- All en-us ATIServer 233 0 25 <![CDATA[The Viscount - Kellie has a new arrival! ;-) ]]> I have news!  Wonderful news!  I... have....
Drum roll please...
Purchased a vintage sewing machine in it's own darling sewing table!!! 
As you probably guessed, I am very excited.  
It is the most unique sewing machine I have ever seen.  And it sews beautifully!  I adore everything about it!  Really - have you ever seen a robin's-egg-blue sewing machine?  It reminds me of a soda fountain and a retro rocket ship rolled into one.  I think it was made sometime in the 50s.  And... I made the bargain of the century by getting the machine, table, a chair, a sheet of glass to set on top of the table, and a can of touch-up paint for $20!  
I am smitten with the table, too... the cunning little thing!  If only I had a place to put it, now...  that would be perfect!  As it is, I guess I'll have to keep it on the back bunk.  Only then I can't open it.  Patience, patience...
*Slam*  Now we can go home!!
(Name that line...!;)
~Happy Trails!~
Thu, 26 Nov 2009 08:17:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Hymn History - ~Once to Every Man and Nation~]]>

~The Present Crisis~

When a deed is done for Freedom, through the broad earth's aching breast
Runs a thrill of joy prophetic, trembling on from east to west,
And the slave, where'er he cowers, feels the soul within him climb
To the awful verge of manhood, as the energy sublime
Of a century bursts full-blossomed on the thorny stem of Time.

For mankind are one in spirit, and an instinct bears along,
Round the earth's electric circle, the swift flash of right or wrong;
Whether conscious or unconscious, yet Humanity's vast frame
Through its ocean-sundered fibres feels the gush of joy or shame;—
In the gain or loss of one race all the rest have equal claim.

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God's new Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight,
Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right,
And the choice goes by forever 'twixt that darkness and that light.

For Humanity sweeps onward: where to-day the martyr stands,
On the morrow, crouches Judas with the silver in his hands;
Far in front the cross stands ready and the crackling fagots burn,
While the hooting mob of yesterday in silent awe return
To glean up the scattered ashes into History's golden urn.

Careless seems the great Avenger; history's pages but record
One death-grapple in the darkness 'twixt old systems and the Word;
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.

The above poem is derived from the original eighteen stanzas of "The Present Crisis", a work by James Russell Lowell that addressed the national crisis over slavery leading up to the Mexican War.  The hymn "Once to Every Man and Nation" was later derived from four of these stirring lines, and set to the welsh tune of Ebenezer in 1890.

James Russell Lowell was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1819.  His father was the pastor of the West Congregational Church in Boston for 55 years. James graduated from Harvard in 1838 and, as a lawyer, poet, critic, and editor, became an ardent champion of abolition.  In 1876, President Hayes appointed him minister to the court of Spain and, in 1880, transferred him to Great Britain.  Over the years, he was in great demand as a public speaker.

The poem, The Present Crisis, first appeared in print on December 11, 1845, in the Boston Courier.  Eventually, when music was added, the poem of protest became a hymn of challenge: "Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side."

Written over 158 years ago, Once to Every Man and Nation is a poignant reminder of Who is in control of history and Who will ultimately write the last chapter.

Written by James Russell Lowell

Once to every man and nation
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood,
For the good or evil side;
Some great cause,
God's new Messiah,
Offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever
'Twixt that darkness and that light.

Then to side with truth is noble,
When we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit,
And 'tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses
While the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue
Of the faith they had denied.

By the light of burning martyrs,
Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calvaries ever
With the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties,
Time makes ancient good uncouth;
They must upward still and onward,
Who would keep abreast of truth.

Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet 'tis truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow
Keeping watch above His own..

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

(II Corinthians 3:17)

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.

(II Chronicles 7:14)

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

(Joshua 24:15)

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 03:08:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Literary Heroine Blog Party - Join the Fun!]]>
{This event is now closed}
You are cordially invited. . . 
To the Literary Heroine Blog Party!
~ February 16-28 ~
Are you enthralled with the charming stories of heroines of yesteryear?  Do you t hrill at the sight of a lovely, century-old book?  Have you ever read a favorite novel up in the airy retreat of a graceful tree?  Do you often catch yourself thinking of the inhabitants of Avonlea or Longborne as not only very real, but intimate friends?  If so, I hope you will plan on joining me for this exciting online party!
The pleasure of your charming company is requested to grace this event, inspired by the myriad captivating heroines of literature.  
Commencing on February the sixteenth {a special day, by the way!}, and extending to the end of the month, this event is one you will not want to miss!  
* As your hostess, I will provide a linky at the end of this post, which will be activated the morning of the 16th. All you must do is answer the questions below, making them your own with your unique personality and way with words.  Then, sign the guestbook at the end of this post in the form of the link to your blog post!
* Then, via the guestbook/link pool, have fun mingling, visiting each other's blogs and getting to know one another better!  Delightful, no?
The best part of this event is yet to come!  
I have just launched my newest entrepreneurial endeavor. . . namely, pin back and Mirror back button badges, now for sale at The Shop, as well as on my Etsy store!  
In celebration of this milestone, I will be hosting a scrumptious Giveaway!
You have the opportunity to win any one of the three following prizes!
First, Kellie Falconer Designs is offering a set of two adorable pin back buttons, which are the perfect accessory for the literary minded heroine.  Pinned to your sweater or book bag, these little badges will brighten your wardrobe and put a smile on your face!
Second, a cunning little button mirror with matching hand-sewn felt case by Kellie Falconer Designs is an essential accessory for the prepared heroine.  This charming, high-quality looking-glass will prove an indispensable aid for everything from personal touch-ups, entertaining a fractious child, or signaling rescue aircraft.  Don't miss out on a chance to win!
Third, my dear friend Tasha, of Day by Day, has graciously teamed up with me for this fabulous event by offering one of her gorgeous hand-crocheted laptop sleeves!  She is preparing to soon open an Etsy shop, where she plans to offer these darling cases, among other things.  Be sure to stay tuned for the grand opening of her shop!
A true heroine well knows the integral part beauty plays in our lives.  She knows how to incorporate it into everyday life in a thousand ways, thereby blessing those around her with the joy that such beauty brings.  
This lovely laptop computer sleeve, with its vibrant colors, expert craftsmanship, and delicious granny-square design, is the perfect accessory for your prized electronic.  Imagine the delight of keeping your computer in this lovely case, where it will be protected from scratches and dust - at the same time enhancing the beauty of your home!
By participating in the Blog party, you will be entered in the giveaway to win any of these three wonderful prizes!
Please make sure, when adding your links to the blog pool, to simply leave a comment on this post with some way for me to contact you.  You will need to sign up for a PlexPedia account (my brother's site hosting service that supports this blog) when commenting for the first time, but it only takes about 20 seconds!  Looking forward to hearing from you!
Don't forget to comment for additional entries!
~ For additional entries, you may: ~
1. Follow my blog (Google Friend Connect, just like Blogger, is located in the right sidebar on the home page, as well as the bottom of this page for your convenience). (1 entry)
2. Follow Tasha's blog (1 entry)
3. Post about the giveaway and/or put the event button on your blog. (1 entry)
4. Share on Facebook, Twitter, and/or other social networking medium. (1 entry/each)
5. Heart my Etsy shop, or either of the Button/Mirror listings. (1 entry)
6. Visit my Official Shop, and tell me what your favorite item is! (1 entry)
{Note: readers who do not have blogs may complete one or more
of the other means of entry, leaving a comment for each}
The giveaway ends on Monday, February 28th. I will select the three winners by random number.
*Please make sure to leave a separate comment notifying me of each additional entry!*
~ The Questions ~
Compiled by Miss Kellie & Miss Natasha
  • What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?
  • Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 
  • Five of your favorite historical novels?
  • Out of those five books who is your favorite character and why? 
  • If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there?
  • What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?
  • You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert.  Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of?
  • If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?  
  • What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate?  
  • Favorite author(s)? 
  • As a small, imaginative, red-haired damsel might query; would you rather be divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good?  Why?  
  • In which century were most of the books you read written? 
  • In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… 
  • Describe your ideal dwelling place.  
  • Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?  
  •  In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is...
  • Three favorite Non-fiction books?  
  • Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?
  • Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character.
  • Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.
  • Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
  • And lastly, as I am a rather businesslike hostess, may I ask you your views regarding those adorable little items - namely pin back and mirror back buttons?  1). Where would you choose to display a button badge to best showcase your unique style?  2). What image and/or sentiment would most make you smile were it inscribed on your very own compact mirror?
Please, take the event button above and put it on your blogs (linking to this post) - even do a post of your own about it if you feel so inclined!  Assist me to spread the word of the party so that everyone has the opportunity to join in this delightful event!
I look forward to the pleasure of your company!
Yours sincerely,
~Miss Kellie~
The Party Guestbook~
Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:28:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Time to say Goodbye]]> At last, it is ready.
My new blog is awaiting your perusal in all it's shining and lambent newness.
I hope you feel right at home there - and come back often!  After all, it's not really a good bye but a warm greeting to this exciting new phase in my blogging journey.
I'm thrilled to be able to take all of my wonderful and faithful followers along with me to this new 'net home, and look forward to making many more lovely friends!
It's been an amazing journey, this blogging, and I've been truly blessed to be a part of it for so long already.  A Maiden's Musings has been a wonderful experience.  
I've moved a handful of my favorite posts over to the new blog, so that you can continue to enjoy them in the months and years to come. 
I changed my blog name, also, from A Maiden's Musings to Accordion to Kellie.  It just fits me better - I think it's a winner. =)  Hope you like it as much as I do!
I decided to make the change from PlexPedia, my brother's excellent web-hosting site, after much thought and contemplation.  I want to be as effective as possible with the amount of time and energy invested in blogging, and I'm afraid that I just wasn't able to connect with my reader base in the PlexPedia format as much as I had hoped.  I decided that I would be more effective if I made the change to Blogger, as so many more of you would feel right at home with it's blog formatting.  It was a hard decision - PlexPedia is so amazing!
However, here I am, all moved in and opening house.  I sincerely hope to find a warm welcome in the Blogger circle, and to be able to provide you, my wonderful readers, with a host of inspiration, beauty, and encouragement.
Accordion to Kellie
Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:14:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Now I know why shoes were invented. . . - Delightful Dancing]]> ]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 20:54:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Down to the Pond to Play]]> This month had been... well, it's just not been blogging-friendly.  I've hardly even been here the last few weeks.
Tomorrow, I'm going to be at our little town's annual parade/bazaar, with my first craft booth!  Tasha is going to do it with me - I think our table will be the most darling of it's kind ever seen.  Just saying.
If you're in the neighborhood, you should drop by!  And if that's not incentive enough, the North Idaho Hat Band will be performing as well.  What are you waiting for? =D
Anyway, I took a break from the hectic grind to take the girls swimming this evening in our pond.  
It was grand.
Thimbleberries down the driveway.
Mad dash to the pond!
I brought my new hammock.  Oh, yes.
Gazing at the summer evening sky
Oh yeah!
*blissful sigh*
The woodland path at the end of which lies our pond.
And at last, I did jump in.  Clothes and all=)
Buttons are all set for tomorrow!  Be looking for several new designs in my shop soon, as well!
Stay tuned for pictures of the craft fair<3
With love,
Sat, 13 Aug 2011 03:56:41 +0000
<![CDATA[In which I wear my gown once more. . . - not to mention celebrate graduation!]]> The post you've been waiting for. . .
The post with pictures of my graduation celebration!  And my vintage gown!
However, the first picture must needs have myself wearing one of those horrid, hot, shapeless masses over my dress known, simply, as. . .
The Gown.
Also, The Cap.  That enormous chunk of covered pasteboard perched on one's head like some sort of disoriented and inverted pie plate.
(Yes, I am exaggerating hugely.  I really did enjoy getting to dress up in all of my traditional and nonsensical splendor and celebrate this milestone in my life!)
Timothy, there, in the black fedora, had the right idea.  I should have brought my pith helmet. . . =D
After the ceremony, one of the graduates had a limousine waiting outside to take us all for a lovely ride through the countryside.  It was really fun.  I wish I had pictures, but alas!  I'll leave it to your imagination to visualize the posh hilarity of eight homeschool grads reclining in a limo, goblets filled with sparkling cider, enjoying themselves hugely.
Afterwards, we all met up at one of the grad's home for a lovely BBQ.
And took pictures of sweet things.
Like these girls.  I love these girls - and look!  They all match!
With Ellen the kid - who is fast becoming a gorgeous young lady. . .
The mad hatter sisters - Lilly & I
My sweet Matilda
Clara defies description as the most darling thing on this earth.
And my sweet mother, broken fibular bone and all.  I love you, Ma!
Well, that's all for now.  Have a beautiful evening, friends!
Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:18:48 +0000
<![CDATA[18th Century Devonshire Shoes - Scrumptious giveaway]]>

