Archive for August, 2010



30 August 2010

A Plate of Oats

Patiently waiting for the completion of a photo shoot, Bently stood a few feet away watching the scenery and taking in the smells of the great outdoors.

After the photo shoot was finished, he realized what was actually on the plate being photographed . . . and he also realized that the contents were edible . . . and rather scrumptious looking.

Eating Oats

For his endurance and patience while waiting, he got his reward.

His Reward: Getting to Eat the Oats

P.S. No worries, he ate just a few small bites.





28 August 2010

Primrose Needlebook

Needlebooks come in quite handy for keeping track of your pins and needles (and make a charming addition to any sewing basket).

I’ve created several of these lovely and portable cases to use while working on large sewing projects, associating each unique design with pleasant memories. Making needlebooks is a wonderful way to practice embroidery . . . and they make lovely gifts, too!

Here is how you can make your own {primrose style} needlebook . . .

Needlebook Supplies

The Supplies

  • Felt (wool or cotton)
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Circle pattern from card stock (three inches in diameter)

The Directions (click the pictures to enlarge)

Needlebook Directions Part One

1. Following your pattern, cut out four pieces of felt (two for the outside cover and two for the inside).

2. On the back of the front cover piece, make a knot in the felt.

3. Bring the needle to the front and by Back Stitching, sew a circle in the middle of the cover. This will be the center of the Primrose.

4. Fill the center of the flower with Double French Knots (as shown in directions 4-6). Pull your thread through the font and wrap the thread around the needle twice.

5. Hold tightly onto the thread about an inch from the stitch.

6. Insert needle into the felt, making sure that it is right next to the original stitch. If it goes back into the same hole that it came up from, the stitch will pull through to the back and need to be redone. Pull thread all the way through until a little knot appears.

Needlebook Directions Part Two

7. Back Stitch the outline of the flower petals.

8. With the straight stitch, add three little lines at the base of each petal to give it depth.

9. The Seed Stitches are small straight stitches randomly sewn every which way. Sew these around the outside of the flower close together and gradually farther apart as you stitch away from the petals.

Needlebook Directions Part Three

10. Blanket Stitch around the edge of the front and inside two pieces, leaving about one and a half inches of the circumference un-stitched.

11. Place the other two pieces on the back side of the first two with the second inside piece facing the already sewn inside and the back outside piece facing outwards.

Continue the blanket stitch on all four pieces for the un-sewn inch and a half. Then finish sewing the blanket stitch around the edge of the back side two pieces.

12. Run the thread through the felt where it cannot be seen from the inside or outside. Bring the thread to the surface of the outside and double knot.

Needlebook Bottom

Needlebook Open

One of the beauties of needlebooks, is that you can take this idea and create a wide assortment of your own variations, whether they be for personal use, decoration, or gifts!

There are endless possibilities to the extra beauty you can create using different styles, sizes, shapes, embroidered decorations, etc!

This tutorial was originally created for the beautiful magazineThe Girlhood Home Companion,” a magazine for daughters, mothers, and grandmothers published by Remembrance Press.





27 August 2010

Breezy Drawing

{Breezy working on the surprise project!}

. . . give-away winner is Lady Kate from A Portrait of a Lady! (I’ve sent you an email!)

For everyone else: Through the end of the month you have the opportunity to receive a wonderful discount on our paper dolls – they are nearly 40% off! The paper dolls are a beautiful and modest collection based on godly women from history.

This is the best deal of the season (and of the year)! So, head on over to the Noble Rose Press Store! (Plus free shipping on US orders of $40+!)

P.S. So you don’t miss out on the announcement of the surprise, you can subscribe here!





23 August 2010

*Thank you all for entering! You can find out who won here.*

Daughters of His Story Paper Dolls

. . . well, I can’t tell you that part yet – because it’s still a secret.

But, the winner of this give-away will be one of the first to receive their own copy of our upcoming project (which, Lord willing, will be available next month)!

This giveaway will include more than that special item, and is in honor of our summer sale – the lowest prices of the season (and the year, for that matter)!

