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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I Wore: Purple on Purple


Purple is a great jewel tone that looks good on many people and I wear it frequently. It just seems very fall-ish too. I wore this to work with black pants but if you really wanted to go for it, you could turn it into purple on purple on purple with some light purple or mauve skinny jeans. I don't own a pair of purple skinny jeans but those or an orange pair have been on my closet gap list for awhile now. They would be perfect for Clemson games but also look great with other items.




Printed purple top: Banana Republic, similar, similar, similar, similar
Purple cardigan: Loft Outlet, similar, similar, similar
Black straight dress pants: Loft, similarsimilarsimilar
Gray flats: Anne Klein iflex
Silver filigree earrings: The Limited - seriously get a pair of these.. they are so fun and lightweight AND on sale (they also come in gold), similar



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

My most ambitious sewing project: DIY Pouf


Much earlier this year, I was coerced into the most challenging sewing project I've ever done but in the end it paid off. That sewing project was a pouf. If you don't know what a pouf is, it is sort of like an ottoman but usually more attractive and softer. My pouf was finished in July but I just got around to taking some finished photos of it to share. But I am giving you a sneak peak at a couple of the new family room pillows I made a the photo below.





I had never attempted sewing a piece of furniture before and it was a bit intimidating but I had the craft girls over and the three of us figured out the steps together. We didn't finish them that day but got to where the shell was basically together and we had stuffed a few things in. Danielle actually had her denim one mostly stuffed.




I am not going to go through the steps one at a time because the BHG tutorial does just that and we followed that step by step. You have to register to get the instructions and pattern but you can opt out of any communications. None of us ended up using a tight woven burlap material like it did because we didn't think it would be as comfortable. I found mine gray fabric in the JoAnn's drapery/upholstery sale section for $9 a yard and you need 2 yards. It has a little bit of a church pew feel to it.. a little velvet-y but it is not velvet, if that makes sense at all.


You do need a lot more things to stuff it with than you think. This is what took the longest and I didn't even work on the pouf for a few months as I was waiting to clean out husband's closet so I'd have more pants and shirts to stuff in my pouf. Old towels work well too and there are at least 3 full sized towels in my pouf.


I found the finishing design with the embroidery thread to be a great activity while watching tv and didn't mind it at all and I usually HATE hand sewing type stuff. You have to do several stitches before it will look right... I did one and started thinking I was doing something all wrong but you need to do more for it to look like the right design. It helps to use a metal sewing gauge.



The cost breakdown: I already had an old sheet on hand for the lining, so I had to buy the outside fabric, thread, fusible bonding, embroidery needle and embroidery thread (it called for 4 skeins but I only used 2). So the whole pouf cost less than $30 to make using a coupon. And all the stuffing came from items I already had and I already had some poly-fill but even if you needed to buy poly-fill (use a coupon) that would just bump it up to $35. You'll end up with plenty of extra fusible bonding for future use too.

I would definitely make another one of these provided I had enough things to stuff it with as that was what took the longest. Guess this goes to show I should be braver with my sewing projects. We've been using it a bunch and it is very comfortable as a foot rest or as an extra seat in a pinch. The only complaint I have is that is it a little heavy due to all the stuff in it but it needs to be that way so it fills out and is a sturdy piece of furniture while only being filled with old clothes and towels.



Hope you decide to make your own pouf!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What I Wore: Polka Dots and Floral


If you are shy about pattern mixing, this is a great way to ease into it... with a patterned scarf! Like I've said before, the key is to make sure the patterns are different enough. Floral and polka dots work great together as long as they are not the exact same size and concentration. In this outfit I wore to work, the dots are smaller and more spread out where the floral is a little bit bigger and very concentrated. I've gotten so much great use out of this floral scarf so having one would be a great addition to your closet if you don't already own one!




Note; The top is not quite as bright of a cobalt as blogger is making it look.


Blue polka dot top: Target, similar, similarwhite option
Black straight dress pants: Loft, similarsimilarsimilar
Floral scarf: Francesca's, similar, similarred/purple option, multicolor option, turquoise option
Gray flats: Anne Klein iflex
Cobalt earrings: Towne and Reese, similar $8similar




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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Easy Crock Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken


I mentioned we stepped up our tailgating this year with a tv so we had a generator running the tv which also meant we could plug in a crock pot! This was our first time doing a crock pot at the tailgate (although I've seen tons of tailgates with crock-pots... some with multiple ones going) and it was a HUGE success!

This recipe would be great for parties and tailgates because you just dump a few ingredients in and then a few hours later you shred it and it is ready to go.





Crock Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken
from Uncommon Designs, adjusted for more servings, serves 10

Ingredients:

- 3.5-4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 18 oz bottle of Honey BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
- 2/3 cup of italian dressing
- 2 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar

Put last 4 ingredients into crock pot and mix. Add chicken and mix. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Shred chicken (the original recipe has you take it out to do this but you can do it right in the crock pot), mix and serve. We served on slider sized rolls.


This was so delicious and we will definitely be making it again! Hope you enjoy!

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