Retro With a Chance of Flurries

Snow flurries! What can be better than snow flurries? Hot chocolate and a book by a warm fire, actually! But before you sip your steamy cocoa topped with marshmallows, you have to get outside and frolic in the snow a bit! So that’s exactly what I did!

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I was very excited to finally wear the new crinoline I ordered from Lindy Bop! It works perfectly with this skirt that I made last year. They have so many color choices of crinoline, but I chose classic white. Lindy Bop has such a great vintage collection! If you love dressing vintage, wish to start, or just want to try it out, Lindy Bop is a great place to shop! I do suggest collecting all the things you want in your shopping cart, and then waiting for a sale because it can be on the pricey side.

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My sister did my hair and added the bows! The whole day I felt like Minnie Mouse!

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While you may see me smiling in these photos, what you are not seeing is: me shivering nearly to death, my feet frozen in the snow, my hands turning red and numb, and me yelling, “It doesn’t matter if it’s in focus! Just take the picture so we can go inside!

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To match all the colors of my outfit, I wore my “I Like Ike” pin! I once wore it to the voting polls and the people in front of me thought it was funny! Comment below if you know what my pin means!

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Besides liking Ike, I also like this little snowflake, resting on my sweater, all by itself. It reminds me of that well-known fact that no two snowflakes are alike. Out of all the times it snows, and all the millions of snowflakes that make up a storm, none are the same. Yes, this little snowflake is different, it doesn’t match another, and maybe it’s a little small among the countless other flakes, but it’s still beautiful. Just like us.

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skirt // made by me

sweater // target

shoes // old navy

crinoline // lindy bop

hair bows // (white) icing, red (christmas ornament)

pin // free

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How much snow did you get this week?

What do you think about snowflakes being different?

Do you know what my pin means?

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Megan Joy

Diana of Avonlea // Victorian Outfit

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If you remember, in “Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel” Diana Berry wears something like this; a white blouse and a creamy off-white skirt. The outfit is plain and simple, yet glorious in all its splendor! I wanted to recreate the outfit, so I gathered some of my Victorian things to piece together.

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Diana wears another off-white dress in the cow scene!

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I however, chose not to venture out into a muddy field for a photoshoot, so this will have to do!

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Anne also wears something like this in a scene with Gilbert.

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skirt // sewn by me

blouse // thrifted

shoes // thrifted

belt // sewn by me

underskirt // sewn by me

hat // thrifted

necklace // chicwish

parasol // civil war sutler

collar pin // thrifted

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 33rd Week

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This quote is from the 1985 film, “Anne of Green Gables” (my all-time favorite movie!). If you remember, there is a scene where Anne and her school teacher, Miss Stacey are walking along the wooded road with books in hand. As they chat, Anne comes to the conclusion that, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.” In return, knowing of Anne’s past history, Miss Stacey answers: “Well, no mistakes in it yet.”

I found Anne’s quote to be so lovely and pleasant that I hand stitched it onto a piece of fabric. It hangs on my bedroom wall and I look at it every evening.

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After it had hung there for a day, I realized something about that quote. I realized that I had made a few mistakes in the stitching. Some letters were too big, others were crooked, and some of the flowers weren’t ideally perfect. I had made some mistakes and as I thought about it, those mistakes had carried over into the next day. The mistakes didn’t just fade with the sun, they continued to be mistakes throughout the days and soon, weeks. Was Anne incorrect in her assumption?

We all make mistakes, and unfortunately, they don’t just go away when the day is done. Sometimes we have to live with the consequences of our mistakes for days, months, or even years. But while I point this out, I must also include that I believe that what Anne said is actually true! There is a way that we can start over daily, a way to put the mistakes behind us, and carry on with a fresh view. All we have to do is ask the Lord to forgive us, to heal us, and to helps us continue on the right path. Lay your mistakes at the cross and He will give you strength to endure! There is no way to live a life without making mistakes, but there is a way to leave them behind and be renewed, with His help.

Psalms 55:22a says, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee:” KJV

1   Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” KJV

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What are your thoughts on mistakes?

Do you like needlepoint/hand stitching?

Do you remember that scene from “Anne of Green Gables?”

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Megan Joy

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

Starlight Blogger Award

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Hello again! I’m really excited to share the Starlight Blogger Award because it’s just so cool. It is passed between bloggers who wish to inspire others and who are a light to their readers. I actually hadn’t ever heard of this award before Megan, from Invisible World nominated me! She has such an inspiring blog filled with fictional writings and is even about to begin a writing challenge called “Flash Fiction!” Go check out her blog!

So, for this award, the first three questions to answer are passed along with the award, and the last three questions are made up by the nominator. On to the questions!

1) If you could describe or picture your inner soul, how would you describe it?

What a difficult question! This is certainly nothing I’ve ever thought about before. I would say that if I could describe my inner soul, the words I would use would be: old fashioned, kindred spirit, dreaming enthusiast, and just simply me.

