Thursday, March 29, 2012

Emergency break...


  Well life happened, and I am finding myself with more to do than I can handle at the time being. Our family's plans have undergone a major turn of events, and with Easter coming, I have so much to do right now I am overwhelmed. So, due to these unforeseen circumstances, I am going to have to postpone Young Ladies Craft Week until after Easter.
  I will post about it when I am ready to begin the week again, and I will go ahead and start it over. The giveaway will be held at the end of that week.
  Again, I am so sorry about this. If I would have known I would not have held it this week, but hey, things happen.
  I will continue to post when I have moments to myself, and I hope you are all having a good week!

  Respectfully yours,
    Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday of Young Ladies Craft Week - Project #2

Today's project.....
 While this project was not created by me, I thought I just had to share it for today's craft. I love crocheting, and I love all things Irish, so I was so surprised when I found this. :) You can see the celtic cross in the middle!

Young Ladies Craft Week Project #2:

SmoothFox's Celtic Granny Square 6x6 
Created by Donna Mason-Svara aka SmoothFox ©2010 Version 6.0

Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn!” 4 ply Medium Worsted yarn
Color A: Grape
Loops and Threads – “Impeccable” 4 ply Medium Worsted yarn
Color B: White
Color C: Heather
Color D: Fern
Color E: Forest

Hook Size: H 5.00 MM

Skill level: Advanced Beginner
My Ravelry Store: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/smoothfox-crochet-designs
My Etsy Store: http://smoothfox.etsy.com/
My Crochet & Knit related gifts: http://zazzle.com/smoothfox*
My blog: http://smoothfoxlover.blogspot.com/

IF YOU CROCHET THIS ITEM - PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK AND ADD YOUR OWN PICTURES AS A PROJECT ON RAVELRY.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/free-smoothfoxs-celtic-granny-6x6

JUST CLICK ON THE CROCHET HOOK WITH THE WORDS “HOOK IT” NEAR THE TOP RIGHT SIDE AND THIS WILL ADD YOUR ITEM AS A PROJECT. THEN YOU CAN ADD THE PICTURES WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR PROJECT.

INSTRUCTIONS:

SOLID COLOR SQUARE:


Using color A, ch 4 and join in first ch to make a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st as joining, 2 sc in next 11 sts, join with sl st to beginning sc. (24 sc)

Round 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, (ch 3, sk 1 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) 3 total times, sk last st, ch 1, join with hdc in top of beginning ch-3. (28 dc)

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch sp, *ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 sts, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner ch sp, * repeat from * to * twice, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 3 dc in corner, ch 1, join with hdc to top of beginning ch-3. (40 dc)

Round 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in same corner ch sp, *ch 1, sk 3 sts, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner ch sp, * repeat from * to * twice, ch 1, sk 3 sts, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 3 sts, 3 dc in corner, ch 1, join with hdc to top of beginning ch-3. (40 dc, 8 hdc)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 2, * sc in first st, (ch 2, sk 1 st or ch-1 sp, sc in next st or ch-1 sp) 7 total times, ch 2, sk last st, (sc, ch 2, sc, ch 2) in corner sp, * repeat from * to * twice, sc in first st, (ch 2, sk 1 st, sc in next st or ch-1 sp) 7 total times, ch 2, sk last st, (sc, ch 2) in corner sp, join with sl st to beginning sc. Finish off. (40 sc, 40 ch-2 sps)

MULTI-COLORED SQUARE

Using color B, ch 4 and join in first ch to make a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st as joining, 2 sc in next 11 sts, join with sl st to beginning sc. Finish off. (24 sc)

Round 3: Join color C in any st with sl st, ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, (ch 3, sk 1 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) 3 total times, sk last st, ch 3, join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Finish off. (28 dc)

Round 4: Join color D in any corner ch sp with sl st, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same ch sp, *ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 sts, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner ch sp, * repeat from * to * twice, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 sts, join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Finish off. (40 dc)

Round 5: Join color E in any corner ch sp with sl st, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same ch sp, *ch 1, sk 3 sts, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner ch sp, * repeat from * to * twice, ch 1, sk 3 sts, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 3 sts, join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Finish off. (40 dc, 8 hdc)

Round 6: Join color B in any corner ch sp with sl st, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 2, * sc in first st, (ch 2, sk 1 st or ch-1 sp, sc in next st or ch-1 sp) 7 total times, ch 2, sk last st, (sc, ch 2, sc, ch 2) in corner ch sp, * repeat from * to * twice, sc in first st, (ch 2, sk 1 st, sc in next st or ch-1 sp) 7 total times, ch 2, sk last st, (sc, ch 2) in corner ch sp, join with sl st to beginning sc. Finish off. (40 sc, 40 ch-2 sps)

Created by
Donna Mason-Svara aka SmoothFoxLover@yahoo.com 2010

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday of Young Ladies Craft Week - Project #1

Ready for something really sweet? Ok, I know that pincushions are cute, but this one you will love! 
Presenting the solution for combining our two favorite things; tea and sewing......


