DIY Ball Gown

Hello everyone!!! I hope your last week has been amazing! Can you believe it is already the middle of July?! Scary!

As y’all can see, I have another DIY up for you. Now, this really isn’t one of those easy/really fun/simple/you will probably want to do this DIY. It was more of a project that I did and I want to share it with you because it was pretty exiting for me, and this proves that it can be done! It took a long time but now it is finally “finished”. I am presenting to you, my Cinderella gown!

(Again, very sorry about the pictures. I actually don’t have an awesome picture of it but this one gives you the jist of what is going on.)

Supplies: Lots of material (colors of your choice-I did mostly blues and whites), spray paint (sparkles, blues, ect), grommets for making the bodice/corset part, rope or ribbon for corset

What To Do!!

Just so you know, this dress was all hand sewn (which is probably why it is so bad peeps). I wasn’t creating this dress to be worn out or to go into a contest, or anything like that, so this isn’t a very professional, or tested and tried way of creating a gown. This was made just for fun so don’t expect your dress from these instructions to be amazing.

The other disclaimer I have, is that I didn’t this entire dress by hand. I did this mostly because I didn’t have easy access to a sewing machine and I find I have more control over what’s going on when I do it by hand. Now, with those out of the way, let’s go!  🙂

1. Bodice

As you can see, I had a blue bodice. The first thing I did was take a bodice from a different dress and fitted it to me. Then I sewed this blue material from a different dress overtop of the original bodice. (I also took bra pads and sewed them in.)

I then took the grommets, measured where I wanted them to be, and pounded them in with a hammer. I recommend doing this step on a pavement floor (like the garage or basement floor). It really helps with the process and the surface isn’t easily damaged. Then I threaded a ribbon through it and it was completed.

2. Skirt

For this skirt, because I wanted it very puffy and flowy, I had many layers-5 to be exact. (I had layers from other dress skirts, a table cloth, and the top layers was a window curtain. No one will know right!? 🙂 )

Gathering: I first gathered the material to fit my waist. (If you don’t know what gathering is, you can see a simple explanation here.)

Measure to bodice: I put the bodice on and then the hoop skirt. (Because I wanted it to be puffy, I put a hoop skirt underneath.) I then measured the skirts over top of this to what I wanted them to be, length wise and layer wise. I pined the layers together with safety pins. If you are doing this on yourself, you will need help.

Sew together: The next step is to sew the skirts together. Because I had so many layers, I had a giant needle. I went the whole length of the waist part of the skirt 3-4 times to make sure they were put together securely.

Sew to bodice: Then I sewed this massive heap to the bottom of the bodice. This was one part that didn’t turn out that well because you could see all my sewing job on the outside of the bodice. 😦 I still haven’t figured out a way to cover that sewing up so if y’all have any tips on how to do this I would appreciate it!

Spray paint: Because I had a white curtain on top, I wanted to spray paint it blue. I had a dark blue, a purple, a light blue, and sparkles which I added to it in a splotchy, artsy way. I made it a little more magical.

Hem as needed: The last part (which I still haven’t done yet) would be to hem the bottom of your skirts as needed. Some of them are hemmed, some are not so just finish up that part.

3. Sleeves

I had 2 pieces to the sleeves: a glittery material for the top, and a puffy material (that was previously sleeves). The glittery material was very dark so I added sparkles to it. It didn’t really change the color that much but it looked pretty. 🙂

Before I sewed them together, I measured the puffy material to how I wanted it to sit on my shoulders. I then gathered that material to fit the length I needed.

I then sewed the two materials together it a kind of puffy way. It is really hard to describe but it wasn’t really in a particular way.

After that, I attached them to the dress.

I hope those instructions explained my process thouroughly enough. It was super fun to do. I actually based my Cinderella gown after the one from the 2015 movie. It didn’t really look like it in beauty or colors, but it does in style. 🙂

Here is my completed project…

 

(Just to tell you, my sister Lu is displaying the gown! Thanks Lu!)

What did it cost?? Well, the dresses and material I got all came to around $50 (I got all my material from goodwill). It was so much cheaper then going out and getting material from a craft store. I then got all my spray paint from Hobby Lobby that came to around $15 in total.

The review: This was such a fun project to do!! I’m not completely finished with it, need to complete some seams, change the color of the sleeves, etc. Because it was all hand sewn and I’m not a professional seamstress, it isn’t a very professional dress and I wouldn’t wear it out or anything (as I’ve already said). It is mainly just for fun for me. 🙂

I would give this DIY

If any of you try this project or create your own dress of any kind, I would love to hear about it!!! I hope you enjoy!

~Marielle  🙂

Get In The Show-Top 25!!!

Hello everyone! I know it is Thursday and I usually never post on this day, but I have a really exiting announcement.

I don’t know how many of you know about Focus on the Family or Adventures in Odyssey but they are groups that focus on helping families by producing great, wholesome audio stories, podcasts, ect.

