Friday, October 21, 2016

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello my dear people,
how are you doing?

 I am popping in today to thank dear Miss March for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition award and tag. That was super sweet my friend!
 What is this all about you ask?

Here's the deal:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Tell a little bit about how you started blogging.
-Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
-Nominate 15 other bloggers.
How it started:
 I was around 14 the day my friend's mother came over and helped me set up my first account on the now defunct site "Homeschool Blogger". 
She was (and still is) quite the writer and walked me through the process of passwords and formatting until I had my very own space to have and to hold. 
Overtime I learned bits about html coding and that day I figured out how to create my own gravatar-
 I thought I was really something special!
My best friend at the time also had her own blog, and while her passion for it died away eventually, mine firmly stuck. A few years later I took the step and switched to a blogspot account and the rest is history! 
 Advice #1:
My first piece of advice comes from someone who has been blogging for the long haul-from early teens well into adulthood:
Allow your blog to grow and change as you grow and change.
From the get-go, let this be your mindset.
Since many girls start blogging early, it stands to reason that as they grow, graduate, get married, start working or have a family, their blogs will change.
This can be scary because your readership and the circle of people you follow might change as well. 
Posting schedules and topics (even opinions) can change over time, and it can be uncomfortable for the blogger and her readership. 
I remember the dread of finding a favorite blog shut down, and the disappointment when someone's interests changed and her blog didn't feel the same. 
Granted, sometimes there is reason to be a little sad or concerned, 
but change is part of growth--and can be really beautiful when accepted.

Advice #2:
Don't bind yourself to a rigid posting schedule.
Goals are great. But here is the deal--
posting schedules are not mandatory, and we won't fire you if you miss a week.
I missed the official memo that posting schedules were a thing, and so I never really have stuck to one, and that has been one less thing to worry over in my life. 
And please remember, you do not have to apologize (unless you want to!) if you are absent from blogging for awhile.
Most of us reasonable people totally understand!
I don't know if I have 15 people to nominate, but here it goes!

If you haven't already done this, and are so inclined, have fun doing the tag.
And if I didn't tag you, and you want to-I tag YOU.

Much love,

(All the pictures in this post are from a recent trip I took with my friends, Samantha and Julie. It was such fun! Girls, take advantage of your free weekends, it the stuff life-long memories are made of!)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Creativity Lately-The Finer Things

 Hello friends,
I have two special projects to share with you all today.
These were both gifts to two fabulous people in my life.
First off is Lisa's bridal veil.
 When she asked me earlier this summer if I would sew her veil, I honestly knew very little about such things.
I agreed but was a bit skeptical about my ability to pull it off.
 This was probably for the best because I researched and planned the whole project very thoroughly before starting.
After some minor,
 panic when it came time to sew down the ribbon with clear thread, it actually turned out really well.
Especially for a first time, I feel like this project was a success.
Note: sewing with plastic thread is a pain and a bother-but the results are super pleasing.
 The veil is a slightly longer than finger-tip length and has a blusher.
I went ahead and drafted a pattern rather than trying to evenly cut it freehand.
Now I have a base pattern to use for future friends if they need my help.
And even with buying fabric samples and more ribbon than needed, it still cost under $20 to make.
I love how it drapes and I am glad I was able to bless my friend.

Secondly, and taking up the better part of a year,
I completed a counted cross stitch.
I started cross-stitching last year, and this is the hardest thing I have made.
Maybe it's the fact that the stitches are so small, or that I am new to this craft, but this was not an easy project for me.
The finished  piece is actually very small, and it came in a packaged kit,
but I sewed on it (on and off) for most of the year.
My friend Samantha ADORES Beauty and the Beast, and this year is the 25th anniversary of the Disney cartoon.
So, it was a timely gift.
 I am excited to report she loved it.
 It meant as much to her as it did to me, so that was very nice.

Both these gifts stretched me in the area of detail work, but I was glad to grow a bit in my skill set.
I am more motivated now to take on gifts for other people.
I hope you enjoyed this post.
What do you think?
Much Love,

Thursday, October 6, 2016

How To//Wedding Wreath

Hello lovely people!

With the upcoming nuptials of our dear friend and house-mate Lisa, we have been in wedding prep mode.
Parties and packing and arranging and sooooooo many bottles of sparkling cider!

In todays's post I thought I'd share how to make a wreath. This is one method out of countless, and although I make these primarily as wedding gifts, you can make them just for decoration. 

You will need:
-A grapevine wreath 
-Wired wide ribbon
-A garland of flowers/leaves
-Larger flowers
-Decorations i.e. little birdies or a small chalkboard sign
-Hot glue
-A form of wire to make a hanger in the back

Let's Get Started
Start by taking your wide ribbon and winding it around your wreath base.

Secure the tail end neatly in the back with hot glue.

Next take your long garland and assess your wreath. This time I cut my garland into sections and tucked them into every other ribbon row . I secured with plenty of glue. 
Alternatively, you can wrap the garland whole around the wreath. Play around till you find something that looks pleasing.

Take your larger flowers and place in odd numbers wherever you want. 
I used two sets of three flowers and placed them diagonally from each other.

Add your sign with a small bit of floral wire. This sign was placed to the side of the center front. 

Make a loop "hanger" in the back of the wreath by weaving some wire through the grapevine and twisting ends together.  
 This handy "vine-wire" available at hobby lobby is my new favorite item to use.

At this point, I found it helpful to hang my wreath up and figure out the placement of  my critters, 
Glue in place.

And then you should end up with a lovely wreath.

I hope you liked this project, it is simple yet very pleasing.
All of my friends seem to have really enjoyed these as presents because they can use them as home decor after the wedding. 

Hopefully this inspires someone to try it.
And please make sure to use your half-off coupons at your craft store!

Much love,

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Curious Thing...

Have you ever felt it a curious thing to be alive?

Have you ever been aware that change is too swift?
Have you ever walked through your days and never counted them?
And found yourself at the end of a month before it began?

And yet, have you ever stood and had time freeze?
Have you ever felt the wind slow and seen the clock stop?
Have you inhaled and been keenly aware...that this is life?

Have you ever felt the ache of sorrow and the spark of joy together?
Ever felt so happy for one friend and torn at heart for another?
Have you ever felt the tension and the blessing all at once?

Have you been the person who did the right thing at the right time?
Yet have you ever been the person to mess it up... again?
Have you ever done both on the same day?

Have you ever longed for something dearly,
 and yet hoped it doesn't happen just yet?

Ever felt like you've made huge strides to where you want to be,
and yet see you have so far to go?

The curiousness never ends.

And I think life feels like a whirlwind.
And sometimes God draws near and hides you gently.
The winds still, and you are steady. Safe.
And yet other times He unleashes the wind!
He whispers "Jump! And I'll catch you!"
"Step out in faith, and let me show you how GREAT I am!!"

Sometimes contentment is required to stay where we are.
Sometimes faith is required to do something new.

Sometimes we push to move forward, only to be rebuffed
Other times we are propelled forward before we are ready!

We bang on doors that will not open.
And yet some doors open which we never thought to touch.

Life's curious.

Isn't it?


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Summer Style 7// September Wedding

"Cheerful Weather for the Wedding..."
 Hello dears,
 This will be my last Summer Style post!
I am counting September because here in the SouthWest, it is still nice and warm--
...but mainly because I went to a wonderful wedding and have an outfit to share.
I went thrifting  (surprise, surprise!) and picked up this beauty. I was so enchanted by the lines, lace and floaty fabric.

My goal was for a soft, elegant look, slightly yesteryear, slightly modern.

Details of lace yoke and raised bodice front...

My hair was done in my Conair vintage roll, and I added flowers (because what else would you expect from me?)

