Friday, February 26, 2010

Simply Buying American Made - We Must Take a Stand!

 This post is from 2010 but I needed the reminder!

I have a friend that lives in Maine that loves going to the Christmas tree shoppes and I am so excited because they just opened one not too far away from us.  It's a bit of a drive but we can go there when we go to run our errands once a week or so.  We went there yesterday and they have a lot of cute things, I would say it's a mixture between a dollar store/K-mart/Craft store.  We spent a total of  $2.00 actually 2.12 with tax!  We got two cute little purses, mainly to use as patterns to make some more because they're so cute!
I really enjoy going to these types of stores, it's just fun to browse and their prices are really good.  Now, to the problem I have with it; everything I looked at was made in China.  I just get so tired of seeing things that say USA on them as craft items, etc. and then see that they're made in another country.  That is why I would rather go to our local craft malls and produce markets, to help the local sellers.  Also, I think we should take the time and effort to shop only at stores that have products made in the USA.  But of course that's not easy because there are very few of them locally.
I really must say that I'm going to make it a point to check out which stores are only items made in the USA, if I can't find them locally I'll order from places online, but only if they guarantee the made in the USA pledge.
It's time we start moving backwards and remember the way things were when our country was founded.  The did what they had to do and bartered for things they couldn't make themselves, this is what it might come down to.
I have no problem with buying items online from another country if that's what I want, for instance the items Christopher and Katie like from Manchester United, that's just fine.  But, I refuse to continue to buy pieces of junk that are made in a sweat shop thousands of miles away, it simply has to stop and will only stop when we stop buying and supporting these stores, we as the buyers have the say and can say it by simply boycotting these stores.  I know I'm determined to do it.
We must demand high quality and American Made, these days we're working hard for less money so we must have high quality.  I'm proud to be American and I believe that means I must support my fellow Americans....just as the folks in other countries must support their own.  

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My New Favorite Snack - Behold the Pistachio!!!


The humble little tiny pistachio!!!  I love these things!  This is what I have for my snack most days, they are so yummy.  Of course I break my nails when I crack them open but cracking them open is part of the fun!  I have to make sure and just have a few, it would be easy to have too many!  Yummy and healthy!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Something Every American Simply Must Watch


 This is excellent!  This Kentucky girl is proud to literally be a born again American!
                    http://www.bornagainamerican.org/index.html

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Wonderful Encouragement from Laine's Letters

If you've never read any of them you're in for a real treat, I used to read them years ago when she was writing them.  To read all of them go to http://lainesletters.com/letters.html I promise you that you will be encouraged and probably spend a lot of time there so pace yourself!  I used to print some of them off and put them in my folder of things to read while waiting for Dr. appts., etc.  Very inspirational!  This is one that I just love and it taught me so much during those questioning years when I had no one that understood what I was dealing with.
What a blessing these letters have been in my life!  She also has a lot of recipes and herbal remedies.
Enjoy!
 
Perhaps you, like me years ago, are walking by sight. I can guarantee you are filled with fear and anxiousness. I cannot tell you how anxious and fearful I was. In fact, I still cannot get over the work He has done in my heart. To this day. It was all done so quietly, but so very efficiently. Do I still fear and become anxious at times? Oh, yes. But not like before. Now I run right away to Him. He stills my heart like no other and I find the fears and the anxious thoughts becoming less and less in my life. What changed?Those key Words above: ” our inner man is being renewed day by day.”

That is the one thing I used to overlook. Oh, I would take such good care of the outside even though, as the verse says above, it was decaying. Really faster than I could keep up with it. ~Smile~ The funny thing was the very good I thought I was doing for my “outer man” was really to my detriment.

When I very first began to get into God’s Word I thought that holiness began from without. If I just dressed more holy, I would be holy. So I began wearing clothes that I felt were more holier looking. If I just ate the right foods, I would be holy. So I started grinding my own grain and baking homemade bread. If I just had more children for God, I would be holy. So I asked Art for more children. If I took off all forms of outward adornment, I would be holy. So I stopped wearing earrings and stopped painting my nails. If I grew my hair longer, I would be holy. So I stopped cutting my hair. If I set aside the Sabbath day, I would be holy. So I stopped doing any work on the Sabbath. If I worked harder and relied on less conveniences, I would be holy. So I worked harder and insisted I didn’t need or want a dryer, a dish washer, or a computer. If I was just more submissive to my husband, I would be holy. So I tried keeping quiet and nodded in agreement whenever he would speak to me.

