Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

We don't have to give thanks FOR all things, but IN all things give thanks. 
In joy, stress, certainty, injustice, plenty, want, wandering, security, suffering, sorrow-- give thanks because he turned our wailing into dancing, he brings peace in chaos, through his blood nothing fails, the Holy Spirit will lead us to justice, he is our constant provider, he is unchanging, he leads us closer to him through trust, his infinite provision, our pain is only temporary because of what Jesus did, and we know he feels our pain, so we can lean on him.

Want more? Go to She Reads Truth.  

Happy Thanksgiving from Taylor and I!
Stuff yourself silly with those calorie busted foods. Thanksgiving only comes once a year. :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Head-wrap Headband

I seem to be kinda a hair accessory junkie. It is my weakness, particularly at craft shows. And when I purchase a new addition to my collection I'm usually gonna go home and make a duplicate. Kinda like the whole if you give a mouse a cookie scenario, only more like if you give a Megan a hair accessory.  
A couple weeks ago I showed you all my first craft show purchase AND a top secret custom order packaging. I promised a tutorial for the contents in the package but little did you know that it was for a head-wrap headband! Muhaha.

By this time you've probably got it figured out, but I purchased a head-wrap headband (yeah I'm strugglin' with a name, this is the best I've got) about 2 months back (I'm behind with this, I know). The thing was a dream-- as in it made bad hair days appear to be better, so obviously I had to make another so I could rotate them out. 

And since this is the first tutorial since about well... 3 months ago. (Shame, shame, shame.) It's super easy! Woohoo! Bonus.

What You Need
2 coordinating kinds of fabric
-2 pieces that measure 3in x 12in (these will be the ties)
-1 piece that measures 18in x 8.5ini(this will be the main band)

Cut out all your fabric pieces, and iron all the pieces. Just make sure to get any wrinkles out.

We'll start off with the ties. So ignore the big band piece for now.
Fold the ties in half right sides together, and press. 
Draw a slant on the wrong side of the fabric. You will use this as a guide at the end while sewing to give the ties and little more interest. 

Sew the open side of the fabric together, make sure to follow your slanted line. 

Done with the ties... for now! 
Onto the band
On both edges (the 18 inch edges) of the band fold in 1/8 inch towards the wrong side. Pin, and iron. Do this across the both sides. 

 Turn your machine onto a very small zig-zag stitch and zig-zag what you just folded. 

On the shorter edges (or the non zig-zagged edges/8.5in edges) turn your sewing machine up to it's biggest straight stitch. You want to gather these ends. Sew across the edge, with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure you have enough extra thread to gather it up. Do this to both 8.5 inch sides.

After you've gathered both edges, get your ties. Fold in about 1/4 inch-1/2 inch of fabric in on your ties so you get the look above. Stuff the gathered edge of your band into the hole created in your tie piece. 

Put your sewing machine back on normal straight stitch and sew it in place to secure it. Back stitch/go back and forth a few times to make sure it's in place. 

Trim all extra threads and you're done!

And if you're looking for a few new ways to wear it, here's four-- at your finger tips. 

Go have at it and make a headband for everyday of the week! I promise you won't regret it. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Photoshoot with Four

I'd say we are overdue for a tutorial of some sort, but seems how I seem to be on a tutorial of fast this will have to do until I get my crafting act together. I'm taking the weekend to get a chunk done. Hopefully it can hold you all over for the time being.
One of the perks of having a dad that invests in land to farm on is sometimes you hit the lottery and get a hunk-o-dirt with an amazing old barn among it. I'll wait a while to proceed as you try to soak in this 1932s glory.
Back in September (just confessing my blogging sins of falling behind) me+Taylor+both of our sisters (guess who's is who's) made a hike to this barn for yet another photo shoot. I meant when you've got a barn looking like this you can pass up a shoot here? Can I get an amen?
Here's the full shoot. Actually more like 1/16 of the pictures we got. We ended up with 600 pictures. Did I mention we were there for about 2 hours? Devotion. My sister took the pictures with a Canon Rebel 3TI. Love that camera, but we've got ourselves a Nikon d3100 and I dare say I like it more.

