the final push

this feels really good.  this is my last post i’ll be writing before shutting my shop down.  i will be done writing the awkward “buy my stuff!” posts!  i can’t express how hard those posts are for me to write, even after all this time!  in just over an hour i will be closing down my shop.  i still have a handful of items left that i am going to post on instagram tomorrow (thursday) for a quick “instasale”.  that will be for just 10 items, unless more sell in the next hour.  the sale will be at 2pm, pacific standard time.

this closing down thing has gone so much faster than i could’ve imaged.  definitely much faster than i had planned for!  i am really grateful for that.  and overwhelmed.  i’m using that word a lot over this last week and a half!

i hadn’t prepared myself mentally, or my family logistically, for the shop closing down so quickly.  every spare minute, i’ve been in the shop pulling orders, wrapping them up, and shipping them off.  that was until we ran out of mailers – poop!  but thank God they came by the hundreds yesterday so hopefully that will be enough to finish off the last set of orders!

my husband has stepped up at home during this time, and my kids have been troopers – helping out when needed, and tucking themselves to the side when needed (they like to hang out under our shipping tables!).  and my friends and employees have really stepped up and helped out in a huge way!  once again, i am grateful and overwhelmed.  and my house.  oh my house!  it is pretty much destroyed!  when my life is chaotic, i feel much better with a clean house, which i normally could care less about.  but this poor house, the playroom/school room/studio especially.  want to see some honesty?


there you go!  just thrashed.  and while i’d love to blame the mess on the kids, so much of it was mine!  thankfully, the kids had a break from school for almost a week (thank you presidents!), so while they played i cleaned and organized.  i went through every bin and basket and drawer of mine that was work related  – thats how i had a second round of supplies for sale!  now my desk is clean, my cutting table is clear, and i feel like my mind space is opening up a bit, too – yay!

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what i wore


welcome to what i wore!  this is a weekly post where i simply show you my outfits from the week.  i’m a real mom, i home school my kids part time, and work from home when they’re at school twice a week.  i don’t have an enormous clothing budget, and love to find new ways to mix and match items already in my closet.  if you’re looking for high end fashion, you’re sure to be disappointed!  but if you need a little kick in the yoga pants to get you out of your rut, well then i’m your girl!

when it comes to fashion and faith, well, it can get a little tricky.  for me, modesty always comes first (and i know we all have different definitions of modesty!).  i, by no means, want to overemphasize the importance of outer beauty, but how we look does play a part in how we feel about ourselves throughout the day.  when we are happy with how we look, we feel better about ourselves.  honestly, i hate that that is true, but it is.  but another big reason for me to get dressed every day:  my husband.  he has never requested that i get out of my pi’s or sweats, but he definitely comments when he likes what he sees!  i think getting dressed ever day is good for my marriage and honoring to my husband.

do you struggle with the motivation to get into real clothes?  do you just love finding new fashion ideas?  well, look over all the links below and link up yourself once you are brave enough!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

valentine’s day \\ top – hacked by me \\ jeans – local boutique \\ gold tennies – forever 21 clearance

what i wore at the pleated poppy

valentine’s night \\ top – soybu \\ camp pants – target clearance \\ flats – payless \\ necklace – world market

what i wore at the pleated poppy

church \\ dress – i’ve had it for over 14 years \\ necklace – allora handmade \\ tights – target \\ wedges – payless

what i wore at the pleated poppy

plus a little cardigan – forever 21

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1. link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page. ex: not
2. please only link outfit related posts. your craft project may be adorable, or that may be a great giveaway, but this linky is for outfit related posts only – thank you!
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4. check out as many links as possible! i am constantly inspired by so many outfits each week! and you will definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon