...He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Eph. 3:20
"I certainly don't regret my experiences because without them, I couldn't imagine who or where I would be today. Life is an amazing gift to those who have overcome great obstacles, and attitude is everything!" - Sasha Azevedo
I've avoided having my personal/business blog in the same area but decided it was time for a change. I'm so much more than just Adrienne's Little World and Adrienne's Essentials. Combining the two seemed like the perfect thing to do.
The content won't change, it will just all be in the same space :)
I've gotten so many emails about the typepad blog lol. Nah I'm not leaving the blogging world. Why would I? LOL I've met some of the most amazing people. You all have seen my ups and downs, watched the kids grow up...you've seen ME grow up lol.
That's it for now. Have a look around and make yourself at home.
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Let me add this stuff to my list so I won't forget.
I am wasting time. lol
I just had some microwave pork skins. They were so good lol.
I went to Atlanta with my mom this weekend. I have to dress in layers around her when it's cold. If she has a "flash" ALL windows come down. Even if it's 20 degrees. I don't say a WORD.
I have had any cake, pie, cookies, icecream, snack cakes...NONE Of that stuff all of January. It's January 19 and this weekend was the first time I craved a cupcake. Like I could SMELL it. I ate some raisins and drank some water lol. I CAN DO THIS.
It's NOT hard to truly be happy for those who are doing well around you. It gives me joy to see people living out their dreams and to see them reaching their goals.
Jaelyn is being a typical teenager. Can't BELIEVE she is almost 18 O_O
483 unread emails. I've been talking about my personal email for WEEKS. I need to just go ahead and do it. Right now I"m just skimming and talking to select people lol
Still wasting time lol. Let me just go to bed and start BRIGHT and early O_O
Soooooo about this vintage pattern obsession...
Getting a lot done, but I'm taking frequent breaks lol
Paypal is giving me the BLUES right now. I keep getting an error message.
It's Monday night, 10:26pm. Jaelyn just made chocolate cupcakes and she is having a sleepover. How did this happen!? lol
PRAYING that I finish in time.
Uhhhhh. Coffee. STAT
It's 17 degrees outside.
I need to go by my moms house first thing this morning.
Loving the new Burda patterns I picked up. Don't sleep on them. They have good stuff.
I never walk with my phone in my hand. I dropped it once last year and cracked the screen. Never again.
If this school calls me ONE MO TIME ABOUT KAYLA. Jesus be a fence.
507 unread email. I just had it down. Sheesh
Made my deadline by 15 minutes. I deserve a pinterest break lol
I had dinner for breakfast lol
Sometimes words can't explain how much I love my husband. Tony really is the greatest.
There is this blog I read that's starting to annoy me lol. Time to unsubscribe.
WOW. AMAZED! God is so good. Lord give me strength to complete the task at hand.
I need to go shower lol
I want to see this segment on the Today show. I know as soon as I move it's going to come on lol.
If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm WAY over winter. WAY OVER IT. Good thing the first day of spring is TEN days away lol. WOOHOO. I know we are going to have another cold snap though lol.
I'm shopping for fabric so much lately I can't really remember when I got this, but I HAD to have it!
Doesn't this fabric just scream spring!? The wind will never let me be great when I take photos lol.
I am going to have to start taking detailed pictures on my dress form because you really can't see the details in this dress. I absolutely LOVE the pleats.
I kept my accessories fairly simple. A purple stud purse that I can't recall where I purchased, my shoes are Charles by Charles David and what I love most about these is they are soooo super comfy. I ended up doing a LOT of walking yesterday after church that I wasn't prepared for. I wasn't driving my truck (and I keep a pair of flats in there) and I ended up all over a hospital (more on that later) but these gave me NO grief. I now want them in every single color they have available. No. Really.
Have I done a phone dump yet? I may need to actually pay for storage on dropbox lol
Lens, tripod and wireless remote in my cart. Yay. I'm actually going to pay for one day shipping lol. Just a TAD bit excited.
UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH lens won't be in stock until the 23rd. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
My personal email is insane. Man. Ugh. I'll go through it all tonight.
Photoshop is driving me crazy on THIS DAY.
SIX HOURS LATER, photoshop still doesn't work, I've done more troubleshooting today than I did ALL last week when it started acting up, my head hurts and I'm going to BED. SO glad tomorrow is Friday and I'm going out of town.
