Hair Tutorial and a Reaction Video!

Hello lovelies! I have not one, but TWO video offerings for you today! I had a lot of fun working on these projects and they took me a lot longer to complete than I expected, but I hope you enjoy them! If you like what you saw, be sure to subscribe to both of my youtube channels so you can see when I post new stuff!

First is an easy hair tutorial that I hope you love!

Second, I filmed a reaction video of my first time listening to one of my favorite artists Christmas Album for the year! They are officially playing Christmas music in all the stores now and Thanksgiving is only a week away! What is up with that?! I feel like this month just FLEW by!

 

What did you think of the videos? Would you try the hairstyle?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

The Making of. . . My Christmas Dress Part 3

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Here it is!!! I am so thrilled with how this dress turned out! I cannot even begin to tell you! So, my two best photographers were out of commission, one wasn’t feeling well, and the other was scrambling last minute to figure out what she wanted to wear to the Christmas party. So I had to train a photographer while taking these photos, and there was a fair amount of editing involved. So I apologize for the not so perfect pictures. Smile

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Every detail of this dress just makes me so happy. The princess seams, the ruffled waistline. OF course those sleeves and the lace trim!

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And that Peter Pan Collar of Lace made from a vintage doily. So many of my favorite things. Peter Pan Collar, Lace, Vintage, (cue the music) “These are a few of my favorite things!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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I am also quite proud of the fact that my jewelry matched today!!! Being on a budget and picking up things here and there at thrift stores and flea markets does not make for a perfect, matchy matchy polished look. Smile But I found three pieces that went together. I just bought this necklace recently for $1!! Score! And these earrings are my all time faves! Actual Antique finds!

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Now, I would have loved to have just the perfect pair of heels to go with this dress but alas, it was not to be. I had planned to wear my heeled oxfords, but the light tan leather just clashed with the black tights and dark color of the dress. I tried tying it in with a matching belt, but it still didn’t work. . . I kid you not, I tried literally 7 pairs of shoes on. (some of my moms and sisters) but none worked. Then I couldn’t find these black flats which were a last resort. I was getting frustrated and finally offered to pay anyone who found them. “Reward Offered HERE!” My 12 year old brother happened to find them RIGHT WHERE I HAD BEEN LOOKING!!!!! (smacks forehead with hand) Can I just bury my head in the sand a moment?

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My Hair was a style I did a tutorial on here. I really love the soft look.

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EEK! I just can’t get over the lace everyone! So in love!

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Zipper detail in the back.

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SIgh, those sleeves turned out just like I always dreamed!

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Outfit Details:

Dress: Made by Me

Tights: borrowed from Mom

Jewelry: Thrifted from various places

 

I am just so happy with the way this dress turned out! I cannot begin to tell you how much of a special lady I felt like wearing it! Can someone time travel me to the beginning of the 20’th century please? I hope I didn’t rave to much. It is just when a project you have dreamed about doing for so long meets your expectations. You are over the moon! Or, at least I am. And I have to admit, I have had my fair share of sewing oops and mistakes, so when this turned out so perfect, I was so happy. Even with the few hiccups I had along the way.

 

Did you wear anything special for Christmas?

May the Lord bless you all richly as we come to the close of this year and the start of the new!

By HIs Grace,

Victoria

The Making of. . . My Christmas Dress Part 2

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Making sure the bodice fits. . .

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Working on the sleeve pleats. I had so much fun designing these sleeves and am so thrilled with how it turned out!!!

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Sleeve sewn to the cuff.

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Sleeve finished with the cuff and sewn to the bodice.

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This dress had one of those “oh-man-i-messed-up-now-i-have-to-seam-rip-and-now-i-am-crying” moments.  I cut the skirt to short on accident, and the gathers got messed up, so I had to detach the skirt from the bodice, Re-gather, pin and sew it. seam rip the hem to let it out, and re-hem it with a smaller tiny hem. I was a good girl though earlier and instead of settling for a less than par fit, I took part of the sleeve off to take in the shoulder seam and re-affixed the sleeve. I have such a short torso, that the bodice almost always is too big, but you don’t figure it out until too late. You can see in the picture below that I had to take it up about an inch and you can see my pin in the shoulder seam.

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Fixing that sleeve and shoulder seam. . .

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Now, for the fun but hard part. Figuring out what to use to trim it. I have been collecting vintage and antique doilies for several years now and went through my pile trying to see if any of them would work for the collar. I had such a hard time and pined on about 6 before I figured out what to do. I even played with the idea of a solid whit muslin collar, but muslin was all I had and it required a more polished looking white fabric than muslin.

