Tuesday, July 31, 2012

((outfit schmoutfit)) cabin casual

top, shorts, necklace - anthropologie
sandals - target
handbag - c/o fabric & handle

 There is something about long(er) sleeves and shorts that I think is so chic. Add a statement necklace & some simple sandals, and you've got an effortless summer look that is especially appropriate in the mountains :)

Also, this top is on the verge of pink and I'm not sure who I am anymore. 

What's your go-to summer outfit?

Monday, July 30, 2012

((handmade monday)) sew it yourself paper-bag skirt graphic

My inspiration for this DIY was two-fold. 
 1. Every time I wear or post about a paper-bag skirt I've made, I get asked for a tutorial. 
(( here // here // here ))
I'm sure there are tutorials out there for it already, but I'm happy to share a simple little graphic I made and further explain it below. 

2. I purchased this dress from Anthro and just wasn't in *love* with the coloring....it felt too summery and it's a bit late in the game to buy a summery dress when Fall is just around the corner. I also felt like it was super dressy, it was a bit long and I wanted a more cotton than silky/polyester-blend skirt portion. I returned it, found a collared chiffon sleeveless blouse at Marshall's for $12.99 and paired it with one of my favorite homemade skirts. Voila! Here's my inspiration next to my finished product. 

Let's get started shall we? 

What you'll need:
1 yard of fabric
elastic (for this tutorial & skirt, I used 1 inch elastic)
sewing machine & thread
safety pin

1.  Cut your fabric into two identical pieces, using the measurements above. 
For the width I measured the widest part of my rear and/or hips and divided that measurement by two. I then added 3 inches for seam allowance and to add more of a paper-bag effect. 

For the length, start your measuring tape where you'd like your skirt to "sit" and proceed to where you'd like it to hit on your leg. Add four inches to that. This is for the bottom hem and the top paper-bag element. 

2.  Measure where you'd like your skirt to "sit." I used my natural waist. Subtract two from that number & cut your elastic. Subtracting two allows for the elastic to stretch a bit and will make it fit better. You may even need to cut more after you thread through the elastic & once you try it on. 

3.  Line up your fabrics right sides facing each other. ((optional step: pin)) Sew along the sides using a 1/4-1/2 inch seam. Another option? Serge, zig zag stitch, or use pinking shears on the side seams to finish them. 

4. Fold up your bottom hem 1/4 inch and press all the way around. Repeat so that the raw edge is inside the finished edge and not exposed. Stitch all the way around, starting at a side seam. Don't forget to backstitch!

5.  With your skirt still wrong-side out, fold the TOP of your skirt down 2 1/2 inches, press, and pin in place. Stitch along the edge of the fabric leaving an inch wide opening on a side seam. This is for the elastic to go through. 

Depending on how wide your elastic is, sew above the stitch you just sewed to create a casing for the elastic. Again, my elastic was an inch wide so I gave a teeeensy bit over an inch. Sew all the way around.

6. Pin one of end of your elastic to the top of the skirt so that it doesn't accidentally go through when you're pulling the elastic through your casing. Use another safety pin to "scoot" your elastic through, inch by inch. 

Hint: use a large safety pin and thank  me later. 

One your elastic is all the way through, pin the ends together and try your skirt on. Trim elastic as needed. Once you have it to the desired fit, overlap the edges and zig zag stitch back and forth to secure. Close up the "hole" you had to pull the elastic through. 

Put it on and strut your stuff!


ps i wrote this with a migraine, so if I need to clarify something know that I'm happy to!

Friday, July 27, 2012

have a lovely weekend, y'all.

We had such a great week at the cabin! It was a bit sad to leave the place that is so perfect in my eyes, but we'll be back soon & we're so thankful that it's available and only four hours away when we need a little escape or retreat.

I actually documented much of our time with our DSLR, not just my iphone! It's a miracle. More photos next week, but I wanted to leave you with this beauty. Colorado wildflowers are the BEST.

Also...Hello, Olympics! The one time every four years that I wish I had a TV...glad we have friends that we can mooch off of ;) 

Have a great weekend, y'all!  What are your plans?


Thursday, July 26, 2012

sponsor highlight + giveaway: Four Flights of Fancy

Today's sponsor is a gem, y'all. Andrea is a lifestyle blogger over at Four Flights of Fancy and also a style blogger at For the Love Of. She is equal parts real, inspiring, stylish, super-mom, and beautiful. If you don't already read her two blogs, you need to. From DIY projects to amazing outfits, between her two blogs you can't leave uninspired. 

