Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Maiden's Bequest~ A Novel

While volunteering for Above Rubies I heard of an author who I was unfamiliar with, George McDonald. One of the Campbell's granddaughters loves to read his novels and would talk about them non-stop. So of course I was interested in reading them. I made sure when I got back home{to Georgia that is} to check my local library. You can imagine my delight when I saw not one but at least 30 of his novels!
Deciding which one to choose was hard but I finally settled on a novel titled, The Maiden's Bequest, as this was one that was mentioned frequently as a favorite of the Campbell's granddaughter. The original title of the novel was Alec Forbes of Howglen.



I can happily say that I loved the novel and will be checking out more of them! The particular novel I checked out had been revised and edited, meaning parts were removed from the original work and words were changed so modern readers could understand it. I wasn't to happy about that but none the less it was a wonderful story. 


The story takes place in Scotland and follows the life of an orphan girl, Annie and her friendship with a young boy named Alec. As they grow up their lives take different paths. Annie follows the path that keeps her close with God and His ways while Alec's path leads him into a very ungodly and worldly lifestyle. I shan't tell you how it ends though, you will have to read the book for that!

Have you read any novels by George McDonald? Discovered any "new" authors? Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,
~Sarah~ 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What I Wore~ Butterfly Shirt

Hello everyone just wanted to show you some pics. of an outfit I wore the other day which was inspired by some pins I discovered on Pinterest. Here are the inspirations pins:

And here is my actual outfit:


Sorry the photos aren't the greatest but it was a little to cold to go outside with just my short sleeves on! The first picture was the one that gave me the idea to put a t-shirt with my green skirt{that I've had hanging in my closet for ages.} It's a simple outfit but I'm so thankful I figured at least one way to wear this skirt! That's one reason I love Pinterest for the outfit inspirations it gives me. How about you...do you look at Pinterest for outfit ideas?
I put together this collage to show the details of the outfit like the texture of this skirt, it's crinkled fabric reminds me of fabric used during the 1920's{perhaps I should do a 20's inspired outfit with it?} The little brass beads at the end of the ties add a neat little touch. Then I added this brown, white, and wooden bead bracelet to bring more brown into the outfit and add some more texture.

Butterfly Shirt: thrifted from Goodwill, $2.00
Green Skirt: from a friend, free
Black Boots: Wal-Mart, $20.00
Bracelet: gift, free
Silver Ring: Christmas gift from my sweet sister, free 
So the total for the outfit is $22.00 and that's because of the shoes; I have definitely got more than $20.00 worth out of them too!

Love in Christ,
~Sarah~

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I ♥ Thursday{no.5}

The past few weeks I've been reading a lot and so I will simply say I'm loving books! I love that I can travel the world, go on the most daring adventures, solve crimes, and so much more through just opening up and reading a book!

I love my new Old Navy wool coat I bought this past Sunday via Goodwill for only $9.00{okay so actually it was $9.52}! It keeps me so warm when going out in all this cold winter weather.
I've been watching some episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot and have been loving the 30's fashion and of course the intriguing plots.
Love all the interesting and funny quotes/sayings I find on Pinterest and Facebook, like these two:


Last but not least I've been loving all the tea that I've been drinking this week! I've had a sore throat this week and a cup of hot tea sure is soothing! Some of my favorites have been peppermint and Earl Grey.

What have you been loving this week?

Love in Christ,
~Sarah~





Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Shall We Dance"

Hello there! Hope your new year has been off to a lovely start. I have been very busy babysitting although on the weekends(my down time) I usually enjoy watching a movie or two(or three)! One such movie was Shall We Dance(1937) featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. This is one of the last that this incredible dancing duo filmed together. I loved the movie and can't wait to see more of them! Unfortunately my local library doesn't carry anymore of their movies. :(
The movie is about the budding romance between world renowned ballet dancer, Petrov(Astaire) and a tap dancer, Linda Keen(Rodgers). Things start getting complicated for the two when rumors start to spread that they are already married!
I absolutely loved this movie; the fashion, the singing/songs(especially the song Let's Call the Whole Thing Off), and of course the dancing! In fact one of the dance numbers is done completely on skates!

See video clip here.

It is such a sweet and lighthearted movie with plenty of funny scenes especially after the rumors start to fly about the couples "secret" marriage.
I hope you have a chance to see this film. Let me know if you do!