The dress has a ruffly high-low hem. I liked how long this high-low was. Very tasteful, I thought. 
 Outfit Details
Dress-Thrifted//Shoes-Thrifted //Necklace-Gift
 Anyways, we all had a great time, my family and I.
I hope you enjoyed this last summer style post!
Oh, and what do you think of the blog remodel? Is it too bright? I mean, I like orange and yellow,
 but I certainly don't want to blast your eyes out.
That would be very unkind of my color scheme. ;)
Let me know.
And special thanks to Bonnie's post for the helpful tips and inspiration to remodel.
Much love to you,

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Summer Style 6// Denim and Roses

Hello Folks!
I am trying to eek in another summer style post before the close of this month!
I do hope you enjoy this one, as it is a new fav of mine!

Outfit details: 
Skirted Vest-Thifted//Shirt and Capris-Thrifted//Coral flats-Payless//Necklace-gift

When my mother suggests going to the thrift store, I hardly ever say no, and I rarely walk out empty handed. I loved this skirted vest so very much!
See the cute tie back?

I like to leave the lower buttons undone in general, but here you have a more detailed look at the inside: Fully lined! 

A few months ago my old floral barrette from high school resurfaced and I have been cherishing having it back! 

Now to show off my new accessory ....
I had to show it off in this post! My fanny-pack with fringe!
I was given this by a 93 year-old friend.
How awesome is that?

Corals and light browns go together well I think.

So, what do you think of this outfit?
Much love

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer Style 5// Sewing A Pinterest Skirt

Hello lovely people!
I have been in need of a plain, "go-to" skirt that would go with anything and everything I own, be easy to work in, and reach long enough that I can kneel comfortably.

In June I had a pinterest "Ah-ha!" moment when I saw this tutorial for a simple pocketed skirt.'s tutorial has the instructions for making these pocketed skirts, as well as detailed measurements for various child and adult sizes.

And although I personalized some other elements of the skirt, the pockets were kept the same.
(My version)
The pockets look like they go all the way to the hem, and create a striking look!

I bought 2 yards of chambray (the original pattern calls for linen) at Hobby lobby, a zip and some interfacing.
The total was under $15 as the material was on sale 1/2 off.
(My supplies--excuse the floral wire (that's for a different project!!)

(My creative area!)
 The skirt is super distinctive, functional and easy to wear (and care for!)
It can be worn almost year round in my home climate, and
it's gone to church, on errands, to work and even on evenings out.
Here is a bit about my version:

My pattern was drafted on printer paper which was taped together. I used the tutorial measurement charts, but added some over all length to make sure my hem would be below my knees. Here are the measurements I used. (I cut wider panels than my measurements called for, as I wanted a fuller look)
I remember not having to add as much length as I thought I would have to. The fact that I drafted a thicker waistband also helped.

(my pattern)
(waistband SA =-how much you need to attach your zipper to the back. I needed 5/8 inch on either side)

I pleated the front and back panels to a fitted waistband for a slimming look. Gathers onto an elastic waistband would give me too much of a muffin look!
NOTE: The side panels were still gathered so that the pockets would lie flat.

( I started with an inverted box pleat in center, and worked directional pleating from there)

My waistband pieces were both interfaced and sewn along the top edge to connect.
The below mid-construction picture shows how I edged the inside waistband with lace.
I turned it to the inside and slip stitched it down. Pretty lace now decorates the inside for added detail.

This is an inside detail shot that shows how the pocket cleverly stops before it reaches the hem.
It's only from the front that it appears like a straight cut!
My tie was added as an after thought and is just a long strip of fabric, sewn down to the side of the waistband. The end in my left hand is longer because it wraps around my back to tie in front.

It ties in front, like so! I am a sucker for bows and hate to waste any ta-da!

This was such a useful skirt to make, and I am so pleased with it. A pleated, below the knee skirt is by far the type of skirt I need the most in my closet. I will probably make one in navy next.
Hope you enjoyed this post!
~Yours Ever Creating~

What does your dream skirt look like?