Wednesday, June 16, 2010

An Interview at the Cottage

My sister (left) and I
April 2010
"How do you handle "looks and comments" from others about vintage/old-fashioned/modest attire?"--AJ
By being genuinely friendly and gracious. When I'm wearing an outfit that is obviously old fashioned (1860s or Edwardian) I think people can tell that I'm not ashamed or uncomfortable, so I'm usually ignored! lol
With modest clothing, we usually receive the 'narrowed eye-'I'm-trying-to-figure-out-what-cult-you're-from' look (lol) but I just smile and continue on my way.

"Do you wear long sleeves and layers during the summer? I know it's possible to wear long modest skirts during the summer and be very comfortable. But...I've been really wondering about those long sleeves and undergarments I've seen in your photos. Whew! Aren't ya hot?! :)"--Angie

I've been going back and forth on this, and have found that wearing a loose, linen or cotton long sleeved blouse outside is preferred. Each of us has our own preference though.The long sleeves protect my skin from getting scratched (from the berry bushes) getting burned by the sun, and from being attacked by hungry mosquitoes! No bug spray is necessary which is nice. Sticking with breathable cotton is the way to go. Its simply too hot to wear fabrics that don't breathe.

ps) In this weather, it's hot no matter what you're wearing!


"Do you (and your family) watch tv? watch the news? read the newspaper?" AJ

No, we don't watch television or the news. Not because of rules or restrictions, but because as a family we together evaluated what was important to us, and tv wasn't. Television/Cable is something we don't find a priority. (We have had cable in the past though, so we know what its like.) However, we do get the local news from the radio or Internet.

My sister hanging linens on the line in March 2010


"How long have you been homesteading and wearing skirts and the like? What got you interested in it?" --Madison
We've been 'homesteading' here at the Cottage for almost 2 years, but prior to that we did 'urban homesteading' in the suburbs for 4 years. My Mother started wearing skirts before we (my sister and I ) did, so I guess its been 5 years. I just watched my Mother and decided to try it out--I was convinced you couldn't do anything in a skirt! Oh, was I wrong :)
I loved how she didn't try to talk us into skirt wearing. We just watched her example, and, sure enough, my sister wore only skirts, then I did.

"Is it difficult to do yard work and gardening in a long skirt or dress? (especially in the summer when it's super hot and humid)" AJ

No, it's not :) It's actually cooler, because I don't have heavy fabric directly against my skin--only light, breathable fabric which is what we prefer.

Cherry Tomatoes...

"Does it make life easier or harder to grow all of your food and make a lot of what you use in daily life? What all do you have growing in your garden right now?"--Madison

Right now we don't grow all of our food, however we'd like to get to the point where we're growing most of our produce. We have a small garden, but it requires alot of physical labor and time. However, we're determined to have organic, homegrown fruits & vegetables that we can enjoy and preserve later. What makes life easier is being able to walk outside and pick what we need for that meal.

We're growing:

Dewberries/wild blackberries, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Squash, Red onions, Concord grape, Cantaloupe, Okra, Sweet potato, Pole beans, Lima beans, Field peas, Strawberries, Blueberries, Red potatoes. We also have Pear, Peach, & Plum trees.


"What's the last movie you watched? Do you use the a/c in the house during the summer?" AJ

I believe the last movie I watched was 'The Inheritance' (1997). We don't have central heating and air, so we've really had to deal w/ extreme heat as of late!

My dad recently put in two a/c units, and we use an upright fan, so that's helped a little bit :)


Wild Petunias growing alongside the Cottage walkway


"What made you start a blog? Did you ever think that many people would be interested in what you had to say?" --Stephanie Ann
I had just bought a camera, and I was looking for an outlet for my photography, as I had just found out about Blogger and decided to try it! I never thought my blog would interest so many--I'm still amazed at how many people enjoy reading about what we're up to as a family. I'm daily encouraged by the emails and comments I've received from dear readers!
"I would like to know how your family came to be involved in historical reenactment."--MaryEllen
Two years ago, we were asked to participate in an 1860s themed event, and it was a wonderful experience! We started meeting new friends who were active in the 're-enactment' world and between researching and being a part of local events, this hobby has opened up many doors of opportunity. Many times we've volunteered/worked at a local Antebellum museum, and its been fun to meet other history enthusiasts, even those from other countries.