Have you seen any new(to you) movies lately?
 Please leave a comment below!

Love In Christ,
~Sarah~




Friday, January 10, 2014

104 in 2014

I have seen this done on a few different blogs and thought it would be fun to try. Each time I accomplish something on my list I will mark it out and try to write a post about it.
  1. Reach 30 followers on my blog.{So please follow me so I can reach my goal!}
  2. Learn how to crochet and/or knit.
  3. Wear more shoes other than flats{e.g. heels, wedges, sandals}
  4. Sew an item of clothing for myself.
  5. Practice more cake decorating.
  6. Do a "how to" post on my blog.
  7. Actually finish reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; I started reading it twice and stopped.
  8. Travel to at least three places I've never been before.
  9. Read the entire Bible.
  10. Watch a movie with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.{Out of all the old movies I've seen, one with this incredible dance couple, hasn't been one of them!}
  11. Read more Grace Livingston Hill novels.
  12. Create a Facebook page for my blog.
  13. Find more vintage screw back earrings{because I don't have pierced ears.}
  14. Learn a bit of French.
  15. Read Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan and Sandition{so I can say I've read all of Jane Austen's novels.}
  16. Make a hat/bonnet.
  17. Have a Frank Capra movie marathon.
  18. Study more American history and civics{preferably from a Christian view point.}
  19. Learn how to play the piano.
  20. Try new hairstyles I have discovered on Pinterest.
  21. Wear more vintage inspired outfits. 
  22. Print out all the photos on my camera so I can actually enjoy them.
  23. Keep track of all the books I read this year.
  24. Buy my dream pair of leather boots.{A pair that looks good with skirts and is perfect for the snow.}
  25. Memorize more Bible verses.
  26. Wear a hat{preferably vintage.}
  27. Repaint/fix my hope chest{actually it is a hope trunk.}
  28. Get my driver's license; this should be at the top of the list.
  29. Do at least three craft/DIY post on my blog.
  30. Find and buy another Caro-Nan purse to add to the two I already have.{I've heard three or more of an item makes a collection.}
  31. Purchase an entire outfit from Goodwill or another thrift store.{blouse,skirt,shoes,& accessories.}
  32. Do a photo challenge.
  33. Read the entire Anne of Green Gables series.
  34. Learn the different constellations and know were they are located.
  35. Get some new house slippers.
  36. Post the music video I was in while volunteering in Tennessee.
  37. Add some more books to my vintage book collection.
  38. Buy a vintage {working} camera.
  39. Read Pilgrim's Progress.
  40. Make some crafts using yoyos.
  41. Keep track of all my cash purchases.
  42. Enter my photos into our local fair's photo contest.
  43. Sell one of my {handmade} cards.
  44. Go singing in the rain.
  45. Buy a clear bubble umbrella{new or vintage.}
  46. Write a short story.
  47. Read one of Charles Dickens' book{well actually I started Nicholas Nickleby and never finished it.}
  48. Finish Nicholas Nickleby. :)
  49. Participate in a blog "swap". 
  50. Learn how to embroider.
  51. Enter more online giveaways{and hopefully win one.}
  52. Learn how to paint with water colors.
  53. Donate or sell clothes I can't fit into any more.
  54. Do more drawing.
  55. Watch Lark Rise to Candleford{for the first time.}
  56. Do more counted cross stitches.
  57. Sew some aprons: one for cleaning, cooking, and gardening.
  58. Sell my old toys and items I no longer want.
  59. Try at least five crafts I find on Pinterest.
  60. Gather family photos from aunts,uncles,and grandparents to put them on CDs.
  61. Plant flowers in the garden that are all my own.
  62. Buy more kitchen supplies for my hope chest{trunk}.
  63. Post about some of my vintage finds.
  64. Write a post at least once a week.{I would love to do one everyday.}
  65. Improve my cursive handwriting.
  66. Read some good biographies about crusaders for Christ{presidents, first ladies, missionaries, and martyrs; any recommendations?}
  67. Wear a vintage pair of gloves.
  68. Make an eyeglass case out of a{vintage}necktie, featured here.
  69. Use my vintage dinosaur shaped cookie cutters.
  70. Do at least five outfit posts on my blog.
  71. Figure out what is wrong with my camera and fix it{if possible.}
  72. Buy a new camera if my old one can't be fixed.
  73. Skpe with my dear friend Becky who is currently a nanny in London.
  74. Make peanut butter from scratch.
  75. Open an online store.
  76. Write some posts about a few of my collections.
  77. Gather/write stories and memories from my grandparents, great aunts and uncles about their childhoods.
  78. Draw a family tree. {Take a look at this one.}
  79. Learn some sign language.
  80. Sew my dream nightgown{a vintage inspired one of course.}
  81. Buy a new winter coat.
  82. Study{not just read} my Bible more.
  83. Light more scented candles.
  84. Read A Common Life by Jan Karon.
  85. Get back into scrap booking.
  86. Find some good devotionals{What do you like to read?}
  87. Read a novel by George McDonald.
  88. Go on a picnic.
  89. Buy a vintage{or vintage looking}ladies bicycle.
  90. Go to Washington state to visit some friends I made while volunteering at Above Rubies.
  91. Read the Count of Monte Cristo.
  92. Do a giveaway on my blog.
  93. Create buttons for Pinterest and Facebook.
  94. Watch season four of Downton Abbey{for the first time.}
  95. Exercise at least two to three times a week.
  96. Drink more water.
  97. Write at least one letter to all my friends who live in different states.
  98. Do a series on my blog.
  99. Buy/make an infinity scarf{I own quite a few scarfs but would love to have one of these.}
  100. Read Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot.
  101. Buy a new pair of Converse.
  102. Reach 80 followers on Pinterest. You can find me here.
  103. Bake a pie from scratch.
  104. Refashion clothes I don't wear{if possible.}

