‘Tis the Season – Holiday Series Part 4 – Joyfully Messy Christmas: A Photostory

Hi there!

It’s Julie, by the way.

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Are you ready for the final part of our Christmas series? It’s been so fun 🙂

     Part One, Wednesday, December 13Caroline, Collection Post {Check!}

     Part Two, Saturday, December 16 : Clara, Craft Post {Check!}

     Part Three, Tuesday, December 19: Grace, Recipe Post {Check!} 

     Part Four, Friday, December 22: Julie, Photostory Post

Today I get to share something I love about Christmas… decorating!

Um… yes… there is indeed only 3 days until Christmas and we haven’t decorated… :O

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Oh… and just yesterday the house was a huge disaster…

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But now it is much better! And today we can actually decorate!!

Let’s go! *looks around* Clara! Caroline! Grace! Come on out! It’s time to decorate for Christmas!

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Clara: Ooh! Yay!!

Grace: Yes! I’m coming!

Caroline: Sounds great! Though, we’re starting a bit late, don’t you think?

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Julie: Better late than never. Alright, then! Caroline and I will prep the tree. Grace and Clara, you can–”

Grace: May we work on the gingerbread house?

Clara: Oh yes! Yes!

Julie: That would be fine! Ok, Caroline! I’ll start fluffing up the tree.

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Caroline: I’ll go dig out the tree skirt.

Julie: Um, Caroline?

Caroline: What?

Julie: We don’t actually have a tree skirt.

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*Shocked look* Caroline: Oh. Well, I guess… I’ll have to find something… or make something.

Julie: You know there’s only three days until Christmas…

Caroline: It will be easy… I think. Give me a minute.

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I just shrugged and began to hang lights on the tree. Soon I heard Clara exclaim from the kitchen.

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Clara: WE FINISHED!

Grace: Yeah…

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Julie: Oh good, you can– oh! It’s, um, smaller than usual?

Grace: Uh-huh. Clara dropped a sheet of gingerbread so we had to improvise…

Clara: But I think it’s cute!

Julie: *nods* You can set it over there!

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Caroline: Do you think this will work for a tree skirt?

Clara: A tree skirt? That’s too small!

Caroline: *sighs* I know, I know. But it’s all I could find!

Clara: You should have asked me! I have a stash of fabric upstairs! *runs to bedroom* But please wait before hanging the ornaments!!!

Caroline seemed relieved. Soon we had a tree skirt, a prepped tree, and a tiny gingerbread house. Things were starting to come together, and now we could finish decorating the tree!

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We all had fun doing that.

Julie: Alright! Time to put up the star!

Clara: Oooh! Can I do it this year!!

Julie: Ok. Here’s a chair.

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Clara: I can’t reach. I’ll have to stand on the back!

Caroline: Is that sturdy?

Grace: Clara, I’m not so sure–

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Clara: Just a little furthur…!

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Clara: AH! TIMBER! HELP!

Grace: Oh dear! *Braces self* OOF! Erm…

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Julie: Oh my goodness! Amazing catch!!

Caroline: That fall would have been awful…

Grace: Clara, you… have. to. get–Off!!

Clara: I cannot!

Grace: Some help, please! I’m holding the tree and Clara!

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Caroline: Oh, of course!!

Grace: Push!!

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Clara wobbled off of the now-upright tree, while Grace gasped from the effort.

Julie: Crises averted! Grace, you just saved the day and Clara!

Clara: Well… *nervous chuckle* on the bright side, I did get the star on top!

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Suddenly, the door bell rang, I left to get it while Clara and Grace recovered. It was our cousin, Consuelo.

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Consuelo: Hi guys!! I wanted to come over and help you decorate,

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Consuelo: but it looks like you’ve finished! It looks pretty in here.

Clara: I’m glad! You should have seen it two minutes ago…

Consuelo: I brought something for you to add!!

Caroline: How sweet!

Grace: What is it?

Consuelo pulled out a small nativity she had been holding under her arm.

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Consuelo: It’s a nativity! Christmas decorating can’t be complete without one!

Julie: That’s wonderful, Consuelo! Thank you! Let’s put it in the center of the table over here!

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Caroline: Perfect.

Julie: This is a great reminder of the true reason we celebrate. Not presents or Christmas trees or gingerbread houses, but Jesus, our Savior. Even if everything is falling down and seems hopeless (whether it be Christmas trees, or other things in our lives), that doesn’t mean that Christmas is ruined, or our lives are ruined, because that’s not what it’s really about.

Caroline: We need to fix our eyes on Jesus, this season. And all seasons, for that matter. He is all we really need in this life, as our Savior, joy, and hope for eternity.

