it in a decent shape! I'm very tempted to go back to my Jean Seberg length.... it was the easiest length ever!

See you soon! <3

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Style Elements :: Winter Gloves

My most favorite thing about winter is the ability to wear layers upon layers of gloves, scarves, hats, and muffs. I'm the person you see bundled up when it's 50 degrees and probably not cold enough for a scarf simply because I can't wait to wear them! There are a lot of fashionable options for warm hands besides the (tried and true) basic knitted mittens. I absolutely love all of these... hint hint, husband! 

See you soon! <3

Monday, November 26, 2012

Belated Nature Walk :: Red Riding Hood

 Sorry for such a belated nature walk post! Thanksgiving threw off my entire blog schedule and since I have so many families spread out, I have a few extra Thanksgivings to schedule in!

Anywho, yesterday my husband and I took a break from some family gathering time to take a hike in the woods. We picked out a Christmas tree and then I was lucky enough to chance upon some turkey bones and feathers as well as some cow bones! I was so excited! I'm not sure if I believe in that sort of thing, but it's almost as if the universe is sending me a sign.... !

 It was a long and exciting day and I am truly worn out. I have a lot of tree decorating and bone cleaning to look forward to this week (and I couldn't be more happy!) And for your enjoyment, here is a silly blooper photo. I have T-Rex arms because I burst out laughing right as my husband took the picture! Rawr.

See you soon! <3

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bones and a New Project

Today I finally got all the bones in the final stage of cleaning! My big deer skull is going to take a bit longer than the smaller skeleton because it was a little bit fresher if you catch my drift! So it's still got a while of hydrogen peroxide soaking left. However, I believe my new skeleton from Thanksgiving will be done in just a few short days! Here are some pictures of it as I was cleaning.

I'm fairly sure that these are the bones of a muskrat!  There are lots of them hanging around my grandma's lake, so its' definitely the  most likely candidate. I'll be able to get a better look once it's fully clean and sterilized.

The reason why I'm so darn thrilled about all these bones (besides the fact that I personally find them gorgeous) is a super secret project that I have in the works. I've been feeling very excited and passionate about it...Most of my free time lately I've been working on developing my concept as fully as I can. It feels great because this is the first time I've really and truly felt excited about something I created. Here's a sneak peek for you!

These mink bones are in the very first stages, but I've got lots of ideas and I'll be working like mad so I can hopefully reveal my surprise soon.

See you soon! <3

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Moments

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family. Ate way too much, spent time with my cool relatives, and found an awesome skeleton by the lake! What more could I ask for? <3

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DIY :: Draped Vest

I've come to the conclusion that as much as I wish it to be, sewing is probably not for me.. I've tried some projects a few times, but I noticed that I tended to lose interest about halfway through. Lots of little measurements and such...I hate numbers! Everything I made came out a little sloppy because I became lazy halfway through...a very charming personality trait I know! But luckily for lazy seamstresses such as myself, I found this no-sew vest DIY over at the very cool Define Delirium. Huzzah! 

Her instructions are pretty basic and very easy to follow. I'd say, if you're accident prone like me, buy about 2ish yards of jersey. That also allows you to make several vests and play around with the measurements, which was the very best part. I actually made two vests. The first one I fudged in measuring the length and it ended up being rather short. It's still wearable, just a somewhat different shape from the one I preferred. The second time around I really got it right, and the best part was I still had enough fabric left to make one more and really experiment with proportions.

I like it unpinned because it makes it simple to add interest to an otherwise kind of plain outfit.

I played around with pinning it and I really love it that way as well! You can arrange folds and the collar and it turns the simple vest into more of a statement piece. I think her vest looks a little cooler, but I believe that's because she used a stiffer fabric than jersey, which definitely affects the look of the drapes.

For your reference, my vest is 59 inches wide and 26 inches long with a 5 inch collar. 

See you soon! <3
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