K is for Kangaroo #bloggingfromatoz

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I've always loved this darling little ceramic kangaroo. It originally belonged to my dad, and now it's mine. I guess it was intended to store loose change or jewelery, and a man's wallet could fit in the little pouch the kangaroo is carrying. I don't know why he's wearing boxing gloves. 

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I particularly love his smile. He's always so happy and he makes me happy, too!

And, no, he's not for sale. 

 

NaBloPoMo April 2012

 


I is for Igigi @weetacon #bloggingfromatoz

One of the super-fun activities we had planned for Weetacon was an Igigi fashion show. Yes, we had a real live fashion show, and some of us - yours truly included! - got to be models and strut our stuff down the runway in gorgeous designer clothes much to the delight of our applauding, cheering fans, and the ever-voracious paparazzi.

Or, maybe the runway was really  the Waterford Room at St. Brendan's Inn, and the cheering crowds and paparazzi were a bunch of our best friends who were armed with digital and/or camera phones. It was one of the two.  But, the designer clothes? That was real!  Our favourite plus-size fashion designer, Yuliya Raquel of Igigi , graciously supplied several beautiful dresses and outfits for us to wear and keep in return for our review of the items! 

I guess this would be a perfect place for a general disclaimer that I totally stole from Suzanna (who apparently stole it from KarenD):

 The jacket in this entry was provided to me for review purposes by Igigi. The content of this entry was not dictated by Igigi; I get to keep the jacket for my personal use.

I chose to model the Farrah Jacket in black, and paired it with a pink tank top and long, black skirt for the show. I'm not usually a jacket person, but I when I saw it on the website, I thought it was cute and would be good for work, and it turns out I was right on both counts! I went with my regular top size of 14/16 and it fit me pretty well - snug, but not too tight. I thought the sleeves were a bit short on me, but the stretchy jersey fabric allowed me to tug them up a bit, which I actually prefer to do with long sleeves anyway. 

Normally I am not comfortable with short or cropped items on top and I prefer to have a tunic top or cardigan that is long enough to conceal my ample bottom. However, this jacket, with the cascading front detail, was just so adorable I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give the cropped style a try.  It's fitted to the waist then flares a little bit on the hips which gave me more of an hourglass shape that was quite flattering. In the end, I was not self-conscious or uncomfortable wearing the jacket in public, and even got really wonderful compliments from a couple ladies at work!

This is a very versatile jacket that can be dressed up or down. I dressed it up for work with a light pink blouse and a pair of grey trousers, and I plan to dress it down with a pair of jeans and white tee-shirt for casual Friday. Just about any style of necklace - short or long, thin or chunky - would go with this jacket, but I probably wouldn't try a scarf with it. It goes very well with a lanyard and Official Work I.D. Badge, too, for what it's worth! I have a few floral pins I would like to try with it, too, to add a splash of colour. 

Overall, I really like the Farrah Jacket and I'm sure I will get a lot of use out of it. The jersey fabric is stretchy and comfortable and also makes it perfect for folding and travelling. When I pulled it out of my suitcase after returning from Weetacon, I just put it right on a hanger and it was perfect - no pressing required! The jacket retails for $88.00, but is very well constructed (I've got a BS in Fashion Merchandising, so I know what I'm talking about! :-)) and I believe it will last for a long time, so long as I take care of it. This is only the second Igigi item I have (The other is a long-sleeve black tee-shirt with a fabric rose at the neckline. I don't remember the name, but I bought it after seeing KarenD wearing it during a previous Weetacon), but I may have to add one or two more items to my wardrobe after wearing the Farrah jacket and seeing the other ladies modelling some beautiful dresses at the Weetacon Igigi Fashion Show!

I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the photos I took of myself in the jacket, but you can still get an idea of how it fit on me. 

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And, here's a front and back shot of the jacket on the hanger as well as a close up of the lovely cascade detail on the front. 

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And now here's the best part: the CONTEST!!! Leave me a comment and good luck!

Want a chance to shop at Igigi on us? Just go to the Igigi website, pick out the garment you'd love to have for your very own and leave a comment here on this post, telling me exactly how you'd accessorize your new Igigi fashion and where you plan to wear it. One lucky commenter will receive a free $50 gift certificate. But wait, that's not all. Each of our Weetacon Igigi reviewers will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to Igigi, so you can enter by leaving one comment on each of those reviews too. Yes, you read this right: Weetacon and Igigi are giving away over $1000 in Igigi by Yuliya Raquel gift certificates! The only catch is that you must enter by May 15 and you can only enter once per review. Winners will be announced on Weetacon Igigi review page by May 18th.

 

NaBloPoMo April 2012

 


H is for Handmade @weetacon #bloggingfromatoz

One of the fun activities we participate in during Weetacon is the Charity Raffle. It began in 2008 as a small affair with just a few items up for bid that raised four hundred bucks. This year's raffle extravaganza included a bake sale, Pets of Weetacon calendar and Weetacon swag sale, and ultimately raised almost four thousand dollars!! Yay, us! All the money goes to Paul's Pantry, a local Green Bay non-profit food pantry.  

