Glorious Green

I know yesterday I ranted a bit about my disdain for St Patrick’s Day. But just because I refuse to wear green today, doesn’t mean I won’t wear it ever. In fact, I really don’t wear a whole lot of green. Here are some affordable finds in green and maybe it will inspire you and me to wear more of the color…

{Mossimo Supply Co. T-Shirt Dress, $18.00}

{Madden Girl Gummie, $39.95}

{Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, $2.04}

{Merona Solid Wrap, $12.99}

Have a fantastic day!

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I is for Irish

I’ve never been that all that in to St Patrick’s Day. Being that I have a fairly stubborn personality, the idea of having to wear green or risk being pinched annoys me. As does the fact that it’s really become known for nothing much other than a drinking holiday

However, as I thought more about it, I recalled the fond memories I have of celebrating the holiday as a child. When my classmates and I would return from recess to find that a “leprechaun” had caused havoc in our class – turning over chairs and desks and leaving silly notes on the white board along with little chocolate coins for everyone.

So maybe I’m not particularly fond of St Patty’s Day because I’m stuck in the in between: too old for the silliness and too young for, well, the alcohol-induced silliness (not that I ever see myself as being a huge drinker…).

Regardless of my feelings about it, I decided that since today, the day before St Patrick’s Day, was the “I” day, an Irish themed seemed fitting. I researched a few different green-themed crafts and such to do for you last-minute-Louie’s who are scrambling to put together a party, something for your family, or just want to make your March 17th a little more fun!

 

{Clover Hair Pin}

{Candy Button Clovers}

{Shamrock Party Accessories}

{Fuzzy Shamrock Craft}

{Shamrock Green Peppers}

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.

Psalm 57:1

 

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H is for Hairstyles

With spring rapidly approaching, I’m getting eager for changes: warmer weather, cherry blossom trees bursting with flowers, and sandals instead of Ugg boots. One thing though that hasn’t changed in many seasons is my hair. I’ve been letting it grow out since summer 2009 and this is the longest that I have ever gone without a drastic change. This is odd for me because for years I went through a cycle of growing out my hair, and cutting it, growing it out, and cutting it. However, after the second time of cutting it super-short and immediately being envious of my long-locked friends I committed to myself that no matter how much I wanted to cut it, I wouldn’t. I’ve kept this promise to myself… so far. I’m thinking sometime in the fall I may cut it and donate it.
But I digress, season after season of long hair has left me in a style rut. I’m sick of alternating between hair down, hair half up, and ponytail. I have recently come up with a few styles for spring that I am excited to share with you…

{Side-Swept Braid}

For years I had bangs that swept from the left side of my face to the right, during the summer I let them grow up, and spare one time my frustration got the best of me, I have kept them long. However, when I’m not wearing a headband, they get sort of awkward and just… hang there. So I came up with this super easy hairstyle (I can do it sitting in class… well not the hairspray part).

1) Grab a few bobby pins (I used three – it all depends on your hair type), hairspray, and a hair tie. Start with straight hair, down

2) Start with three strands at your part. Begin braiding down the edge of your scalp, braiding in pieces of hair from that side (I only French braided hair in from that side, not the other)

3) Continue this pattern of braiding until you reach behind your ear

4) Secure with bobby pins at the end of the braid behind your ear, and bring the rest of your hair around to make a low, side ponytail. Then add bobby pins along your braid anywhere it seems loose or you have flyaway hairs

5) Lightly hairspray all over… or a lot if you have hair like mine that refuses to hold any style you attempt

5) Ta-da!

There’s tons of variations on this style… you can make the low ponytail into a low bun, you can braid the hair towards the back of your head & then secure a high ponytail or bun, or you could do a similar braid going off of the other side of your part to have a lovely crown of braids!

{Not-So-Granny Bun}

I sort of love all of the granny florals and lace that’s in style for spring. This hairstyle is the perfect way to top off your floral dress and sandals look.

1) Start with a high ponytail. You’ll need some bobby pins for this one also

2) Split it in two, you’re going to braid each individually

3) Choose one of the halves of your ponytail to start with. Braid from hair tie to end, making sure its very tight!

4) Then take the braid and wrap around the base of the ponytail. Secure by tucking the end under the hair tie (you can add bobby pins for extra hold, if you’d like). It will look something like this…

 

5) Braid other side, making sure to start as close to the base of the ponytail as possible.

6) After you wrap the braid second braid around the first one, secure with your bobby pins & hairspray. Then you have your final product!

My camera’s battery ran out before I could get one with a headband on, so I had to do one with my crappy webcam…

{Not-So-Granny Bun with lace headband}

So… get styling! :)

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G is for Gifting

Have you ever had anyone just give you a gift out of the blue? Nothing huge, just a sweet little token of their love. Maybe it was a bracelet they made, or a letter they took time to write in their nicest handwriting and then decorate with a swirly border. Something that made your heart warm, knowing you had a friend who loved you so much.

Or, rather than the giftee, have you been the gifter? Spending time you have to spare working on a special project for that friend you so greatly appreciate. You cannot wait until you see them next, and you hand them the little special thing you have made for them. Whatever amount of time you spent on it will be worth it when you see your beloved friend’s face light up with joy when they open the box or envelope you have just handed them.

Personally, I often find myself being the gifter. I think it is the strong maternal instinct in me that loves to do things for other people. Eloise the Elephant, for example, was not a gift with a purpose. Just a little present to show her how much I love her baby. And I think I got more joy out of giving it than she did receiving it, I loved seeing the look on her face when I presented her with the stuffed animal I had worked so hard on.

A small gift for a friend can be anything. This spring, I think that gifts should be given more frequently. Why wait for a birthday or gift-giving holiday to give your best friend a framed photograph of the two of you? Just print off the photo, buy a frame at Target, and ba-da-boom! A lovely gift! It’s only purpose is to tell your friend that you love them.

So, now that we have gotten thinking about gift giving, what shall you make?! I consulted Martha for some ideas…

{Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Wrapped prettily in…{Cookie Envelope}

{Sweet Day Card}

{Suede Headband}{Bracelet Belt}

So which one will you be making for your best friend? All of these are super fun and super affordable!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

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F is for Flowers & Follow

What a crazy couple of days it has been! It’s been a flurry of projects, tests, trips to Seattle, and congratulating friends on college acceptances. I’m still not sure of where I’ll be attending – however I did get accepted to Central Washington last week! Whoot, whoot!

But back to the point of this post… F is for – drum roll pleaaaase – flowers & follow! Let’s start with the flowers. I don’t believe the connotations it has with spring needs anymore explanation.

{My newest MF&C design}

{Tulle ♥}

I’m really excited about all of the advances in Marie Frances & Company… as in, my goal is to be up & running by the end of the month!

Okay, and then there’s follow. I’m not sure if you guys are aware, but there’s tons of ways outside of my WordPress blog for you guys get in touch with me – which I would love! I want any and all of you to be totally cool with getting in contact with me and giving me feedback, you guys are the ones that matter the most, after all! Soooo, take a quick trip over to my Contact Me page and get in touch with me! I even made cute logo links, so make use of them! :) I look forward to hearing feedback from you lovely ladies (and maybe men? Hehehe)!

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