Fashion Over 40 ~ Placemat Purse Organizer

September 29, 2014

This is a combo post... Hubby and I were away this weekend and we were traveling home on Sunday.... So, this is me... how I normally dress. I've told you before, I'm a jeans, t-shirt, flip flop kinda gal.
My Fashion Over 40
(Betcha can't guess where I am...) ;) And yes, this is fashion...kinda... Go Flames!
We had a great weekend! First, we got to visit our daughter in Virginia and then headed down to our favorite place to vacation, Myrtle Beach.  It was kinda cloudy and wet, but it was nice to get away.

Preparing for this getaway, I decided to change purses to something a bit more fallish. I've had shoulder issues, so now, I like to wear over the shoulder, cross over purses. I really don't like heavy purses, or really big ones. I like it simple. Anyway, I changed purses, and this one didn't have all the nice organizing pockets inside. Everything seemed to fall into a big black hole. Then dig, dig, dig to find something. Basically, a HUGE mess!
Purse Mess

Do you see what I mean? This began to bug me after day one! On Thursday, I decided I couldn't take it anymore.  There has to be a better way, some sort of purse organizer.  I looked on Pinterest and saw a few pics.  I could easily do this!


1. Find a cheap placemat, I think I might have picked this up at the Dollar store.
Figure out what you need organized. These are the items that I don't want to have to dig for.

2. Fold over the top edge for stability and sew across.
Fold Over Top Inch

3. Fold the placemat almost in half and line up the items you where you want them.  You want to be able to reach into the pocket easily. Place stickpins where you want the pockets to be.Pin Layout

4. Sew up sides and pockets where you placed the stickpins.
Fold Up Bottom Half

5. Voila! Placemat Purse Organizer!
Pockets sewn

This organizer will fit in practically any size purse.  I didn't sew the ends together, so that it can fold over if the purse is rather small. I folded it over in this purse.
Placemat Purse Organizer700
I tested it out this weekend and it WORKED! I could easily find the items I needed without having to dig. It all stayed organized!  I am a Happy Camper!!

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(My) Fashion Over 40 ~ How's Your Thinking?

September 22, 2014

I can't believe we are already into fall now. I'm still kinda fighting it... You'll see what I mean in my outfit for today.

Dining Room Chairs Turned Out Perfect!

September 18, 2014

These chairs turned out WAY better than I thought they would.  Hubs and I weren't sure what color to paint them and you should have seen how we went back and forth on the color and pattern on the seat covers. Who would think that little ole dining chairs could cause such a ruckus?? But we nailed it!!

(My) Fashion Over 40 ~ Gettin A Little Chilly

September 15, 2014

I've been fighting fall. I really enjoyed summer, and I kinda didn't want to let go. But there's no use fighting it, it's coming whether I like it or not.  So, I caved.....  I started bringing up my fall decor and I started a fall craft. :)

This Sunday, it was a bit chilly, so I broke out the jeans.... and a sweater!

Ugly Dining Table ~ No More!

September 11, 2014

Today is September 11th.  A day to reflect and remember all those that were lost in the terrorist attack in New York City. What a sad horrible day that was. I will never forget.  Lord, bless all those that are still dealing with the struggles that day brought to our nation. I pray we never forget all the sacrifices men and women made that day.

I had my doubts whether I should share this today, but I wrote it a couple of days ago and I simply couldn't wait one more day to share my beautiful table. Was redoing my dining table worth it? Not a shadow of doubt!  One of the best things I could have done! I have to say the only words that could express how I feel... I LOVE IT!!!!

Let me take you back to where I left you, a couple of weeks ago. Yes, it took me that long to complete! We were in the priming stage.
Table Primed

(My) Fashion Over 40 ~ Today's Culture and The Church

September 8, 2014

Well, the days of summer are almost gone....  I have this need to wear as many bright colors as possible! So here is another colorful outfit.
My Fashion Over 40

Bright colors just make me feel happy! I am soooo not ready for fall to come this year. Seriously, I have no desire to decorate for fall or for it to get cold?  I don't know what the deal is.  I usually love this time of year.

I also, just had this pointed out to me by my precious Hubby... Uhhhh.... My birthday is in the fall. I just realized I'll be turning ((((49)))))).  It doesn't really bother me.  I completely wholeheartedly believe my wonderful great-aunt's words of wisdom that, "Age is between the ears"! But I have to say, that 49 sounds A LOT older than 48.  Just sayin....  That being said, I feel great!  I'm in the best health/shape of my life!  I feel better than I did in my early thirties! So, bring it on 49!!!

Ok, back to the outfit.... Camisole, I've worn before under sheer type of shirts.  It's from JCP with the matching cardigan. (Which I must replace. It's starting to show it's wear and it's too big.)

The skirt I picked up at a thrift store for a couple of bucks.  The shoes are one of my favorites that I've had for years.  They are Bandolino's I picked up at Ross for less than $20.  LOVE a good deal!

What do you think about Today's Culture and The Church?  It's seems more and more that the culture is affecting the church and we (the church) are adapting and changing to be like it.  Is that what Jesus wanted?  I don't think that was the plan.  Our Pastor was talking about this on Sunday.

The Church used to affect the culture.  There was prayer and Bible reading in school. The Ten Commandments could be posted just about anywhere. Now, none of that is acceptable.  Now, a student can get suspended for saying "Bless you".  Yes, that happened here in the good ole USA. You can read about it HERE.

