Monday, April 28, 2014

Adventures in Tennessee~The Journey Begins{Part 1}

Hello there lovely readers! Hope you are all having a great week! A couple posts back I mentioned that I wanted to post about my adventures in Tennessee, where I lived while volunteering for the great ministry of Above Rubies. I posted a few times while I was actually up there but would like to share a little bit more{even though I've been home for over 7 months now}. Since I lived in Tennessee for just about a whole year I have quite a lot to share! I think I'm going to take a month at a time{per post}, show some pictures, and write about some of the fun things I got to do. I'm not sure how long it will take me but since I was there for about 12 months then it will take at least twelve posts. By the way how do like my title...sounds pretty epic, right? ;)
Okay to start with, this picture was taken on the very first day{way back on October 31, 2012} when I arrived at the Campbell's home. As you can see I look a bit different, that's because while I was there I lost a large amount of weight. This post here will give you some details about Above Rubies and the Campbell family. On the very first day I met Mariah{from Washington} and Olivia{from Tasmania, Australia}. They were both so sweet and made me feel welcomed. I was very nervous and I'm thankful for Mariah and Olivia's patience with me as I learned the ropes of the office. That being said I had to learn pretty fast as I only had five days with Olivia and Mariah! Each time a new Ruby Girl{what we AR volunteers call ourselves} came, the Ruby Girls that are leaving teach them all they need to know about the AR{will be abbreviating Above Rubies to AR from here on out} office. So you better pay attention the first time! ;) Some fun things I did with Mariah and Olivia were; watching Oklahoma for the first time{not my favorite movie musical, although I love the songs}, having a sleep over with a former Ruby Girl who lived close by, eating kale chips{for the first time}and watching{and laughing}as Olivia made a frappe in our room{known as the Ruby Girl room}. No joke she brought the blender in the room because she didn't want to disturb everyone with all the noise.
Top left: The place I called home for almost a year. The grey part of the house is where the Campbell's added on the Ruby Girl room. Top right: The Ruby Girl room, my bed was the bottom bunk on the right. You can see some cards from family and friends taped on the wall around my bed. Bottom left: The big room downstairs where the Campbell's have church, where all the parties happen, and where we watched movies on the big screen. Bottom right: The Above Rubies office; the entire ministry for the US is run here. After Mariah and Olivia left, Layla{from Missouri} came. Although she was there for only a month we got to know each other so well and have become great friends! Layla and her sister Hagen blog over at Two Blessed Damsels.
Layla and I got to spend Thanksgiving with the Campbell's. There were probably 50 people there and that was mostly family! The picture below is of Mr. and Mrs Campbell's children, in laws, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Some highlights from Thanksgiving Day were: Winning a girls versus boys and adult versus children tug of war{I was on the adult team}. Participating in an egg toss with Layla and having the egg splatter all down my outfit{I wasn't to happy about that :(}. Having a dance party late into the night. Oh and of course eating a big Thanksgiving meal{including roast lamb} and plenty of yummy desserts{including homemade cheesecake...yum!}
Top left: All in a row throwing the eggs. Top right: Layla and I with a few of the Campbell family. Bottom left: The downstairs set up to eat. Each person had a place card{even the babies}which Layla and I helped make. Bottom right: Us girls cheering after we won the tug of war against the boys! Layla and I had some great walks in the woods, sometimes just us two and other times with some of the family. We would stay up late into the night, talking or watching Blimey Cow videos. Once we got to go out to eat at Applebee's with a Vietnam vet who is a family friend to the Campbell's, everyone called him Jolly Rodge. He was jolly too; he would put on fake accents{usually British} and tell some funny jokes! =D Layla and I also got to help with giving out food for needy families which was a great blessing. Of course I was sad to see Layla go but we have remained such great friends. I'm sure there's more I could write about but since this post is getting pretty long I'll end it here. Hope you enjoyed the first installment of my "Adventure in Tennessee" series. Stayed tuned for more! 

Ever volunteered before? 
Lived away from home for a extended amount of time? 
What does your family do for Thanksgiving?November
Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,

Photo credits: AR Facebook page, Layla, Ashley, Rebekah, Annie, and Mercy. Thanks so much for the use of your photos!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

How To~ Follow My Blog

Hello there dear readers! Today's post is one that I've been meaning to do for all my friends and family who have been asking me how to leave a comment and/or follow my blog. Sorry it has taken me so long to get it up! So if you are one of my regular readers then this post might be a bit boring for you{that's if you actually read it}. ;) Okay so lets begin!

How to follow my blog via Google Friend Connect:

Step 1
Click on the "Join this site" button on the right hand side of my blog. You will have to scroll down a bit to see it. It's right under the picture of the tea cups. {Do not actually click on where the arrow is pointing in the photo below; you will have to click on the actual button on the side of my blog.}

Step 2
After you click on the "Join this site" button who should get a page that pops up and looks like this.

Step 3
You will have to choose what account you want to use to follow my blog. To make things simpler go ahead and pick Google. Once you click on the Google icon it's going to pop up another page that looks like this.
Step 4
If you have a Google account already{for instance you use Google for your email} then great all you will have to do is sign in. Once you do sign in then a page like this should pop up. {Of course my name will not be on the page. ;)} If you don't already have a Google account then skip down to Step 7.
Step 5
You're going to click the "Follow this blog" button. Be sure that the little circle next to "Follow publicly" is filled in so then I will be able to see you're following me! :)
Step 6
After you click the "Follow this blog" then a page like this will pop up. Simply click the "Done" button and the page should go away. You are now officially following my blog! Hurray! Now skip down to Step 12.
Step 7
For those of you who don't already have a Google account then here is what you will have to do. After the page below Step 3 pops up then you will have to click "Create an account" in blue. You might have to scroll down a bit until you see this here.
Step 8
After you click create an account a page like this should pop up..
Step 9
Fill out all the info and continue. After you have done that you should then see a page like this. If you want you can add a photo, but it's not required.
Step 10
After you click on the "Next step" button. You will get a page like this. Your name should appear after welcome and your email should appear on the page too.
Step 11
After you click on the "Back to Google Friend Connect" button the page below Step 4 should come up. Follow Step 5 and 6.

Step 12
Congratulations you are officially following my blog! If everything went correctly then you should see your picture/name in the group of members on the right side of my blog. Like in the picture below. Once more people follow my blog{and hopefully they will} your picture will get moved so you might not be able to see it. Don't panic it's still there just not right in front of you! You can always click "More" next to "Members" until you see your photo...just in case you want to check that it is there! ;)
Since this is such a long post I will do another How To~Comment in a different post. Please stay tuned for that post!

