Monday, May 30, 2016

Long Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and I think I started it off pretty well. Friday my mom and I explored the Jr Museum and ate lunch at the little cafe. The animals were all pretty lazy (if we even spotted them) because of the warm temperatures. There was a nice breeze and with the tree cover Mom and I stayed pretty comfy. The cougars were pretty playful though, they were wrestling and chasing each other.
I'm still digging the high contrast black and white filter my pocket camera has.

I know I take too many photos of this fella, but he's my favorite


Saturday we didn't do too much, we stayed home and did yard work. I made a batch of ghost pepper jelly and packed up stuff for our mini adventure the next day.

Sunday was an early start, we didn't get to bed till after 1 and we had to be up by 8. We fed the animals, put on our bathing suits, and hopped in the car. We ran several errands then drove to our friend's house to meet up to go tubing. We carpooled to Bear Paw on the Chipola River. I had never been tubing so Hubby and I got the double tube which had the covered bottom. The put in was a shallow creek that had lots of trees and branches both above and below the surface, navigating was a bit tricky in some spots but it was fun because it kept us on our toes. One spot had a large tree across the whole creek, we had to get out and pull our tubes over and get back in. About an hour or so into the trip our group found a comfy stopping spot to pull over  so we ate out lunch. Our group tried to pick up litter we found along the way but soon it grew out of control and we had to give up. It's sad so many people don't care about the earth. 

Soon the creek turned a bend and let out into the Chipola River. The water was immediately darker, colder, and wider. Our group all linked up and we merrily floated along in a pack. The views along the river were much nicer, cool rock formations, beautiful flowers, and amazingly huge cyprus trees. Some clouds covered the sun and gave us a break from the rays but soon we were getting sprinkled on. The rain hung around for quite a while but we were already in the river so being a little extra wet didn't matter. Not long before the end of our ride the rain stopped. All in all it was a very fun day and I would be up for trying it again, maybe this time in individual tubes since I know more of what to expect. After 4+ hours of tubing, 1+ hours both ways in the car, and riding on 6.5 hours sleep we were totally wiped. We turned in early and slept till noon on Monday.

Monday was another slow day but I did lots of house work and cooking. I made a second batch of ghost pepper jelly, pickled a batch of hot banana peppers, and cooked a big dinner to share with my in laws. I love summer because I am able to make garden to table dinners, almost everything I served was grown in our back yard. I served eggplant tacos with all the trimmings and apple blondies. Luckily by dinnertime the temperature had come down quite a bit thanks to some big clouds, it was 96ish only a few hours before, so it was comfy to sit out on our nice picnic table. 

I hope your weekend was splendid.

Some Bunny Loves Ya!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Left Shark

Last evening we went out for drinks with some friends. Our local tiki bar has $5 drinks on the last Wednesday of the month. I had a couple Blue Hawaiians.
I had just finished a new top and I had to wear it out. I paired it with a pair of nice pants, they aren't your typical leggings, they are a heavy fabric and much nicer quality (and they have sexy back seams). I got them from a friend when she cleared out her closet when she moved cross country. I thought they gave me a Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! look but a friend said I was channeling Peggy Bundy,  I'll take it, Katey Sagal is one hot momma.

Outfit details

Sunnies- Amazon
Necklace- thrifted
Shirt- made by me, fabric from Joann's
Shark purse- Betsey Johnson
Belt- eBay
Pants- from a friend
Shoes- Vivienne Westwood, bought secondhand

Brows- Colourpop in Black 'N Brown
Lips- Colourpop Matte X in Barely There
(A bright coral that reads more red in the photos than real life)
Nails- Essie in Sunset Sneaks
 
Tomorrow we are going to see Alice Through the Looking Glass with some friends and this weekend we are going tubing. Should be a lovely weekend.

