Thursday, March 31, 2011

A sheet, a saturday, some sewing, and a skirt

I once again I used a bed sheet-bought of good will-for my sewing project. My inspiration once again came from Marie-Madeline.

A skirt this time.

 I didn't have the pattern and decided to make up the design, with lots of gathers and ruffles. :-)
It was some what a challenge, but very fun. I sewed most of it on Saturday and was able to finish the same day. It was rainy and some what gloomy, so it gave me lots of time to stay inside and do some happy sewing.

 It is constructed of three very ruffly ruffles, three panels underneath and an elastic waist band. The only difficulty was coming up with the measurements. It came out almost as I had expected. I was actually surprised how poofy it turned out.

Definitely a learning experience and very enjoyable. I have to say the fabric was not the most ideal pattern for a bed sheet, but it worked out well for a skirt. :-)

The weather has been very gloomy and I was happy for today's beautiful sunshine.

 How is your weather?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Made Alive With Christ

Colossians 2: 13-15
  When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

 What a beautiful passage.
This is an awing picture of what Christ has done for us.
We were dead in our sins and God made us alive in Christ.

I, for one, often take life for granted too often; but when I step back and see how dead I was,
it makes everything I've ever lived for fall to the shadows.
I see the light Christ illuminates, and I know He's is my true life and light.
All that I am looks so small compared to the greatness of our Savior.
What a precious life He has given us.
We need to live it well.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Mornings.

 This is what we had for breakfast....

Saturday mornings are when my mom makes a special breakfast treat. She's made oatmeal, cinnamon rolls, donuts, coffee cake, and most often : pancakes.
I usually get up after she has the batter made and then we cook them.
The smell is wonderful.
And the taste...
Even better. :-)

What did you have for breakfast?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Brightening a home

There are so many ways to make a home brighter and homey-er.

When blooms start to bud find a jar and bring spring inside.

Cute little jars and fresh flowers....

A perfect table accent. 
Put your jars of flowers near a window, on a table, in a bathroom, a bedroom, anywhere!
My mom finds so many cute little jars at thrift shops. 
They really are darling.

Organize with stylish baskets. Our house is filled with baskets!
They look nice and are practical.

Colorful dishcloths add so much fun to your kitchen. 
Dish cloth making is also a great way to practice crocheting when just starting out.

Even in the cold months of the year adding tissue paper flowers to a room can spark up a home.

Making them is so much fun. I have been making these flowers ever since we had a party last year. It is a wonderful way to pass the time. They are an easy craft, beautiful table decorators, and fun gift decorators.

Do you have any tips for making your home brighter?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake

After my Mom found a sale on strawberries, and bought 8 pounds, she asked if I'd make strawberry shortcake. I have never made a cake from scratch. (Only the occasional cake mix)
I looked up shortcake recipes on this website  and found THIS recipe and decided to try it.

It was not as difficult as I thought it would be, but still some what of a challenge. I am not what you would call an experienced baker and cook. :-) It was a fairly simple recipe and very yummy.

It is even better with a more than generous amount of strawberries and whipped cream.

The cake was consumed and only one piece remained after all my family had their fill.

 It is somewhat healthy...right? It does have strawberries!
Okay, okay.
Not that healthy.
But a recipe that is definitely worth a try.
 My sweet tooth was content with the semi-healthiness of it.

Do you like strawberry shortcake?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Wedding...

Yesterday my dear Aunt got married. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception. It was held outside and the reception was in a large tent.

Friends and family arriving...

I was able to play a few songs on my violin with my teacher while every one arrived.
My teacher played for the ceremony. She did a wonderful job.

                                          My aunt walking down the "aisle".

After the vows...

The table settings were beautiful. We were at "table two".

The happy couple.

The yummy cake.

Click here for the full post on the family blog.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


 Unique branches.Elegant limbs.
Trees' beauty is obscure, artful and....

...even more beautiful when flowers starts to bud and bloom.
The graceful silhouettes of each tree compliment each bouquet of blossoms.

Don't you just want to grab your camera and snap a photo, every time you see a glimpse of spring?

 Well. I do any way. :-)

Has spring sprung where you live?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Peanuts and Chocolate.

A handful of nuts and chocolate chips. Blissful.  

  ...What is your favorite snack?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Here's How I Used My Inspiration!

 After being inspired by THIS. I decided I wanted to create something, too. The Marie-Madeline bloomers look very practical, comfortable and feminine. I don't have the pattern, so I decided to test a couple things out.

First, instead of using fabric I took the West ladies advice on their sewing DVD and bought a bed sheet at Goodwill. It was some much cheaper than regular fabric! $2.60 for around 2 yards of fabric.

My grandma bought this pattern about two years ago and I decided to use the shorts pattern and gather the pant legs to create something similar to the bloomers.

 And another plus? The bed sheet is Utica J.P. Stevens and I think it might be vintage. :-)
 I found this vintage bed sheet on etsy and several other utica sheets. I think mine might be vintage, too.

So, a fun project done. My little experiment worked. Using a bed sheet, part of a pattern, a little math, some elastic, a sewing machine, and a whole lot of inspiration, you can make a cute pair of /gaucho/pants/skirt/bloomers. Perfect for a spring day. :-)

What is inspiring you?...