Me in my pjs and polka-dot rubber boots in that glorious morning sun...out feedin' my chickens.
I got the sun in the morning...
...and the moon at night...
My going out-outfit. Jem, our girls and I were attending an elegant banquet this eve.
I do tell Jem on the way to midtown...
I'm just as happy if not more happy at home with a cotton skirt and my keds (wannabe keds) tennies..
Even though I'm just as happy if not more in my cottons and tennies, there are times when we have to dress up for an occasion which leads me to...
Show N' Tell Time!
The above is my dress-up outfit for fall and autumn. I just go-to it, I don't think about it. This outfit doesn't cost an arm or leg, doesn't break the bank. I love, love, love beating the system! Jem is a Realtor, broker, we own our own Real Estate company so that equates to no perks, plenty of bills and commission-only for boss man. I am a stay at home mom, a homeschool mom to boot being quite skilled in saving moneys. It is truly an art to do so and I quite enjoy it!
I can make a dollar stretch longer then this southern girl can make a vowel howl! *slaps knee laughing*
The above outfit is a stretch black velvet skirt I made with a matching black velvet top.
The skirt is made with my favorite (say it with me gals) ...Simplicity #4881.
This pattern is a must for me to keep safe in my pattern treasures! It has 3 length options, and it is flattering. This pattern option has 2 pieces to it and the skirt only requires 2 yards for the longest length. I used black stretch velvet on sale. I found a simple sleeveless top pattern and added flutter sleeves. You don't have to use difficult patterns, you can go easy-breezy using fancy-schmancy fabric found on sale of course. The patterns are from Hobby Lobby on sale for a dollar or so.
The lace hosiery? Marianna picked this pair up for me at Dollar General for $5.00.
The Laura Petrie feminine ballet flats were found at good ol' Walmart for $5.00 a couple of years ago. These are the little flats that hang up, these are made of a black voile type material. I have a pair of Dr. Scholl's insoles also from Walmart I like to put in less expensive shoes and it works wonderfully for me.
The scarf is from Coldwater Creek, a gift from Jem last Christmas as we were shopping one delightful Christmasie eve. I have quite a collection of scarves and I can make different outfits with my scarves. Do you know the French women will wear an outfit several days in a row but change the scarf for a different look?
My jewelry, simple pearls dahlin...simple pearls. Fakes or real they work.
Trust me, this outfit is a wonder. I wore the same top and skirt last year belted with a silver belt carrying a black cardigan with pearl buttons along with my customary pearl necklace at the same banquet sitting next to Attorney General's Greg Abbott's inlaws. (the sweetest people in the world by the way). This year the governor was there, so trust me, I wear this outfit with confidence. It works, it's classic, and it didn't break the bank! No muss, no fuss, no wasted time, no gas wasted and no missing bandwidth from shopping stress on my brain.
K.I.S.S. = Keep it simple sweetie! ~The late Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, pioneers of the modern homeschool movement.
Nothing Like a Gal in Her Skirt
Skirts work for retrieving scared little kitties up in a tree...
Skirts work. They are comfie and feminine.
The skirt Marianna is wearing in the chicken shot is also the Simplicity #4881. I hope you too will enjoy this pattern, and it will ease you into a simple no muss no fuss kinda life. : ) It has helped me greatly in my wardrobe!
One day in the near future I will try to sew up some 40s style feminine overalls very much like these. We shall see what we shall see!
Today I'm making veggie pizza for supper. I've blogged for the fun of it, listened to the instrumental theme from Pride and Prejudice this morning...Listening to Rush now...Reading? The Street of the City (1942) by Grace Livingston Hill and Lessons from Lucy about Loving God. I may be working on a knit top later....washing clothes, I love the rhythms of home, prayers a-going forth for all. Many things in the background. Our parents in their 80s are always a concern. Talk about the sandwich generation! Wow. It's a good thing I know the Lord and can talk with Him. There are days when I'm puttering along and then I get news for a brand new worry, the day then turns into one of those turny-twisty kind of days. I'm such a worry-wart. Shame on me.
I just had a wonderful phone call from Michelle on witnessing to a young lady at a restaurant. Michelle had an extra Bible in the car and they will be meeting for lunch in the future. So. Neat. What opened up this convo? Michelle had kindly responded to the young lady that she didn't drink when the young lady asked, because she was a Christian. The young lady was so sweet, and very apologetic that she mentioned drinking (a breath of fresh air!) and shared she was earnestly interested in Christianity. Oh so many traveling here on earth, may they understand it's a relationship, a personal relationship with our Lord not just another religion. People are hungry for truth, oh that we may be a good witness to them in humility. When I was in highschool, I would watch people and sooo many times I would be secretly disappointed in their witness. Yes, I was watching.
We are so thankful for God's divine appointments. It renews our strength.
"Christians who are set apart are not necessarily eloquent, confident or brilliant; rather they believe God's promises."
I hope you all are and have been having a nice decent kind of week.
Let me know how you are too if you like! God bless you all! Amelia