Thursday, 20 September 2018

Leaves are Falling!


Hello!  
Are your leaves falling yet?  Ours are, and I love to watch them float to the ground.  
I felt in the mood to make some fall cards.  They'll be going into the Farmer's harvest market this weekend.  


I had a bunch of odds and ends of fall paper, and it was fun to piece them together with some fall stickers I had, ribbon, and some leaf/ acorn brads. 


We don't have acorns up here, but I think they're so cool.  
A friend of mine sent me some in the mail! 


I think the best part of fall is the change in the smells in the forest.  
Oh, and the wind...I am one of those that loves wind!  


Soon the leaves will be all over, and the raking will begin (no point starting before they're done falling!).  
Do you like raking leaves?  Then jumping in the piles?  


Hope you have a wonderful fall day!  

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 17 September 2018

Homemaking Mondays: A Virtuous Woman



Welcome to Homemaking Mondays! 
I have recently been studying Proverbs 31: 10-31 
and wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on it.  
I'll do a few verses at a time. 

Proverbs 31: 10
" Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."
This questions posed gives the reader the idea that it's not a common thing to find a virtuous woman.  
She is valued, and to find her is a treasure.  I don't think that being a virtuous woman is something that we can create out of ourselves...it is something wrought of the Lord in a woman's life.
It takes time.  The Lord is continually working in a woman's life that is seeking after righteousness and godliness. 
VIR'TUOUSadjective (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)
1. Morally good; acting in conformity to the moral law; practicing the moral duties, and abstaining from vice; as a virtuous man.
2. Being in conformity to the moral or divine law; as a virtuous action; a virtuous life.
The mere performance of virtuous actions does not denominate an agent virtuous
3. Chaste; applied to women.
Proverbs 31:11
"The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil."
Does your husband trust you?  Are you a good steward of what he provides for you and of the time and attention your home needs? Do you overspend or waste things so that it cause your husband to be in want or overburdened?  Being wise and being thrifty are important skills that we need to gain.  
Proverbs 31:12
" She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life."
This has always struck me.... do we put the needs of our husbands in a priority in our marriage and home?  Are we truly a helpmeet to him?  This can be simple like keeping the home clean and orderly so he can rest.  Putting things in the kitchen that are easily accessible for him when he needs to have a snack or making him special meals.  
Do you keep your personal matters private? Not airing your dirty laundry is such an important part of a marriage.  He needs to know that you're not telling everyone his faults (and yes he has them just like you do) so that others may look at him in a lower light?  Much of his reputation rests on you! When I was newly married I fell into the trap of "sharing prayer requests"... with others who cared nothing about the integrity of my husband or the sanctity of my home.  I encourage you ... keep your family business to yourself, and before the Lord.  

Proverbs 31:13
"She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands."
Here a virtuous woman is concerning herself with items to create things with.  You can see that she works willingly with her hands... it's not a drudgery.  I can see a creative aspect to this women.  Wool and flax are both used for clothing and other fabric needs.  I think of those that sew, quilt, crochet, and knit.  Taking these basic items and creating things to keep the family dresses, warm, and comfortable.  
There is a huge array of possibilities here, but what really strikes me is willingness.  
Are we willing to put in time and effort to create things for our families? 
I know we can all go to the stores around us and purchase things we need.  
Even to have the basic sewing skills to mend items so that it extends it's usefulness is very important!  
Handmade items are not only lovely, but often very useful...I encourage all of you to give it a try sometime if you've never before.  Perhaps you'll find another area in your life where you work willingly with your hands. 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Yarn Bee Cowl


Hello!  
Just wanted to say hello and share what is in my work basket at the moment. 

I love this soft yarn by Yarn Bee, and I am making a cowl with it.  
I'm using the moss stitch and it's going to be warm and cozy.  

Well...I need to say it IS warm and cozy. 



It's been getting very cold here and fall is in full swing.  Last night it went down to -10C.  
The leaves were blowing off trees today, and when the sun does shine, the leaves are all golden and beautiful!  

The other day we tried some new tea given by a wonderful german friend.  
It's a mix of apple, rose hip, and strawberry.  So delicious!  
My boys and I had tea durning our morning school break. 
(It makes great iced tea as well...if you leave it in the pot) 


Time to get cozy and watch the change of the seasons. 

Praying you have a lovely day! 
Jennifer

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Lovely Blue Motif Blanket


Hello!  
Today I'd like to share with you a baby blanket that I just finished up.  
I was gifted with some lovely cotton Caron Cake yarn and wanted to do something new and different.  

After looking at many patterns, I settled on this one.


It is a very easy pattern to do, just two alternating lines.
I think it is so beautiful! 


Thanks for dropping by!  
I hope you have a lovely day!

Jennifer

Monday, 10 September 2018

Homemaking Mondays: I Shall Be Glad To



Welcome to Homemaking Mondays!

I shall be glad to.  
Is that what comes to mind when we have homemaking tasks to do? 