We all nodded, and were quiet for a few moments before I broke the silence.

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Julie: I think it’s time to turn on the Christmas tree lights, don’t you?

Clara: Yes!!!

Grace: Um, Julie?

Consuelo: Yayy!!

Grace: Julie??

Julie: Yes? What?

Grace: We, uh… don’t actually have an outlet in this room.

Julie: *blinks* What?? You’re saying–? Oh NO!

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Caroline: Well, at least we all know that’s not the true reason for the season!

Julie: Yeah….

Clara started to laugh.

Clara: What a mistake! No outlet for the Christmas lights!

And then we all joined her in laughter. No late decorating, tiny gingerbread houses, falling trees, or lack of lights was going to keep us from joy in the true meaning of Christmas!

♥ ♥ ♥

 

Julie

 

BIBPC #5; Category 2

Hello!

I was going to make a craft post, but ran out of time, so here is my BIBPC entry!

I’m on Team Kiwi, and the category is circles!

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Story: I think it was kind of in my head to photograph some sort of neat circular structure, object, or few objects, but… we had M&M’s… so why not sprinkle some M&M’s around with other fun circular things? 😀 (And then I ate the M&M’s XD XD )

 

Also, before I end this post, Mary Elizabeth is having a giveaway on her blog! It ends very soon, so be sure to check it out!

 

Do you like M&M’s? Have you started school yet?

Have a blessed day!

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Our Generation “It Seams Perfect” Sewing Set REVIEW + sewing instructions

I recieved a really fun OG set for my birthday! (Which, by the way, I’m not saying is recently… or long ago… or somewhere in between… 😉 😉 )

So today I’m here to review the Our Generation “It Seams Perfect” Set! (Yes, yes, you probably already knew that 😉 )

This is a super cute set, and I look forward to showing you it.

Here goes!

It Seams Perfect

 

Here is the set, out of the box…

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It’s really cute!

 

Now let’s dig in, shall we!? 🙂

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First off, here is a roll of cute heart printed fabric and a pattern that it came with. I think this is a super neat thing for Our Generation to include, since you can actually make a dress! I’ll be showing how the dress I made turned out, later, and go into some more detail of what I think of this part of the set. I also wrote up some instructions for making the dress.

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It also came with a dress form, which is really neat! The dress form is able to rotate around it’s base. I have Julie next to it to compare sizes. From the front, the form is slimmer than her. It does fit clothes on it, but wider necked outfits may be hard to rest on the small dress form shoulders. I also noticed that the letters on the form can come up too high if your dress neck is kind of low. You might be able to fix this by using the dress form backwards. 🙂

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The side also looks a little slimmer than Julie.

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Here is the table and chairs! The chair cushion is a slightly different color than the table. I like the polka dots!

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They fit in each other.

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Julie fits, too! It looks a little small, to me, but is still nice (better to fit in small nooks of your doll house 😉 )

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If there was a wall behind the table, Julie’s feet might make it a little awkward to sit at the table.

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One great part about this table, is that the top flips out! There is a little switch that you pull on the side to…

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flip out a small bar to…

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support the flip out part! This is really nice, because the table has a lot more room. Also, the sewing machine fits into the hole in the main part of the table, like in old fashioned sewing tables! (On another note, this picture shows the relatively large tag on the chair. Not too big a deal, you could cut it off if you wanted.)

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This is a bad picture, but should get the point across 😉

One thing that’s kind of strange, is that the flip out doesn’t exactly make contact with the support bar… so, I’m not sure it actually helps…. I probably won’t end up using the support bar much.

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Now onto the sewing machine!! It’s plastic, and lightweight. I really like that OG made it pretty interactive. The silver flower knob spins around loosely.

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The green knob on the side turns to move the needle up…

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and down.

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There is also a lever in the back to move the presser foot.

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Like so. 🙂

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The set also came with this sewing box. The lid is removable.

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And all of the little accessories fit inside!

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There are two wooden spools wound with thread. One pink, and one white.

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There is a tiny thimble that actually fits on Julie’s finger!!

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My set came with four buttons, though the packaging advertised eight. Black, white, pink, and yellow/green.

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I hadn’t known about this tool before. OG calls it a buttonhole measure tool. I think it’s actually a sewing gauge, which can probably be used for buttonhole measuring.

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And here is a ruler, which looks just like the one from an OG math set I reviewed a while ago.

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Here is a tape measure, which I find strange because… it’s human sized. We can pretend otherwise 🙂 . It has inches and centimeters.

