Express Yourself

Dec 12, 2011 | Fashion | 13 comments

Morning ladies~
How about a little Madonna throwback?

My master Ray Vogue trained seamstress friend stopped by last night to help me with my sewing problem… would you believe it was that I was just plowing thru the directions and paid no head to the teeny, tiny, “View A” and “View B” as I went along??? 
With another weekend of dinner parties and events I just felt like encouraging any of you that had vowed to yourself not to pack on seven extra pounds this Christmas season.  ‘Tis not the season to pork out and then make some lame New Years Resolution!~
I am still pretty startled at how slow the baby weight is coming off this time around… Hubby keeps trying to encourage me that it IS baby number four and that this time around I am another two years older than the last time.  ‘About thirteen more gone since my last post (34 total so far)… fifteen to twenty to go to look “normal”… Twenty-eight to go to look fab!
It’s not all vanity you know – it’s about being frugal too.  Sure it would be easy to stay this size but it would not be wise!  It’s my closet that motivates me.  Even though I “hate”  my clothes… they aren’t exactly super trendy… I still like them enough to know I would never go buy new clothes to accommodate me right now.
Thought I might tempt you… see those earrings in the box… they are actually part of my New Years Give Away! but no… that’s not the New Years Day announcement!!!

I suppose I could have neatened it up a bit for the camera!
Slowly but surely I have been able to add a piece here and a piece there to the maternity clothes/larger sizes I still sorta have to wear (which are as equally ill-fitting as my “thin clothes”).  Slowly but surely I am sprinting up the stairs like my old self, slowly but surely my knees aren’t as easily aggravated.  No, no… it’s not all vanity…As a Mom of four it’s important for me to be in “ship, shape shape*” to keep up with Hoolie and the Hooligans!
So, not sure why I am doing this post, except to encourage you girls and myself to stay healthy!  Endless days of hor d’oeuvres and champagne are not excuse for us to pork out!  
Health, fugality and a little vanity are the perfect combination.
 Clothing is a form of self expression no matter what your style!
How do YOU Express Yourself!

PS –
“Ten bucks” if you know what movie “ship, shape, shape” is from.
No fair googling.

Get ready!


  1. Pam

    Yours, Mine and Ours!

  2. Karena

    Angela you are so right!! Thank you for the encouragement!! I am having back surgery this Friday, after a hip replacement recently.

    I am determined to be strong and healthy!! Here’s to 2012!!

    Please come & Enter my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!! The latest is Art & more from Fifi Flowers!!


    Art by Karena

  3. Renata

    Oh I’m going to be away!
    You’re doing a wonderful job ~ hope you get into those old clothes soon!

  4. Stephanie

    Your closet is tres chic!

  5. Mandy

    segood job mama! i still have 40lbs to loose since my last baby…3 years ago. i didn’t loose an ounce after him, and lost ALL my weight easily the other times. i would absolutely adore it if you posted HOW you loose it, what you eat, etc. thanks!

  6. Nita H

    Yes, I want to work on myself now. Thanks 4 the inspiration.

  7. Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn

    For the past two weeks I have been so busy that there has been no time for yoga and boy I feel it.

    I am proud of you girl. But remember, you’ve earned those hips so wear them proudly.

  8. Heather's Blog-o-rama

    You can totally do this..lose those extra pounds πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ve been working on eating healthy/losing weight since September 1..and I don’t have kids..but I needed to get healthy. I’ve lost almost 50 pounds so far..and I didn’t think it was possible. So if I can do it…you totally can πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The important part is to keep at it πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    Oh, LOVE all the photos, especially those cute earrings πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I love the vintage look of your photos, too. Can you share you got them to look that way? I noticed there were some interesting shades in the photos πŸ™‚

    Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. Becky

    Congrats on your weight loss.You look absolutely beautiful.
    You have a lovely family.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.Anxious to hear your news.Blessings,Becky

  10. Marta (Montenegro) Martin

    Ah yes…the motivation of smaller sizes in the closet. Certainly less expensive to be conservative in our yummies than to buy a whole new wardrobe. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the champagne – its low in calories and DEEEELISSSH to boot. Also, you inspired me to get chickens…I have four gals, a beautiful potager and a fun little two year old who eats tomatoes off the vine! Plus a wonderful hubby who puts up with his SIX women now. πŸ™‚

  11. Γ  la parisienne

    Is that a little dressing room off of your room? Oh, I’m jealous! I could use one of those.
    Speaking of eating well, my husband and I watched a documentary on Netflix the other night called Forks Over Knives. Although I could never cut out bacon, eggs, or dairy from my diet, it made me really think about what we eat every day, and now I will have that little voice over my shoulder as I eat this holiday, which is a good thing.


  12. Diva

    Hi farmgirl! I am so impressed that you can manage all these different (and beautiful!) blogs!

  13. Rebecca @ heartland farmhouse

    Saw you over at Mandy’s, I’m drawn to any blog with a good ‘Farmgirl’ in the title. Then I noticed that you have a bent towards a good conservative rant now & again, I could go for one of those.

    Also, I have an 8 mo. old a closet full of currently unworn clothes & 2 pairs of blue jeans that I switch back & fourth. Sisters gotta have each others backs, so thank you for this! May we be Merry & Bright & not PORK out this weekend!!!


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