Friday, August 1

August Sponser News...

Liturgical Time provides handmade infinity veils, chapel veils, mantillas, and Christian headcoverings for their patrons to wear in church, at prayer, or in everyday life. They are the creators of the Eternity Veil - the original infinity scarf style head covering. They are able to take special orders, and to provide some customization, so don't hesitate to make special requests. Their veils are made with prayer and packaged with care. Please stop by their shop to buy a beautiful headcovering!

If you are interested in sponsorship for your small business, please contact me:  emily at orthodoxws dot com

Wednesday, July 30

Whitening Linens...

We were given a beautiful feather duvet and a white duvet cover for our wedding.  Despite the fact that the duvet cover was in very good condition, it had gotten yellowed and dingy and I had begun to think about starting to save up for a new one.  A few weeks ago, I was inspired to try to whiten the cover when I read about Deirdre whitening a load of yellowed clothing on Like Mother, Like Daughter.

I was so happy that using Oxyclean, vinegar, and time outside bleaching in the sun worked beautifully!  It was really kind of miraculous, actually.  

Here is what I did once I bought Oxyclean White Revive:

1.  Put a large rubbermaid tote into the bathtub, added a scoop of oxyclean, and filled the tote with the hottest water I could get from the tap.  Pushed the duvet cover into the water and let it soak overnight.
2.  Washed the duvet with vinegar in the washing machine
3.   Hung the duvet out to dry early in the morning and let it sit in the hot sun all day.
4.  Repeated steps 1, 2, and 3 two more times

This project really wasn't much work, though it took a few days to finish.  That being said, I just saved myself a lot of money by fixing a beautiful duvet that I really didn't want to get rid of yet (and honestly couldn't find a good enough replacement for).  In addition, I am planning on doing this with all of our white linens and clothing every so often to keep them beautiful...  maybe I'll even get really wild and start buying white towels!

Tuesday, July 29

The Little Things...

Today's agenda was as follows:  eat bacon and get our dingy duvet cover white again!

Monday, July 28

Saint Martin's on a Monday...


After lunch, I made a blueberry blackberry summer cake (with blackberries from bushes in our yard!).  Once it finished baking, the children and I headed out to do some banking.  A historic church only a mile or so away from our house allows people to walk through on Mondays, so we went through looking at all of the restoration projects that have been undertaken.  It was really interesting to look at all of that lovely old brick, wood, and plaster that dates back to 1756.  Aren't those pews interesting?  I have never seen L and U shaped ones before!    

Sunday, July 27

Saturday, July 26

Pretty Scene...

:: Sunflowers, Marigolds, and Tuberose ::


Papa: Did you wash your hands after you went to the bathroom?

Button: (matter-of-factly) No. I'm already sick.

Papa: ??

(the best part is that he is not sick!)
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