"Have you ever thought of making money from home (sewing or selling jelly or something similar?) If there was one thing you could change in your house, what would it be?"--Stephanie Ann

Yes, I have considered a home-based business. My sister and I have sold items locally off and on, but not online. It's definitely an option, however I don't want to become over-zealous with too many projects, but in the future that may be a possibility.

If I could change one thing, it would be to have a greenhouse built on to the back of the Cottage.

Sage blossoms

"Mia, If you could spend a day with one particular woman (either historical or present day individual), who would that person be and why? Blessings to all of you." --M. Lane

Ms. Maryjane Butters. An organic farmer & homesteader. We love her magazine and books about her simple lifestyle--she seems like a sweet woman that I'd love to get to know!

"I would like to know if you have any advice, tips, good websites to recommend Homesteading to those of us that would be interested in trying our hand at it."--Jenni

I've been wanting to recommend my friend Anais' family's website, Urban Homesteading for a while! They grow 6,000 lbs of food a year on only 1/10 of an acre and educate the public about the benefits of homegrown food :) They're such an inspiration!

MotherEarthNews is always a good read

I guess my only advice for homesteading is take your time, and plan small so that whatever you grow is able to be managed..then expand the size of your garden from there. Last year we focused on the Cottage..fixing it up so that it was comfortable. Now this year we're focusing on growing fruits/vegetables. Perhaps next year we can move on to goats, but we're taking it one step at a time! :)

A bouquet of freshly clipped Lavender blooms

"You mentioned that your family is on its way to becoming self-sufficient...producing everything that you use. May I ask how that affects your family financially?" --Jenni

We're just starting out, and would like to get that point someday. We've made a choice to eat less meat, dairy and convenience foods in favor of more whole organic foods, so financially it all balances out.

"What would you consider to be essential homemaking skills for a new stay at home wife (hoping to be a mom but not yet)? I find that many people write about how essential 'homemaking skills' are, but no one ever spells out what they mean!! :-)" --Anna B.

Homemaking skills are indeed essential, and I'm still growing and learning in this area. These can apply to any woman, young or older.
Here's my list:
*Knowing how to make frugal meals that are balanced and healthy
I think its important to know how to make meals from scratch, even if you don't cook/bake like that all the time. When I taught my sister how to make homemade pancakes, it took a while of trial and error, but she excelled and now I can count on her to make a wonderful batch of pancakes complete w/ homemade syrup!

*Having a cleaning/laundry schedule.

This is perhaps the backbone to homemaking, and a skill that I'm still working on!

*Keeping house
Organization is a wonderful skill to have prior to marriage/having children. From what I've learned from young mothers, once children start to arrive, it's very helpful to already have learned the art of keeping an orderly home.

*Grocery shopping/Menu planning

Having a basic menu plan and grocery list prior to shopping saves both time and un-necessary expense. Knowing how to grocery shop is very important, and takes much discernment. My Mother has done a wonderful job teaching my sister and I how to shop for groceries.

Now we have a "divide and conquer" method--We all know what our basic food staples are, so we can quickly run into the grocery, pick up the basics, and meet back in the front to combine everything. This method has cut our grocery shopping time in half, and 'impulse buying' is minimized.
It is important to me to know how to atleast manage a little patio garden, so that any time, I can go outside pick fresh vegetables to add to a meal. The convenience of having something healthy and fresh, along with learning the medicinal properties of herbs, is a beneficial skill.
*Making a house a home
My Mother does a wonderful job with making the inside of the Cottage a warm, welcoming place. Being surrounded by beautiful books, portraits we've painted over the years, fabrics, country magazines, and soft lighting has been an inspiring background for homeschooling and enjoying inside the home. Being able to add "a woman's touch" to a home is a lovely homemaking skill.