2) What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I have a few projects going. I am in the midst of writing a Medieval novel, knitting a scarf, renovating an old chicken coop into a writing space/movie set, creating a homeschool portfolio to sum up my last year of high school, and searching for the perfect summer job. **haha**

3) What is your creative dream project?

One of my creative dream projects is to make an hour-long movie of some sort, and send it to a film contest. Two other dreams of mine are to sew the perfect 1860s ballgown and to publish at least 10 books.

4) What activities or places inspire you?

The activities that inspire me are; writing, walking, reading, playing a musical instrument, people watching, car rides, and baking. The places that inspire me are; windows, parks, forests, big cities, beaches, attics, Europe (never been there yet), and old buildings.

5) If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

If I could go anywhere in the world for free, I think the first place I would go would be Ireland. The second place would be Japan, and the third, South Africa.

6) Has a book/movie ever moved you so deeply that you carry a piece of it with you? (You had an epiphany while read/watching or the theme seemed to encapsulate your life.)

I love this question! The answer is definitely yes! The Anne of Green Gables books and the 1980s movies have seemed to capture my heart from the first time I saw them. I have actually memorized the opening scene of the first movie by heart, which is the reading of Lord Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shallot.” I would recite it now for you but it would take much too long. Also, the Little Women book and 1994 movie will forever dwell in a special place in my heart. Both Anne of Green Gables and Little Women are just the two most wondrous things in my mind! They can make one forget their own troubles for a little while and invest in the character’s, and create an imagery full of everything lovely!

Here are the rules for this award:

1.     Thank the nominator and add a link to their blog in your post.

2.     Answer Caroline’s 3 original questions as well as the three new questions your nominator has given you.

3.     Choose your 6 favorite bloggers and notify them of their nomination! When choosing your nominees, think of “the light emanating from the stars” – the blogger who truly touches your soul with their work, the ones who are a light to you – a true Starlight Blogger.

4) Include the logo of the award in your blog post. Also, never alter the logo photo or change the three original questions.

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The Nominees:

Ruffles and Grace

Minnie Muse

Reveries

Scattered Journal Pages

Lauren’s Notebook

A Farm Girl’s Life

Questions to Answer:

Original Questions

1) If you could describe or picture your inner soul, how would you describe it?

2) What are you working on right now?

3) What is your creative dream project?

My questions for you:

4) If you were designing the perfect house, what would it look like?

5) Would you rather be inspired or be inspiring?

6) What is the most inspirational food to you?

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I’d love to here anyone’s answers to these questions in the comments!

Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Red, White, Blue, and Red

Hello friends! It’s the dawn of a fresh new week and time for Sunday Bests!

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This outfit is so much fun to wear! It’s the first time I’ve worn it because I just finished sewing it the night before! Yes, you heard me right! I finally completed a sewing project. I say it like this because I’ve been known to start multiple sewing projects and then set them aside to finish later, which almost never happens. But this time I did it, and am so happy with the way it turned out!

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The blue denim fabric was once my Great Aunt’s. When it was given to me, I knew exactly what I wanted to make – this skirt.  The entire outfit was comprised of a red hat, white sweater, blue skirt, and red shoes (hence the post title).

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I used a vintage skirt pattern, added the two straps, and made them cross in the back like a 1940s school uniform.

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Here are my newest shoes! They’re almost identical to my blue ones!

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I ran into many problems making this skirt. I messed up the cutting three times, miscalculated the amount of fabric I had and ran out, and had to resew many pieces for the lack of noticing that the bobbin had run out of thread. But now that it’s finished and wearable, I can’t help but to be proud of it. Sewing is remarkable to me. To hold a piece of fabric and then create an article of clothing to wear is quite satisfying; almost like after finishing a painting to display on the wall, performing a hard dance step, or reaching a high vocal note in a choir. I’ve noticed that the satisfaction of accomplishing our personal goals can let us forget the hardships we confronted on our way to victory.

The many mistakes I made in the process of sewing this skirt were indeed my own fault, but I’m not sorry I continued to sew and eventually finish the skirt. I mustn’t dwell on the mistakes I’ve made, nor be forever ashamed of them. This applies to more than just sewing. We can relate it to our lives.

Dwelling on the mistakes we’ve made in the past is a sure way to dampen our daily attitude and make us feel shameful, but there is something that can free us of feeling this way! Isaiah 43:18 says “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.” KJV. This verse tells us to stop worrying about the past and to forget about our mistakes. Now this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t learn from our mistakes nor acknowledge them. It does mean that we should stop worrying about the things past us and look to the future. We need to remember the victories and goals that God has helped us accomplish throughout our lives.

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Just like I made mistakes while sewing this skirt, I make mistakes in life. We must all choose to first learn from our mistakes, and then let them go. God is a forgiving God, and His Word tells us to be relieved of our burdens of guilt from the past. We can feel free and new. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” KJV

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Skirt // sewn by me

Sweater // thrifted

Shoes // Old Navy (clearance)

Hat // thrifted

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“Do you like sewing things to wear, too?”

“Is there a mistake from the past that is worrying you?”

“What helps you to forget the past?”

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Megan Joy