Sunday, January 31

Snow Day

As I've just begun my new job in the greenhouse, my boss and I have been struggling to shift my schedule from the standard Monday through Friday to Thursday through Monday.  This weekend was no exception to our struggles!  The snow storm that blew through on Friday night and Saturday kept me from working this weekend, which means I'm back to the drawing board to work out a 40 hour week that includes weekends.  On the up side, I had plenty of time to enjoy the snow... and all that comes with it!
It was quite the blizzardy morning... this scene, outside the kitchen window, greeted me for breakfast.

I'm not sure what plant this is, but I thought it looked super-fun covered in snow!

View from the top..

By 2pm, the birdfeeders were empty!  I think we fed every bird in town!
But my favorite part was watching as the birds waited their turn on the neighboring Chinese Elm!

I saw a photo by Joe Leavenworth and had to try this out for myself!  Honestly, I like his better...

Yeah, yeah... they say snow is nature's best insulator... but I have to say it!  Poor daffodils!

I always thought our back-door doorbell had character.  And the snow totally proves is!

Haha, and my favorite pic of the day... "Give me hot cocoa!!!"

Friday, January 29

flowers and bows

After three months, I've finally finished my first thrift renovation!

Shirt: Victoria's Secret (too old to remember)
Skirt: Thrift ($5)
Tights: Kohl's ($5)
Shoes: ModCloth ($35)
Necklace: Homebody ($8)
I bought this skirt back in October at a thrift store in Blacksburg, VA.  Back then, it was a full length "teacher skirt" - I brought it home and cut it up above my knees and attempted a hem that would almost give it that bubble skirt look, then i used leftover material from the lining to wrap around my waist and tie into a bow!  I like how many subtle colors there are in the flowers that I can play with.  It feels like a garden party... in skirt form!  As for the shoes, I love them!  I just received them in the mail the other day and absolutely adore them!

As proud as I am of reinventing this skirt, I know I still have a lot of learning to do when it comes to sewing!  My mom actually laughed when she saw my hem job!  Soooo, I decided to sign up for a sewing class and try to improve!  In addition to recreating some great thrift finds, I have a nice collection of vintage sewing patterns that I would REALLY love to try out!

Wednesday, January 27

color me kelyn

Shirt: TjMaxx ($8)
Sweater: TjMaxx ($12)
Bracelet: Thrift ($3)
Belt: El Salvador (?)
Jeans: Charlotte Russe ($15)
Shoes: DSW ($15)

This week has been a little different than most at work.  For one, rather than going to the gardens, we're attending the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation.  So instead of being in a greenhouse all week, I've had the opportunity to attend some really cool, interesting classes.  The other different part about this week is that, since I'm not in the gardens, I've gotten to wear my normal clothes!  Above is today's ensemble - a little dressed down compared to the last two days.  When I saw the beautiful blue sky this morning, I decided I couldn't let myself wear something dark and gloomy!  And what resulted was some of the brightest parts of my wardrobe coming together!  I'm so in love with this bracelet I found at the thrift store in Blacksburg a few months ago.  Every time I wear it I daydream about where and who it came from...

On Sunday I went in to work to help get things ready for a class this week (my boss taught a propagation course) and couldn't help but take my camera around the gardens a little bit since it was 60 degrees and sunny out!!  I think the most gorgeous thing in the garden right now is the Japanese Apricot tree (Prunus mume).  It's so gorgeous, I just had to share it with you! Enjoy:

Sunday, January 24

and so it begins

-Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)
"The time has come," the Walrus said
To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

It's funny how over the past few months, I've been obsessing over starting a blog of my own, how I've written pages and pages in my head of wonderful things to post, how I have a folder in my "Pictures" file already devoted to this blog, and yet the first words to type just don't flow through my fingers. 
The first two pictures I have posted are my tribute to the "daily-syle" blogs, particularly Orchid Grey and This Time Tomorrow.  I'll admit I'm still quite the amateur at the self-photography, and I'm definitely no model!  But I think I will have fun trying to imitate the creativity of these two girls!

And so, in true form of such blogs, I give you the list:
Sweater: Forever 21 ($16?)
Belt: Thrift ($1)
Skirt: Victoria's Secret ($15?)
Tights: Kohl's ($5)
Shoes: ModCloth (Christmas Present from Mom!)

Now that that is out of my system...

Like everyone else, I suppose a blog is my new public journal.  Plus, I know I won't be taking pictures of myself in fun outfits I've put together often enough to warrant a whole blog!  This is where Lewis Carroll's words really come into play, as I may post about really anything!  For example:
Behold Manfreda undulata.  This 4" square container is sitting in the mist room of the greenhouse where I work.  I find it fascinating that the seeds remain attached to the growing seedlings!

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