Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Finally Getting Settled

We are finally settling in to our new routines here at the Fort. It’s amazingly beautiful here and I feel so blessed every morning. Aaron is doing very well in his Dental practice. We have an amazing staff and we finally get to be the bosses we’ve always wanted to be. God is so good!

Here are a few pictures of our new home and life :)


Aspen in the round pen in front of the barn.


Bob and Aspen in the round pen. Aspen is doing very well and keeps putting on weight, which she needs. She is much smarter than her previous owner gave her credit. I was able to teach her how to free lunge and line lunge, and she picked them up within 10 minutes, or so.


My goofy boy.


The chickens seem to be taking to the country life.


Chloe has become an indoor cat. We tried letting her stay with the chickens in the run, like we had in Portland, but she wants to be inside. She hasn’t asked to go out in about a week.


The dogs are settling in well too. They love living on so much land and having the ability to run wild.20121016_114601

Gico loves the large windows and the outside birdies.


And finally… A few pictures of the inside. I still have some more unpacking and organizing to do, but you get the idea :)




Well, that’s all for now! God Bless!

Love Lauren :)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Fort Necessity

Hello All,

  We spent the past few days getting our new home ready for us and the pets. We decided to call our cabin Fort Necessity, for our 18th century world. Anyway, Aaron spent three days getting the chicken run ready and predator proof while Mrs. Cartwright, who helped us soooo much, and I worked in the fields clearing the pastures. We still have more work to do before we move the horses in, but it is definitely coming along nicely. And yes, you read that right, HORSES.

Yesterday we purchased the perfect horse for Aaron. She is an 18 year old, 16.3 hand Appy Thoroughbred, like Bob, with a bit of Quarter Horse in her as well. She has a great personality and she really likes Aaron. So, things are really coming together and I thank God for all that He has given us.

Here are a few pictures. Enjoy!


View of the little cottage, that will become my 18th century room, the old chicken run, which will be dismantled, and our barn.


The cabin. It’s a bit messy, because we are still in transition, but you get the idea. I will post pics of the interior when we get settled.


The new run the hubby built and a peak at the pasture. We still need to put up the electrical fences and do some more clearing.


The front drive and lawn, which will be nice and green when we finish with it :)


The back lawn


The beginning of the riding trails. We spent most of the morning clearing them so we can ride when we get the horses settled.


The babies were so excited and spent most of the time running around and exploring. Aaron managed to snag this pic during one of Leila’s rare calm moments.


And finally, Aaron and his new girl, Aspen. I’m so excited to introduce her to Bob and have all of our babies with us.

Well, that’s all for now. I have lots, and lots of packing to do. God Bless!

Love Lauren

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Removing from Portland House

Dear Friends,

    Many of you have already heard our news via Facebook, so this may be a repeat for some of you. Anyway, Aaron and I are moving to Monroe, Washington at the end of this month. God has provided an AMAZING dental practice for Aaron and we are buying it. We are so very excited, but also sad to leave our friends here in Portland.

We have also been blessed to find a home that fits our needs to a T. It’s a cabin on five acres with a three stall barn, for Bob. We are also going to be looking for a buddy for him, so I will keep you posted on that front as well. As for now, we are extremely busy with moving and packing and the joys of working through owning a business. So, I will be offline for quite some time. I may be able to update here and there with pics of the house and some news, but sewing will be on hold for a while.

Here’s to entering a new chapter in our lives! God Bless!

Love Lauren

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Regency Retreat

What an amazing, amazing weekend. We spent 3 and a half days engrossed in Regency splendor, attending workshops, and spending time with friends both new and old. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.


After dinner and a lovely magic show the first night.


Lady Devereaux and Mrs. Cartwright enjoying port in our room after dinner the first night.



The picnic and archery on the afternoon of the second day





One of my favorite pictures of Mrs. Kowal



Lady Devereaux in her finest


My favorite ensemble of Mrs. Cartwright’s



Sir Thomas and me


The handsome Cpt. and Mrs. Cartwright



These two photos truly capture the magic of the ball.



Our very naughty “bodice ripper” room decorated as such for the room contest.


Mrs. Kowal reads excerpts from Jane Austen in a very shocking manner.

Monday, July 30, 2012

5th Annual Pittock Mansion Picnic

Yesterday we donned our afternoon finest and headed to one of our favorite places in Portland, the beautiful Pittock Mansion. The weather was perfect and we had a very lovely time. Here are a few pictures.


The Captain, enjoying a little snooze.


Cpt. and the lovely Mrs. Cartwright


Mrs. Gentry, me, the Cpt., and Mrs. Cartwright


A couple of pics of my new dress and open robe.


That’s all for today!

Love Lauren

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Inspiration for the 1790’s



I’m not a huge jewelry fan in real life, but in 18th century life, that’s another story…


Just look at the amazing stab stitching on this coat.

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I don’t remember where I found this, but this spencer is just lovely.


I love the blue ribbon details on the sleeve.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1790’s Sleeveless Open Robe

I whiped out a simple sleeveless open robe this week to go with my yellow voile round gown. I used the Janet Arnold 1790’s open robe pattern and just finished the sleeve holes instead of using sleeves. Here are a few pictures.


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This fabric was also purchased last year from Regency Revisited at the Fair at New Boston.

I plan to start the next gown tomorrow. Stay tuned :)

Love Lauren