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Saturday, March 28, 2009

A great blog to support

I just ran across an awesome blog to help support our troups. Check it out and show your support.

Words from the Wise

1. When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. Thomas Jefferson
2. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson
3. It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Thomas Jefferson
4. I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson
5. My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson
6. No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson
7. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. Thomas Jefferson
8. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson
9. To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson
And One Very Interesting Quote. In light of the present financial crisis, it's interesting to read what Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Return of Pinafores

"Little girls have been wearing pinafores for more than a hundred years. the graceful style is practical as well as pretty, and its popularity has not diminished over the years, nor is it likely to in the near future. " This quote was taken from a sewing book by Kitty Benton which was written in 1981. Sadly the pinafore is becoming a thing of the past which is the main reason I started my business Pinafores and Knickerbockers. When my daughter was small some 20 years ago it was very typical for her to be seen wearing a dress with a pinafore to church each Sunday but now it seems that little girls are trying so hard to dress like big girls that the classic dresses are disappearing.


I love the article written by Kitty Benton on pinafores that I wanted to share it on my blog.

" In the nineteenth century, most dresses for little girls were made with no-nonsense serges and twills meant to to take the wear and tear inflicted by active young bodies and to last long enough to be passed on to younger sisters. They were also meant to to keep those bodies warm in houses heated only by fireplaces. In those days, it was far more difficult to keep clothes clean than it is now, so dresses were usually made in dark colors that minimized soil and, incidentally, reflected the more limited color palette of the period.

Hence, the invention of the pinafore. Pinafore fabric was washable, light in weight, relatively inexpensive and easy to replace, and-almost always- white. In fact, the origin of the word and the garment comes from the early custom of pinning an apron on the front (afore) of a dress to prevent soil. As to color, the freshness of white, its compatibility with every color, and the becoming way it highlights a child's face make it the choice for most piafores even today. Then, too, a white pinafore immediately dresses up the simplest of frocks, especially if accented with a ruffle, some eyelet or lace, a bow or two, or even a few embroidered flowers."

Best of all a pinafore can be easily and quickly made in a number of traditional styles, as seen in the photos of pinafores that I have made. Whatever style, the "pinney" is sure to bring out the figure of any little girl and at the same time it protects her best dress.

All pinafores can be purchased from my website.

Monday, March 23, 2009

"that's Not My Job"

I have had this little story on my refrigerator for quite awhile and use it for my kids almost daily but I started thinking that it is also very relevant in our society today.

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Care Bears Pinafore Dress

It's been awhile since I have added something new but I have finally been able to make another jumper/pinafore dress. This one is made from a cute border print with care bears.
You can find this dress along with all my other custom made outfits at my website

Friday, March 6, 2009

5th grade assignment-this is awesome!!

A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them in some way to communicate ideas about God. Here are some of the results. It's nice to know that some of our youth still believe.

God is like. BAYER ASPIRIN He works miracles.

God is like. a FORD He's got a better idea.

God is like. COKE He's the real thing. (This is great)

God is like. HALLMARK CARDS He cares enough to send His very best.

God is like. TIDE He gets the stains out that others leave behind.

God is like. GENERAL ELECTRIC He brings good things to life.

God is like. SEARS He has everything.

God is like. ALKA-SELTZER Try Him, you'll like Him

God is like. SCOTCH TAPE You can't see Him, but you know He's there.

God is like. DELTA He's ready when you are.

God is like. ALLSTATE: You're in good hands with Him.

God is like. VO-5 Hair Spray He holds through all kinds of weather.

God is like. DIAL SOAP Aren't you glad you have Him? Don't you wish everybody did? (that one is my favorite)

God is like. the U.S. POST OFFICE Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from His appointed destination.

God is like. Chevrolet. . .the heart beat of America

God is like Maxwell House. . Good to the very last drop

God is like. Bounty. . . He is the quicker picker upper. . can handle the tough jobs. . and He won't fall apart on you

Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Turtle Pantset

I got a head start on summer this year and this is the first of my summer outfits. Cute and bright purple turtle fabric with bright orange contrast make this a really fun outfit for any little girl to wear this summer when the weather turns warm. The top can also be worn in cooler months with a shirt underneath.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Enlightened Perspective

Please Read all the way to the bottom: If you will take the time to read these. I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:

They're written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy.......

I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

I've learned..... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned..... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you.... Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

It's National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you. If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends. HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO YOU!!!!!! YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I AM HONORED! Now send this to every friend you have!! And to your family. This was sent to me by a friend.

Monday, March 2, 2009

You Know You Want To Play!

I got this idea from my husbands newphew's wife's (Kami) Blog and I wanted to pass it along. If you want to play, then leave me a comment and let me know. Once I receive your comment, then I will leave a comment on your Blog and I will assign you a letter ( A - Z ) After you get your letter, do a Blog Post ( copy and past these instructions first ) then use the letter I gave you and write TEN things you love. Remember that each of those things HAS to start with the letter I give you.

Kami assigned me the letter is L, so here we go !

1. Lemons: I love lemons but not the regular lemons. When I was a little girl I bought my grandpa a Meyer lemon tree and learned that these lemons are not really sour. My mother used to eat them like oranges and I picked up her bad habit. When we moved to Mesa I told Gary that I had to buy one for my backyard and this past year I had lots of lemons to eat. Actually I didn't eat too many since they aren't good for your teeth. I did make lots of lemonade and a lemon meringue pie.

2.Licorice: I like the black licorice the best.

3. Laughing: Laughing can take away alot of stress for me. I love to watch comedies and even more love to laugh with my grandkids.

4. Lightening Bugs: You don't see them here but when my kids were little we lived back east and they would collect them in jars and bring them inside to watch them light up.

5. Looking: I love to look around me each day and see what beauty I can see. Heavenly Father has given us so many beautiful things to look at and most of the time I'm afraid we don't take the time to really look at what is around us.

6.Learning: I love to learn new things especially when it comes to sewing.

7.Lace: I love putting lace on the little girl dresses that I make. I am starting a collection of laces that I find in antique stores and using them on my blessing gowns.

8. Lounging: I love to just lie around and do nothing. Pity that I don't do it hardly ever but I do try and lie still for a few minutes each day to meditate.

9. Living: Not just getting up everyday but truly living the way Heavenly Father intended us to. Caring for each other and enjoying each and everyday and finding something good in everyting that happens to us.

10. Love: Most of all I like love. The way it makes me feel when I know I'm loved and loving others unconditionally. Eternal love is the greatest gift we have been given for it has no bounds.

Now it's your turn. Leave me a comment and I'll give you a letter so you can play along.

Have fun!!

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