Monday, June 16, 2014

Royal Teal Wash!

Just a little something I have been working on every day when I get home from work. It was finished not too long ago, and I am rather happy with the outcome. Instead of using a size 4 yarn, I use four different strands of doily thread held together to make a fabulous color pattern texture. This particular pattern used quite a bit of thread, so now I am almost out of all my favorite colors now. Ah, well! It was for a good cause! 

This little washcloth ended up being two sided, a bit different from the pattern in the book, but I just rolled with it. There are thick rows of bobbles that are either facing up or down depending on how you flip the cloth, which you can see in the picture (I hope!), which was actually a really nice touch to this.  The entire thing has such a great, heavy-enough weight that makes you reluctant to let go of it, and it should hold quite a bit of water for those after-work hours at the end of a long day!

Have a lovely Monday, everyone! ♥

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Closet Glimpse!

I was just letting my dry-flat laundry dry on the bed when I realized that it would be a great little blog-glimpse into my clothing tastes! These are only a few of my favorite shirts (most of which I plant to wear to work! Huzzah!), and I have found that I tend to be acquiring more shirts of the same type of fabric. I love it! 

My personal style has changed quite a bit over the years, truth be told. When I was in high school, sporty, tomboy-ish, military-like clothes were all the rage for me (I still want a pair of good cargo pants, though! Ssh! Tell no one!), and while I still like many aspects of that sort of style, steam punk being one of them, I find myself sliding more into a nature-culture-business-casual. Very rarely do I wear t-shirts out and about anymore, and not because I feel snooty or anything, but because I like to dress up. Not saying a good t-shirt isn't nice, I have quite a few nice t-shirts I will willingly wear out, but this is just what I have noticed in myself. I've been blessed enough to be given another day to live, so I shall dress as if it were my last! This last semester of college was the perfect time for me to experiment with my personal style, and I do think I have found it finally. I like to make a smart, subtle statement of professionalism. I feel nice and happy, and I want to look nice and happy, too!

Technicality of shirts and whatnot aside, modesty is a BIG factor for me. Skirts and dresses are never shorter than my knees, low collared shirts always have a shirt to go underneath, and anything too form-fitting is out of the question. I aim to accent my femininity, not show it to everyone by wearing less. I dress modest, smart, and female. I don't need to wear shorts and skirts that are barely there, and I don't need nor want to wear shirts that fail to serve their purpose. I seek to honor the Lord in all I do, and by respecting myself I do that. He gave me this body. I don't want people to see just a body. I want them to know there is a head attached to this body, one that knows that if you sell the body without a second thought, you are selling your self-respect for worthless attention. People who only want to be around me because of my body are not people I want in my life, so I shall not advertise for such. Ever. I respect myself and I respect my God.

I love to have fun clothes, and there are definitely ways to have fun, happy, bright clothes without breaking my personal code of modesty. I am happy, and I enjoy the clothes I wear. They accent who I am and also help me express my creativity and interests.

What do your clothes say about you? What do you say about your clothes? Tell me!

First day of work tomorrow! So excited! 

Have a wonderful, blessed Wednesday, everyone! ♥

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Little Garden Love!

{Sometimes the simplest thing can bring a great amount of joy! The family found a rickety old table alongside the road and brought it home. Now it is on the deck serving as a seedling/potting table! It may seem silly, but it just makes me happy.}

{The fruit trees are absolutely booming now. We are going to have an absolute ton of pears this year (again!), the apple trees are filled with tiny little apples, and the cherry tree still has cherries in its center. I went and picked more and have yet to put a dent on the one side I can't reach! I'm a girl obsessed!}

{Goat lips are troublesome things....But are very, very soft!}

{A lone onion stands out in the garden, beautiful in every way. It must be watching over our tubs of potatoes behind it! Not far from the tall, fluffy onion is a perfectly gooshy patch of freshly tilled earth. The past few days of rain smoothed it over and it reminded me very much of the powder mixes for box cakes. The smell of the dirt was the epitome of earthy and reminded me of just how much I love the land here.}

{The fruits of my harvest (with blueberries hiding underneath them, as I had gone out to get the first blues of the season before the birds did!) on the perfectly rickety table of seedlings}

This is what makes my heart happy. Days like this. ♥ Nothing beats being self-sufficient with all that God has given you!

"And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. "
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV

P.S. For those who have been keeping up with me and wondering about my job-hunting...I am now employed in a salon right in my town! Should start sometime this week! So excited and praising God every step of the way!