Now I know some of you are probably shaking your head in disbelief at all of this. You see, the LORD saved me out of a works related church when I was 10 years old. So much of that “religion” had been ingrained in my mind, rather than the Word of God. So when I came back to the LORD full heartedly, I read all kinds of books that espoused what holiness looked like and how I could have it for myself. Yet in the meantime I was also daily in the Word of God as well. Praise God, I was daily in His Word! Or I would have continued on this course of trying to please Him by the sacrifices of my outer man. Sacrifices that never satisfy. Let me tell you what happened instead.

I never could get the dressing holy quite right. Should I only wear purple or white? Should I wear subdued colors? Should I only wear dresses? But what length? Oh, there were so many views on that. I got confused just reading them. Should I be wearing a veil? I did that once in my church because I was sure that was what God wanted. But then I read that my veil wasn’t long enough and probably my prayers weren’t answered because of this oversight. Should I abstain from meat? How about dairy? Yet, it says He led them to a land “flowing with milk and honey.” Milk is good, isn’t it? I got so confused reading all the books that I was afraid to cook for awhile there many years ago. Yet the homemade bread was awfully good. ~Smile~ More children. That was it. But while I was trying to have more children my body kept breaking down. I would read Art the verses on children, trying to “give him eyes to see” that this is what God wanted. Art kept worrying about me because with each pregnancy I got weaker and weaker. He was sure I would keel over on the next pregnancy. Okay, if I just took off the earrings and nail polish. And if I grew my hair really long, which is my glory, isn’t it? God would then be so pleased with me. Sometime later a woman at church came up and told me that my hair badly needed a trim on the ends. She said it was never going to continue to grow with all those split and brittle ends. She offered to trim it for me. Cut my glory?! Ah, what would God think? I remember the relief the day I cut those awful split ends off and could finally pull a comb all the way through the end of my hair. But should I braid it? Was it right to put it up or should I wear it down? Again, the books were contradicting. Then there was the Sabbath. I convinced my husband that we shouldn’t do any work on the Sabbath. I would rest all day and pray to God. Yes, the dirty dishes piled up, and the beds went unmade. Then I read in a book that I was doing it on the wrong day and my husband shook his head and said he was going out to mow the lawn. I wanted so much to live a simple, godly life. Modern conveniences, that was my problem. I determined to hang out my clothes and feel the breeze on my face. But those rainy days really caused some problems for me, and my husband (who wanted to get me a dryer) was beside himself with all the wet clothes drying in disarray all over the house. I would nod my head in agreement and try to look submissive when he came home from work. I was sure this was the “quiet and gentle look”. Why did he keep asking me if I was sick or something?

Now some of those things are very good things for many people. But you see, they were not good for me. They were really to my detriment. Why? Because I was doing them to be acceptable to God. I was putting on my own holiness. Oh, I didn’t do it overnight. But I would go from one thing to another trying to find out just what God wanted from me. Just what “looked holy” to Him.

Imagine my surprise to find out that all along I was holy. I was already “set apart for God.” I was already accepted by Him! Why? Because of this:

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

Can I repeat that? Oh, it just makes my heart sing!

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

In Christ Jesus. In Christ Jesus. In Christ Jesus.

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2

In Christ Jesus. In Christ Jesus. In Christ Jesus.

“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6


from Laine's Letters

Monday, February 22, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday February 22, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...


Outside my window
...very foggy, we had rain through the night and that mixed with all the snow on the ground is keeping the fog pretty thick, I also see 4 deer nibbling on some little trees in the woods.

I am thinking...that life just gets sweeter all the time, I never knew that aging would be a good feeling.  Things just seem to be calmer and I seem to be much more mellow that I was years ago.  A very good thing.

I am thankful for...that most of our extended family know the Lord, it's just a comfort to know that you have so many family members praying!  I send out a daily prayer list to our family, we have appr. 25 families on it but they represent lots more people as the info goes down the line.  Just so glad to have this communication so we can see to each others' needs.

I am remembering...feeling not so great yesterday, I truly was afraid the depression was coming back but I figured out why, I was taking a med that counteracts my depression meds.  Got that all figured out so hopefully things will even out a bit.

I am currently reading...Truth For All Time by John Calvin

I am hoping...to get things done on my list of to-do's today, so many things, so little time!

On my mind...the fascination people have with reality shows, don't get me wrong because I love watching the Duggars but what is it with this High School Reunion stuff on TVLand?  When we first got TV Land I was so excited because I thought we'd be able to watch Petticoat Junction and some other old shows, they have really gone downhill but I'm not surprised.  I'm just shocked that so many people follow these reality shows, why watch real life when you could be out living it and enjoying it???!!!

Noticing that...life gets very noisy when Dan gets home from work!!!!  He just got home and Katie is running to hug him and he's telling us this and that!  A wonderful time of day for this 'little wifey' as he calls me!
 
Pondering these words...on my Mary Engelbreit calender for today.....Aging seems to be the only available way to live a longer life!  Very, very wise indeed!  This is a quote by D.F.E. Auber

From the kitchen...chicken and dumplings and salad.  Katie's also baking us some banana bread.

Around the house...busyness with all of our chores, it's a nice day in the 50's!!! so hopefully some of the snow will melt, it's nice to not hear the furnace roaring!

From my picture journal...
 
Oh yea, I'm so ready for spring!  I don't mind the snow but I'm ready for some green!!!!!
 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Simple Pot of Soup....how far can it go?


I posted about making the 15 bean soup last Wednesday.  Our oldest son Tommy, who works for FedEx and some coworkers decided to have some fund raisers for a lady they work with, her son was in an accident and is paralyzed.  Since she's coming back to work after being off for a long while they wanted to raise some money to help her out.
So, Tommy asked us to make some 15 bean soup last Wednesday, we made a double batch in a soup pot and filled up our large crock pot to take to him and kept the rest.
This is how far that soup stretched:
Thursday: it fed folks at Tommy's work, along with some cornbread to go with it, they raised $85.00 that day, just from soup and cornbread.  They raised a total of appr. $800.00 to give her from this particular fund raiser.
Thursday: Mother in law had some that Dan took to her, she had a couple of meals out of it.
Thursday night: I had a bowl for supper.
Saturday and Sunday: my parents had some that we sent them.
Makes you wonder how many folks that double batch of bean soup fed?!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Our Resident Artist! Katie's Second Painting...this time it's true ;O)

Now, she still has posted her pic on her blog but she did take some pics and I'm going to steal them and post them first.  We're very proud of her and impressed, she is learning and enjoying it so much.  This is painting #2 with the card that was her 'inspiration' piece!
Can you see the little bird down on the right on the branch?  It is so cute!  I love the little dog too!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Our Resident Artist! Katie's Second Painting


Well, Katie had her painting lesson today with her teacher......who happens to be my sweet little mama!, she's an artist and is teaching Katie oil painting.  Today was her first lesson since before Christmas, she won't let me post a pic of her second painting until she posts it on her blog....but here's her first painting.  I'll either have to sneak a pic or post it tomorrow ;O)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our New Online Store....we have a name!


















We haven't actually opened our store yet but we do have a name for it, it's the same as our ebay store.....The Olde Homestead General Store.  This was one of our names we had chosen so since there was no original ideas submitted and the majority like this name that's the one we will stick with.  I'll let you know when we open it.

I'm very thankful that we didn't have a lot of votes for Applicable Buckleberry, which was Katie's choice.  She just likes the way it sounds when you say it out loud....you just said it out loud didn't you???  Knew you would!
Also, Christopher's choice was Buckleberry Crib....he's trying to make me be cool and modern but I'm just an old fashioned kinda girl and the only crib I know of is the ones our babies were in!  Sorry Katie and Christopher but my original choice wins!!!

Thanks for all the input and since this was our choice there are no winners, sorry. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Simply Being Radical in Parenting - Harry Potter, good or evil?


