Wednesday, May 4, 2016

When You Feel Like You Have Nothing Left to Give...



It happens throughout the day.

Piece by piece, you are being stripped. You are being taken. You are being pulled apart.

That one quart of kindness.

That one ounce of patience.

That one spark of energy to complete a task.

And when you feel like you have nothing left to give,

your husband comes home.

He needs a piece of you too.

And when you have drained your last drop and place your head on the pillow at night, you wonder if there is anything left of "you"...

And before you begin that sorrowful story in your heart, before you begin that party of pity, let us recognize the biblical truth.

That this-- dear reader, is a moment of glory.

That this-- my weary pilgrim, is a time of triumph!

For you have been living in service to Him! Yes, finally, dear friend! There is less of "you", more of Him. Less of that fleshly "me", and more of Him!


"He must increase, but I must decrease."
~ John 3:30

"I have been crucified with Christ;
it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me..."
~ Galatians 2:20a

"Hereby perceive we the love of God,
because he laid down his life for us:
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
~ 1 John 3:16

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service."
~ Romans 12:1


Monday, May 2, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 103


“It is impossible to estimate full influence of the reading of the Word in a home day after day and year after year. It filters into the hearts of the young. It is absorbed into their souls. It colors all their thoughts. It is wrought into the very fiber of their minds. It imbues them with its own spirit. It’s holy teachings become the principles of their lives, which rule their conduct and shape all their actions.” 
~ J.R. Miller (1840 - 1912)
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!

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

* Since I skipped features for a few weeks, I gleaned from the prior link ups too! :)


1. Real Food Cheesecake Parfaits by A Chat Over Coffee ~ I love that these contain honey instead of sugar and what a quick and cute way to present a dessert. This would be fun for a picnic lunch!

2. The Secret About Congestion that Doctors Won't Tell You by Next to Natural ~ I found this to be true for myself though I was in denial for quite some time about it. No more waking up with a morning cough!

3. Make Your Own Jewelry Hanger by Much More Creative ~ Brenda shares a darling tutorial for making your own jewelry hanger!

4. Feed Sacks from Grandma by LL Farm ~ I enjoyed looking through Lori's feed sack selection from her grandmother. What wonderful treasures from the past and so many fun ways to repurpose them! 

5. Mealtime Conversation Starters {Free Printable} by Kentucky Sketches ~ Tanya shares a wonderful printable that we have been enjoying during dinner time. The conversations that are coming up are very interesting and I appreciate learning more about my family every time! :)

6. A Lace Doily Curtain by Blessed Hearth ~ Faye has lovingly transformed her collection of doilies into a dainty lace curtain! I love this idea and want to do something similar but as a vanity runner I am thinking.


In other news, I have been working on making the switch for this blog's printables to Google Docs since so many had troubles with the last program. Our latest addition is the free pattern for our (extremely easy-to-sew) soft baby burp cloths. Happy homemaking!

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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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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 102

"Your work does matter to those who enjoy its fruits. Note the marketing appeal of advertising that uses the family kitchen and a mother's loving care and delightful interaction with her children. Household management provides a pattern of rituals for everyday life..."
~Dorothy Kelley Patterson, Co-Author of The Christian Homemaker's Handbook

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!

* I'm sorry, I wasn't able to prepare features again as it has been a very busy few weeks. We hope to resume the following week.
Thank you for understanding! *

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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! 

Please copy the button below (html code is in box below it) and share on your blog post or side-bar so others can come and join in the link up as well!


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Friday, April 22, 2016

DIY Absorbable Un-Paper Towels ~ A Tittlemouse Tutorial


"When Mrs. Tittlemouse ventured to come out—everybody had gone away.
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!"
~ Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse
"She fetched soft soap, and flannel, and a new scrubbing brush from the storeroom. But she was too tired to do any more...
"Will it ever be tidy again?" said poor Mrs. Tittlemouse."
~ Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse

{Welcome to another edition of "Fun Friday" with Beatrix Potter!}

Poor Mrs. Tittlemouse indeed! She had been invaded by many unwelcome guests (of that un-thoughtful insect population) and was now left with quite a mess! However, she was a prudent little mouse and quite prepared. She simply walked into her stocked storeroom for the necessary housecleaning supplies. But no, dear reader!-- She did not reach for disposable paper napkins to wipe up those smears and smudges! She was a frugal little creature and used her handmade flannel (un-paper) towels. 

Did you mention that you buy paper towels every week? Did you want to streamline the budget? If so, follow along with Mrs. Tittlemouse's easy tutorial and you will be saving money in no time! We haven't purchased a paper towel in over 5 years and I must say it is splendid!


Supply List:

All you need are a few yards (or meters) of soft flannel (which is chosen because it is so absorbent), a pair of scissors, some sewing pins and a sewing machine (or needle and thread). The pattern we used was simply a regular piece of paper which measures out at 8 1/2 by 11 inches (which is near a common paper towel size). I also used a solid flannel on one side and my pretty print on the other in order to stretch the fabric I had on hand.


9 Easy Steps:

1. Gather your supplies (see list above).

2. Cut out your patterns (you will need a set of two pieces for each "towel" so you decide how many you would like to make).

3. Pin each set together with right sides facing each other (but leave a 5 - 6 inch opening so that you can get your hand inside to turn the fabric inside-out when you are finishing up).

4.  & 5. Sew around all four corners (with a 1/4 inch seam allowance) except for your "opening" of 5 -6 inches.

6. Now place your hand inside and invert your fabric to the right side out. You should now have both of your nice sides showing.

7. Iron down all your cloths and tuck in the opening seam area and pin the opening down in order to finish off the towel.

8. Now, do a zig-zag or fancy stitch around the entire edge of the napkin for a final finish.

9. Store in an easy to locate spot in the kitchen (mine are in a small plastic basket under the kitchen sink). 


These are great to use for those spills on the kitchen table and countertops (basically in areas where you don't want to use a "gross" rag from the rag bin). They are also nice for dusting and polishing furniture. Per Mrs. Tittlemouse, when you pair these with cloth napkins, you will no longer need to purchase paper disposables for your kitchen and that saves a mouse much money! 


Tittlemouse Tip:

If you are interested in doing this project, she would recommend preparing a stack of the "un-paper" towels in order for them to truly be a help in the household. If you make just a few, you will be tempted to purchase paper towels in no time.


You may also be interested in Mrs. Tittlemouse's bug spray recipe and her cottage rose pantry labels.


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