Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dressing for Fluctuating Temperatures

It's going to be sixty degrees today, but I'm still waiting for that last bit of snow to melt from last week's snowfalls.  Thankfully my husband went outside and shoveled the snow in front of my garden shed so I could at least get inside to get my tools to work in the areas of the garden where there is no snow.  Spring can be so frustrating.  It can never seem to make up it's mind whether it wants to warm up or stay winter forever.  Which makes dressing during this time of year especially difficult.  I tend to wear a lot of lightweight scarves in the spring, like the one I have on in today's post, because they keep me warm in the chilly mornings and evenings, yet I can easily remove them in the heat of the day.

We all know to dress in layers in the winter to keep the warmth in, but it really helps in the spring too because I can just remove layers as the temperatures rise.  I started on this chilly morning with a jacket, then removed that when it was no longer needed.  The chambray shirt (old, Old Navy), is perfect because it's thin, yet the long sleeves keep my arms warm.  If it gets really hot, I could even remove the shirt and just wear the white tee underneath.  

 For jewelry, I wore simple silver hoop earrings and bracelets, both old.
 As much as I would have loved to have worn a cute pair of flats or loafers with this outfit, there is still a lot of slush and muck around, so I stuck with my high, black, flat boots.
 The infinity scarf is from JCP (old) and is very unique because it has two different types of material:  a floral section with a frayed edge and a open-weave solid gauze section.  I really love it!
 My pants are from T.J. Maxx (old) and have a brown base with a black pattern on them.  They are skinny, ankle length pants.

 I'm carrying my black bucket bag from Express as usual, but I did just buy a new bag for spring (and it's NOT black) that I'm dying to start using.

I hope all the snow is melted and the temperatures are warm where you live!

Have a great day!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Bunny Card

I absolutely love this sweet bunny image from the Penny Black 'Garden Friends' set.  It's a great image to use for an Easter Bunny card, but it's still generic enough for any all-purpose card.  I chose to use a spring sentiment on the outside of the card so that I can re-purpose the card for any occasion just by stamping a different sentiment on the inside of the card.
 The paper is Prima 'Annalle', the main image panels were cut out using Spellbinder's Nestabilities, and the only embellishment I used was a few drops of Stickles on the butterflies and flower centers.

I still have snow on the ground due to a late March snowfall, but as soon as it melts I hope to get back into my garden since the weather is promising to be warm this week.

Have a great day!  Amy

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Chicken

I can't believe Easter is only a week away, can you?  I have a ton of Easter/Spring cards to show you that I will be posting throughout the week.  I made them all from one set and one paper pad.  The set is by Penny Black and is called 'Garden Friends', and the paper is from Prima 'Annalee'.
 I stamped a 'Spring is Here!' sentiment on all the cards because I wasn't sure if I would be sending Easter cards out this year since I'm so busy right now attending concerts, musicals, and recitals.  If I use a spring-themed sentiment, then I have a larger window in which I can use the cards.  I can also stamp 'Happy Birthday' on the inside to send to those who have spring birthdays.

This card I sent to my son as part of his Easter Basket.  Yes, he's in his twenties, but I still send him an Easter Basket when he is away at college.

I used a Spellbinder's Nestability Die to make the cute round butterfly background.  Stickles were added to the egg for extra sparkle, and I put a few paper flowers and a bow around the image for extra 'oomph'.  The lady bug was just an extra little stamp included in the set.  The grass is a unknown stamp from my stash.
More spring/Easter cards to come next week!

Have a great day!  Amy

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