Thursday, September 18

Snapshots

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As you can see, we've been spending lots of time around the house lately.  Actually, that's only half true-- I think I've stopped carrying my camera around with me when we go out lately.  I haven't been very inspired in the photo department, which is just fine.  For me, that comes in waves, and I'm sure it will come back soon(ish).

**Poe wanted to paint her nails herself this week.  Big kid.
**The weather has cooled and we've been spending many cozy nights on the porch again.
**I treated myself to Lykke Wullf overall shorts because it was necessary.
**Our band has been learning lots of new songs lately, so this is a pretty regular sight.
**Tea party girls (from a few weeks back).
**Citronella candles are a must this time of year.
**I've been borrowing this beauty of a guitar from our best pal lately, and I never ever want to give it back.  We've bonded.  ;)

What is your photo inspiration like?  Does it come in waves like me, or do you have things to help you stay constantly inspired?  If you have any tips for staying motivated, I'd love to hear them!  xo.


Wednesday, September 17

Vintage Skirt ReStyle

Skirt Restyle
I don't know if any of you have this problem, but when I'm scrolling through my IG and someone has just updated their "shop my closet" account, I MUST pop over.  WHAT IF THERE IS SOMETHING REALLY GREAT IN THERE AND I MISS IT?!!!  It's a problem.  I actually had to unfollow almost all the shop accounts I once enjoyed, because just as I've learned from eBay, my competitive side comes thrashing out.  I've over paid for a lot of things in my lifetime.  Anyway, I bought this great vintage skirt from my pal Amanda a couple weeks back, but just like tons of vintage stuff I snag online, it wasn't that flattering on me.  The print is really great, though, so I was determined to find a way to make it work.

Skirt Restyle
Here is my "before" shot.  As you can see, it was a little too long, the mid-section a little too high, and it had pockets that really accentuated my hips.  In the not-great way.

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The first thing I did was chop those pockets out.  I know, I know, skirts with pockets are terrific.  They had to go, though.  I stitched up the sides where the pockets once were and chopped part of the waist off.  I folded the band down and used this tutorial I did over on ABM to create an elastic waistline.

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Since I shortened the waistline, it brought the skirt up to a great midi length.  I'm excited to have this beauty in my wardrobe for fall.  I'm dreaming of all the things I can pair with it!

I hope this inspires you to give a little love to something in your closet!  Happy Wednesday!  xo.


Monday, September 15

Apply Less Pressure Here

Love I'm pretty sure this has been one of the busiest/most eventful years of my life.  With all the blogging and sewing and playing music and homeschooling and just being a parent/friend/daughter/person in general, sometimes I feel like SuperWoman.  And sometimes I feel like I'm losing my mind.  I had what felt like a mini-breakdown in August.  It was a hard month.  There were more things going on than I felt like I could handle, paired with some heart-breaking family news and some more family drama on the other side, and I just decided that something(s) had to change.  The question for me was: How do you give up one of your "things" when you are passionate about all of them?  And that was tough.

First, I assessed all the things that were keeping me busy night and day.  What was I willing to let go of?  I think this is the part where I'm supposed to tell you that I took a deep breath and eliminated some things from my life... except, I mostly didn't.  All of the "work" things that keep me busy, I love those things.  Oh, yeah... and they also help pay the bills.  For me, cutting out half of what was going on wasn't really an option.  So, what next?

Johnny and I did a lot of talking about how we could change some things around to make life a little less stressful.  As we planned and planned and redistributed responsibility, I realized that the thing that really needed to change was the amount of pressure I was applying to myself.

*You don't have anything to blog about today?  Well, now the world is ending and everyone is disappointed in you.*
*You fell asleep instead of answering those emails?  Well, now you've offended everyone waiting in that Inbox.*
*You didn't finish that project within your self-inflicted deadline?  Well, now everything else is going to suffer while you try to make up the time you've wasted.*

Anyway, you get the general idea.  I was placing so much pressure on myself, that I was feeling more than overwhelmed.  Like, only sleeping 3 or 4 hours a night, just so I could get all the work stuff done and still be a great mother and friend.  The SuperWoman feeling had left and I was just spent.  So, where do we go from here?

At some point I had a moment of clarity.  "This is stupid.  I have to love myself better and forgive myself more.  Or, even better: stop beating myself up all the time, and then there's no need for forgiveness."  So, here's what I've been focusing on:

*MORE SELF LOVE.
*Patting myself on the back for a job well done instead of focusing on what I didn't accomplish for the week.
*This one is hard for me, but saying no to friends when my week is feeling too heavy.  I can't always be everything for everyone and that's okay.
*Making sure I have time to decompress everyday.

I get a lot of comments asking how I "manage it all" and I hope this gives a little insight.  No one has it together all of the time.  Sometimes I "manage it all" pretty well (like a badass, really) and sometimes juggling is a joke and I drop all the balls I have in the air.  The thing is, when that happens you just pick them up and give it another go.  It's all gonna be okay.  xo.


Friday, September 12

Weekend Wishes

Happy Weekend
Here's to a really wonderful weekend, friends!  We've got back-to-back shows this weekend, mixed with a fun Oktoberfest at our favorite local brewery and a fun party with our pals, so it's shaping up to be quite an eventful weekend.  Whatever you end up doing, whether it's working or hugging your cat or reading in the quiet, I hope it's great for you.  Happy Friday!  xo.