This summer for their Adventures in Odyssey radio program, they were doing a Get in the Show contest. Kids could create videos of themselves reading a script and then send them in. Then the Odyssey people would chose the top 50 from all the videos.

Well, out of the 2,300 videos that were sent in, my friend Jayden was chosen in the top 50! People then watched the videos and just on Monday, the top 25 from those 50 were announced and guess what, Jayden was in the top 25!

He’s been asking people to vote for him and so y’all, this is where you come in. If you would go and vote for Jayden, it would really mean a lot to him. This is such an amazing opportunity! You can find all the videos here. His audition is the very last one at the bottom. (All the rules of the contest and whatever you need to know are on the website at the link.)

Thanks everyone! Have a fantastic rest of your week!

~Maris  🙂

The Voice That Matters

Hello everyone!! I hope y’all had a fantastic week and weekend! As I told you in my last post, we were at a family reunion. Actually, what happened was that we had our family over a few days before the reunion, we went to the reunion, we had family a few days after the reunion, and then overlapping the family, we had our friends come over. They just left Monday morning (this morning) so…..

I haven’t actually done any DIY’s for y’all! With all that’s been going on, I just haven’t had time. I was actually going to do a summer favorites blog post today (which I will still get to btw) but I had to through a lot of my clothes in the wash because I’ve been wearing them for 2 weeks straight w/o doing so. (I know, I’m sorry for the details!)

With all that said, I still wanted to post today and I thought (because I’m not prepared) that I would share with you this amazing video! I have been wanting to for a while, but thought today was perfect under the circumstances. 🙂 I hope you enjoy, The Voice That Matters!

~Maris  🙂

July 4th!!!

Good morning everyone!! I can’t believe that tomorrow is 4th of July!!!!! That means we are well into the summer!

Right now we are at our family reunion to be together over the 4th    . It is funny because most of our family is Canadian, on July 1st we celebrated Canada day. 🙂 It wa a good time.

4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays (besides Thanksgiving and Christmas) because it is so summery, and I just love the feeling of it! To tell you the truth, it really doesn’t feel like summer to me, maybe because we’ve had so much going on…I don’t know.

As Americans, we are gifted with freedom. The freedom of speech, the freedom to choose how we live, the freedom of religion; we are so blessed! Freedom does come with a price though.

We live in a free land because of the brave people who sacrifice and give of their time and some their lives. It started on July 4th, 1776 when our forefathers declared that we were going to be free from Britain and start our own country, America! Since then, this has been a country of opportunity. People from all over the world have immigrated here because of what we stand for and our freedoms we enjoy!

I’ve heard recently  that people have been going against veterans; trying to boo them down, and belittle them and what they do. This is so wrong. Those people probably don’t even realize that it is because of these brave men and woman of our country, that after they protest or do what they do, that they are able to go home and live their lives anyway they want because of these soldiers that they are taking down. I want us to take the time today (and every day) to say thank you to these brave men and women. It is hard leaving everything and going and protecting this country, but they do it anyways. If there are any veterans, past or present reading this right now, I want to say thank you so very much for what you are doing. It is truly the greatest service to our country!

Memorial day (it seems like only a few weeks ago) celebrated veterans. Today we celebrate our freedom and independence. We haven’t had a war, or really any real, big threat to our country or freedom since WWII. Nowadays, our generation takes our freedom for granted.

Let us always remember to be thankful for this wonderful freedom we live in!

I know that was more of a serious post, but I want y’all to have a beautiful weekend celebrating! Have a wonderful 4th of July!!  😀

~Maris

DIY Popsicles!!

Hello everyone!! Welcome to the start of another beautiful summer week! I’m super exited for a couple of things this week. First of all, I just got my new running shoes for this season (they are super nice!!! Thanks Dad). Secondly, our family reunion is happening next week over 4th of July and our family is starting to arrive here on Thursday of this week! It is an exciting time.  🙂

I am so excited to start my summer DIYs!!! I’ll tell you how this is going to go: I’ll be performing the DIY and giving the instructions with my pictures. (Just now, I’m going to disclaim all the horrible quality for the pictures. I know they’re bad but hopefully you get the jist of them). Next, I’ll be telling you the overall price (roughly), and then reviewing and rating the DIY!

Let’s get into today’s DIY which is….

Popsicles are a fabulous summer treat and they are so easy, easy to make so let’s get started!

The supplies that you’ll need for DIY are: a popsicle maker (mine made really small, baby popsicles but it was only $.94 at Walmart so…ya!), sprite (or 7-up as I used), and gummy bears. As you can see, I did have lemonade there but that is because I also tried lemonade popsicles, just to see what they tasted like.

What To Do!

1.

Pour the sprite into the little container, almost to the top but not quite. We need to leave in room for the gummy bears yo!

2.

Stick in as many gummy bears as you would like! I did some of mine really packed and some of them, not so much.

3.

After you fill in as many as you would like, stick it into the freezer for a few hours. I created 5 gummy bear popsicles, and 3 lemonade ones.

4.