A photo of one side of my bedroom

"What is one of the most difficult house chores for you? (in other words, the one you don't like to do)" --Anonymous
Managing my bedroom! I have many hats, scarves, various dresses, and antiques so it easily gets out of order if I fail to keep it tidy.


"Does your church have many other ladies who live as you do?" --Tammy Lynn
Since we're new at our church, I'm not sure if there are other families who homestead, but there are families who homeschool as well.

"My question is why do you cut everyone's heads off in your pictures?"--Cindy3232

For privacy, and because I'd rather the subject of the pictures focus on our lifestyle.


"I would love to get dresses like yours for my daughter without having to make them. Where is the best place? What do I put in my search engine? I have looked for nice hats for them and can't find any."--Brigette
Well, it all depends on which style or era you're interested in. I've worn 1950's, Edwardian, 19th century and modern, feminine dress. Sometimes I buy dresses off of Etsy and Ebay, here are search keywords I use:

'Antique, vintage, handmade, day dress, prairie dress, pioneer, 1940s shirt dress, 1950s shirt dress, vintage house dress, shirtwaist dress, laura ashley dress vintage.'

I find hats at thrift stores or have received them as gifts. Many antique stores have hats as well.

"I was wondering what the pattern was that you used for your sontag? My mother would like to make one." --Bethany
My sister revised and designed the sontag to fit us, since originally it was larger. Once her pattern is written out etc, I'll post it on my blog! Here's the original pattern.

Our first harvest of squash

"What kind of church do you attend and do other young ladies in your congregation dress like you? Are you the one that influenced them to dress this way." --Brigette

We attend a non-denominational conservative church, and the women of all ages dress modestly. No, modesty is a doctrinal belief.


"The only question I have is how you pronounce your name. :-) With a long "e" or a long "i" sound. " FaithAnn

My name is pronounced with a long 'e' "mee-ya" lol

The front of the Cottage

"Could we please see more pictures of your house?"--Brigette

Yes, in the future I'll start incorporating more photos of the Cottage.

"Where do you get all the lovely old photographs that you use in your posts and have on your sidebar?" --FaithAnn
I find my inspirational photo's on and However, innocent & old fashioned pictures can be hard to find, so if you're searching for a particular photo, let me know :)

"My oldest daughter is 13 and is very interested in reenactment. How do you go about finding a group to get involved with?Also, what are your recommendations for jr. high/high school homeschool curriculum?"

Try attending nearby Living History/re-enacting events, and ask a few people there about local groups. Look for families participating together, and I'm sure they could help get you started. I'd recommend the 4-6 year unit study curriculum called "Far above Rubies" by Lynda Coats. Based on Proverbs 31, the program covers homemaking skills, history, creative arts, practical or applied math, health, reading, composition, and more.

"What are your favorite books? Either fiction or non-fiction, or for pleasure-reading or serious study. I love books and this is one of my favorite things to know about a person." --Mrs. R.

My favorite books (in no particular order) are:

'Pilgrims Progress' by John Bunyan ( I enjoyed listening to the dramatized audio cd's first)

'The adventures of Sherlock Holmes' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

'Uncle Toms Cabin' by Harriet Beecher Stowe

'The Best of James Herriot: Favourite Memories of a Country Vet' by James Herriot

'The Self-sufficiency Handbook' by Alan Bridgewater

'Timeless Treasures: Reflections of God's Word in the Wisdom of Booker T. Washington' by Gloria Yvonne Jackson

'Back to Basics' by Readers Digest

'Homemaking Skills for everyday living' by F. Baynor Parnell
'Jesus Freaks' by The voice of the Martyrs

'A season for Simplicity' by Donna Finley

'The cottages of Britain: A heritage of country life' by Philippa Drury

"How do you handle your Internet time?" --Laura

Each member of my family has a time during the day that we're on the internet.
I usually spend time uploading pictures, emailing, and going to a few choice websites; I'm not on social networking sites anymore because that was taking up too much of my time.

