Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Giveaway update!

Tomorrow is the day that I will announce the winner of my giveaway, so you all have until eleven o'clock tonight to enter. :-) I hope to get the results out relatively early tomorrow. I don't want to keep you in suspense!

I am eager to see who wins... :-D

Monday, August 30, 2010

An easy, fun, needle book!

Miss Emily Rose had a beautiful tutorial on her blog for a stunning needle book!
Now I made one today----not half as lovely as her's----and I am a total beginner when it comes to embroidery!---so I didn't decorate as well as Miss Emily did... but, here's how it turned out!

                                            blanket stitching- I used pink felt for the top,


                                           Several of my supplies,

                                       
                            A cute flower for decoration,



           The bright orange felt on the inside, -I made a button hole so it could close-


                                                    Some happy pins in there new home. ;-)
                                                        Closed,
                                                     Opened,



                                           ...And all together!

                      A fun and easy project finished. This will come in handy-and it is very portable!
                         I might even make another one. :-)   

Head on over to Emily Rose's blog if you'd like to learn how to make one! ;-)



Friday, August 27, 2010

"Approach the Throne of Grace with Confidence"...



Hebrews 4:14-16

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 


I hope your having a beautiful,  fabulous, Friday...! 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Math

Did you cringe when you read that title?
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I love most subjects in my school work, but math is one that I dread....

I've never been a math genius and I try to do a good job and study, but some times it's hard when what your learning just doesn't make much sense. The concepts seem too hard, the work is tedious, the numbers become difficult and you can't seem to make them do what you want... math is not fun.

Do you have any advice to make your worst subjects enjoyable to study and learn? :-)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

4 things tag

 Eden tagged me! Thanks Eden. :-)

 4 things found in my school bag:  Well, I don't have a school bag but a couple things that I use in my school work are...
   
1. My math Cd's and textbook
2. The internet. It has a lot to offer. I love wikipedia.
3. My sketching and writing journal 
4. Our piano and my violin... ( Music is one of my favorite subjects.)

4 things found in my purse:

1.My bible.( I have two bibles. One that I use at home and one that I use at church and out in about.) 
2. My wallet 
3. Chap stick
4. Pencil and notebook
 
4 things in my room: My sisters and I share a room so I will try and say four of my things.... :-)
1.  My trundle bed
2. My desk, which is a neat little tea cart. :-D
3. My favorite pen from my friend in Germany.
4.  Clothes all neatly hung up in our closet (HA.) ;-)

 4 things I’m currently in to:
 1. Crocheting
2. Playing violin
3. Sewing
4. And... ( It's hard to do only four!) Organizing... (Yes. Not me usually!)

4 things I bet you didn’t know about me:
1. I have a bad temper
2. I can sing on tune, but I have a terrible voice. :-P
3. About 90% of my clothing is from thrift shops. :-D
4. I am scared of introducing myself to new people. (But I can usually feel comfortable talking to someone new after the first few sentences. :-)


Well, I think I will tag... 


Thanks for reading!  Have a great day... :-)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quilted Tote Bag



Well, I finally finished that purse I was making. I got the fabric that the pattern called for. Double faced pre-quilted fabric. But I realized that the pattern also says to line the bag on the inside! I thought that seemed like a waste of pretty fabric... (Above fabric is what I chose.) So I asked some advice from a lady at church and my grandma.

They both said that a french seam might work, if I didn't want to line. So, I looked up a french seam online to make sure I knew what to do and added about an inch of extra fabric to the fabric pieces. It was hard and easy at the same time... The first actual cuts and snips were a bit scary because I wasn't fully sure I had measured enough. So for a while ( Okay about month.) I didn't do anything with the pattern and fabric. It sat and sat...and sat in my craft basket.

But I took the first initiative on Sunday, worked from there, and now it's finished! Yeah! I was able to hide all the seams and now it looks like a reversible bag.
It had a lot of pockets on the pattern but I only made one. (I didn't want to complicate things.)
                           
Here is the first side of the bag...

                                              I added a flower for decoration.




        Here is the other side...  and the pocket. It could be an inside pocket of a outside pocket.




                                                      The flower in detail...


Well, I am glad that's done. :-D 


Have you been sewing? :-) Made anything exciting?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Simply Vintagegirl



Simply Vintage girl is having a giveaway for this set of beautifully made paper dolls and a secret prize, that Miss Emily Rose and her sister are making!

So go enter here! Hurry! It ends the Friday... :-)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Rambles

I can not comprehend that it is the 20th of August; the months fly by so quickly...