Ready to meet her? Readers, meet Andrea. Andrea, meet my readers :)

Hi! My name is Andrea and I’m a wife, mom to 2, soon to be 3 kids, and one lover of style. I’ve been blogging over at my lifestyle blog Four Flights of Fancy for over 2 years. I share recipes, DIY projects, kids crafts, and write thoughts on motherhood, my faith journey, and even zombies.

I had been posting outfit pictures on the blog for years because I love fashion, but once I quit my job in the fashion industry last year, I decided it was time for me to start another blog dedicated just to style. Hence, For the Love Of was born in March 2012 and I share daily style posts several times a week, post style related DIY’s, and write about things and people that inspire me in the industry. My thoughts on style is that it should be approachable and fun, so I try not to focus on posting items I’m lusting over and can’t afford, but focus on price conscious, but good quality pieces to add to my closet, as well as work with what I already have. With careful and thoughtful purchases, I have built a wardrobe (even a maternity wardrobe!) that I love and I never find myself saying “I don’t have anything to wear!”

So if you love crafts, kids, style, neon and honest, heartfelt ramblings please visit my two blogs Four Flights of Fancy (I call that one my “life blog”) and For the Love Of, my style blog. Oh, and if I wasn’t already busy enough, I also just started writing for Disney Baby at their new blog and I share lots of baby and pregnancy related posts. I love blogging and feel very blessed that finally, after a lot of hard work, I can now call blogging a job and not just a hobby! 


Today, Andrea is giving away a BALLER bundle of Neon goodies, valued at over $40. You can check out all of her neon DIY projects here to see more of what you might be receiving! The bundle includes a random assortment of items like the notecards pictured below, a tote bag, and some fun jewelry. I'm totally jealous...I totally share Andrea's affinity for the neon trend. 

Be sure to find Andrea at the following links. She's a super fun follow, promise!
FFOF Facebook // FTLO Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram: @fourflights


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

((i scream, you scream series)) watermelon sorbet

I have two special treats for you today, folks. 

First of all, I'm honored to have one of my favorite bloggers guest post today. Whitney, of Elm Street Life, is the sweetest soul. She's ultra creative, inspiring and beautiful to boot. She also has a gorgeous etsy shop that you need to check out! She's too humble to have included that in her post ;)

Second, today she'll be sharing a recipe for delicious watermelon sorbet. I'm salivating just thinking about it! ha!


Hi Oh, Sweet Joy readers! It's a privilege to be here today (LOVE Kim's blog), and I'm thrilled to be sharing one of my favorite summer recipes. 

When I graduated from nursing school in May, my parents got me the best possible gift... drum roll, please... an ice cream maker! I think it's the absolute perfect gift for this growing pregnant girl who's about to spend a long, hot summer in sundresses eating sorbet. (That's the plan, at least.)

((( Kim interjecting here ::: look how cute Whitney's baby bump is! )))

My first creation: watermelon sorbet.
So easy and so delicious (adapted from this food.com recipe).

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lime juice
3 cups watermelon

1. Cook the sugar, water, and lime juice together, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
3. Cut up the watermelon and remove all seeds.
4. Puree in a blender or food processor.
5. Stir into chilled syrup.
6. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
7. Pack into an airtight container and store in the freezer.

Hope you enjoy this recipe! It's become a staple in our home, and is a great first sorbet recipe to try out if you're just venturing into the world of icy treats. :) Happy summer!


Oh my YUMMMMM. I'll be trying this this week at the cabin! Have y'all made any other sorbets that the world ((or uh...at least the Oh, Sweet Joy family)) needs to know about? Share below!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

((outfit schmoutfit)) sucker for florals

I'm not certain there will ever be a time that I don't swoon over the perfect floral print. Dudes can wear polka dots and stripes, but there is something about a floral print that is pretty much uniquely ours, as gals. Sure, the fancy pants over-the-top button downs in the Nordstrom men's section are floral, but let's admit it...we rock the floral prints better.  Amen? Amen.

Outfit pics are tiring, so I'm sitting. ;) 

Earrings -  Anthropologie ((I call these my tracker jacker earrings)) 
Layering Rings - c/o Amy Cornwell 
Watch - Fossil
((Glitter "bracelet" is actually one of my multitude hair ties from anthro))
Necklace - Imperfectly Perfect
 Floral Blouse - c/o ROMWE 
Navy flats - Target

ROMWE is such a fun online store that sells great statement pieces for your wardrobe. Free shipping also tops it off nicely. This top has only been in my hands for a week, but I've already worn it three times! I LOVE it. I'm not sure it's available any longer ((that baby sold out fast!)) but this navy floral blouse is my favorite piece of theirs at the moment...if you're set on yellow floral, THIS blouse is perfect for Fall layering. You can receive 20% off your first order by clicking the ad to the right. You're welcome! :) I'm here to please.