Fresh green beans

"My question would be this one: since you and your family have changed your lifestyle (for the best!) how do you deal with comments and questions, since it's not for the most modern and up to date way to live?"--Anonymous

When we recieve negative comments, we don't try to defend ourselves, but let our lifestyle and testimony speak for us. It amazes us though how much it bothers people that we're dressed modestly! But most of the comments we recieve are encouraging, as people are generally interested in who we are and what church we're apart of.

"Where is one place you would really like to visit that you haven't been?"--Jennifer

It would be nice to visit a small town in the England countryside. To stay in an old cottage, go to local markets, and travel the backroads. If I had an opportunity to holiday there, that would be lovely!
"I was wondering does it really seem like you are living in the 1800's? Do you enjoy it a lot more? And also I was wondering, do you only use your computer for blogging and emailing?" --Renae

No, it doesn't seem like we're living in the 1800's--We enjoy the freedoms and conveniences of today, being able to make choices on how we wish to live. We appreciate being able to incorporate old-fashioned values that inspire us. Yes, the majority of my time is spent on blogger & emailing.
"You said earlier,"Independant and determined, I wasn't content to be at home; I basically followed the crowd, and anticipated the year I'd turn 18. To be out of the house, on my own & in college--that was it. I didn't care to be an 'example' to younger girls, or a good daughter/sister".

What I'd most like to know is, what changed, and was it sudden or very gradual." --Kaye

What changed was the surroundings--during that time we were in the city and living a faster paced life. I was influenced by my friends there, and my parents saw that-- so my Mother started homeschooling us (I was in 4th grade). Later moving to a smaller town brought our family closer together, plus we stopped joining groups and attending every get-together...We focused on our family and being at home. When we moved out to the Cottage, we were ready for the 'country life'.

This was all gradual.

Salad for lunch, including our fresh tomatoes, raw squash, and cucumbers


"Even before your family embarked upon this lifestyle, did you always eat pretty healthy, whole foods and such?" --Sem
Yes, my parents have always eaten healthy, and we were used to eating fruit as an alternative to sweets. However, it seems like we've eaten more sweets now more than ever because of my baking! (everything in moderation!)
"I would like to know if you ever taken photography class, and what kind of camera do you use?Do you use a special photoshop program?" --HsAgape

I've never taken a photography class, however, I have read a few photography books for inspiration. I use a simple SonyCybershot DSC-W5 camera. I don't have a special program, but occasionally I'll use free online editing.

"Is your family a "homesteading" family or does your dad have a job outside of home?" --Catherine

Gardening is my fathers passion, so thats what he does before and after work. He works a normal 8 hour job outside of the home.

While visiting a home church, my sister fed their new goat after the fellowship meal.

"Do you go to a church or do you home-church? If you go to a church are the other families old-fashioned like yours or more modern?" --Catherine
Since we're going to a new church, we haven't gotten to know all the families yet, so there could very well be other old-fashioned families like ours. But all the families do dress modestly.

"Does anyone else in your family blog?"--Victoria
No, I'm the only blogger :)
"How did your parents come to the decision to direct your family to be more simple/old fashioned? And how does your extended family feel about it?"--Catherine

My parents are just doing what they love--My father loves gardening and working on projects, and my mother loves homemaking and an old fashioned way of living. Even as young children, we were exposed to inspirational movies and books regarding the home & simple living.

How we're living is just a natural progression of who my parents have always been. Even when we were in the suburbs and modernly dressed,we were hanging our clothes on the line & had a garden.

The decision came when my Mother started homeschooling. Coming out from 'mainstream' culture, we changed the activities we were apart of and books we read to reflect the kind of values we wanted in our family. As far as extended family, some are gracious and some are not.


A candid shot of my siblings and I in the chaos of making jelly and baking loaves of bread at the same time...

"What are your family's favorite books to read out loud together? And, do you do this in the evenings -- or, at least, do you all read or work on projects together in the same room in the evenings like folks used to do?" --Joanna
We have family devotion reading together every evening, however, we don't read fiction books out-loud very often. During our Season of Simplicity we spent all of our family time in the parlour, reading together, playing board games, painting, etc.