The warmth of summer is still in the air, and my mind is not ready cold weather just yet.
Usually when fall rolls around I am ready for it. But at the moment, I am enjoying the warmth. Today it was rainy and a bit dreary for a change.

I have still been reading Do hard things. It's a great book.
I am reading through Psalms, 2 Corinthians, and I read Romans 11. It is definitely food for the mind.

After my giveaway ends, I am planning on taking a blogging break for a week at the least, and most likely longer. :-) I need to focus my time a little more discreetly on literal life for a while. I am trying to get my schedule more planned out and organized. My sisters and I have been very bad as to what time we go to bed over the summer and I think we finally have a decent bed time schedule. We have also been walking every morning for exercise. It's a refreshing and motivating way to start the day.

 I have been crocheting and I have requested yet another crocheting book from the library. :-)

This august has also been the anniversary of one year of playing violin... :-D I am not very professional or very skilled yet but it's exciting. I am practicing Minuet No.1 and No.2 composed by Bach. Of course it's not the original version of both songs but I like to practice songs that I know.

Well, there's my shortish ramble...
Now it's your turn, what have you been up to? :-)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Homemade Iced Mint Tea

         
 Lately I have been making my own mint tea, with our home grown mint...It is so easy to make. I got the general recipe from homestead blessings videos. It is an imprecise recipe.

You will need:

~Fresh mint about 15 stems
~A Bowl
~Gallon -or so-of water
~Sweetner (Sugar,honey,etc)
~Cheese cloth, or some kind of fine strainer
~ A container for the tea

Wash your fresh mint before starting...


You need to take out about 7 stalks and pull the leaves off into a bowl.

Put the stems aside. ( I compost mine.) 

Have about a gallon of water measured out...

Pour about a quart of water into your bowl.

 Squeeze, rip, and crunch, the mint leaves into your water. ( Your trying to get all the juice into your water.I usually squeeze with both hands. But I was taking the picture.)


Depending upon how strong you want your mint, squeeze until your water has a brown coloring.


Take a good amount of your mint out of your bowl, and set aside, for the moment.


Choose your container and cover it with a cheese cloth or fine strainer.


Carefully pour the water into the other container trying to keep as many leaves off the top of the cloth as possible.(You may want to have two people at this point.)

Repeat steps above until desired amount of water has been diverted into tea or until gallon of water has been used up. Just add more mint, ( Including what was set aside.) water, squeeze, strain, and it's as easy as that.

You may sweeten to taste.(with sugar, honey, etc) You can refrigerate to cool or use ice cubes.


Yum, a refreshing drink on a hot day!

God bless you...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Giveaways, giveaways!





Click here for Johanna's giveaway!

Click here for another giveaway,  Callie, a sweet young woman from my church, is having!

Click here for Lindsay's giveaway!

... And Click here for mine! ;-)


I hope you all are having a great day!

Christ's blessings....

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hello down there!


Well, I don't know what to say.
I  am shocked.
I am overwhelmed.
I am sad.

Now it might not seem very outrageous to you... but.... my younger sister is taller than ME!!!! Me.... I....the oldest and most grown up, of my siblings, and my sister is taller!!! She is a 1/4 of an inch taller!!! (Maybe more.) How could it get any worse? 

Now... I have a couple years ahead of me to grow, but Abby... (Sniffle) could grow taller too...Gulp.

I know, height's not that important. Being 5'2 is a just a little short to my liking and still not that bad, but being shorter than your younger sister hurts...

It's heart breaking being short... Everyone towers over you. You walk on an earth with giants surrounding you. Your trampled by the tall people. People think your eleven or so when your really fifteen! 

How will I bear it....................(faints on the floor.) Sob, Sob, Sob!

Okay enough with the drama. Control yourself, Leah!

I'll survive! Have no fear!

I just need to remember that God made me this way. I am the only me, that's like me.
Short or Tall. I am God's creation and the more I want to be tall, the shorter I'll appear.

Just remember shorties of the world, God made you, you!  ;-)

Thanks for listening to my sob story.

Now I'd like to know...
                  

                   How tall your you? :-)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Story Contest...

