SIY (Sew It Yourself) // Garden Dress

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I made this dress last summer for gardening. It was one of the easiest sewing projects I’ve ever done! The top quarter is elastic to make it stretchy, and you can find this kind of fabric at JoAnns or any fabric store for around $8 a yard, which is great because you only need 1.5 yards.

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I finally weeded my flower bed that I let overgrow for too long. The weeds choked all my flowers and only one bloomed this year. That’s what happens when I don’t keep up with the weeds. But next year will be better. . . I hope!

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P.S. Last week I wrote a post about my vintage key collection. I had asked if anyone could guess or count how many keys were in one of the photos and then put your answer in the comments! The winner is. . .

T.R. Noble over at Inside Cup! She guessed 68 keys and she was right!

Second place goes to Margaret from The Word, she guessed 69, just one away!

Don’t forget to check out their lovely blogs!

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Do you like gardening?

Did your flower/vegetable garden do well this year?

Do you like quick and easy sewing projects, too?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Nifty 50s

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What, another polka dot post?! Yes, indeed. You can never have too many polka dots. This 1950s outfit reminds me so much of “I Love Lucy,” my all-time favorite TV show!

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My Ginger Rogers moment, dancing atop a picnic table.

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Last night, I whipped up a crinoline to wear underneath the dress to make it fluffy. I still have to add a few more layers of tulle to make it puffier.

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dress // gift from my cousin

jacket // gift

shoes // payless

clutch purse // thrifted

dress crinoline // made by me

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What do you like about 50s styles?

Have you ever worn a crinoline under a skirt before?

Do you like “I Love Lucy?”

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Megan Joy

Stars and Stripes Forever

Happy belated Independence Day, America! Today I donned one of my patriotic outfits with a little bit of 1940s flare here and there.

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This the first time I’ve successfully worn my hair in a faux bob. It’s more of a lob because it fell before I even stepped out the door, but now, after looking at the photos, I think I have figured out a better way to do it. Hopefully, you’ll see a better version of it in some upcoming posts.

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dress // j.c. penney

sweater // thrifted

shoes // payless (my sister’s)

belt // thrifted

hat // boscovs

hair clips // icing

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Have you ever tried a faux bob?

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Megan Joy

Schoolgirl in Summertime

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I happen to love this dress so much that I wish I had seven of them in different colors, one to wear each day of the week. It’s so cute and comfortable I wear it all day long.

When I wore this dress to church one day, a lady came up to me and told me that she used to be a teacher in Australia, and that many years ago, the schoolgirls down under would wear something like this every day to school.

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I love collecting old book. Pictured here we have:

“Mrs. Browning’s Poems”, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. There isn’t a date printed, but it was first published in the mid-eighteen hundreds.

“The Clue in the Crumbling Wall”, by Carolyn Keene, 1945.

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, by Lewis Carroll. It was first published in 1865 but since this copy also includes “Through the Looking Glass” which was written in 1871, it would have to have been printed after that date.

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dress // thrifted

belt // thrifted

shoes // payless (my sister’s)

glasses // gift

bobby-socks // local dance store

books // thrifted

book ribbon // my great-grandmother’s

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Do you like old books?

Have you ever read the three in the post?

Megan Joy

Hints of Pink // Sunday Bests

First, I’d like to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mom! I love you!

Here’s another Sunday Bests on this beautiful day!

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The hints of pink are my favorite things about this outfit.

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Lost in a jungle (not).

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dress // kohls

shoes // payless

headband // icing

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How was your Mother’s Day?

Do you like wearing hints of pink?

Megan Joy

On the Waterfront // 1863 Camp Dress

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This weekend, I attended one of my favorite Civil War reenactments. The three-day event was filled with dresses, tents, campfires, and soldiers. There were two mock battles fought and a few drills. My brother joined the Union army this year. I was pleased when he came out of both battles alive.

After the last battle, my sister and I were able to sneak down to the waterfront and snap a few photos.

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This is a new camp dress that I bought from one of the sutlers at the reenactment. Sadly, the first time I wore it, it was torn while getting out of a truck. It’s only a minor rip and I can sew it up, so it’s not too bad.

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I found a stone that looked like a nugget of gold! It wasn’t, though.

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After leaving the reenactment, we stopped at the nearest mini mart for a snack to eat on the way home. We were still dressed in our Civil War attire, but weren’t too concerned about the funny looks we might get. To our amazement, a Confederate soldier entered the store just as we did, and we laughed to see each other. After departing the store with a snack and a cheerful story to tell later, we never could have imagined what would be added to our tale! As we neared our truck, we noticed that something was dangling from beneath the engine. Upon opening the hood and taking a closer look, we noticed that the fan belt had frayed and half of it had dislocated itself from the rest. When trying to remove the loose piece, we realized that it was stuck, tangled, and in need of some brute force to get it free. My brother, in his Union uniform, crawled underneath the truck, and attempted to untangle the mess but to no avail. At the same moment, the same Confederate soldier was exiting the store and noticed our troubles. He offered his help and suggestions to dislodge the piece and managed to pry it a little looser.

