Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sewing and a clean room

Hey everyone!

I just finished sewing up two laundry bags for my grandparents. I thought I would share them with you all here.
The one below is for my grandmother. I adore the way it turned out! My sister Bethany made the pattern and I put it together. The fabric is the best part I believe!!!
This one is my grandfathers and he had already started using it. It is made out of denim of course. Very heavey duty. Details of the blue floral bag.

The first time I ever did this type of bottom on a bag.
It draws up with some pretty yellow ribbon.

And here is my room after cleaning today! woohoo! fabulously clean!

details of a quilt my mother, sister, and I made last year for civil war living history. I use it on my bed when we are not at events. Its about a queen size, so it drags on the ground on my bed, but its great for covering up the sides of my bed. Oh and I am learning to knit as well. My sister has been teaching me, its getting better. At least I can knit and cast-on so far. I hope to practice at our next civil war living history event next weekend. Have a lovely friday! Another post coming tomorrow.

In Christ,


Friday, June 25, 2010

Pictures of my life

Hey everyone!

So today I thought I would post some pictures of things around me right now. I had the idea to post a picture of my room in its state before I had cleaned it this evening. Its sort of embarressing, but you can see that I don't always have a clean space. :) My friend Madeline posted a picture of her room untidy. But I believe that her untidy room was much tidier than mine! :) You can judge!

first off!! This is the part of my room I have tidied today and yesterday! I received about 6 new books from friends on the occasion of graduation. I also bought about 15 new books, which are scattered on my bed side table and this shelf. I am so glad of being able to find things! I organized my theology/christian books together, as well as childrens books on the top shelf and and novels. Praise God for organization! Don't worry I have put away all that laundry on the bed and made my bed. I also put my purse on the hook in my closet where my purses go and underneath the purse is my new garment bag for civil war living history! A friend of mine made that bag for me as a grad gift! She is so sweet! I love it! All my gowns will not get wrinkled, smushed, or dirty again! Usually things get on top of them in our trailer when we go to events. Not anymore! hehe And underneath that are some civil war quilts, one done and one in the process. :)

My computer area, dresser and such. Yes its a little messy, but organized. And that basket that is overflowing in the corner are all the sewing projects! Lots of them!

And to top it off the whole mess! I will be posting an after picture tomorrow. I have to clean my room almost every day because of explosions such as this! I am a very clean person and I do clean my room daily after use and before I work on big projects. Cleaning and organizing is a type of calming and destressing tool for me believe it or not! One of my favorite destressing tools is cleaning and scrubbing the bathroom or vacuuming! love them both!
I thought I would also share with you all an outfit I wore last sunday! Its a sweater from england and a dress given to me as a hand-me-down from my sister. And I got new sun glasses! I have never worn glasses this big before! what do you think? I also have bought the best pair of sandals I have ever owned. they are fancy, comfortable for walking all over williamsburg, and casual enough for every day use and goes with most outfits. A+ in my opinion! yes they are gladiator sandals or Bible sandals as a friend of mine calls them! :)
Sweaters are always great! My mom even french braided my hair! I want her to teach me sometime! I need to learn to do it myself. Its on my list!
These sandals are so comfy and I love them! not the best pictures, but it will have to do.
I wanted to share with you all my current reading! I have this whole stack of books on my night stand. I love to read! I have not had as much time! But I have been reading each evening before bed as much as I can! I am loving the new one I bought at the HEAV convention called Ten girls who did not give in! Its so encouraging to read about girls/young women who gave their lives for their savior! It makes me remember to die to self and live for Christ more and more!

Of course Little women is a must! I love it! I am reading it for the second time! Its a book that comforts me. I am reading both Stepping Heavenward and Before you meet prince charming for the second time on both. I read them when I was 13 or 14 and now at 19 I am reading them again. I am also reading 4 new ones to me. I am 3 chapters away from finishing Persuasion and City On A Hill is wonderful so far! I am about half done. When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul is so uplifting and The Screwtape letters and wonderful as usual by C.S. Lewis. My dad read The Screwtape letters to our family years ago and I am being challenged by the Lord once again by them.

And of course, the book I am always reading is the Bible. I am currently reading James, Proverbs, and Numbers. I always read the psalms or proverbs along with one from the new and old testament. It really helps me see how the old links to the new testament with the prophesies of Jesus our Savior. How wonderful to have the WOrd to read daily!

God bless everyone and have a lovely saturday tomorrow and Sabbath on sunday!

In Christ,


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sue Gregg Booth, Williamsburg, and graduation

Hello everyone!

Yes I have been absent from blogging for some time now! Life has been crazy, but its been a blessing! I thought I would share with you all to wet your appetite for our summer activities pictures from the HEAV homeschool convention. My sister and I managed the booth for the
suegregg who sells healthy alternative cookbooks. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and learned a lot about her methods of cooking and baking.

Above is a picture of Bethany and I and some of our friends working at the booth. We were way at the back of the convention hall, but we still had a lot of interest. I so enjoyed talking to young boys and girls, young adults, moms and dads, and even grandparents! It was wonderful seeing the older and younger generations all coming together to eat healthfully and learn how!

We had samples of Sue's coffe cake out for people to try and it was a sucess! It did draw a lot of attention, especially from hungry people! I was able to have moms and daughters, single and married ladies helping me at the booth. It was great for me to learn from older and younger christian ladies! what a blessing! I am so glad the Greggs gave myself and my sister and mother the opportunity to go to the Virginia HEAV homeschool convention and share information about the books and healthy eating.
You may be wondering, well that was the 10-12th of June that you did the convention. What have you been doing since then?! Well On the 12th at the convention Bethany and I both graduated from homeschool. We graduated at HEAV along with 298 other graduates! It was great to meet and be with so many other homeschoolers! I am so encouraged every year by the Virginia HEAV homeschool convention. I am always refreshed and in awe of the Lord's workings through other homeschool families. I am was also very encouraged to see new homeschool families coming and families who want to homeschool, but have never done it before and need encouragement! It was so great! Many families from our new church were able to attend the convention and other friends of ours too that are new to homeschooling.

Then we came home saturday night after the graduation and on tuesday we left for Williamsburg, VA to celebrate our graduation with friends and family. It was a wonderful trip! My grandparents gave us a wonderful gift of staying at their time share from tuesday to friday. It was a blessing! So we fellowshipped and toured around Yorktown the first day. Then we did williamsburg for the rest of the time. We even went to a period tavern and had a small ceremony for our friends and my grandfather. My family all shared our testimonies basically and why my sister and I are staying at home instead of going off to college away from home. It was encouraging to hear our friends share their stories of how our family has encouraged them and we have been encouraged by them. It was a great time of sweet fellowship as well singing hymns and praises to our Lord. We had the ceremony behind the hotel on the lawn. While we were singing and praying many people looked out their windows of the hotel at us. It was a great testimony we believe of Jesus Christ. It was great to be able to share the Gospel in that way.

Here are some pictures from our trip!

Here are pictures from the first day when we all met up in Yorktown. This house we all thought was adorable!! I love the turquoise shutters!
All the young gals by the sea!

Moms are in this one too! We had fun on the rocks until a police man pointed out the bent sign that said no fishing or climbing on rocks. lol But we got the pictures just in time! :)

One of the monuments proclaiming the colonies independance from England. Now free states!

Our whole group that went down to help us celebrate! All 19 of us! All of us are homeschoolers of course! :)

The cave below apparently had something to do with the revoluntionary war! We thought it was pretty awesome! Scarey, but great for pictures!

We even went on the docks by the sea and they even had a ship that you could pay and ride! But we did not want to pay the ten dollars, so we had some fun on the docs as they tipped and tottered every which way.

All the gals, we had the guys take the pictures of us of course! we had to remember the moment! :)

Then the next 3 days we went to williamsburg.

Guess where we went on thursday? The textiles and antique clothing exhibit in williamsburg! It was great being able to see all the colonial, romantic, 1800, and other eras of clothing. Here is a dress below! I love the scarves they used in the colonial period.

Another beautiful dress! It was so inspiring for my sister and our friends! We will be doing Lord willing colonial revoluntionary was living history in the fall. So we loved getting ideas for our dresses and under garments!

Gazing at a childs romantic era gown.

All the quilted petticoats from the 18th century! They are all from the colonial period! So much detail! I wanted them all!

Details of the below petticoat under the dress.


Then we had to go more places! So we playing dutch blitz while waiting for the bus!

what time may it be?

The carpenters shop

My favorite part I believe of Williamsburg besides the textiles was seeing the Fife and drum boys play! I love the rythem and the sound of the music! It was great! I even bought a CD of them playing and its been really great getting me motivated to get things done at home! Its upbeat and gives me motivation! :)

The Shoe Makers shop, my mother is quite the photographer! I love the shoes just hanging there! :)

We were able to hear a man interprut and do a living history impression of Patrick Henry! We believe that he did a great accurate interpruatation of this christian fore father. We talked with him afterwards and we believe he is a christian! We was a blessing to hear.

Even they wear period cloths! :)

The gardens were amazing! My sister even bought a lavender plant that is from a mother plant that dates back to the 1770's. We can't wait to plant it in our square foot gardens here at home.

Then on thursday night we had a lovely family ceremony for our graduation behind the hotel as I told you all above. Here is our whole family/friends in Christ. During the ceremony

My dad spoke about how he taught us through homeschooling from the Word/The Bible. He said how that is the foundation of our lives. Loving the Lord and serving Him daily.

Listening to daddy

We each recieved our diplomas a second time and it was a blessing to hear my parents, friends, and my sister and I speak about the Lord bringing our family together and that homeschooling never stops. We will continue to learn from our parents and friends and each other about the Lord our God. We want to be the next generation of christians and we want to Lord willing someday bring up children to love the Lord! The Lord has brought our family together through homeschooling and I am ever thankful to my parents for teaching me to love the Lord with my whole heart! To not love the world and the things in it, but to love the Lord who orchestrates our lives and all things!
May God bless you all and I will try and post more soon!
We had a graduation open house in our backyard last night. So I will be posting pictures from that final celebration soon. We also are getting ready for 4th of July at Gettyburg, PA soon. My grandfather will be leaving tomorrow to go back to Alaska. So its been busy and it will continue to be busy. But the Lord is sovereign and He will get my family through in one peice.
In Christ,

Monday, June 7, 2010

Graduation and life right now

Everyone! Since so many have been wondering. Go over to my sister's blog in the side bar to see her latest creations of my grad dresses. She is sewing her own today and tomorrow before we go to the Homeschool convention to graduate in them. So to get a peek at the gowns.

Go here to see her blog! She is amazing!

I will not be posting any new projects this week or the next due to graduation this weekend and running the sue gregg cookbook booth at the HEAV homeschool convention in Richmond,VA . Next week, my grandfather is coming in from Alaska to visit and to celebrate with us in Williamsburg, VA our graduation that week. Many of our friends from civil war living history and other friends will be going to williamsburg with us and we will have a small ceremony there as well for graduation. My father's parents graciously let us use some of their points for a wonderful time share to stay in at Williamsburg, VA. We are grateful and excited! don't worry after all the chaos pictures are coming! :)

You can see the Sue gregg website here as well. We love her methods for whole grain cooking and baking! The tea we helped host for the Brown family last week was wonderful with Sue's cinnamon scone recipe! Our friends made some and they were delicious! I recommend her methods for healthy eating!

So ttyl for now and may God bless your days this week and bless your families!

In Christ,


Friday, June 4, 2010

One of my latest projects-Star quilt

Hi everyone!

Busyness is going on around here! My family just finished helping the Brown clan with their first ladies tea and listening to them talk about the reforming of the church and families across America. They came to Washington D.C. as their first stop to tell about what the Lord is doing in churches and families in America. It was an encouraging event tuesday night! Do pray for them as they travel. You can read more about their road trip over here at their website the Family integrated church page.

Remember when I posted here that I was working on a new civil war star reproduction quilt, well today I basted my quilt. I have been working on this quilt for about one month now. Now it is ready to be hand quilted by myself and my sister in time for the Gettysburg 4th of July celebration living history event next month. I pray that the Lord will bless us with another quilt in time.
The top while I was basting it in our living room.

There I am in the corner finishing the last few basting stitches. I used scraps for all the stars and a brown plaid for the boarder as well as a cream reproduction pattern for the squares in between the stars. Cotten batting in the middle, as we did not want to be too hot with wool for July. We will just pile all of our wool blankets on top of the quilts come october at the Ceder Creek living history event. I am so excited to start quilting Lord willing this evening after some more reading for school and baking is done.
God is good! I am so glad to have gotten my first reproduction quilt this far along already!
Off I go to read about the american revolution.
In Christ,