My phone battery is on 3%. I can't even take a picture lol
I have three more, then I have to do the extra stuff to all six lol.
I'm taking a pinterest break.
I have some crazy kinda faith!! God is so amazing!
I love bananas lol
I STILL haven't done a phone dump lol
Gizmo is my little buddy lol
I told Tony I would take my truck to have the tires balanced and rotated. OOPS.
I need to update my list.
There is a bomb threat at Jaelyn's school. Why do people insist on doing things like this? NOT something you should play with. Period.
My water bottle is empty...I'm downstairs...water is upstairs and I'm here alone. LOL
I'm really thinking about moving my blog over to wordpress. I use wordpress for my Adrienne's Essentials blog and I love it. Seriously.
I love being inspired.
My personal email is STILL jacked up. SMH I need to go through it.
Bomb threat at Kayla's school as well. Hmmm wonder if this is just a drill?
Just booked my parents next trip. Hmmm. Shouldn't they be paying ME for this!? Lol
I made blueberry muffins for breakfast. Talk about yummy
I did NOT oversleep today lol. When my alarm went off I turned it off and went back to sleep...then my mom called at 5:30 lol. If she wouldn't have called I would have certainly overslept lol. I MUST do better.
Took me 45 minutes to get to the school to pick up my child. I hope who ever did this bomb threat mess gets into a WHOLE HEAP OF TROUBLE. CLOWNS.
I want some fruit.
I have a headache.
I have about an hours worth of work left to do. Don't feel like doing ANYTHING.
In the next couple of weeks I need to buy FIVE plane tickets O_O
and blogless Lisa (Hey Boo! LOL) These ladies keep me on my toes.
Even though I talked to Singlema last week, something I went through yesterday made me think about ONE thing she said that really made me take pause," You can't fix everything Adrienne." Say WHATTTTTTTTTTTTT?!?!
I'm a perfectionist at heart. When I make a mistake, I'm angry and upset but mostly disappointed in myself. I really can't fix everything. Not at all. I do try but I'm trying harder to just do my best. Give it my all and be happy knowing that I did the best I could do.
I want to be the best wife, mom, friend that I can be. If I mess up along the way that's fine. No one is perfect. I did my BEST. That is all that counts.
I'm trusting God to give me the strength I need to walk though all these different situations that arise. He might not fix it right now, but He will give me the strength I need to get through it :)
I've noticed over the past few weeks people will try to use what they think you want to see or hear to pacify a situation. I want to encourage ya'll, don't pacify the situation. Be honest and straight up about whatever is going on and tell the truth. Don't say what you think the other person wants to hear. Be honest. Because when the truth really does come out, it's just bad.
I don't know about you guys but I'm so over winter. Down here in the south, we normally have very mild winters but here lately we've had so much snow and ice.
I'm OVER IT.
With the temps being in the 70's today I knew it was time to pull out this gorgeous green skirt I made a while back: The color is so absolutely gorgeous. I'm so in love with green right now. I went fabric shopping a few weeks back and I promise, almost everything I purchased had green or blue in it lol
I had a couple Marilyn Monroe moments while taking pictures and I loved it lol.
My hand is still bandaged, but hopefully it can come off next week. If you look closely I still have my arm candy on lol. I don't wear bracelets on my left arm for some reason. Feels weird lol
I felt like spring lol. I even pulled out my favorite yellow bag.
My shoes I love. I've had them for a while and forgot I had them. I found them Saturday and was happy all over again.
I kept my accessories fairly simple. I pulled out my current favorite statement necklace and stud earrings. I have a few statement necklaces available in the accessories section of Adrienne's Essentials.
Pattern Description: MISSES' SKIRT: Flared skirt (cut on crosswise grain) has waistband, pleats and back zipper. A,B and D: interfaced hemline. D: attached tie ends. E: shaped hemline, wrong side shows. C, E and F: narrow hem.
Pattern Sizing: 14-22 I made the 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
YES! Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy. I didn't use them but I glanced over them just for the sake of the review.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I still love the high-low hem and this was just perfect.
I have 55 voicemails. Who are these people!? I don't feel like checking these lol. Don't EVER leave me a voice mail. I'm horrible with them.
I'm slow with my personal email sometimes. It's better to text me lol
Business email?! Oh baby I'm ON it.