"My question is... would you enter into a marriage with someone who shared your Christian beliefs, but not your convictions about stay-at-home wives and/or homesteading? Would you work outside the home if your husband wanted you to?"--Anonymous

I'm sure he'd know about my desire to be a homemaker prior to courtship, so I wouldn't understand why he'd want me to go out seeking a job after that whole issue would be privately discussed between us.

As far as homesteading, if he's not 'into' that, that's ok. Like I had said earlier, we could have something as small as a patio garden.

Working outside the home would be an issue we'd discuss during courtship, as I desire to be a full time stay-at-home wife/mother. So if there was a situation where I had to work after marriage, we'd come to a decision privately.

I have no idea where I'll be or what the situation will be when I I don't make hard statements but would rather judge the spirit of the matter when the time comes.

"Do you dress the way you do because of a personal preference for dresses and skirts or because of a Christian conviction...?" --Lydie

Both. We (my Mother, Sister and I) love wearing feminine clothing. We have all worn jeans/pants for years and now that we wear skirts/dresses, can tell a major difference in the way we feel and the way we're treated.

"How will you and your sister hope to find the right husbands? How will your father guide you as you "pick and choose"? What words of advice do you have for girls in their 20s who are hoping to marry good Christian men, but who may not have many prospects in their church or community? What is your parents' advice for you and your sister?" --Joanna

We hope to find the right husbands by " a quiet life and minding our own business.."(1 Thess. 4:11) I desire to be faithful with the opportunities I've been given, so I concentrate on those things during this time.

I'm so thankful my Father is so laid back about it; If a brother in Christ is interested, he and my Father will talk and the whole matter will be prayerfully considered. Nothing complicated :)

I'll be happy to give advice when that time comes, but for now I recommend 1 Thess. 4:11 for other women as well...our goal is to be content and pray for the Lords will...As we can use our single years as a ministry.
"I wonder about the proportion of time that you dress historically and the portion you dress just modestly. How often do you wear period clothing as opposed to more modern clothing?"--Vicki

On average I'll wear old fashioned/vintage clothing about 2-3x a week, and dress modestly the rest of the time. At home I wear hats when gardening, and will also wear hats when we meet w/ other believers or when we go out (library, farmers market, thrift store etc.) but usually I'll wear feminine, modern clothing.


"What inspired you to start this really nice blog? It truly is a beautiful blog :) :)" --Heather

After learning about Blogger, I was inspired to create a space online where I could blog about homemaking & the beauty of everyday life. When we moved out to the Cottage, I wanted my blog to have an old-fashioned feel by being surrounded by lovely photos that would inspire. So that's why I'm always searching for antique photos to use on my side bar :)

"I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits." Ecclesiastes 2:5


Thank you to everyone who submitted their questions,

and I hope you feel like you know us a little better :)

Please comment and let me know what you thought of the post--this is my first time doing an interview, and I enjoyed the variety of questions!!



IslandHome said...

Mia - how generous of you to answer all those questions and share so much of yourself. When I saw that list I wondered how you would ever get through it all! I love your blog and your photography (yes without heads! - like you say it concentrates on the message that way) so thank you so much for sharing some further insights into your life and family.
Blessings for a wonderful weekend,

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Mia...thanks for posting the questions and answers for this interview. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your home and how you're striving to be what you feel God has created you to be: ) :) That's so cool!!
I LOVE all the vintage items etc that you post here :) :) I"ve always liked things that make me feel more feminine and as I get older I find that I'm adopting more of in my everyday life..does that make sense?
I loved the picture of your bedroom. I've always wanted a vintage looking room like that. Mine's not quite there yet...BUT i do collect beautiful vintage things when I can. I also knit and crochet...and have some vintage I'll start some of that.
Hmm..I love the Anne of Green Gables movies and that's p robably the era I like most...that and Victorian :)
Thanks for posting the info about where you find the pictures that you post on your site. I'll have to check that out!!!
Anyway, thanks so much for sharing this blog with all of us :) :) Have a lovely Friday and a great weekend.

p.s. I love Mary Jane Butters, too!! I have the three book bundle and I subscribe to the magazine. In fact, I first bought her magazine just for something to do one day when I walked into Barnes & Noble bookstore. Then when I got home and read was great from front cover to back cover...and really put into words/pictures the lifestyle I want for myself...and for my family someday(whenever God makes that happen :) :)
Greetings from Oregon!!!!
Sincerely, Heather

Hosanna said...

Very interesting! You and you are such an inspiring family. I love the old photos in your sidebar - they're so unique.

Persuaded said...

Mia, this was such a treat! Thanks so much for taking the time to share♥

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post, I truly enjoyed reading every word. Thank you for sharing.

The Working Home Keeper said...

Mia, thank you for taking the time to answer my question, as well as the others! Very enjoyable reading. You all have crafted a beautiful life. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Mary Ellen

kpaints said...

Wonderful, just wonderful, thanks so much for the interviews...wonderful questions and answers. Your blog is very beautiful and so are you and your family.

Anonymous said...

What an inspiration you and your family are, dear one.

Thank you for taking the time to be so candid with your answers. You maintain the focus, which in what Our Lord's have guided your family to do.

I would like to say a grateful "thank you" to your mother for taking the steps necessary to focus on the importance of raising godly daughters. It is not easy to focus on family now a days. It seems that the world is really against our believes...but this post has been a great encouragement to me, as a mother, to stay true to what Our Lord has guided us to be. We are "in" the world...but "not" of the world.

May Our Lord bless you & keep you and your family,


Kimberly said...

Lovely! As always. :)

Julian said...

lovely Mia! Great answrs! I truly loved seeing your home and family pics again. God Bless,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for holding the Q&A - I learned about a Sontag and plant to crochet/knit a few for this winter! I too enjoy working/gardening in skirts yet have found it difficult to locate skirts that are either long enough and not too constrictive - would love to make my own!

Anais said...

Hi Mia

Was so looking forward to your Q & A and what a surprise to find a link to our blog! Thanks for the nod!

I don't have time to read many blogs but wanted to let you know that yours is one of may favorites. Wish ya'll were closer I'd be there everyday! LOL

Thanks for sharing your journey and many blessings to your entire family.

See you along the path


AJ said...

Oh Mia! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Simply wonderful! Thank you for sharing you and your family's lifestyle, interests, and beliefs. Your blog is such an inspiration for me.
*May God Bless You & Your Family* From Your Sister In Christ ~

Sara said...

Mia, I really enjoyed reading your answers! I always love visiting your blog. You inspire me to live a more deliberate life as I make a home for my own family. God bless you and yours as you live out your convictions!

Hosanna said...

Another excellent place to find old fashioned and modest clothing, both handmade and vintage, is If you go to the site and search clothing, there is a "costume" section, with lots of Edwardian, Victorian, Prairie, ect. dresses, skirts, petticoats, bloomers, etc. And in the Vintage section, plenty of hats, dresses, and just about any thing your heart desires in the area of feminine, modest, and old fashioned apparel. :)

Anonymous said...

What an absolute treasure your blog is! I too love the simpler ways of living especially the 19th century. Your blog is so refreshing. Blessings to you.

Vicki said...

Wow, Mia, thank you so much for answering all of our questions! That must have taken you forever!! :-D

It was a lot of fun to get to read so much about you. Thanks so much for sharing! Keep up the good work!!

Love in Christ,

Samantha said...

Love, love, love it!!!! Your family is so inspiring!

Vanessa said...

You and and your family are making some very good choices in life. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

It's very special getting to know you better this way.
Kaye V.

Ali Ann said...

I loved the post Mia! Your blog is truly inspiring :)

Love the photos too!

In His Grace,
Ali Ann

WudIzThePoint said...

Very, very nice post - and thanks for the link to Ms. Maryjane Butters' work. I had not heard of her before.

Miss Jen said...

What a wonderful post.... ;)
looking forward to coming back
and reading more!!!

*hugs* dear Mia!

Love~ Jen

RuthMarieG said...

