Aug 29, 2020

Going Round in Circles at Allsorts Challenge

Hello and Welcome! Today a new theme starts at Allsorts challenge! Kath is our host and she picked the fun theme of "Going Round in Circles", so be sure to include at least one circle on your card. We're back to a weekly schedule so you have until next Friday to join in for a chance to win a beautiful floral Silhouette stamp.



Please note: This post includes some affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always this is at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.



It's been a while since I used my Lavinia stamps and thought it would be fun to create a background full of circles for a magical fairy scene. There are now a few Lavinia stamps retailers in the US, and I just discovered some are now found on Amazon. If you're new to this brand, they are clear photopolymer stamps and do require a stamping tool like a stamp platform or at least a clear stamping block in a size that fits the stamps, but I definitely recommend a stamp platform with any type of silhouette stamps.




The larger circles were done with a homemade stencil using circle dies and an old school folder with my Big Shot machine. The small circles inside the larger circles were done with TCW Circle Explosion stencil. 

Distress Oxide inks were used for the stencilling and Versafine Clair Nocturne ink for the stamping. The sentiment on the bottom is a sticker from Tim Holtz' Quotations sticker set, and "Dream Big" is one of Penny Black's sentiment from the set Snippets

I used a Sakura stardust glitter pen to add some sparkles to the fairy wings and flowers.


Thanks so much for visiting!!


PS: 
Each week in September there will be a prize giveaway here........Please share the photo on your own blog and keep an eye out to see what you can win each Tuesday in September.


I'm linking up here:

Themed Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes // Crafty Friends Challenge - Fairies and Fantasy // Di's Digis Designs - For the Girls // Double Trouble - Anything // Cute Card Thursday - Inky // Simon Says Stamp // Path of Positivity - Exploring the Fantastical

Always Anything Goes Card Challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft // A Perfect Time To Craft // Crafts Galore Encore // Classic Design Challenge // DL.Art Linky Challenge // Not Just Cards (F) // Lemon Shortbread // Through The Craft Room Door // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends // The Corrosive Challenges // Creative Fingers // QKR Stampede // Crafting With An Attitude // Brown Sugar (?) // Craft-Dee BowZ

Linky Parties:  

Artsy Fartsy // Thinking out Loud Thursday // Little Things Thursday // Thursday Favorite Things // Slices of Life (Encouraging Hearts and Home) // Creative Compulsions // Fridays at the Fire Station // Friday favorites //High Five for Friday // Friendship Friday // Funtastic Fridays // A Morning Cup of Joe // On the Edge // Friday Favorites // Best of the Month-- (first Friday/ month)
Party In Your Pj's // Tuesday Turn About // Wonderful Wednesday // Classy Flamingos // Welcome Wednesdays // Dare to Share // Inspire Me Mondays // Little Cottage Linkup // Love Your Creativity // Handmade Monday // Anything Goes with your Hosts (Mondays) // Craftastic Monday // Beautifully Made // The Happy Now // Hearth and Soul (starts Monday night)

Aug 28, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Slim Boyfriend Jeans with a Royal Blue Top

It's been a while since I've done an outfit post. As I briefly mentioned on Wednesday, there was some sickness going around the house, it started with a cat that had to spent a night at the vets because he ate something that he shouldn't have. Then my husband got sick. As you can imagine, blogging really was the last things on my mind during that time and I only posted for my card design team commitments.


My husband was tested positive for the Coronavirus and had been home for about two weeks. He's recovered and back to work now. My daughter also got sick with the same symptoms but happy to say she's been feeling better too. As for me and my son, he hasn't had any symptoms and I have been dealing with a stuffy nose and ear, but not sure if it's connected. Only my husband got tested as the rest of us don't need to go anywhere at the moment and are just staying in quarantine as told by the health department.



But enough talk about illnesses, I am back today with an ultra casual outfit - my favorite for hanging around the house, but still perfect to run to the store or to get ice cream (once I'm out of quarantine.)


Please note: This post includes some affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always this is at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.


These boyfriend jeans are by Denizen and a couple years old. They were a Kohl's clearance find, which aren't always my smartest purchases, but these jeans have become a favorite due to their comfort. Not 100% loving all the whiskering but you can't beat the comfort. 

If you've never tried Denizen by Levi's jeans, you can find them at Kohl's - this is  a similar pair. But I really want to purchase this pair from Old Navy (it's mid rise instead of my low rise) however my size in petite is not in stock. Honestly the last thing I need is another pair of jeans....so it may be a good thing that it's out of stock!!