Meanwhile, another Confederate had parked just ahead, and when sighting our dismay, came to help. Seeing that more help had arrived, we thanked the first Confederate and he drove off on his long ride home. Now, the second Confederate was able to pull the belt free with my brother helping from beneath the truck, while my sister and I watched from other side. This task was completed. Now, the next question: could the truck be driven the long ride home with half a fan belt? I think not. As we discussed this, two more Confederates pulled up and asked if they could help! They helpfully told us of four auto stores nearby, and offered directions to them. After a plan had been settled upon, we thanked all the Confederates and we dispersed on our own separate ways. It had been a joyful reunion between both strangers and “enemies” – Yankees and Rebels. It was good to know that four Confederate soldiers would be so gracious as to help a Northern solider and his sisters, when just hours before, they were in battle against each other.

So, to carry on with the story, we had to drive to several mechanical stores until we found someone willing to help us so near to closing time. Once our truck was accepted (I sound like we were trying to get it into college!) and was pulled into our last resort garage, we were asked to wait while the mechanics replaced the belt. Then we realized that the snacks we had bought in the first place were now five feet high on the car lifter thing in the garage. We had spotted a Wendy’s down the block earlier and decided that some of us could eat there. We assembled a parade and marched down the busy street in fashion. We received many a strange look once inside, but smiled and had a grand old time. Soon the truck was fixed and we headed home with a new experience to keep under our hats.

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dress // sulter tent

bonnet // sulter tent

belt // handmade

bag // thrifted

shoes // thrifted

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Have you ever been to a Civil War reenactment?

I challenge anyone to walk into a Wendy’s, wearing an historical outfit, and order fries to go. If you do, don’t forget to take a photo, and send it to me via email. The first person to capitalize on this challenge before the end of May will win a $10 Wendy’s gift card! Now don’t you all jump up at once!

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Easter Bloom

Happy Easter Sunday, everyone! It’s time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on this joyous day! Here are a few photos of my Easter dress this year. It was so much fun wearing it, but also a hazard of either tripping on it or getting it muddy while hiding Easter eggs for our church kids. But I’m glad I wore it anyway. It’s a day to forget our troubles and just be thankful for a God who loves us no matter what those troubles are.

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This dress, having pink 3-D flowers all over it, is one of the most fun dresses to wear. It really says Spring and reminds me that the season is in full bloom.

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With this being a quick post on a busy day, I only have one thing left to say. “He is risen! He is risen indeed!”

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dress // macy’s

shoes // payless

pearl necklace // my sister’s

bracelet // icing

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Do you love Easter as much as I do?

What did you wear for this special day?

Have you heard the news? (He is risen!)

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Arrival of Spring

Happy Palm Sunday, everyone! This Sunday finally revealed the many green sprouts that have been hidden away all these months. Everywhere I turned, I saw something green!

This outfit is the first official spring ensemble I’ve worn this year and I’m so excited to finally switch my winter clothes out for spring.

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My attempt at a spin turned into a heel sinking disaster!

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Green! Precious green!

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I really like the decorative design on the rim of the dress. It almost looks like a Victorian wallpaper pattern.

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One week left until my favorite holiday; Easter! I can’t wait to celebrate the most wonderful story on Earth. What are your plans for Easter?

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dress // macy’s

sweater // target

shoes // payless

purse // thrifted

necklace // kohl’s

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Are you excited about Easter?

Do you have an Easter dress picked out?

How was your Sunday?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // French and Rainy

What a cold and rainy Sunday. It drizzled throughout the whole day like it does in the springtime, but the weather was certainly winter. The good news is – only 36 more days until the first day of spring! I am counting down the days and have made many plans for the forthcoming season!

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Whenever I wear this dress, my younger sister calls me “Veruca Salt” from the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, even though my dress is black and not red, and then I end up singing the song, “I Want It Now!”

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Because I am a tiny bit French, I am always looking out for outfits that could be worn on the streets of Paris. Wearing this outfit makes me wish I lived in France and knew of a large assortment of cute Parisian bistros and bakeries in which to dine. While sitting at a small outdoor table, surveying a lively avenue, and hearing a distant accordion playing, I would be content under a large umbrella with only bread and cheese on my plate.

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Dress // Marshall’s

Tights // Target

Shoes // Payless

Clutch purse // thrifted

Pearl bracelet // Target

Ring // handmade by my brother

Hair-bow // Icing

Fashion glasses // gift

Umbrella // Ikea

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Do you like the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

Are rainy or sunny days better?

What do you have planned for springtime?!

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // The Rust Colored Garment

Hello everyone! It’s time for Sunday Bests again! I have been waiting to wear this dress ever since I found it in the Summer. I bought it at a flea market for a few dollars and fell in love. The shape reminded me of a dress worn by Katharine Hepburn in the 1938 movie “Bringing Up Baby” (one of my favorite movies)!

It was hand-sewn by someone many decades ago and has a zipper down the front, a sort of turtle-neck collar, a belt, and an odd extra bit of fabric which I think is to be worn as a tie? I left that part out, realizing it was never going to look right, anyway,

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These earrings once belonged to my Great Aunt Annie and I just love wearing them. They’re little white roses carved out of wood, and they are probably many years older than the dress!

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Here I am, staring into the sunset, which I wouldn’t recommend.

So, this is a very oddly designed dress, and scratchy, and I can’t lift my arms above my head in it, but I still love it. It makes me feel like such a vintage soul.

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Dress: thrifted, flea market

Hat: Kohl’s

Shoes: Payless

Earrings: once my Great Aunt’s

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Did you ever find an odd piece of clothing at a flea market?

Have you ever seen the 1938 movie “Bringing Up Baby”?

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Megan Joy