I’ve done a little shopping…

I had an appointment in town yesterday, so decided to do some “fun shopping” since I was going alone. Normally, I get to town as early as possible in the morning so I can get home before it becomes unbearably hot. Not so yesterday! It hit 100° before noon! And my appointment was at 2pm, so I didn’t leave the house until 11am, and had to do the essential grocery shopping after the appointment. OH MY!!! This should cure me of afternoon shopping in the summer time! I managed to find shade in which to park at all but two stores, but still the car was like an oven. I could have baked cookies on the dashboard!

There were a few things I had in mind to find on my shopping quest – NONE of which were found, alas. But I did come home with some fun things:

Target always has great jewelry at very reasonable prices. I saw the set of three earrings with the bees on the regular priced section…and then saw this one missing the pearl earrings on clearance for only $2.06! I didn’t want the pearls or the crystals – only the bees. Score for me! The necklace was more than I would normally pay, even on clearance, but, then, I am cheap. I absolutely love it, however, and know that I will be wearing it a LOT, so I splurged the $10.48. My favorite part – the swallow on the shortest chain. I’ve admired the image of a swallow for quite some time, and in fact, purchased a cheap-o necklace at Walmart a few months ago that has a teal swallow on a silver tree for the charm. Hmmm….next should be some swallow earrings…or a bracelet…

One of the items on my hunting list is a chocolate brown silk scarf, which I need in order to finish one of my re-make projects. Any other time it would be easy to conjure one up, but I’ve had absolutely NO luck whatsoever! Thinking perhaps I’d find a fake silk scarf at Dollar Tree, I dashed in there. No scarf, of course, but I did find three ___, which I plan to use as gifts, and a package of No-Slips. I think it was Hope, of blog Hope And The Dress Code, who mentioned these things a couple of months ago as a remedy for heels that allow your foot to slide forward, squishing your poor toes to death. For $1, it was worth giving them a shot.

At that point, since my window of shopping opportunity was a short 30 minutes at the mall, my only purchases there were the free panties at Victoria’s Secret (don’t you just LOVE those coupons?) and a bran muffin at Mrs. Powell’s. I was proud of myself for choosing the muffin. The raspberry/white chocolate scone looked ever so much more appealing, but the muffin had fiber, so I made the better choice. Plus, the muffin was only a buck. And I’m cheap.

The white sack at the top left corner of this pick contains the items I purchased during my shopping spree that I will give as gifts throughout the next year. Don’t my sisters wish they knew what was in there??? Ha ha!! I enjoy shopping for Christmas and birthdays all year ’round, so there isn’t the last-minute hassle of rounding up goodies for my lovies. Although, that’s exactly what ended up happening for my little niece, T. Her 4th birthday is in less than 2 weeks and I had nothing stashed ahead of time for her! Thankfully, Target.com helped me out a few days ago and her gift is en route. (L, I am planning to send it with Mom & Dad when they make the trip out to visit you next week, assuming it arrives in my mailbox in time.)

As for the other items….the monogram wall hanging was found in the 90% off aisle at Hobby Lobby for a measly $1.20. It is now hanging on my living room wall while it awaits its final destination. I’m thinking possibly the new screened-in porch my DH will build someday soon. The super-cute butter yellow cross-body purse was purchased at K-Mart for $6.00. It’s a little smaller than my usual purse, but since I don’t need to pack for kids in tow any longer, it should be fine. Lastly, the black jeans….I’ve been wanting some black jeans for quite some time, and have had the most difficult time finding any that fit correctly. Enter Target and the 70% off rack. These Merona boot cut pants fit just right – and I was able to get a size 12! All my current size 14s are loose enough they must be worn with a safety pin or a tuck, so it’s nice to know I’m not just stretching out the fabric. Oh, and the jeans cost around $11, so the price was right, too.

I’d hoped to find a top in teal, a red necklace, perhaps a floral skirt, and that stinkin’ elusive brown scarf, but I was quite happy with the goods I did find. After dashing through two grocery stores, loading up on fresh produce and a frozen pizza to make a fast supper when I got home, my last stop was Dairy Queen, to use my BOGO coupon for Blizzard treats. I think that Oreo Blizzard was the only thing that redeemed my tardiness for DH. The poor man was starving to death by the time I got home!

Hmmm….now I’m thinking about the remains of my own Triple Chocoholic Blizzard in the freezer….