The Devonshires are a leather 18th century shoe based on museum examples from the 1760s through 1780s. They're made of top-grade dyable leather, with a beautiful, smooth Italian leather sole for dancing, and are hard-wearing, water- and mud-proof, for even the toughest of outdoor re-enactments.

Pre-Order the Devonshires through August 10, and get the special $100 price. We're only making 200 of these shoes, so don't miss the chance to own one of only a couple hundred pair on the planet! Visit to order.
These are so beautiful!  And they would make a perfect match for my Margurite Blakney gown, no?  If I don't win the giveaway for a pair of these amazing shoes, I think you might get me some for Christmas.  
It would be a very sweet thing to do.
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 04:14:21 +0000
<![CDATA[In the midst of a hectic summer day + a giveaway!]]> I've been absent for a great while.
I've been working on a great many things which shall be divulged shortly. 
Including this:
(No, I don't have my own iMac. Someday...  =D)
So stay tuned for the grand opening of that little project.
As well as a pictorial tour of my new canvas abode.  Complete with iced tea, a hardwood rocking chair and an Alicia Paulson embroidery kit.  Yes, you may be jealous.
Also, I would like to bring to your kind attention these shoes:
Ness of Scotland makes my day brighter.
Swing by The Story of a Seamstress for a chance to win them!
How delightful!
Have a beautiful Sunday, and I shall be back as soon as I am possibly able!
Sun, 07 Aug 2011 23:47:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Wall Tent Bunting - Now in the shop!]]>  
Happy fabric pennants.  
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 02:55:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Historical Costume Inspiration Festival - The Retro Sailor Dress]]> Presenting my final entry for the fabulous Historical Costume Inspiration Festival!
The Introduction
I created this dress to be my sewing project for 4-H this year, and I am happy to say that it won Senior grand champion!  Was I ever surprised - I am not exactly known for my patience in often long-drawn out trials of sewing, and I honestly didn't expect my project to do so well with the judges;)  It did, however, and I al so made 2nd place in garment modeling!  
Wonders never cease=)
Here I am at the County Fair in August, shortly after the 4-H fashion show ~
The Inspiration
I knew I wanted to make a 1940s-50s styled outfit for 4-H, but I couldn't make up my mind what style to go with:)
I first gleaned inspiration for the dress when I watched The Story of Seabiscuit (Shirley Temple) with my little sisters. 
I absolutely love Shirley's dress here - it reminds me of Smucker's jam, and picnics, and darling little shoes, and everything vintage and sweet=)
Then when I saw the dress Debbie Reynolds is sporting in this photograph - I fell in love. ;)
Smart little pointed cuffs, a sailor collar, and a small check fabric with a lovely drape were all elements I incorporated into my outfit from these pictures.
I based the main pattern off of a vintage Simplicity blouse pattern used by my friend's mother when she was little.  The skirt piece is derived from my favorite half-circle skirt pattern, worn with a muslin petticoat (also made by me) underneath for the correct silhouette.
The belt and buckle are covered with matching fabric and sewn entirely by hand.  I drafted the sleeves, as well as the pattern for the pointed cuffs, and the three blue buttons are an antique find. 
The Costume
The suitcase is one of my most prized possessions - it belonged to my dear great-grandma (lovingly called G.G. by all her great-grandchildren).  A spunky Irish girl and the eldest of seventeen, Rose met and married a handsome American solider (my g-grandpa Logan) who was on leave in london after being shot down by German snipers in the French countryside in 1945.
She came over from England in 1946 as a war bride, meaning she journeyed all the way to America solo to meet her husband after the war was over.  Though not absolutely certain, I like to think this valise made the journey with her, all that brave and hope-filled voyage.
I am planning to make several posts in future sharing the amazing stories, fascinating memorabilia, and darling photographs entrusted to us by G.G, who passed away only two weeks ago after a short battle with cancer.  
This post is dedicated to her.
My gloves and sweet little handkerchief were a gift from a very dear friend, procured at an antique shop in California.
My hat, also bequeathed to me by my friend, is a cunning little affair of pleated blue velvet, held on with pearl-head hatpins.  I love the sailor-inspired buckle detail on the navy pumps=)
Posing with Rosie
I sincerely hope you enjoyed your visit - please do come back soon!
Yours, lovingly, 
P.S. Many thanks to Ellen for her talented (humorous) and dedicated assistance as a photographer!

Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:30:53 +0000
<![CDATA[A String of Happy Thoughts]]> Mind if I ramble for awhile?  Because I'm thinking of so many happy things at the moment - I wanted to share!
  • Ma and Pa are both down in Ca for the week - so I get to rule the insurgent kingdom singlehandedly in their absence.  Baking, sewing, napping, giggling, gardening, tidying, anointing bruises, watching movies (alright - a movie;) and the endless pondering of the question "What's for dinner?" has been my lot.  It's been a relaxing, productive week.
  • I solved the dinner puzzle this time by making a BakeOver - carrots, spinach, hamburger, garlic, and spices in a pan, an eggy batter poured over all, and the thing was done.  And I saw that it was good.
  • I have been living in my new home for over a week now!  It's been wonderful.  There's still so much to do to make it quite perfect, but I've been getting a little done every day.  My musical instruments are all displayed on the dresser, fresh flowers from my garden are on the little carved table my dad used to finger-paint on, and - this is SO EXCITING - I have a computer set up!  It's not quite running, but thanks to Aubrey's efforts, it should be soon.  And then. . . well, you'll see.  But it's going to be good. =D
  • Tasha and Alex came over this afternoon.  We went on a hike, threw daisies at each other (Aubrey ripped up an entire daisy bush and started sword fighting... things went fast after that;)  Tasha and I looked through my Great-Grandma's (G.G.) photo album.  Played badminton, then we all sat on my front porch and made some music.  It was so nice!
  • I love this Color Palette Generator!  It's just too fun.  Try it - it looks indispensable to graphic design! 
  • I made a vintage-pattern dress today.  It's green, with double-breasted brass snaps. And a lace-trimmed Armistice-style collar.  And a pleated skirt.  I think it's my favorite project ever.  
Pictures coming soon!
  • This Vintage Hanky Bunting is tooo sweet.  I want one of my own=)
  • And lastly, the thought that makes me most happy of all -
"Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.  Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.  Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.  Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.  Praise ye the LORD."
-Psalms 150
Praise the Lord!
Sat, 09 Jul 2011 02:07:38 +0000
<![CDATA[The First Rose 'O Summer]]> Sat, 02 Jul 2011 01:19:58 +0000 <![CDATA[A Long-anticipated Dream. . . - Moving out - & moving in!]]> Lord willing, I shall soon have an. . .
Yesterday, I purchased my own wall tent.  
First inspired by MaryJane Butter's bed and breakfast down in Moscow, Idaho - now I'm going to try my hand at creating a wall tent haven of my own!
I've never had my own room.  First it was my brother when we were wee little things, then one sweet sister, then two, then three - then we moved into a little travel trailer on our property and began a great adventure in tight quarters.  No more bedrooms - it was two foot wide bunks=)  Another sister joined us soon after that, and along with my brother and parents, all eight of us learned to work together and trust God for grace as we stepped on each other's toes and figured out how to live creative and productive lives at the same time.  
That was over seven years ago.  God has been so good - I can't begin to relate how much He has taught me in this school.  
{June 2005}
Awhile back a friend asked me if I didn't feel cheated, somehow - my entire teenage years spent this way, waiting, struggling, crowding.  I thought a moment, and then was able to say with perfect certainty; "No.  A year ago I did - I felt both cheated and frustrated.  But looking back, I can confidently say I am thankful for every day, every year - because I see now that I was living all along in God's will for my life.  I wouldn't have it any other way."
My God has a plan for my life.  I wouldn't have it any other way.

I wouldn't have poured all of this out to you - in fact, I didn't want to. . . but I felt the Lord prompting me to share this testimony of His goodness.  Any good that has come out of my life is by His grace alone - my side is, truly, filthy rags.
I pray you are encouraged by reading this!
". . .But those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth."
- Psalms 37:9
And now, at last, I see my dream coming to a realization.
I have longed to have a place of my own to work, create, decorate, and relax in.  A place to expand, to grow, to learn, and to have a little privacy! =)  My current bed room is the sofa, located in the living room/entry/dining room/school room/everything room. . . if I sleep in, I can expect to awaken to find a diverse assortment of little girls sitting on me, eating their breakfasts.  ;D
And now.
 Now, I am preparing to enter a brand new, unwritten chapter of my life.
Praising God, trusting Him, and living out each moment for His glory.
With a little house of my own.
TO GOD be the GLORY!!
P.S.  Big, exciting changes in my blog are forthcoming, as well!  Stay in touch to see what I have in store for my blog, my shop, and my readers - YOU! =D
Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:17:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Sketches from My Notebook]]> I've been cleaning out my belongings, getting rid of ancient twisty ballon relics, old receipts, and handmade clay dice ( hey - it never fell on six.  Bad dice:)  and consolidating things generally.
While engrossed in this undertaking, I stumbled upon some of my old sketch books and scanned in some of my favorites.  The following is from '06 up to last year.  Enjoy!
This was the first prototype of what later became my Retro Sailor dress.
Here we have what appears to have been my dream room at the age of fourteen.  See the snow on the window panes?  I like it. =)
This was my entry design for the Own Your Look dress design contest by Jo Ann's Fabrics.  I wasn't able to enter, but it was lovely to sketch out!
A ruffled variation with lace overlay and handmade opera gloves
Design for a tote pattern I envisioned - still planning to make this someday=)
A view of Camelot from a fourteen year old's perspective.
In keeping with the Mediaeval theme, a dress fit for Maid Marian herself!
These I did a couple weeks ago for fun - this is the house plan for my dream straw bale cottage.  Pretty, isn't it? ;)
Cutaway view of the bedroom. . . inspired by this picture:
A pictorial sewing list from last year - everything crossed off expect that tote bag, a swimsuit, and my Mediaeval gown.  Have to get on that. . .;)
Well, that's all for now.  I'm off to a house-sitting job tomorrow - then Graduation on the weekend!  Excitingness=)
Have a lovely evening!
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 04:56:28 +0000
<![CDATA[New Lovelies in the Shop!]]>  
Be sure to check them out!
Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday!
Sun, 05 Jun 2011 19:05:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Greenhouse. - Relive the experience ]]> One of the major highlights of this year for our family has been building a 30x60 greenhouse.
The boys brought the frame from my grandfather's estate in California, where in the past he had been experimenting with growing hydroponic tomatoes.  
We made a thorough job of it, and had so much fun that we were occasionally reduced to tears...
Here is a complete history, presented in pictorial form.   
Proceed with caution.
Where it came from...
... Where it went.
While building the raised beds, we found this little fellow in the block pile.  I'd never seen a bat up close before... he was rather cute:)
The last one!!  Yay!!!  *we perform a jubilant war-dance, then proceed*
The beds almost finished, the top plate on both sides, Aubrey and I had the job of putting the top two rails on the frame.  (In 20-20 hindsight, we should have put those on before we built the beds... they got in the way. A lot.)
We had fun - too much fun, perhaps... 
"O.K, Kellie, you set the ladder down on the count of three.  Be sure to get it in the picture, too - Three!
"O.K, O.K, this is good. Now get one without the ladder.  Quick!"
Harold Lloyd, anyone? ;)
Moments before he disappeared from my lens;)
So then of course I had to try it...
I could only hold on for two pictures.  There was no trying for a better shot.  "Quick!  Aubrey, get the ladder up here!!  "Huurry!!
We soaked the lumber for the end walls in the pond...
... after we cracked two boards trying to screw them on:/  =)
Ready for plastic.
(Bet you can't beat that for a corny statement=)
And now for the fun part - Planting!! 
 From this...
To this...
Then this.
And now, it's almost twice that size again!  In this pic, we have our 200 tomato plants, and that's Jerusalem artichokes on the right.  The sun chokes are easily doubled in size, plus we planted a fall crop of cabbage, beans, etc down the left bed, and carrots in with the tomatoes.  
They're very happy.
We're very happy.
And God has blessed this endeavor beyond what we'd even imagined.  Praise the Lord!
Everything looks like a watercolor through the plastic.  It's so pretty=)
Basil.  Yep. ;)
All of this was a tremendous amount of work.  But...
Imagine walking down a breezy, blowsy country driveway, cool, yet not cold.  You step through a door.  The steam hits you, a warm, moist, rich aroma of growing verdure wafting to your senses.  You stroll along the rows, smelling, examining, feeling the dust on your feet and the still, humid air around you.  It is quite still, and the whole world outside is sensed only as a dreamy, quiet watercolor.  Then you spot what you are looking for - plump, round, red.  You pick it, and its ripeness is felt by the way it falls into your hand.  Wipe it on your apron.  Smell it.  Bite it.  That sun-warm, rich, juicy flavor is indescribable.  
Very well worth it.
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 20:02:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Real Quick]]> I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day!
My blogging has been pathetic of late.  That's not my intention, but the unstoppable hurtling-on of life is more than a match for me at the present. =)
So, in between everything, I'm swinging by to share a picture of my darling mother and I at a banquet I attended last Saturday.
I graduated last year, and to all intents and purposes am in the class of '10, but I'm going to be having a ceremony this year with the class of '11 as my family were too busy to do so last year.  I'm excited.
  And best of all, I finally had a special occasion to wear my green dress - the graduation banquet!  I think I'll be donning it again for the actual ceremony in June... I don't want to loose a chance to bask in it's loveliness;)
A dear friend's mother wore it as her wedding dress in 1949.
Look for more pictures soon! ;)
Have a marvelous Monday, my friends!
Tue, 10 May 2011 01:57:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Hi there!]]> Yes, It's me. =)
I am so happy to see PlexPedia back in action once more - it was having tecnichal difficulties for a bit there, but it looks like we're good to go again.
Additionally, I am stopping by the blog in the middle of making a great big pot of lentil soup and cornbread for lunch to feed to the hungry gardeners working in the greenhouse.  It's a lovely rainy day, and weeding underneath that canopy of warm, thick plastic is quite fun:)  The outside world looks like a watercolor painting through the rain droplets streaming from the center of the hoop house.
  • I am amazed at the undeniable fact that my graduation ceremony is a little over a week away!  I am looking forward to that with the utmost excitement.  
  • My mother sprained her ankle two Sundays ago and has been experiencing pain and a great deal of swelling.  Praise the Lord, she seems to be slowly recovering, but we would appreciate prayers for her to be out of pain and fully recovered soon.  And thank God for essential oils!
  • 4-H archery is going splendidly.  I am hoping to get a recurve bow of my own here soon.  Very fun.  (Here a friend kindly gave me the use of theirs:)
  • A gorgeous swallowtail butterfly paid us a visit the other day and I was delighted to get some photographs of him - he seemed to take a liking to Tilda from the outset;)
I have very big, very exciting plans both for my near future and this blog's!  I can hardly wait to show you what is in store. . . finding time to make these plans reality in the midst of a full, hectic summer will be interesting;)
Well, that's all for now - y'all come back now, you hear?
P.S. I am very fond of wall tents.

