Monday, May 30, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 107


Home is Where There is One to Love Us

Home's not merely four square walls,
Though with pictures hung and gilded:
Home is where affection calls,
Filled with shrines the hearth hath builded!

Home! go watch the faithful dove,
Sailing 'neath the heaven above us;
Home is where there's one to love!
Home is where there's one to love us!

Home's not merely roof and room,
It needs something to endear it;
Home is where the heart can bloom,
Where there's some kind lip to cheer it!

What is home with none to meet,
None to welcome, none to greet us?
Home is sweet, and only sweet,
When there's one we love to meet us!

~ Charles Swain
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, sewing, crafts, etc). ~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!


* Presenting Our Monthly Features:
Please visit and leave some comment love
for a few of our features from the last month's worth of entries! *


Home-Making Inspiration

1. The Art of Collecting by A Day of Small Things

2. The Fat Quarter Reversible Apron by The Enchanting Rose

3. Romantic Throw Pillows by Annie's Attic Design



Home-Schooling {and Child Raising} Inspiration

5. DIY Toy Stethoscope by Serving Pink Lemonade


7. The Foundation Years: Letting My Kids Just Be by The Life of This Mother

8. 10 Outdoor Homeschool Activities by An Island Family by Grace


Homesteading {and Self-Sufficiency} Inspiration 


10. Low Waste Chicken Feeder from Cheap PVC Pipe by Taylor-Made Homestead

11. The Ministry of Herbalism by By the Eastern Gate

12. No-Bake Cupcakes by Fruitful Vine ~ If you are wondering why this is in the homesteading section, it is because it is always helpful to know various skills to keep life moving during various situations. Not having a working oven for some reason or other, you will be able to bake a cupcake or muffin with just a campfire (if need be) and a cooking pot. I love these kinds of alternative recipes!


Spiritual Inspiration

And lastly, I leave you with some encouragement for the soul. Cheryl at Homespun Devotions shares an inspiring interview with Joni Eareckson Tada that you will want to read!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Thomasina's Weekly To-Do Lists and Practical Tips ~ Free Printable


“Each time you set and reach a goal, you'll discover a sense of contentment that breeds a stronger sense of direction and joy.” 

{Welcome to another edition of "Fun Friday" this spring with Beatrix Potter!} I am sure by now that many of you are wondering (with bated breath!), how does Thomasina Tittlemouse get it all done? Her pantry and storerooms are stocked, her house is neat and tidy and she even has time to practice hospitality (excepting those insect guests of course!). "Shuh, shuh!" she would say! "She doesn't get it "all" done!" She realizes that "life" is a work in progress. She simply prioritizes with daily lists.  

"But the untidiness was something dreadful—"Never did I see such a mess—smears of honey; and moss, and thistledown—and marks of big and little dirty feet—all over my nice clean house!..."
Next morning she got up very early and began a spring cleaning which lasted a fortnight. She swept, and scrubbed, and dusted; and she rubbed up the furniture with beeswax, and polished her little tin spoons. When it was all beautifully neat and clean, she gave a party to five other little mice..."
~ Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse


One thing that Mrs. Tittlemouse taught me was that when life gets out of hand, don't overwhelm yourself by basking in that "oh, dear!!--it's all spiraled out of control!!!" mode. Be pro-active and begin a to-do list! Break everything that needs to be done down to mini-tasks and get to it when time allows (even 20 minutes dedicated to it a day will help to keep the messes at bay!)!

“When you don’t know what to do next,
just do the thing in front of you.”


Something that really helps to boost the morale is to write down an item that may take days to finish out a few times on your list. For instance, in the heat of summer, it can take me up to three days to mow our huge lawn (if I devote a few hours each afternoon). Knowing this is a big task, I will write down "mow lawn" on my to-do list three times. This way, after I have toiled for the day, I have something to cross off! If I waited for the third day of completion to cross something off the list, it would be quite disheartening. Allow yourself the honest time allotment for the larger tasks and go ahead and write them that many times. Mark "one" off each day you spend time on it. The satisfaction of a crossed-off task is quite sweet and will motivate you further! 


And finally, if you find your list continues to be out of control, consider your schedule as well. As Elisabeth Elliot said, "If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to him and ask him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy."


You will find Thomasina's free printable weekly to-do lists HERE (for frugality sake, you can print these out in black and white ink in draft mode). These would go nicely in your home management binder. Or, perhaps you would like to place them in Mrs. Tittlemouse's "Manual of Household Hints and Delights" until you are ready to use them? This is simply a safe place you can store all of her homemaking printables to have them handy. You will find the free download here if you are interested. The cover page is designed to slide into the front of the binder as a title page insert. The tabs are best printed on card stock, affixed with glue to card stock and staggered as you attach them. It is just a bit of extra fun!


We hope you have enjoyed this printable by Mrs. Thomasina Tittlemouse from her "Cottage Rose" Collection. If so, you may also be interested in her matching recipe cardsfree printable pantry labelsDIY bug spray, her "un-paper" towel tutorial and the make-your-own "old fashioned" furniture polish. Happy Friday to you dear friends!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Make Your Own Honey, Rose & Oat Face Cleanser {DIY}


"This soap-free cleanser features wrinkle fighting rosehip seed oil, soothing rose petals and skin-regenerating honey, making it ideal for dry, damaged or aged skin. The ground oats acts as a gentle exfoliator to slough away patches of dull flaky skin, leaving a soft, clean feeling behind as it washes away. Daily use will leave your skin feeling smooth and nourished."

I don't know how it happened. As a young lady, I would spend mounds of money on skin care products. A really embarrassing amount. 20-some years later and I find myself using basic soap. Yes, that bar of soap that dries and strips the skin! After reading Jan Berry's book, I realized there were many frugal, easy and all natural, nourishing options that I could be using instead! The lovely part is that Jan has allowed me to share one such recipe from her book with you. I hope it inspires you to put a little more love into your skin care routine.


Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1/4 c. dried rose petals (note from JES: this recipe will still be effective if you don't have the rose petals or you could also try replacing them with calendula or chamomile flowers if they are available)
  • 1/4 c. raw honey
  • 1 tsp. rosehip seed oil (or a more budget friendly oil such as sweet almond, hemp or sunflower)

Using an electric coffee grinder (or mortar and pestle), coarsely grind together the oats and rose petals. Place mixture in a small clean jar (4 oz. jelly jars are perfect for this) and combine with the honey. Add your chosen oil and stir until thoroughly mixed. Note: If honey settles to the bottom, simply stir before each use.

Shelf Life: One to two months as long as water isn't introduced into the mixture. 


How to Use:

Using a clean spoon, scoop out a small amount into the palm of your hand. Gently rub into face and neck. Rinse mixture off with warm water and washcloth. Gently pat skin dry.


You will find more simple, all natural product recipes in her book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health and Home! As you can see from the photos below, there is a nice variety!




Photos from 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health and Home courtesy of Jan Berry.


For more information and inspiration from the book, you will find our review here.

Visit here for more "all natural" bath and body recipes!

All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The ScoopTitus 2 TuesdaysTuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadFrom the Farm Blog HopFront Porch Friday Blog HopAwesome Life Friday Link UpFive Star Frou Frou FridayShabbilicious FridaySimply Natural Saturdays and Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them).

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 106


"If I give you a rose, you will not doubt of God."
~ Clement of Alexander
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemakinghomeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, sewing, crafts, etc). ~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!


~~ Our monthly features will be shared next week!

But in the meantime, here is a featured "post from the past" ~~

{This is where I will feature a post from the link up archives that I have tried and appreciated.}


DIY ~ Homemade Deodorant by The Locust Blossom (Archive Date: July 2014)

Ever since I read how the aluminum found in most store-bought deoderants is linked to breast cancer, I have been purchasing the all natural deodorant. Embarrassingly, the main brand of "all natural" deodorant did not work for me. This particular brand (Alvera) was the only one I met with success until I found this make-your-own recipe on our link up. The key to all natural deodorants is that you should stop wearing deodorant for at least three days to get your body un-used to the yucky chemical stuff (make sure nothing is planned on those days ladies!!!).  Once that time period is up, try using the natural version. Regarding the recipe shared by the Locust Blossom, I chose 8 drops of lavender essential oil and 8 drops of tea tree (melaleuca) oil. I also purchased these deodorant containers and so far have been able to reuse them. Both my husband and I have successfully been using this recipe for over a year and a half! I encourage you to give it a try too (you will find the recipe here). This is one more important way to remove chemical overload from your body!


I also wanted to congratulate Heather W. for winning the book giveaway! For those of you that were interested and did not win, you can find the book HERE on Amazon.

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On to this week! For the sake of our readers, please link up appropriate and wholesome home-related articles and leave out any giveaways, advertisements, etc. Thank you for understanding! I can't wait to see what you all have to share! 

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