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Pin Me ~ Week Ten ~ from my Shoes Board ~ These Boots Were Made for Country Concerts

26 Apr

What’s a girl gotta do when she wants some kickin’ Cowgirl boots for summer  Country concerts?

Go to Texas of course!

And I did.

Well, I didn’t exactly go for JUST boots. However, when I was there, I did look at many, many pairs of JUSTIN boots. Unfortunately nothing fit right. Either the toes were too crampy or the heels would slip off. I went through at least twenty pairs (some twice, you know, in case this first time was some kind of fluke).

I event tried on pairs at the Rodeo. The nice gal that was helping me suggested I try boot mules. Fashionable? Yes. Look I wanted? No.

I have several pairs of Cowgirl boots. But they are way too warm to wear in the sunshine. Last year, we went to several summer Country concerts, and a bunch of the gals were wearing cute little ankle high Cowgirl boots.

So I’ve been busy pinning mini Cowgirl boots in anticipation of finding the right pair for me.

I’ve search high and low. I contemplated buying them online but, after my experience of trying on so many pairs that didn’t fit, decided I needed to be able to see them, hold them, and put my foot in them to be sure.

I went to Texas. I went to New York City. And I found my Cowgirl boots in Jersey. Thanks DSW Shoe Warehouse!

My new boots are FAB! And I mean FAB! Love, love, love the color and the extra long point of the boot. My toes are comfortable and I can wear a sock in these so no blisters on the heels. Now bring on summer!

My Happy Thang: My Sweetheart set up our patio furniture last night. It’s Friday Night movie night which we’ll enjoy on our swing.

DIY How to Make A Watch Pendant Necklace Tutorial

25 Jan

There are times when I see something and I just buy it. And there are times when I see something and I think “I can make that.” This was one of those times.

It was actually about two years ago. I saw the In Good Time Necklace on the Anthropologie website. I thought it was a unique way to wear a watch since I don’t really like the feel of a watch on my wrist.

I picked up the sparkly pendant when I saw a pretty tulip shaped one on sale.

When I would go out antique browsing, I would keep an eye out for a small watch face. I didn’t find any until this past fall when I picked up a delicate little number up for $2. Suddenly I was back in business for this DIY project.

I estimate the entire project cost me less than $3. It doesn’t appear that Anthropologie carries it anymore, but at the time, the pendant cost $58.

The image to the left is the In Good Time Necklace from Anthropologie. The image above is the one I created using theirs for inspiration.

The beautiful thing about this time piece is that it can be dressed up or down. It’s stylish and vintage and cool-looking all wrapped into one accessory that is fun, flirty and practical.

So here are the steps I used to create my watch pendant necklace:

1) Gather supplies: watch, two gold jump rings and sparkly pendant.

2) Remove the watch band. Mine actually had little clasps that opened near the watch face which made this a very simple process.

3) Add a jump ring to the top and bottom of the face.

4) Now it was time to attach the sparkly tulip shaped bauble. And then I realized it didn’t have anything I could attach it to. Oof! But wait! I had a small bead and some transite (clear cord).

5) I put the cord through the bead and pulled it through the opening of the bottom of the tulip. Then I tied it onto the jump ring on the bottom of the watch. Yes! Problem solved!

And that was it. My Anthropologie inspired watch pendant was complete.

The last thing I did was string it on a chain I already had. Viola!

Happy Moment of the Day: Creating a little collage of the things that inspired this design.

When Old Becomes New Again

13 Oct

We had a beautiful weekend of summer and now it’s back to being fall.

When the temp dropped to 61 degrees, I hated to admit it, but I was in need of warmer clothing. So I dug around my sweater bin this morning and pulled out a little gem I had forgotten about in the last seven months. It’s a sporty black sweater with white sleeves and hood. There are two white stripes  on the left arm only and I always feel super hip when I wear it.

I didn’t wear it last winter due to some *ahem* fluffiness. But I have been watching what I eat (not dieting, just paying attention to calories and sodium mostly) since April and I’ve lost a couple. OK more than a couple as I realized this morning when the overall sweater felt looser and the stripes on my left arm weren’t bulging.