God is so amazing. Y'all just don't know my story. I need to write a book lol. Change a few names here and there though lol.
I need to change my nail polish. Mine hardly ever chips but this is chipping BAD lol.
I did something to my back. That or I have gas lol. #honest
I asked for some help with something. If you don't have time just say so. Glad I asked two people. I have NO problem asking for help. With anything. Some areas I'm just weak in.
My moms christmas gift FINALLY came. I ordered it december 1. TODAY IS JANUARY 15. It was worth the wait though, she LOVED it.
I need a new tripod and a wireless remote. Wait I have one!!! I need a battery for it though.
**WEEPS** Man my love for vintage patterns. I may need another job to pay for them lol. WHO KNEW they were so expensive!?!?
Let me stop wasting time lol. My list is a MILE long and I don't feel like doing crap lol
I was so tired last night I told Kayla and Aj not to make a sound but to wake me up at 6. She cooked dinner. That was the best 3 hour nap EVER.
I've been oversleeping like crazy. Man. We woke up at 7am. NOT acceptable. I've got to do better.
Waiting on a reply. Whew. lol
Got it, not what I wanted but that's ok lol
Dinner is READY it's 3:19pm lol Talk about a productive day.
Tony just had coffee. It's 3:20pm. He is going to be up ALL evening lol
I'm SO ready for Bible study tonight! YAYAYAY
The little things make me excited.
I read a text message and saw a name and my heart dropped because I thought something happened to someone I know. I hate that this happened but I'm SO glad it wasn't who I thought it was. Jesus.
I think it's time for a pinterest break.
I need to make a hair appointment.
Eyebrows and nails too...
TWO cups of coffee this morning.
For the first time in a couple of weeks I DID NOT OVERSLEEP!!!!!!! lol. Hopefully I'm back on track.
I hate when people take THEIR views and TRY to make others feel bad about THEIR views. Everything isn't for everyone. Do you and let others do them without passing judgement because they don't do things YOUR way. That is it and that is all.
The kids barely made it out of the house alive. SMH. Some mornings I want to karate chop all three of them. Today was one of those days.
Today I packed away all my scrapbooking supplies. Well most of them. Jaelyn now truly enjoys it so she kept what she will need. When we move I'll set it up so I can use it again. I want to do some books of Aiden. My little punkin.
I don't like yellow highlighters. I don't know why. I hate them. Give me ANY color except yellow lol.
Can y'all believe she is 18!! When I started blogging she was only NINE!!! I started blogging in 2005. WOW Y'all have watched her grow up just like I did lol.
I can't believe how quickly this time has passed.
We have watched you grow up...
Develop your own little personality...
You like what you like lol and if you don't like it you let EVERYONE know lol
You have always had your own mind. You've always been a leader.
And you've always had an attitude lol.
You are growing up to be such an amazing person. Beautiful inside and out. It's our prayer that you will continue to allow God to use you. Keep Him first in all you do and praying nothing but blessings and success over your life!
We love you! Now let's have a BLAST this weekend!!
I haven't gotten enough rest this week. It's Friday and I am EXHAUSTED.
I just finished a really good book. The title will make you think it's about one thing but it really isn't. I'll probably blog about that before this goes up lol.
Reservations MADE woohoo.
I'm still learning. The past few days have been just whew.
I think I'm having headaches because I'm not eating sweets. That's normal...right?
Im so glad I don't believe the hype lol
O_O I have no clue. Need to ask someone who knows lol.
Every get frustrated!? MANNNNNNNNNNNNN q0987r983049809382poijdsf;kjs*)(a*#$#*(&@$(#*@(*#$)(*N Ok, I feel better now lol
Jaelyn is counting down how many days she has until graduation. I'm so excited for her.
Soooo the girls decided it would be a good idea to cover AJ's room in confetti, hang his shoes from the ceiling and use saran wrap in front of his door. While it was HILARIOUS, they didn't like cleaning it up lol
Jaelyn just told Aj he is to be seen and not heard lol
I wonder if I can have a day of SLEEP lol
WOOHOO The Blacklist is back on! BEST show on TV...since Scandal isn't on lol
I can't believe how much JUNK I have. I've been purging for the past three months seems like. When we move we won't take any non-essential items with us. By the time I finish everything in this house we will either be using or will use. If we haven't touched it in the past 6 months it's GONE.
Y'all know what I find hilarious!? When I get on pinterest and Jaelyn is pinning...WHEN SHE IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN CLASS DOING WORK OR SOMETHING lol.
If you really allow God to work on you, past relationships that went wrong can be mended. I have a friend who I've known wow, for about 12 years or more. I did her wrong. Like FORREAL wrong. We didn't talk for a few years. She said she forgave me and I forgave myself (hardest thing to do sometimes) but years later I found out she didn't really extend forgiveness. When you forgive, it's mainly for YOU, so YOU can be free because unforgiveness can make you bitter if you allow it. ANYWAY today we are really, really good friends. It amazes me sometimes but I can see God all in the situation. If you knew the DETAILS of the situation y'all would see Him too lol. That was a LONG thought huh? LOL
I need to buy some black ribbon. I need to buy it in BULK.
Woohoo, going out of town with my mommy this weekend. Man, I'll be out of town the next three weekends. Good stuff though good stuff.
I have YET to do a phone dump. It will be the longest of 2014 lol
I need to schedule dentist appointments for the family.
I always trip out when my house phone rings. We really don't need it. I have it mainly for the kids.
Thinking about trying hulu plus...
I want to go on a cruise but its not working with Tony's schedule. At all. :(
I need to reschedule jaelyns fitting for her pageant dress. I'll call them tomorrow. I think they are closed today.
I am about to be B U S Y.
You ever look back at your life, see where you are now and just sit back in awe!? I NEVER would have picked this path for my life years ago but God had a plan all along. Even with all the set backs and trials I had. Man. *wipes tear*
I love that Jaelyn works at Hancock. She can bring home thread and stuff and I don't have to make a trip lol. I also love that Joanns is in the same parking lot lol. She takes a pattern list with her and brings me back my goodies lol. I always let her keep my change lol
I need a new ironing board cover lol. Mine is HORRIBLE. Maybe I'll mlake one!? Hmmmm
New lens fever. Again. Atleast its not new camera fever lol
There is something so flattering and girly about a wrap dress. I could honestly live in them, although I try not to.
They are easy to wear and flattering on almost every body type.
I made this dress wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back in September/October 2013 and forgot I had it. I was looking for a tshirt and ran across it in my drawer lol. Not sure why I never wore it but I sure was happy to see it and was even happier to wear it to church yesterday lol
I love all things black and white. I knew I wanted to wear my favorite red bag but wanted a little something different for the shoes. These are Carlos Santana and VERY, VERY OLD but they are still among my favorites.
I decided to go with a chunky red necklace, red button type earrings and a simple blingy bracelet. A girl must simply sparkle everyday :)
My hair-cut is really growing out very quickly.
There you have it. If you don't believe how much I actually love wrap dresses, you see the other ones I've fallen in love with here:
Soooo yesterday Tony left home early, not even sure what time it was because I was still sleep when he told me he would be right back. Ok, becareful BYE. I rolled back over and went to sleep.
When I finally woke up he called and asked me to open the front door. Ok cool. I'm thinking he has food or something.
He came home with a PUPPY.
Isn't he ADORABLE!!?!? I wasn't quite ready to train another dog but come on lol. Gizmo is NOT happy right now. He will warm up to him soon enough lol
Now the training begins. NOT READY lol
Anyway, I'm SO glad it's Friday. This has been THE longest, most emotional week I've had in a very, very long time. Between the kids being out of school and Tony being off work because of the snow/ice, my work and all the other things I have going on daily!? I'm READY for the weekend.
I questioned God, questioned myself and just had a flat out pity party.
Thankfully, Tony being the stronger of us this week, gave me a stern pep talk lol.
I'm still all in my feelings as I type this but I'm human. I will allow myself to feel what I feel and look for a better day tomorrow.
I think it's healthy to allow yourself to feel what is going on. It's not always good to just brush it off and it's certainly not good to internalize it. This is just MY opinion though. I've been blogging here since 2005 so y'all know how I am when it comes to MY opinion lol.
Like I said, tomorrow will be a better day. My main goal is to just focus on God, allow Him to do what He needs to do in me (because He has been showing me some stuff that I had NO clue was in me but I'll blog about that later) and keep it moving.
