Saturday, 29 August 2009

Something for Sunday

We have just been sent this and truly enjoyed this choir and the message in song so hope you find it a real blessing too. Click on the link below:

Oslo Gospel Choir

Friday, 28 August 2009

Friendship


We all know what a blessing it is to have good friends. Yesterday I felt the warmth of friendship
once again through the thoughtfulness of a dear friend of mine. We have been friends from girlhood - been on holiday together, studied together and even met our future husbands together!
Oh, and then we both found out we were each expecting our first baby within a week of each other!
Life gets in the way sometimes and we don't always see each other as often as we'd like. But yesterday Amanda arrived at my house in the middle of her busy schedule. She had taken the time and made the effort to bake me some delicious cinnamon scones and some cake. Sorry no pics. - good things to eat don't stay about for long in our house! Not only that, the best part was she had been out shopping and saw this prim sign and got it for me along with some wonderful smelling tart melts and my favorite scented candle.
The verse on it reads, 'This is the day the Lord has made, Rejoice and be glad in it.'
I was just so glad to think I have a friend like Amanda. Thank the Lord for friendships that last all weathers! And thanks Amanda for being such a great friend.
And while I'm on the subject of friendships, I have to thank all of you who take the time to visit with me and comment - I really love to hear from you!! Making new friends through blogging is a new avenue for us to travel down and one I'm so enjoying.
Best wishes for now,


Wednesday, 26 August 2009

My Wednesday

Hope everyone's well this Wednesday. We've had a fun 24 hours with a bit of a break from the norm. As my hubby was away overnight on business, the kids and myself had a nice mini-break at my mom and dad's 'B&B'!! We know we'll always be pampered there!
As a final treat before school starts back next week, the kids got to go to 'Build-a-Bear' though David wanted 'Hotwheels' cars instead. Here's the new outfits for the girls' bearsWhile we were shopping we picked out a birthday present for my niece who becomes a teenager this weekend. I think we got her the perfect gift as she loves all things pink and is a real girlie-girl.
Don't you think it's so pretty? It's made from baby corduroy. This is a close up of the little fabric owl which hangs from the strap. We all went 'AWWW!!! It's gorgeous!' Now my daughters want one too!

With all this running around I just about managed to get my cross stitch finished so here it is
This pic doesn't show up the tea staining on it so in real life it is older looking. I so enjoyed doing this one that I've already started my next one. Thanks so much to Primitive Betty's for these freebies.
Before I go here are some more pics of textures of my home:

Best wishes until next time


Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Are you a B.A.T.?

With growing concern, I think I'm becoming a BAT or Blog Addict Too! LOL! I know I've mentioned this before but as I'm laughing at myself I thought I'd check and see if anyone else is as hopelessly addicted as me.

So just for fun I've come up with a quick test so that you can find out!!

1. When you get up each morning do you
a. rush to turn on the computer
b.rush for coffee/tea
c.rush to work?

2.As soon as you've posted a new post do you
a. check back almost straight away for comments
b.go off to do other things
c.forget all about it for days?

3.When you go out for the day do you
a.bring your camera for photos just in case you could use them in a post
b. enjoy the day and maybe post about it
c. switch off and relax and forget about your blog?

4.When you're out shopping do you
a. forget what you need because you're thinking of your blog
b. get most of your goods
c. focus on the job in hand?

5.When you go to bed at night do you
a.find it hard to sleep for thinking about blog topics?
b.think about a variety of things
c.drift off into sweet and pleasant slumber?

Now for the results: mostly a's - you're DEFINITELY a B.A.T.!!!!!

mostly b's - you're on the way to becoming a B.A.T.!

mostly c's - turn off now while you're still sane!!!!

I know I need to get a life!!!
Hope you had a laugh and enjoyed my little test - all I ask is for you to tell me how you got on!
You know I'll be checking for comments right away!!

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Texture of HOME





I have been following with interest the 'Textures of Home' challenge, and really love seeing the beautiful snapshots of people's homes and treasured possessions. So much so that even whilst trying to sleep last night, the term texture kept spinning around in my mind as I tried to define it re. my home. I just checked in my small dictionary and read this very concise definition:
Texture: n. character, structure; consistency.
So I've been turning this over and over in my mind a lot, not just to do with texture but also because as a family we've been thinking about home improvements lately. It's made me re-evaluate what home and its texture, or as the dictionary definition puts it, the' character' of my home or its 'structure' is really like.
Added to this, my older daughter has become increasingly aware of our home and lifestyle in comparison to her peers' and our friends', family's and neighbors' homes. Very naturally, she is asking why we don't have such-and-such in our home or why certain things are old-fashioned looking or just plain ready to be thrown out! So you can see that it's been quite the talking point in our home and has led to some very useful and positive discussions with the kids about what we have or don't have and what HOME really is.
So here is my rather quirky view of our home and what I have come to realize is what makes a house a home - it's not some of my favorite prims though I love them:





