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L is for Lace

Hello, Lovelies! I hope you can all forgive me for my lack of posting over the last few days… I’ve had tons of babysitting jobs and my best friend was home from college last week, so there was tons of hanging out & catching up going on, but unfortunately not a lot of blogging!

I digress… L is for Lace! Lace is one of my absolute favorite things. Spring or not. However, I think there is  something so light and soft about lace that makes it perfect for spring. It is supremely girly.

Since I’ve been pretty lacking on posting lately, this will be a SUPER JAM PACKED POST today. Soooo, get excited!

Before we get to crafting, I’m going to do a little something I’ll call Splurge or Save. I know,  a pretty common segment on morning talk shows. But, it’s always been one of my favorites. When it comes to lace, you decide. If you’re willing to splurge for a fantastic lace piece, it’s likely that there will be more attention detail and it will last you longer. However, if you just want something to wear just for the season, then don’t dip into your crafting budget to buy it!

{Lace Bandeau from Free People, $28}

{Lace Bandeau from GoJane, $12.70}

For me, the save would be the option. Bandeaus were on-trend last summer as well, but I don’t see much staying power in them. However, they’re a great alternative to a bulky cami for under your low-cut tops. A bandeau is also so cute under a shirt or tank top that has large armholes. But I implore you not to wear this item solo.

{Lace Skirt from ModCloth, $59.99}

{Lace Skirt from Forever21, $13.50}

An item as basic as a cream lace skirt is something I’d be willing to spend a bit more on. The ModCloth skirt has a great, full shape. The Forever21 skirt is fantastic as well, though. I adore the little pocket detail! But something as versatile as a simple skirt is an item I would be willing to splurge on.

{Lace Dress from Modcloth, $64.99}

{Lace Dress from Forever21, $24.80}

Both of these dresses are beautiful. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong one way or the other!

{Lace Tank Top from Nordstrom, $36.00}

{Lace Tank Top from Forever21, $19.80}

I’m a strong proponent of not buying shirts that are sheer lace. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous to buy a top that you have to buy another top just to wear! Both of these tanks feature the lace as an overlay, so there’s no additional purchases required. Both shirts are equally beautiful. The Nordstrom one is perfect if you’re looking for the crop-top look and the F21 one is great for a longer look.

{Lace Cardigan from Nordstrom, $36.00}

{Lace Cardigan from Forever21, $15.80}

This comparison is the perfect example of how spending more will  get you a more detailed item. The Nordstrom cardigan features a ruffle along the bottom whereas the F21 does not. A piece as basic as this cardigan is something I would totally be willing to spend a bit more on. The ruffle detail completely makes the first one for me.

Okay, now back to crafting! I found some fantastic crafts using lace that I’m super excited to share with you guys. I know, my crafting has been lacking recently. However, the next few letters in my A to Z involve lots of crafting. So I can’t wait to share that with you guys.

{Lace Bow tutorial from P.S. I Made This}

{Lace & Pearl Bracelet tutorial from Flamingo Toes}

{Modcloth Inspired Cardi tutorial from iCandy Handmade}

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

Isaiah 53:8-11



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Tres, Tres, Chic

Does anyone else know that song? It’s Mocean Worker, I first heard it in The Devil Wears Prada (one of my favorite movies – I LOVE Stanley Tucci!).

Anyways, sorry for the lack of posting! I’ve had a super-hectic week with some family stuff and then trying to get in all of my college applications! However, I am back today, with number two of my B200 (b-two-double-o has a nice ring to it, I do believe).

Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes

This is the second of three craft books I received for Christmas. It’s sewing projects are exactly as described in the title. Lots of breezy dresses and simple tops. This book opens up with a section called “Learning the Basics.” There is detailed paragraphs explaining the use of different tools and materials you’ll need to have a successful sewing experience. A brief section on patterns is followed by how to work with fabrics. After, “Learning the Basics,” comes, “Finding Your Style.” Here explains a little more about different fabric types and patterns, as well as how to attach decorative items to the garments you create (trims, buttons, hooks, buckles and loops – to name a few). The last section before the projects is, “Basic Techniques.” It explains how to work with a curved edge, seams, gathering, hems, as well as different ways to attach a button and how to make, and apply, bias tape.

Chapter two is where the actual crafting begins. The book’s projects are divided by season. We open with Spring, which has an even mix of dresses and tops; then move into Summer, where short, flirty garments are in abundance; after, we’re shown how to make lots of skirts and dresses in the Fall, and end with Winter, where there are lots of dresses guaranteed to need to have a jacket thrown over for warmth. Each garment includes step-by-step instructions, as well as several pictures to depict what is being explained. There’s always a lovely photo, and the author’s suggestion for what kind of fabric to use. Also, it lets you know how much fabric, width of the seam allowance, and what techniques you’ll need to know.

My favorite part of the book is the patterns included. It is extremely helpful, especially considering the level of difficulty that some of the projects are. The book ranks each project from a one to five on a difficulty scale, which is something else I really like.

If you’re style tends to lean more to the simple side (as mine often does), then this one is for you.

The book retails for $27.50 (a little expensive, yes – but remember: you get the patterns included!). So here’s the deals:

Barnes & Noble – $17.62 online

You save 35%, plus 10% if you’re a member! Also, they’re running a deal where if you spend over $25, you get free shipping! So maybe get this one AND Little Green Dresses, then there ya go, no shipping!