Now that our kids are 25, 23 and 20, I have a lot of time to think about their years of growing up and the way we dealt with certain issues.  When the Harry Potter books first came out we pre-ordered them and the kids were just so excited to read them as soon as they came.  Well, at least the first two books, because after they read the books and I began to hear some of the backlash about the books I decided that we should get rid of them and I apologized to my kids for not having given it more thought and research before buying them.  I actually asked them to get rid of them, I did not tell them to, I gave them all of my thoughts and asked if they would get rid of them which they did.
This was probably 10 years ago so the boys were teens, Katie had not read any of them.  We got rid of the books and left it at that, when the rest came out we simply ignored them.  Although, I'm sure the boys were curious about what happened in the next books but they didn't say much.
Well, I've learned a lot in these past ten years about faith and how we deal with certain issues and I know that the way I handled the Harry Potter books was simply the only way I knew how at the time, I'm not certain if I would have done it differently but I would have had more discussions with the kids about it.  I think that not talking to them about probably raised more questions than talking to them would have, I thought if we didn't talk about it then they wouldn't really think about it, I know that was wrong.
My hubby does not feel strongly about these things like I do, I've always been the one to lock all the cable channels that we do not view, etc.  He basically says that whatever I do is fine but he really doesn't give an opinion.  I guess I could say that he's of the mindset of 'if the other kids are reading it, is must be okay'.  Now, mind you he wouldn't agree to them doing anything illegal, etc., he just doesn't really give these things much thought.  I, on the other hand put a roadblock up to anything until we've researched as much as we can.  I'm very determined where my kids are concerned that they never do anything 'just because the other kids are doing it', we should always go down the road we clear ourselves, never follow just to be like others. 
This actually caused a lot of friction early on in our parenting years, he didn't see problems where I did but eventually we did work things out so we both had a say and then decided from there.  Most of the time he would say that it was up to me, I would search the scriptures, get opinions from church friends, pray about it and then talk to the kids about why we made the decision.
Then a couple of years ago the Harry Potter movies were coming on TV and the kids wanted to watch them but were concerned that I would be upset about it.  This is where the important part comes in....you see I've done the best I could to instill values in them that they will need in life to make the decisions that they will have to make.  Now is the time that I sit back and let them make their own choices and see how they deal with them.  They all like the Harry Potter movies and all the characters in it and still enjoy watching the movies, I do not watch them simply because I'm not a movie person and they don't interest me.
What I've come to understand is that my kids like the 'fantasy' aspect of the movies just like the other movies we've loved through the years.....The Neverending Story, the Narnia movies and the Hobbit movies, it is that aspect that they love.  I know there are good and evil in all of these stories but we know that good always wins over evil.  My decision to get rid of the books didn't influence whether they would later like them or not and I know that my decision was based on what I knew at the time.
If we raise our kids to love the Lord with all their heart and give them a good start in the knowledge of the scriptures they will take that and blend it in to their own decisions in their lives, they will not do things exactly the way we do but that's wonderful!!!  I don't want my kids to be clones of us, in homeschooling it was very important to me that they have their own minds and thoughts, otherwise I wouldn't have homeschooled them at all but let them be taught by the teachers in the public schools.  When subjects like young earth vs. old or creationism vs evolution  came up we were able to go the scriptures and then discuss it to find the answers, not some textbook that was written by some person with no real proof.  In our faith we do not have to see it, we simply believe because the scriptures say so.

So is Harry Potter good or evil, I think both...but there's good and evil in our world, always has been and always will be.  Our job is to make sure our children understand the difference and give them the tools early in life that they will need to make the right decisions.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2010 Declutter Challenge


















Isn't this pretty?  A little promise of spring!!!

Well, shame on me but I have not been working very hard on the declutter challenge.  I have been working on quite a few different things but just have not worked on decluttering.  I believe it's because it is cold in the garage and it's cold in our basement so I don't want to go to either place and that's where our 'stuff' is.  I will get working on it soon but probably not until some of this snow goes away and it warms up.  In other words I probably won't work on it until oh...let's say...May? June?  In the meantime I got a bunch of cards made and sent out yesterday, sympathy cards, etc.  Now, to finish painting that shelf...but it's in the garage and it's cold out there!!!  Oh well, I think I'll get off of her and just go get under my electric blanket :)....can you tell I'm freezing today???

Monday, February 15, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday February 15, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...


Outside my window
...white, white and more white!  We already had about a foot of snow and now it's been snowing since last night and it's still coming down.  We're supposed to have snow through tomorrow!

I am thinking...I'm glad this is Dan's Friday so he's off the next 2 days.

I am wearing...brown jumper, green top with brown in it.

I am thankful for...the Lord taking my aunt Vernice home last Friday, she was doing okay until she had a massive heart attack on Wednesday, I'm so thankful she didn't have to suffer or linger.  God is good.

I am remembering...spending my days at my aunt Vernice's farm when I was a little girl!  They lived in Jackson country Kentucky (way down there) and we visited my grandparents most weekends and hers was just one farm over.  They had 6 kids and we just had so much fun, we would run through the fields and then run some more....never still for a moment!  Such wonderful memories!