Monday, July 23, 2012

((handmade monday)) vintage spool necklace display

I'll be at the cabin all week for a leadership retreat with our church. ((HOLLA!)) I have some incredible guest posters this week, so get pumped! Today's Handmade Monday is a guest post is from a previous sponsor, Liz with Dance to the Radio. She is now in Denver and I can't wait to meet her at the blogger meet-up I'm planning...I also can't wait to make this project! Enjoy :)


Hello readers of Oh, Sweet Joy! My name is Liz and I am thrilled to be guest posting for Handmade Monday. I write about music, fashion and DIY projects over at Dance to the Radio. I actually just moved to Denver from Philadelphia and have been working on several projects to decorate and organize my new home.

I'm going to show you how I made a necklace holder inspired by a few different pictures from Pinterest. My boyfriend, Chris, is handy with power tools, so he helped out. 

First, the supplies: A piece of plywood, a picture frame, screws, a power drill, a staple gun, fabric and vintage spools.

Once you choose the picture frame, you will need to either find a piece of wood that fits in it or cut it to size. 

When the wood is cut to size, cover it with the fabric of your choice! Cut of the extra and use a staple gun to secure it. You can also try using hot glue. You're also going to be using the staple gun, or hot glue, to secure the fabric covered piece of wood in place as well. 

Once that part is finished, get your spools and lay them out where you'd like them to be. I chose a zig zag pattern so I could have a place both my long and short necklaces. 

Once you are satisfied with their placement, use a power drill to secure. 

Hang this the way you're hang a picture - I used wire on the back of the frame.

And you have your finished necklace holder! The last step, of course, is to hang your necklaces on the spools.

I hope you enjoyed this! Please stop over to my blog and let me know if you try this out.

Thanks Liz :) Happy Monday everyone!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

calling AUGUST sponsors

I can't believe August is approaching so rapidly. S-L-O-W it down now, summer!!! 

As kiddos go back to school and mamas have a little bit extra time on their hands during the day for blog perusing & online shopping, now is the *perfect* opportunity to place your cute little ad on my sidebar. Please contact me (ohsweetjoyATgmailDOTcom) for my info sheet including stats, pricing, etc.

I would LOVE to have you join us! 

The blog is consistently growing, I have been tweaking the ad process and what all is included in sponsorships and I can honestly say that it's never been more beneficial.  I've never worked harder for my sponsors and I can't wait to help you grow!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

thoughts on blogging

I've had such a pull lately to share more of my heart on here. Today, this comes in the form of an incoherent ramble. When pondering my time spent blogging, I decided to type it out. 

In blogging and in life, in general:

There's always pride to kill when you get a little boastful because of a magazine feature, a jump in readers, a record amount of comments. 

There's always narcissism to attack when you notice how many photos you're instagramming of yourself a day.

There's always some heartbreak along the way when you get a nasty anonymous comment. 

There's always a good dose of humility to swallow when you put a lot of work into a post and don't get the pins or comments you thought you deserved. 


That word -  right there -  is a punch to the gut, isn't it? I see a LOT of entitlement in myself on a daily basis. The yuck in my heart when I get prideful & entitled is gross...and to be quite honest, it's often that I see it in others and start to judge them harshly and roll my eyes (again, YUCK in my heart) as I click away from their blog, vowing to never read it again because they are wretched sinners, often hypocrites who don't see the sin in their own life. For real. This is actually what I think and have to catch myself... because I'm so incredibly screwed up and in need of grace. 

 Then the Holy Spirit gives me a nice jab-cross-hook-upper combination to my soul in the most loving way possible. 

Hey, Kim. You might want to check that 2X4 thats stuck in your eyeball. Repent. Ask for forgiveness. Love. 

From countless emails, comments, and tweets...readers have shared that God has used this blog in other people's lives to draw them closer to Him. This blog has brought joy and peace to readers who don't know God or simply those who choose not to believe in Him....all of which I am so humbled & thankful. However, if there's anything that God has done through this blog....it's refine me. He's sifted my soul. He's crushed my identity when it's not based on him. He's allowed me to grasp a small picture of grace. He's made me new

-Don't get discouraged when your numbers don't grow. Don't be jealous when someone else's blog does grow. I saw this quote somewhere recently:
"Bloggers are your community, not your competition"

-Rejoice and be thankful, but not boastful if they do. Be humble if your tiny space on the interwebs blows up. Don't lose who you are because you have a lot of housewives & stay at home moms that read your blog during nap time. It's not that impressive to everyone else in real life. Promise.