Love in Christ,

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Liebster Award{Times 2!}

I'm so excited to announce that my blog was nominated for another award...the Liebster Award{not once but twice!} probably figured that out though when you read the title of my post! ;) Thank you so much, Grace over at Blessed is She and Abigail over at Sweeter Gets the Journey, for nominating me; be sure to check out their lovely blogs. This award is similar to the Sunshine Award in that it's given to bloggers from other bloggers to help encourage them to keep blogging! It's also a way to get others to check different blogs...great right?!
                                                                    Liebster Award Rules: 
                                                   Acknowledge the blog that nominated you. 
                                         Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created. 
                          List 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers that deserve some recognition. 
                                                      Write 11 questions for them to answer. 
                                                       Notify them they've been nominated. 
Questions from Grace:
  1. An anonymous someone drops a note on your front porch saying that they will fund a trip to either England, an African Safari, Prince Edward Island, or Italy.  Which do you choose?  Why? Wow talk about a tough question; how do I even choose! I've longed to go to Prince Edward Island ever since I saw Anne of Green Gables; I love the island feel and all the pretty scenery that's there. However I would love to go to England; to be surrounded by so much history just gives me chill bumps! ;)
  2. What is your favorite BBC drama? Another hard question! Let's see... I love just about any Jane Austen or Dickens adaptation. I also love Downton Abbey although I don't agree with everything they show...the costumes and sets are simply breathtaking!
  3.  If you could instantaneously be fluent in one language, which would it be? Probably Spanish although I would love to speak French as it's just so pretty sounding!
  4.  What is your favorite accent? (British, Irish, Scottish, etc.) Wow this is another hard one...can all of the above be an answer! ;) I would also like to have a Australian or New Zealand accent!
  5.  Where would you rather get lost in: a craft store, or a book store? A craft store since I love to craft and I think I would rather get lost in a library then a book store! :)
  6.  What book are you reading now?  Or what was the last book you read? I am currently reading Billy Graham's autobiography, Just As I Am. You can also see which books I've read this year here.
  7.  Favorite singer/band? I don't really have one{I know shocking!} I generally just like certain genres has a whole{e.g. swing, Gospel, hymns, etc}
  8. If you have read the Fairy Tale Novel series by Regina Doman, which book was your favorite? If not, what is your favorite book series? I've never read that series so my favorite is The Chronicles of Narnia.
  9. One thing you'd look for in your Prince Charming? Other then being a strong Christian I would say humor because I love people who can laugh in good{and bad}times!
  10. What famous person would you like to meet? If I could meet some classic Hollywood actors/actresses that would be so neat{Jimmy Stewart, Gene Arthur, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, etc} but none of them are alive. :(
  11. You're organizing a get together with friends. Would you choose a picnic or a movie night? A movie night with plenty of popcorn and candy! And if my friends were willing we would watch nothing but classics. ;) 
Questions from Abigail:
  1. What is the last book you read? Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
  2. Do you have any pets?  If so, what?  If not, what would you like? Nope, no pets. If I could have a pet I would have a Scottish or Jack Russell Terrier. 
  3. What would you do with a billion dollars? After I revived from fainting for receiving such a sum of money I would probably help to pay some debts that my family owns, buy some clothes, and invest it. Of course the very first thing I would do is pray that I would use it wisely.
  4. Do you sing or play any instruments?   If so, what, if not what would you like to learn? I do like to sing but not in front of people unless of course you count singing in my church choir. I used to play the trombone in band and if I could learn to play an instrument it would be the piano and/or guitar.
  5. If you knew you would not be harmed, what risky thing would you try (ie. swimming with sharks, riding a lion, bungee jumping... etc.)? I would go base jumping!
  6. Are you a morning or night person? Most definitely a night owl.
  7. What makes you laugh out loud? Just about anything...seriously...once while camping, the camp site began to flood{due to the torrential rain that was coming down}and for some strange reason I just burst out laughing. Those camping with me probably thought I had gone crazy! I usually laugh at humorous things but also laugh to make a bad situation better. =D
  8. What is something you dislike? Awkward silence and not knowing what to say so it doesn't happen. 
  9. What is something you find amazing every time you see/hear etc. about it? Rainbows, those beautiful colors never cease to amaze me. Every time I think of God's promise in the Bible which of course makes me think of His never-ending mercy and grace to me!
  10. What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas; I just love that time of year...the carols, the parties, the treats, the family time, and celebrating Christ's birth!
  11. What's your top source of inspiration (for anything, from anything)? I get inspiration for and from various things for instance; I love to get fashion inspiration from old movies and bygone eras, for crafting I love checking out Pinterest, blogs inspire me whether it be with my wardrobe, creativity, or just to live a more beautiful life, but above all I draw inspiration from God's Word. He inspires me through His Word to serve and love Him more which then touches all areas of my life.
My Questions:
  1. Which vacation would you prefer; in the mountains or at the beach?
  2. What is your dream car?
  3. If you had a choice between ice cream or cake; which would you choose?
  4. What's your favorite Jane Austen novel? If you've never read an Austen novel what's the last book you read?
  5. How do you like to drink your tea{hot, with cream n' sugar, cold with lemon, etc.}?
  6. Are you a cat or dog person or both?
  7. When you have some free time you...?
  8. Favorite type of food{Italian, Mexican, Chinese, etc.}?
  9. Do you have any siblings; how many?
10. What is one of your most memorable/favorite vacations?
11. If you could get paid to do your favorite thing what would that be?

