Did you ever have a skirt…

Once upon a time, we had a skirt.  It was a very nice skirt.  Handmade with lovely fabric— the skirt fit just right.

But something was missing… the skirt lacked pizazz.  So we took action.  And this is the story of what we did!  First, the before shot~


You all can probably relate– a lovely item hanging in your closet that you never choose to wear, because, well… it's missing something.  Lately, we've been trying to come up with creative ways to make not-so-new clothes feel fresh again.  And this was a definite success!  Here is the after shot~


For starters, we cut about ten inches off the hem of this skirt, making it knee length.  Then, we cut 5 strips of 45" fabric (white with black polka dots– find a similar look here) each 7" wide for the two tiers.

~join two of your strips at the side seams, forming a necklace.

~join your remaining three strips to form another necklace.

~run a gathering stitch on the upper edge of each tier.

~with right sides together, stitch the smaller necklace to the bottom of your skirt, pulling up the gathering stitches to fit.

~gather last tier onto the bottom edge of the first tier & stitch.

~hem lower tier using 5/8" hem allowance.  (See more instructions for a similar project here.)

Now, the skirt was looking a lot better, but it still needed a little something.  Enter vintage crocheted trim.  (This particular trim was originally part of an old sheet.  Aren't flea markets wonderful?!)  We stitched it to the bottom of the blue skirt, so it would look as though we were wearing two skirts– one on top of another– creating a fun, bohemian look.  And it worked!  The skirt is now being happily worn.

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The End!  

Super tasty ice cream topping!!

Looking for a yummy, sticky, syrupy sauce to drizzle over your ice cream or warm brownies? We love peppermint flavored things and this one just seemed to fit our tastes perfectly!

Peppermint Stick Sauce

-1 1/2 cups finely crushed peppermint candies or candy canes

-3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (we used our fresh Jersey milk)

-1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme


Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture is smooth and candy is melted, stirring occasionally. Serve warm over ice cream or cake. Store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 3 cups


happy girlies


So, we wanted to share some more pictures of emerson with you.  The pattern is almost done!  That means you won't have to wait much longer to have your very own.  We've found this design to be so practical– so quick and easy to make– that it's always a winner.  And we are loving this sash!  There is still time to preorder (with no shipping costs!)… just shoot over an email and we'll add your name to the list!





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simple gift wrap~


Abiah had a lovely birthday!  We wanted to share this little idea with you… we used some of our "leftover" yarn to decorate her presents.  The colorful threads coupled with some small squares of scrapbook paper made creative-looking (and inexpensive) gift wrap!  And she loved it all. 

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Happy Birthday, Abiah (& Nanny)!


A wonderful blessing entered our family 15 years ago– May 17th, 1994– our fourth daughter–

                            Abiah Hope Kingery Long

–our only strawberry blonde, our last daughter.  In a very happy way, she came on Nanny's birthday as well.  What an extra-special birthday gift!     Bug

Abiah, our little "Budsie", is such a sweet servant of The Lord and such an encouragement to all of us.  She's grown up so much and is daily being formed into such a virtuous young lady.  How thankful we all our for her! 

We love you, Abiah!

xoxo,  Us

PS  We want to wish Nanny a very happy birthday too!  We love you so much, Nan, and are constantly grateful for you!  We hope we an see you again real soon.


                        Bug on her 2nd birthday


Nanny in the early 60's


"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."  ~1 John 4:16

We’re welcoming emerson to the studio!

Our newest design is here!  Meet emerson…



                               ~emerson skirts is 3 styles~

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Now, would you like some more details?  We kind of thought you might!

  About emerson…

~comes in three cute styles: pleated, gathered, or flared

~dropped yoke has elastic waist (with a tiny ruffle detail at the top!)

~mid calf length

~comes in girls' single sizes 2 through 14

~includes instructions for that adorable sash, too

~you can pre-order the emerson skirts pattern by shooting us an email

~we made our sample skirts in the lovely flower power fabrics by Jennifer Paganelli

We are looking at the next two weeks for the emerson pattern to be back from the printer.  If you would like to pre-order it now, we'll will ship it to you for free when it gets here!  The pattern costs $14 and includes all of the sizes, illustrated instructions, & full-size pattern pieces.  So drop us a line if you're interested, and we'll put your name on the list!

And pretty please leave us some comments… we can't wait to hear what you think about emerson!  Questions about the pattern?  Leave us those, too!

Blessings to all of you~

xo, the Long ladies

what Mother’s Day means to us…


Written by four grateful daughters about their mother….

So, clearly, we have the best Mommy in the whole world.  We really think that celebrating "Mother's Day" only once a year isn't good enough.  We'd also further like to say that not one day goes by that we're not thankful for our Mommy.  Many daughters have done virtuously, but she excels them all!

She has taught us to love simple things in life– cookie dough, ric rac, quilts, tiny flowers (picked by little hands).  Our Mommy has taught us things that some may take a lifetime to learn.  She taught us, by example, what it means to love Christ with our whole hearts.  To walk with Him in times of plenty, and in times of want.  To trust Him and to rest in Him.  And for that, we are thankful.  

We love you, Mommy!  We want to be just like you.

Your loving daughters~

    Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, & Abiah  

Now you see ’em, now you don’t.


    24 months & 25 days,

    30 orthodontist visits,

    1800 miles,

    Countless rubber bands, headaches, and wax,

    Uh, hmm.  We won't mention the $$$.

Here she is– our beautiful Abiah with her adorable smile!


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