Modest Monday: A Modern Victorian

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It has to be time for Modest Monday, right? It’s been far too long. And this post took far too long to post today/night. But iPhoto was fighting me , and WordPress was fighting me, ugh! Had to go and live life and come back later, but here we go. :)

 

The day after Christmas we attended an “Anne of Green Gables” play, a birthday gift from my in-laws. I LOVE Anne. I AM Anne! We had so much fun!!! Us ladies in the group decided to dress sort of modern-Victorian in honor of the play, and this is the outfit I wore. I also wore it this past, muggy weekend for tea and church. So I have frizzy hair in the photos, but c’est la vie. Nothing I could co about it. :)

 

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Considering the fact that I’m such a huge Anne fan, and have so much in common with her: red hair, adoption, searching to belong, loss, etc. this is only the second time I’ve been to see the play!

 

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My Sweetie captured some nice, genuine smiles this time. :)

 

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Matching cameo necklace and pale pink rose earrings from Etsy complete the vintage look.

 

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And here is an interesting mushroom that popped up in our yard:

 

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Are you an “Anne of Green Gables” fan?

 

And have you seen my other Anne themed posts HEREHERE  and HERE?

 

 

Now I need a day for an Anne marathon!! ;)

 

 

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A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Pretzel Christmas Trees

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I saw this adorable, easy idea for these little trees, and decided to add them to the gingerbread cake I made for our Christmas party at church. I “iced” the cake with whipped cream  and poked the trees into the “snow”  for a wintry effect. :)

 

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It’s so easy and quick! I’m also giving a bunch away after seeing the kids at the party devour them cheerfully! And I’m using a smaller hole for the trees. as these swirls are a bit thick.

 

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You can find the tutorial here.

 

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Cute and festive things are always fun for me to make, and I loved making these!! Have a Merry CHRISTmas as you celebrate the wonderful birth of our Savior! :)

 

 

 

Modest Monday: Football Fan Style

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I’ve never been like everyone else, which led me to much questioning as an adopted child. Although we were all redheads, it was clear that I looked different and had a different personality. It wasn’t until my 4th sister was born when I was 17 1/2 that I felt like someone looked more like me with our round faces and such. Later, I realized my 3rd brother has my personality. He’s 11 years younger.

I’ve always LOVED being feminine, and used to beg my mom, even in first grade, to let me wear dresses instead of pants. I also grew up being taught modesty, just not the reasons for it, except to not distract the boys at school. But no one had to beg me to appreciate my girly-ness. Instead I had to fight hard for it my whole life. And the more years that pass, the more I feel odd for wanting to be feminine, when most are fine dressing far too similar to men. God made me female, why would I want to look like a guy?

One area where it seems almost unforgivable to be feminine is in sports, but I don’t even like wearing t-shirts in my everyday life, so of course I don’t really love wearing them while watching sports. Actually my husband hates me in those sports t-shirts. But I love feeling more connected to my home state, my college and my college friends by watching my alma mater play football while living out of state.

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So first I bought this dress to wear during games with a yellow shirt underneath:

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Still sporty, but not so masculine.

But sometimes I need more, so even though I know everyone will think I’m weird, I’m sharing my cute and feminine Oregon Ducks outfit from last Saturday:

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This shirt doesn’t have their name or duck on it, but it’s the right color! And the skirt has both yellow and green in it. BTW: I’m making the Oregon O here. :)

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I like being accepted, but I also like being unique. Sometimes that means I’m the only one I know like me and people think I’m odd. Sometimes I’m okay with that and sometimes I just want to be “normal.” I think we’re all constantly working on being okay with our uniqueness. That’s life! :)

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I talk with my hands. And my Sweetie doesn’t always wait until I’m ready when he snaps photos! :)

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GO DUCKS!!!!!!

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Modest Monday: Toadstool Style and Casual Flowered Outfit

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We’ve just arrived home from a three week vacation, and this sweet Toadstool Area was a fun, surprise find in Middlebury, Indiana at the Krider Gardens. The funny thing is, we debated stopping, as it was a last minute find, and it might mean missing out on other things we planned to do. Then, we parked at the far end of the gardens, which I thought was crazy, since we were just going to take a quick peek. I had to thank my Sweetie for it after we found THIS!! Thanks Sweetie!!

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Because we’re a mushroom/toadstool loving family, especially my husband, his cousin and mom, and myself. We’ve even seen red and mushrooms in the town where we met. They’re REAL!!! But poisonous, so don’t eat them if you find some. Who would want to eat rubbery mushrooms anyway, yech! :)

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All this sweetness needs is a little table for tea parties! :)

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This is a casual outfit I wear a lot. I have two different flowered blouses I took on our trip. I like to belt it to shorten it a bit and create more definition. Unfortunately, I decided to take my brown sandals on the trip instead of the black, then ended up wearing more black over the three weeks. Ah well. When we found this little hangout, I thought, “We should take Modest Monday photos here!” So we did. :)

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Then I made my Sweetie pose too, in his new vest from Gohn Bros. an Amish/Mennonite fabric store, also in Middlebury.

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My Sweetie is so handsome!

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I imagine children discovering this sweet spot and feeling miniature and enchanted by it’s sweetness. I felt a bit that way myself. It fit right in with my reading of the Borrowers books. Such a fun little surprise and one of our trip highlights!! I wish I had this in our backyard!! :)

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Modest Monday: Denim Dress Revisited

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This week I wore my favorite (read only) denim dress, but paired with different accessories than I have before. I am not a denim lover, but this dress is so soft and is perfectly cut for my body type.

I found this new jewelry on clearance at Kohl’s, because it’s considered 4th of July jewelry. But you can see how it can be worn anytime. And I have a soft spot for flowers!! :)

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What do you think of that weird hair coming out of the side of my head? It’s always windy here. :)

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I’m also wearing a Cami Secret instead of a tank top or Halftee because it’s too HOT here for ANYTHING extra!! Here’s how I make them work, because they don’t work the way the company sells them.

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The earrings actually came with this necklace:

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But they match both! Yay!!

And then we ended the photo session for a fight. Sigh. That’s real life. Don’t worry, we made up. :)

It happens, as we take these after church when we’re either hungry, tired or both. We like Sunday afternoon naps if we’re home.

Have a great week!!

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My New Pretty Dishes

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A few years ago I decided I wanted to switch out our retro 70’s dish set with something different. Then a couple of years ago my husband expressed the same thing. Yay! He took photos of a few plates at Daiso while he was out of town, and I spotted a different one in the photos that I liked. Was it porcelain? Were there other pieces so I could create a set? Blank stares…I looked at other locations on other visits and found nothing. As I started looking around, I found I was drawn to modern vintage flowered patterns. But…they were either super expensive or discontinued, and mostly from England and Japan. Can you say expensive PLUS overseas shipping?!!! Ack!! I was feeling pretty hopeless and about to give up and settle with something that wasn’t really my style, when Pioneer Woman came out with her line a couple of weeks ago. A lot of her line is mostly my style, so I thought maybe I could piece together a set from the line. Then…when we were visiting his parents again over the weekend, I asked which Daiso store is the LARGEST..and FINALLY found my new pretty dishes!!!! I ended up choosing a different pattern than the original one I fell in love with, which was more of an English style. I shocked even myself! :)

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The best part? Husband approved, which also surprised me. He knows I’ve been discouraged though, so maybe that was part of it?! I picked the green cups with him in mind, and I actually love the combo! :)

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Sometimes you have to get creative when you can’t find what you want or need, so I made my own set!

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I LOVE them!!

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I love, love, love them!!!

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My cupboard looks so pretty now! And our Ikea bowls are a good match. :)

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Bye bye old 70’s dishes!

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Now I have pretty, everyday dishes that I love as much as our shamrock china!! :)

What do you think?

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My Easy Two Ingredient Chai Frappaccino

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I’m a loyal, straight black Irish or English tea drinker. I didn’t even like flavored black tea until a few years ago when our local Tea Room proprietor talked into trying the amazing French Caramel Creme Brule. So yummy!! So I’ll drink that, or vanilla or peach/apricot, but mostly straight black with a bit of milk.

But the moment I tried my first hot Oregon Chai, I was hooked!! All of those yummy spices and the creaminess of the added milk. Yum!! So sometimes I’ll have that for my morning tea time, especially if I’m wanting to up me protein intake.

So I also fell in love the first time I had a Chai Frappaccino! It’s especially refreshing on these very HOT days, with it’s frozen coldness. My one complaint has always been that it needs more ice, and sometimes they did it for me, sometimes not. The unique thing about the chai version is that it doesn’t have yucky coffee, and it isn’t as overly sweet as the others, just spicy. :)

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I rarely spend the money on one, usually using gift cards I receive, and don’t really love supporting companies that endorse things I don’t. Soooo…I’m always on the lookout for copycat recipes. Have you heard of The Pioneer Woman? Well, she re-shared her copycat recipe again yesterday and I re-tried it, but it was too watered down. Her coffee concentrate might be stronger than my chai, so you should still try hers if you love coffee. But while I was drinking it, I thought, “What if I freeze the concentrate into cubes and it also becomes the ice?”

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So today I used some of the frozen chai and added milk, and it tastes just like the real thing!!! No fancy, mysterious creme base. Happy girl here!! :)

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So here’s my super difficult recipe, prepare yourself:

Pour chai concentrate into ice trays and freeze completely.

Put 8 cubes into a blender

Add 1 cup of milk and blend thoroughly.

Pour into a glass and ENJOY!!!

Soooo, sooooo good!!!

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And only slightly more complicated than the ice cube making recipe I saw earlier today, haha!! ;)

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Modest Monday: LuLaRoe Peach Flowers

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We took photos two weeks in a row! Yay us!! I won’t say we weren’t fighting just before taking these, but then we made each other laugh for the genuine smiles. :)

THIS is the gorgeous LuLaRoe I bought last week, my newest piece. At the time I was torn between this and a lace navy one. And I don’t even like navy, but it fit like a dream! This one fit nearly as well, and it’s so pretty and so me! I love it even more a week later than the night I bought it!  :)

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More pictures for details and coloring, and because I’m promoting LuLaRoe. :)

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The tree makes it more fun, except that it was covered in ants!

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It was actually too hot for even this little cardigan, but I don’t wear tanks alone, so I suffered through.

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And here’s my pretty jewelry. You can’t see the turquoise in the skirt from these photos, but it’s there. And wouldn’t you know it, I found the missing, matching earrings TODAY! Haha! C’est la vie!

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Modest Monday: LuLaRoe – Turquoise Flowers

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Last week I went to a LuLaRoe party. Have you heard of LuLaRoe? It’s a California based clothing company that is gaining popularity, even in other states. It’s like Tupperware in that you go to a party, see and try on clothes and buy what you love. The prices are a little higher than we would normally spend on clothes, but if I find something I love and know I’ll wear a lot, I’ll splurge. Especially in the case of last week, where I know I’m also contributing to the ministries of these ladies. Finding things in my size, and flowered instead of geometric can be tricky, but I have found a few, including this, my first purchase about a year ago. Why am I posting about this one, and not my brand new one, you ask? Because I told a friend who bought one similar to this one that night, that I would wear mine if she wore hers and we could be twinsies! Of course I forgot that we go to two different services. C’est la vie, I needed to blog this one anyway! :)

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Pretty!! Pretty!! This is a maxi skirt, but I like to wear it high because I’m short. Or sometimes I fold the waist a couple of times. It’s what gives it that fuller look. I constantly get asked what skirt it is, even by the ones with the business. :)

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This one is for the oak tree. :)

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A close up from a different day of my pretty, Etsy necklace. I couldn’t find the matching earrings. :(

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And my pretty ring from a different day.

Have you heard of LuLaRoe? Do you own any pieces? One of the best things about them is that most of the pieces are very MODEST. It can be so difficult when shopping these days, so…PERFECT!!!

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