Thursday, September 29, 2011

Featured at Milan Maternity Blog

I was featured at Milan Maternity today, check it out!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Modcloth happiness

I love Modcloth but can barely afford a pair of socks. I knew about their super sale that happens once in a while and have been waiting for it. I am in NY now and was just checking my email on my phone before bed last night. Little did I know the sale would start then! I am not going to lie, I crept in the room where Katherine was sleeping and used my friends' computer. I seriously scored on a couple of great dresses for $12.99 and $13.99.

They might be a little short for my taste, but I can easily lengthen them by layering- or wearing with leggings or something. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Some pretty flowers

My Hobbit corn may have been somewhat of a disappointment- along with my blighted tomatoes and green beans infested with a mystery plant that I think is Boston Ivy but looks scarily like Poison Ivy... at least there is this:

Sunflowers, Butterfly Bush, Forget-Me-Nots, and a mystery weed flower.

Vintage recipe for apple dumplings

I was given a cookbook of my great aunt. Most of the recipes seem to be from the fifties.

This is from a little Betty Crocker pamphlet. She kept lots of newspaper clippings and pamphlets of recipes. This seems like a perfect recipe for fall, since apples are now in season.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Antique book covers

I thought I would share my collection of old books with pretty covers. I have been saving them for years. I only have a few, but I love them.

This is a family heirloom.
My dad gave this to me from a box of books he got at an auction
I once made the huge mistake of giving this to my cousin. She gave it back because she is too awesome for words.
Yep, it is an original. It belonged to my great aunt.
Another auction book from my dad. (He's the best)

That is it for now. I hope to find more over time. Right now my task is keeping Katherine from "giving them more character."
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Friday, September 16, 2011

The giveaway of your dreams

This is probably the best giveaway that you could ever find on a blog. Why? Because it is for an exclusive, original, beautiful, lovely, fantastic, amazing bag, (cough)made by me.

What?! You are probably screaming as you stare bleary eyed at the computer screen as you pick yourself off of the floor from where you just fainted. This can't be true!


I am trying to learn how to use white space in photos This is what it would look like in heaven. 
Just the right size for a small book.

Haha, for real though, I thought I would do a giveaway for my lovely (excluding Fr. Andreas) readers. I made this bag a while ago. I love the blue miniature rose print. The bag is small- perfect to take when you need to bring a few things, but don't want to lug around a big bag.

The top right corner features a fabric flower. 
To enter you must leave a comment.

For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each):
1. Be a follower of this blog.
2. Tell me your favorite item from my Etsy Shop.
3. Post on any blog/Facebook/Twitter about this giveaway. You can even plagiarize my pictures for it.

The last day to enter is 10/01. Winners will be selected via a random drawing. I will mail the bag to you; consequently, unless you want to pay postage, this can only be available for delivery to the United States.

 You can use this code if you wish.
So there you go. Even if you hate this bag, just think, it could be a present for someone you don't like. SO ENTER ANYWAY. Haha, kidding, kidding. But seriously.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bonnie Prince Charlie

I have lately been reading about Bonnie Prince Charlie. He was the last hope for the Scottish Jacobites (And the entire Stuart Dynasty) to regain the throne of Britain. I absolutely love British History and have a passion for my Scottish ancestry.

This is my favorite painting of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

I would like to post more historical posts in the future, but for now, I will suffice to say that his cause was popular among the Highlanders. They were quite successful, but lost at Culloden. This led Charles to flee to France. His journey is memorialized through this song:

Skye Boat Song
Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that's born to be King
Over the sea to Skye. (Chorus)
Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air;
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.
Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean's a royal bed.
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head.
Many's the lad fought on that day,
Well the Claymore could wield,
When the night came, silently lay
Dead in Culloden's field.
Burned are their homes, exile and death
Scatter the loyal men;
Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again.
This song sounds like a lullaby. Yeah, the lyrics are kind of violent to consider it a lullaby, but for history's sake, I love this song. Soldiers and battles used to be remembered in song, so I don't think it is weird.

Charles escaped through the help of a young woman, Flora McDonald. Disguised as her maid, he was able to make it through the treacherous journey that led him to freedom.

I have had mixed feelings about Bonnie Prince Charlie as though he stood for the Scottish cause, he also did flee (understood) but never returned. However, he is still considered a hero despite the fact that he fled dressed as a woman and never returned to his loyal followers. I can never fully understand that. I still like him, but I just don't understand how he is regarded as such a hero. I think it is that at least he tried. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


 I feel kind of shaken up. I left a pot of water to boil on the stove and went in the other room (not for long). I smelled smoke and came in to find that there had been a flame on the stove (gone when I got there). I know there had been a flame because my pan was scorched and there was ash. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. OH MY GOODNESS. I was kind of freaked out. I have no idea what could have burned as there was nothing on the burner but the pot. Who knows, but I feel so relived that God spared us.

