Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Learn How to Make Doll Clothes with Rosie!

This has been a life changing experience for Amy! 
Rosie's How to Sew Doll Clothes is the absolute best enrichment product we have ever used. 

I felt like a friend had come to my house to personally teach my daughter to sew.  Amy and I sat together each day and watched some of Miss Rosie's sewing videos.  The course is designed to take six weeks.  We took a bit longer because Amy wanted to start sewing even before we'd finished all the videos in the course. ~smile~  We used the on-line videos and the free patterns and instructions that Rosie included with her How to Sew Doll Clothes Course.

- Friendly patient format
- Detailed explanations
- You can replay the videos over and over until you understand the techniques.
- Showed my daughter how to use a tools I either hadn't used or hadn't thought to teach her to use.
- Easy to understand. My eleven year-old started using what she learned the first week.
- I have been sewing for over thirty years. I learned new things! Do not do the math if you're my friend!
-This is a super clear step-by-step system of videos that you can watch over and over with lifetime access!
- DVDs are available if you prefer to have a permanent copy of the videos.

-You get over 130 step-by-step instructional videos, free patterns, and access to the videos for a full 12 months.
My thoughts:
When it came time to make the first garment, sport shorts, Rosie had a video for every single step in the sewing process.  There was no guesswork at all.  I am absolutely certain that someone with no sewing experience, except maybe plugging in the machine and threading it, can use Rosie's How to Sew Doll Clothes with success.  Videos were available, along with written instructions, for every pattern which was included. 

I want you to know that both Amy and I have contacted Rosie with questions.  She has been prompt in her responses and so very friendly.  Amy and I feel like we have a friend, as well as a teacher, in Miss Rosie.  I have a feeling we'll be talking about Miss Rosie for a long time with fond remembrances.  I know we'll be using the things we've learned.

If you are a momma or grandma or auntie looking for a gift that will last a lifetime, this is it.  The skills that your little girl, or not so little girl, or you learn will transfer into clothing, accessory and decorative sewing.  I've learned new things even after sewing for most of my life. 

My eldest daughter, Emily, is fifteen.  She isn't interested in doll clothes, but I am going to have her go through the program anyway.  I believe she will learn skills that will be invaluable to her as she enters life as a wife and mother someday.

The best benefit for me has been personal.  Sewing doll clothes with Rosie's videos and patterns has brought a whole new dimension to my relationship with my daughter, Amy.  There's a shared passion now that we didn't have before.  I'm excited about the fun we are going to have sewing together. 

This is the crop top.  I lengthened the pattern one inch because Amy's dolls aren't allowed to wear anything she cannot wear.  We found it a bit short for us, but it was easy to adjust.Amy's favorite pattern to make was the sport shorts. She made several pairs.

This is the short version of the sarong skirt.  There's also a halter top that can be paired with it to make a swim suit.  The long version of the sarong would make a nice dressy skirt.

Amy's been sewing nearly every day. 

With the confidence Amy gained, she went on to make more garments with scraps we had around and altered some thrift store finds, too.

Without Rosie's program, Amy might not have learned of her love of sewing for quite some time.


Rosie's Blog offers some terrific tips and techniques for making doll clothes.
View Rosie's #1 Secret on How to Make Doll Clothes the easy way and Save a Fortune!!
A Simple Way to Make a Pair of Doll Socks for Your Doll from a Ladies Sock

*"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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For the Love of Salads: A Peck of Pickled Peppers

Red Pepper
Green Olives
Sunflower Seeds
Sweet and Hot Salad Peppers

Love me some salad!
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

For the Love of Salads: RKCTGN

Green onions
Nutritional Yeast

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

For the Love of Salads: Kale Avacado Salad

Kale Avocado Salad

Chopped Carrots
Red Onions
Sunflower Seed Kernals

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

For the Love of Salads: A Crunchy Munchy Salad

I enjoyed this Crunchy Munchy salad for lunch!

Chopped Carrots
Green Peppers
Yellow Peppers
Nutritional Yeast
Flax Seed

It was just as delicious as it looks.

Have a great weekend,
Happy at Home

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Friday, January 25, 2013

For the Love of Salads: A Capital Salad!

Romaine Lettuce
Chopped Celery
Red Pepper
Green Pepper
Flax Seed
Green Olives
So good it deserves to be capitalized!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Don't Want to Put it Down Book! ..... Review: Judge by R.J. Larson

I loved Judge
Second in the Books of the Infinite series. 
You can read my review of the first book, The Prophet.

This fast moving narrative is intriguing from the first page.  R.J. Larson has a knack for writing superb descriptions of the fantasy world she has created.  I can really see the surroundings in my mind.  Judge is a beautiful love story both spiritually between the Infinite and His people and in the natural between characters. 

Tension builds as one intense scene follows another, then it dispels slightly with the humor prinkled in liberally.  Even as I set the book down to get back to "real life", I was left thinking of my relationship with the Infinite, Larson's name for God the Creator.  God's passion for us is brought forth beautifully.