Young Ladies Crafting Week 
Project #1:
The Teacup Pincushion

This project is very simple, and is a very handy little thing, not to mention pretty! The saucer is also perfect for holding those runaway safety pins, buttons, etc., and it keeps the whole thing stable. No more running after pin cushions which keep rolling off the table!

What you will need:

~ Some sort of stuffing; this can be Fiberfill, cotton, etc. I used some of my sheep's wool
~ Tea cup and saucer, demi size. You can find these at antique shops, estate sales, etc.
~ Fabric scrap 5" x 5". In the photo you can see I actually used a crocheted piece, but any material would work, as long as the pins slide in easily.
~ Hot glue gun and glue sticks

What to do:

Cut your piece of material into a 5" x 5" circle.
Now for the tricky part. Using your hot glue gun, begin gluing the edges of the circle around the inside of the cup. You may have to use a popcicle stick or something similar to get in there and press down the edges of the fabric as you're going along. When you have gone almost all the way around, leave about 3 inches unglued, leaving a space big enough to stuff your stuffing into the cup. Fill it until the material is fairly firm and doesn't have weak spots. Glue down the opening in the same manner as before. Please not that this last part may be a bit difficult since you can't get your popcicle stick in there. I used an old pin, stuck it through the material, and used it to press the fabric against the cup on that last stretch of glue.
Now, put a ring of glue along the bottom of the cup, and place the cup in the middle of the saucer, holding it down until the glue is dry.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
You're finished!!!


Enjoy your new creation....

Elizabeth 
 



Sunday, March 25, 2012

Opening Day!

Welcome everyone to the Young Ladies Craft Week. Today is the opening day. :)

Just a brief overview ~

Each day I will post about a different pretty craft, and include photos and instructions on how to make it. On Saturday, I will host a giveaway of something handcrafted by me; this sweet vintage inspired apron:



To obtain entries for the giveaway:

  • Comment on my blog, noting in the comment that you would like it to count as an entry ~ one entry per comment
  • Become a follower ~ one entry
  • Post an announcement about Young Ladies Craft Week on your blog (or etsy shop) and let me know by commenting to any of the posts during this week ~ three entries per blog or shop
  • Favorite my etsy shop and let me know you did ~ two entries
  • Purchase an item from my etsy shop and let me know in the comments section of the order that you would like it to count towards entries ~ twelve entries 
Please refer to my first post about this here:  http://thecountryhandmaiden.blogspot.com/2012/03/young-ladies-crafting-week.html 


I hope you are going to enjoy the week, and have a lovely Sunday!

As always,
Elizabeth

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Little Anne of Avonlea

While I was on vacation, I made this outfit modeled somewhat after Anne's schoolteacher outfit. (See my last post) The vest and skirt are of a different color scheme (more of a brown/gold) than the one from the movie, but I got the basic idea. :) I photographed the outfit at the shore...

 


 

 
Recognize the flyaway story pages? :)





 

 The inspiration for this outfit came from the movie Anne of Green Gables the Sequel, in the beginning, when she is at the seashore. Though the color scheme is a bit different than the costume worn by Megan Follows in the film, it has the basic cut and look. I even included her little portfolio enclosing her handwritten "story" (can be seen under her arm in the last photo) The skirt has elastic on the back, giving it the body in the back like it should for the period. The vest is very tailored, has tucks in the back, and hook-and-eye closures up the front. The blouse is made in a light white cotton with pretty pintucks down the front, a stand-up collar, and a prim bow at the neck. Included underneath the skirt is a white cotton petticoat, to give it body.

This outfit is for sale in my etsy shop here!

All the best,
Elizabeth




Thursday, March 22, 2012

Future outfits...

I absolutely love these costumes worn by Anne in the Sequel. I am hoping to eventually make doll outfits off of each of them...

 
This outfit is so lovely and classic.... the puffy blouse, tailored skirt and prim vest. And the hat is so school-teacher-ish!! :) (you can see the vest at the far left below)

 


 
Anne's apple-picking outfit from the end of the movie is so sweet and lovely. It looks like a white blouse with a khaki skirt and some sort of a plaid belt. And of course, the lovely light sage green apron with the cross-over ties in the back!



