Messages for Easter 2016

Here are some lovely Easter messages that have made their way into my world recently.


I heard this poem for the first time this week and I love it. It was written in 1913 by Marcella Marie Holloway, who was a Catholic playwright and poet who became a nun in 1932.

The Risk
by Marcella Marie Holloway

You take a risk when you invite the Lord
Whether to dine or talk the afternoon
Away, for always the unexpected soon
Turns up: a woman breaks her precious nard,
A sinner does the task you should assume,
A leper who is cleansed must show his proof:

Suddenly you see your very roof removed
And a cripple clutters up your living room.
There’s no telling what to expect when Christ
Walks in your door. The table set for four
Must often be enlarged and decorum
Thrown to the wind. It’s His voice that calls them
And it’s no use to bolt and bar the door:
His kingdom knows no bounds of roof, or wall, or floor.


The Easter video “#Hallelujah” is a companion to the Christmas video “A Savior is Born.” I love the beautiful people and scenery and the heartfelt messages in both videos.

Family History and 1970s Dresses!

Vintage Sewing Patterns!

Here are some interesting artifacts from my family history.

A few years ago, my mom gave me a crate of sewing patterns from her youth in the 1970s, when it was more common for women to sew their own clothes.

Because the cover illustrations on these patterns are so much fun to look at, I scanned them so that I could share them with family and friends. There are 55 pattern covers in this Vintage Sewing Patterns photo album!

Vintage Dresses!

What’s awesome is that two dresses made from these patterns in the 1970s still exist and are still in use today! I am seriously impressed by the quality and wearing power of fabric produced more than 30 years ago.

1970s Misses Jumper

Butterick 5868 Misses Jumper sewing pattern

Butterick 5868 Misses Jumper sewing pattern

Dress made from Butterick 5868 Misses Jumper sewing pattern

Dress made from Butterick 5868 Misses Jumper sewing pattern

1978 Misses Dress

Simplicity 8383 Misses Dress pattern

Simplicity 8383 Misses Dress pattern

Dress made from Simplicity 8383 Misses Dress pattern

Dress made from Simplicity 8383 Misses Dress pattern

How to Mitre a Corner

What I Was Reading

A vintage paperback romance novel titled A Gem of a Girl

So, I was reading this vintage romance novel, A Gem of a Girl by Betty Neels, which begins like this:

“Gemma was at the top of the house making beds when she heard the ominous shattering of glass. The boys were in the garden, kicking a football around, and she wondered which window it was this time. She mitred a corner neatly; news, especially bad news, travelled fast, someone would be along to tell her quickly enough.”


And I was suddenly inspired to brush up my bed-making skills! I hied me to The Internet and looked up the best methods for making “hospital corners” when making a bed.

How to Mitre Corners on Bedsheets

Here is a good tutorial titled on How to Make a Bed Using Hospital Corners.

And here is another tutorial—with a delightfully retro theme—on How to Make a Bed from one of my favorite blogs, The Art of Manliness.

More About Betty Neels

To learn more about Betty Neels and the more than 130 endearing romance novels—most of them about Rich Dutch Doctors and Young British Nurses—she wrote from 1969 to 2001, hie thyself off to the hilarious and affectionate blog The Uncrushable Jersey Dress.