As I was reading the book of Jeremiah this week, I was reminded of scenes from Judge that paralleled.  It was easy to see where Mrs. Larson found some of her ideas. 

I cannot wait to read the next book!  Here's a little snippet from the publisher: 

"Kien Lantec, you will bear witness to my followers in ToronSea.
The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infinite. Orders that don't involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien's frustration, his Infinite-ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs on the Infinite to worship a new goddess.
Tell them I see they are beguiled. Tell them I seek their hearts. The wise will hear Me.
But why Kien? Isn't this the role of a true prophet, such as Ela of Parne? Seeking answers, Kien visits Ela and finds her stricken by a devastating vision of her own. Her birthplace, Parne, has forsaken their Creator and will soon suffer judgment. Pulled in separate ways, each must seek to follow the Infinite's leading... and hope He will reunite them again soon.
Child of dust, will you be My servant?"
~from Bethany House~

R.J. Larson
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Be Encouraged, Be Strong!

Good morning!

Joy, at Doodlebug, touched my heart this morning with her Faithful Friday post, Running the Radical Race.  My Emily is around her age, 15.  I know that Emily sometimes struggles with being so different from the other kids in her youth group at church. 
As I told Joy, I think growing up homeschooled, by parents who are serious about helping you to be set apart for God, makes you different.  You probably always will be...unless, you decide to turn away from your upbringing and from the Lord's will for you.  I don't think it can happen accidentally.   You make the decision to be worldly one choice at a time.

It's the same way for us, ladies.  We too can become entangled easily in the lure of fashion, the Jones' most recent purchase, the commonly approved television violence and pornography, the soap operas and love stories that build discontentment with our husbands, the list goes on and on and on.  But we make the decision to be worldly one choice at a time, too.

I encourage you, young or old, be strong in the Lord! 

There is a billboard in our area that reads, "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray I will heal their land."  I think that this does a great disservice to the readers.  It leaves out the most important part.  Repentance.  The true quote reads:

2 Chronicles 7:14
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Ladies, let's do this.  Let's ask the Lord to reveal our hearts to us.  Reveal our sins and wicked ways.  Then, let's turn in repentance to the Lord.  Then, let us repent on behalf of our country and beseech the Lord for forgiveness and healing for our land... healing for our homes... healing for our relationships... healing for our hearts.

You can do this.  You can be the woman of God that He wants you to be.    Read the Bible. Trust Him to speak to you and to keep you safe.  If what you hear and what you read don't agree, believe His Word!  Fear not!  He is with you.  Be not dismayed.  He is your God.

Blessings to you dear ones,
Laura Lane
Harvest Lane Cottage
Mom to Teen for the Lord
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ummmmm! A Four Letter Word

 I'm going through a difficult time right now.  My heart aches.  My feelings want to drown me in despair.  But, in spite of what my heart feels, my eyes see, and what my ears hear, I choose hope.  Hope for the future, hope for the situation, hope for the relationships, hope for a growing trust in and relationship with Christ.  Where else can I turn but to the Lord?

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You. Psalm 33:21-22

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.Psalm 42:4-6

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.Psalm 71:13-15

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.Psalm 119:113-115

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:12-14

If you're having troubles, I encourage you to see the problem solver, Jesus Christ.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Building Snowmen ~ Sort of....

Amy made snowmen despite the fact that those lovely little snowflakes just aren't falling.
Amy gave these to all her little friends.
They're little packs of gum.  I don't remember the brand now.
I originally saw the idea on Pinterest some months ago, but I cannot find the original pin.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Be Anxious for Nothing!

Have you heard of life verses? Basically, it is a verse (or verses) that the Lord has given to you, that has quickened your spirit, that you hold onto for life. Many verses minister to us for a season. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16  A life verse differs in that it stays with you. It guides your thinking and actions for a long, extended time, presumably for life.

My beloved Pastor Dan Wermuth of Joplin Family Worship Center shared his with our congregation a few months ago:   “So he answered me and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6  This verse filters how he looks at the world and influences his actions. It’s been quite a powerful verse as he leads our church and volunteers from across the country in the Joplin tornado relief efforts.

I thank God for my life verses. He gave them to me several years ago. I am given to anxiety if I don’t ask the Holy Spirt to guard my thoughts.  Bills, extended illness, pain, homeschooling, family tension, a wayward child, all can add to anxiety. I have to remind myself to be anxious for NO THING. You can read about my experience with this verse here.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

Now that’s a verse to mark in your Bible! For that matter, the whole fourth chapter of Philippians is a great place to camp out until you have its truths deep in your heart and mind. 

Think about it, search the Lord and His Word. Ask your Father what your life verse is. He loves it when we seek Him. “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart.” Psalm 119:1-3
Just something to think about….
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Friday, January 4, 2013

There's No Place Like Home

"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."
"My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world."
~Billy Graham~
"Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave."
~Martin Luther~
Happy at Home

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