Just to give you a fair warning, this is a picture overload. Hopefully the amazing scenery makes up for the excessive amount. I mean just look at that barn. DROOL. 

 Before we get too ahead of ourselves, you can see Taylor's ridiculously perfect outfit here

*can we all take a moment to stare into the computer's soul at my sisters perfectly distributed curls? ENVY*

Someday we can have a Two Girls and a Glue Gun gathering here. Hopefully we don't fall through the rotting floors though. If that wouldn't be the biggest blogging catastrophe known to man, then I don't know what would. 

Where's your favorite place? Got a new place that's perfect for a photo shoot? 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Five Things Friday

Happy Friday to all ye people! 
This week has been a busy week for me+Taylor, so sorry for the lack of posting. That doesn't sound new does it?
While we're on that topic, hopefully November won't suffer like October did with 2 measly little posts. #hangingheadinshame 

Wanna know why our week has been crazy? We're hitting CRAFT SHOW NUMERO UNO tomorrow! 
EEEEK. It's gonna be sah-weet! Come to Byron Center High school from 9-3 if you can! 

Speaking of craft shows, this here headband has been my first (and only) purchase so far this craft show season. I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm obsessed! 

Maybe you have noticed, maybe you haven't... but there's a new camera in town! Not to confuse it with the one picture above (that one was from school), but we are proud owners of the Nikon d3100! 

My absolute favorite part about custom orders is being able to gussy them up with sassy packaging-- something you don't get to do otherwise at craft shows. Want to know what's in the package? There may or may not be a tutorial coming *hopefully-if-things-go-as-planned* next week!

And to top the week off with one of my new favorite Bible verses! (James 1:2-4)

Have a super fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What I Wore {Fall Sweater}

Earth shattering news guys: I bought an article of clothing from a place other than Old Navy or Target. 
What is the world coming too?!

Maybe that's a little exaggeration. I do branch out to more than 2 stores, but those are my main hits.

Me + my sisters pretty much keep Old Navy's heat running in the winter and the lights on year round. And Target, psh. Who doesn't love shopping there? 
Last week we had a 5 day weekend (yes yes! It was like Christmas 2 months early, literally too. We got snow. Praises it melted in 1 day). During the break we headed out to Ikea and hit the outlet malls since we were in the area anyways and wanted to spend way too much money. 
My sister and I walked into LOFT, a store I have only been in once before, and there before on the clearance rack was the perfect fall sweater in all of the US. 

Side note: these boots arrived last week. I'm annoyingly obsessed with them, so expect to see them in about every outfit post for the remaining fall :) 

I tried it on in 3 colors: navy, cream, and this fabulous plum. It's rather obviously what color came home with me that day-- purple. I figured since I have maybe one purple shirt, and one dress it was time to add to the purple family. 

 *sorry for the extremely yucky lighting and awkward pose, it's the only focused full length*
sweater: LOFT | pants: Old Navy | necklace: Charlotte Russe | boots: GoJane
And now, I wear it way too much. Seriously, ask Taylor. I haven't had it for a week and she's see it ah, maybe 3+ times already. You have my word that it's going in the wash before I wear it again. Don't worry, promise I do know a thing or two about personal hygiene. #thisisgettingawkward
Moral of the story, branching out can be fab. Especially when you score clearance racks as good as LOFT's, and I guess make sure to wash your sweaters. No matter how much you want to wear it day after day.

Have you been hitting any new stores? Finding great deals? Got a new favorite sweater that you can relate with me? I'd love to hear!

Linking with: Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On, Because Shanna Said So, Two Thirty Five Designs, Suburbs Mama, Fashions Greatest Hits, Nifty Thrifty, Style Lixir, My Thrifty Chic, Dear Abby Leigh, Walking in Memphis in Heels

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