Some Bunny Loves Ya!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pineapple



Sunday we had lunch with both sets of our parents at a local Indian restaurant. I wore a blouse I made from some of the new fabric I picked up last week on sale. It was hard choosing a first project but I went with the pineapple print since it was just so fun and tropical. I've always had a fondness for frilly tops, they remind me of when my parents round (ballroom to cues) and square danced weekly. My mom was a seamstress and made many dance costumes over the years. I wore hand-me-downs from square dancers all my childhood.  I always have had a unique since of style, I adored full and circle skirts, petticoats, and frilly blouses even when all my schoolmates were wearing jeans and tank tops. This style of top looks adorable in person but doesn't photograph very well, I'll keep trying though, I have 2 more prints to make variations of it with so you'll be seeing them plenty here on the blog.
Pineapple fountain
We had snapped a few photos before lunch but on the way home I had Hubby stop at one of the historic buildings on the way home to get a few more.
Outfit details

Kanzashi- Old, Etsy
Earrings- The Other Side Vintage
Top- made by me, Butterick 4685
Shark Purse/Sunnies- Betsey Johnson
Skirt- Clothes Swap
Shoes- Crocs, Poshmark

Brows- Colourpop in Black 'N Brown
Eyes- Pacifica Trio, ipsy glambag
Lips- NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick

 
I harvested 11 eggplants over the weekend so I made an eggplant taco dinner for a couple friends last night. I might make curry with the leftover ones tomorrow night.
Mini eggplants almost ready to pick

Indigo Rose Tomatoes, they ripen eggplant purple and red

Cajun Belles
Bell Pepper
German Queen
Japanese eggplant starting to form
Sun Sugar Cherry Tomatoes starting to ripen
 The kitties love the tomato jungle

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Rain, Rain

As I mentioned in my last post the weather has been rather fickle lately. Thursday I had planned on getting up to try to walk if it wasn't raining but my phone froze and I slept in because my alarm didn't go off. The Other Side Vintage had recently added some new (and gothy) items to the sale rack so I got dressed and headed down to Railroad Square to shop and take some pictures. I hadn't pulled this dress out for a while so I thought it was time for it to make an appearance again, I always get so many compliments on it. I truly planned on getting a cute picture with my sewing tattoo against the sewing print but did I remember once I started taking photos? No. Oh well, just have to wear it again soon to do so.
How perfectly adorable is this setting?
I bought this brooch shortly after I got my birthday sewing tattoo. It is a measuring tape with dangly thread, needle, scissors, thimble, and button. It is certainly about time I got to wear it out, as much as I love brooches I often to wear them.
Outfit details

Dress- made by me
Brooch- vintage (etsy)
Belt- The Other Side Vintage
Cotton lacey socks- Ross
Shoes- Payless, kids section

Lips- Colourpop Ultra Satin in London Fog
Nails- Trust Fund Beauty in London Snog
So...totally didn't plan the names, I didn't notice till I made this post

I really like Trust Fund Beauty nail polishes because they are the longest lasting vegan 10 free polishes I have ever tried. They are a little pricey at $15 a bottle but I was lucky and snagged a 3 pack for a $19 brand offer through ipsy.
Just as I was finishing up taking photos I heard a train rumbling down the tracks. I didn't have time to get over to the station for really good pics but I did manage to grab a shot as it passed by.
After a little shopping I met Hubby for lunch. We took a break from Indian for Greek. Oh boy, I forgot how good gyros can be. While talking I noticed the deal on novelty print fabrics was only good through that day so before I went home I went by the fabric store again. I came home with 4 prints, 3 for peasant tops and 1 for a dress. I already made one of the tops and it is adorable, I can't wait till I can get some photos of it. 
Today we finally got the rain we had been promised all week, our veggie garden is very pleased. Everything is growing so fast! I already have dried enough herbs to use over the fall and winter and I've been making pesto once a week. The buns have all been getting good portions too. Last night I pickled 3 jars of hot banana peppers (two pints and a half pint) and one half pint of jalapenos. I am out of pint jars so I need to pick up some more, with 10 hot banana plants I can see lots of pickling in my future. I also need to order some more squeeze bottles from amazon for hot sauce, I have late season peppers taking up half my freezer that need to be processed before this year's harvest is in full swing.

Some Bunny Loves You!



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Rockabella

What a difference a few days can make. I took these photos only a few days after my last post and look at the difference in my demeanor. Hubby was able to adjust my back and I instantly was back to my normal self.
My mermaid in all her glory
I bought this shirt a few months back on sale at Le Bomb Shop. I had seen some other bloggers wearing them and I thought I'd try one out. It is a juniors cut so it doesn't fit me as well as I would like (seamstress pickiness) and I feel it would look better in a solid color but it was comfy and I felt like a hot momma in it. This top will get lots of of wear this summer but mostly with skirts.
Outfit details:

Pony- Local hair store
Bandanna- Dollar store
Sunnies- Amazon
Tank- LeBomb Shop
Bangle- vintage
Capris- thrifted
Shoes- Old, Burlington

Lips- NYX Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels
(from my Ipsy Glam Bag)
Brows- Colourpop in Black N' Brown
This week is body positive week. 