                         Tough Farewells

It was the year 1908, and I, Jane Marywell, was getting ready to go to a new young lady's school. I was sixteen and had just moved from East bay, Louisiana to now Rochester, New York City. After he had lost his job several months before, My father had found a new job and we were just settling into our new  home. I kept asking God, why we had needed to move. What was His purpose sending us here?
My mother kept telling me that we would soon get used to the idea of living in the cramped, loud, bustle of this big city. I was not familiar with this place and everything seemed strange and different from my beloved East bay, Louisiana. My seaside house, which I missed so much was now in my dreams and my new surroundings did not seem real to me. My seagulls, my sand, my shells, my ocean was now not mine. My aunt, uncle and three cousins, who I had not seen in a few years, were the only people I knew. They would be very dear to me through this transition. My cousin Libby, sixteen like me, was my dearest companion out of them all and had blond hair and bright blue eyes, like my ocean. I loved looking into them for they gave me comfort and gave me a little piece of home. I envied her rosy cheeks and crisp red lips which always wore a beautiful smile. My complexion and features were much less stunning and lovely. My dark brunette hair had almost a gray coloring and my eyes were a dark musty brown.

On this particularly cold rainy day, Libby and I were on our way to the young lady's school. It was my first day and I was beginning to feel unsure of the fact that I was not the most bright student and would have trouble making friends. But Libby rattled on telling me all about it and the wonderful teachers and other young ladies that I would meet. Her words somewhat comforted me as they distracted me from my fears.
When we finally arrived, my brow was furrowed with new worries and my heart beat fast.
The building was narrow, tall and drab. Black doors, walls, window frames were the scenery.
The sign on the building read. 'Lady's Christian Fine Arts school'
"We'll stop by my favorite teacher first." Libby whispered in my ear excitedly. We entered the building and climbed a set of echoing stairs.
As we got to the first teacher's room, a tall slender woman met my eye. Her face was plain, but she had a sincere smile that brightened her simple features. " Hello Mrs. Smith! This is my cousin Jane Marywell, who I've been talking about." Libby said with enthusiasm. "Welcome Miss Jane! I hope you find our school as fine a one as in Louisiana." Mrs. Smith said. " I teach writing here at our school. What is your favorite subject?" I smiled at the question. I loved music, and acting, but writing was my passion. "I love to write." I answered.

As the day continued my mood become more hopeful. This school was different but a good kind of different.
I reminisced about my day as Libby and I walked briskly home from the icy gusts of wind.
As I ate dinner with my family and cousins, my thoughts wandered to my ocean once more. The sunrises and sunsets that I had looked forward to each day. I decided to make the most of my new home and try and keep my spirits up. I thought I might write a poem about the the joys of New york to keep my thoughts from wandering.

As I finished getting ready for bed that night, my mother and father came in and said prayers with me. My father's deep voice gave me peace as he talked to God, asking for His guidance and protection over us in our new surroundings. I kissed my mother good night and gave my father a big hug. " I know you miss your home Jane, but I feel that God has a plan for us here." My father said to me before he closed my bedroom door. I looked at him and answered with trust. "I know." We smiled. As he closed that door, I felt that God was holding my hand and giving me peace. This new place which I knew little about, was still God's world. And I knew no matter where Christ took me, He was there, holding my hand. As the days and months moved on, I started to enjoy the cold wind that rushed past me each day. Libby and I became the best of friends. I also met new girls at the school and we now had a bible devotion each week at my house. God had given me joy and contentment. The beautiful scenery here in New York had become as beautiful as the seaside. My family and I visited Louisiana several times each year and I would sit on the rocks, breathing in the ocean, watching the sunset and write.



Here is a story that I am entering for Grace's writing contest!


Have a great week!

The artist is Jean Beraud and the title is Walking in Paris. :-)
Yes I know, I changed the country...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Randomness

I decided it was time to write a random post. Don't you get into that mood at times? :-)
 I am going to tell 15 random things about myself, as quickly as I can. I will try to be as honest as possible.

1. I get strange obsessions over things, for about a month and then it stops. Right now I am loving crocheting, geography, and homemade mint tea.
2. I get hyper at night. Recently Abby and I laughed for about 5 minutes straight, before bed. At basically nothing.
3. I am scatter brained when it comes to leaving things out. Especially any books I am reading. It takes me about 2 minutes to find it.
4. I am horrible at spelling. Spell checker is my best friend. I am trying to get better.
5. I love using smiley faces. :-) ;-) :-D
6. I love to sing in the shower and while I vacuum. It's the only time I can do free form composing without being embarrassed.
7. When I take pictures, I take about ten of one object. :-) Different angles but still the same object. This really bugs my sister. She is a one photo kind of gal. Note from sister: You take more than that!
8. I love to bake but I don't like cooking as much.
9. I like to take videos, but I hate being in them.
10. My favorite places to shop are thrift stores and craft stores.
11. My daddy wanted to name me Jemima and now that's my dream name for a girl baby.
12. I get scared easily. In fact today I was making a bed and Abby snuck behind me and I actually fell on the bed I was so scared.
13. I love to make lists but almost never check everything off of them. My favorite part about vacations is packing.
14. I cry easily.
15. I am a lefty.