This prompted me to dig around my jewelry box for things I hadn’t worn in a while. I pulled out this fabulous pearl ring that I had bought many years ago from a vintage store. It used to fit snug on my ring finger. Today I had to move it to my middle finger.

Suddenly, in less than a year, my old stuff became new. Things that I couldn’t wear are now on the verge of moving to the other side of that statement (can’t wear because they are too big) which means I’ll have to buy some duds this winter.

One of the other things I pulled out was a silver Celtic knot bracelet. A bracelet I wrote about in my first novel.

It’s less than 18 days until NaNoWriMo 2011 starts and I’ll be working on the third novel in my series. In preparation for the beginning of that new book, I’ve pulled out my old manuscripts and notes.

Suddenly, familiar dialogue and relationships are taking on fresh meanings for me as I read between the lines and get tidbits of information that I can use in this upcoming endeavor.

I am super excited to dive into this next book. My old characters are on the cusp of diving into new adventures and I can’t wait to go along for the ride. And, who knows, maybe one of the characters will be wearing an old pearl ring while she goes shopping for a new sweater.

It’s A Learn Something New Kind of Weekend

13 May
So I try to learn something new as often as I can. This weekend, I have three things in mind:I love to try interesting recipes and this one just sounds yummy with a capital “Y”. Thanks Girly Girl Army for listing it in this week’s newsletter

Spinach Strawberry Salad
Yield 8 Servings                                                                                               

•    1/2 Cup Olive Oil
•    1/3 Cup Cashews
•    1/4 Cup Warm Water                                                                                 
•    3 Tablespoons Agave
•    1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
•    2 Teaspoons White Vinegar
•    3/4 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
•    2 Cloves Garlic
•    2 (6 Ounce) Packages Baby Spinach Leaves
•    1/2 Cup Chopped Cashews
•    1 Cup Sliced Strawberries
•    1/2 Cup Sliced Fresh Mushrooms (Optional)
Directions: Blend The Olive Oil, 1/3 Cup Cashews, Warm Water, Agave, Lemon Juice, White Vinegar, Soy Sauce, And Garlic In A Blender Until Smooth And Creamy; Chill In Refrigerator For 1 Hour.  Toss The Spinach, 1/2 Cup Chopped Cashews, Strawberries, And Mushrooms In A Large Bowl Until Mixed; Drizzle Chilled Dressing Over The Salad And Toss Lightly.                         

I also want to figure out how to use my weighted hula hoop. Apparently there is something called Hoop Dancing. Since I belly dance, I figure I can handle these moves. It looks super cool, but I am wondering if the waterfall and shaggy leg warmers are required? Hmmm. 

And then after I have eaten my salad, and hooped danced myself to a sexy new figure, I think I’ll kick back and paint my nails. If I can pull off this newspaper technique, I think it will look wicked cool! Thanks BUST Magazine for the instructions.

Have a fabulous girly weekend!

Your Happy Moment for the Day:
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”  –Ella Fitzgerald

Re-Inventing the Swimsuit

6 Apr

Despite all the rain and cold we are having, I still believe that Spring is coming and behind it—SUMMER!

My mailbox has started to fill up with clothing catalogs all advertising the latest and greatest in swimwear. They have suits that will instantly make me look 10 lbs thinner by pushing up the boobs, sucking in the stomach and tucking in the bum. That’s great, except I’m not really worried about those areas.

Oh sure, my décolletage will be more attractive if it’s perky. Who doesn’t want a flat stomach? But on my best-I-didn’t-eat-pasta-last-night-days, I can suck it in with the rest of them. And as for my derrière, well, I have a motto: If I can’t see it, then it doesn’t really bother me. 

But here’s what all those swimsuits lack: something to hold the floppy arms still and something to take care of the pale skin that hasn’t seen sun in months.

That’s why I think it would be brilliant for someone to invent the swimsuit that has the same nude body  material dancers costumes have when they want it to appear like they are exposing bare skin. It holds things in and makes them look tan all in one swoop.

So swimsuit makers of the world go for it! Just make sure I get a cut of the profits and you send me free swimsuits for life.