Friday, October 31, 2014

Making Your Own Sash

Shabbat Shalom! It's a freezing day here, where our prehistoric family lives and the perfect day for some crafting. I have a couple of sashes, and really never had a reason to wear them except for wearing them as a headband. Now that I wear a tichel I have more reason to wear sashes. Sashes are very versatile and can be used for many things: from headbands, to belts, to even a thin scarf around your neck.

I had this lovely broom stick skirt, waiting in my scrap pile. I know it might not make a lot of sense why I'm showing you this, considering I was just talking about sashes, but trust me it will all make sense soon!

While I love the colors and the sequins, it has many small holes all throughout the skirt. Could be that I made it about 15 years ago and has been worn so many times through those years! I really couldn't think of what to do with this skirt until I saw the bottom piece. It doesn't have sequins scattered, but a gorgeous scalloped line of sequins throughout the whole bottom. I wanted that bottom piece for a new sash, but really didn't want to destroy the fabric. The fabric had a lot of holes along the hem line and the stitches where it had started to pull the fabric.The back of the skirt really my decision easy. The skirt isn't one big piece, but four pieces sewed together!

I decided not to take my seam ripper to the thread. As I said, the fabric was starting to tear around the seams, and needed to be cut off anyway. Very carefully I cut each layer apart and then hemmed and sewed a new seam on each side. The total length of the sash was over seven feet long! That's a lot of fabric for one sash! I only kept the bottom part and the gorgeous dark purple color for sashes. The rest of the skirt was repurposed for a dress up skirt for Mopsy.

The end result was just stunning.

I do love how it turned out, and can't wait to try out the purple one. I also have a white broomstick skirt that's in about the same condition as this one. I'll be cutting it apart and remaking it. I'm hoping that I have enough fabric to actually make a headscarf out of it, We'll see!

I'll see showing you soon how to make your own velvet headband and a velvet hair tie as well. Most sites, selling the velvet headbands, sell them for about $20 a piece. You won't believe how much it cost me to make 3 of them!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why I Cover My Hair

I've felt a conviction to write this post ever since my mom asked me why I was covering my hair so much. I told her it was because I like it, and while that is entirely true it's not the whole story anymore.

I want to give a bit of backstory as to why I've decided to wear the tichel (yiddish for headscarf) and why it's so important to me. I've been on this journey of Messianic Judism for about two years now. Studying the Torah has become a passion of mine; a zeal that I can't explain, but one that I embrace wholeheartedly. If I only had the words to fully describe what I have learned, and how it has opened my eyes to the wonderful truths recorded in scriptures, but alas I don't.

One day a fellow Messianic Jewish friend of mine showed a picture of this gorgeous tichel that she was wearing, and the radiance that glowed from her face was just amazing. I thought to myself, "I should try that!" So, I did and I fell in love. The thing that I didn't expect was the change that would occur within me by covering my hair.

At the time, when my mother asked why I was wearing so many scarves, I really wasn't wrapping my hair all that much. Sure I was posting the newest creations on my personal Facebook page, for my friends to see, but I wasn't wrapping every day! Especially not while I was at home with just the children. After that night, when she asked, I started really thinking about why I liked wearing them and what was it that made it so attractive to me, and Adonai spoke to me. He shared that I had become too invested in my hair, holding it in too grand of a light. And it was true. I really do love my hair, and would spend way too much time working on it. In fact if my hair wouldn't work the way I wanted it to, then I let my 'bad hair day' effect my entire day! It seems silly, but I know that I can't possibly be the only one that has felt that way!

To be honest, I was letting my hair get in the way. It was a source of vanity and pride for me. And, it was taking up too much of my time. Then I started researching Biblical head coverings. Sadly there's not much pertaining to the subject, but there is one verse.