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Mid process of picking out stuff for a collar, I found this roll of lace trim I had gotten from Hobby Lobby and gasped when I put it on the sleeve. OH MY GOSH! I about flipped! It was so gorgeous!

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Sorry for the fuzzy picture, I am not sure why my camera was being funny that day. here is me pinning on the laces trying to figure out which one I liked best.

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Then, I tried it on with several options pinned, uncut lace trailing behind me from my sleeves, and pins instead of a zipper because I hadn’t gotten that far yet. It was really hard not to poke myself! LOL! About squealing at this point because I can’t stand how much I love it.

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I finally decided on a doily that I liked best, cut it in half and seam bound it so it wouldn’t fray. Then I pinned it to the dress and hand sewed it. I wasn’t going to trust that to the sewing machine! It was hard enough to sew the seam binding to it.

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Halfway done!

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All done!!!

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Zipper was sewed on later and I finally finished it! I am so LOVING this dress! I felt like “an Old fashioned girl” in it. It looks amazing! Stay tuned for a final look!

By His Grace,

Victoria

The Making of. . . My Christmas Dress Part 1

 

I really wanted to make a dress for Christmas this year. I have had my eye on several plaid dresses/skirts and finally came up with a concept for a dress. These two pictures below were my inspiration, although with each, I pinned them with the stipulation that they needed a peter pan collar.

 

Love the Black Watch Plaid of this look, Although, I am going for slightly longer and with a collar of course.christdress

 

And this one is practically the perfect cut, but again, I want it longer.

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So, last week, I did a mock up of my dress using a mashup of my ideas, a dress pattern that I love, and a self drafted sleeve pattern that I made up on the fly. I like making mock ups of things this important before I make the finished one. It really helps with ironing out problems (and wrinkles) before I get to using my more expensive finished fabric. I usually use a scrap sheet that I pick up from a thrift store for a couple bucks. Here is what my mock up looked like. I apologize for the messy room. But hey, I am not perfect and when I am creating, I tend to make a mess. Plus, sharing a small room with 2 sisters, means the room is never perfectly clean. Smile

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I am so stinking proud of this sleeve!!!! It was everything I hoped it would be. “Nailed it!”

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Next I bought the fabric and cut it out. It is all set for me to sew it tomorrow. Please God, I don’t have any troubles with it and can have it done by Christmas Eve. Also, I would like to make a skirt that is cut up and sitting in a basket for my little sister for her to wear on Christmas.

 

I love this Plaid Flannel! So in love! I hope I love the finished product as much as I like petting this fabric. It is so soft and I got the 3 yards I needed for $20. No bad I’d say.

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Cutting out the Skirt portion

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Bodice Pieces and cutting guide, (which I sorta ignored) My way was easier and used less fabric. (sheepish grin)

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Toying with the idea of a lace Peter Pan Collar with one of these vintage doilies.

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Cutting out my self drafted sleeves. I had to rip out the sleeve from my mock up dress because I forgot how I did it. It was less of a headache to cut it out of the practice dress, than it was to scrunch my eyebrows up and stare at the fabric and scissors while doing mental gymnastics. LOL!

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The sleeve pieces cut out. The rectangles are for the cuff at the bottom of the sleeve. And the dress pattern I used parts of.

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All of my stuff laid out on my bedroom floor which is my work table most times. It is easiest to work there because it has enough space for yards of fabric, me and my scissors. Smile

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Super excited to show you the finished product!!!

Stay tuned for my Christmas Outfit Post!

By His Grace,

Victoria

 

Tessa’s Present A Christmas Story by Victoria Part 2

Here is Part 2, click Here for Part 1.

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The fateful day started as any other. Jeanelle was in the kitchen when it came. It had been eight days since their last phone call with her husband and she expected a call any day. Her faith was so strong and her trust in the Lord so grounded that she did not at all expect the call she received. A phone ringing shattered the stillness. Leaping for it with almost joyful alacrity, she picked it up and pressed the button, expecting her husband’s voice.

“Hello?”

“Mrs. Worth?”

“Oh,” she answered, disappointed. “Yes?”

You are Mrs. Jeanelle Worth?”

“Yes,” she answered, puzzled and with a frightening lump beginning to lodge in her throat for apparently no reason.

“Your husband is Sergeant David Worth?” continued the merciless questioner.

“For heaven’s sake, yes! Is something wrong?”

“I am Corporal Wilson. Hem! . . . Ma’am, your husband. . .”

“Is he injured? Oh, is he alright?!” she gasped in fear. One hand held the phone to her ear and the other pressing her swollen stomach as if to protect the innocent infant, within her.

“He was missing in action on his last day of duty,” Pause, “I’m sorry ma’am.”