Shop Boyfriend Jeans:

  
Boyfriend Jeans (Old Navy - $34.99) 
Boyfriend Jeans (Kut from the Kloth - Nordstrom Rack - $29.97)
(going down 1 size is recommended for these jeans)
  Boyfriend Jeans (Denizen from Kohl's - $29.99)  
(PS: These are the prices as I type this, but depending on when you are reading this post they may be different)




This super comfy t shirt I've had in my closet for a few years from Old Navy. It's a size small and I could have used a XS, but this was before I did any clothes shopping online and just picked up what seems to fit at the store. How I hated clothes shopping back then!!

I couldn't quite find anything comparable to this blue striped t shirt, but really loving this nutmeg colored t shirt from Old Navy. I think it's a perfect color for late summer/early fall. 


Shop T Shirt Options:

Loose Linen-Blend Jersey Henley Top for WomenLoose Striped Pocket Easy Tee for Women
Linen Blend Henley Top (Old Navy - $18)
Loose Striped Pocket Tee (Old Navy - $16)
Strappy Cold Shoulder Top (Amazon - prices vary)




My espadrilles are by Grasshoppers purchased from DSW a couple of years ago. This is the current design which looks very similar. I do love these and they've been my go-to shoes for when I want to wear a closed- toe shoe in the warmer months. 

Espadrille Options:
Skylar II Espadrille Slip-OnGigi Wedge PumpRosela Espadrille Flat
Espadrille Slip-On's (Grasshoppers from DSW)
Wedge Slip-Ons (Grasshoppers from DSW)
Rosella Espadrille Flat (Journee from DSW - for a colorful option)


Friday Favorite Finds:


The last Friday of each month I also like to share some of my favorite finds. While I am still waiting on these to be delivered, I have high hopes for them!

Strappy Sandals - DSW currently $29.99
Kindal Sandal

DSW is having a Summer clearance sale and I also had a coupon. If you've been following my outfit posts, then you might remember me mentioning that I was looking for a pair of block heel thin strap sandals. I thought these were perfect and just what I had in mind.
PS: If you sign up for VIP at DSW (it's free), you get free shipping on anything, no matter the price of the purchase. 

By the way: Until 9/1 save 25% off almost everything with code: SAVE25


Floral Linen Top - Ann Taylor currently $14.99

Floral Linen Ruffle Neck Shell

This Linen ruffle top from Ann Taylor has recently been marked down and I've had my eyes on it for a while, after seeing it featured on another blog. It's currently still marked down to around $15. It didn't arrive yet but I have high hopes for it. I think it'll pair well with  these chambray pants  I purchased in spring from LOFT. (PS: The chambray pants are now marked down to $12 but they do run large and need to be sized down by one size.) 


Kelly and Katie Slip On Flats - DSW currently $44.99

Lithe Flat

When I ordered these shoes they were marked down to $14.99 with another 20% off of that, but it looks like the price went back up to 44.99. I thought this color would be fun for fall. 


As always, thanks so much for taking the time to visit!!


Saturday: Dare to Share

Sunday: Style Splash linkup

Monday: Away From Blue // The Queen In Between (first Monday) // Claire Justine Creative Mondays // Glass of Glam // Mutton Style // Inspire Me Monday // Ageless Style Linkup (1st Monday) // Hello Monday // Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures

Tuesday: The Fashion Canvas // Shelbee On the Edge Spread the Kindness // I Do deClaire // Elegantly Dressed and Stylish // Myriad Musings // Jenerally Informed Happy Now Blog Link // Style Splash linkup // Tuesday with a Twist @Stonecottage Adventures // I Will Wear What I Like Linkup  // Randomosity - Good Random - Fun

Wednesday: What's Up Wednesday? (last wed. of month) // The Queen in Between Style Six // Straight A Style // Jersey Girl, Texan Heart // Fashion Frenzy at Seeking Sunshine and Rosy Outlook // Is This Mutton? Wow on Wednesday // Effortlessly Sophisticated // Wonderful Wednesday // 
 Welcome Wednesdays


Thursday: Fashion Files at Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom // Elegance and Mommyhood // High Latitude Style // A Labour of Life // Mummabstylish // Thirty Minus One // Mutton Style // 
Thursday Favorite Things //  Little Things Thursday // Traffic Jam Weekend @Being a Wordsmith

Aug 26, 2020

Misfits Market Boxes No. 11, 12 and 13

Happy Wednesday! It's been a while since I've shared my Misfits Market box contents, but I am still receiving my weekly orders of produce. I just took an unplanned break from some of my blogging due to some sickness going around our house and I just didn't feel like blogging much and only did my design team commitments for the papercrafts challenge blogs I am a member of.

