Friday, May 23, 2014

Five Dollar Wedding Bouquet and Groom's Boutonniere from Dollar Tree!

Second Wedding on the Cheap!

We purchased four of the rose stems each had three or four roses on them. We used one of the roses for the Buttoneir and one roll of florist tape for a total of $5.00 plus tax. The rest of the supplies were odds and ends we had at home.

To make the bouquet we followed the following youtube video:

Because the stems of the artificial flowers were not as bulky as real rose stems we put some old Bic pens (about six) around the base before we wrapped it with ribbon. Over the white ribbon we laced a scrape of purple ribbon and glued some gem stones in-between the lacings.

And for the Boutonniere:

The artificial flowers at the Dollar Store are very poor quality, but if you are fortunate to get there and get them straight from the packing box, they are fresh, full and beautiful! 


Please send pictures of your DIY wedding bouquets and we will post them here!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Life-Hack for Small Dog Escaping Fence........

On a walk today, I saw this life-hack for a small dog escaping a slatted fence. It was a very cleaver way, albeit temporary to fix a annoying problem for a dog owner living perilously close to a busy street! 


Psalm 16:5-6

New International Version (NIV)
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Monday, May 12, 2014

MOPS Spring Tea in the Vail Valley

Wow, it seems like yesterday I was taking my toddler to MOPS but today it's my daughter's turn with her first born son, and my grandson, Zachary. I wanted to go to the MOPS tea after my daughter invited me, but it meant a two hour drive over two mountain passes one way. I thought about how badly I wanted to go and decided there was no reason not to go, and went. What a great time we had. MOPS is still the powerful ministry I remembered! 

The two speakers who gave their testimonies were Asher Collie, founder of Soul Hope and local speaker and Mom, Kate Sheldon. 
Watch these informative videos for Soul Hope to get an understanding of the ministry and what you can do. Save a life, host a shoe party! The MOPS mothers and you and yours can cut out the pieces for the shoes that the native Ugandans sew together so their children can have victory over jiggers who dig into and under the skin of shoeless children!

Asher Collie, Founder of Soul Hope

Asher's jigger shoes, I loved the laces!

Shoes made from denim cut by the MOPS mod, heels are reinforced with plastic milk cartons. So cute!

Smaller sized shoes, I think my grandkids would love these, too!

Bike tire soles!

Kate Sheldon, local speaker and co-speaker at the tea, is a bright light in the Vail Valley. I loved the outfit, short short skirt, leggings, vintage sweater and large cross necklace! Too cute.

The beautiful, enormous hats below are made out of large, brown paper grocery bags. Aren't they beautiful?

These centerpieces would make any Pinterest Mom proud!

Delicious food, a variety of pasta salads, tea sandwiches, egg salad and cucumber, sweet treats and good conversation. Divine! 

Thank you Vail Valley Mops for a memorable day with my daughter and grandson!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Wardrobe Mistress Wears the 2014 Summer Fashion Trend the Boxy Jacket

Last week the Wardrobe Mistress and I decided to enter the dressing challenge from 40+Style

"How to Wear a Boxy Jacket"!

We went to the closest thrift store, Mountain Thrift benefiting Disabled American Veterans.

We spent an hour there, had a ball and came up with two outfits which incorporate a boxy jacket.

This dressy casual outfit starts with a red vintage Ann Taylor Loft boxy jacket paired with a comfortable polyester shirt and printed shirt with black lacy camisole. Entire outfit plus and accessories are from the thrift store.

Total Cost: $16.94  

The Wardrobe Mistress chose casual grey knit boxy jacket and paired it with a fun and printed skort dress and wore it with leggings and nude shoes. She accessorized the outfit with a bright yellow scarf! Nude shoes elongate the legs.

Skort dress, scarf and jacket: Total cost $15.93

The Wardrobe Mistress bought the grey jacket and another identical one in navy blue. I bought the skirt, top and necklace. We found the boxy jackets extremely comfortable but no necessarily all that flattering to our figures. The Wardrobe Mistress believes they are best left to the pear shape figure. 

What's the best find at a thrift store for you this week?

Need inspiration? Take a few and watch this Ted Talk by Jessi Arrington: Wearing Nothing New! 

Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TED but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It's a meditation on conscious consumption — wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.

Jessi Arrington: Wearing Nothing New

Last but not least: 

Colossians 3:14

The Message (MSG)
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.