Friday, February 7, 2014

Cozy Weekend Style

Despite the crazy amount of snow that we had this week resulting in two snow days, it's been the longest week ever.  Looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home. 

I started thinking about comfy, cozy, casual weekend style and I think this is perfect.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Catching up

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

I'm a bit behind... took time off to go visit family for Christmas and just didn't get a chance to post a copy of our Christmas card.  I also ended up with some computer issues that have put a cramp on some posting.  Hopefully getting those resolved soon! 

In the meantime, here's a picture of our final Christmas card.  We printed through Walmart as we have every year and unforuntately, with the computer issues, I was unable to get back onto their website and take a screenshot of the design.  So we'll have to settle for a phone pic a friend took of the actual card. 

We didn't get a chance to take family pictures like we did the last two years (2012, 2011) due to lots of work travel, so we settled for a picture of the monster looking serene:

Looking forward to a great year. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Work Holiday Parties

My company doesn't do a big holiday party and the group that I work in doesn't either.  We usually get together before the holidays, but I would really love to have a big fancy corporate holiday party to go to. 

So, I've seen many holiday party outfits on blogs and on Facebook... so I started thinking about getting all dressed up for some such party. 

I found myself drawn mostly to sheath dresses.  I like that the first dress is sparkly, and therefore seasonal, but not over the top.  The second, the lacy dress, is classy.  And the last dress is fun and sparkly, but still not too over the top because of the more muted tone.  And most importantly, because I'm planning for a work holiday party, while they're all gorgeous, the dresses still keep you covered.  You could easily throw a blazer on over any of them to keep you warm and professional, too.

I think if I had to choose, I'm really partial to number 3.  But that could change at any moment.

Does your company do a big holiday party where you get to get dressed up?  What do you wear?

photo sources 1 2 3

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Season and Snow

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?  Somehow (pure luck) I managed to get my Christmas shopping done.  And I got it done early! 

I was supposed to be traveling this past week and this week, but the trip got cancelled... after I drove down to Philly to get to the airport in a blizzard.  But the good news is, more time at home before the holidays! 

We got snowed in this weekend so I managed to get our Christmas cards done!  I know I was worried about it last week... but we settled on a design and I think they turned out well!  They went out in the mail today so I'll post the final design on Friday!

Hope everyone's week is off to a great start! 


Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Card Ideas

So every year we do a Christmas card with a picture of the family.  Me, my husband, and Henry.  And I'm totally stumped as to what we should do this year.  I was really considering just buying boxed card sets... but it really is nice to do a real picture once in a while.  We just never do them throughout the year.  But I'm really struggling for inspiration.  So, any suggestions?

Some previous cards:
Photos from last year and 2011
Last year's Christmas card outtakes

This is too cute not to share:


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Unexpected Sewing Project

I bought a sewing machine a while ago when Amazon was having a great deal.  I'd been wanting one for a while and had been doing lots of research before choosing this one, mostly because it was on sale and every machine has positive and negative reviews.  Anyway, I would never claim to be a good seamstress, so I figure a decent machine would suffice. 

I let the machine sit in the box for months before finally asking my friend to help me get it set up.  I hadn't used a machine since home ec in 8th grade and even that experience was a bit light.  We only made one pillow; mine was square because I was told it's easier to sew in a straight line than in a circle.  A chicken from the get-go apparently.

Anyway, my friend kindly gave me a nice refresher on how to set up and use the machine.  We made a trip to Joann's for some other items and I finally picked up the material for my first project.  Pillows, of course!  Yep, they will be square (still a chicken)!  But then once I bought the materials, they sat on the floor in the room for a while. 

Cut ahead to a few weeks ago when my husband decided he was going to start homebrewing beer.  Well, he kicked off his beer brewing on Black Friday while I was out shopping.  After he was done with that, it went into the basement to ferment.  Unfortunately, he realized that the basement is a bit cold and the fermentation wasn't going as quickly as he'd like.  Enter his crazy idea to make a thermally insulated blanket for his carboy (beer fermenter).  This resulted in a trip to Walmart to pick up black fabric (fleece) and a mylar thermal blanket.

And that was my first sewing project with my sewing machine.  I sewed the mylar reflective thermal blanket to the fleece and then sewed them together to create a fitted carboy blanket.  Not a glamorous first project, but he was so excited!  (And it works... bonus!)

At the top, you can see it in the fermentation setup.
At the bottom, you can see the bottom flipped out to show the thermal insulation.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Black Friday and Shopping

I did actually go out on Black Friday to do some shopping.  I've never been a Black Friday shopper, but this year my friend convinced me to go to Joann's with her to check out the sales.  It worked out well, I got a good deal on some yarn to crochet an afghan.  We also stopped at Target, Loft, and Old Navy while we were out. 

But here's the thing about Black Friday shopping.  The deals are great, but I hate the fact that the shopping is bleeding back into the Thanksgiving holiday.  It seems to be bleeding back farther and farther every year with sales starting earlier and earlier on the holiday itself.  I've never gone out shopping on Thanksgiving Day, because I really consider it to be a time you should be enjoying with family rather than trying to grab the one item on sale at Walmart.  And every year, someone gets trampled trying to grab the best deal at a store.  It's just depressing.  I really feel badly for those who work in retail and have mandatory hours to work on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  It's a time for them to enjoy with their families, not sacrificing for consumerism.  And yes, everyone doesn't have to go out shopping for the best deals, but for everyone who could use the extra cash, why wouldn't you go out to save the money if you were going to buy something anyway?  Really, I just think the stores should just open on Friday and leave Thanksgiving Day alone. 

After all that, I guess here's where I share what I purchased.  I'd say it was a successful Friday morning.  Aside from the aforementioned yarn, I picked up 3 seasons of the Big Bang Theory at Target for $13 each.  And then I snagged some great deals at Loft for 50% off... too good to pass up:

I love the idea of a nice ivory sweater so I am really looking forward to wearing this sweater this winter.  It's very versatile and I know I'll get a lot of use out of it.

I love this sweater with the pretty lace detail on the front.  I actually already wore this sweater on Saturday night when I took my husband out to dinner for his birthday!

I think this was my favorite purchase.  The print was a little bold but it was so fun once I put it on.  I lucked out with the fact I was wearing skinny jeans and riding boots while shopping and the top looked great untucked with those pieces.

This scarf is so soft and silky on one side, but a nice jersey against your neck.  Plus, the print is gorgeous.  I don't even think that Loft's picture from the website does it justice.
So what are your thoughts on Black Friday and/or Thanksgiving shopping?  Did you go out and snag any great deals?