We had Vespers tonight at our neighbor's house. It was mostly candle lit. It was beautiful. For those of you who don't know, Vespers is a prayer service, typically done at night. We are hoping to make it a practice of doing once per week. The monastery does it daily, but it is hard to work out going to everyday- especially with kids (and one car). Since it was at their house, it was much easier to keep track of kids.

To end this post, I have to say that Coldplay just released a new track. It is on iTunes, but you can listen to it (officially) on youtube.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy baby

I am pretty happy that Daniel is smiling. He looked so serious for the last two months, I was getting worried, haha.

Enjoy :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

New netbook!

I am a happy person. My birthday present came in the mail yesterday. Matt got me a new netbook! In truth, we will both be using it, but hey, it is rocking awesome. We have been using a netbook for a couple of years and love it. We use it all of the time. Sadly, it seems to be slowly giving up on life. It is what allowed us to travel to visit family while I was working. Matt uses it for all of his notes at school. He can type nearly the whole lecture word for word. I hate him for that. (thinks back to pages of handwritten notes back in college).

And for the deal of the day, you can get 15% off your purchase at Shabby Apple with the code: Ivy.
  Dresses from Shabby Apple

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Post-birthday bliss

My birthday was yesterday, yay me! Overall, it was a great day though it had some lame times. It was predominately based on Daniel barely sleeping the night before. Not fun. Matt watched Katherine so I could do shopping. I went to a thrift store and had a good time. He got me an ice cream cake and a present that has not come in the mail yet, so I still don't know what it is, but I am excited.

Last night we decided to camp out in the living room so that I would stop shoving a pacifier in his mouth whenever he moved Daniel could sleep by himself. The difference was phenomenal. I am a light sleeper and usually go on auto pilot when he stirs. Without that interference, he slept until dawn, then even more after that.

In other news, if the current rate continues, I will probably be investing in wigs in a few days. I thought that I had escaped the post-pregnancy hair loss. Nope. It is kind of scary, but I'll live.

I kind of miss the 21 day challenge, but I was super happy to wear jeans today. I DID dress up for my birthday though. This is it:

Shirt: gift; belt: Nine West; skirt; made by me; petticoat: its in Japanese so IDK;  boots: Khols
Here is a funny video of Katherine. If I already posted it, forget this.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

21 Day Challenge: The last day!

Wow, I am glad I made it though the entire challenge without missing a day. It has been a great experience that I have definitely learned from. The last challenge was to make an outfit based on previous challenges.

Dress: vintage; shoes: Target; lace socks: Chinese Laundry
I wore my favorite vintage dress. I have been trying to date it and have no idea. If you have an idea, let me know. This was one of the items that I mended from a previous challenge.

I am wearing a flower in my hair.

I also brought back the menswear with my beloved Oxfords. (Matt insists they are clown shoes, haha).

I have enjoyed seeing everyone's posts. Thank you Kayla for this fun event! 

I am also posting this outfit at Momma Go Round- it is a great blog to check out.

Momma Go Round the pleated poppy blog

Saturday, September 3, 2011

21 Day Challenge: Shoes

Today we were supposed to wear our "Sunday shoes." From being pregnant for most of the last two years and holding a baby for half of that, I don't wear heels to church. I used to wear heels all of the time. Any who, I have these nice leather flats that I haven't worn all season, so I figured I should get them out.

My layered tops are from Burlington Coat Factory; cardigan: Forever 21; skirt: made by me; shoes: Bakers

Fun times.

Friday, September 2, 2011

21 Day Challenge: Wear something on your head

For this challenge I braided and pinned up my hair. I used a fabric flower that I made to hide the pins. I also chose to wear my re-mix dress again, thus fulfilling the three times requirement.

Shirt: Old Navy; skirt/dress: my re-mix item from Burlington Coat Factory

I have never tried this look before and will definitely be using it again.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


I use to have a map of Scotland on my wall. I would stare at in hopes that it would come in handy one day. I even visited Scotland once; it was amazing.

I have been reading about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite uprising in the eighteenth century. Interesting stuff. I used to spend hours researching Scottish history and I would like to get back into it again.

I found this icon and fell in love with it.

21 Day Challenge: Statement Jewelry

Necklace: vintage; top: Forever 21; skirt: Made by me
BTW: This is the skirt that I fixed yesterday. I like it so much more now.

I think I may have gotten this from my dad who got a lot of old jewelry from an auction once.

I made scones today. Real British scones. 

Katherine is now walking!
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