Friday, 28 August 2015

Autumn is Upon Us.

Well autumn is upon us and all the delightful things that come with it.  I so love the fresh crisp air and yes the wind that comes to blow the leaves off the trees.  I do love all the colours the leaves change as well....It never gets old.

I have turned my greenhouse into a sitting area with my flowers.  Hoping they'll last a bit longer.

We've had grizzly bears in our yard digging up the ground.

I've brought in some plants to enjoy inside.  This is my lavender plant that is actually blooming! That a first for me.

Here is a lovely picture of the changing colours on our way to town.

It's also the season for picking cranberries.  It's forecasting snow for tonight so we took the opportunity to go picking beforehand.  It's been raining a lot and I hope it clears soon so we can go out again.  We picked a 5kg bucket of berries and had to take the forest out before tucking them away into the fridge to finish ripening. Then we'll be making jam.

Thanks so much for dropping by!  I do hope you are enjoying the autumn weather... or spring depending on where you're at. :)

I'm sharing this post with The Art of Homemaking Mondays.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Happy Birthday Son

Hello! My baby boy just had his birthday and he's now six years old.  I wanted to share with you the card I made for him.
Being a mother is such a blessing as I watch my children grow and know that I have a part in his life.

A dear friend of mine is moving and gave me a bunch of little boxes of chipboard pieces by K& Company.  So I added some of those and a free sentiment I found online.  I put metal stars in the one chipboard piece and then some twine.  The papers are from Marianne (that I added some inking to with Tim Holtz old paper distress ink) and Momenta.  Then after the card was all together, I added the final little bit of distressing along the outside paper.
It was so nice to play in my crafty spot again.
I'm sharing this card with Word Art Wednesday this week.

Monday, 10 August 2015

A Shawl is Like a Hug

Hello Friends! I'm back with something else to share with you all.  A shawl is like a hug, and I've made one for a dear friend who is moving away.  I shall miss her greatly.  This way if she needs a hug from far away she can wrap it around her and know I am thinking of and praying for her.  She likes blues so I thought this would suit her.
Colossians 1:3 "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,"

This next shawl is rectangular and I used a new pattern called the shell stitch that I wanted to try.  It's very soft and warm.  It's sitting on my hutch awaiting a new home.  The colour is a bit bright in the picture, it's plum.

I've also been saving up ingredients to make my own salve.  I love to have natural healing things in my home for my family.  So today was the day I put them all together.  I had collected some herbs and steeped them in olive oil in the crock pot to infuse them.  Then I took all the oils, added vit. E as a preservative, some beeswax and some essential oils to the mix.  I'm not one for exact measurements, but it turned out very nice and my little boy came right up and wanted to be the first to try it on his owie.  I made more containers than are in the picture since I had already set some aside to give away.

I wrote out my "recipe" so that I knew all that I'd put in it.

I love how they cool and are so smooth on top.

I had to dip my finger in just to try out the texture. It rubs on so nice and smooth.  Plus it smells so nice!

So I have been doing things, making baby blankets to (I'll share those at another time) and working in my garden.  We finally got some lovely little carrots tonight to have with in another month they should be a good size. At least I hope so. :)  I have been doing lots of things, but have not been in my crafty spot.  I have lots of plans so I hope to change that in the near future.

I hope you all have a beautiful day!

I am sharing today with Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth - Art of Homemaking Mondays

Friday, 17 July 2015

Out and About

Hello!  I've been out and about much lately.  Summer calls for lots of outside time, in the garden and in the bush.
I have had the pleasure of having my brother and sister-in-law visit and so we went out a bit more to show them around.
Some of our adventures were close to home, and others a bit further away. :)
We walked along our river and found some nice "swimming pools" and lots of wild blueberries (and we are going back for more! ).

We went canoeing at a nearby lake and the kids went swimming as it was just a bit too cool for me to join them.  We had a snack and relaxed on the beach in between canoeing.

We took a trip a ways from home to see Lake La Barge and then to Braeburn to enjoy some food at the Lodge there.
The day started out kinda gloomy, and turned into something glorious.   The scenery was stunning!

