Friday, November 20, 2015

In the Shop | Lothlorien Fall

I finally cracked down and made my first medieval design for the shop.  True, a while ago I did a Lady Galadriel Gown, but that was a self drafted pattern and it didn't come out as pleasing as this one has.

I used a mustard yellow linen blend and brown linen for lining the under sleeves.  I wanted the colors to speak of earth and late fall. 

I was very happy with the way it turned out and fit my Marie Grace perfectly.  It's definitely designed for the slimmer American Girls, but there's nothing like having a perfect fit.  Sometimes trying to accommodate the older chunkier dolls as well as the newer slimmer ones is a bonus, but you lose out on that tailored look.

The belt was simple, just some black cording and a bronze medallion that slipped right on.

Currently working on the Christmas gowns and will be getting them on soon.  Check out this gown in my Etsy shop by clicking here.

Have a lovely afternoon!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Home at Last!

   Lots of things have happened to me over the past couple months, but most importantly, I have come home.  Yes, finally and officially I have moved home.  Many of you may have not known I had moved out of the house over a year ago, but I did, last August.  *gasps from all the horrified stay at home daughters*  I will explain.  At the time, my family was moving back to Pennsylvania from Ohio, and instead of going with them I decided to stay in Ohio and pursue my education and experience as a living history interpreter at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, OH. I had been offered that job soon after I graduated high school, and considering almost all of the other staff were in their mid to late twenties and with college degrees, it was a huge opportunity. It was also a big decision for me.  As many of you know I have been a self proclaimed SAHD since I started this blog, and I believed I would stay that way until I got married.  But when those crossroads were put in my path, either going with my family or staying in Ohio, I gave it some thought.  Being a stay at home daughter is a great thing.  If God leads you to live a fruitful, enriching life at home with your parents then that is wonderful.  But suddenly I realized, it wasn't for me.  The growth and encouragement I experienced working at that job was huge for me, as was the experience of simply living on my own.  Of course I always had plans to move back home, but the experiences I had over that year and the lessons I learned will always stay with me.  What made me move back?  I felt that my time away from home was coming to a close, and I felt that God was telling me to begin the next chapter, and that began with moving back home.  It was just time.

    Now I am happily at home, working and saving and exploring a lot of creative outlets I hadn't had time for when working full time, a few of which would be my shop and blog.  I am in the heart of Civil War history, just a stone's throw from Gettysburg, which means lots of day trips on my days off!  I just got back from Europe (which will definitely be a post of it's own, or two).  Life is good.  I have been greatly blessed.  And yes, there is still that special man in my life.  However, details on that you will have to wait for.  But there is big news. :)

   Expect a post very soon on my adventures, starting in Rome. Have a lovely fall afternoon!

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