Alright, that's it for me today. I STILL need to do a phone dump. It will probably be epic because I haven't done one in 2014 *faints* lol
Things have been crazy busy around these parts, but I'm loving it!
I saw some sweatshirt fabric in hancock a couple of months ago and quickly grabbed it up. I've wanted some for a good while, but I could never seem to find any. I was SHOCKED to actually see that hancock had several colors.
I thought I was going to make this cute little shift dress that I saw on Net-A Porter but decided against it...for now lol.
I picked up this gorgeous sequin fabric while I was in LA last year and knew this would make the perfect sweatshirt!
I am clearly loving my hat these days lol.
My sweatshirt fabric has ZERO stretch so I made it a little bit bigger. Gives me that slouchy feel.
I also made the neckline a little bit wider so that it would give me a slightly off the shoulder look. Instead of hemming the bottom I added a 2.5 inch band.
I decided to wear it with my favorite jeans and some silver flats. I wore this to lunch with Tony the other day and he loved it. So did I. Nothing like being cute, casual and comfy!
Pattern Description: Knit baseball shirt has feminine fit, can be made with banded round or V-neck & 3/4 or long sleeves.
Pattern Sizing: 4-16 I cut the 16 and added a little more shaping.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, pretty much. Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't even look at them. I made this pattern before. You can see it HERE
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I loved the style of this shirt.
Fabric Used: Sweatshirt fabric from hancock and sequin knit from Michael Levine
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made the neckline wider, left the band off at the neckline, added shaping, and added a 2.5 inch band at the bottom.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend this pattern. Its a wardrobe staple if you like this style shirt. I probably will make it again if I want another shirt like this.
Conclusion: Great pattern, quick sew and super cute. Grab one for your stash today.
I hate when somone text saying someone wants your number, you tell them it's ok to give it out and you never hear from the person who wanted it lol
Im having to SERIOUSLY cut back on my sweets. I gave up snack cakes, icecream, cake, cookies, pie for the month of January. So far so good. When I want something sweet I eat raisins or applesauce. KILLS the craving. In February I'll eat those things again but I'm hoping NOT as often as I had been. I was all kinds of out of order lol.
Im expecting God to do some AMAZING things in 2014. Like I have CRAZY faith!!!! Y'all just watch, in six months I'll be making an announcement. June. Yep. Just watch. No babies though -_-
I have a schedule for myself as far as my housework and stuff goes. I made a new schedule for 2014 and it's already SO much better. I need to schedule time for a daily nap lol
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. YAY. So excited. WOOHOO lol
It is now 2:35.So much for that nap I wanted to take at 11am lol. Aj gets out of school in FIFTEEN minutes lol
I am out of coffee O_O
7 more and it's a record. AMAZING!
I have YET to clean my work table next to my computer lol AKA my office lol
I have THREE projects, wait FOUR that I need to sew. NOW lol.
I need to physically go to the PO. BUMMERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
I miss my boo :( he will be home shortly though YAY!
My inbox is cray-cray. SMH
I want to take a shower but I need to leave shortly. STILL haven't done what I was supposed to do before I leave though lol. Maybe I get to it all later.
EVERYONE knows the date and time of Jaelyns graduation because she has been saying it since THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL lol
We plan EVERYTHING around school lol
It's time for me to buy a plane ticket. WOOHOO.
More than ANYTHING I'm so glad I've remained true to who I am. I'm so thankful for that.
I don't want to grow up and be a bitter old woman. SMH
I just went CRAZY on pinterest lol. I STILL love that site. Best thing since the bluetooth lol
This two hour school delay has my mornings ALL messed up lol.
I have a YET WILL I type of praise. Humph. Even this...going to TRUST and praise God.
Nervous lol. But that's natural.
I felt overwhelmed and like crying but after prayer, talking to Tony & my mom I'm GOOD. Now I wait.
I finally used my little K-cup like item lol. THE BOMB. Y'all know how money that will save me on KCUPS!?!? lol
Tony just bust all my lil bubble lol. Shoot. lol
The kids have been on a two hour delay...now they are back on a regular schedule and I feel SUPER lazy :/
I've been working on this spreadsheet...FOREVER.
I need to go get dressed. Need to be somewhere at 1pm. It's 11:30. Don't feel like moving OR going OR getting dressed though lol