 5But a woman dishonors her headc if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head. 6Yes, if she refuses to wear a head covering, she should cut off all her hair! But since it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut or her head shaved, she should wear a covering. 1 Corinthians 11:5-6

I prayed about it and really felt that not covering my head was dishonoring to Adonai, to my husband, and was putting my pride ahead of all things. That's the last thing that I want! Since my mom asked me, I've started wearing the tichel everyday. The first time my daughter saw what I wearing, she loudly said, "Mommy, you look just like a princess!" and you know what, I feel like one too. I've explained to my husband why it's so important for me to wear the tichel, and he fully embraces it; in fact he loves that I want to show the world that I honor him and hold him in such high esteem that I want to save my hair for just him. I'm not at all saying that every woman should start wearing a tichel, but that is my personal conviction on the matter. 

Now for some pictures. I figured since I've shown so many of my tichels to my Facebook friends that I should share them with my readers as well. One amazing resource I've found, on how to wear the tichels, is from this blog called Wrapunzel. They even have an amazing YouTube channel that shows you how to wrap properly, so they don't slip off. 

This is before I made a velvet headband, to that the scarf would stay secure on my head, and was my first attempt at wrapping. 

Yay for bathroom selfies! Honestly, the bathroom has the best lighting and I can use the mirrors to get a good look at the back section.

Done with a scarf and a sash, then braiding the ends together. Mopsy said I looked like Elsa. I *think* that's a good thing, right?

As I stated, I have found immense freedom in wrapping my hair. I know it sounds weird, especially in our worldly thinking, but it's true. I have felt more at peace, while wrapping my hair, and the knowledge that I'm honoring Adonai and my husband by not being so preoccupied with my hair makes it all worthwhile. I want my life, and everything I do, to be glorifying to the One that I worship, and I want my marriage to be honored. Even though I've only been wrapping a few weeks I can already see and feel the difference in my relationship with Adonai and my husband. 

Until Next Time,

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shadow's Visit Home

I had originally planned on writing this post when Shadow first came, and updating it as the weeks progressed. Yet here I am, on the last full day that Shadow is with us, and I haven't written anything! Man, it's been an insane three weeks.

For those who don't know who Shadow is, or who he is to our family, please read my post about him here. I really won't go into the details, again, as I've already written why we adopted him, and that he was coming for a visit in October. Well October 1, 2014, Shadow flew into KCI airport. His poor dad was a nervous wreck, back in Canada, and we were texting back and forth, so I could keep him updated on the incoming flight news. Finally his feet hit American soil and it was back to home. He was worried that the other kids wouldn't like him, and even though I told him that it wasn't the case, he needed to find out for himself.

When we walked through the door, Mopsy ran up and gave Shadow the biggest hug, and later, when Shadow opened up a big suitcase of his old toys he brought, everyone was buddies from then on!

The picture was not intended to be so blurry, but there was to much action going on for me to get a clear shot!
Three weeks Shadow has been with us, learning about scheduling time, learning how to cook properly, and most importantly- cleaning correctly! I'm not saying that he can't clean, but now he's up to my codes of cleaning!

There of course was lots of activities, including building a new wardrobe, going to the Renaissance Festival, going out on the plaza, my birthday, meeting my family, doing photo shoots with all four of my dinosaurs, and more. For now I want to share some photos of what has happened here.

Computer lesson with hubby

The pure joy on Shadow's face, as he played sword fight with his sister and brothers!

This was such a sweet moment to watch and capture. 

I guess they don't have this in Canada

He bought this ice cream, because he said it was the most Patriotic Ice Cream he could find!

Tastes like freedom...

He looks like a model in this picture!

My dear husband, Shadow, and me.
We have really enjoyed having Shadow here, and he is firmly cemented as a part of this family now. Mopsy said that he's her biggest brother, so that settles matters! I know that we will all miss Shadow when he leaves tomorrow, but this wasn't the only trip he'll make here. He'll be back to see his family, and who knows maybe we'll just make a family trip up to Canada to visit him and Mr. M!

Until Next Time,

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