It's made up of things like brushing the tangles out of my daughter's lovely hair each day, or trying to keep my son's jeans clean and patching up the holes in the knees
or scrubbing an oil stain out of the carpet from my husband's work shoes, which reminds me of his love and care for us as a family; or cleaning one of Cerys's scribbles off the wall or her sticky paw prints off the glass. These are the things which remind me I'm home because we're together and safe and we want the best for our family not just materially but emotionally and spiritually. I feel loved here and that's hard to capture on a camera. I'm blessed in the texture of my home. My nearly-finished X-stitch sums it up:Blessings to all,

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Whatcha workin' on Wed?

Hi to one and all and thanks for paying me a visit, this Wednesday. I have to confess at the outset that I am becoming more and more dangerously addicted to this blogging thingy!!lol! I love to see that you have taken the time to comment, or even just to say, 'Hello'. Maybe it's because our summer seems to have disappeared and for the past few days we've had rain and overcast skies that I'm spending too much time here. No need for A/C here. Even our best summer temp. is usually only mid 70's.

What with being stuck indoors I have been able to start a cross stitch freebie pattern from Primitive Betty's. So far this is what I've been working on this Wed.

This is what it will look like when finished- hopefully:

The only problem I have with X-stitch is a sore back and neck as I've been leaning over it concentrating hard on the tiny stitches! Still is enjoyable.

Have a good day and I'll post again with pics of a finished sampler,
Best wishes

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

New!

Today is a new day! Fresh, unspoilt as yet, and full of new experiences - a blank page for us to fill as best we can - I always love that.
I'm in the mood to do some cross stitch and got some of Primitive Betty's freebie patterns to try, though I need to take a trip to the needlework shop for thread.
But as promised here's the penny candle mat I said I would finish :Here it is on my hall table:
After some initial puzzling over how best to arrange the pennies, the simplest solution seemed best- a circle and the best template I could find was a saucepan lid! So really they are simple to make. I'll run into town now to do some shopping and hope you all enjoy your new day!
Best wishes



Monday, 17 August 2009

Comfort food for the soul

Let me just say that today was a day of tantrums and tears, (and I will put my hand up to burning some of dinner!!) and a few trials that got on top of me - for a bit. Now I was tempted to run for chocolate but instead I found refuge in my Bible and some verses which are like a balm or 'comfort food' for the soul in distress or discouragement, so I thought I'd share the recipe :

Hebrews 12. 3, 'Consider Him (Christ) that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.'

Romans 8. 35, 'Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress...?'

1 Peter 5. 7, 'Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.'

When this is added together the outcome is the lovely verse in Philippians 4. 6 'And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.'

'Wherefore comfort one another with these words.'






Saturday, 15 August 2009

Still enjoying summer

Happy weekend everyone and I hope you are still enjoying summer - I know I am. As I read through everyone's blogs I can feel the growing sense of excitement as fall approaches. But I have to confess that I'm more of a summer lover. I always love the freedom summer brings when you can throw away timetables and rigid routines - at least for a bit.
And I love the way everything blooms and bursts with life and vigor and color. I even love having my three boisterous, and at times, aggravating children at home all day with me for nine whole weeks! Here's my 'terrifying trio' today having funWe were at a BBQ and funday where the kids could have their face painted and they love it.
As you can see, Cerys went for the girlie pink butterfly look, whilst David wanted the scary look and how he does, face painted or not as his sisters will tell you! Caralyn chose the tiger face and she's a pussy cat really, but watch out for her claws!
One of the things I always remember my dad saying was 'Don't wish your life away' and it goes fast enough so I'm enjoying summer while it's here!
Have a lovely weekend


Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Sunflowers and crows

We're back round to Wednesday again and I seem to be getting into a midweek spin - but maybe that's due to taking the kids to a special swim camp every day this week. As they're each at different stages it means the times are different but they are all loving it and they are improving; definitely waterbabies! It's feels like we need revolving doors fitted, though!

Amid the activity, or maybe I should re-phrase that, chaos, of the past couple of days I managed to complete some crafts. I fell in love with the sunflowers in Char's tutorial on The Pickled Pepper Patch and had to give it a try. They were easy to make and as I didn't have a rusty spring I put mine in an old jar after covering the stems in green wool felt. That meant the shelf had to be re-arranged and this is what I've come up with for now:

The second thing I made was this sign but as yet I don't know where to hang it.

