Friday, October 31, 2008

Exciting News!

I have loved the Sense and Sensibility patterns for years! I love the quality of the patterns. I adore the fit that they dresses give. And I appreciate the ease of putting the dresses together. I just plain old love these patterns.

However they just got better (if that's possible). Mrs. Chancey has scanned the Regency patterns and the Edwardian apron pattern (which is the best apron, ever!) and is now offering them as e-patterns.

I am so excited. I can't wait to get one! I bought the Simplicity version of the underpinnings, but have decided that I should've saved my money. You just can't beat the fit of the original patterns.

I highly recommend all of Mrs. Chancey's patterns, but why don't you join me and give the e-patterns a try!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Did you know....?

Did you know that right here in my own town we have our own pirate ship? It was discovered this morning at 9:33 on the grounds of Trinitas Christian School. The discovery was made by six young adventurers.

The ship consists of a main mast and the main body. The bright blue, red, and yellow paint was very well preserved.

It was discovered that these pirates were very advanced for their time. Off the mast evidence was found of three slides.

Near the sight was found a sandy patch. This patch is believed to have been used to make treasure maps, as evidences of "x" (although very wobbly ones-we haven't learned that letter yet) were found at the spot.

These young adventurers also learned that these pirates were fond of rescuing captured ladies. These adventurers plan on discovering all they can about these pirates over the next few days by reenacting all they can learn about them.

Be assured that we will bring you the latest breaking news on this discovery.


It's amazing what you can learn on the playground. :-)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

WIFD Saturday-Last day :(

Today was an around the house type day. My list for the day was quite long:

~go to the local thrift store

~work on ball gown

~take pictures of and post two scarves to Etsy

~take pictures and post for WIFD

~rewrite a Bible test for Monday

So far, I've done pretty well. The thrift store stop was great today I got:

A turquoise shirt/sweater (my wardrobe is considerably lacking in the sweater department)

A new set of earrings (because I can always use those)

A set of four art deco style demitasse cups and saucers

And a couple of necklaces and a pin

The necklace on the right opens to reveal a perfume holder

So that was one thing crossed off my list for today.

Then Shannon and I worked on my ball gown and got it to a very satisfactory point.

I have posted the scarves and am now posting my picture for WIFD. This is my most comfortable Fall outfit. It's completely from Christopher and Banks. I love the color and the warmness of it. I actually have to watch myself because I could wear it everyday if I'm not careful. :-)

The scarf is now in my shop.

Now, I need to get off the internet so I can rewrite the Bible test, and I will have officially accomplished everything. Whew!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Wifdee Friday

The school where I teach changed the teachers' Friday uniforms this year. They got fabric and a pattern for each teacher. Five of the ladies don't sew, or don't sew well enough to make this dress. So Shannon and I were hired to make the dresses for these ladies. Shannon ended up doing most of the work and last night she finished the last one.

I was able to wear mine today for the first time and thought it was a great thing to put on the wifdee for today.

The other lady who wore hers today also wore pearls, so we decided that pearls should be the official jewelry of Fridays. :-)


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How True It Is

"It is a very funny thing that the sleepier you are, the longer you take about getting to bed."
C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

How true this is! I've been ready to go to bed for a couple of hours now, but I was working on posting wifdee. Now that I'm done, I'm having a hard time making myself get up and go to bed. Hmph!

Week In Feminine Dress

First of all, thank you to Shannon for posting my outfit yesterday. I really appreciate it!

Today our K4 and K5 classes went on a field trip to miniature horse farm. The dress code was jeans and a nice shirt, but I don't own a pair of jeans, so I went with a khaki skirt.
One of the mothers was kind enough to get a picture of me with one of the horses.

This is my youngest student with the mother of the horse I was with.

One of the little girls looked like she had ridden a horse all her life! She was so excited.

This is the little boy on the horse. As soon as he got on, he turned to me and said, "Now I'm a cowboy, Miss Rott!"

