21/07/2014

Patched tights

I have recently been learning to handsew and have had lots of inexpensive fun trying new projects and making gifts! So I thought I would share the ideas on here over the next few weeks!
 
I used to throw tights with holes away. But this time I tried sewing on heart patches (made with scrap material from an old cot sheet) and was happy with the result! I sewed with cotton the same color as the tights and the stitching is backstitch.
My daughters were very happy with them. In fact, one of my girls wanted hearts on both knees!!
 

14/07/2014

A Quiet Mind

A poem that really helped me a few months ago when I was worrying about something!
 
What room is there for troubled fear?
I know my Lord, and He is near;
And He will light my candle, so
That I may see the way to go.
 
There need be no bewilderment
To one who goes where he is sent;
The trackless plain by night and day
Is set with signs lest he should stray.
 
My path may cross a waste of sea,
But that need never frighten me;
Or rivers full to very brim,
But they are open ways to Him.
 
My path may lead through woods at night,
Where neither moon nor any light
Of guiding star or beacon shines;
He will not let me miss my signs.
 
Lord, grant to me a quiet mind,
That trusting Thee--for thou art kind--
I may go on without a fear,
For Thou, My Lord, art always near.
~Amy Carmichael~

28/05/2014

Easy Baking

Being pregnant for 9 months and now having a new baby aswell as having 2 other little ones, I've found it difficult to do baking for a long time!
But the other day, someone gave me a 'Brownie in a Jar' gift. (I like making 'Cookies in a Jar' gifts, but had never tried using one myself.) It was so easy and quick! All I had to do was melt butter, add eggs, then pour in the jar mix.
Since it was so easy and since I have a lot of jars, I decided to make up my own cookie mix jars to use when I don't have much time--which is most of the time!:)
I made up 6 jars of dry ingredients. So hopefully the next 6 times I do baking, it will be nice and easy!!

25/05/2014

Destructive Caterpillars

A few months back I bought some marigold plants and planted them in pots in a few areas around our house. Before long they were looking really beautiful with their bright orange flowers. But then I noticed that the one by my front door was looking sick. The flowers looked like they were half dead and I didn't know what had happened. So I just pulled off the ugly flowers and threw them away. Some time later I discovered the reason. There were two big green caterpillars on the plant eating away at it. I pulled them off and after some time the plant started to look healthy again.
As I thought about those caterpillars I realized there was a lesson on marriage I could learn there!
All good marriages are like a beautiful plant. But there are destructive 'caterpillars' that eat away at the flowers and destroy the beauty and sometimes even kill the whole thing completely.
'Caterpillars' like pride, resentment, bitterness, self pity, anger and disrespect--just to name a few.
How is your marriage looking? What 'caterpillars' are eating away at the unity and beauty of your relationship? You don't have to just sit and watch it happen. God can deliver us from these sins and restore the beauty. But we have to be on guard, confess our sin and seek God for deliverance.
Watch out for those caterpillars and save your marriage!

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

Linking to Mom's the Word

07/05/2014

Chocolate Macaroons (No bake)

11/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter (50g)
3 tblsp cocoa powder

In a bowl, combine oats, coconut and nuts. Set aside.
In a saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter and cocoa powder. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. Take off the stove. Combine oat mixture with the hot cocoa mixture. Drop spoonfuls onto baking paper. Keep in fridge or freezer.

24/04/2014

"Touch and Feel" Book

I wanted to make or do something special with my girls today but didn't know what. I found this idea in a book to make a touch and feel book. The idea was to make it for your child but I decided to let them make it. They actually turned out quite well! I cut up cardboard into four pieces each and let them decorate with cut out scraps of material from old clothes. When it was all dried, I stapled them together.