We had a chuckle about the sign because sometimes I feel like an old crow always cawing at the children and the day passes in a flurry of making meals and doing laundry! Ohh the joys of motherhood!!! Seriously, it is one of those worries of mine, if I can bare my heart for a moment; I do long to be the best I can be for my children and their future, I feel, depends a lot on my role and all that involves. So I'm praying for more patience and understanding and clinging to the promise 'The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.' I know for sure I can't do this job on my own!

Before I go, I would just like to give a warm welcome to those of you who have joined my blog: it means so much to think there are others who take the time to read something I write.
Until next time,

Best wishes from this old crow!!


Monday, 10 August 2009

!6 years!

Today we celebrate 16 years of marriage! Even as I'm typing that, I cannot for the life of me, work out where the years have gone!
We had a lovely meal out at one of our favorite restaurants on Sat. night while my mom looked after the kids and recalled some of the highlights of our wedding day, like our page boy who played leap frog the whole way up the aisle and gave us all the giggles. Or the fun we had trying to get into the car which had been well and truly decorated 'just married' style! And especially the happiness in the air that day as we celebrated with family and friends. It was such a special occasion.
So today I pay special tribute to my DH for 16 great years together!


Saturday, 8 August 2009

Some free time

Today I have the luxury of a few minutes free time just to sit and ponder over things. I have been thinking of family blessings again. Yesterday i experienced one of those heart-stopping moments when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Cerys try to do a flip in the trampoline and land in a crumple. I ran over and knew she was in pain as her eyes rolled back and I thought she was going to pass out! What a dreadful scare - she passed out once before and nearly swallowed her tongue.
Thankfully she only seemed to have winded herself and we both calmed down a little later.
I've also browsed through Country Sampler again and as always have some ideas to try soon.
But the most I can do today is to go shopping for prims in a flight of fancy. So if you care to join me we could shop here. There's plenty to choose from
And then I'd definitely pick something from hereWe might possibly find more goodies in this little nookWell, I've relived some great times and enjoyed the trip. Hope you have too!
Best wishes whatever you're doing

Friday, 7 August 2009

Family Summer Special

Our family time is so precious - as I'm sure it is with you too. My husband runs his own business and of necessity this means he has to work pretty much flat out as and when required as it is quite a seasonal business. So I was especially grateful on Wed. that he was able to spend the day with us. We had a great time together as a family and decided to visit the zoo.

The monkeys were our fav - wonder why?!!!Here's Caralyn enjoying a photo opportunity

It was just good to be able to make family memories and enjoy eachother's company as life's busy enough. If we don't make time it certainly slips on its way quietly so I'm thankful today!

Enjoy your family time this weekend,
Best wishes

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

All primmed up!

Hello to you all, this fine Wednesday! The sun is shining and it always has that effect of lifting my heart, I thank God for every blessing in my life - God IS good! We are looking forward to a fun family day together as hubby is taking some time off work.

Before we head out, let me share with you what I've been up to in the last few days. It's a simple little primming project that Ive been meaning to do for ages. Only problem was, I wasn't 100% sure how to finish off on the detail - you'll see what I mean.

I'm sure it must be 12 years since I bought this little kitchen drawer tidy when I was more into apple decor than now.Anyhow, I had been wondering how to finish off the drawer fronts after sanding away the apples. I even looked into buying some prim transfers. Then it dawned on me that I could punch a pattern into the tin! When I saw the star punched tart warmer it seemed like that would be the pattern to try. So here it is painted black and sanded down and drawers transformed! What d'ya think?

And I haven't forgotten about the pennies for a matching candle mat. Promise it's in the making but as the weather's too nice I'm off outside!

Have a great week
Best wishes

Monday, 3 August 2009

Monday Makeover

Here we are again - Monday a new week ahead and it seems to me the weeks are flying past.
The last few days have been damp and soggy over here making it tricky to do much outdoors where I'd rather be this time of year.

So it was time to get busy stitchin' so as to keep me occupied and not thinking about food and all those snacks ( I really love chocolate!!!). I have some wool felt left from making last week's applique pillows and being the impatient person I am, decided to try penny rug making. I had been trying to find a simple starter kit to begin with, but in all my internet searches I have not come up with one plain and straightforward penny rug kit - yes there are the more intricate ones with flowers and all manner of creatures, but not (I felt) a beginner's kit.

Well, I jumped in feet first and all things considered the outcome is not too bad if I do say so myself. And yes it's more Americana!

So next I made some pennies and its not easy cutting out even circles! Soon I had a little pile of them. Now I've said already that Impatience is my middle name meaning as I sat there preparing to arrange the pennies on a mat, I caught sight of a bare lampshade!


So now you see where I'm going with this! Some glue and a madeover lampshade!



Now I need to start all over again to make more pennies for a matching mat. Someone please send me the patience to do it before I'm distracted by something else lol!!!