Tag Archives: femininity

Winner of The King’s Blooming Rose Giveaway

After using the highly technological tool miniwebtool.com to pick a random name, I am pleased to announce the winner of the giveaway of The King’s Blooming Rose. [grin]

Drumroll, please…

Jesse Henderson!!!

Jesse, email me your mailing address.


The King’s Blooming Rose | Review and Giveaway

The King's Blooming Rose Giveaway

Last year, I was introduced to the delightful magazine, The King’s Blooming Rose. Edited and published by homeschool graduate, Sarah Bryant, The King’s Blooming Rose “offers quarterly encouragement to Christian girls.” KBR encourages young ladies to “become delightful cornerstones at home, under the guidance of their parents according to Titus 2 and Proverbs 31.” Each issue features themes such as abiding in Christ, contentment, femininity, and Scripture memory.

My sisters and I were gifted with a year’s subscription by a sweet friend and we have thoroughly enjoyed each issue. In fact, we’ve loved it so much that we ordered all the back issues. So, to celebrate 100 posts on The Blue Tree House, I want to give away a year’s subscription to one of my readers.

To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment with your first and last name. You can enter additional times by

1) Pinning the top picture
2) Sharing on Google+
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4) Sharing on Twitter
5) Sharing on your blog

Leave an additional comment for each entry with your name and a link, if possible.

Giveaway closes Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 12 P.M. CDT. Winner will be announced Friday, March 27.

How to Alter a Formal Dress


In October of 2013, I had the privilege of standing as a bridesmaid in my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding. We ordered the bridesmaid dresses from an online company using our measurements. Unfortunately, when my dress arrived, it had several issues. The waist was too snug and I couldn’t take a deep breath. The lining of the dress was too small and caused the overlay to bunch up. We did not have time to reorder the dress so I headed for my seam ripper.


To make the waist measurement larger, I began by finding the largest amount of seam allowance. Usually it will be in the side seams or along the zipper. I had a large seam allowance by my zipper.


Carefully begin ripping the stitches out on both sides of your zipper. The material of formal dresses can be delicate so take your time. I stopped ripping just past the ruched waistband.


Look at all that extra fabric. It was like finding gold! [grin] Next, I started reinstalling the invisible zipper. Here’s my favorite tutorial on installing invisible zippers. Sew the zipper to the bodice first.


Hand sew the lining to the zipper using a whipstitch. Hand sewing the lining in fixed my problem of the bunched overlay.

Repeat the entire process on the other side. Carefully steam the dress.


The finished product–you can see where I let it out. After I steamed it, it looked much better.


This is the best picture I could find of the back of my dress while it was on me.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Formal pictures (the 1st and last) courtesy of JN Photography.

Spoken For | Book Review

Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke was an enjoyable and encouraging read. The authors each share personal anecdotes and Scriptures that young women can relate to.

As a single woman, Spoken For was encouraging in that it reminded me that I am spoken for. Jesus Christ wants to have a deep, close relationship with me. My identity and joy does not come from within or around me but from Heavenly Father. Alyssa reminds young women that when we cling to Jesus, He will comfort, guide and protect us.

Robin and Alyssa are quick to point out that following Jesus does not make life automatically easy. We will still face temptations and trials but through Jesus we can have victory. The lies that Satan tells us can be conquered by fixing our hearts on the truth that Jesus gives us in His Word.

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” II Corinthians 3:17b

I appreciated the amount of Scripture that was used in the book but do wish that it was all taken from the King James Version.

Disclaimer: Blogging for Books sent this book to me in exchange for my honest and thoughtful review. 

From My Sister’s Closet | Orange and White

Today, I am delighted to feature my sister Bethany. You got a peek into this outfit a few weeks ago but here are the full details.


 This color looks really good on Bethany. It draws attention to her face.


She added this pretty bracelet and a ring as her accessories.


This picture aptly portrays Bethany’s exuberance. 🙂


My three sisters, looking all grown up.


Bethany recently had an exciting answer to prayer. She has been earnestly praying for braces for a few years. She applied to a foundation that helps kids get braces and was accepted last month. Praise the Lord!

Top: Clothes Mentor: $5
White sweater: Old Navy: $8
Black skirt: Goodwill: $4
Black shoes: Kohls: $16
Accessories: gifts

Book Review | Growing Up Duggar

I was excited when I first heard the Duggar sisters were writing a book. I had the opportunity to meet several of Duggars a couple of years ago and I enjoyed talking to them. I appreciate the testimony their family has had to millions of people. I requested the girls’ book for my birthday and it arrived a few days after its release. Here are my thoughts on the book. 

Book Title: Growing Up Duggar
Authors: Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar
Published: 2014
Genre: Non-fiction
Length: 256 pages

In Growing Up Duggar, as the subtitle suggests, the sisters discuss the relationships that every girl has. For example, we all have relationships with ourselves, with God, with siblings, with guys, with the world, etc. Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger each take turns sharing how they have built relationships. They recount honest accounts of issues they’ve had to deal with. Throughout the book, you’ll also enjoy humorous anecdotes of a family of 21.

I especially enjoyed the chapter on relationships with siblings. As the oldest sister to 10 siblings, it was encouraging, thought-provoking and convicting. The sisters encourage older siblings to find ways to praise their younger siblings. Younger kiddos delight in hearing, “Good job!” from an older sibling. Jessa points out, “As older siblings, our words and actions have so much power–they can either boost or shoot down our younger brothers’ and sisters’ self-esteem.”


Jill, Jinger, Jana, and I–April 2012.

I highly recommend the book for girls of all ages (guys may enjoy it, too). 🙂 Easy and enjoyable to read, you will be challenged and encouraged to build Christ-honoring relationships. And, here’s a bonus. Chelsy over at It’s a Beautiful Life is hosting a giveaway for a copy of Growing Up Duggar. Giveaway ends March 20th.

1. Jessa Duggar, Growing Up Duggar (New York, Howard Books, 2014), 75.

Home Business Feature | The Kimberly Collection

I am excited to share yet another successful home business. Kimberly, a good friend of mine, is incredibly creative and recently opened her own store. Kimberly carefully makes each of her own products.

Kimberly has created a variety of lovely accessories that she sells at affordable prices. Kimberly currently has bracelets, earrings, necklaces and scarves for sale.

 Silver and Light Sea Green Bracelet

Purple Pearl Linked Bracelet

All of Kimberly’s bracelets are only $12. Check out her entire collection here.

Green Earrings

Pearl and Blue Earrings

Kimberly’s earrings range in price from $7-$8.

Blue-Green Chain Necklace

Green Pendant Necklace

Chocolate and Ice Blue Pearl Three-Strand Necklace

Turquoise Pendant Necklace (This is one of my personal favorites.)

Kimberly has many more necklaces in a variety of styles and colors. All of the necklaces are $16.

Kimberly also makes these cute ruffle scarves. More colors are available on her website and are $18.

I highly encourage you to check out The Kimberly CollectionAny of Kimberly’s products would be lovely additions to your wardrobe. Kimberly has even offered a special deal for all of The Blue Tree House readers. Enter the coupon code “bluetreehouse15” to receive 15% off your entire order. Coupon expires December 31, 2013.