“Oh God!” was the exclamation torn from the lips of the tortured woman, who, being completely overcome with shock fell heavily to the floor, in merciful unconsciousness.

“Ma’am? Ma’am?!” called the compassionate and now concerned officer on the other line. Thankfully the girls, who were in the other room, heard their mother’s tortured exclamation and fall, and came running into the room. Tessa knelt beside her mother, Brianna stood as one bewildered in the middle of the room. Lea, with great presence of mind, saw the phone lying on the floor and picked it up.

“Hello?” she called into it.

“I’m here,” answered the corporal. “Who is this?”

“Lea Worth, what did you tell my mother?” she asked indignantly.

“Something about your father. Is she alright?” he said evasively. “Should I call an ambulance for you?”

Lea knelt beside her mother. “I think she just fainted. Brianna! Go get Mrs. Grant from next door. Stop staring and go Brianna, hurry!” she said authoritatively. Brianna jumped and started on a run from the house. The Corporal gave some instructions, and then explained to Mrs. Grant what he had told Mrs. Worth. Then he hung up with a prayer. They made Mrs. Worth as comfortable on the kitchen floor as they could, before she awoke to the fact of her husband’s disappearance. But for now Mrs. Grant left her in peaceful oblivion. Alas! For it was short lived. When she awoke she had no time to think about her loved one, but instead had to concentrate on delivering her child into this world in safety. “Oh God! Let him live to carry on his daddy’s name!” was the one prayer she lifted to heaven during her rush to the hospital. And the Lord answered her prayer. When she lay on the hospital bed after it was all over, Pain racked and in physical and mental anguish, the doctor came in with a kind word.

“Although he is two months premature he’s doing finely. Rest easy. I have no fear whatsoever for him,” Was his kind injunction. With a sigh that seemed to come from her very toes and that exhaled all the tension and anxiety, she fell into a deep dreamless, exhausted sleep.

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Much to the Dr.’s chagrin, little sleep did Jeanelle Worth get those three days she spent in the hospital. Between the complete shock and anxiety, she felt over her husband’s missing state and wondering how to tell her daughters, her mind seemed in a state of turmoil. She did not sorrow. In explanation to a sympathetic nurse. . .

“Somehow, I don’t feel like he’s gone. If he was, I think a part of me would have died too but it’s not like that. I feel the same as ever.”

Staying in the hospital, alone for the most part, and making visits to her infant’s incubator, was the easiest part. Telling her daughters was another matter. After having taken little David home, she sent her sympathizing mother who had been watching the children home. She needed to be alone with her family. Reluctantly her mother left, but not before giving her a charge to call if she needed anything at all. Gathering her little girls close around her, she sat on the couch, holding her little Miracle baby close to her. He was a miracle to the simple fact that an infant his age would need to stay in a hospital for at least one to two weeks. Instead, little David Worth Jr. was healthy and strong, much stronger than was expected.

“Girls, the other day, when Mommy went to the hospital, I got some news about Daddy.” She said, looking closely at the three little girls. Lea was expectant, the other were incredulous.

“Daddy was, what they call, ‘missing in action’, which means that he uh . . . disappeared,” she finished with a laugh that was supposed to be lighthearted but came out as hysterical.

“Will he come back?” asked Tessa seriously with her huge blue eyes looking closely into her mother’s.

“The man I talked to said the situation is doubtful. But let’s pray that God brings him back to us. And that he protects him form all harm.”

“Does this mean I won’t ever see Daddy again?” said Brianna, starting up suddenly, her fists clenched at her side.

“Come here Baby,” said Jeanelle, the tears chasing each other down her face, laying the baby on the couch beside her and gathering Brianna into her lap and her arms. Brianna was rigid. Pushing away from her mother.

“I hate God!” she exclaimed, her face contorted and red.

“Brianna!” gasped Jeanelle.

“I don’t care! I hate Him for taking my Daddy!” she shouted. Jeanelle went to grab her arm so she could pull her into her lap again and sooth her agitation. Brianna was too fast for her and ran out of the room and into her bedroom. Slamming the door, she flung herself onto eh bed. Not to cry, but to seethe in rage. Jeanelle, left in the living room was thoroughly shocked at her daughter’s behavior.

“Let’s pray for Brianna too. I think the enemy is trying to lie to her and get her to be mad at God. Come on,” she said getting on the floor next to Lea and Tessa, already on their knees. Joining hands, they “raised their voices in supplication’ to the One who hears and answers all of our prayers. For Briana they prayed that God would protect her from the lies of the enemy and that he would sooth her grief. Before they were through, Brianna came out on her own. Her countenance was completely full of peace and even joy. Together they prayed for their father.

