Friday, October 15, 2010

What's In Your Closet? Homemakers Challenge

This weeks Homemakers Challenge was to create three new outfits and not spend any money doing it.  You could use those unknown treasures in the back of your closet, trade clothes with someone else, or find another creative way to make new outfits for nothing.  Well, I found a way to get one new item for nothing. Honestly, it was the best part of the challenge for me. 

I found this purse on sale at Walmart for $5.00.  I had an art set I had bought for myself from Walmart and never used.  So, I bought the purse and returned the art set!  Purse is now free!  I am really picky about my purses.  They always end up heavy, and I have scoliosis, so I am not packing a heavy purse on one arm. I love backpack purses, but they make the skin on my shoulders break out.  That means I have to have a purse that goes across my chest.  The purse I had been using was denim and packed full was round and looked frumpy all by itself.  This is taller and flatter and holds things stiff.  It also has a pocket on the side to hold my cell phone!

My first outfit includes a black t-shirt that I wear all the time.  I mostly like to wear black t-shirts with pearls and dark jeans.  I paired the t-shirt with my stone washed denim, that I usually leave as "back up" jeans in the bottom of my closet shelf.  I don't think I've ever owned anything completely orange (besides a 01 General Lee t-shirt)  until my friend Brandy gave me this sweater for my birthday this year.  I had not worn it till today.  This is my "date night" outfit.  Tonight was Daddy-Daughter date night and Mommy-Son date night.  Which meant Wyatt got to be my photographer for most of these pictures.  He got a little wild on some of them, and not all of them are in perfect focus.  But thanks to my little photographer, because otherwise I would have had to set up the tripod and set the timer.  I wore my favorite black boots.  I haven't worn them much in the past couple of years, but I really like them.
Is orange my color?  I don't know.

I just like this one, even though I'm looking down.

Here's one with the new purse!

This is better of the deck than me, but you can see the boots better than the other pictures.
 Wyatt helped me with the rest of my outfits.  Except for this one.  The manager at my part-time job was cleaning out her closet and asked if I wore dresses.  I do, so she passed me on some of her old ones.  And I do mean old ones, we are talking some vintage 80's dresses.  This was the best one.  Actually, I really like it.  It is a shirt style dress with pockets!  I love dresses with pockets!  I changed up my glasses for this dress, too.  The boots are some old ones again.  I love boots, especially with dresses. Red is my favorite color.  The belt is an old.  Wyatt actually did pick that out for me.  I had elastic belts like that when I was a kid in the 80's.

Outfit number three is from the reaches of my closet.  The jean skirt is one I bought on sale because I thought it was cute and my sister had made one from old jeans of hers like this.  Then I never wore it.  Well, I wore it once to church.  The sweater is old, too. I pulled it out this last week for Ellie to wear to 50's night at AWANA.  I don't wear my penny loafers very often, but the loafers kind of gave this a 50's look.  I took the belt off the skirt that came with it and I might actually wear it like this.

I have a bonus outfit because my photographer and fashion consultant did not approve of the red dress.  He really liked this outfit with the bracelet he made for me a year or two ago and the scarf he took off a different shirt.  The pants are hand-me-downs from my sister, that I'm pretty sure she got at the thrift store.  They are old J-Crew, polyester and plaid (hard to see in the picture), but really pretty comfy and a nice length.  I paired them with the penny loafers, too. I love my white button up shirt, but I don't wear any white shirts very often because I get stains on them...or the children stain me.  I didn't like scarf at first, but Wyatt really liked it and it does look good in the pictures.

So, the thing I learned from this challenge is that I need some exercise.  I was looking at this pictures and at myself in the mirror.  I don't have the good excuse the Amy Bayliss has for having extra pounds... an adorable new baby boy.  So, Amy, if/when you read this, here's my idea for the next challenge:  Making a Routine for Exercise...or something like that!  I think the ladies at my church are starting a Zumba class and I'm a bit nervous about joining a group of ladies to exercise, but I'm thinking these pictures are making me a lot more needy and less nervous.

Thanks to my two photographers, my sweet kids, Ellie and Wyatt.

Encourage me judges!


  1. Hi there,
    I love the orange sweater. It looks great on you. And Wyatt did well! I'm really intrigued to see what my son would come up with if I let him loose in my closet!

  2. Those are really great! The orange sweater does look great too!

  3. Dark jeans with sweater...and light jeans with the white top...maybe a black belt with the red dress since you are wearing black boots.
    Beautiful children!!!