 

Well that's all for now. I am working on a doll outfit mimicking the first costume featured, so watch for it coming out soon!

Have a lovely day!
Elizabeth

Friday, March 16, 2012

Going to the Seaside....

 
Well, I must tell you all that my family is going to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, SC, over the coming week so I won't have a chance to post as often as I would like, but I may have time to poke one or two in here and there. Otherwise, see you when we get back! I feel like Emma Woodhouse; like I have never seen the seaside before. Actually, I have, only I was very young. So I suppose it doesn't count.

Warmly,
Elizabeth

Edwardian Spring Dress

I set out making this dress to be civil war period. However, sadly, I did not have enough of this lovely rosy pink cotton to make the skirt as full as it should be for the period. So, when the whole thing was finished, my mom said it looked just like something Anne of Green Gables would wear, so something more Edwardian/Victorian. So, you make the decision. It could be either, but I love the way it turned out. I used wide French cotton lace to make the collar, and the sleeves have a bit peeping out from underneath. I also have recently taken up painting brooches, so I made one just for this dress. It has a clear covering on it to prevent the paint wearing off the pearl. The bodice is gathered at the waist, another feature of a more Civil war work dress look, but I added a ribbon at the waist to make it a bit more tailored and even a little girlish. The dress velcros in the back.
This dress is for sale on my etsy shop here.



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Screencaps and Such...

Here are some sweet additions for your blog... :)



 
Isn't Mr. Martin just the sweetest young man? Poor guy, to have waited through all of Harriet's antics before he married her at last!



 
One of my favorite Jane Austen couples; Marianne Dashwood and Colonel Brandon.

 
And at last..... Emma screencaps!!


 
Everyone's favorite schoolteacher... :)

 This is the sweetest scene from S & S :)


 
And who could forget the loveable Jane Eyre??

Well that's all for now....
Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Young Ladies Crafting Week

I am going to be hosting a "Young Ladies Crafting Week" here on my blog from March 25th to the 31st. Each day I will post about a different pretty craft, and include photos and instructions on how to make it. On Saturday, I will host a giveaway of something handcrafted by me; this sweet vintage inspired apron:


To obtain entries for the giveaway, please refer to the following list.
  • Comment on my blog, and/or become a follower ~ one entry
  • Post an announcement about Young Ladies Craft Week on your blog (or etsy shop) ~ three entries per blog or shop
  • Favorite my etsy shop ~ two entries
  • Purchase an item from my etsy shop ~ twelve entries 
Please note that I am working on some new inventory for my etsy shop, which will be listed before and during Young Ladies Craft Week in case you are interested in earning twelve entries :)

The winner of the giveaway will be announced Sunday April 1. I will post my email so that the winner can email me their address so I can send them their lovely apron! 

Here are some buttons you can use for posting about this on your blog. Hope you enjoy it!


 




 



Monday, March 12, 2012

Therese and Elizabeth's Mercantile

My little sis and her friend, Elizabeth, like making little things for dolls, etc. and have been asking me to "advertise" their little business here. They sew purses, crochet necklaces, make stationery.... it is very sweet. Please check out their selection!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Recommended Titles...

Thought I would share my booklist of top favorites:


The Virginian ~ by Owen Wister
This book is one of my top three favorite books ever! I know it may sound like a boys western novel, but it is just as much a book for girls as it is for boys. Miss Molly Wood is one of the best young women of the west I have read about yet...


Pride and Prejudice ~ by Jane Austen
Everyone knows about this book, but I had to mention it. Such a sweet story, and Elizabeth Bennet reminds me of myself at times.


An Old Fashioned Girl ~ by Louisa May Alcott
Such a sweet story about a country girl making her way in the city with her cousins. Could read it over and over and over....:)


Little Women ~ by Louisa May Alcott
All of you are familiar with this one, but that doesn't mean it is not a favorite of mine too!


Raising Maidens of Virtue ~ by Stacey McDonald
This book is available through Vision Forum. Though not a work of fiction, it is just as interesting and so inspiring to read. The wisdom brought forth is so consoling. A favorite quote: "Godly young men who are ready for marriage are desperately searching for true maidens of virtue. Therefore, if young women would put away their immodest ways and seek virtuous, feminine loveliness, I believe they would be surprised by the respectful treatment they would naturally receive. True men of honor are absolutely enchanted by true, godly, feminine beauty – not the type that comes from a tube of lipstick, but the kind that comes from a meek and quiet spirit. Once a godly knight finds a true maiden of virtue, he may also find himself with the urge to slay a dragon or two on her behalf!"
From “Raising Maidens of Virtue” by Stacy McDonald
 
Enjoy!
 
Elizabeth

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Creed of a Chivalrous Maiden.

Just had to share this. We often think of chivalrous young men, but have you ever considered that we can be chivalrous, too? So inspiring!

The Creed Of A Chivalrous Maiden

The Creed Of A Chivalrous Maiden

The foundation of a chivalrous maiden is angelic elegance.
When a chivalrous maiden has the appearance of an angel you see radiance shinning from her face. When you look into her eyes, you see a whole other world. You see Heaven. Her angelic radiance even makes atheists believe in the existence of the after life.
A chivalrous maiden always has her eyes cast down. She knows her true worth. She knows she is inferior to men, but she also knows that man has a responsibility to protect her from evils. She seeks his permanent love, trust, and protection.
A chivalrous maiden is a consuming fire. Her soft, elegant, graceful, and fiery footsteps captivates everyone. All eyes are focused on her. But she takes no notice, nor has any desire to be the center of attention. She attracts him with humility. She wishes to be wholly empty so he can only fill her up with his love.
A chivalrous maiden watches all of her passions. She keeps them all in check. She does not want anything unbecoming of a lady. She wants to be perfect for him. She keeps herself untarnished, untouched, completely and wholly innocent.
A chivalrous maiden wears modest clothing. She preserves the dignity of herself as well as her family. One virgin, by her upstanding life, rebukes many with her mere presence. She is hated and persecuted. But in return, acknowledges her unworthiness and loves those who persecute her. Instead she goes farther. She forgives her persecutors.
A chivalrous maiden is always faithful. She is faithful unto death. For once she gives up her entire heart, she has no more love to give to anyone else. Who dare attempts to get in between her and the one she loves?
A chivalrous maiden falls in love with not the exterior of the man, but with his soul. Her soul slowly begins to bind with his soul. That is what she loves. This is what she must possess. She wants him completely. When she has fallen in love with him it is his presence, not his beauty, that captivates her.
A chivalrous maiden speaks little, but keeps silent. Her breath is taken away when she is in love. She simply delights to be in his presence. She can spend hours in silence, gazing with her whole heart at his soul. This is how she chastely binds himself to her. She does not need words to show love. Love speaks in silence. Love uses the heart, and a chivalrous woman knows that.
A chivalrous maiden is an overflowing fountain of unconditional love. She can never run out of her unconditional love. No matter the cost, no matter the pain, no matter the consequences. She is fearless of anything and everything for love only rules her.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Romantic Era Dress

This dress I made a little while ago from Sense and Sensibility's Romantic Era Dress Pattern with some adjustments...
I used that lovely lapel collar and added some thick crochet trim to the edge to make it stand out a bit.
I also shortened the skirt. I love long skirts, but for practicality and the mere sake of not looking like I was in a costume, I made it more tea-length. (If only the women of our world still wore floor length dresses... sigh... )
The sleeves I used from a totally different pattern. The Romantic Era dress had huge poofy sleeves which I changed to that lovely elbow/3/4 length almost bell sleeve.
And here I am in front of our sweet WWII era home in the country..... :)
 This is another screencap from our movie that shows a shot of my all time favorite shoes that go really well with this dress!! (Notice a major blooper: Scout has his electric collar on in the shot!!! *shock*)
They are caramel toned dance shoes from All About Dance. They may be dance shoes but they are almost exactly like the ones from the early 1910s that ladies would wear.

Until next time,
Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

If you would be so kind...

 

Too funny to keep to myself....

(from Sink Me!  http://tieyourowncravat.blogspot.com/2012/02/aim-me-at-bees-please.html )

Prairie Dresses!

These are some screencaps from the movie my siblings and I are making, "Smoky". Today I would like to show you a few of the costumes my sister wears in some scenes.
 
This dress I made from a small pink plaid cotton. It was easy peasy to make, with elastic at the waist, neck, and sleeves. I used elastic at the neck where the pattern called for ribbon drawstring because it makes it so much easier for her to put on. You can see her little bloomers in this photo. :)

Playing in the creek with the star animal of the film.... :)

 I love this dress. It is the same as the pink one, only with some trim around the collar. You can't see it too well in these pictures, because she is wearing a white pinafore over it. The pinafore was from April Cornell, it was a sleeveless pettiblouse turned around and buttoned in the back.

Well that's all for today!

As always,
Elizabeth

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