I love this picture because you can see the little patches of fireweed through the new growth that has come up after a fire decimated the area a few years ago.

Now with our company gone we'll continue to enjoy the garden and the outdoors.  It's been so nice to enjoy things from out own garden and to just be blessed in the part we get to play in it.  I love getting my hands dirty...and today I planted some flowers that my Mom sent up with my brother. :)  Shasta Daisy, Prairie Mallow, & Hollyhock.  They're all small, but being perennials, will hopefully bring years of lovely flowers if I can keep them alive through the winter.

What have you been up to thus far this summer?

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Anytime is Apron Time!

Hello Friends!  Today I have some aprons to share with you.  I love making aprons and encouraging women to enjoy being keepers at home.  Wearing an apron not only is fun, but practical to.  I would love to hear if any of you like aprons, and why.

Titus Chapter 2
5 [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The one above is made from an old curtain panel that I was given and I thought it was so pretty.  I love vintage things!

Below is an apron that I made out of an old pair of cotton pants that are a type of plaid (hard to tell) and some complimenting dark fabric that I had a bit of. I made two, this one and one smaller for a little girl.

Then I found some lovely floral fabric at the free store (at our recycling centre) and then added some lace that was edged with some blue seam binding.  I made one with two separate pockets and one with a large pocket sewn up the middle to make two.

This is a close up of the fabric from the above aprons.

Then I heard of a little girl that wanted an apron.  So I looked through my fabric and found this lovely pink and white striped material and the floral material and thought they'd be cute together.  I added a touch of lace and some pink seam binding to the edges.

I also found this lovely material and dug out some old lace edged ribbon that I have been hoarding for years.  I used it for the straps and some edging and then added lace all the way around the apron and pocket.

 Here is a close up of the above apron's fabric and the ribbon.

Most of the material I have is from the free store or from someone who doesn't want it anymore.  It's fun to be able to put it to use somehow.  I have lots more aprons in the planning and will start sewing when time presents itself.

What do you like in an apron?  I love to have long straps and big pockets. :)
Praying you have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Them that Fear Him

Praise God that he is close to those who seek after him and love him.  The Bible says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.  The salvation that God gives is incredible!  He completely cleanses us from all sin (past, present & future).  Does that mean that once one is forgiven that they'll never sin again? No, it means that our sin is covered and will not be held against us when we stand before the judgement seat of Christ.  How amazing that is!  If only we will repent and believe the gospel.  That Jesus died on the cross for our sin, shedding his own blood to pay the penalty for sin; that he was buried; that he rose again on the third day in the flesh; and that he ascended up into heaven where he is right now.   The Lord Jesus Christ is not dead but alive and is able to forgive your sin like he has mine! Praise God for his amazing grace to us that if we call on the name of the Lord he'll save us.

For my card today that I've created for Word Art Wednesday I've used this wonderful free word art provided free! (and you can grab it to). I've layered it over some lovely paper and added a few crocheted flowers I made with pearls for their centres with a touch of lace.
Do pop over to the Word Art Wednesday challenge blog to get some wonderful inspiration from not only the wonderful design team but from the other entrants as well. Also there is a wonderful devotional to read as well.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Planted by the Waters

Hello!  I have a card to share with you today that I created for the wonderful Word Art Wednesday challenge. It's anything goes with a free word art that you can snag if you would like.
I found some misc papers in my stash, and I loved the swirly paper so that's the water, and a die cut tree that I was given a long time ago I found in my stash.  Then I added some great buttons to the side.  Simple yet I didn't want to distract from this scripture.
When one is planted by the living waters of God's Word they won't suffer when trials come but will find their source of strength in the Lord and His Word.  Neither shall cease from yielding powerful that is when you understand plants.  Any disturbance can cause a plant to stop producing fruit, and yet when the life giving source of a plant/ person is the Lord Jesus then there is no interruption in fruit bearing.   Bearing fruit= good works.  May we who know the Lord Jesus and who live by God's Word continue to bring forth good fruit for the glory of God!

Praying you all have a lovely day, and do come join us at Word Art Wednesday if for no other reason than to read the wonderful devotional and see some great inspiration. :)