My Girlish Whims

Your Whims Wednesday #180 {And Features}

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | | 8 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last week!

Chilled Caramel Apple Cider by Atkinson Drive
(Grown-Up) Chilled Caramel Apple Cider by Atkinson Drive #fall #cocktail

Jello Mold Pumpkins by Duct Tape and Denim
Jello mold pumpkins.  Tutorial on blog. | DuctTapeAndDenim.com
 
Overnight Carrot Cake Oatmeal by Jenn's Random Scraps
 
Caramel Apple Parfaits by Pink Recipe Box
Caramel Apple Parfaits | www.pinkrecipebox.com
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



8 Months In and Over 50 Pounds Down

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | | 13 comments
Well friends another month has gone by and I figured I'd pop in to give another update on my weight loss journey. Last month I shared that I had FINALLY dropped beneath 200 pounds on the scale.  That was such a huge deal for me! It has been a LONG time I've seen my weight with a "1" at the start!! I'm happy to report that I've dropped another 5 pounds since last month for a total of 52 pounds down.  Yay!!

I've been blogging about this journey from the start and I've shared with close friends and family, but I was always hesitant to post much about it on my own facebook page.  I feel more comforable writing about this journey on my blog to essentially strangers than I do posting about it to my own real friends haha! I posted about it for the first time right before hubby and I left for Jamaica in May and I hit 30 pounds down, and last week I finally posted an update on facebook showing these two photos and announcing that I had officially reached 50 pounds down.

I felt like a million  bucks that day.  I had 127 people like that status! Hah! I'm wearing the same dress in the two pictures, some people didn't even realize that.  It lays completely different on me now that I'm over 50 pounds lighter!
 
To celebrate passing the 50 pounds mark I went and did a little shopping over Labor Day weekend.  I tried on a pair of skinny jeans at the Loft and on a whim grabbed a pair in size 12.  Can you believe they actually fit!!!



So of course I had to do another comparison photo...the picture on the left is from last fall where I was SQUEEZING into those size 16 pants. Now I'm still squeezing but it's into size 12s.  Woot!!!

 
Where I really see the most progress though? In my belly area.  This is pretty intimadating to post online, but after I shared my weight last month this doesn't seem quite as scary to post.  I'm 246 pounds on the picture in the left and down to 194 in the picture in the right. Oy vay!

I'm still not nearly where I want to be yet but I've seen enough progress I finally feel brave enough to post a picture of me in a sports bra on the interwebs hah. I crack up at the skin color difference in these photos.  Nice to see that by September I FINALLY have aquired a little bit of a tan. Except for my tummy...because lord knows I'm not ready for a bikini yet...
 
So...I'm still plugging away.  It's crazy to me to think I've been committed to this for 8 months now! I have such a better attitude about it now.  I KNOW i'm committed.  Going back just isn't an option anymore! I will always have slip ups (like this weekend when friends and I went up to the mountains and I ate like fat Becca alllll weekend long) but I always get back on track on Monday.  I start counting my calories again and go to my weekly Zumba class.  And I show up in style with my cute new workout clothes from Fabletics :)

Seriously though, matching workout clothes make me feel so motivated to workout haha! I am offically addicted to Fabletics. Sometime I'll do a roundup of all the cute outfits I've bought from them.  If you are interested in trying it you can get your first outfit for only $25 with this link!! Shameless plug, I get a $10 credit if you sign up, but hubby is starting to get a littttle annoyed with all the fabletics packages that have been arriving weekly monthly and I have to feed my addiction somehow :)

Your Whims Wednesday #179 {And Features}

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | | 5 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last week!

Peach Melba Ice Cream by Pink Recipe Box
Peach Melba Homemade Ice Cream Recipe | www.pinkrecipebox.com
 
How to Decorate the End of the Hall by Crystelle Boutique 
CrystelleBoutique - Dealing with a lightswitch in the middle of the hall
 
Glittery Fall Leaf by Crafty Journal
Glittery Fall Leaf Earrings by Crafty Journal
 
Carmel Apple Muddy Buddies by Life with the Crust Cut Off
Caramel Apple Muddy Buddies
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



Your Whims Wednesday #178 {And Features}

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | | 7 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last week...I'll be honest, I was a little biased towards my love of jewelry making in this week's features...there were just so many great jewelry projects linked up!

Vintaj Key Hole Bracelet by Mixed Kreations
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Sari Silk Wrapped Leather Bracelet by Candie Cooper

DIY Ribbon and Chain Bracelet by Edea Smith

 
Beautiful Boho Earrings by Etcetorize
Boho, Bohemian, Festival style, DIY earrings
 
Stacked Bead Tribal Necklace by Everyday Bijoux
 
Bold Fuschia Bracelet by Undeniable Glitter
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



DIY Golden Link Necklace with Jesse James Beads

I think that to excel at any craft you have to constantly try to push yourself out of your comfort zone to try new things. There are certain types of beads and designs I always gravitate to. If I ALWAYS gravitate to those same designs and beads though I would have nothing to blog about!  This project I'm sharing today was definitely a nice little push out of my comfort zone that still looks very much like "me" but made me work a little harder to think how I wanted it all to come together!


Today I'm sharing my:

DIY Golden Link Necklace

This necklace is made entirely out of Jesse James Beads with Cousin chain and findings.  I was able to pick up some strands of Jesse James Beads this year at Bead Fest Philly, aren't they SO pretty???

They are so different from any beads I normally work with so it was fun to give my design skills a challenge :) I basically cut apart all of the gold color strands I got and fiddled around with a couple different patterns until I came up with a dangled bib style necklace:

Then I set to work turning it into a necklace! For each dangle I strung the bottom bead onto a head pin and the next two beads onto eye pins.

Bend the wire back 90 degrees directly above each bead with needle nose pliers

Trim off all but about a half of an inch of the pin using wire cutters

Grab the tail with round nose pliers and bend into a simple loop

Attach this loop to the eye pin with the next bead on it, then repeat the steps to create another simple loop and end with the last bead in the chain.

Repeat this process for all of the dangles.  Next, use the same technique to create a strand of small round beads with two large crystals on the end:

Take apart the center of the chain using pliers and attach the top loop of the bead at the top of the center dangle to the eye pins on either side.

The necklace should lay like so when done:

Repeat this process for the rest of the dangles, spacing them out along the chain of beads.

Next attach a piece of chain to the eye pin on either side of the end crystal beads using a jump ring.

Lastly, attach a lobster claw clasp and jump ring to the ends of the chain using two small jump rings and needle nose pliers. 
 
And then the necklace is done!

The bead strands I picked up all had so much variety that I was forced to use so many more beads types in this necklace than I normally would.  But I really really like how well they still all incorporate so well in the finished project!!

There's such a pretty golden glow about this necklace, don't you think? I still have 7 more strands to use for another project, here's to giving myself another challenge!!

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