Monday, March 24, 2014

March House Fashion Show.

Can you believe it is already March?!
Well, we have been doing a lot of little changes to the house here and there but none of them have warranted their very own post. Therefore, they have ended up here - in the miscellaneous
March House Fashion Show!
First up on the runway, we have our newest additions to the dinning room. These spherical objects are making their debut after spending years hidden in a small antique shop downtown. They add character and height to the dinning room.
These pair great with the next item - a simple, square mirror wearing IKEA. 
Please welcome to the floor our newest member of the kitchen - jute rug who is displaying both fashion and usefulness.
And his twin - lounging perfectly in front of the door. 
Billowing in luxurious patterns of greens and red, these curtains have been returned to their glory after being stored in an upstairs closet since the move, and bring a bold statement and freshen up the family room.
Bringing light to an otherwise dark corner, this lamp, received at Christmas, shines in it's new home.
 
And finally, the total show stopper:  
OUR NEW OVEN/STOVE!
Purchased from Craigslist, sporting dashing stainless steal, a grill top, and a clean back this item is a perfect fit to modernize the kitchen while allowing it to rest flush against the counter, opening up the pass through.
  
                                     BEFORE                               AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER
So excited about how clean this looks from the family room! 
Can't wait to save up money for a new counter top - probably a summer project! 
In conclusion of our March House Fashion Show - We bring you the SPRING collection making a dashing appearance inside the house - we are still working on the outside! 
GONE is the winter decor!  
We hope you enjoyed the show! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

I am half agony, half hope.

Since I was a little girl, I have harbored a fascination with costumes.
History is also a great passion of mine. the older the better in my opinion.
Along with reading literature, particularly the classics.
Mix this with my adoration of musicals and belting them out while dancing in the living room even as an adult
You have one incredible combination of useless talents.
However, I have discovered that there is one capacity that allows me to utilize at least most of these quite usefully.

I teach fifth grade.

This past week was Spirt week and along side the typical crazy hair day, mismatch day, and Saint Paddy's Green was a magical day "Dress like your Favorite Book Character"
Naturally, my mind began to wander to the treasure trove of literary characters that I could portray.
Anne Shirley
Emma Woodhouse
Daisy Buchanan
Laura Ingalls 
I finally settled with Miss Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. 
Her feistiness, wit, feminism, and elegant simplicity makes her one of the strongest and most beloved female protagonists in literature. 
As my Aunt Sari would say, "For what do we live but to imitate Lizzie!" 

For those of you who have not read the book and have only seen a movie of this great classic - let us be clear. When I say that Elizabeth is one of the greatest female protagonists, I am NOT referring to the monstrosity and lack of character displayed by Keira Knightly or the weak production by Gemma Arterton. 
I instead refer to the performances of Jennifer Ehle (1995) and Elizabeth Garvie (1980). Both women do an incredible portrayal of Jane's Elizabeth! If you have not seen these productions I would highly recommend them both! 

The hair was definitely the trickiest part. I knew that if I simply put my hair up, the period feeling would be missing. I found a lot of great you tube videos on Regency hair styles and chose one that looked simple enough. 
TOP: The back was separated into two parts - the top becoming the soft bun and the second being split into the two braids that were then wrapped around the bun and grown of the head. 
BANGS: Keeping all the hair from the crown of your head out, you create pin curls with that remaining hair to frame your face. There are loads of youtube videos on how to do pin curls.

People always ask where I get this stuff from ... well, I actually have most of it. Once in awhile I will have to purchase an accessory to help create or improve an outfit, but overall, it's in the closet! 

HEAD BAND: The girls on the videos all had a lot longer hair than me so their braids wrapped all the way around their heads. Mine didn't quite make it so I tied a cream headband I already owned on to tuck the ends into.
DRESS: Spaghetti strap prom dress with recreated top in the model of Emma's yellow summer dress. 
Created for an Academy banquet in 2006. 
EARRINGS: Vintage looking clip ons from Claire's - originally bought for a Gatsby costume party.  
NECKLACE: Vintage cameo given to me by a friend. 
SHAWL/WRAP: Cream scarf bought at Forever 21 - also originally purchased for Gatsby costume. 
SHOES: Vintage cream pumps from Goodwill - also originally purchased for Gatsby Costume. 

In total - I did not spend a dime on this costume for school. Win. Win! 

To end, here is my class dressed as their favorite characters :0) 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

March melting brings ... December's Christmas Trees?

Truly, this has been a winter to remember.

No matter how much I wished for it, spring did not come after my last post. I know, I know, you all "told me so".
I suspected you were right, but hoped it would not be true, however, winter returned with a vengeance bringing me yet another snow day last week!
The day was bright and sunny so I took to the streets yet again .. . . .

The landscape was awe inspiring - like a ski hill snow blower decided to take up residence in our neighborhood and mark it's new found territory. Taken 3.12.14

However, since last week, things have started warming up - we even got to 60 yesterday! Now grant it, we are back down to 36 today, but the snow is melting and for the first time in MONTHS we can see the ground. Taken 3.21.14
GRASS! and a whole lota mud!
And the funniest part - Christmas trees making their second after-Christmas debut 

In other news ... our bathtub faucet has been leaking for quick a while now, so yesterday, KC decided that this was a job for a MAN. After purchasing a simple $4.00 replacement seal, he took apart and reassembled it successfully! After running around the house crying "I'M A MAN! I'M A MAN" he went to turn in on ... our house is very old and while installing the new fixture, he busted one of the brass pipes without knowing it,  so water sprayed all over the inside of the wall! 
Since we could no longer take showers, KC removed the hardware and we decided to take VERY hot baths (since the cold water pipe was not working). Here is our ingenious contraption.
I felt very Romanesque lounging in our thermae bath
So ... . . Some home improvements work, some don't. 
LIVE AND LEARN. 
We have found it to be a lot more fun that way :0) 
Thanks for popping in!