My Nominations{Okay so there's not 11 but just overlook that! ;) }:
 Paige at Sunday Best and All the Rest
 Natasha at Natasha Atkerson-A Modest Fashion Blog
 Ireland at Ireland Rhea
 Iris at Feminine Modesty
 Ashley at Like No Other Fashion

Hope you enjoyed getting to know a bit more about me. If I nominated you and you're going to participate be sure to leave a comment to let me know. Also make sure you check out these great blogs!

Love in Christ,

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

So excited that today is Easter Sunday; a day to remember, reflect, and celebrate the Lord's resurrection. Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for me{and you} but praise His name He rose from the grave! Through His resurrection Jesus showed that He truly is the son of God...God Himself...Who has power over death!  What a joy it is that because of His resurrection He is now seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven and daily intercedes for us. Not only that, Jesus Christ now dwells within my heart! If you don't know Jesus as the Lord of your life, the risen and alive Savior, please contact me and I will be happy to share with you how you can know Him!
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. ~Romans 8:34~ 

And he saith unto them, Be not afrightted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid him. ~Mark 16:6~ 
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shalll he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this~John 11:25,26~

Love in Christ,

PS: I finally have a chance to post some pictures from my adventures in Tennessee! Just wondering if any of you would be interested in seeing some posts about my time with Above Rubies? I know it's a little odd to post about it since I've been home for 7 months, but thought you might enjoy seeing what I did while up there. Please leave your comments below!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I ♥ Thursday{no. 7}

I haven't done one of these posts lately and I sure have been loving a lot lately! ;)

Spring time...the weather{not too hot, not too cold}, the flowers, the green trees, seeing the hummingbirds, hearing the pretty tunes coming from the birds, the sunshine, and even the rain! Both of these photos were taken on one of those many rainy spring days. Doesn't everything look so pretty and green...a little muddy perhaps, but still pretty! The picture on the bottom is of our Dogwood tree from the kitchen window. 
Little House on the Prairie...I had seen a few episodes before, but just recently started to watch the first season. It is such a great show and I only wish there were more family friendly shows like it.
My GAP denim jacket...thrifted from Goodwill; it's the perfect piece for my spring wardrobe. I had been wanting one for a while and my mom spotted it on one of our many Goodwill trips. Thanks Momma! :)
This card... I discovered it on Pinterest and it's just so cute! Now I can't wait to make one to give to someone on their 25th birthday! By the way for something to be vintage it has to be at least 25 years old{or maybe it's 20?} Hmmm... ;)
This great article, Life is Too Short to Wear Frumpy Clothes, discovered over on Edelweiss Patterns. Love the blog too!
Letters...I've been writing and receiving quite a few letters lately! How happy I am when I get a letter in the mail! I hope the joy is felt by others when receiving one of my letters in return. I do love technology and being able to communicate with friends and family instantly, but nothing can beat a could old-fashion letter.

So what have you been loving this week? 
Like to watch Little House on the Prairie? 
Do you like to write letters? 
Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Perfect Tea Party Treat! {Guest Post}

Hello dear readers! So excited to present All Things Vintage's first guest post. This yummy recipe for the perfect tea party cookie was created by my sweet friends Layla and Hagen, who blog over at Two Blessed Damsels. Be sure to check out their lovely blog! Also make sure to leave your comments below if you tried this delicious cookie! ~Sarah~

Hi there!
We are Layla & Hagen from Two Blessed Damsels, and we are going to share a recipe with you today! Before we begin, we would like to thank Sarah for inviting us as guests on her blog. Thank you, Sarah!