Hi Mia,
Enjoyed reading your question answer post. Love your blog. It's very inspiring.

Mrs. Trixi said...

Thank you Mia for sharing your heart on all of these Q and A's. You are so very encouraging to me as a mother of young girls.

Daughter of the King said...

You've been tagged on my blog, Mia! :)

Mandie said...

Mia, what a beautiful name. I have sooo enjoyed reading your blog! Reading your Q & A really makes me want to follow my heart to live simply. Your clothes are so pretty. I have always loved long dresses and ruffles. Have a beautiful day!

virtuous said...

You won a award!

Anonymous said...

I love your Lach Macha! (if thats how you spell it)!! My sister rasies dwarf goats! We have a tiny homestead! We don't make as much homegrown food and can as much though! We just do applesauce;beans;sometimes jam!And we grown the basic vegtables and fruits(tomatoes;sqush,beans;watermelon,etc..)
God's country girl

Cricket said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I just want to let you know I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing :)

The Prudent Homemaker said...

This is my first visit to your blog; it's beautiful! I used to wear vintage clothing to school, and dresses all the time. Most of them have worn out/no longer fit. I LOVE the dresses you have featurd in this post!

I don't know if you have been to Folkwear patterns or Sense and Sensibility patterns, but if not, check them out. They have vintage-styled patterns with modern sizes.

Mostly I sew heriloom stles for my daughters now, but I hope to do more for myself again soon!

Mrs. T said...

One word to describe you and your blog Mia, REFRESHING!! Thank you for sharing your life with us all. May God richly bless you!

Goose Hill Farm said...

Hello, Mia!

WOW....this was such a treat to get to learn more about you and your family. You are such an inspiration to many.

May God continue to bless you and your family with much love and continued good health!


Anonymous said...

Hey, me again. What made this blog stand out was all the antique photos. Before my dad died in '81, somebody gave him a box of 'turn of the century' pictures made by the town photography studio of that day. Knowing they have to be of townspeople living around here, I have had alot of older people try to identify them. Some of them were babies, certainly dead and gone by now, many of just women, a few black couples and some that look like share croppers. Very few were ever connected to a family here or there.
What would I do to preserve these photos? Thought you might have some idea.

Thanks again for sharing your life and home.

Andrea said...

Thank you so much for sharing!! I envy you (in a good way =) so much. What a blessing your blog is!!


laweth said...

Thank YOU very very much for answering all those questions.
It was a pleasure reading your answers.
God bless you.

Miss Dollie DeVille said...

You, your sister, and mother are very lucky to be able to work from home. I want nothing more than to be a homemaker, but I need to work to support myself....roof over my head, food on the table, and clothes on my back. There is something to be said for being self sufficent and not having to rely on a man for basic needs. I just dont like to put all my eggs in one basket....not in his basket. ha ha.

Best of luck to all of you!

Beth said...

A friend told me about your blog and I love it! I have been having a nice relaxing time exploring your world this morning. Beautiful! love, Beth

Tessa @ Blunders with Shoots, Blossoms 'n Roots said...

So wonderful to read your blog- I found you on the Dervaes site. So inspiring to read all that you do! For homemaking, I thought I'd pass along a little something I learned- Sidetracked Home Executives, a book from the 70's has a wonderful method using a file card box! I learned so many things using this 'system'. The most important being that disorganization causes stress- no matter how bad the disorganization is you can get things done in your home and have time for the things you want to do can be adapted to any lifestyle, and is especially helpful for those choosing to stay at home, as I did. A life saver.

Blessings to you, and happy gardening!

Tessa (aka dirtdigger)

Cookie said...

Hi Mia! I'm one of your new followers! I just love this blog of yours. I really appreciate you sharing your heart through Blogger. This is such a blessing to me. I have recently been so convicted to wearing modest dresses and skirts. I have used jeans/pants in the past but wanted to changed all that because of my personal (and religious) convictions. You and your family is such an inspiration. Thank you for taking time to share all these in your blog. Y'all be blessed always!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mia, Visting from Nana's Knoll site.

