Thursday, February 26, 2015
Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger
Belt: Equine Couture
I kept it simple with bracelets today since playing with horses and jewelry don't really mesh well.
Righty is sporting this pretty leather bit bracelet from Fornash. I love their equestrian line!
That's what I'm wearing today. What about you?
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Struggle is Real: A post about the misery of extended cold temps. And how to entertain yourself despite them.
Other things that happen when it's cold? Rodents will chew their way into your home. I'm not even kidding. I live in a very old house (256 years this year!) so I've come to terms that the occasional mouse family moving in. A few years back I had a terrible flying squirrel infestation. I'm talking like 60 of them living in my walls, and eventually just hanging around the house. It was the most disgusting thing I've lived through. They're nocturnal, and they enjoy making a lot of noise at night. Well, the most recent invader is, I think, a gray squirrel. I had one once before (during the flying squirrel debacle actually) so I'm somewhat learned in what to look for. This was my first piece of evidence:
Another side effect of extended cold temps? This one is very closely related to the truck incident. My farm equipment won't run. My Gator runs on diesel fuel, just like the truck. Obviously, it's not running at all. It also somehow has a flat tire. So off it went to the Gator Hospital on Monday night.
Sunday was a little bipolar, and despite it snowing until late morning, the afternoon warmed up to 35 degrees. (It's a sad day when 35 feels amazing.) I decided to have some fun with the ponies and build them a snow jockey.
When it gets too cold to stay outside, I've been getting some beading projects completed too.
I accidentally went to Five Guys on Sunday evening for dinner. This one just opened not too far from where I live. It's the only Five Guys that serves milk shakes! (I'm assuming it's a test market, and I also think it's because they opened up about 1000 feet from Jake's Way Back Burger who serves amazing shakes.) So, I've been making good use of that treadmill I got!
Admittedly, I'm STRUGGLING with getting my fitness back. STRUGGLING! But I know it takes time. In an effort to ease my frustration I've been running with intervals. Run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute. I think I may find that frustrating outside having to watch my time constantly, but on the treadmill it's actually great. Obviously my times are slower, but I feel much stronger and it's a lot more bearable. I plan to lengthen the run time on the intervals over the next few weeks and work my way back up to running longer distances without walking. I have that half marathon coming up in May, so I have to get to work!
So that's about it from here. The rest of my time I spend thinking and talking about how much I hate winter. What have you been up to? Do the cold temps have you down? Have you been enjoying any hobbies lately? Tell me what's up in the comments!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Fast forward to after Christmas and they were on clearance for $75.00 with a red sticker. I still abstained. Don't be wasteful Stacie. You don't need them! But then about a week ago, I saw them again. With a YELLOW sticker! $55.00! For Michael Kors Boots! Yeah. We all know I can only restrain myself so much. So now I have two pairs of nearly identical boots. BUT here's how I justify it: Everything around here is covered in ice, snow, salt, and sand. This is very bad for leather boots. VERY BAD. So in these instances I need a good pair of synthetics. Right?!
Are you ever frivolously wasteful? Have you ever accidentally bought something twice?
Sunday, February 22, 2015
You may remember Blueberry Cove Beads sent me their first ever box for review. Well, it was so fantastic I decided to subscribe! So here's my next box and also some of the items I've created from what was included.
This month's theme was Vintage Tea Party. I am so impressed with how well Blueberry Cove Beads is able to stick with their themes! Even down to the info card:
Ok, let's go see what's in the box:
More spoons! These are teeny and so cute.
Lavender pearls! What's better than pearls? PURPLE ONES! These are fantastic too. I want to make all the things with these.
Itty bitty screw eyes! These are recommended for use with something in the next category. And again there are lots so they can be used for other projects too.
Cake! Mmmm cake.... So these are the pieces they recommend for the screw eyes. Unfortunately, I was only able to get one into the slice of cake. The others didn't seem to want me doing that... So I'm not sure yet what I'll do with them. They're adorable though, so I'm sure I'll think of something.
And now... My creations!
Pearl Stretch Bracelet:
Tea Cup Necklace
My challenge piece:
I mentioned above that the challenge this month was to make a necklace with one of the filigree pieces. I thought about using the giant one, but again, I prefer daintier necklaces, so I used the smallest one instead and included those gorgeous floral beads! I was pleasantly surprised that they fit through the chain. I'm not sure it will win (winner of the challenge gets a free month) since it's nothing too elaborate. But I like it and will probably wear it at some point.
That's it for now! I still have a lot of items left from this box, so we'll have to see what else I can come up with!
I think this box is a great value. It's $22.00 plus $5.00 shipping. It takes about a week to get to me, but since it ships from Canada, that's not bad! I don't think there is a referral program, but if you're interested in subscribing just click here for more info!