All together we had 19 students there with us today. Of course we had to get a group picture. :-)
I have to say that it was fun being "dressed up" while on the farm! The skirt I wore I made from the pattern Shannon mentioned here. I found the undershirt and over shirt right before our trip out west this year at a nearby thrift shop. The undershirt is a basic white knit shirt. But the over shirt is made out of a lightweight cotton embroidered fabric. It was one of my favorite outfits on the trip. I also bought the jewelry I'm wearing out west in the Indian territories.


I don't know why you can't click on the pictures. You'll just have to trust me that the little boy who is petting the horse is cute. :-)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I should have known

I see now that I should have expected something like this.

I mean, what else would a little boy bring to Show-and-Tell for the letter "C"?

I was expecting the cars, cards, and wooden coyote that the others brought.

But the crickets?

Now I know, next year, I need to expect a parent to walk in in the afternoon carrying an insect case filled with about 20 crickets.

Now I know.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tag, You're It!

I was just tagged by Janna for the Six Random Things tag. Thanks, Janna! Now, down to business.

The Rules of the game are as follows:

  • Link to the person who tagged you.
  • Post the rules on your blog.
  • Write Six Random Things about yourself.
  • “Tag” six-or-so other people at the bottom of your post…
  • …And leave comments on their blogs, letting them know they’ve been tagged.
  • Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve written the post.

Six Random Things About Me (Tiffany)

1. I used to pretend to be Vanna White as my parent watched Wheel of Fortune. I used to dress up in my prettiest dress up clothes and stand to the side of the television and "turn" the letters with Vanna. I'm afraid my drama turn happened early. :-)

2. I have lived in 10 places in 26 years.

3. I adore drama. I truly and absolutely love everything about the drama process. I love the auditions (though I do get very nervous). I love the rehearsals, the costume fittings, the makeup, the hair. I don't know too much about the technical side of things, but I'm sure I would like them too.

4. I have a store on ebay that I just started, but I haven't put anything in it yet.

5. My dad loves the way I parallel park (hey, you said random!:-)

6. I took French in college.

There, all right, I tag:





Not quite 6, but oh, well.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008


When I taught 3rd grade, I had a little boy in my class named Ben. Ben had the funniest sayings. They were just classic student quotes. I began calling them Benisms because, while the others in the class would say some funny things, Ben was always saying funny things.

One of my favorites is: We were talking about Solomon and his wives. I was telling them that it was wrong to have more than one wife. Ben said, "It is really wrong to have a lot of wives, because you can't be a good steward of your money if you have to feed so many wives!" The family had been talking about being good stewards at home.

I have now discovered that "Benisms" aren't confined to Ben's class. They show up in K4 as well.

The other day I had given my four years olds a game for math. They had little cards that they were putting in numerical order. As I was working with one group, I heard a little voice say "Don't snatch, Paul. It's not Christian!" They had been talking about what a Christian looks like.

They are learning to connect what they're parents are saying at home to every day happenings. But their interpretations are so simple. If only we could be that simple. If we could just see something and know that it's wrong because "it's not Christian." It is true; "Out of the mouths of babes.



Well, I've done it. I finished a screenplay treatment and sent it to the SAICFF. That was two day ago. I didn't know two days could feel so long. And I still haven't (and won't for a while) heard anything.

I wrote the screenplay based on a story my grandmother told me (several times) while she was alive. I had an American Girl doll, Molly. One time when I was at their house, my grandmother saw Molly's Christmas Dress. She said it reminded of a little girl she once made a dress for.

Now my grandmother was a seamstress and made probably hundreds of dresses, so the fact that she remembered one particular one was amazing. Then she finished the story. When she had first seen the little girl she thought she was about 6. Later she found out she was 10, but had leukemia and was dying. They came to grandma after seeing her at the doctor's and asked her to make a Christmas dress for the little girl. Grandma did and it was the last Christmas the little girl ever had.

I was absolutely taken with this story when she first told it. It was such a touching story. Fast forward about ten or more years, and it's now in the hands of the SAICFF committee (btw did you know you can submit electronically now? I was prepared to go through the hassle of mailing a disk when I discovered it. Yeah for technology!). And I'm here waiting.

At least I have my classroom to keep me busy! :-)