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 19:11:18 +0000
<![CDATA[How to toast a Marshmallow - Or, a brief and disjointed report on certain affairs of state]]> Pathetic blogging notwithstanding, I am here to say that it should not be long now before life settles into it's usual state of relative normalness around here.  
I decline to give a more detailed definition of the word normalness - I'm not sure that's possible with our family;)
Something you may be able to relate to, however, included in the term, is that I am hoping to have a computer of my own soon!  You might perhaps recall the event of my former laptop being murdered last June, in a tragic event including a small sister, a large glass of milk, and a short-circuit deluge.  I have since been blogging, supporting an online business, the whole nine yards  - on the uncertain hospitality of my dear brother's computer. . .it's been onerous, to say the least;)
I've been working, saving, and praying for another computer ever since, and one of these days (soon) I hope to see my prayer realized.  In the meantime, I know you'll understand my exceedingly lame blogging patterns of late.  Every two weeks or so?  Christopher Columbus. =)  
So hang in there, my friends - I'll be a famously prolific blogger yet! ;D
In other news, The Senior banquet was lovely.  I am still trying to get ahold of pictures from the event... I have a camera on the list just below laptop:)  Also, my trip pictures.  Additionally, some cute little pictures of everyday life, sewing pictures, and pictures in general are currently MIA, but should be available for display soon.
For now, enjoy my sister's expertise as she demonstrates the time-honored and exciting pastime of marshmallow roasting.  Also, I shall show you how to best enjoy a piercing and mist-laden day on the lake,
Idaho style - "What, snow melt-off?  The water's great!"
(No, I didn't catch pneumonia nor die of hypothermia.  Quite.:)

Happy Wednesday, y'all!
- Kellie
Wed, 18 May 2011 22:22:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Home. - It's Sweet]]> I'm Home!
It's so good to be here - where I belong.
It's so good to belong somewhere!
Thank you, Lord, for putting me right where I'm at.  You are so good to me.  I am indescribably thankful.
I'm ready to go to work again.  Life hurtles on. . . stay tuned for something of interest to view here sometime soon=)
 I'm going to be outside working in the garden for the next good while, so I'm not sure where I'll find time for blogging.  At any rate, for now, it's just good to be home.
Vive Ut Vivas!
Fri, 06 May 2011 16:32:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Darlings, I've missed you all so!]]> Oh, dear.  It's been such a very long time - I havn't even been here since *gasp* April 11th.
I miss you all so much.
But I've already informed you of that.
And you might have guessed it, even if I didn't. . .
In other news, I will be coming home in the 5th of May.  Cinco de Mayo.  With many stories, memories, and maybe even a smashing vintage hat or two. . .=)
Sadly, I have not more than a dozen pictures from the adventure, not having a camera of my own, but I think you'll enjoy the ones I do posses;)
I think this juncture is an excellent one for a nice, bulleted list;)
Some of my adventures thus far include:
  • Walking ten miles through a vineyard counting vines and stakes and stepping on a 2 1/2 foot long diamond back *shudder* snake
  • Driving over twenty miles in said vineyard on Grampy's quad - Woo hoo!  So much fun=)
  • Eating divine fresh shrimp in San Fransisco with Grampy
  • Walking misty beaches on the Oregon Coast with Aunt Anna
  • Driving Grampy over the winding, narrow, steep and scary Hopland grade and surviving
  • Playing four different lovely pianos scattered along my trail
  • Looking at to-die-for hats stacked floor to ceiling in a quaint little main street shop in Ferndale, Ca
  • Becoming the thrilled and proud owner of one of said hats - Thank you, Grampy! =D
  • Attending a T.E.A party in Santa Rosa
  • Bravely playing a piano special for an Easter Sunday service :D
  • Working on spreadsheets
  • And many more random and exciting adventures!