Love the beautiful photos. You are quite talented. Enjoyed reading about you and your family. You are blessed to have a supportive, nurturing and loving one.

I look forward to returning to your site.


Amber said...

Hey, I just found your blog and love it! My church teaches provident living as well. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. :)If you're interested go to, or Good luck with all of your endeavors!

Kira =] said...

I also believe in modesty and have always been such a fan of simple living. the 40s are my favorite era with the feminine clothes and ease of life compared to now. I recently made a decision to start sewing because I'm going to wear more skirts. Love all the pictures! So glad I found your blog.

janice15 said...

As you know I'm amazed by your love of life and sereneness. I have a daughter who is 17 and only which she had such a love for life as you do..she is sad on many occasions and has tried to leave this world a couple of times...I feel so blessed that I have found your blog...I love and adore the Victorian era and the fifties but my greatness love is Victorian....Your interview was great I enjoyed ready every bit of it..

Cheryl said...

Thank you so much for sharing your life with the world - for those of us who have stumbled upon it at least!

I myself have been undergoing a huge shift the last few months to a more natural, cleaner, healthier lifestyle. I am cutting down on my internet time, have no tv, and am careful with what I read. While I am in school to become an RN, I hope to meet a man with similar beliefs and be a great mother someday.

I've been feeling kind of alone since I don't seem to want to fit into modern society - the town I live in is big on the party lifestyle. So I am glad to know there are others out there who are happy to lead simple lives :)

Bijbelvorsers said...

The world has gone far away from the love of its Creator. We got a beautiful mind but we do not always use it to our advantage and to create beautiful things.
Going back to Mother Nature is a good think to safeguard ourselves. And avoiding that one who we would never invite in our house (those often shown on television) does leave us us not to be confronted with words and things we better do not here or which are blasphemous to our heavenly Father. We are better to live in our own beautiful world in accordance with Gods Law than being popular in the World of Babylon.

Anonymous said...

I adore your blog! I've learned so much about baking it's amazing! Whenever possible will you do post on hair care? I'm struggling to care for my hair without using chemicals.

404momi said...

You have a lovely space here on the web and I'm glad to have found you. Thanks for taking the time to give us a glimpse into your life - it is very compelling and inspiring.

St Moores said...

Thanks for the lovely post, such a great site.

Holly-Kai said...

THIS is the best blog EVERRRRR! So much so that I don't even have all the words right now! I have to get myself together and post a more "articulate" post later. lol. Right now, I gotta go share it with my girls! Suffice it to say for now, YOU are fantastic and AMAZING. I must stop there. I"m overwhelmed!
~Holly.Kai, love, love

Logan said...

I want your clothes! Do you make your period clothing? What patterns do you use?

Lora Goulet said...

Dear Mia, God Bless You! What a lovely blog you and the Holy Spirit have designed. Your life goals are so precious. Yes, dressing modestly may cause discomfort to some. Perhaps this conviction will ignite a desire for holiness. Praise God.

We look forward to enjoying your posts and photographs.
May you and your family recieve coninued blessings from our Lord.

In Christ's abiding Love,
The Goulets

nezel said...

hi Mia, i am from the Philippines and I found your blog through another blog that I check from time to time. I absolutely enjoy looking at your blog. It's lovely, it's so pleasing...
I admire how you answered the questions, it speaks so much about who you are and what you stand for. One of the great things about Christianity is that when somebody asks us of why we are the way we are, we do not have to conjure up answers, we simply give them answer as to what we believe.No need to think of whether "can I say that? can I say this?" It's a liberating to thing to live this life that God gave us with the Word of God to steer our course. I am reminded of what one of the Apostle said in the Book of Acts "judge ye, whether it is right to follow God or man?" I may not have exactly quoted that right, but that is the gist of it.
And, I am a believer of modesty too.

Mickaƫla said...

Your blog is wondeful, I'll come back!!
Have a good day, Mickaƫla.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog today. What an inspiring blog it is. I loved the question and answers and look forward to reading more. Your pictures are very good too - you really capture the mood of your surroundings.