The temporary closet

Way back in April, I blogged about making over my closet. Other than giving me something constructive to do for a few hours, there really wasn’t much point in doing that. Because this is what the closet looks like now:

See that black rectangle on the floor? That’s where our closet used to stand! DH is doing a complete overhaul on our house (and a fine job he is doing!). This old farmhouse did not have closets in the bedrooms; the main one was in the laundry room, one in the hallway and one in the bathroom. Now there aren’t any closets left in the house except for the bathroom, so he hung the closet rod in the room formerly known as the Master Bedroom. This is in the section of the house without air conditioning, open to the attic and all the constructing, but it’s the only place that will accommodate a rod hanging from the exposed rafters. Hence, the sheets draped over our clothes and shoes.

Yes, those are cabinets sitting on the floor under the “closet”. Those used to hang above the washer and dryer and hold pantry goods. Boo’s table now holds my stash of free evaporated milk while also acting as a carport for his Zoomy Toy.

Someday, in the distant future, I will blog about my brand-new, in-the-bedroom closet!

The Three Hausfraus go to a Wedding!

Our brother L got married this past Saturday to his lovely bride K! His sisters, the Three Hausfraus, were quite thrilled to see him wedded. We even participated in the nuptuals: B was the official photographer; L provided the flower girl; and L & I cut the cake (with a little help from the flower girl and her big sister). Oh, and I provided a groomsman (my handsome son). It was a beautiful wedding! May God bless L & K with much love and happiness together!

Oh, since this is a fashion blog….here’s what we wore:

A little closer-up…and more candid:

Individually, by birth order:


Dress: thrifted
Shrug: JC Penney
Shoes: eBay

Dressy tank: Cato
Silver cardi: Old Navy
Black slacks: Goodwill

Top: Cato
Skirt: Cato
Sandals: Payless

Church outfit

I’ve been wanting to put this combination together for a while, but wasn’t sure I am the best judge of what patterns to mix. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the shirt is striped. I added the belt, thinking that might help tie the two together better, but didn’t realize it drooped until after looking at the photo Hubby took. Since I didn’t get any comments about the outfit at all, I’m not sure it really works well. Oh well, I gave it a shot!

Striped shirt, thrifted
Floral skirt, thrifted
Purple belt, Rue 21
Black sling-back wedges, thrifted
Necklace, Wal-Mart

Project for the First Week of July

How did I spend the Fourth of July? Plugging away in my sewing room! Hubby spent the day working on the house project, as always, so we didn’t do any celebrating. Might as well be productive!

Here’s what this week’s project looked like before:

I love, love, LOVE the color and pattern of this fabric! Found this Christopher & Banks dress at a thrift store and bought it despite the fact it is two sizes too big. Shouldn’t be too hard to make it fit – it will be perfect for enduring hot summer days without air conditioning.

First step was to chop off several inches from the hem. Next, the side seams got taken in a couple of inches. It still had some balloon-action going on with the back, so I made the back darts a little deeper, too. Here’s what the dress looked like at this point:

Yikes! It looks like I cut a bit too much off the bottom! Now, if I were younger and thinner, this might not be a bad thing, but I am not comfortable wearing a dress this short. As I was washing dishes after supper that evening, and idea came to me how to fix this problem. I took the piece that I’d cut off and re-applied it under the new hem, making kind of a ruffle. The result is much more interesting than if I’d cut it the correct length to begin with. The weight of the added ruffle helps the dress hang better, as well as giving my chubby thighs more coverage. Now I can wear this dress outside the house, too.

Another Re-Make

In keeping with my goal of completing one sewing/craft project each week this summer, I picked an easy re-make for this week. I found this skirt at the Catholic church’s monthly sale for 25¢. It’s a light, breezy silk with a “dry clean only” label. I’m guessing that its previous owner did NOT dry clean it, since the under-skirt peeks beneath the hem.
The first thing I did was to remove that under-skirt. I realize its purpose was to give the skirt body and keep it from being see-thru, but it was 100% polyester (read: HOT!). My plans for this skirt don’t include wearing it out in public, so I could care less if it’s got body or if you can see thru it.
Next step was to shorten the hem. The length of the skirt was OK, but I prefer my skirts to come just above my knees for ease of movement. At first, I’d planned to put the new hem in by hand, since it would look nicer. But considering it’s been over 100° outside this week, and we don’t have air conditioning, I seriously doubt my patience would endure long enough to hem by hand. Also, since this is going to be a “house skirt”, who cares if it’s got a machined hem? The dogs and the chickens could care less! In fact, they probably wonder why on earth I wear clothes in the first place in this heat! So…snip off several inches, pin, sew, iron…ready to wear!
I really do prefer wearing a skirt rather than shorts in the summer, especially this light-as-air silk skirt! It’s like wearing nothing at all, so cool and comfortable. Granted, it may look better with the shirt tucked in, but I’d fry crispy if I did that. Loose and free, that’s the way to be on a HOT Kansas summer day!

I was feeding bread to the ducks in the right-hand picture. They were a little camera-shy this morning.