Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weekend musings...

A Hidden Treasure
Our "fixer upper" farmhouse has holes in the walls (lol) So while my Dad was tearing into the sheetrock to replace it, he found (INSIDE the wall) a letter from 1968!! Doesn't it sound like something from HGTV? The stamp was $0.06, and inside was a "new baby announcement" card! :)

I asked my Dad to look for more (I think I was kind-of screaming in excitement..) and amazingly, there was a bank appreciation card, coca cola card, and a few notebook pages with scribbles! As you can imagine, I wanted to look more, but dad said that was enough...who knows, there could be other little things! :)

A sewing project....
I had mentioned that I wanted to wear more "prairie style" skirts, so I went to the fabric store, bought 3 yards of fabric, and started sewing using a handmade pattern using brown paper!

A simple "A Line" pattern...I used a skirt as a guide, and just made the flare "longer". I wanted it to be two peices, but I cut a chunk of fabric out (I'm such a novice), so it became 3 pieces--1 front, 2 back.

Done! It falls right at the ankles, (just like I wanted) and I was able to wear it to church today. :)

Country Snapshots
I've got to get used to this weather, its so pretty here!


What encouraged me this week:

"An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world--how she can please her husband." I Corinthians 7:34
As I thought about this verse, it really gave me the thought to "make the most of my time". From my mother and other women I've talked to, it seems that the common statement was that they wished they had spent more time preparing, learning domestic skills, etc. before marrying...that you simply don't have time after marriage, especially with children!
This verse really speaks it clearly..I need to "be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit". I'm encouraged to do so much more, since my affairs are "currently disengaged", and I can focus on my role as a daughter of the Lord.


Vicki said...

Hey, I was 2 year's old when that letter was mailed! (LOL) that wasn't so long ago!

I love your skirt and I am so proud of you. I am actually considering the same thing and have been for some time now. I hope to get to it soon.

Madison said...

Oh my goodness Mia! That is unbelievable! :) I wish our house was old enough to find little nooks with treasures in them. ;-) What a fun find!
Pretty skirt! It looks very 'prarieish'. :) I need to work on my sewing. I can barely do anything on the sewing machine...
The pictures are gorgeous! :) Although I think I must say that the second and the fourth are my favorites. The second one is just beautiful! And the fourth one is just really neat looking.
Very good points! I really, really need to work more on my domestic skills. I can do a little bit of laundry, some cooking and baking, and knitting, but besides that, I can't do much. Thanks for the encouragement Mia! :)


Simply Vintagegirl said...

What a lovely find! Old letters are so intriguing, what a surprise it must have been to find!

Your photographs from your new homestead are beautiful.

Thank you for those encouraging words. As daughters in our father's households it is the perfect opportunity to prepare for the future God has for us. God has so greatly blessed us!

Miss Emily Rose

Lady Farmer said...

Hi Mia!
I'm so glad you dropped by to visit. I am having so much fun meeting lovely ladies like yourself.

How exciting to find those little treasures in the wall of your house! Don't you wish you knew the stories they could tell? :~}

You did a wonderful job with your "Prarie Style Skirt"! I have been sewing a long time but have never tried making my own pattern!

I can hardly wait to see what you will be planting. Be sure to post lots of pics. I don't think I would know what to plant, or when, if I were to move to Georgia. I used to plant the garden with my grandpa (I was raised by my grandparents) and when I married (so very long ago! *smile*)and moved only 20 miles away, just that little distance made a difference in when to plant, different soils, etc.

Well, it was nice to meet you and
until next time ~
Raeann (Lady Farmer)

Jenna said...

How fun Mia to find those little treasures in your new house! Are things coming along well?

Your skirt is beautiful:) Just Love it!!! GREAT job Mia~

Have a great day,

Rachel and Jessica said...

Wow! Mia! That is so exciting! I have some old things of my grandad's that I found buried in an old box one time. It is so special to find hidden treasures of the past!

Your skirt is lovely! I love the color and the style! I just made myself a new skirt as well. I will post on it soon...

Glad you are enjoying your new/old house! =:)


Paula said...

Dear Mia,

How wonderful that your Dad found those things inside the walls of your new farmhouse! That is so exciting!

I love the fabric you used for your "prairie style" skirt! It is beautiful and you did a wonderful job making it, and creating your own handmade pattern! The skirt fits you perfectly. I love the length and the little bit of fullness in the back, very becoming and old-fashioned indeed.

The photos from your new homestead are so beautiful, thank you for sharing them. I can see what a peaceful place it is.

I was never taught anything about homemaking, but after the Lord saved me 11 years ago, I began learning everything I could and I am still learning. My husband and I will be married 20 years this coming Valentine's Day, and I do so wish I had known how to keep a home before we were married! But, I am thankful the Lord is so good to me and gave me the desire to learn how to cook and bake from scratch, sew and keep a home in happy order. He has shown me so much in these past years, and continues to do so. It is wonderful that you desire to learn more as you are waiting on the Lord for your future husband. He will bless all your efforts dear Mia!


Miss Jen said...

Your skirt is just beautiful!! Oh, if only we could get together and sew lovely that would be!! Wow, it looks like you are finding some pretty neat stuff in your new home as well. I have also been contemplating that scripture lately!....It is true that maidenhood is an important season in our lives, one in which we should bear much fruit for the Lord! ;)It is a blessing to know you and share the same inspirations and goals.

Love Your-Sister-in-Christ,

Miss Serenity said...

Wow! How interesting (not to mention exciting, like you said :) to find old writings! What are you planning on doing with them?

What a cute skirt! Did you use your own pattern? I am not a very experienced sewer, and have never made clothing, but would like to try my hand at skirts sometime soon. If it is possible to make your own pattern I would love to do so. Have any ideas?


McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Hi Mia,

I love your new farm house! You guys are going to have so much fun.

You did a good job on your skirt. That was a good idea.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the conference!


Abigail and Lydia said...

It would be so exciting to find old letters in your house!:D Do you sew a lot? You are very talented! I tried making a skirt similar to yours and it turned out making me look very fat! I love the way your's fits. I like to wear long skirts. It makes me feel so old-fashioned and pretty!:)
Many Blessings,

Abigail and Lydia said...

Oh, and by the way I love the print of the cloth you used. It's very pretty!

Dayna said...

Mia, this post is rich in many ways! I appreciate your reminder about I Corinthians 7:34. It's so sad to see young women in a flurry, trying to figure out what to do next, never having time to serve the Lord because they're busy with things that are cultural, rather than Scriptural. You're a sweet example for other girls. Keep bringing glory to God with your humble obedience, dear sister!

Mia said...

Thank you for your comments!!

Miss Serenity- Yes, this was my own pattern, but VERY basic. I literally folded an A-line skirt in half, traced it on brown paper, and cut it out! I'm really hoping to get better at it though or just get skilled at reading and using an easy pattern! lol
McKenzie- I look forward to seeing you as well!! Thank you for the Christmas card btw, that was so sweet!!
Abigail- Thank you! Actually, I don't sew very often. Usually when I do, its a "whole day" project. I'm hoping to sew more though this year! I'm glad you liked the print, too! I thought it looked "prairie style" and had to use it for a skirt!
Ms. Dayna- You encourage me so much! Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Your skirt hangs beautifully x