They also offer new starting at around $16, and used at about $14

Amazon – $17.62

Exactly the same price as B&N. They’re saying you save 36% (just a rounding difference, I assume) and they have new and used, both starting at around$14.

Target – $23.37

Eh, nothing special here. It’s looking like B&N is your best bet!


He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.

This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel

2 Timothy 1: 9 & 10

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Books To Obsess Over, #1

Hi, I’m Elizabeth, and I’m addicted to books. There, I said it. My love affair with books began at the tender age of three, when I would listen to them on my Walkman (I would then claim to be able to read a book, when in actuality, I had only memorized it). I would read every book I was able to get my hands on and my reading level was above my class’ average. When I am reading a good novel, I am engulfed by it. Everything around me dissolves and my thoughts become entwined with those of the character (on occasion, I am so involved in a book, I find myself doing the action the author is describing – “she pursed her lips,” for example).

So it really comes as no surprise to me, or to anyone that knows me, that my love of books and love of crafts collide into what has become my new favorite section at Barnes & Noble: Crafts. I could walk there with my eyes closed. I get a bit giddy when I see the green rectangle sign with the crisp white lettering.  The section is tucked away in the back corner of the store, and I could spend hours there, sprawled across the aisle, reading book after book. Luckily – with a little help from my Amazon wish list – I was able to receive for Christmas some of the ones I found most intriguing. So, now I begin a new category, titled, “B2OO,” (B-2-double o if you want a cute name for it). It shall be devoted to all the glorious crafting books out there that I own, or that I desire to. We’ll begin with…

Little Green Dresses – Tina Sparkles

This book, as the subtitle details, has fifty different ways to repurose something old (they use everything from sheets to Hawaiian print shirts) into something new. It’s a book for those of you who are as intrigued by the New Dress A Day blog as I am (I mentioned it here). It opens with easy-to-understand explanations of the techniques that you’ll need to know to be able to create the patterns described. Chapter two is devoted to use and make the patterns. Chapter three is where the fun begins. There are six chapters in all, and chapters three through six breaks up the projects by garment type: tops, skirts, dresses, and bottoms & rompers. All of the projects are gorgeous and include detailed instructions with lots of pictures as well as fun ideas to, “mix it up!” If you love turning something old into something new (I do, as seen here with my ongoing dress project and here with the baby skirt), then this is certainly the book for you.

Interested in this book? It retails at $22.95. I’ve taken the liberty to find you the best prices out there from the most reliable sources (we are Poor Girls after all, and I know you love a bargain as much as I do!):

Barnes & Noble

Save 25% if you purchase online and 10% if you’re a member (SO worth it if you frequently buy books!). They also offer new and used starting at around fifteen dollars.


At $15.61, you save 32% – sounds pretty good to me!


Not as great of a bargain as Amazon at $16.45. However, you’re still saving 28% and with Target, you don’t have to order it online – you can march yourself down to your local one and not have to pay shipping for it (although when you consider how much gas costs… but that’s another story).

Well, this was quite a novel of a post. However, I hope you enjoyed it and that you buy this book and love it as much as me! I’m sure you’ll be seeing me post more about it as I craft from it.

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But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

let them ever sing for joy,

and spread your protection over them,

that those who love your name may exult you.

Psalm 5:11

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Being a Seattlelite (we are, of course, infamous for our obsessive recycling ways) it’s surprising that this was my first “upcycling” project. However, while searching for something to do over the past weekend, I stumbled across a bag of clothes that were meant for giving away, but had never found themselves to a donation box. I rummaged through the old grocery bag and found an adorable dress. It was given to me for my fifteenth birthday. However, it had taken one too many spins in the dryer for my tall stature and no longer was an appropriate length. As I was looking at the dress, I had a stroke of genius: make it into a skirt! The leader from my small group is having a baby girl soon, and I thought it would make a cute skirt for her to wear during the summer months.

So, now I will explain to you, in a few easy steps, how I made this dress into a fabulous little skirt.


One: Figure out how long you want your skirt to be, then to that number add double the width of your elastic and desired seam allowance. Measure from the bottom.

(As you can see, the photo was taken AFTER I cut the dress)


Two: Figure out how much, if any, you want to take the skirt in. You want the circumference to be triple the measurement of the waist so that the elastic has room to stretch. I chose to bring it in five inches. I simply marked the spot with a pin.

PhotobucketThree: Sew along the line where you’re going to bring it in to. Nothing fancy about it, just a straight line.

Four: Cut off the excess fabric (in the picture from step three, I cut off the fabric to the left)

PhotobucketFive: Fold over the width of your elastic + desired amount of seam allowance and pin. Sew, leaving a small opening so you can feed your elastic in.

PhotobucketSix: Cut your desired length of elastic. It should be a few inches shorter than your waist measurement. Then, safety pin your elastic onto the skirt, leaving a little excess so you don’t loose it in the skirt when you remove the safety pin.

Seven: Feed elastic in.

Eight: Sew ends of elastic together and the close the gap on the waistband.

PhotobucketNine: Ta-da!

The best part of this skirt? The price, of course! This skirt cost me, drum roll please… $1.99! The only thing I had to buy is the elastic.

So take a look at your closet, or your donation bag, and decide what items you can transform into something fresh & new!

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19

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