The Prizes:

  • Daughters of His Story Paper Dolls: Bundle One (3 Collections)
    Noble Rose Press by Breezy & Emily Rose Brookshire

    Each Collection Includes:
    - Two 8″ (9″ including stands) Paper Dolls
    - Two Short Biographical Sketches
    - Three Dresses Each
    - Two Timeline Figures
    - A Pocket (to attach to the inside of the keepsake folder)

  • A copy of our upcoming project
    Includes: Well, I can’t tell you that yet, either. But, the winner will be one of the first to receive a copy!

How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post

Daughters of His Story Paper Dolls

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(Make sure you leave a separate comment for each thing you do, otherwise they won’t all count as extra entries!)

This giveaway will end this Friday, August 27th, at noon EST. Winner will than be selected and announced here at Simply Vintagegirl.

P.S. There’s going to be a new craft tutorial up this week! You might want to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss it!





21 August 2010

Mr. Fox

I am blessed.

I’m surrounded by my wonderfully loving family. I’m surrounded by beautiful artwork by my dear sister (as above). I’m surrounded by projects that have a purpose. I’m surrounded by things that bring back memories. I’m surrounded by things I don’t deserve.

I’m surrounded by the love of my Savior.





19 August 2010

Your Sacred Calling Design

The latest design I created was for the dear Mrs. Stacy McDonald of Your Sacred Calling. Your Sacred Calling

In both the header and menu is the scan from a blank page in one of my old books. (There are so many uses for scans of old books!) Two lovely fonts make up for the header text as well as the sidebar titles, and the creamy background pulls all the warm colors together in one smooth and gentle stroke.

Inscribed in the sidebar is this beautiful quote:

What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in Heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well pleasing to God, not on account of the position or work, but on account of the Word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.” —Martin Luther

You might want to head on over to Your Sacred Calling and look through some of the wonderful articles written there and maybe even leave Mrs. McDonald a note!

P.S. At this time I am not taking on any new clients for blog design (Mrs. McDonald has been on the schedule for quite a while), but if/when I do start offering design services again, I will be sure to post about it here on my blog. (You can subscribe here.)





16 August 2010

Gluten-Free Graham Crackers

When we said goodbye to gluten, we thought we said goodbye to graham crackers, too.

But it seems as though the latter goodbye was short-lived.

After receiving a link from a sweet friend for gluten-free graham crackers, we thought we would give them a try. It couldn’t hurt, right? We don’t regret trying the recipe one bit.

They’re even far better than the packaged, store-bought graham crackers!

And now that you’re wanting to try them for yourself, you might want to click here to print out the recipe and head on into the kitchen to tie your apron on!

One of our projects will be revealed in the not-so-distant future . . . but in the meantime, we’ll have to keep it “under wraps.” (You may find a clue or two now and then.)
Keep updated so that you don’t miss any of those clues!





14 August 2010

Vintage Books

. . . and many things to learn that can be found between the covers of books.

There is something very refreshing and satisfying about sitting down with a good book to read and study. With a long list of books to read, as well as a good deal of research to do, we will be enjoying many books over the next few weeks.

A book that I have been reading is “Beloved Bride” by Bill Potter. It is a collection of letters from General “Stonewall” Jackson to his wife, Mary Anna, with snippets about their life sprinkled throughout.

After the death of his first wife and their baby, General Jackson wrote the following in a letter to his sister, which is a wonderful example and depiction of his trust in the Lord:

I have been called to pass through the deep waters of affliction, but all has been satisfied. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord. It is his will that my Dearest wife and child should no longer abide with me, and as it is his holy will, I am perfectly reconciled to the sad bereavement, though I deeply mourn my loss.

Oh! The consolations of religion! I can willingly submit to anything if God strengthens me. I have joy in knowing that God withholds no good things from them that love and keep his commandments. And he will overrule this Sad, Sad bereavement for good.

What good books you have been reading lately?





9 August 2010

Old Door

. . . in unbelief, but grow strong in faith, giving glory to God, and be fully assured that what God has promised, He is able to perform.”

‎{Based on Romans 4: 20-21}