When I was growing up this was the unsaid motto in my home.  
Good or bad...and sometimes ugly... I shall be glad to. 
I want this to be my motto for always.
Are we willing to put ourselves into the position of doing all these tasks gladly? 
Do we do them with a smile on our faces... or with a grumble in our hearts? 

1 Thessalonians 5:18
" In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Not all jobs that are needful in homemaking are pleasant or fun. We often don't feel spurred on with gladness when we're tired or the task unpleasant.  It is all in the attitude we have towards our homes and the needs of those that dwell therein.  We need to consider the attitude we have, for it is shared with those around us.  We all know if mom is grumpy it creates an unpleasant mood in the home.
We need to guard our hearts from this.  Leaving no room for evil to root.

Yes, laundry means there are clothes for our families...that are worn.
Toys laying around and disheveled couches mean there are children playing.
Meals mean dishes.
Math drills mean endless repetition.  
Then there is the bathroom...that needs almost constant attention. 

All of these things do not need to be a burden, they can be a blessing, and even a joy!  

Do you hum while your work? 
Do you let your children join you in these tasks?  Sometimes the chatter of our children makes things so enjoyable. Seeing things through their eyes is sometimes refreshing.  Sometimes just hearing a child cleaning the toilet (and all the comments that go along with it) give pause to laughter!  
You can open windows for fresh air and to hear the birds or children playing.
There are times when I've had a particularly hard day..the children are at each other and the mood is altogether horrible.  I've out of the blue...did a silly dance and sang a silly song...including the kids in  it and all has changed from gloom to laughter! For them and for me!

There are times when we can give pause to thank the Lord for these tasks. For the ability to be home to care for our families.  To have a home that we can dwell.  
Does it give you joy to just be there? 
I have not always been blessed with being a full time keeper of the home.  Sometimes for me all the attitude adjustment I need is to think about what life was like when I couldn't be home.  All jobs have work...but the work of the home is an enormous blessing!

Do you take note of the little details?  Sometimes on very hard days it is worth taking a few minutes to just pause and recount the blessing we have. For the salvation the Lord Jesus gives, for the things He provides for you, for the people he has given you to care for.  It often gives us renewed strength to pick up the broom or plunge our hands into the soapy dish water again. 

In everything give thanks... it leads to joy, and it leads to our hearts saying I shall be glad to!

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Friday, 7 September 2018

Pretty In Red Gingham


Hello!  
Today I'd love to share with you an apron that I made for a dear friend of mine. 
I have been given some red gingham material that my daughter found at the local dump free store. 
It was so soft and I'm not sure what it was from as there was a lot of it.  

I decided that an apron was in order. 
I sorted through my stash of odds and ends. 
Found some big rickrack in red, some lovely creamy lace ribbon, 
some red seam binding, and cream as there wasn't enough red, and lastly some lovely doilies. 


I made a rounded bottom to the apron, and as the picture shows below,
I added some zig zag stitching to tighten up the top of the bodice part.  
I think it left a nice little pleat there. 


OH, and not to be forgotten, I added some sweet little coconut heart buttons to the doilies. 


On the bottom of the apron I added a couple layers of the red rickrack.  


I pray that it is enjoyed.  

It seems to be a far more pleasant task to care for the home in a lovely apron. 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Thursday, 6 September 2018

School and Fall begin in Earnest


Hello! 
Here at our home, school and fall have begun in earnest.  
Formal lesson times have resumed, and it is fun to be doing new things and with enthusiasm.  
This year we bought a few new books and my children love to read real life happenings. 

One fall activity that has been accomplished was to put up some more wind chimes.  
In our case, we'd been collecting bells and odds and ends of broken wind chimes.  
Here are a couple that we made.  
First one has some metal rods, a bell in the middle with a wooden piece to catch the wind.  It's all hung from a stick that we found in our scrap pile.


Second one here is just a bunch of strings of bells of different sizes hung by fishline from a stick.  
It sounds so pretty when the wind catches it.  


Last post I shared about this little desk that I inherited.  
It is a lovely little item that is very practical for us.  


Inside it holds the pencils, pens, erasers, markers, notebooks for Bible verses, 
play money for counting, math number charts for various skills. 


As fall is descending, it's cooler.  It's the perfect time to enjoy the warm of homemade shawls. 


The lovely shawl pin was a gift by a dear friend. 


The colours are emerging and are so lovely to take the time to really notice. 
I encourage you to not only look from afar, but as the colours emerge where you live, 
take a closer look...so much intricacy.  



I've brought some flowers into the greenhouse to last a bit longer.
Now that the vegetables are finished up, there is more room.


Oh, and I love the colour that many of our rhubarb leaves turn.  
Always gives me reason to pause and take a closer look. 


My younger daughter loves to get up close and capture the tiny details. 
Below is a pic of her hiding in amongst the fireweed that has gone to seed. 
It's so amazing to watch the gentle breeze capture the seeds in gentle waves...
sending them off to a place yet to be found.


Here is one of her sweet pictures that she took that day.


Thanks for dropping by!  
I'd love to hear about your school or fall time happenings! `

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer