Monday, July 1, 2013

Holes in my Closet

Now that I'm... uh... getting a little older, I'm starting to feel like my closet is majorly lacking.  Somehow, I've managed to get through almost 10 years of working full time with very little in terms of "nice" clothing.  How have I done this?  Uh, not sure.  Although I literally have been wearing the same pairs of work pants for close to that amount of time.  Annnd my flats that I wear almost every day at work do have holes in them (shhhh don't tell).  Oh & I just got rid of two shirts that I discovered holes in as well.  Sad face.  I tend to keep wearing my things until they wear out. 

So for the past year or so, whenever I've been going to work events, & seeing other successful women about campus, I've been feeling quite under-dressed.  So I'm making it a new goal to work on my wardrobe, and collect some of the basic things that I feel like every girl of a certain age (mine) should have.

What's on the list?  I'm glad you asked!  I created my list a while ago, so some of the things have been fulfilled, but you'll see them as marked:

On the wish list

Cute summer sandals (fulfilled)
Nude pumps
Black pumps
Nude flats (fulfilled)
Black flats
Riding boots

Will probably get this top soon from the Limited

Black T (fulfilled)
White T (fulfilled)
White button down
Chambray popover (fulfilled)
3 Colored popovers (1 fulfilled)
3 Colored button downs
3 Summer work blouses (2 fulfilled)
Black cardigan
Grey cardigan
Cream cardigan
Black casual blazer
Colored blazer
Tweed blazer

Colored jeans (fulfilled, but hubby does not like them...)
Colored shorts (fulfilled)
Black skinny jeans
Black skinny pants

2 Casual skirts (fulfilled)
Black maxi dress
Print maxi dress

Oh my gosh I want it... save save save

Rose gold chronograph watch
Rose gold stud earrings
Rose gold bracelets
2 Statement necklaces (1 fulfilled)
Aviator sun glasses (fulfilled)
Black cross-body purse (fulfilled)

So that's what I'm shopping for now.  I realize it will take a while to obtain all of these things, especially because I really want to get some quality pieces.  Especially when it comes to the shoes & the accessories.  I'm hoping for some good book sales in the coming months so that I can grab that watch & the nude pumps without feeling guilty :)  I've had my eye on some black flats I'd love to get before the end of the year too.

If we end up having to move for hubby's fellowship, I need to have a nice wardrobe to take with me for interviewing & a new job.  I can't be looking like the scrubby new girl right?  Plus I really need to just look my age when job hunting too, and dress the part.

What's on your wish list right now?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One Little Plant Cozy

Today I'm participating in Habitual Homebody's crochet along!  This month, we're doing a cute crochet plant cozy.  This is my plant, meet Jill:

Jill is a plant that I got when I was picking up flower pots for my front porch.  I decided that I needed a little green for my office for work, and Jill fit the bill.  She's just a little succulent, and she looks a little like a cactus.  She looks pokey, but really she's just fuzzy.

I made Jill's cozy with leftover yarn from the big granny square blanket.  I followed the pattern from Hopscotch Lane as it applied to my plant.  However, my ruffle turned out a bit bigger than theirs.  I think I needed to tone down the ruffle a bit in order to get it to stand up straight, but I kinda like the way it turned out.

Jill now sits on my desk at work.  I hope I can keep her alive, I tend to kill most plants, but I think she's supposed to be pretty easy to take care of, so we'll see if she can last!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Crocheted Granny Square Afghan for our Queen Bed

It's Friday, but I'm off work today!  This is the first "vacation" day I've had in 2013.  And it's not really a vacation day because I'm pretty much just making up time off from all the extra hours I worked earlier this week going to Chicago for some training.  But it's GLORIOUS!  Nothing to do today except get some grocery shopping done.   How stinkin' lovely!  Wish I could have Fridays off every week :)

For the last few weeks, I've been working on a pretty big project.  Now, it's finally ready to show you!  Eeeeee!  I'm so excited about this one!  Check out our new granny square afghan!

This is the first time I've completed a really big blanket.  It's also the first granny square project I've done ever!  Sewing them together did take some time, but I had a system to it that made it not too bad.  I created all of the squares first, then sewed large squares together in sets.  Instead of going through all of my little squares & sewing in the ends all at once, I sewed them in individually as I chose them to sew into the large squares.  Does that make sense?  So kind of a sew as you go kind of thing so that I wasn't sitting around for days just sewing in loose ends.

I used the pattern & colors directly from the Garden Patch pattern on Lion Brand's site here.  It was just so pretty I had to keep it as it was.  It adds so much color to our previously pretty dull bedroom.  Plus, it's great for pulling over us in the middle of the night when it gets chilly with the windows open & the ceiling fan on.

There are many different ways to sew squares together, but I did mine by taking the two squares I was working on and placing them together, right-side facing each other.  Then I whip stitched the edge that I was sewing together through the back loops only (with one of the green yarns).  When done, fold it open & you can't even see the stitching, & it's pretty quick to get it all together.

I did end up with a good amount of yarn leftover.  I'm gonna run over to Ikea today too in order to pick up some fluffy pillow inserts & make a couple of pillow covers with the leftover yarn for the living room & bedroom.  Pretty excited about those too!

Have a good weekend friends!

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