Modest Monday: Melon Stripes

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My husband tried some different angles this week for our photos. He was in the mood for something different I guess.πŸ™‚

 

I just bought this skirt on clearance for $3 yesterday! It’s so fun and colorful, I couldn’t wait to wear it!! I wore it with an old thrift store top with small ruffles on the sleeves and neckline, and my favorite Etsy necklace. I find I have so many more things to wear this necklace with lately. When I bought it, I had no outfits it went with.πŸ™‚

 

It was another scorcher or I would have worn one of my pretty, short sleeved cardis with it.

 

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The one with the funny smile.πŸ˜‰

 

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Modest Monday: Welcome Autumn

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Happy Autumn! I was going to post last Sunday’s outfit, then remembered these photos and decided to share them since they’re so autumn-looking, and this is the first week of autumn. Not that you would know it where we live. It’s been in the high 80s/low 90s here. UGH!! See my red, hot cheeks? Oh the joys of year round summer. Thankfully, we DID have two night in the 40s last week, before this latest heat wave. That means the house actually cooled off a tiny bit during the night. Yay!!

 

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Anyway, I’m still enjoying the look of autumn at least. Last year we traveled to Illinois. Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio and saw glorious colors! I miss living with those colors!!

 

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It was really fun pairing this dress differently and using the greenery as a prop.πŸ™‚

 

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And I ADORE the details on the bodice!!!! I got some compliments on that at church.πŸ™‚

I love this amber shamrock necklace from my in-laws several years back.

I think yellow (and green) were made for redheads!!πŸ˜‰

 

 

Happy Autumn everyone!!

 

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Modest Monday: Pretty Summer Florals

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A couple of weeks ago, I was digging through my closet for something yellow in celebration of my Sweetie’s birthday, as it’s his favorite, especially on redheads. And I had just worn my one yellow dress to church a couple of weeks before. As we were celebrating on Sunday, this presented a dilemma. I ended up finding a few forgotten dresses. I love that! I decided to wear this pretty floral one in a completely different way to help modernize it, but then found out about a couple of the kids I used to take care of as a nanny were getting baptized (YAY!) at their church, so I wore a different dress that would blend in more. I’m an extrovert, but don’t really like to stand out so much in a new situation.πŸ™‚

 

And it’s been TOOOOOOO long since my last Modest Monday post!!!

 

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Soooo, a week later, yesterday, I wore the pretty floral! I belted it so it was shorter and easier to walk and move in, Paired it with my lacy cardi and tan sandals and wore the mock up of the earring my girls wore in our wedding, green heart stone danglers. Of course it was another hot day, so a side braid finished it off.

 

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So my red hair shows up better.πŸ™‚ And, a certain someone doesn’t always notice things like flipped over collars.πŸ˜‰

 

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Lots of fun compliments!πŸ™‚

 

Also, because I love his new shirt so much:

 

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And he’s so handsome!πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great week! Filled with smiles!!

 

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Love Is In The Air

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A few weeks ago, Stephanie, the Community Coordinator from Bloom Nation contacted me about writing a post about the different ways we celebrate love, especially on the ordinary days, as opposed to holidays, birthdays, etc. Have you heard of Bloom Nation? I hadn’t. They support local communities by partnering with independent florists and showcase their handcrafted arrangements in their marketplace. What a cool idea!!Β  This is actually a concept I know very well! It’s something I’ve adopted in my own life for quite a few years. You’d be amazed how evenΒ  littleΒ  30 second effort can brighten an otherwise mundane or stressful day.

 

 

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When we were dating, and working conflicting hours, the romance seemed lacking and I gently suggested to my Sweetie that he didn’t have to make grand gestures all the time, but a little note here and there would really help us feel more connected while we were both working. Even a short note on a piece of scratch paper would work. It helped that we worked at a Christian Conference Center and could drop off notes easily. And I worked at the Registration Desk which ALWAYS had scratch paper available. AND, Pass It On cards were hugely popular at the time. Ever since then, we leave little notes for each other regularly. Of course there are dry times, but we always pick it up again. I pick up cute Post Its when I see them and they work great for a simple “I Love You” on the bathroom mirror or kitchen counter/cabinet as a surprise in the morning. Or his lunch box. The same with these pretty, already written notes from a notepad I bought a while back. Last weekend our church had a couples dinner and gave us 3×5 cards to write notes on for our sweeties. Several years ago I bought a little valentine mailbox and we started using it to leave little notes or pustichalks (just a little something), a term we learned from our Russian family members. This year we received this adorable mailbox from my husband’s wonderful cousin as the gift box! Perfect for this gingerbread lover. So this is our new giftie mailbox. And bonus, it’s bigger, so we won’t have to leave bigger things next to it instead of inside.πŸ™‚

 

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Of course, we still love to celebrate the regular stuff, like our anniversary this Sunday! And who doesn’t like getting flowers for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and just to show you care?! Sometimes we give flowers, and sometimes we do other things for each other. Sometimes we watch a special movie, go to a favorite location, have a special meal, anything that means something to us. For example, for our Irish related anniversary, we might eat Shepherd’s Pie and Soda Bread, watch something Irish related or honeymoon related like Ever After because we watched it on our honeymoon, listen to Irish music, watch or perform Irish dancing, you get the idea. Or watch our wedding video or peruse our wedding album. And enjoy the shamrock plant from our reception that was a table centerpiece. The main thing is, we like celebrating each other and people in general. Relationships are precious and special, so we like to celebrate that in little ways as well as big ways.

 

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And I love Irish Belles, usually found at Trader Joe’s these days.

 

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Because flowers ARE pretty and cheerful!

 

We apply this same idea when remember those that aren’t with us anymore. By doing an activity that reminds us of them. I drink black cherry Pop Shoppe Pop when I’m thinking about my dad. And I think of him when I have non-chocolate cake, because we were the only two family members, including all relatives, who didn’t choose chocolate for our birthdays. And sports always make me think of him and all of the different games we went to with my brothers, because I didn’t have a sister until I was 9, and she was a baby! My dad and I had a lot in common, including personalities.πŸ™‚

 

***** All of these months later I’m finally finishing this post after many health struggles, family emergencies, travels and stress! ****

I have a couple of little girls in my life and we like to connect by crafting and drinking tea together. Quality time spent chatting while doing things we love! Quality time is actually one of my Love Languages.Β  I often deliver flowers to one of the girl’s friends/neighbors on May Day that I’ve bought or we’ve made together. She loves it!πŸ™‚

 

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When we remember and celebrate our Chelsie we like to look at her photos, say her favorite phrases, listen to her favorite song (Diving In by Steven Curtis Chapman), set up the train, watch Mary Poppins or The Gnome Mobile because she looked like Karen Dotrice, etc.

 

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All of these probably reveal my love of themes!πŸ™‚

 

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A few other things we’ve done are kissing and saying I love you when we part, having a date most weeks, texting as a way to check in and stay connected during the day (including fun emojis the other might likeπŸ™‚ ) and just trying to be conscious of being considerate to each other. Helping each other out when needed, or anticipating needs are some of the best ways of showing someone you care, in the most important ways.

 

The BEST way to let someone you love them? Show them you care about their needs, thoughts and lives. Throwing in a card, flowers or a gift are just the icing on the cake. The Lord really wants us most of all, to show we care though our actions!πŸ™‚

 

How do you show people in your life that you care?

 

 

 

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Modest Monday: Green and Black Floral

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It’s Modest Monday time again! Yesterday I wore a repeat dress, but last weekend I wore this pretty, floral dress/skirt. I wear this little cap sleeved black top with absolutely EVERYTHING!!! It adds sleeves and modesty to all sorts of outfits, yet is also thin and cooler than most. The little thrift store cardigan is also the thinnest I’ve found for our hot, sunny weather. I love finally having a couple of longer necklaces like this one from Forever 21. I rarely shop there, but a family friend gave me the tip about their longer necklaces. And I’m still in love with these adorable sandals with the pretty flower. Thanks to the Modest Mom for that Kohl’s tip! I’m wearing earrings that same familyΒ  friend friend made for my bridal party 17 years ago.πŸ™‚ Theirs were a little fancier as mine were the prototype. I love that I can wear this outfit ANYWHERE!!! And it’s soooooo super comfy!!!πŸ™‚

 

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This one shows the coloring better.

 

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My Sweetie wanted to capture the mushrooms that have spontaneously sprouted up of course.πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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Have a great week!πŸ™‚

 

 

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Modest Monday: Lavender Loveliness Revisted

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It MUST be time for another Modest Monday post, since I’ve been so sporatic with them…and any posts actually! With my crazy hormones and Adrenal Fatigue, my brain is often mush and I don’t have a brain that thinks clearly most of the time. So my posts have become fewer and farther between. But, for today, here’s a new one!πŸ™‚

 

I shared this dress a few years ago, but I paired it a bit differently this time, with a different cardigan and sandals.

 

And guess what? My husband and I didn’t fight while we took the photos! (I think it happens because we’re hungry and ready for lunch after church). It’s better when we make each other laugh like this.πŸ™‚

 

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Soooo much more fun!!πŸ™‚

 

 

I adore this dress and received a lot of compliments on it. Who knew lavender looked so great on redheads…especially with my hazel eyes and darker hair (now especially) and eyelashes. I always thought of it more for my strawberry blond sister, but, at least paired with the black, it works! And so comfy!

 

Dress: Target

Cardigan: thrift shop

Necklace: Forever 21

Sandals: Kohl’s online

 

Have a fabulous week!πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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Lucy and Nora’s Dollhouse

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A few weeks ago we saw JJ Heller for the first time!!!! Whee!!!! Have you heard of her? She’s fabulous!Β  We both LOVE Dave and JJ Heller, so we were pretty excited!

 

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They DID NOT disappoint!πŸ™‚

 

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And during the meet and greet? They made each and every one of us feel like we were their friend! You can discover JJ Heller HERE ,HERE and HERE.

 

About a week before, I decided to make a dollhouse for their ADORABLE little girls, Lucy and Nora, as a way to bless their family in return for all of the blessings they’ve given us. Hurry, hurry! So it was a bit of a rush job, but I did it! Then, two days before, my Sweetie pointed out that they may not be able to get it home. And I realized he might be right now that they live in Nashville and probably flew.😦 I plugged away at it anyway, wrote her a message and took it along…just in case.

 

Lucy:

 

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Nora:

 

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Aren’t their names adorable too?

 

So I made them a house. And when we met Dave and JJ after the event, I told them about it, presented the issue I hadn’t thought of, and…she said, “We’ll figure it out!” Yipee! Two things going through my head here: They’re as excited as I am about it, and good, because I forgot to bring Finger Puppet Stages as a backup. So I sent my Sweetie to the car to retrieve the house and the look in their eyes when they saw it made all of the rushing around to finish worth it!!πŸ™‚

 

So…here’s the house. I forgot to take a photo of the entire house, but here are the individual rooms.

The Bedroom:

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A dresser made out of mini nerds boxes and flower thumbtacks, The dresses the dolls came in on hangers from a Dollar Tree pack that included the doll, bed, desk, stool and nightstand. The guitar, perfect for this family, and bear are party favors from DT. The drum is an ornament and I crocheted the blanket for the bed.

 

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I straightened out a a paperclip and stuck it into the cardboard as a rod for the hangers. The Micky and Minnie artwork came from a Valentine box.πŸ™‚

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The Bathroom:

 

 

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Here’s one of the dolls. I took off the cheap, plastic dresses (but I’ve learned that the girls want them anyway) and made new dresses out of ribbon trim and lace. The dressing table, hair dryer and perfume bottles came in the pack from DT. The sink is a pizza riser, juice cap and a bit of pipe cleaner as the faucet. The bathtub is the container from fake Dippin’ Dots.

 

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A scrapbooking sticker becomes another piece of art.

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Aren’t these dolls adorable?

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The Living Room:

 

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An H for Heller! A mini paper umbrella becomes an overhead light. I made a davenport from jewelry boxes and contact paper. A floor lamp from a spool, wasshi tape, paper, a Que tip, mini cupcake liner and flower thumbtack. The other doll, a coaster as a rug and an entertainment center,grandfather clock, baby carriage, baby, baby bottles and rattle fromΒ  DT packs. I made a tiny dress out of ribbon with elastic along the side, which is now the top of the dress.

 

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The Kitchen:

 

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More of that contact paper, an apron made from fabric backed with Heat ‘n Bond and hung on a thumbtack. The table is made from a spool covered in washi tape with a thrift store coaster glued on top. Plates and butter churn(used to me part of party favors) and chairs from DT packs.The cake is two lids glued together with a fabric flower glued on top. The stove is made from a small gift box, stickers I cut down and Velcro circle stickers. The fridge is another small box with food stickers inside. And this time I made a MAILBOX!! I’m super happy with the way it turned out! It’s scrapbook paper and glue posted on a small box covered in contact paper. Then I made letters out of textured scrapbook paper.

 

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The Mailbox:

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The Patio “Stuff”:

 

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An umbrella table from a Kuerig cup (with the top cut off, coffee emptied, cleaned and top put back on), a pool made out of plastic bracelets and scrapbook covered cardboard and a fire pit with sparkly pipe cleaner and twig bits.

 

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A tire swing from popsicle sticks and a tire themed yoyo, a cupcake topper turned giraffe toy and a yogurt spoon turned shovel.

 

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And a condiment cup becomes a toy box with more DT favors.

And here’s the outside:

 

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The patio folds up and latches at the top for storage and transport. Here’s the front door and the scalloped roof.

 

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I cut trees from scrapbook paper and glued them to the walls. Then added this cute owl.πŸ™‚

 

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So, there you have it. An adorable dollhouse for two adorable girls!!πŸ™‚

You can also see Evie’s and Abby’s Dollhouses!

 

 

 

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.πŸ™‚

 

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.πŸ™‚

 

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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.πŸ™‚

 

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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 HERE,Β  HEREΒ  and HERE?

 

 

Now I need a day for an Anne marathon!!πŸ˜‰

 

 

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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 creamΒ  and poked the trees into the “snow”Β  for a wintry effect.πŸ™‚

 

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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!πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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.πŸ™‚

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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!πŸ™‚

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

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GO DUCKS!!!!!!

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