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

103 in 2013 {Updated}

I have seen this done on a few different blogs and thought it would be fun to do. Each time I do something on this list I will mark it out and try to write a post about it. Let's see how many I get done by the end of the year! {Didn't get to many things crossed off my list but will be adding those to the new 104 in 2014 list!} 
  1. Reach 100 followers on my blog.{So please follow me so I can reach my goal!}
  2. Learn how to crochet and/or knit.
  3. Wear more shoes other than flats{e.g. heels, wedges, sandals}
  4. Sew an item of clothing for myself.
  5. Read the entire Old Testament of the Bible.
  6. Practice more of my cake decorating.
  7. Actually finish reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; I've read it twice and stopped.
  8. Write in my journal more than twice a month.
  9. Exercise at least 2 to 3 times a week.
  10. Read more Grace Livingston Hill novels.
  11. Wear more necklaces and rings; I tend to wear just bracelets.
  12. Find more vintage screw back earrings{because I don't have pierced ears.}
  13. Learn a bit of French.
  14. Read Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey{so I can say I've read all of Jane Austen's novels.}
  15. Have a Frank Capra movie marathon.
  16. Study more American history and civics{preferably from a Christian view point.}
  17. Learn how to play the piano.
  18. Try new hairstyles I have discovered on Pinterest.
  19. Wear more vintage inspired outfits.
  20. Print out all the photos on my camera so I can actually enjoy them.
  21. Watch Return to Cranford BBC{for the first time.}
  22. Buy my dream pair of leather boots.{A pair that looks good with skirts and is perfect for the snow.}
  23. Memorize more Bible verses.
  24. Gather and rewrite all my poems into one notebook.
  25. Write more letters to friends and family just 'cause.
  26. Wear a hat{preferably vintage.}
  27. Repaint/fix my hope chest{actually it is a hope trunk.}
  28. Get my driver's license; this should be at the top pf the list.
  29. Find and buy another Caro-Nan purse to add to the two I already have.{I've heard three or more of an item makes a collection.}
  30. Keep track of all the books I read this year.
  31. Purchase an entire outfit from Goodwill{blouse,skirt,shoes,& accessories.}
  32. Learn the different constellations and know were they are located.
  33. Get some new house slippers.
  34. Give a gift to someone special just to say "I Love You!"
  35. Dress up and have a tea party with all the little treats.
  36. Add some more books to my vintage book collection.
  37. Buy a vintage{working} camera.
  38. Read Pilgrim's Progress.
  39. Make some crafts using yoyos.
  40. Organize my closet so I can actually find my things.{Not so much the clothes just all the extra stuff that goes in it.}
  41. Keep track of all my cash purchases.
  42. Learn how to write in calligraphy.
  43. Enter my photos into our local fair's photo contest.
  44. Actually sell one of my {handmade} cards.
  45. Go singing in the rain.
  46. Open up my own booth at one of our local flea markets called the Smart Shop.
  47. See a shooting star.
  48. Buy a clear bubble umbrella{new or vintage.}
  49. Write a short story.
  50. Read one of Charles Dickens' book{well actually I've read Nicholas Nickleby but never finished the end.}
  51. Finish Nicholas Nickleby. :)
  52. Learn how to embroider.
  53. Find a way to creatively display my great grandmother's hankies.
  54. Learn how to paint with water colors.
  55. Watch another version of Pride and Prejudice{I've seen the 2005 version.}
  56. Refashion clothes I don't wear{if possible.}
  57. Donate or sell clothes I can't fit into any more.
  58. Enter more online giveaways{and hopefully win one.}