If you are new to my blog or if you're not familiar with Misfits Market, I am sharing this from their site as they explain it best:

"It's a subscription box of sometimes funny-looking, always delicious produce, designed to break the cycle of food waste. Think of us like an online grocery store, except one that specializes in rescuing food that is unnecessarily thrown away. We source high-quality organic produce that has a few quirks—onions that are too small, potatoes that are shaped like your favorite celebrity, and carrots that fell in love and got twisted together. It may sound like a joke, but billions of pounds of this fresh and delicious food is tossed each year because grocery stores only want "perfect" foods on their shelves. We step in and buy this food from hundreds of farms across the country and bring them to your doorstep, saving you money and helping you save the world." 

Misfits Market does give every subscriber a discount code to share with their friends for 25% off their first box. If you would like to try this service, you can use this code: COOKWME-TT0TPG.
While this post is in no way sponsored by Misfits Market, I too would receive a 25% discount off of a future box when someone is taking advantage of this code.

Just a note, they do not yet deliver to all States, you can take a look here to see if your state is one of them.


To  safe time and keep the post from getting too long, I will just leave a short review for each box.

Box No. 11


Box No. 11 Contents:

1 Bundle of Carrots
4 White Onions
4 Yellow Onions
5 Roma Tomatoes
2 English Cucumbers
4 Green Bell Peppers
2 Mango
4 Zucchini
1 Romanesco Cauliflower
6 Apples
6 Limes
4 Red Potatoes
1 Bundle of  Radishes
2 Small Lettuce Heads
Add-Ons:
Red Grapes
1 Box of Shishito Peppers

Everything I received was picked by me, but I do not get to choose how much of each. It's been while since I received this box and if I remember correctly, the only thing that ended up in the trash was one english cucumber :-(  Honestly I should not have chosen any cucumbers because during this time I also had a ton of cucumbers from my garden and I just didn't get the chance to use it all. (I need to learn how to pickle them!!) I was very impressed with this box!!

Box No. 12

Box No. 12 Contents:

2 Bok Choy
1 Lettuce Head
2 Small Butter Lettuce Head
1 Celery Stalk
6 Plums
4 Nectarines (only 2 pictured)
8 Red Potatoes
4 Red Bell Peppers
6 Apples (only 5 pictured)
8 Zucchini
4 Peaches (not pictured)
1 Eggplant (not pictured)
Add-Ons: 
1 Mini Watermelon
2 Garlic

I received everything as selected through customization. This was the week my box arrived a day late (Thursday instead of Wednesday).
There were several items that arrived spoilt/moldy - Eggplant, all Peaches, 2 Nectarines, 1 Apple.
They weren't included in the photo as I separated them from the rest to take a photo for costumer support. I did receive a partial refund.



Box No. 13

2 Mango
1 Bundle of  Broccoli Stems
1 Bundle of Cilantro
4 Apples
2 Zucchini
2 Summer Squash
2 Lettuce Heads (not sure what kind)
1 Romaine Lettuce Head
4 Peaches
1 Bundle of Rainbow Carrots
8 Yellow Potatoes
8 Red Potatoes

About half of the items here I did not select and all of my "add on's" (I selected 3 extras) were missing. After taking to costumer support, they discovered I was sent the wrong box. I was refunded for the missing items as well as received a partial refund for what I paid for the box. I did not request any refund for the box, just the missing items, but they offered the extra discount because I was sent the wrong box.
Also, (hard to see in the photo) but the Romaine Lettuce was spoilt and had to be thrown out. Needless to say this box was a bit of a disappointment especially knowing I had selected other items that I had hoped to receive. I was still able to use these products (minus the rotten lettuce head and probably won't use the cilantro.)

I am still continuing with my Misfits Market subscription, even though my last two boxes weren't exactly perfect but I really like the service and convenience. Hopefully today's delivery will be one with no issues :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you're interested in my other Misfits Market posts, you can see them all HERE.

Please note: This post includes Amazon affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always this is at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.
Linking up with these wonderful blogs.


