Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Portions of Beauty Webinar FREE for you!

We have two exciting updates for you on the "Reclaiming Beauty" webinar which begins next Wednesday, September 26, noon to 1pm (NZ time)*.

*USA: Tuesday, 25 September, 7-8pm Central Time

Anna-Sofia (16)and Elizabeth (14) with their mother in 2001, before the days of hairstyling, makeup, or clothes that fit.

First, Anna-Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin have persuaded their mother to share some helpful words for mothers on how mothers should approach the issue of beauty and help their daughters with it. The girls consider it so important (and I concur on its importance!) that they've made this 15 minute message available for free. You can listen to it here: http://visionarydaughters.com/2012/09/mothers-daughters-and-beauty.

Second, the first one-hour LIVE session of the "Reclaiming Beauty" webinar has been made available for FREE. That's right, you and the ladies of your family can listen and watch and type chat questions from wherever you are in the world for free.

Join us for an eye-opening look at "What God Says About Beauty and Beautification: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" -- a fascinating introduction to the issue that launched a thousand ships. Bring your questions, and get ready for a new look at how to glorify God in your body! (1 Cor. 6:20)

Space is limited, so after registered participants, seats will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Click here https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/141980680 to sign up for the first session free of charge. Don't forget to let your friends know about this opportunity!

For a full list of the NZ event times spanning the 8 weeks of the webinar, click here:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Turning Hat Springs

I've gone slightly hat mad. I could attribute it to the balmy August spring, but the truth is I've been well enough to turn a few handsprings [figuratively], including some short creative projects.

I made a new hat for "Stitch On", where I sang a somersault under my hat. You can read details and a special Boutique Narelle hair tip here at Songuine.

Narelle after performing at "Stitch On"

I've been studying on how to bring spring into old hats. I've done this by watching YouTube craft videos demonstrating flower-making techniques. It's extraordinary that I can sit at home and learn from skilled craftsmen for free! I've compiled a floral craft playlist and a millinery playlist, so you can learn too.

I tried to dump an old hat, but it found its way to my head before I got it to the door...whereupon I learned two things.

PROBLEM #1: Does your hat look old and pilled? Do the colours make you wonder why you bought it?

SOLUTION: Try pairing it with different colours and you may be surprised at the sudden new life and love in your hat.

I used to wear this hat with a dark blue outfit (back when I erroneously believed I shouldn't wear yellow). I bought the hat because it was the only cosy one I could find (early polarfleece days, and before I discovered I could make my own hats). It generated lots of enthusiasm from onlookers, but I never liked it for its own sake. But now, worn with yellow...let me know in the comment box what you think!
The bouquet was a gift from the organizers of "Stitch On".

PROBLEM #2: Does your hat look boring on your head?

SOLUTION: Ditch the straight angles. Flip the brim up or down or both, or wear it backwards, or try a dent or pinch in the crown.

Watch Roy Rogers shape his iconic hat here, or browse Terry Graziano's hat blog here -- it may give you some inspiration on how to put pizzazz into your garments. Style is not so much what a lady wears, but rather the way a lady wears it.


Below, the brim has been tilted up on the left side and pulled down on the right side, with a sassy dip above the right eye. It's just rolled fleece, so the curvature is subtle and won't stay permanently, but I think it makes all the difference. What do you think?

Summer Styles from Magnamail

Now and then Magnamail include a few lovely, practical, modest clothing styles in their catalogue of allsorts. Below are three options I found in the September 2012 catalogue, which you can order online from www.magnamail.co.nz or www.magnamail.com.au.

Prices listed are in NZ$. When deciding if the price is right for you, remember to figure in NZ$8.90 to $11.90 postage and packaging.
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