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I wore this outfit several weeks ago when I had been working on my quilt. I absolutely love the t-shirt I got from Olivia at Fresh Apparel! It is one of the most comfortable and the quality is so nice. Not to mention her logo is beautiful! Here is her blog Fresh Modesty. It is my absolute favorite Fashion Blog. Our styles are so similar and she is such a nice person! She so inspires me! In more ways than just fashion. She has just started her own clothing company. She designed a modest and functional Denim skirt that is now in production! She also has How to Sew with Denim E-book that I have used to sew myself two denim skirts. She is such an inspiration to me!

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I apologize for the mess behind me. I wasn’t the only one quilting that day we had all of our things were laid out. This outfit was not just fashionable in a casual way, but it was comfy for working around the house. I also wore a pair of slipper socks to keep my feet warm. Smile And my slouchy beanie was made by my Grandma and I love it! It is one of my favorite colors!

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~Graphic T-shirt: Fresh Apparel Denim Co. 

~Cardigan: Forever 21 from Thredup $4.99

~Cami: Forever 21 $2.00

~Denim Skirt: refashioned by me $2.00

~Hat: made by my Grandma $4.00

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The boys were fascinated in how I took pictures of myself with the mirror. They thought it was the coolest thing! My little helpers!

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By the way, if you use the Thredup link I posted with to shop a this great site, you get $10 off your first order and so do I! Win Win!

What do you think about Olivia’s blog?

By His Grace

Victoria

Valentine’s Day 2015

This past Sunday, (the day after Valentine’s day) I got the pleasure of putting on a surprise Valentine’s dinner for the fam. It was so fun! I love decorating, and I had a blast!

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Inside the little Heart envelopes on the plates is a Ghirardelli Chocolate! the best ever. . . YUM!

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My Favorite, Pillow mints for after dinner in a teacup. With Candy Hearts and streamers spread around.

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Streamers and different size hearts in different colors of paper.

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Candles and a bouquet of roses all of the kids gave to Mama for Valentines day.

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Conversation hearts and paper hearts. . .

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Roses. . .

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We had a pot roast dinner. Roast, Potatoes and Carrots, and Broccoli. And for Dessert we had a Flourless Chocolate Cupcake topped with Whipped Cream and Melted Chocolate. Everyone drew a name out of a hat and had to make a “Valentine Card” for the person who’s name they drew, telling that special someone something that they love about the or something they are thankful for who they are or what they do. Those were place under each person’s plate, and after dinner, we read them aloud. As a fun game while we were waiting for dinner, we picked out a conversation heart for the person who was our “Valentine” that we thought described them, or how we felt towards them. Then everyone picked out one to give to Mama. Mama picked out a dozen or so to describe her feelings for Daddy Smile. It was just a fun time and there was a lot of laughter and love. I treasure the times we are able to spend as a family like this, knowing that we won’t always have the ability to be together. I love my family dearly! They are my biggest cheerleaders and know when to give it to me straight. Their personalities are all so different that a day is never boring! Love them all! So thankful for them.

What did you do for Valentine’s day?

By His Grace,

Victoria

Tutorial/Pattern How to Knit Slipper Socks

This week, I noticed that my slipper socks that a friend had given me were wearing out. Nearly in holes in the heels. I knew that my friend had made them. I tried looking up a pattern and couldn’t find one that used the thickness of yarn that I had or one that I liked. Or one that I didn’t have to pay for. So here is the pattern I made up looking at the pair I already had.

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Knitted Slipper Socks: For sizes 6-8

Supplies:

* Set of 4 double pointed knitting needles size US 7

*Scissors

* Crochet hook size doesn’t matter, as long as it roughly the same thickness as your knitting needles. I used a size 1/9 – 5.5mm

*Lion’s Brand Homespun Yarn. 1 Skein (Anything of similar thickness would work as well. But personally I love this yarn)

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Cast on 28 stitches on two of your needles. Then distribute the stitches onto two other needles. 10 on two of them and 8 on the other.

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Then join the together to work them in the round.

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Knit 2 Pearl 2 Around. Knit until you have about 4”

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Now, transfer the stitches from two needles evenly to the other till you have 14 stitches on one needle. Then knit only that needle. Knit till there is about 2 in.

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Now, this part. . . The turning of the heel is what is considered the hardest part of making socks, but it is not too difficult. Take the end of your needle and pick up 8 stitches on either side of the heel piece. Hopefully you can see my marks.

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Knit one round

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As you can see we are now stuck with an awful lot of stitches. So unless you are bigfoot. You are going to want to do this next step. Knit through the needle that has the heel section. The one at the bottom of the sock that has 14 stitches. Leave 14 stitches there. On the sides closest to the heel, Knit 1 Knit2together.

 

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You want to only do this on the parts that I have marked. Don’t knit2together along what is going to be the top of the sock. Do this until you have 33 stitches total. If you have wider feet, you will want to do 35. If you have small feet like me, do 29 stitches.

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It should look something like this. Give yourself a pat on the back and a hip hip hurray! You have officially turned a heel! For she’s a jolly good fellow! For she’s- okay, pardon my celebration. 

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Continue knitting around in what is called a stockinet stitch. Just Knit no Pearl. Knit until you are about 2 in. from the tip of your toe.

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Once you are within 2 in. of your toe, knit around once with Knit 4 Knit2together Pattern. Then knit about 10 more rows or until you are less than half an inch from the tip of your toes. Knit 3 Knit2together around once. Knit three more rows. Knit 2 Knit2together. Knit 2 more rows and you are ready to cast off.

