Monday, September 23, 2013

London Calling.... Or Carnforth Actually

Breanna and I leave on Friday for England and Capernwray!!!!

She gets in Thursday night so I will make sure we post something before hand if possible. I think we have a few posts that we've been meaning to post all summer but have somehow gotten caught in the no mans land of "DRAFT" 

Miss you all.

xoxo,

Pip pip cheerio!

Maddie

Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Blog Header Coming Soon!

I'M SO EXCITED I GET TO SEE BREANNA NEXT WEEKEND!

Whoop whoop! 

Seriously though, I am so blessed to have her as a best friend and future roomie in England!

We (as in my mom and I) are driving to visit Breanna and her mom for their CAbi party!

While we're there one of the things on the to-do list (well my to-do list at least...) is to make a new blog header/banner.

With the change in width it's super pixel-ated (is that a word?) and I hope we can somehow make a new one!

(I love editing images so it shouldn't be too hard) 

Miss ya'll tons!

My musical pictures and Senior Ball pictures will be up soon! I promise!

xoxo,

Maddie

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pip Pip Cheerio!

Hey friends,

We have a HUGE announcement.

HUGE.

GINORMOUS.

GARGANTUAN. 

OPPOSITE OF SMALL.



We. (as in Breanna and Madeline)
Are moving. (as in leaving our houses)
to...

ENGLAND!!!!
(as in we will be living in a castle)


No... Really. We get  to live in a castle.



We both were accepted to Capernwray Bible School in Lancashire, England!

God willing, we will be hopping the pond this fall for a year!

We are super excited to share this news with y'all and would love if you would keep us in your prayers both before we leave (financially and spiritually) and after we are there as we start making some pretty big life choices. We are praying that this next year will help mature us in our relationships with the Lord and with others.

I can already feel the panic setting in...
England...
Alone... (except with each other, so not really alone)
Barely any contact with home...
Only 10 minutes of internet a day...
Our Pinterest boards will be suffering...
This blog will suffer..... (hahaha Let's be honest, it probably won't.)
Yikes...

Thanks for taking the time to read our announcement :)

Cheerio!

Breanna
=)
&
xoxo
Madeline

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Lovefest!

Um, hi everyone! So, it's been a while....

    Valentine's Day was a couple of weeks ago, and I know what you're thinking. "Why are you bringing this up? It was over two weeks ago." Well, you know what? It's still February, and I like to dwell on things. Who are you? The holiday rationing police? And secondly, "Who cares? Valentine's Day sucks, I'm so alone! I will live forever on my own with many cats and the Internet to keep me company." If you are not thinking that because you are not alone (i.e. married or dating), take a moment to savor this blessing.
    The negative mindset has been mine for the past few years, but this year was different. I had a sort of epiphany. You don't need a significant other to enjoy the day of love, Silly! Don't judge me, I'm a little slow. So firstly, I sent out a stack of Valentines to friends that live far, far away... yes, many of my best friends are fairy tale princesses. Then, you know how in Mean Girls students were able to send candy canes to each other at Christmas? (And none for Gretchen Wieners.) Well, at my school, you have the option to send roses, a can of Crush (adorable, right?), or a heart-shaped sucker to whomever you choose on Valentine's Day. Not very original, but whateves. Choosing to partake in this ritual, I bought up a bunch of pink roses and had them delivered to some of my closest friends in school. BAM! Unalone! And you know what? It felt good. Surprise, surprise! Apparently an unintended side-effect of giving cheerfully is receiving, because I came home with a plethora of roses, myself. (No, they were not from me. I'm not that pathetic.) Huh. I guess people like you better when you're not in a selfish funk. People sense that you are not giving out of obligation or just sitting around, waiting for a knight in shining armor to appear and hand you a bouquet of pulchritudinous roses. Moral of the story? Giving makes your life richer. Maddie and her family have been a wonderful example of that over the years. (Shout out to my homegurl!)

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love..."
~Jeremiah 31:3a~

    So, the next time you think that you're forever alone, remember that you're NEVER alone! But don't worry, it's not as bad as it sounds. ;-)
  
=)

Breanna


Even forever alone guy is...

...never alone!



Aw, tears of joy!

Now you can be off your writing strike, Maddie!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Curiouser And Curiouser!

“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. ”  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
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Hey friends!

I wanted to show you my latest project!  I made my Spring Formal dress last year from an old vintage bridesmaid gown that my mom wore in a wedding back in the 80's. Man was that thing a hot mess... 

Here it is BEFORE I remade it. Look at those wonderful poofy sleeves... 



and here it is after I finished!





After Spring Formal a friend of ours saw what I did with the dress, and gave me a bunch of her old bridesmaids dresses to have fun with. I instantly fell in love with a super dainty, blue and lacy vintage Jessica McClintock. But it was rather awful. It hit in the middle of my calves, super long and unflattering drop waist, and when I say lacy, I mean being SWALLOWED ALIVE by lace. The problem was, it was gorgeous vintage lace. You can't just hack away at a dress like that. I pinned, repinned, took off lace, put lace back on, let the poor dress sit on a half dress form for months. All because I was too scared to do anything to it. 

I guess I get nervous when I sew. My sewing machine can go on the fritz sometimes and the threads get all knotted and tangled. There was NO way I was going to subject that gorgeous dainty fabric to my inexperienced, self taught sewing skills.  