This used to be a Christian nation.  I don't believe it is anymore.  The moral standards of this nation are hitting rock bottom.  I believe The Church should set the standard, not the other way around.  By The Church, I mean the followers of Christ, the ones that live their lives to serve and please the One and Only God Almighty. (There just seems to be a lot of people out there that call themselves Christians, but don't really live like they are.)

We don't need to go back to the legalistic ways.  I remember those days... The list of the things you couldn't do was longer than the list of things you could do.  My sweet Grandma was an old time Pentecostal believer.  She unfortunately would tell me that I was going to hell, for practically everything I did.  She eventually saw that was a legalistic and controlling way of life. Christ never intended us to live like that, in constant fear of going to hell.  But now, we've swung so far the other way.  There doesn't seem to be a fear of anything, we can live any ole way we please. Again, I don't believe that was Jesus' plan. Let's come back to some middle ground.  We need to have a holy fear of the Creator of the universe, and we can have freedom in Christ.  We need both, we need to live in balance.

This verse states what's really important.
Matthew 22: 36-39
36 Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment.  39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Loving God first and foremost. Everything else will fall into place if we keep our eyes on Him. I think we make it too hard.  Then, loving people (neighbors).  Showing them the love of Christ. That's what people want... just to be loved.

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A Tour Through Blogland With The Stonybrook House

September 2, 2014

Leslie from Puddy's House asked me to participate in the Tour Through Blogland that is making it's rounds right now. I thought "Why not?" I'm always up for a little fun! Ready. Set. Go!
Tour Thru Blogland
So, I'm going to introduce you to Leslie from Puddy's House that invited me and Gayle from Miss Kopy Kat.  Oh, and I'm supposed to answer a few questions about myself....

These two ladies are amazing!!  Both of them have full time jobs AND blog, that in and of itself is unbelieveable.  To me that means that they love what they do enough to share it with all of us!

First up is Leslie. I met her at my first Haven Conference a few years ago and we live only a couple of hours from each other. She is a Human Resources Manager and her blog is kinda like mine, a little bit of this and a little bit of that, from DIY projects, thrifting, cooking to taking yard sale items and turning them into something beautiful! And where did the name of her blog come from? Her sweet little dog, Puddy!

One of my favorite things she's done is her Folding Chair Make Over.  Didn't they come out great?!
I also love what she's done in her backyard.  What a beautiful place to relax.  It's her Outdoor Paradise.

Head on over to her blog and check out all the other great things she's been up to.  Thank you, Leslie for asking me to join in the blogland fun.

I guess now is the time for me to answer a few questions about myself....

1. What am I working on?
I kinda have a lot of projects I'm working on right now. Revamping my living/dining/kitchen area is what I've been focusing on lately.
Dining room
I've been painting, working on my dining table, painting lamps and organizing more drawers!
This Drawer Organizing System I use, is still my top post and has had almost 318,000 hits! Crazy right?? Yet, every single drawer I've organized this way has stayed organized! That's amazing to me!
Desk Organizer

2. How does my work differ from others?
I don't really think I'm all that different, I just do things the way I like them.  Everyone has different styles and tastes. The one thing I do a bit different that I haven't seen a lot of is (My) Fashion Over 40. This year I thought I'd throw in a new twist to the blog, by adding a fashion element.  I'd like to do more, it's just all about time.  Here are a few of my favs...  :) You can click on the pictures to take you to the post.
My Fashion Over 40My Fashion Over 40(My) Fashion Over 40

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Sometimes I ask myself the same question...  As the kids grew up and have moved out, I wanted/needed something for me.  This is an expression of my life and who I am and what I enjoy. Plus it's given me great motivation to decorate and renovate our home.  We've only been here 5 years and I STILL have so much to do!!

4. How does your writing/creative process work?
Kind of ADHD.... I sometimes feel like I am all over the place.  I like to have a couple of projects going all at once, even though it can overwhelm me at times. And I have a hard time actually "finishing" a project. Hubby and I were talking about this just the other day.   I'll get started on something, have great motivation.  Then I'll get to a point that I'm not sure what else to do to it, to "finish" it.  I'm having that problem with my dining room table right now, but I have to finish that!  I mostly work by what I "feel" like doing.  So, there really is no rhyme or reason to how I work. I certainly haven't figured it out yet, but it doesn't bother me, because this is me, it's who I am. Thank God, Hubby is a relaxed kinda guy that goes with the flow. :)

Finally!! Done with me.

Now on to this lovely lady, Gayle from Miss Kopy Kat!
I also met Gayle at my first Haven Conference.  She is a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

She writes under the alias of "Miss Kitty" and she has been blogging for three years.  She enjoys sharing her trials at trying to copy looks that she sees on other blogs, Pinterest, magazines and real life as she decorates her home and for parties and weddings. She likes to put her experiences in tutorial form so her readers can be copy cats too!

Here are a few of my favorites from her blog! Aren't these awesome??!! So creative! Here's her post Using My Noodles.

Then there are all of her Summer Tutorials! There are quite a few I want to try and copy myself!
Here's one of them.  Do It Yourself Starfish, you'll never guess what she made these out of. Genius!

So, be sure to check out these two cool bloggers. Puddy's House and Miss Kopy Kat.
Once again, thank you, Leslie! This was fun!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!
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