Aug 18, 2020

More Flowers for Penny Black and More Challenge

Hello, it's time for the reminder post at Penny Black and More where our theme this month is "Say it with Flowers". Still a little bit of time left to join us if you haven't already and remember you may enter up to 3 times! Prizes come from  Penny Black and Stamp Addicts this month.


I used a newer stamp from the Penny Black Secret Garden release, this one is called Exhilaration. It also includes a brushstroke butterfly, but I didn't use it today.


It's been inked up using Distress Oxide inks. I actually tried with regular distress markers but the ink was bubbling up and I couldn't get a good impression. It worked better with oxide inks and thank goodness for my stamp platform!! There would have been a lot of wasted cardstock otherwise! 


The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Friendship, stamped with Gathered Twigs distress oxide ink, then again with versamark on black cardstock and heat embossed. 

I also added some stenciling using penny Black's Oscillations Stencil and TCW Circle Explosion



Related Products:


As always, thanks so much for visiting! 


Please note: This post includes some affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always this is at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.

Aug 15, 2020

Allsorts Challenge 585/586 - Summer Fun

Hello and thanks so much for visiting! It's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge. Another theme running for 2 weeks to cover summer and Wendy wants to see something showing "Summer Fun". We have a pretty stamp to give away from Chocolate Baroque who will be on Hochanda TV on Sunday afternoon (UK time) for another Craftalong with Lesley.


I'm using an older clear stamp set from Penny Black today called Critter Time. Stamped with Memento Tuxedo ink and colored with Copic markers. 

I used a tree stamp from Penny Black, called Snow Blanket stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress ink all around. The sentiment from the set Sprinkles and Smiles was stamped using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. 



Thanks so much for visiting!! 

Please note: This post includes some affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always this is at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.

Aug 7, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: New Utility Shorts (again) with a Striped Shirt

Happy Friday! 

Surprise! I'm sharing another outfit featuring my new Olive Utility Shorts today :-) By the way, if you've been thinking about adding these to your wardrobe, they have now been marked down even more and are $19 but sizes are limited. I have both the Olive and Taupe, but have not worn the Taupe yet. However these olive shorts have been on repeat. They wash well and did not shrink. PS: Sizing down is recommended. I have them in 00 instead of my 0 and the fit is perfect!

Please note: This post includes some affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always this is at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.





Last week I styled them with a tie dye shirt and today I'm wearing it with a simply striped t-shirt which I topped with a cardigan.






Utility Shorts (Olive and Taupe) from White House Black Market (Now marked down to $19 - sizing down is recommended!)


This simple striped tshirt I've had in my closet for a couple of season. While I can't link to this specific top, I did find this navy/white striped shirt at Old Navy and think it would be a great alternative! And it's currently only $10 plus an extra 30% off at checkout. Unfortunately sizes are a bit limited here as well, but if you need a S, L, or XL or XXL then you're in luck!


                                                       Navy/White Striped T-Shirt Option

My handbag is another oldie (but goodie). I did find this bag to be similar but quite expensive. Otherwise Amazon has some good prices and a great selection, but I  have no idea how well these bags will hold up. Many of them have great reviews!



I'm wearing these sandals on repeat. With the built in orthotics they are extremely comfortable and I love the thin strappy style. 

I always have a cardigan nearby in summer because I always get cold inside!! This pretty pink one is one of my favorites from last year purchased at LOFT. I found this pink cardigan currently available at LOFT. (Now an extra 50% off with Code: SMILE) It's a little longer than mine (I think) but perfect for the summer  months to throw over your outfit when indoors (and cold!) 

Open Cardigan from LOFT. 

Not much else to say about this look! It's hard to see in the photos, but I am wearing a tiny gold necklace with a sideways leaf charm. I've linked an option below.



Here are both looks side by side featuring these shorts. 
Which one is your favorite?

This Week's Look      //              Last Week's Look


Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog today! 



Saturday: Dare to Share

Sunday: Style Splash linkup

Monday: Away From Blue // The Queen In Between (first Monday) // Claire Justine Creative Mondays // Glass of Glam // Mutton Style // Inspire Me Monday // Ageless Style Linkup (1st Monday) // Hello Monday // Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures

Tuesday: The Fashion Canvas // Shelbee On the Edge Spread the Kindness // I Do deClaire // Elegantly Dressed and Stylish // Myriad Musings // Jenerally Informed Happy Now Blog Link // Style Splash linkup // Tuesday with a Twist @Stonecottage Adventures

Wednesday: What's Up Wednesday? (last wed. of month) // The Queen in Between Style Six // Straight A Style // Jersey Girl, Texan Heart // Fashion Frenzy at Seeking Sunshine and Rosy Outlook // Is This Mutton? Wow on Wednesday // Effortlessly Sophisticated // Wonderful Wednesday // 
 Welcome Wednesdays
Thursday: Fashion Files at Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom // Elegance and Mommyhood // High Latitude Style // A Labour of Life // Mummabstylish // Thirty Minus One // Mutton Style // 
Thursday Favorite Things // 
 Little Things Thursday


Aug 5, 2020

Misfits Market Box No. 10: What I Received and How I Used the Produce

Hello everyone, this is my second post today, if you are visiting for Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge, please click HERE.