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Cut a tail about 12” long. Thread you crochet hook through the stitches on the needle and pull the tail through.

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Do This with all three needles.

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Turn the Sock inside out and pull the tail to the inside.

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Pull your tail really tight, closing the circle. Using your crochet hook make a loop and tie a knot. Two if you want it to be super secure.

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Pull the knots tight and trim the tale to about an inch and a half. Turn your sock right side out.

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Drumroll please . . . TA—DA! Now go make another one! That’s the problem with socks, they kind of run in pairs. Smile

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Hooray! Congratulations on making your own pair of slipper socks!

 

Was this pattern helpful?

Do you think you will make a pair?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

 

A Week in Homemade Skirts

Hello! So this past week I decided to and entire week in homemade skirts! It was fun, because it pushed me to find different outfit combinations to wear with them. This fall, I realized that the ranks of Homemade skirts were thinning with wear now that I am sharing them with my sister. And they seemed too summery to me. So I decided to invest in some darker colors to add to our wardrobe. They are quite the staple in our closet. So it was nice to wear them all in one week and pair some things with them that I wouldn’t normally. Here is all seven outfits.

 

  Day 1 and Day 2

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Day 3 and Day 4

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Day 5 and Day 6

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Day 7

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Well, of all seven my favorites are probably Day 1 and Day 6. Day 7 was my birthday and Daddy took me out to lunch, so I decided to wear his favorite blouse. I really like that outfit too.

Which was your favorite?

By His Grace,

Victoria

What/Why I listen to. . .

I do a lot of what I call “repetitive sewing”, or “mindless work”. It is a lot of sewing the same thing over and over again. Twelve Ruffled Messenger Bags, one after the other. Sewing squares of a quilt in rows. Or just sewing in general doesn’t take a lot of mind power. Knitting, Crocheting, Cleaning, Organizing. . . You get the idea. So what I like to do is listen to things! I love music, but sometimes, I like to change it up and listen to an audio book, or Audio Theatre. I love learning and I have found that listening to these things helps me improve the time by learning History, Science and lots of things in between.

Here are some of the things that I like listening to.

Jonathan Park:

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These are my favorite and my first intro to Audio Theatre. These Audio Drama’s are about two homeschool Christian families that own/run a Creation Museum. The stories are fictional, sometimes action packed. I love them, because woven in between the story lines, is Creation Science and Biblical Lessons. One of the Dad’s is a Creation Scientist and is always telling about Scientific Information that can be applied to the real world. Creation/Biblical Science is a huge passion of mine! I love reading, and listening to things that Proclaim the Glory of the Lord and Disclaims the lies of Evolution. I feel that these Audio Drama’s have equipped me to “have an answer for anyone who asks about the hope that is within me.”

 

The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty:

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These Audio Drama’s are based on the original Historical Novels by G.A. Henty, a Christian Novelist of the 20’th Century who did amazing research for each of his novels. They were written for Boys but Girls can enjoy reading them too! I also love History, so I have greatly enjoyed listening to these. I have listened to In Freedom’s Cause, the story of Wallace and Bruce in Scottish History. Very interesting and I really enjoyed it. One thing I love about these is that they believe it important to show the Hand of God in History. In the words of Bill Heid, the Creator of these Audio Drama’s. “In History, it is almost like God has been surgically removed”. He is re-installing God into History if you will.

 

Focus on the Family Radio Theatre:

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Focus on the Family has taken some of the Classics and turned them into interesting, exciting, and sometimes touching Audio dramas. They are truly Delightful. Little Women, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, Oliver Twist, The Narnia Series are just a few in their collection.

 

 Lamplighter Theatre:

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The same folks who created the beautiful Lamplighter books, has been joined by a team of very talented people who have dramatized the books. They are really quite beautiful depictions that teach great Christian character and Biblical Values. Truly a delight and joy to listen to.

 

Listening is such an easy way for me to learn and increase my productivity, and. . . It keeps me from being bored! Smile

Hope this list is helpful and that if you are interested that you would check these out!

By His Grace,

Victoria

Quilting Bonanza!

Hello Everyone! Super dooper fun over here today! I Finished the star for my quilt and laid it all out to organize the rows! It looks fabulous if I do say so myself! I can’t take all the credit because I had quite a bit of help from the Peanut Gallery! (cue Dad and brother Josiah! Daddy helped me figure out the measurements for the center square. I was originally do the thing where you cut out the missing pieces to ‘fill in the puzzle’ so to speak. It was so hard to wrap my little brain around and Daddy finally convinced me after much procrastination on my part, to just top stitch the star to the square. Not wanting to cop out, and tried to cut the puzzle pieces. But I could not figure it out for the life of me. And I am so glad Dad convinced me! It looks awesome! much better than it would have if I had done it my way.

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So I folded the edges under, ironed it and top stitched it to the square.

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All of the squares cut and ready!

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After I finished that, I laid it in the middle of the living floor, of which I had pulled all of the chairs out of so as to make more room. So I put it in the middle got all of my squares ready, aaaand. . . stopped dead in my tracks wondering. “Now what on earth am I going to do?! What squares go where?!” I wanted some sort of a pattern. Besides there were too many squares to do it randomly!

I sat and thought and played around with squares for like 20 min. Before I finally got tired of figuring it out on my own and called Dad as a last minute resort. Thanks Daddy for all of the help!

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My little helper who is not so little any more. I think he enjoyed helping me and listening to music.

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Me and my quilting buddy!

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Then I deconstructed the quilt row by row and put the in ziplock bags marked so I know where it goes in the quilt.

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No on to the sewing!

By His Grace,

Victoria