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Here is a little plastic chalk pencil, so your dolls can mark on their fabric! It looks like the other end has a little fake sewing machine cleaning brush.

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Here are some cute little scissors! They open and close and are also made of plastic. They fit in Julie’s hand, but can be hard to position so that it fits.

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Last of these sewing supplies is a plastic tomato pincushion. It has a hard band so that it can be worn by your dolls like a bracelet. I managed to pull it over Julie’s wrist, but I don’t plan to do that again, because I don’t want to damage her arm with the tight, hard band.

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And that’s everything! Here is Julie enjoying the sewing set. She is the main seamstress of the Thomas family household.

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I think it’s a super cute set, with a great play value!

 

I also made the dress with the fabric and pattern that came with the set!

Here it is…

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The dress pattern was very simple, just two pattern pieces, and three fabric pieces to cut. I felt like hemming the neckline and armholes was kind of tricky. The dress turned out cute, but I felt like it was a little short, and the shoulders seem a little small on Caroline. The fabric is also quite thin. I still like it, though, and think it’s quite cute! I think Clara will probably like this outfit 🙂 .

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Here’s how the back of mine turned out. I was kind of confused on how to attach the velcro, but I figured out a way.

I also think it would have been good for OG to include instructions on how to sew it. It could be confusing for young girls trying to sew this.

I thought I would include some of my own instructions…

  • First cut out the paper patterns.
  • Fold your fabric in half.
  • Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric. Make sure the piece with the side labeled fold is laid with that side on the fold. Then cut out the fabric. You should now have three pieces of fabric.
  • You can iron the pieces if you want.
  • Line up the shoulders of the dress. One back piece to one front shoulder and the other back piece to the other front shoulder. Make sure the good sides are together.
  • Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the shoulders.
  • Next fold the edges of the armholes in about 1/4 inch (the fold should be wrong side to wrong side) and pin it as you go. Do the same to the neckline.
  • Then sew those folds.
  • Next line up the sides of the dress, good side to good side, and sew a 1/4 inch seam along the sides up to the armholes.
  • Fold the bottom edge of the dress (wrong side to wrong side), and sew the hem.
  • Put the back of the dress together good side to good side and sew a 1/2 inch seam about halfway up the back.

This is where I got kind of confused, and this is just my method for doing the velcro, but you may have a better one…

  • Cut the hem perpendicular (90 degree angle) to the seam, at the edge of where your seam ends in the back so that the two flaps of seam allowance can overlap easily.
  • Pin velcro on the good side of one, and sew (you can hem the flap a little, if you want).
  • Then pin velcro on the bad side of the other and sew (again, you may hem).

And you’re done!

 

That’s it for this review! Overall, I think this is a really fun set.

Do you have the OG It Seams Perfect set? Do you want it? What is your favorite piece in the set? Did my sewing instructions make sense?? XD

 

Before you go I want to give a shout-out to Sam over at Beezus the Bear. Would you join me and others in praying for her as she goes through a very hard time? You can read her post here.

 

Have a blessed day!

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P.S. I was scrolling down through my many images to fish out my sign off, and just daydreaming and thinking along the way when suddenly I found myself at the bottom of all of my images (As in, the end of all the images I’ve used in this blog) XD HAHA whoops!

Grace Explores the Woods

I took the pictures for this photostory while on vacation! Enjoy!

Grace Explores the Woods

 



 

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Hi there! It’s Grace here! Today I’m going to explore the woods around the cabin!

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Ah, it’s so beautiful out–

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EEK! I nearly ran into that web! *shudders*

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Well, here we are! The great outdoors!

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That way is towards the road, so I won’t explore that way…

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But instead I’ll explore this way!

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Hmm, what’s around here…?

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Oooh look! A swing!!

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But… it’s to tall for me… *sigh*

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There are a lot of pine cones around here! They’re so interesting!

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Now this looks like fun!

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Woohoo!

Oh, wait… um, where’d the cabin go?? I certainly don’t want to get lost! (although, I suppose, the last time turned out pretty interesting!)

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Phew, false alarm! There it is over there!

Now, let’s see, what else is there to do around here?

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Ah, look at that! A cliff to conquer!!

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*heaves*

Al…most… there…!!

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Yes! I made it!!

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Well, this has been a whole lot of fun, but I guess it’s time to head home (or, that is, to the cabin) now.

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Bye everyone! Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned for a photoshoot of me later on!!


 

Did you enjoy Grace’s little woodsy adventure? Like Grace mentioned, stay tuned for a photoshoot I got of her on vacation (In a special outfit!)

 

Have a blessed day!

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