The recipe we are going to share with you today is one that just came to be. Layla started throwing things into a bowl, and this is what she got!
Our family has food allergies, so we make a lot of gluten-free treats. If you have wheat intolerance, you can eat these cookies with a peace-of-mind, and even if you don't, you are sure to love them! Although peanut butter and oats may not sound like tea-party ingredients, believe us when we say, they are. The peanut butter is not over-powering but adds to the buttery texture!

Enough chit-chat, let's get to baking!

1. Pre-heat oven to 350* and grease cookie sheets.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the first five ingredients.
3. Make a well, and mix in the last four. Add in chocolate chips or raisins (or both!), if desired.
4. Drop batter by tablespoons 2-3 inches apart on prepared sheets.
5. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes.
6. Let cookies cool on sheet for a minute or two, remove and let cool.
7. Pour yourself a cup of tea, or a glass of milk, and enjoy!

Whether you make them plain peanut butter, chocolate chip or raisin (or all three!), you will not be disappointed!
Our family loved these little treats so much that Hagen barely had time to snap these photos! Thank you once again to our sweet friend, Sarah! We hope that these cookies bring some sweetness to your life!

Love From,
Layla & Hagen

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What I Wore~Sunday Style{30's Inspired}

Hello! Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday. This morning's church service as left me full of praises to my Savior Jesus Christ for all that He did on the cross that I{and all who believe in Him} might receive eternal life! Several weeks back in this post here, I mentioned that I wanted to show you how I styled my houndstooth check cardigan in a 1930's inspired outfit. Well here it is!
Note my neighbor's pretty cherry tree in the background...thanks neighbors for the lovely back drop!
One of the things listed on my 104 list was to wear a pair of vintage gloves. I have to admit, I didn't actually wear these to church as I only thought about them afterwards when doing the photo shoot! ;) But they definitely give my outfit more of a polished 1930's look. 

My outfit is reminiscent of the pretty suits ladies would wear when they went to shop, go to an appointment, to church, etc. The only thing I'm missing is a cute little hat! The big collar and buttons on my cardigan as well as my long maxi-skirt lend to the 30's feel.

Of course no 1930's inspired outfit would be complete without a pair of oxford heels. These are probably my favorite pair of shoes!
I wasn't quite sure how to pose with my gloves when I wasn't wearing them. ;) You can see my new earrings given to me by one of my sweet friends. It was so thoughtful of her{you know who you are!}; she remembered that I love wearing screw-back earrings since my ears are not pierced. 
Cardigan: thrifted; $4.00
Black turtle-neck: thrifted; $5.00
Maxi-skirt: H&M{via Goodwill}; $2.00
Tights: gift; free
Oxfords: Sears; $20.00{although they were purchased with Christmas kinda' free ;)}
Gloves{vintage}: yard sale; borrowed from Mom
Screw-back earrings{vintage}: gift from friend; free

How was your Sunday? 
Do you ever wear vintage inspired outfits?
What are some of your favorite time periods to re-create? 
Own a pair of oxford heels?  
Please leave your comments below!

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1,2 KJV

Love in Christ,

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vintage Finds~Make Up Case

Hello there! I can't believe it's been a whole week since I last posted! For today's post I want to share one of my favorite vintage's guessed it{or you read the title ;)}...make up case! I found this lovely blue case at one of my favorite local flea markets for only $7.00!

 So lets open the latches to see what's on the inside.
A neat little mirror, a tray to hold all your make up necessities, and pretty fabric adorned with little blue roses! The reflection in the mirror is a little "sneak peak" of my room.
 The neat latches and all the great threading add lovely detail to this pretty blue case.
The handle is probably one of my favorite parts as it just says,"This make up case is vintage!"{Well you know, it would say that if suitcase handles could talk. ;)}

Thought I would include some vintage luggage ads. I love the quirky ad with the penguin! Oh to travel in such style with a beautiful set of luggage, but alas times have changed and now to carry such a suitcase{if it would get passed security} would cost a fortune. I can just picture some lady in her stylish travel ensemble, complete with gloves and a hat, dashing about the airport with such a make up case. It brings an instant smile to my face to think that this pretty{and practical} piece from a bygone era is mine. Hope you enjoyed this post and my ramblings!