I'm sharing my 10th box contents from Misfits Market today.

If you are new to my blog or if you're not familiar with Misfits Market, I am sharing this from their site as they explain it best:

"It's a subscription box of sometimes funny-looking, always delicious produce, designed to break the cycle of food waste. Think of us like an online grocery store, except one that specializes in rescuing food that is unnecessarily thrown away. We source high-quality organic produce that has a few quirks—onions that are too small, potatoes that are shaped like your favorite celebrity, and carrots that fell in love and got twisted together. It may sound like a joke, but billions of pounds of this fresh and delicious food is tossed each year because grocery stores only want "perfect" foods on their shelves. We step in and buy this food from hundreds of farms across the country and bring them to your doorstep, saving you money and helping you save the world." 

Misfits Market does give every subscriber a discount code to share with their friends for 25% off their first box. If you would like to try this service, you can use this code: COOKWME-TT0TPG.
While this post is in no way sponsored by Misfits Market, I too would receive a 25% discount off of a future box when someone is taking advantage of this code.

Just a note, they do not yet deliver to all States, you can take a look here to see if your state is one of them.




What I Received:


2 English Cucumbers
1 Broccoli Bunch
2 Mangoes
2 Baby Bok Choy
4 Red Bell Peppers
4 White Nectarines
2 Zucchini
1 Bunch of Collard Greens
4 Green Bell Peppers
2 Lettuce Heads
2 Yellow Peaches
2 Packs of Green Beans
1 Bunch of Curly Kale
2 Yellow Onion

Add On (at an extra cost):
1 Mini Watermelon



How I used the Produce:


I used the Kale and 1 Onion to make Kale and White Bean Soup (I also used the carrots I received from the previous week's box).

1 Red Pepper was added to Hungarian Beef Goulash - similar recipe but I seasoned my goulash with caraway seeds, dried rosemary and thyme. 

1 English Cucumber was used to make Cucumber - Tomato with sliced onions Salad (tomatoes from my garden) using a simple vinegar, salt and dill dressing.

With the Baby Boc Choy (this was a new veggie to me) I made garlic and lemon sauteed Boc Choy (I followed this receipe but cut the Boc Choy into smaller pieces). 

With the larger of the lettuce head, and part of an English Cucumber (plus tomatoes from my garden) I made a garden salad.

With 3 Red Peppers and one onion I made a double portion of my favorite Pasta Salad made with elbow macaroni pasta. The recipe is out of an german cookbook and includes ham, cheese, green olives, pickles, onions and red peppers. (everything is cubed, diced or sliced). The dressing is a simple oil, vinegar salt and pepper dresssing. 

1 Zucchini and the broccoli bunch were sauteed with garlic and served with fish.
Fruit was eaten fresh.

Still left:

All Green Beans. Wish I had put them in the freezer right away, but I kept thinking I'd be using them. However I never got around to it. They still looked ok yesterday when I checked and hope to either use them today or freeze them.
1/2 English Cucumber
Green Peppers (I am waiting on today's delivery where I will receive more green peppers so I can make Stuffed Green Peppers.)

What went in the trash:

Yes, even though I was really impressed with this box, I did have to throw out one Zucchini, one Nectarine, one small lettuce head and the Collard Greens. The Zucchini  had arrived very soft and squishy but I thought I'd still be able to use it, so I did not make a claim. (Probably could have but things have to be extremely bad looking for me to make a claim.)

The Nectarine ended up with a few moldy spots after several days (note to self: store in fridge!) 
The Collard Greens and the small lettuce head just started to look poor and wilty and I decided to throw them out....

It still was a great box and I feel like I just received too much and not enough time to use it all up! 


Thanks so much for stopping by! If you're interested in my other Misfits Market posts, you can see them all HERE.



Amazon affiliate links are included in this post, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always, this is at no extra cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.