After they are frozen, take them out and enjoy!

$$ time: All in all, this cost me like $3. I had to get the popsicle maker and the gummy bears, but we had the 7-up already as well as the lemonade. The things to create these popsicles are usually laying around your house, but even if you had to get all the supplies, it is still pretty cheap.

The review: Ok, so these little guys were actually pretty good!

In accordance with the size of the popsicle, I think that it was actually just perfect! It would have been too big for me had it been any bigger, or a “normal size” popsicle. I liked the small size. It was perfect. In accordance with the taste, they were actually good! I liked the gummy bears as they gave it flavor.

The only two little draw backs I found were, firstly I didn’t really like the 7-up taste by itself at the end, but the way the popsicle sticks had to be stuck in, you couldn’t put any more at the top. The other draw back was that it was a little hard to get the popsicle out of the container, some of the sticks came out without the popsicles.

All in all, I will give this DIY

I hope that y’all try these popsicles! They are super cheap and really yummy and cute! It’s so nice you can keep reusing the popsicle maker so you can try different things/recipes. Comment below if you try this DIY and tell me how it worked for you! Have a beautiful week!

~Maris  🙂   Popsicles

VBS and Nationals and Father’s Day and Summer!!!

Good morning everyone! I hope y’all had a fabulous week and weekend! it has actually been raining and storming a lot where we are, but today the sun is out so that makes me happy! Anyways, as you can see from my title, 4 things have happened in my life this past week and I wanted to share them with you today (before we get into the summer diy mode).  🙂

We had a busy week last week. First of all, my church held it’s summer VBS!! I love being able to help with VBS (vacation bible school) because you, first of all teach kids about the Bible, get to have fun doing it, and you actually learn something! I loved being able to just go through this week with the kids in our group and help them learn that God made them for a special purpose (that was our theme for the week). It was a lot of fun working with kids I knew, and than new kids that I had never met before. I’m so thankful for this opportunity and it is a highlight to my summer!

The next thing that happened last week was NCFCA held it’s national tournament! (NCFCA is my homeschool speech and debate league) It was so amazing to be able to experience all the wonderful work these students have been doing. I mean, these kids are phenomenal! 😀 Their speeches and the way that they debate was amazing. I was so proud of my friends who actually moved up and placed; one of them was a national champion in his category!!! It was a very fun thing to experience!

Yesterday was also a very special holiday; Father’s day! I hope y’all didn’t forget and you did something special for your fathers. We took my father and grandfather out to Culvers to eat lunch after church! I love my dad so, so much and I’m so thankful for his commitment to our family and to me personally!

The last thing; on Wednesday, summer actually starts!

It feels like it’s been summer for about a month already, but on Wednesday, we can actually declare summer! Next week, I’ll start with my summer DIYs so look forward to those!

I hope y’all have a fantastic week! Comment below on some fun things you’ve been up to (already in the summer or things you’re looking forward to)! See ya!

~Maris  😀

Summer Blogger! :D

Hello y’all!!! I hope you have been enjoying your summer so far. I’m pretty sure I can safely say now that everyone is out of school and on summer vacation now! 🙂

Because it is summer and school is done, I wanted to

First off, find what you want to do and accomplish it! Do you want to spend time outside, learn a new skill, sew a dress, make homemade ice cream and popsicles, all of these….? Summer is the best time to set and accomplish goals because you most of the time you have for the next 3 months is yours! Make a list of things you want to accomplish and actually do them! I know it is really easy to just sit down and watch a movie, but if there are things you want to accomplish, pick yourself up and do them! Get together with friends, run those miles, just do it! 🙂

Sometimes it is hard to know what to do though. If you don’t have a list of things you want to do, or none of those things really appeal to you, there is a solution. Have you seen those “everyday activities” calendar? It is a calendar, but everyday holds a different activity for you to complete or something new to try. They are actually really fun especially when you don’t have anything to do. You can find one here. (The calendar that I linked is a very educational one, it was all I could find but you get the idea!)

A great summer movie that I like to watch is The Hobbit. I’ve been watching it in the evenings with my mom and we just finally finished it. Watching all 3 movies took a while, but it was a great thing to look forward to. Now, my next goal is to watch the Lord of the Rings. My sister and I are also trying to watch the Avengers movies.

The second part of this post is announcing that this summer, I’m going to be posting summer (and non-summer) DIYs on my blog! These are going to be things tried and tested my me. Most of these things will be pretty reasonably cheap, and I’m going to be doing step by step instructions. That way, every week you can look forward to a new craft/project that you can try.

Most of these are going to be summer themed so you will feel inspired to be summerish (I guess…).

Some of the things you can look forward to are, homemade ice cream treats, DIY popsicles, a DIY ball gown that I’m working on creating, a DIY graphic t-shirt, some other fun summer activities, music videos, and more. (I’m not even exactly sure yet.)  😉

I’m looking forward to spending the summer with you! Comment below on some DIYs you would like to see, or summer activities you think we should try! I hope you all have an amazing start to your summer!  😀

~Maris