If you could go anywhere in the world were would it be? Would you like to travel with vintage luggage? Own any neat vintage pieces{jewelry, books, clothing, luggage, etc.}? Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,

Saturday, April 5, 2014

1Top 3Days~Day 3

Hello again! If you've been keeping up with my blog then you know that I'm participating in the 1Button Down| 3Ways| 3Days challenge! It just so happens that today is the last day of the challenge. :( It has been so much fun rethinking how I can wear this button up top. Today's outfit required me to get very creative with how I styled my button up shirt{not button down...if you read my day two post you know why it's a not a button down}. I think this is by far my favorite outfit out of all three!
So are you wondering where my button up shirt is? Take a close look at my head. That's right I wore the shirt on my head...I told you I had to get creative! ;) I actually got the idea from Callie's{Creations by Callie} introduction post on to the challenge. To quote her she said, "...just so long as the chosen button-down is included in each outfit in some way{you could wear it on your head if you wanted! Special points to the person who actually does that!}". So Callie do I get those special points? ;)
This is my "I'm a mysterious gypsy" look...I think I need some more practice!
As soon as I put the shirt on my head{that sure is a funny thing to say!} I thought this looks like a gypsy. I first put on my bohemian style skirt with a simple black top. Then I put some scarfs around my waist which gives it that distinct gypsy look. The next step was to pile on the jewelry so on went my only pair of dangly clip-on earrings, tons of bracelets, and two multi-strand necklaces. And as in my second outfit I went barefoot. This outfit is kinda' more of a costume to me, but if I ever got the courage I might...just might...wear it to something other than a costume party! ;) Be sure to check out the Boyer Family Singers, Bramblewood Fashion, Fresh Modesty, and Creations by Callie for their outfits!

My Outfit
Black skirt: gift from friend; free
Black top: thrifted; $2.00
Button up shirt: thrifted; $4.00
Blue scarf: borrowed from Mom; free
Multi-color scarf: Dollar General; free{read story about it here}
Red multi-strand necklace: I think I got from my Mom; free
Gold multi-strand necklace{it's vintage!}: local senior center{which sells things to raise money for the center}; $1.00
Bracelets: also think I got from Mom; free
Earrings: Claire's; ???

How do you like my outfit? Ever worn a shirt has a headscarf? Would you ever wear this kind of outfit to something other than a costume party? Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,

Friday, April 4, 2014

1Top 3Days~Day 2

Hello there! For day two of the 1Button Down| 3Ways| 3Days challenge I chose a simple jewelry and no shoes! If you missed yesterday's post be sure to check it out.
I wore a pair of capris rolled up with a white tank and my button down blouse tied into a little knot. I noticed yesterday that most of the ladies participating chose to also wear their button downs tied in a knot; I guess great minds do think alike! :) Since this seemed very "country girl" I chose to wear my hair in two braids and go barefoot! It being pretty warm in the South it was nice to just let my feet "go free" for a little while. I loved this simple outfit; it reminds me very much of Debbie Reynolds in Tammy and the Bachelor. All I'm missing is the rope around my waist...and the goat! ;)
Be sure to visit the Boyer Family Singers, Bramblewood Fashion, Fresh Modesty, and Creations by Callie to see how they styled their button downs.

My Outfit
Button down shirt: thrift store; $4.00
Capris: Old Navy{via Goodwill}; $3.00
White tank: Wal-Mart; $2.00

Have you ever scene Tammy and the Bachelor? Do you ever go around barefoot? What's the weather like where you live? Please leave your comments below!

In Christ,

PS: Just a little note, technically this shirt should be called a button up{not down} according to my mother, who knows a great deal about fashion, a button down shirt is a shirt{usually a man's} with a collar that buttons down to the shirt so it won't flap. A button up shirt can be any shirt that buttons up whether or not it has a collar. Just a little fashion note for you all! ;)