-When you are going through burn-out, take a step back. Ask your real life friends for forgiveness for neglecting them and putting more love & energy into your space on the internet.  Commit to them. Spend time with them.

-Don't think that your readers and twitter followers need a  play by play of every moment of your life. Leave your phone at home on date night. We don't care what you're eating! Just spend time with your husband and don't instagram a split screen of you two. Put your phone down and LIVE. More than anything, this will allow you to take a break and stop working. 

-Don't allow  your blog to be an idol that determines how you feel about yourself. Because if we think about it, we'll realize that blogs are a pretty lame-ass idol. Sorry for saying ass. Bottom line, I'm just trying to say that blogging shouldn't bring out the worst in you.

Enjoy your blog, but don't worship it...k?  K.

((stepping off of my soap box for now))



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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

((outfit schmoutfit)) georgia peach turned colorado peach

I received this dress from Kintage and my brain went straight to a million different ways to style it. It's so timeless and fun, with it's precious teensy little polka dots and I'm not much of a pink girl...so this peachy-keen dress was a stretch for me! However, I just really love the silhouette and the peach was the perfect feminine tone.  

Today, I wanted to show you a couple ways I styled it!

This is just a simple little way to let the dress speak for itself. I tied the sash that came with it in a cute little bow and just added a statement necklace for kicks. I was feelin' the retro look, so I just for it and added glasses too. Fun, huh?!
Are you tired of these shoes yet? Sheesh. It seems to be the only shoes I'm allowed to wear on outfit posts. It's just a coincidence, promise. 

I had to challenge myself and NOT let myself just throw on a chambray button down over this and tie it at the waist. This resulted in layering one of my favorite skirts on top, adding a belt, some boots, and LOVING the outcome. 

look one:
dress: c/o kintage // wedges: dsw // necklace: banana republic 

look two:
dress: c/o kintage // belt: anthropologie // skirt: dillard's // boots: target

(( i highly recommend the georgia peach dress. *wink* ))

Tell me:
How do you get more wear//styling options out of your dresses? 


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

((i scream, you scream series)) neopolitan ice cream bars

I had every intention of keeping Tuesday set aside for outfit posts, but when I came home to take outfit photos yesterday after work, it was a torrential downpour. Tomorrow it is! :) 

Just trying to keep y'all on your toes!

This recipe was born out of the need to get rid of some strawberry ice cream. I've decided I like RICH ice cream and fruity froyo. Something about fruity ice cream....it just never gets eaten around here! These are pretty to serve up and are deeeelicious. It's kinda of like homemade ice cream cake!

What you'll need:
Strawberry Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Sprinkles ((optional))

for the crust:
Graham Crackers

1. Make your graham cracker crust by:
crushing one package of graham crackers and mixing it with 1/3 cup of sugar, 6 tbsp of butter, and cinnamon to taste.  I added 1 heaping half a teaspoon. Press into the bottom of a 9X13 pan. I baked mine for a bit (5 minutes max) at 400.
2. Place the layer you want to go first (I used chocolate) on the counter to thaw a bit. If you are scooping it, let it thaw more. If you bought the ice cream in a box, just slice it, place on top of cooled graham cracker crust and let melt a bit more in order to get a smooth layer. 
3. Place in freezer until that layer is solid or "hard" again.
4.  Repeat steps 2 & 3 with other two layers. 
5.  Top with shaved chocolate, sprinkles, or leave plain! It's pretty either way :)
6. Slice like you would a pan of brownies and be careful to make sure you keep the crust in tact by using a spatula or fork. 


Monday, July 16, 2012

((handmade monday)) ice cream cone wrapper tutorial

I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful, and fun weekend! Just in case you were wondering how to make ice cream cones even better, I have *just* the trick for you today! For any party, get-together, or baby shower, you can now customize the ice cream cones with just a few easy steps! They're easy to tear off as you eat the cone, super adorable, and just plain fun. 

Let's craft!

What you'll need:
scrapbook paper
ice cream cones
glue stick or double sided adhesive

1. First, print off a template.  You can download it from here or click HERE to print and/or download. 

2. Cut out the template and lay it over your scrapbook paper. Trace it & then cut it out. 
3. Put the double sided tape along the left side of the wrapper. 

4. Place around the ice cream cone & secure.

5. Scoop up your ice cream & enjoy!