This year there were tons of amazing, awesome and wonderful items for us to fight over buy tickets for,  and I had my eye on a few of them. Most of the items I wanted I didn't win (but they did go to good, deserving homes, I'm sure!), but I did win two of the items I really really wanted. One of them was this:

A pottery set handmade by our very own Wendy Bix! (and, no, the other item I won is not the Hawaiian lava with a little surfer dude sculpture. my parents bought that on their honeymoon after they remarried in '79 or something like that.) She actually had a few pottery items at the auction, but this was the set I won. It's a lovely pierced tray with a small cup. The detailing on the tray is awesome! It must've taken quite a while to get all the piercings along the edges done so perfectly (and without punching through the edge, like I probably would've done!), and I love the design in the middle.

The cup is adorable, and there's something so medieval and rustic about it that makes me want to drink mead or ale out of it!

Wendy suggested this set be used for chips and dips, but I think I will use it to store some of my teeny tiny earrings, rings and other good jewlery so I don't lose or damage them. Because I'm pretty darn good at that!  

NaBloPoMo April 2012


G is for Green #bloggingfromatoz

For today's entry for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge I'm on the letter G and chose to feature the colour Green.  We didn't get all that much rain during the regular winter season, but have been getting some late storms this spring and are even expecting some rain to show up sometime this evening and continue through the rest of the week! A lot of people are grumbling and groaning about it, sick to death of the cold, wet weather, and longing for springtime and sunshine, but I'm excited! For one thing, if it really does rain, and we get a good soaking, I can skip watering the front lawn and backyard plants for another week, which will save me some money. For another thing, I love how beautiful and fresh and green the hillsides have become since we've had rain. Here are some shots of the surrounding area I took on the commute home last night and early this morning.  Enjoy!

 

NaBloPoMo April 2012


F is for Friends #bloggingfromatoz #f @weetacon @missingweetacon #friends

Recently I had the chance to spend some quality time with a bunch of my bestest friends (who also happen to be the coolest people on the planet!!) at Weetacon in Green Bay, WI. We took a hay ride in the rain, ate delicious food, had a charity auction and bake sale, went roller skating and partied down at a totally awesome 80s party. It was a blast and it was fantastic to see everyone again!

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NaBloPoMo April 2012

 


Cats and Dogs

For today's catch-up post for Blogging from A to Z, I'm doing C for cats and D for dogs. 

First up: C is for Cats. A few years ago we had our backyard landscaped. It's awesome, and I love it, but one of the plants they put in is cat mint, which is something the neighbourhood kitties apparently LOVE. There are two of them in particular that we see making the trek through our backyard stopping to rub their fuzzy little faces on the cat mint and taking little nibbles of it. One day they were both hanging out at the same time and seemed surprised to see each other. 

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I loved watching this one kitty on the fence as he watched the other cat enjoy the mint!

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Eventually the two hopped over the fence and disappeared into our neighbour's yard. A few moments later, the one with the big, fuzzy tail (the one in the grass int he first picture), hops back up on the fence and continues on his way home. I don't know what if anything  transpired between the two, but I've seen both separately since then, so there were no injuries sustained to either at least!

Next we have D for dog, and shot of my aunt and uncle's two pugs, Bow Wow and Trixie chillin' out on a Sunday morning. 

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They are very cute, extremely sweet dogs, and though they are slowing down a bit with age, are still a lot of fun to be around!

Cheers!

NaBloPoMo April 2012

 


See It Sunday: Big #seeitsunday #bloggingfromatoz

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Today's See It Sunday theme, Big, goes very well with the Blogging from A to Z Challenge I'm also participating in (B is for Big!). This photo is of the VERY big bonfire we enjoyed during the hay ride we took at the Rock K Ranch outside Green Bay, WI. There wasn't any snow in Green Bay for this year's Weetacon, so we didn't get to enjoy our usual sleigh ride, but we still rumbled out into the woods in two hay-filled wagons each pulled by two gorgeous Percheron horses. It was a blast, and that ginormous bonfire was very, very hot!

NaBloPoMo April 2012


Blogging From A to Z Challenge

I'm late to the party on yet another challenge, but, what the heck, I'll try it anyway. This one is the Blogging from A to Z Challenge where you write blog posts based on the letters of the alphabet for the month of April. I'm not really sure exactly what I'll do with this challenge - some folks are picking a theme they will run the whole month, but since I'm jumping in kinda late I don't really have time to plan everything out. It's a pity I don't hear about these things sooner!

Anyway, I might as well start off today with the letter A, and probably the simplest A word on the plante: Apple.

This shot was a true spur-of-the-moment shot for the March Photo a Day Challenge where the theme was fruit. This apple was one of several one of my co-workers (who is lucky enought to have an apple tree!) brought in to share with us. I grabbed the first one I saw, shined it up on my pants, set it on the table and took the shot. I think it came out really well considering there was very little thought put into it!

NaBloPoMo April 2012