  59. Do more drawing.
  60. Find a way to tame my frizzy hair.
  61. Watch Jane Eyre{Any suggestion to which is the best version?}
  62. Read It's (Not That) Complicated by Ann Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin.
  63. Buy a new bath robe{mine is too short for me.}
  64. Take more walks outside.
  65. Do more counted cross stitches.
  66. Try the different recipes I find in cookbooks and on the web.
  67. Sew some aprons: one for cleaning, cooking, and gardening.
  68. Sell my old toys and items I no longer want.
  69. Watch Voyage of the Dawn Treader{for the first time.}
  70. Drink more water throughout the day.
  71. Try at least five crafts I find on Pinterest.
  72. Gather family photos from aunts,uncles,and grandparents to put them on CDs.
  73. Plant flowers in the garden that are all my own.
  74. Buy more kitchen supplies for my hope chest{trunk}, especially cookware.
  75. Make and/or try french macarons.
  76. Write a post at least once a week.{I would love to do one everyday.}
  77. Improve my cursive handwriting.
  78. Read some good biographies about crusaders for Christ{presidents, first ladies, missionaries, and martyrs; any recommendations?}
  79. Wear a vintage pair of gloves.
  80. Trim my hair{to remove all the split ends.}
  81. Mack an eyeglass case out of a{vintage}necktie, featured here.
  82. Use my vintage dinosaur cookie cutters.
  83. Figure out what is wrong with my camera and fix it{if possible.}
  84. Buy a new camera if my old one can't be fixed.
  85. Try a pomegranate.
  86. Write some posts about a few of my collections.
  87. Gather/write stories and memories from my grandparents and great aunts and uncles about their childhoods.
  88. Do some research into my family genealogy.
  89. Draw a family tree. {Take a look at this one.}
  90. Learn some sign language.
  91. Sew my dream nightgown{a vintage inspired one of course.}
  92. Get more sleep.
  93. Study{not just read} my Bible more.
  94. Light more scented candles.
  95. Travel to at least three places I have never been before.
  96. Read A Common Life by Jan Karon.
  97. Get back into scrap booking.
  98. Do a photo shoot with Rashida of Rashida La'el Photography.
  99. Find some good devotionals{What do you like to read?}
  100. Make a pizza from scratch.
  101. Go on a picnic.
  102. Buy a vintage{or vintage looking}ladies bicycle.
  103. Read a novel by George McDonald.

Happy New Year! I'm Back!

Wow! I can't believe it's been four months since I last posted. First I want to say Happy New Year's Day; it's hard to believe that 2014 is already here! I hope you have a very blessed new year filled with lots of joyful memory making moments(nice alliteration, if I say so myself). Second I have to say sorry to you my dear followers; you have had nothing knew to read on my blog. One of my goals this year is to post regularly. That kind of sounds like a new year's resolution, but I don't want to call it that because generally speaking those don't last long! ;)

Those of you who have been following my blog know that I was volunteering with a wonderful ministry in Tennessee called Above Rubies. After almost a year(just 26 days shy to be exact) of volunteering I am now back at home! I so enjoyed my time in Tennessee and the Campbell family became like my own. There is so much I could write about from my time there. I might do a few post in the following days about all the incredible adventures I had while up there. Maybe include a few pictures too!
No this is not my camera(sigh) but isn't it adorable!

While in Tennessee I did get to accomplish a few of the things on my 103 in 2013 list but not as many as I would have liked. I will be doing a new list for 2014. Stay tuned for more posts and Happy New Year!

Love In Christ,
~Sarah~