Alright, enough randomness.

Have a great rest-of-the-week! :-D

Any random things about you, that you'd like to share!

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Giveaway...

Today is my 141st post and...

             a one whole year of blogging!

I am so grateful and thankful for starting this blog. It has given me much opportunity to voice my thoughts and
a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends. Each one of you means so much to me! I am surprised at how many liked minded young people there are out there that I never knew about. I want to thank each and every one of you for your sweet comments and kind encouragements to me. I enjoy getting to know each of you so much!

To celebrate a whole year of my blog, I am giving away a copy of this book...





Preparing To Be A Help Meet. This book has much wisdom to offer. It is thought provoking, insightful and compelling. It has given me many ideas on how to prepare.
If you already have this book, enter anyway and give it to a friend!

 To enter simply leave a comment saying you would like to enter.-You don't have to have a blog to enter! :-)

For extra entries~
Spread the word by blogging, twittering, face booking, etc!

Sorry, but I can only ship to the continental U.S.

Please comment each entry separately. Thank you!

Make sure to check back on my blog September 1st, when I announce the winner!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Crocheting,crocheting, crocheting!

                                   Crocheting is so satisfying,
                                                           especially with fun, colorful yarn!

                                           I made two dish cloths...
                                     

                                         Together, they can wash a lot of dishes...

                            Now that I am done with these,
                                                    they are ready to be put to use!


I think I am ready enough to start crocheting some squares for the friendship afghan!


What projects have you been working on?... :-)

Friday, August 6, 2010

My reading list



 On my "to read" list I have:

~Do hard things by Alex and Brett Harris

~Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris

~Don't waste your life by John Piper

~Preparing to be a Help meet by Debi Pearl (This is the second time I am reading it. It's very good.)

~#3 and #4 of the Nancy Drew series. I think they are a little bit predictible. But I still like to read them. :-)

~The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

~ The Bible, I am reading all the time but specifically I want to read 2 Corinthians, Isaiah, Titus, and 1 Timothy.  I have read through Galatians, 1 Corinthians and 2 Samuel more recently though. Which are your favorite books of the bible?

Have you read any of these books? If so how did you like them? :-)

Curling up to a good book is always relaxing...

Have you read any good books that you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Summer skirts bargains

On Wednesday I got some great buys at good will. I got four new skirts and two new shirts. Perfect for this hot weather. Skirts are my favorite thing to wear. I love the fabric of each skirt swishing around when I walk. There is also so much of a variety in patterns to choose from...


             Here is the first one.... I love the little bow on the edge. :-)


               Here is one of my new shirts with the skirt. I like the feminine gathers on the sleeves.
                                  It's an elegant looking shirt.


                                       Here is the next skirt with the same shirt. This skirt is very airy and light.
                                        Definitely a summer-y skirt. :-)

               Here is the second shirt. It is so comfy. It has two cute pockets as well.
                            I. love. it.
                                     Here it is with the same skirt. The image of a summer wardrobe.

                                                This is a pretty cranberry skirt. It has a ruffly edge.

                                          The blouse with it... white matches with everything!

 Now, I think this is my favorite skirt. It is a very full and it seems the most sturdy and well made out of the four I got.


 Which one's your favorite?...:-)

Have a good day!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Modesty

                                                        
 Modesty is more than just your outward apperance or your actions on the outside. It's most importantly about God and you. It is about what's in your heart and who you truly are on the inside. You might have standards of your character or standards on what you are wear. You might wear skirts above the knee, below the knee, or below your ankle, You might wear turtle necklines, square necklines or v-necklines.

But the main reason that you should be dressing in a modest way is to glorify God. The bible tells us to dress modestly and to act accordingly. (1 timothy 2:8-10) This verse tells us that God is wanting us to dress in modest clothing which is right for godly woman. So again, we should dress in a way that will please God. Our standards should not only be ones that reflect away from ourselves but should be standards that God would be glorified with.


1 Samuel 16:7 

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."


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What are some your own thought on modesty? :-)