Monday, November 18, 2013

Fall Decorations 2013

I decided it might be cool to post some of this year's Fall decor, since last year's is getting a lot of hits and quite a few pins.

I will start with my outdoor Fall wreath. 

I bought this HUGE grapevine wreath at Salvation Army for $2.  Unfortunately, it was covered in mauve and dusty rose decor.  I wish I had remembered to take a before pic, but of course I didn't.  After removing all the remnants of 1985, I got to work digging through my fall decor pieces that were purchased on clearance last year the day before Thanksgiving.  

This is my Thanksgiving table for this year.

I reused the arrangements that I had made last year here.  I added a table runner that was on clearance at Steinmart.  The runner has some slate blue in it, so I am going to use some slate blue place mats, that I think will pop against my amber plates.

I elevated the center candle on a candle holder and covered it with a plain white napkin, but you could easily use canned goods or books, or whatever you would like.  It is always nice to give your pieces height to add interest.

Last here is my Fall mantle.  I am particularly fond of this look.

The wreath and the sugared leaves were purchased from a local silk flower supplier.  They were already on DEEP discount, because they are selling Christmas decor already, and needed the space for more trees, wreaths, and poinsettias.

I just adore this wreath with it's copper vines and beautiful metallic and shimmery leaves.  The ribbon that I used is actually Christmas ribbon, but I thought the colors were perfect with the rest of the decor (if you look close you will see that I also used this ribbon on the outdoor wreath).

I just love the way those leaves pick up the light that comes in from the window.  Those candle sticks and that amber glass were both thrift store purchases (less than $5 for all 3 pieces).

 This little angel candlestick was 25 cents at the Salvation Army. For my thrifting dollars, Salvation Army trumps Goodwill any day. If you notice the little picture frame on the left, that was bought to put a terrific family picture in.  However, when I was getting ready to put the picture in the frame, I realized that a sweet little person had made a special picture and had inserted it in to the frame, and I did not have the heart to take it out of there.  Sometimes, when I am taking life just a little too seriously, I look at that frame and it reminds me that everything doesn't have to be perfect, and occasionally we just need a little dose of silly.

That's all that I have to post for now.  I do still have a few arrangements to make with last year's clearance flowers, so once I get those made, I will post them as well.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Plus Size Fashion

My eyes have been opened to a whole new world of plus size fashion.  I find myself not only sewing obsessed, but also fashion obsessed.  I am working on a new blog...more lifestyle and less food focused, and I guarantee there will be more and more fashion appearing in that blog.  It will also feature some of my own creations, and don't worry there will still be an occasional recipe, or decorating tip.  I don't have a name yet, but I am psyched and I feel like I am getting back to my true self.  Bare with me, as I get ready for this transition.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sewing = Obsession

This Summer, sewing and fashion have really become my obsession.  As a plus size gal, it has always been hard to really embrace fashion, because most things off the rack 1. never fit right 2. are hideous and 3. make me feel even worse about myself and my body.

I have said for many years that I was just going to start sewing my own clothes because I am so disgusted with whats available in my size.

Sewing is not quite a new thing for me.  I loved to sew when I was younger, but I was never encouraged to run with it, so to speak.

Anyways, the reason that I am not on here much is because there are some new things in the works, so bear with me.