I also am so thrilled to discover that I have Fifty followers!  I am so thankful to you all for your interest and support of this little blog - especially those of you who are patiently awaiting my return to regular blogging again.  I'll be home soon!


All my love,






Wed, 27 Apr 2011 22:11:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Out of the Blue - I'm off on a Globe-trotting Adventure!]]>
Quite unexpectedly, I am heading out of town today (yes, my family is rather unexpected;) with my Dad to go down to Ca. to help him with some work he has down there, then, I'm heading up to Oregon to visit my Aunt and help her pack her home in preparation for moving!  I do not know as of yet just how long my journey will extend. . . 
  • Bible
  • Pith helmet
  • 1 pr. white gilt, 1 pr. blue w/ rhinestone hearts sun glasses (yep, I'm a sunglass hog;)
  • little green suitcase
  • Sense and  Sensibility, Biography of Andrew Jackson & embroidery (for the car)
  • Polka-dot a pron. . .
. . .I'm ready. ;)
So, I'm here to bid you all a hurried farewell, and the request that you pray for me as I embark on this new adventure.
Lord willing, I'll return to you in a few weeks!
Much love,
P.S. I'm homesick  - and I haven't left yet=(
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:14:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Ultimate Blog Party 2011 - Welcome to my Blog!]]>
Who could resist joining the ultimate blog party?  I couldn't.  =)
Well, if you are visiting my little web journal for the first time, I'm so glad to welcome you!
As I sum up on my home page:
Welcome to my online journal - I'm so glad you stopped by!
Let me give a word of introduction, in the event of this being your first visit here.
I run this quaint and oftentime zany little corner of the
blogosphere with the sanguine view of
amusing, inspiring, and ultimately, edifying readers and friends.
A homeschool graduate and the oldest daughter of six, I am an endlessly
blessed farmgirl who loves the Lord God with all of my heart.
I am contentedly living at home with my family in the gorgeous mountains
and valleys of rural North Idaho, striving to serve the Lord in every aspect of my life.
I love studying God's Word, reading, world history, working with horses, baking,
sewing and embroidery, historical fashion and clothing design, gardening, laughing,
babies, singing and playing the piano, accordion, dulcimer, and ukulele, archery,
medicinal herbs, old books, dancing, cowgirl boots, clever witticisms, tooled leather,
and, well, myriads of things!
It is my sincere desire to share my vision of the coming generation of daughters to be faithful, Godly, and wise mothers of the future by sharing some of the things I love here on the blog.
I hope you enjoy your stay, and please come again!
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 04:11:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Outfit: Nancy Drew Farmgirl - Nancy Drew Fashion Week {Day 7} ]]>

Hello, there!  
Here I am, one the last day of the delightful Nancy Drew Fashion Week
This week has been a whirlwind for me, and in fact several more things have come up that are going to entirely change the course of next few months for me. . . I'll elaborate more on that later=)
However, I planned all along to enter the fashion week by the skin o' my teeth - thanks, Lilly, for tromping around in the rain with a camera for me!  And here I am, just in time to share an outfit - though it might be more of a Helen Herriott inspired ensemble... the rain was not fitting company for most of my vintage/Nancy-ish clothes;) My hairstyle looks rather 1930s to me. . . that could be either Helen or Nancy:)  I'll take that as it comes.
P.S. Don't forget to enter the Nancy Drew button badge giveaway I'm sponsoring at Bramblewood Fashion!
~ Nancy Drew Modern/Farmgirl ~
I'm making a rather strange face here, but it was the only picture with my dear doggies in it;)
~ Rose Jacket - Falconable, thrifted
~ Fair Isle Sweater - Tiara, thrifted
~ Rose print Tee - thrifted
~ Green Coururoy Skirt, Lands End, gift from a friend
~ Italian Leather Belt - thrifted
~ Navy Wellingtons - Northerner Max, State Line Tack
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:58:26 +0000