The Poetry That Is Life

Trying to find the beauty, the poetry, in every moment


May 2016

DIY Kimono: How to make a shirt into a kimono

I like fashion, but I will never be a fashion blogger.  For one thing, I may not be the last to get in on a trend, but I am never the first.

Actually scratch that.  Sometimes I AM the first.  But not because I latched on to a trend early.  Because I latched on to something I LIKED, and then it LATER happened to become a trend.

All that to say–I don’t buy into what’s “in style” unless I actually like it.  And a lot of times I *do* actually like it. But not all the time.

The kimono trend is a trend that I do actually like.  I’m a big fan of layering; in fact, it’s gotten to where I don’t know how to dress myself without putting layers together. This becomes a problem during the spring and summer months, when it’s warm enough outside that you really shouldn’t be wearing layers.  The kimono fixes that problem, because so many of them are light-weight, made with flowery fabrics, and flowy. Thumbs up from this gal.

However, I don’t like the price tag.  Every kimono I have been able to find in stores was at least 21 dollars or so, but usually I say them at 30 or more.  And while we aren’t hard-pressed for money, that’s just most expensive than I was willing to pay for that type of garment.

So, one day, I was browsing store specifically keeping an eye on the price tags for kimonos.  It just so happened that as I was browsing Rue 21, I found a few shirts that were flowy, made with prints that I personally would have liked on a kimono, they just…weren’t kimonos.

I thought to myself…surely there’s a way to make a shirt into a kimono…and there is!  I looked up “DIY kimono” on Google, and there are TONS of Youtube tutorials showing you how to make a kimono from shirts, scarves, and loose fabric.

Did I mention that the shirt was on sale for $5? Continue reading “DIY Kimono: How to make a shirt into a kimono”


#WeddingWednesday: The Blessing of Having Help

After positive feedback on last week’s post, along with the enjoyment I get out of looking back, processing, and writing about the wedding and wedding process, I think I may try to do a whole #WeddingWednesday series to talk about a lot of the aspects of wedding planning that I didn’t get to cover in the first post.  I hope that doesn’t come across as self-centered or self-seeking; I hope to pass on the little I learned from my imperfect time as a bride-to-be, and maybe inspire and help other brides-to-be in their planning.  OR, you can just learn what was going through my head as I made the decisions I made 😉

I will probably end up back-tracking and starting from the beginning to cover other aspects of planning more chronologically, but first I want to talk about the blessing of having help when planning and preparing for your wedding.

This came to the forefront of my mind the other day at work when I overheard a conversation between two ladies, discussing their children’s upcoming nuptials.  Both had sons getting married, so we’re dealing with a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship here. One of the women said that when she asked the bride-to-be what she could do to help, she was told to “Wear beige and shut up.”

A few things come to mind from this:

  1. I know this is judgmental and I shouldn’t say this, but I can only imagine how much of a bridezilla that woman is!
  2. What a way to start off your relationship with your husband’s family 😦
  3. I feel a lot of sorrow for this bride.

Let me explain the sorrow. Continue reading “#WeddingWednesday: The Blessing of Having Help”

Should we actually be divisive, or just decisive?

 Just FYI, Hamilton is always relevant… 😉


So, I wrote a blog post about my April reading, and somehow it accidentally got deleted (or I accidentally deleted it..) In it, I mentioned my current love for all things Hamilton.  If you weren’t aware, there’s a Broadway musical called Hamilton about Alexander Hamilton: it’s got hip-hop, rap, and decades worth of history, and it’s taking the world by storm.

That’s not the point of this post though. That’s just some background information.

Anyway, last week I was listening to “Farmer Refuted” from the Hamilton Musical soundtrack, and one stray lyric really stood out to me, and it stuck with me all last week, and has continued to nag me this week..

“I’d rather be divisive than indecisive”

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I’ll Love You Forever – A Mother’s Day Surprise

I know it’s a little late to be talking about Mother’s Day, but I got my mother her gift late to begin with. In my defense, I was able to give her her gift–which was a dual Mother’s Day/birthday gift–ON her birthday, which was only a week after Mother’s Day.  Since we live in different states and I was able to give her the gift in person, I’d say that’s pretty darn good, thank you very much ;).  And now, a little later than that, I’d like to share it with you here.

ill love you forever book coverOne of the children’s books I remember most distinctly growing up is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.  It’s a beautiful story of a mother’s love for her child throughout all the stages of life: all difficult but all with their own sorts of blessings. But it is also the story of a child’s love for his mother, and devotion to her during another difficult stage of life. It’s a beautiful story that can be appreciated by kids and adults alike. It’s also a hugely popular book; I’m sure many of you also have a connection to this book as well.

This book sticks with me not only because my mother read this to me on innumerable occasions, but because she also developed her own tune to the constant refrain of the mother from the book, and it became a lullaby that was part of my nightly bedtime routine.

I’ll love you forever

I’ll like you for always

As long as I’m living,

My baby you’ll be

SO, when I saw that a friend of mine was selling prints of those words to give as Mother’s Day gifts, I knew I had to get one for my mom for her birthday/belated Mother’s Day. It’s something special between the two of us that I knew she would appreciate.

watercolor I'll love you forever 2

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#WeddingWednesday: Favorite Details From My Wedding Day

My husband and I will be heading out of town this weekend to celebrate the union of two friends (the groom to be was actually a groomsman in our wedding), so in honor of that joyous occasion, I thought I’d write a #WeddingWednesday post about a few of my favorite wedding details from our own wedding this past January.

As any former bride will attest, once you’ve gone through the planning process, you will forever notice the little details at other weddings, because you know how much work went into it! I’m looking forward to seeing all the details this weekend and at all future weddings to come, and I love looking back at my own.

Having a winter wedding gave me different options than are typical for your traditional summer wedding. This was good for me, because I always want to do things just a little bit different, and do things that are unique.

Color Scheme

I wanted a color scheme that would fit the winter season.  One of my favorite colors is green, so after some debate on various shades, I went with evergreen to match the season’s greenery without being too Christmas-y.  I didn’t have a definite second color; I wanted brown, but didn’t have a specific shade nailed down…besides the fact it’s hard to find multiple things in the same shade of brown….and black is such a go-to color for groom’s attire….

…Yeah, picking out colors was actually somewhat stressful for me (overthinking at it’s finest). Ultimately, I incorporated various shades of brown, black, and white.

To go along with the evergreen, I decided pretty early on to use greenery and pine cones on the tables at the reception, and possibly for other decor too.  That theme ended up being carried over in a lot of the details.

Continue reading “#WeddingWednesday: Favorite Details From My Wedding Day”

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