Then something finally clicked. I decided I was just going to go for it. (I'm so sorry I don't have an original photo of the dress, I can sketch up the original design if you'd like!)
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“Do you think I've gone round the bend?" "I'm afraid so. You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
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I took the lace on the top of the dress and sewed it so it laid better on the top, then the lace instead of being in a boxy shape if had fun ruffle texture. It was super hard getting the lace to be draped evenly on both sides. 
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“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” - Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland
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I shortened the length of the skirt by about 5 inches then instead of it being drop waist, I detached the skirt from the torso and reattached it about 6 higher. This took me a few tries to get it sewn on evenly because I did it over break while my sister was home visiting. It was a bit difficult because I'd stop sewing to talk to her or my mom, and when I started again I would be a little bit crooked. I finally got it right though!
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All in all the dress turned out super cute. In fact, I'm thinking about having some of my senior pictures taken in it. 
“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


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This is just one I had fun with editing :)


Sweet Breanna put up with me asking for a photo shoot while she visited a few weekends ago, that's where all these lovely photos came from! Thanks friend!

For my senior pictures I thought it would be fun to be holding a tea cup and be standing in a garden. Or maybe pretending to "paint" the roses red. I fell in love with the original Alice in Wonderland. It's so quirky, and it has such fun quotes.

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there." - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Hope you are having a wonderful February so far! Mine is cold! *shivers*

xoxo,

Maddie

Monday, January 21, 2013

New Adventures

Hey blog pals!

Well I wanted to let you in on my newest adventure. Fashion blogging.

What?

Fashion?

Yup.

I Madeline Weinstein have started a fashion blog called Sequin & Chic

You should check it out.

Bet you didn't know I was super into fashion/design-y stuff did you? Well we learn a new thing every day!

Hope you will support me in my crazy new blogging adventure. Should be interesting, especially taking photos of myself. 

www.sequinandchic.blogspot.com

Click the link. You won't regret it.

Especially if you like sparkles. It's very sparkly...

xoxo,

Madeline

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

And Whatever Is Good

Happy New Years friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Years Eve! Did you do anything exciting? I had a bunch of friends old and new over to my house and we celebrated with chips, sparkling cider, and some VERY tasty cookie dough dip. I will have to hunt the recipe down and post it!

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A few months ago my friends from Kamp Kanakuk started something called "The Thankful Project" and through it decided to launch a blog called And Whatever Is Good. The blog is wonderful. Each post is composed of 100 things different people are thankful for. PLEASE go check it out! Right away I knew I had to interview and feature their blog on ours.


Isabella, Madeline, Vivian & Selby!


Madeline: Introduce yourselves! Names, ages? Anything interesting we should know about you?

Perkins Girls:
Selby is the oldest, she is 17. She loves to run and play with kids. She is also the shortest.
Vivian is next, she is 16. She is super good at volleyball and is super smart. She loves country music, Harry Potter, and has the greatest pop culture knowledge.
Next is Madeline, she is also 16, and is the most practical of all of us. She is an incredible dancer and lover of all things Birdy, Cars and Beauty and the Beast.
Then little Isabelle, she is 14 but almost 15. She is a cheerleader and loves Saved By the Bell. She shares Vivian's Harry Potter love. She thinks she will marry One Direction. She loves Anthropoligie and the like.


Madeline: Who had the idea to start the blog?

Perkins Girls: It was Selby's idea. She posts most of the lists, but we all work to find them.


Madeline: What made you decide to go ahead with the idea?

Perkins Girls: Selby is impulsive. She started it and then the other girls jumped on board. There wasn't really a time where we were wondering if we should of not. In scripture, the Lord calls us to be thankful, and we saw this as an opportunity for that.

Madeline: What is the purpose/vision of the blog? Can you give a brief overview? 

Perkins Girls: The Purpose of the blog is to glorify God by recognizing all the things He has given us & listing things we are thankful for. We also love to see how differently God has wired each person differently when we read the list of things they like.


Madeline: Why did you decide to include other peoples lists and not just your own?

Perkins Girls: The idea behind the blog was to create a movement in culture that boycotts entitlement. The best way we could see to do this was to get people from all different places and walks of life to participate.


Madeline: Were you nervous the idea wouldn't catch on and no one would send in lists?

Perkins Girls: No. Well, maybe a little. But not really.

Madeline: How many lists do you have waiting to be "published"?

Perkins Girls: Um, maybe 3 or 4. Some days we have 10, and then a week later we will be finding lists day by day.

Madeline: Were you surprised at the number of people who wanted to participate?

Perkins Girls: No, haha! We will be if we finish.

Madeline: What's the funniest thing that someone has put on their list?

Perkins Girls: They are all pretty unique. Most every list has something that makes us laugh.

Madeline: What seems to be the most common thing people are thankful for?

Perkins Girls: Family

Madeline: What does the future of the blog look like? You said online it's a one year project. If people continue to send  in lists will you continue to publish them or just stick to the "One Year"?

Perkins Girls: The goal now is one year. We would love to be able to continue past that, but for now we are focused on that first goal.

Madeline: Anything else you'd like to say or add?

Perkins Girls: We still need 300 lists!!!!!!!!!!! (Email your list of the 100 things you're thankful for to andwhateverisgood@gmail.com) 

Madeline: What are the top 3 things you are thankful for from this past 2012 year?

Perkins Girls:
Selby: Good Kamp friends, Hope in Christ & Kanakuk
Vivian: Nights without homework, Aspen, Good friends
Madeline: The presence of God, Music, Dance
Isabelle: Kanakuk, Ally Viernes, Food


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A huge thank you to the lovely Perkins girls for doing the interview. PLEASE check out their blog www.andwhateverisgood.blogspot.com. If you'd like to send in your list of the 100 Things you are thankful for you can email andwhateverisgood@gmail.com 

I'm thankful for all of you! 

xoxo,

Madeline