Sunday, May 30, 2010

~Mod Modesty Monday: A Spring Wedding and Cabbage Roses!~

~Last Friday our family had the pleasure of attending a friends lovely outdoor wedding! Unfortunately it was a rainy day - not what one hopes for on their wedding day. However, knowing the fickle weather up here, the bride and groom had huge white pavilions set up to shelter their guests while they said their vows. Very convenient and much appreciated!

 ~I decided to spite the rain and general gloominess of the day and dress as though it were sunny! My large sun hat helped with the rain, though I am sorry to say that my bravery did not last the whole day - before long I had to pull out a coat to ward off evening chills...

 ~I particularly love this dress - something about the fabulous way it is cut makes me want to dance! I found it last year at a thrift store in Texas (vintage), and have only worn it a few times. It seemed like a good day to pull it out, spring weddings and floral seem to mix...
 ~I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but, the waist is diamond shaped. 

~Here is a closer detail.

 ~We actually forgot our camera the day of the wedding (and were quite disappointed with ourselves because of it!), so these pictures were taken afterward in our garden. We have a beautiful cluster of wild rose bushes that were only a few feet tall when we moved away, and now they are taller than me!
~Here's a close up of some of our cabbage roses first blooms. These peach ones are my favorite, and we are about to have hundreds! Of all the roses Cabbage Roses are my favorite, they grow as big around as a fist and have what I like to call "cottage appeal".

~Until next Monday then! Tip of the day: don't be afraid to look like old hollywood material - its still glamorous and uber feminine no matter what time you live in! If you are daring and brave, try a pair of gloves and a long scarf - not the knitted kind, the kind that goes "swish". And if you really really want to be counter cultural, you needn't dye your hair blue or get a tattoo, just find yourself a giant floppy hat!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

~Etsy Treasures - Tuesday Treasures~

~I've decided to do a post once a week with my favorite Etsy finds! That way I can share with the world some fascinating, and truly unique, treasures, that deserve recognition! (For those of you who do not know what "Etsy" is - go here to read about it! Or just take my word that its the bestest greatest most amazing online community ever created for those trying to sell their handmade/vintage wares!)

~If you sell things on Etsy and would like me to include something of yours in these posts, contact me in the comments, I'd love to feature you on the blog! This is a great way for those with online entrepreneur businesses to support each other. I do ask that your "wares" for posting be appropriate, modest, and not likely to give offense to others! On that note I do not always know or approve of everything else in these sellers Etsy shops - I am only featuring one of their items. So use discretion when viewing!

~Also, you may have noticed the title Tuesday Treasures, normally I'm going do these posts on Tuesday - but couldn't wait to start! So this is early... And if you couldn't tell already, I like to schedule "days" for things!

~And now, without further ado, here are my Etsy finds of the week!

~A darling vintage hand mirror for sale by zam goods, all the way in Israel!

~Crocheted lacy wrist warmers cuffs - made by hypericum fragile

Red and White Striped Swing Party Dress - for sale by audrey and grace

~Vintage antique brass stopwatch Necklace - made by japonicas

 ~ vintage boaters straw hat - by secret lake

~I'll see you with more treasures on Tuesday! And please, please, don't hesitate to contact me if you want to be featured!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

~Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!~

Go here to enter a lovely Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

~Take a Dive into Anne-Girls world! Anne of Green Gables Exclusive~

 ~For those of you who haven't already, you simply must must must go take a look at this post over at the "Vintage Baroness". (And here is another link to a comprehensive list of the film locations - very interesting!) Its all from the perspective of a lady who is actually standing in the exact locations "Anne" did for the film! Simply lovely museum pieces from the Edwardian era too. Expect a treat!

Meanwhile, here are a few photos from the film... I now feel the urge to go watch it for the hundredth time...
 ~I'm so glad I have an old chest now, I love old chests...

 ~One of Anne's amazingly beautiful dresses. These movies have some of my favorite film costumes of all time!

~Anne and Gilbert. One of the most endearing romances of all time, hands down!

Monday, May 24, 2010

~Mod Modesty Monday: Katherine Heigl Fashion and Rescue Dogs!

So here we are, and its Monday again! I can't believe how fast time seems to fly by these days. I really wanted to do a tutorial on "Boho braids" this week, but, it didn't fit into my schedule! It'll keep for next week perhaps. Today I thought you might like to take a look at some pictures of a recent photo shoot Katherine Heigl did due to her passion for rescuing dogs... What you say? Take a look.

~What I found most amazing is how comparatively modest her gorgeous, vintage inspired, outfits are! Isn't that green dress amazing? I love all the full skirts and cinched waists, very 50s I think...

~I've been inspired by these photos and recently watching "Young Victoria", I'd like to do a photo shoot with our dog some time...

Sunday, May 23, 2010


~I finally got the pictures from our gardening the other day - it was a whole lot of fun! (And work!) It helps when the weather is so clement.

~Most of them are of Joel, and a couple of me in the strawberry beds. We set Joel up on the lawn in his playpen - in my humble opinion he is far too cute for his own good! We set him on the lawn afterward where he found a dandelion to be fascinated in...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

How I love Thee Lord: Irresistible Grace

 ~Sometimes its hard to believe just how much we can love someone we've never seen. We have never seen God. I mean, we've seen Him at work, we see Him in answered prayers. We see Him in other Christians lives, we see Him in His beautiful creation. But I've never placed my fingers in Christs scarred hand, the hand that took the nails one by one in my stead. I've never seen with my eyes the face of my King. But I love him.

~This in and of itself is a work of God - a beautiful work done in the heart of every person He draws to Himself.

~I find the doctrine of irresistible grace to be one of the most profound and beautiful things Gods Word holds. Think about it carefully. I once heard a pastor describe it with the metaphor of a bucket of water deep in a well. God doesn't just call us to Himself, He doesn't just do the work in our hearts to enable us to even accept his call, He drags us every step of the way to our knees at the cross. Its like a bucket of water deep in a well - we have to lower the bucket, fill it with water, and drag it, hand over hand, to the top. So when I say "How I love Thee Lord", I am only giving back to God what He put in my heart in the first place.

~Some days I feel that I have "fallen for God", head over heels in love with my Savior. Everything He does is beautiful, everything He does is more than enough for me. Then there are days that I am empty, cold, frustrated, and feel alone. I complain, I gripe about life, I worry about what God may have in store. Even so He draws me back to Himself, convicting me, changing me, showing me how truly purposeless my life would be without Him. Even as His grace is irresistible in salvation, it is irresistible after salvation when we stray. And this in itself is comforting. That He shall never leave nor forsake me, that He will finish what He began.

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6

~So take time to rejoice in the joy of Gods love, love that He has given to us and that we then offer back to Him! Here are some verses that have been on my heart to get you started, they are words to make our own...

"He brought me to the banqueting house,
      And his banner over me
was love." Songs of Solomon 2:4

"Oh, how I love Your law!
is my meditation all the day.
 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
         For they
are ever with me.
 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
         For Your testimonies
are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients,
         Because I keep Your precepts.
 I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
         That I may keep Your word.
I have not departed from Your judgments,
         For You Yourself have taught me.
 How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
 Through Your precepts I get understanding;
         Therefore I hate every false way.
" Psalm 119:97-104

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:
“ For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35-39

"Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4

"Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
   your faithfulness to the clouds.

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
 your judgments are like the great deep;
   man and beast you save, O LORD.
 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
   The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house,
   and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
   in your light do we see light." Psalm 36:5-9

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

~♥ ♥ Peaches and Cream ♥ ♥~

~All the above, excepting the "doily clutch", are recent things I spotted on Modcloth. Perfect for spring... The doily clutch I saw on Etsy a while back, and thought it was just such an adorable idea! I want to try to make one sometime...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

~Chatsworth House - do you remember Pemberly?

~Perhaps I'm just behind the times, but, I recently discovered the actual location for Pemberly in BBC's Pride and Prejudice. "Chatsworth House", in the "Peak District", in, of course, the UK. So I won't be jumping on a bus to go take a stroll through the lovely grounds of Pemberly any time soon! But one can dream right?

~If any of you visitors from the UK have been to this heavenly looking place, don't hesitate to speak up! I'd love to know if it is as lovely as the pictures suggest...

~Here is the official site -

Monday, May 17, 2010

~Mod Modesty Monday, Depression Era Hobo Meets Edwardian Era Lady~

 ~This Monday's post is going to depart slightly from its usual focus, meaning, its more about the general idea of "loving vintage", and less about a particular outfit. A few days ago I went "Hobo-ing", which essentially means I gathered up all my most treasured possessions and pitched a pavilion on the lawn, much to the amusement of the neighbors. I was just feeling so inspired by all the sunshine and this magazine.

~It only took me half the afternoon to drag tree branches into place, drape them with vintage tablecloths, heft a heavy chair missing one leg from the trash heap (It has such character don't you think? I wish I could save it, but, its seen its day...), and then decorate with all sorts of darling things...
~I think the neighbors probably had a good laugh behind their fence, especially when the lady hobo of the establishment appeared...
~Since I was using old tablecloths to screen me from the sun, it only seemed fitting to wear the dress I sewed from a vintage tablecloth last summer...

 ~To the dress I added a blue and white striped shirt, tied around the waist...

~And my new fob watch necklace...

 ~And this wonderful old "Don Anderson" hat I picked up at a thrift store last week! I wish I knew more about dating hats - I'd love to know when this one is from...
 ~Those who know me are aware that I have a serious commitment to green apples, no other apple compares!
 ~Gloves are excellent for concealing all the little scrapes and cuts a lady inevitably picks up while building her own tent out of spiky tree branches!

 ~Hobo Laundry - I love the way this one turned out!

"For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?"
-Mr. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice. I know mine were entertained at about this point!

~After all that "Hobo-ing", a lady needs a break!

~Well, it was fun times and some great memories. I spent most of the rest of the afternoon with Joel under the tent, and he loved it! He ate a whole bowl of applesauce and cooed at all the pretty things. 

~In other news I've been thinking about the whole "Mod Modesty Monday" thing I've started, and wondering if its really beneficial? I don't want to encourage the wrong things, overly focusing on clothes and appearance for example, and I don't want to come across as vain or frivolous myself! I'll probably do a post asking for your thoughts later in the week. For now I just need to think and reevaluate the purpose of this blog! 

~Till next time, have a lovely week!
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