Thursday, October 20, 2016

No-Sew For the Home

For those who are not able or interested in making clothes (skirts, dresses, aprons) or sewing for the home (cushions, curtains, tablecloths, furniture coverings), here are some ideas for finding things appropriate to your needs.

For clothing, let your eyes be your first guide, pulling your interest to the colors that appeal to you.Find  clothes that attract you in the mood they evoke: soft, quiet pastels, comforting nuetrals, enlivening brights, and deep jewel tones.  These colors and hues, when worn, do affect the mood at home, and that is important because there is an entire dynamic at home that is different than the rest of the world. Home is not regulated by the same values as other places, and home life has to be self-motivated, so your clothing may have a bearing on personal purpose at home.

For style, look for the clothes that are true coverings: long enough but not too wide or fussy as to catch on things as you make your way around rhe house, high enough to cover privacy when bending down to help little ones with shoes and shirts, or any household movement, and ample enough that it covers you in all activity.

If you have to buy extra pieces to cover up the areas the original piece exposes, you may end up with a lot of layers, which can be uncomfortable or too warm, even in winter.  Then, there may be a lot of clutter in closets and drawers. Extra time is needed to match all those pieces. Busy homemakers want to choose clothing quickly, and that is why they get a favorite shirt and skirt that suits home life just fine.

Find an idea of what you like by searching through catalogs like April Cornell, and then try to locate similar things to your liking at your local Goodwill or discount stores. You might be just as happy with something at Target, Bi-Mart, or CostCo. Check fabric content for your preference of fabrics. Some ladies prefer natural fibres and wovens over synthetic knits, for the home.

Clothes do not have to be vintage or Victorian, or historical, but they can be "historically-inspired" or "Victorian-inspired" by including some elements of these types of clothes: length, trims, tucks, sleeves, colors. There are, however, enough modern updated choices available that you can find feminine and functional and modest clothing in stores today

For the home, there are tutorials showing how to simply wrap a piece of new fabric around an old cushion and tie it, to update it or create something for the season. There are also many sites that show how to use fabrics for table clothes and mantel swags, or table runners, without sewing. You can even hang fabric for curtains by attatching it with colored clothes pegs. There is a lot you can make with cloth, without sewing, for the home.

Below: home things from April Cornell. If you need to be more thrifty , it may be possible to find similar items. There is no need to think you must sew everything.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Another Fabric Favorite

The Seamstress
By: Eugene de  Blaas, Italy, 1843-1932

Do you see the colorful fabrics in the Eugene de Blass paintings of the 19th century? Do you think you could find similar prints today? Look how the artist paired the green and deep red fabrics. It is a very appealing combination.

Hello Ladies

Here is one more example of a dress made from the new Waverly Inspirations cottons at Walmart:
This fabric is an absolute comfort to wear. If you are not used to wearing dresses, a super-comfortable and fresh feeling fabric like this would make you feel completely at ease in a dress. Adding ruffles and trims gives it a casual country flair.
Above: the tucks in the dress gives it a nice fit. You can leave out a couple of the back tucks if you want the dress to be more roomy.

This is a dress for the home that can be worn everywhere else, too. It was made to wear for a special invitation from an old friend, who always invites the Ladies Bible Class to an annual lunch, because she goes absolutely "all out" with the food and the program. 

Below: you cannot see it as vividly here, but this exciting print is also available with a blue background, making the print appear as a natural scene against the blue sky.

For sleeves: Vintage McCalls 2398; Dress: Current pattern McCalls 6958

The cloth covered shoes are nice to wear with it, and also available at Walmart for approximately $5.00. They are good for carrying with you to wear as slippers if you need to remove your boots or outdoor shoes in someone's house.
Here is the dress accompanied by a cardigan in the shade of burgundy. The color brings out the deep red of the larger roses on the fabric.
This cardigan has that lovely back ribbing, and friends have said they have bought this style in other colors and enjoy it very much. 
Here is the dress paired with a green cardigan.
And although some people do not like to wear orange, this melon shade cardigan really brings out the same shade of flowers in the print. The plastic totes you see with the dress are a dollar each from Dollar Tree. Some seamstresses and online shops are using these colorful plastic totes as props in pictures of sewing and fashions.

It is satisfying to see how the colored cardigans look with this print, as it gives more "looks" for the dress and extends its usefulfulness. It could be worn every day for a week and not feel like you were wearing the same old thing.

This yellow cotton cardigan makes you notice the yellow flowers more.

Well, there you have it, and hopefully it has given you a little inspiration and brightened your moments here.  The fabric could also be used for an easy home decor change, by cutting it to fit tables and other surfaces.


This is a one of a kind original and no duplicate or copy exists!  

Pictures  here from Pinterest show prints matched up to cardigans. Catalogs such as Chadwicks, Blair, Old Pueblo, have similar ensembles. Also, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark dresses this way for casual wear. As you can see, this is a well-liked way to pair clothing today, and had its beginnings way back in the 1940's. The look is fresh as flowers and the clothing is very comfortable and comforting. When worn at home it instantly perks your mood and gives a feeling of happiness and contentment.

Queen Maxima with sand color cardigan matches the sand background of her print dress.
Another Maxima outfit with fuscia cardigan which ties in to the fuschia of her print skirt.
Crown Princess Mary uses a mustard shade cardigan that matches some of the print of her skirt.
Her gray cardigan goes with the background gray color of her skirt.
More of her and her girl's cardigan.
Kate's adorable children in cardigans.

Below: Designer Kate Spade Floral dress and cardigan  $495.00. Cost of home made dress shown at the beginning of the post: $20.00 for 4 yards includes zipper and thread. Cardigans are approximately $7.00 depending on sales.  Most all the Waverly Inspirations fabrics are under $5.00 a yard at Walmarts.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

How Are You?

One of the things I have been doing lately is taking note of interesting things people say, witty or pithy.
I am trying to save some of the old sayings that make  conversation multi-faceted.

Today we asked a man,  "How are you?"

His reply  was:

"How am I? If I were any better, it would make people jealous!"

Then he asked us a question and said, "I have to ask, because I ran out of read-your-mind-pills a long time ago!"

A Lady

Lady: A woman who is refined, polite and well-spoken.

To young unmarried ladies at home:

We have a problem today in the way the culture views refinement, politeness and well-spokenness.  The brash media, work places and colleges are promoting the "tell everyone ALL" and "tell everyone OFF" practice. 

Disgusting news reports broadcast world wide have got a lot of people thinking  it is okay to talk about things that should not be spoken of (when they are not refined, polite or well-spoken, or just pain vulgar.) 

 A lady will be accused of being dishonest or hiding something if she is reserved or has the personal dignity not to tell all.

Breaking down the refinement and personal dignity of ladies seems to be a goal. These kind creatures become targets of those who want to see them brought to common cursing and criticising.

All children naturally blurt out inappropriate things and have to be taught. You don't say, "You are immodest" or "You are going to Hell." Christians know they have to teach their children to be tactful! Adults will never be won over to a better life by listenning to a child tell them how to behave, so we do 
not let our little ones just say what they are thinking. We teach them tact.

Sometimes a young lady is demeaned by her friends and relatives because she is convinced she ought to keep rude thoughts and actions in captivity and not blurt out resentment or hatred.  While others may tell-all, she retains dignity. 

She does not grovel or beg or become subservient and yet never tries to break others down to do the same.  The culture enjoys bringing people low. The Christian wants to build others up and encourage them.

Perhaps you have tried to be a lady but have been pulled down. One thing we are rarely told, is that when you rise above the petty picking on people, there will always be someone who will try to bring you down to a lower level by criticising you or pushing and testing you to see if you will be rude too! 

While the current trend says to speak what you feel to others, crossing over barriers that may cause much harm, God's word says:

"See that no one shall be carrying you away as spoil through the philosophy and vain deceit, according to the deliverance of men, according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to Christ."

The philosophy of the world says its good to talk about everything in your mind. The law of Christ says to overlook a fault, and be tenderhearted.

The comparison in the above verse is similar to this:

The popular trend  invented by people is to be brash and confrontational and call everyone out on everything they do that offends you. The Bible says to be kind and loving, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as Christ forgive you.

  Think of the way the news media acts, asking extremely personal questions and exposing shameful things to the world.  This is not the way of the lady.

In our home we learned to forgive people minute by minute and day by day without them even asking. We just learned not to get offended over every little thing, because if you did, you would feel compelled to confront them and then it would be like creating an explosion. We learned to overlook a fault. In a way, it is just as bad to get offended over things as it is to offend. When you get offended you have to carry the sorrow around inside your mind.

There is a verse we have raised our children on, "It is an honor to overlook a fault." A lady cannot be nitpicking or become a thought police. It does not mean she approves and it does not give her lease to indulge in the same behavior.  (Young ladies sometimes have a tendency to be critical.)

She may think brash thoughts but keep them to herself.  There was a vain philosohy in the past that it was healthy to open Pandora's box, letting fly all the evil thoughts, resentments, blame, etc., but we know it can only do harm and reduce the Christ-like effect of a lady.  This is because, it is impossible to retract the cruel accusing words.  And when you get in the habit of telling-all and telling-off,  you create a very bad reputation for yourself that is hard to erase.

I address this to the very young ladies who may still be at home and are not yet married. You may have a friend you tell all or complain to, but in general some words should go unspoken!  Use your time at home to develop this:

Lady: A woman who is refined, polite and well-spoken.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Love Multiplies; It Never Divides

A lady who reads this blog told me  this: 

When she married a man who had a little girl, she told him she did not want to take any of his love and attention away from his child or cause any kind of division. He assured her it would not happen, because love multiplies. It never divides.

Thank you,Kelly. This is a good thing to think about.
 Colossians 3:12-15

Put on, therefore, as choice ones of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humble-mindedness, meekness, long-suffering,

 forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any one with any one may have a quarrel, as also the Christ did forgive you—so also ye;

 and above all these things, have love, which is a bond of the perfection,

 and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye were called in one body, and become thankful.

This Will Amuse You

I was sitting next to a couple in the lobby of a restaurant (while my husband checked in) and heard the husband ask his wife if she remembered what time they were supposed to be seated for dinner. 

She could not remember the exact time , looked and me, and said, "People tell me I am crazy because I forget exact times."  

I answered "I know what you mean. Sometimes I get told I am crazy, but there is norhing wrong with me.  I even have papers to prove it." 

She laughed. Then she said, "I know what you mean. There is nothing wrong with me either. It's THEM!!"

To those too young to know about papers, in the old days our parents would joke about having certificates to prove they were not crazy.  They would say "I am not crazy and I have papers to prove it."  

I do not know what has happened to our generational humor and our sense of irony and wit. It was a delight and a relief to enjoy this little humorous exchange with strangers. Do people still get a good chuckle from such friendly banter?

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Little Side-Interest

My husband is amused at my side-interest outside the house, so he bought me some tube lights for the fake carriage:

 I will do the back wheels later. 

After 20 years of homesteading in Alaska, my father took up roots and packed up to move to Tasmania. When other shocked homesteaders asked him why he was doing this after 20 years, he said, 

"it must be the gypsy in me."

I might build a gypsy wagon next time and put lights on it, like on the carriage.

I hope you are all well,

God Bless You,


Daylight views:  Check below for ingredient list!

To make this you will need,

A three sided garden arbor trellis of lightweight metal, with sections removed to make it shorter (discount garden centers, big box stores, etc)
4 large metal wreath forms (Fabric store, Hobby Lobby) for wheels
4-8 strands of plastic ivy garland. (dollar store)
4 ropes of white lights. (Walmart)
4 short rolls wire mesh decorative wide ribon to wrap wheels - Dollar Store
Outdoor extension chord (dollar store)
Vinyl wicker settee- discount stores
1 waterproof hobby horse

Look at Goodwill and second hand stores also for these ingredients.

You may also need small bricks or weights to hold the trellis firm at the base.

This would also look good on a front lawn but it is a lot of trouble to keep moving it when the lawn needs mowing.


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