what i wore wednesday

welcome to what i wore wednesday!  in case you’re new here, here’s a little background on what all this craziness is about:  after years of staying home with my kids, my effort in the style department was in serious decline.  i mean, i felt like putting on sweats and a baseball hat was getting dressed!  most days i didn’t bother getting out of my pj’s.  one day i decided to start posting pics of my daily outfits on my blog to motivate myself to put a little more effort into my appearance.  and so my weekly post of “what i wore wednesday” was born!

what i wore wednesday at the pleated poppy

this week i went back east to pennsylvania for allume.  it was an exhausting weekend, but i am really glad i went.  lots of late nights and early mornings – i should be used to it, but i feel like i am still catching up on my sleep.

this is kind of my standard travel outfit:

cardigan – all saints

top – banana republic

jeans – target

boots – steve madden

i know its easier to travel wearing flats rather than boots, but i was only taking a carry on and i didn’t want to try to squeeze my boots into it, so on they went!

(custom phone case – a drop of golden sun)

what i wore wednesday at the pleated poppy

 infinity scarf – the pleated poppy (i just added more to the shop!)

petal pusher – the pleated poppy

what i wore wednesday at the pleated poppy

 i am always cold at conferences, so layers are good for me.

cardigan – target

striped top & jeans – forever 21

scarf – the pleated poppy

what i wore wednesday at the pleated poppy

 flats – target

messenger bag – the pleated poppy

what i wore wednesday at the pleated poppy

cardigan – forever 21

black v-neck – forever 21

coral skinnies – target

flats – payless

necklace – groopdealz

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playroom & studio tour

playroom

its been a little while since i took you on a playroom tour, and since we were part of a homeschool room tour a couple weekends ago, i figured i should take some pictures while it was clean!

playroom

 as some of you may know, we homeschool part time, 3 days a week, so this room gets used for that a lot.  but beyond schooling, we LIVE in this room.  this is where we do art projects, where most of the toys are, where we spend most of our days.

my husband’s company built the desks and storage areas, so we got to design everything to fit our needs.  we were able to build 4 desks along the window wall, 1 for me and 3 for the kids.

playroom

 the big wall is our main storage wall, helping to keep everything in its place.

playroom

 behind those big doors are 2 huge plastic dollhouses, a broken tv (why?!), and piles of fabric.  the drawers are used every day and hold:  puzzles, playmobiles, polly pockets, and stuffed animals.

playroom

 this side of the wall holds miscellaneous crafts supplies, office supplies, our printer/copier, and some work supplies, like ribbon and fabric scraps in teh locker baskets.

playroom

 this side is lily’s desk and holds some homeschool supplies & curricula and kids craft supplies (which are scattered throughout the house as well).

playroom

 the colored baskets are from land of nod and hold yarn, ribbon, and math manipulatives.  the silver boxes hold craft paints and stamps/ink pads.

playroom

 i think most of these jars are from walmart and target.  i love them!  i use them for my sewing supplies as well.  i like to be organized, but still see what i have.

playroom

since the kids don’t always love sitting at their desks, they work here at the table a lot.  my mom got me the vintage chairs.  the basket under the table holds blankets for fort making and snuggling.

playroom

 this old coke crate is key to organization.  my kids like to draw.  A LOT.  so having a central place for them to find all their supplies is key.  and, since they are able to find it easily, they are also able to put it back easily (in theory).

playroom

 and here’s my “studio” space.  i actually love sharing space with the kids.  they are at an age now where i can leave my work out and not worry about them getting into it.  thats good and bad since i just tend to leave it out and let it pile up!

playroom

 i spend a lot of time here – thankfully the view is pretty amazing from my desk!  and for the record, my desk is never this clean!  it usually has homeschool papers scattered to the left of my laptop and work papers scattered to the right, along with random projects and mending to be done.

playroom

 this also is a rare sight:  a clean cutting table!  i tend to work on multiple projects at a time and this space gets pretty piled with stacks of fabrics i want to use together.  then they just wait there until i can actually get to them.

playroom

this is the most bare my fabric shelves have been in a long time, but that may be because the drawers below are filled with fabric as well!  i love having all the clear jars above holding all my notions right where i can see them.

playroom

 the sliding baskets below hold bolts of fabric, miscellaneous projects that have literally been waiting for 3 years to get completed (not happening), bloom belt supplies, post cards and promotional fliers, works in progress, scissors and al sorts of glues and glue guns.

playroom

 i always like looking at how other people organize things, so i thought i’d share my drawers with you:  this drawer holds most of my work office supplies (i have another drawer for school office supplies) – phone & camera cords, misc batteries & plugs, stamps, tape, business cards, envelopes…

playroom

 and the bottom drawer holds lots of tiny sewing supplies.

 for those of you interested in how i homeschool in this room, i’ll be doing another tour soon, walking you through the homeschool aspects of our playroom!

 (click here for the homeschool tour!)