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Let me know what you thought of my little story in the comments!

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By His Grace,

Victoria

Christmas Flicks!

My favorite movies for Christmas! We try to watch these movies every year for Christmas. I hope you check them out and enjoy them as much as our family does!

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 It’s A Wonderful Life

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Ok, in my opinion, this may be the best movie in the whole wide world!!!!! I look forward to watching this every year and I by the end of the movie, I am wiping tears with a huge smile on my face as I sing “Auld Lang Syne”. Such a beautiful story that tugs at the hearts strings and makes you see yourself and everyone around you just a little differently and with more compassion. I cannot say enough about this movie! It holds such a treasured place in my heart!

 

 

The Polar Express

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Now, while none of us believe in the traditional Santa Clause, this movie is still really awesome. It was adapted from a book that was written by someone that lives in a town close to us. You can see lots of cool references to Down Town Grand Rapids as you watch the movie. Plus, it has Tom Hanks in it! Uhhh. . . what could go wrong with that? A very entertaining film!

 

The Little Drummer Boy

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We don’t watch this movie every year, but I have fond memories watching it as a little girl. It was one Daddy remembers from his childhood. A charming Claymation rendition of the classic tale behind the Little Drummer Boy. You have to watch this at least once!

 

 The Nativity Story

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  This movie was truly beautiful. I take it with a grain of salt and realize that no one can ever really capture perfectly what truly happened in the bible. But I also see this as a beautiful symbol of what God did for us sending His son to earth in the humble form of a babe. Being born surrounded by animals in a lowly stable. I see how Mary was just a young girl, younger than me who was probably frightened and overwhelmed that God chose her for such a great task. I see Joseph who was also probably frightened as he followed God and went past tradition and perhaps his own feelings to take Mary for a wife and raise the Christ Child as his own.

 

So that wraps up my must sees!

What did you think? Have you seen any of these? What are your favorite Christmas Movies? I would love to hear!

By His Grace

Victoria

Christmas Gift Guide for Families!

*Disclaimer* I am not being paid by Amazon.com to use their links in this post. I use them because they are the easiest way I have found to purchase things. I shop there instead of going to the store most times. Smile

 

These are things we all enjoy in our family, and I thought it might be helpful for those of you who might be looking for gift ideas to give to families, or children! Here are our family favorites!

 

For The Competitive Bunch

We love playing games in our family! Here are some of our faves!

 Scattegories ~ This game is a blast. There is so many people in our family that we often team up. Two people to a board. It often gets into heated but hilarious discussions over whether something qualifies or not, but Daddy always has the final say! Smile

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 Dutch Blitz ~ This game is a rather new acquisition to our game arsenal. It is super fast, and a blast! It is really easy to learn. My little siblings ages 7-12 are amazing at it! They have beaten me a lot of times! I am thinking now I should have bought the Expansion pack with a family this big. I probably will. Everyone wants to play this game when we pull it out!

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Quelf ~ My older brother and sister-in-law brought this game over and I immediately had a ton of fun! It is hilarious! There are different cards for different colors. Showbiz is funny, you have to act something out, it is usually silly. Then there is rules. If you draw this card it could add a rule to the rest of the game for you or everyone. For instance, you might have to use hand gestures when talking for the rest of the game. There are several other fun cards as well. A great party game and ice-breaker!

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Deck of Cards ~ We often play lots of games with these. Some of our favorites are

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I Doubt It

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Kanasta

Scaramouche

Go Fish

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Always a bit of fun to be had with these! They make great stocking stuffers!

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For the Curl up with Popcorn and  a Good Show Bunch

 

 Little House On the Prairie ~ I grew up on this tv show. It is so awesome! It teaches so many family values, has humorous moments, and moments when that make me cry. It will always hold a special place in my heart! Be prepared to fall in love with the characters in this show! Based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. (I’ll tell you a secret, I actually like this show better than I do the books. There are several things in the books that I happened not to like. I know, crazy, but it it true. ) Smile 

 

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 Christy ~ This TV show is so pretty and we enjoyed it so much as a family! Based on the book by Catherine Marshall. I love it! The old fashioned clothes and stories. The sweet children of Cutter Gap, and the rivalry between Doc McNeil, and David Grantland the preacher.

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For Those Who Love to Read:

 

Here is a place to purchase amazing and beautiful books for the whole family!

 

Lamplighter ~ There are so many things I could say about these publishers! Their attention to detail is amazing and their ministry is so inspiring. There books are beautiful and the stories timeless and encouraging.

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I hope this list was helpful to you! What are some gift ideas you have for the family?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria