Monday, November 4, 2013

Journaling Idea

I am really bad at keeping a journal, that should be obvious by the amount of time I spend on keeping up with this blog. So I thought of a way that may improve my efforts. I know I have a hard time sitting down and just writing, it ends up sounding whiny or on the other extreme, bragging. I thought maybe I would have an easier time if I did weekly prompts. If I came up with a list of questions to write about each week, I know there is no way I will be able to keep a daily journal so lets not set myself up for failure. I have been racking my brain for some good questions, so here they are and I am open to suggestions:

1) Spiritual experiences from the week: times i have felt the spirit, prayers that have been answered, promptings I have received, missionary experiences. This will help me recognize them as they come along and by writing them down I can remember them and I also think it shows Heavenly Father and appreciation for his blessings

2) Weekly achievements: mine and my families
3) Goals for next week
4) Events that occurred in the week
5) A funny story
6) any realizations I had during the week

Any other suggestions?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pleated Purple

I finished a refashion spur of the moment last night. In retrospect maybe I should have checked into it more. I took a purple bottom down polyester shirt that was a size 20W and took in the sides and shortened the sleeves.

It looked great with a purple wool pleated skirt I thrifted and yellow thrifted belt and yellow shoes.
So I was sitting in the foyer during Sunday School and Zane was very active. I stood up and one of the other women pointed at my shirt. All but the top button was unbuttoned. I mean I was completely exposed. So back to the drawing board after one very embarrassing event.

Friday, May 10, 2013

I was told it was not flattering

I did a refashion recently and my husband really didn't like it. It originally fit me great but was too long. I thought it had a vintage vibe and when I shortened it it would also then have a modern vibe. Anyway, here it is. Bought for $0.75.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My Modesty Standard

I am LDS and as many may know we live by a certain standard of dress, here it is:

Your body is God’s sacred creation. Respect it as a gift from God, and do not defile it in any way. Through your dress and appearance, you can show the Lord that you know how precious your body is. You can show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Prophets of God have always counseled His children to dress modestly. The way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside. Your dress and grooming send messages about you to others and influence the way you and others act. When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite the companionship of the Spirit and can exercise a good influence on those around you.
Never lower your dress standards for any occasion. Doing so sends the message that you are using your body to get attention and approval and that modesty is important only when it is convenient.
Immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire. Young women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner. Young men should also maintain modesty in their appearance. All should avoid extremes in clothing, appearance, and hairstyle. Always be neat and clean and avoid being sloppy or inappropriately casual in dress, grooming, and manners. Ask yourself, “Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?”
Someday you will receive your endowment in the temple. Your dress and behavior should help you prepare for that sacred time.
Do not disfigure yourself with tattoos or body piercings. If girls or women desire to have their ears pierced, they are encouraged to wear only one pair of modest earrings.
Show respect for the Lord and for yourself by dressing appropriately for Church meetings and activities, whether on Sunday or during the week. If you are not sure what is appropriate, ask your parents or leaders for help. 
I believe in looking deeper than just the words though. For instance, the terms low-cut and too short and too-tight are vague guidlines and open to interpretation. I believe the meaning is about the look and feeling the outfit conveys. 
Our standard of modesty is linked to chastity- purity of body and mind. It is our job to make it easier to ourselves and others by not provoking impure thoughts and attitudes. In other words, if something is hot or sexy- thoughts are led to sex. Clothes can cover neck to ankles and still be immodest by the look conveyed.
When I dress I try to look elegant, put-together, attractive, clean, pretty. All this can be achieved without being provocative and sexy. So for my personal interpretation of the standard:
Length should at LEAST touch the knee but mid-knee is more comfortable for me so I can be modest sitting down.
Low cut is clevage. Clevage is the tops of your boobs= too low.
I really dislike cap sleeves because it seems like a cop out "what is the bare minimum", also, I really don't like to show my armpits. Eeww.
"When I consider the demons who are twins—even immodesty and immorality—I should make them triplets and include pornography.They all three go together" President Monson
This is a strong statement by the Prophet of our Lord. 
This is not a superficial issue about appearance, this is a deep moral issue with far reaching effects. Pornography is becoming more prevalent and accepted today, along with a rise in immorality, adultery  abuse, divorce, and a decrease in marriage and stable families. I'm not saying pornography is the only cause but it is a large one. 
What is considered pornography today is different than it was 60 years ago. I think the main reason is because of the way society dresses. How society dresses now used to be considered pornography. The fact is that it can be seen in almost all ads, media, on beaches, in schools, and even churches. 60 years ago those outfits would have been deemed porographic, now it is common- even aspired to. However, the decline in the accepted definition of pornography doesn't change what pornography actually is. I will make a statement and I know some will be offended by it, while it is not the purpose I can't apologize for my belief. Immodesty is pornography.

this may seem strongly worded, many will disagree. That's fine. I don't expect others to live up to my standards, I don't judge them or look down on them. I judge myself by this standard. Again, my intent is not to offend or to pass judgement, my intent is to declare my belief.

3 finished sewing projects

I have just finished three sewing projects, two were 'from scratch' and one refashion. The jacket and the vest I started before I was pregnant; my son is almost a year old so these were 2 years in the making. My problem is I get to a step like hemming or buttons/buttonholes and the project comes to a screeching halt. It is not that they are hard to do it is just that I don't like doing them. But I finally finished.

The leopard skirt is V8425 I made from a large floor length skirt from a thrift store find. Sorry no before pics.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Chore chart

This chart is for me. Yes, I know I am an adult but I know how I work best and so far having a chart to mark progress is the most helpful. I made this out of an old wall calendar and packing tape. I use a dry erase marker to mark off tasks.
It is separated into sections of chores: daily, weekly, monthly, and blank space for temporary tasks.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

80's homage

This is an outfit I wore to church Sunday.
Skirt: refashion about $.25
Top: old
Cami: khol's. old
Shoes: target $9

Friday, March 8, 2013

Sunday Afternoons

This is what happens Sunday afternoons. Daddy takes a nap in the ZCU (Zane Containment Unit) and Zane plays, usually slapping him in the face several times. This particular day Dad had to go to another church meeting after he took a nap. He carpooled to the meeting and sat in a 2 hour meeting. It wasn't until he was on the way home that he wiped his face and realized Zane had smeared animal cracker goop on his face. Considering he was surrounded by men, its a good bet to say they probably didn't notice anything; but if they did, no one told him he had stuff on his face. We laughed about that for a couple days.

Minimal to no-sew refashions

 After: Goodwill $1.29 per pound. Took the bodice off and closed waistband
 Before: Goodwill $1.29 per pound
After: Chopped the top off, folded over material to make waistband and created a system of snaps to take it in and close it since it was too big and I couldn't use a zipper.
 Before: Goodwill $1.29 per pound
After. Took off halter top and now it is a high waisted skirt.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

DIY Organization

Okay here are a couple of things I did recently. I'm working on a new way to arrange my shoes because my old shoe shelf was leaning. So once I worked on that I had the left over shoe shelf, here is what I did with it.

I hung my necklaces on it.

Also, I saw on Pinterest the idea of putting all your user manuals in a binder. I tried that and it was extremely bulky and they easily slipped out the top. So I put them in pocket folders instead. I also put all our board game instructions in a clear pocket folder so they wouldn't be loose in the boxes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Easy Shepherd's Pie

Last night I made Shepherd's pie. I found the recipe 5 years ago but I don't remember where.
1 lb ground beef (I used pork because I was out of beef)
2 cups mashed potatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz cream cheese
4 cups canned or frozen veggies (i used green beans)
1 cup beef gravy

Preheat oven to 375. Brown meat in skillet. Meanwhile, mix potatoes, cream cheese, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and the garlic until blended.
Drain meat. Mix veggies and gravy with meat. Add meat mix to 9-inch dish; cover with potato mix and cheddar cheese.
Bake 20 min

Monday, February 4, 2013

Tie front blouse

How do you tell if a blousy top is too big? I mean, it is supposed to be large so how do you tell if it doesn't fit.
Top:Goodwill $1
Skirt: JC Penny $11
Belt: Charming Charly's $5
Shoes: Shoes r 8.88  $8.88
Necklace: old
Earrings: Gift from mom

This top is an example. It fits in the shoulders and sleeves but I'm not sure if it is too full where it tucks in to the skirt. Also I know I am pale, too bad.

This is from today. I found this button up shirt that fits absolutely perfectly. I may have to try to make a pattern from this.
Shirt: Goodwill $1.29/lb
Jeans: Goodwill $1
Camisole: Walmart gift

Saturday, January 26, 2013

DIY Expandable Baby Pen

So we decided to make a 'pen' for Zane because he is crawling into everything. We decided to make it 6'x6'. It ended up a little larger because of the PVC joints.We used about 82' of 3/4" PVC pipe. 32 3/4" pvc T joints and 8 3/4" 90 degree pvc couplers. Also a plastic garden fance and zip ties. It toataled about $45 and took maybe a half hour.
Step 1: Cut PVC into 40-2 foot pipes and 16-2 inch pieces.
Step 2: Assemble bottom and top
one angle coupler, one 2 inch piece, one t coupler, a 2' pipe, t coupler, 2 ft pipe, t coupler, 2 ft pipe,t coupler, 2 inch piece, angle coupler. That is one of the 4 sides of the top or bottom. Once you have each side assembled, put the together to make a square.
Step 3: Put in Slats
Put the other 2 ft pipes into the open t coupler hole. Push everything hard to make sure it is all the way in.
Step 4: Put the top on
You can do this a couple ways, make the top like you did the bottom, once it is a square, lift it up an put it on top of the slats.
Or put one side of on at a time.
Step 5: Weave fencing around pen and then zip tie to pvc
Then add baby. We didn't trim the zip tie ends because a) he likes to play with them b) they are sharp when trimmed. We put his toy box in there and he loves it, now I can do chores or go to the bathroom without worry.

Friday, January 25, 2013

No-sew refashion 1

Here is a quick no-sew refashion.
Bought at Forever 21 for like $3

Obviously it needed some work, it was way too short and it had a gaping hole in the back. So I chopped the skirt off and here it is...
 Here it is just to give you a picture of how short it originally was. I promise I won't wear the top.
So, cute skirt for $3

Monday, January 21, 2013

2 Thrifted Outfits

With and Without belt, what do you think?
Tunic: Goodwill Outlet $0.50
Pants: DI $4
Shoes: Target $7
Belt: Claire's $2
Yesterday's Church outfit
Necklace: don't remember
Top: Haven of Rest Thrift $0.50
Skirt: Salvation Army $3.00
Belt: Goodwill Outlet $1.29/lb
Shoes: 8.88 store $8.88
earrings: gift

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Spring green

No, green is not my favorite color. It just happens to be the color that has been photographed recently. I bought these at the goodwill outlet the other day. So far, no alterations needed but the pants are a little big so I may work with that a little.
Top: Goodwill Outlet $0.50
Capris: Goodwill Outlet $0.50
Belt: came with pants
Shoes: Charming Charly's $10

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

cooking 2013

So far this year I haven't done too much cooking but I have a couple dishes I'd like to share.
Pineapple Fried Rice.
I cooked the rice in pineapple juice and then stir fried veggies, pineapple, and an egg then added the rice. It was very good. The rice had an excellent flavor.

I also made Cornmeal waffles with chili
I received mixed reviews from people about the idea but my husband and i thought it was good.
I didn't use the chili recipes; instead I used canned hormel chili.


So I have been traveling with my family over the holidays and am finally getting back into the swing of things. I have had so much fun making new stuff but I'm trying to figure out how to get pictures taken of my outfits. I can't do it myself so I'm really going to have to work on my husband's photo skills. I have been working on alot of projects but I am a perennial 90%er, my husband says I always get a job 90% done and then have a hard time finishing. We laughed about that when my son was born 3 weeks early (he was fine), I couldn't even finish that, he said.
I did get to the Goodwill outlet store in Greenville, Sc. Loved it. I have absolutely no problem digging through bins and everything was $1.29 a pound. Clothes weigh more than you think, by the way. Most items weighed about 8 oz, or half a pound. A leather jacket I bought was 2 pounds and suit coats for my husband were more than a pound but most other stuff was half a pound. So $0.50 for most stuff.
This is a thrift store outfit                Jacket: Goodwill $4
                                                    Skirt: Hospice of Upstate $0.75 (it has pockets)
                                                    Shoes: 8.88 store  $7
                                                   Jewelry: old