Step Away from the Mean Girls…
…and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks.
Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.

This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you're too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.” 
― Oprah Winfrey
I recently found these adorable strawberry earrings at my favorite haunt, The Other Side Vintage. They are hand painted tooled leather so they are super lightweight.
This whole week has been on and off thunderstorms. One minute it will be sunny and the next it will be crazy lightning, oh Florida. I was able to walk Monday and I got 1.5 in on Tuesday but I took today off because when I went to bed the chance of storms were high in the morning but of course after I slept in I found out that the storms now weren't supposed to hit till afternoon. I used my morning instead to do some shopping at Joann's. I wandered around for an hour looking at fabrics but nothing really caught my eye, although I have a feeling I will go back and pick up a few. I picked up some elastic to finish some shorty pajamas and on my way out I noticed that Butterick patterns were on sale for $1.99. I immediately shot over to the pattern books and wrote down a list of pattern numbers to see if they were in stock. To my surprise all that I picked out were in stock (that almost never happens) so I got 9 patterns for $18 with a grand total savings of $150. Most patterns I got were from the historical line but I did get a few normal clothing ones too. 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Orange Ya Glad

I am not a writer so if this is a bit rambling I apologize. I frequently turn posts on the blog into fluff pieces because it don't think anyone wants to listen to how I really feel. At times when I need to compile my feelings the most is when I least want to write things down, it is always too painful for me to review what I feel and think. Instead, I bottle things up and feel badly about myself, often then focusing my unhappiness on my physical appearance aka "bad body days". I pride myself on my body confidence especially after going through such a big life change with a large weight loss and exercise routine but when my chronic pain flairs and I get depressed I loose my body confidence all together. Even features that I love like my full lips, strong curvy legs, and large breasts turn into points of contention. I have worn a number of cute outfits lately but I just haven't been happy with the way photos turned out of them, many were just styles that don't photograph well like flowy maxis, but even with the ones that did I didn't like the way I looked. The outfit I wore today was one of those outfits at first, I knew everything went together but I didn't like the way they looked on me. I had originally had a wide white belt on with this ensemble but once I took it off I liked it a lot better, I still wasn't happy with it but I wore it out anyway. I'm glad I did because it felt and looked great, sometimes you have to smack yourself upside the head and ignore the nagging doubt.
 
These were taken on campus before an event at Hubby's office. This patch of pink and yellow flowers was too delightful to pass up. If this top looks a little familiar it is because I wore it on the first night of our Disney trip. The red belt I wore with it bled onto it leaving stains that I couldn't budge no matter how hard I tried, even bleach and color removers didn't make a dent. I bought the shirt new (which is a luxury for me) so I wasn't going to give up on it. I bought some Tulip brand dye and as a last attempt to save it I dyed it, I took a gamble and went with a hot pink. The dye worked wonders and I can only see the stains very close up and as Hubby pointed out no one will be looking at spots along the waistline when I wear this top ;) I wasn't sure I would have anything to wear with a hot pink top but as luck would have it, it matched this lovely batik skirt like it was made for it. 

Outfit details

Hair Flower- eBay
Shirt- ModCloth sale, dyed by me
Skirt- Thrifted from The Other Side Vintage
Jellies- Secondhand from Poshmark
Purse- Betsey Johnson, secondhand from Poshmark

Lips- MAC, Miley Cyrus Viva Glam
Nails- Finger Paints in Pink Patina
Yes, that is a little bit of new ink peaking out from under my sleeve. I sold a bunch of old clothing on Poshmark so I could afford it. I'll get good pictures once it heals, right now it is a bit flaky and no one wants to see that. I did post a quick snap of it on Instagram after I got it.
A girl is never to old to wear high-heeled glitter jellies
Here's to a week of better self confidence. 

Two of my good friends are getting married this week, I am so excited for them. They have so much love for each other and their joy is contagious. I can't wait to share the day with them (and eat lots of tacos at their reception, LOL, my friends rock).

Some Bunny Loves You!