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An Original by Joy: Handmade Prairie Skirt and Lace-Up Boots

Do you see what I see? Yes, it’s sunlight! Can you believe it? I think everyone in Southeast Missouri was alternately confused and excited by that beaming ball of warmth ~ it’s been so long since we’ve seen it.

Blue Cardi White Tee Brown Striped Skirt and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

It was nice being able to go outside and take pictures without having to worry about ice pellets hitting me in the face. In fact, my biggest fear was that the wind would whip my skirt up. Fortunately, the material was just weighty enough to stay in place.

Blue Cardi White Tee Brown Striped Skirt and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

This skirt has been in my closet for almost a year now. I wasn’t sure how to wear it. I kept looking on Pinterest and searching Google but to no avail. Finally, I just threw caution to the wind, put on a deep blue cardi, a white tee, my lace~ups and called it a day. I think the contrast of the blue works with the different shades of brown and the white is a nice bright neutral.

Blue Cardi White Tee Brown Striped Skirt and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I didn’t realize when I purchased this skirt is that it’s handmade. Yeah, I know, right? Look at all the detail work on it. The lace trimmed part is actually a separate piece that works almost like a petticoat. Just love it.

Blue Cardi White Tee Brown Striped Skirt and Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hand sewn tag on the inside of the skirt reads: “An Original By Joy Springfield, Ohio”. Thank you, Joy, I’m totally digging this skirt.

Do you wear handmade items? What’s your favorite piece?

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Daenel T

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5 Ridiculously Easy Steps to Update Your Facebook Cover for Spring

5 Steps to Update Your Facebook Cover for Spring {Living Outside the Stacks}

Raise your hand if you’re ready for Spring. taking note of all the hands waving wildly in the air. I see you back there, jumping up and down wildly. Trust me, I’m right there with you. All of this snow and ice and cold weather has me kicking rocks, y’all. But rather than continue to risk injury, I decided to do something constructive: a digital spruce up.

And I did it using quite possibly the easiest photo editor in all of the Internet: PicMonkey. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, you need to get on it now. Shameless PicMonkey shoutout: many of the cool tools are free but it’s so worth it to spring for the upgrade, especially if you’re the creative sort and you like to do your own photo DIY type things {e.g. recipe cards, printables, etc}.

Here’s how I did it:

1. Open up PicMonkey and go collage

2. Select the pictures you’d like to use (from 3 to 7, I chose 5). Hint: You want to select pictures that represent you and/or your blog

  • Mississippi River because it’s one of the first places my family and I visited when we moved to Missouri
  • Selfie with my Nikon D3100 because I love taking pictures
  • Coffee because that’s what fuels me
  • Clothes and shoes because I like fashion
  • Dandelion because it reminds me of warm Spring days

If you’d like to see the full~size version of the pictures, click the pink link

3. Choose the Facebook Cover option. Pick the layout that best fits your needs. You don’t need to do any re~sizing because it already meets the Facebook Cover specs.

4. Insert your pictures, save, and you’re done. You can use the autofill, which automatically places your pictures into the collage, or you can choose to place them yourself. I like to use the autofill first and then play around until I get something I like.

5. Upload your brand spanking new cover to Facebook and feel all Spring ready.

Facebook Cover {Living Outside the Stacks}

How often do you update your Facebook cover? How about your profile picture?
Daenel T
Disclaimer: The above post includes an affiliate link. If you click the pink PicMonkey link, you can use the Royale version of PicMonkey for a day. If three of you try it out, I earn a free week of PicMonkey Royale. Although I think this is a super cool promotion, just know that I use PicMonkey for all of my photo editing and would suggest it regardless of the current deal.

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2014 Daily Selfie: Week 11 {In the Dark Room}

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was nice. Spent some time with the family, which is always a blessing. I love it when we can all get together for meals, especially now that those times are few and far between. We’re missing Mrs. 27 and her family but someday… I complained about the snow. Yes, more snow and ice. After a day of near 70º temperatures. And, of course, I enjoyed copious amounts of coffee.

Here are some pictures from last week:

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The hubs had flowers delivered to my office last week for our anniversary; this rose was such an unusual color that it instantly became my favorite.

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I’ve never seen a live armadillo before so when I saw this guy I just had to pull over… Isn’t it weird and cute and funny looking all at the same time?

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I have no idea what that thing is but if you see it coming down the railroad tracks RUNNNNN! It goes super fast and is incredibly loud.

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One of my favorite coffee shots from last week.

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While I was off taking pictures of the boy for the Mr. JHS competition, the girls were setting the floor on fire with their dance moves.

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The boy competed in the Mr. JHS competition at school on Friday Night. It’s a school sanctioned fundraiser with proceeds going to the Special Olympics and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. He did a spot on impersonation of President Obama that had the crowd cheering…

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He won 1st Runner Up but, in my book, he’s a winner. He also found out that he was awarded 3 scholarships. Thank you, Lord, for blessing him.

What was the highlight of your week?

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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Fist Bump Friday: Family Win {In the Cafe}

#FistBumpFriday {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

This week I’m happy that the hubs is coming home from his latest trip. I’m happy that the boy was awarded several scholarships for college next year. And I’m happy that girls went grocery shopping with me last night, it made a chore that I absolutely hate so much fun!

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

Daenel T

 

 

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Graphic Tee and Floral Skirt {In the Closet}

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a beautiful week. I know I am. I celebrated my 41st birthday on Monday and my 19th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. My family went out of their way to make this year incredibly special for me and I love them all dearly for it. I’ve been a bit weepy since we’ve started planning for the twins to go to college. My babies…..

Cream Cardi Brown Tee and Teal Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not sure when or where I bought this tee but I know it’s been over 5 years. And in that time, I think I’ve worn it about 6 times. I was first attracted to the tee because, well, it’s a tee and it had that worn vintage broken in feel. You  know, soft and thread bare in some places… Like it was loved for years. Just perfect.

Cream Cardi Brown Tee and Teal Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve never been one for accessories. Working in a library and having jewelry clinking and clanking can be annoying. However, I don’t do much librarian~ing these days, so I’ve started playing around with rings and bracelets.

Right now, I’m totally digging the word bracelets that the hubs picked out for me. Purple is my favorite color, I’m fierce, and I grew up in Italy. So, yeah, totally me.

The silver bracelets were left to me by the hubs grandmother when she passed away. For years, they’ve been sitting in the corner of my drawer going unworn, now I’m rocking them every day.

Cream Cardi Brown Tee and Teal Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

The skirt is a $3 purchase from Goodwill that has more than earned its keep. I could seriously pair this skirt with everything in my closet and never be disappointed. Although it’s a bright color with bold flowers, I treat it as a neutral. And the material is versatile enough that it works for summer and winter.

Cream Cardi Brown Tee and Teal Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Wearing a graphic tee with a floral skirt is new for me. It’s like pattern mixing but not. I like the rough and tough feel of the tee paired with the girly skirt. It’s so unexpected. Next time I pair these two, and I will pair them again, I think I’ll add a navy blue or dark teal cardi for more contrast.

Do you wear jewelry? Besides a wedding set, what’s your favorite piece?

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Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.
Daenel T

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