I am currently reading...Day by Day by Delia Parr, it's a very good book.  It's Christian fiction and very well written.  I'm finding that she's a very good author and I'll be looking for more books by her.

I am hoping...to get my shelves painted but it's hard to do without going in the garage (which is sooo cold) because of the stinky oil based paint.

On my mind...thankful that my parents are back home from going to the visitation for my aunt.  The funeral was today but the weather is so bad here and there that they thought they should come back home last night, I'm very thankful they did.

Noticing that...I'm really enjoying all the snow, we had a few years of warmer winters but I'm thankful to have all the snow again, it's so pretty!


Pondering these words...Happiness is homegrown....I think this is so true, Dan and I were raised in joyful homes with lots of laughter and we have made our home the same, not just laughter of course but joy in the simple things.

From the kitchen...pork chops, roasted new potatoes, veggies

Around the house...very, very quiet, I'll be starting up laundry soon though.  Then there are lots of chores to finish up.

From my picture journal...
 
A yummy pecan pie Katie made for us.  I've never made one and this is her first, it was delicious!
We've not been eating any chocolate and very, very few sweets so this was a very rare treat for us!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Simple Potpourri Light Jars

These are some lights that we make for our store.  I love to look at them and they let off such a pretty aroma.  We scent them with different scents.  The little lights on a strand have a brown cord so they blend in with the potpourri inside.  We crochet our own doilies for the top and then tie with a pretty ribbon.



















Tomorrow I hope to finish up the wall shelf and the floor shelf from the kitchen, I went ahead and painted them both the red oil based paint and I really do like it, it's a deeper shade than I thought so they look more barn red.
We have some snow on the way again, Dan really dislikes it because he works outside at the airport but I just think it's so pretty!  I hope everyone had a wonderful day with their Valentines!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Simple Decorating - In My Home!

I have a few pics of some of the things we've made and the way I like to decorate, hope you enjoy!

This is a wall in my kitchen, the shelf my dad made for me years ago, the signs are all made by us.  I love the little crocks, we use them with stew, soups, etc.  They're perfect because the lids keep things nice and warm until we sit down to eat.  The mason jars have some things we keep in our pantry that we buy in bulk and bring up as much as we need, they're pearl barley, brown rice, almonds, pecans and seasoned Panko bread crumbs.
The border is one of my favorites, very homey and cozy!  The wall at the top is creamy almond and at the bottom a green that I liked from the border.
 















This is the first thing you see when you walk through our front door into our living room, it's a print from a folk artist I really love and the sign is once again made by us.  The walls in the living room are a mocha color.





















This is the same image but with a wider view so you can see the branch from our yard and the faux birds nest in it.






















This image is a sketch Katie did for me a few years ago, this is my favorite image ever.  When I was little my grandma and grandpa had the picture on their wall and it was always so comforting to me as a child.  I love Katie's version of it!





















This is my desk in the living room with our three kids framed high school diploma from our homeschool.  All of the signs were made by us except the little one hanging above the green framed diploma.  Christopher's keys are hanging on the wall, for some reason he thinks this is where they should be even though we have a key holder by the front door (which will also be pictured).  Also shame on me for not trimming that dead leaf off the plant...tsk, tsk.  The plants are both from the funeral arrangements from my father in law's funeral, I took them apart and made quite a few pots from them.  I stitched and framed The Simple Country Living stitchery.  This is the wall to the left when you walk in the front door.
















My newest stitchery I just made, it's on the wall you see as you're going out the front door, the next photo are hanging below it.



















Both of these items we bought in craft stores somewhere in our journeys!  The bottom item has some old square nails on it for hanging keys.

















This is at the landing from the 2nd floor bedrooms, top sign made by us, the bottom I got along the way at a craft store.


















A better shot of the blue sign, couldn't get the glare off the bottom sign though.















This is the hallway on the main floor.  Top two signs were made by us, bottom from a craft store.  The walls in the hall are a deep periwinkle.
















Last but not least :) is the wall to the left of my computer desk in our bedroom, the walls are painted a misty green.  The two hanging signs say 'best mommy' and 'best daddy in the world', our kids made these for us quite a few years ago out in our workshop, we had no clue they were making them!  The two stitcheries I stitched well over 20 years ago!  I painted the frame the rainbow one is in but if you notice closely I put it in the frame upside down...you'll know this because the little orange hearts are upside down!  I still like it!  The happiness is homegrown stitchery was made in our old house and the little stick holding it up is from the tree in our backyard at that house, I love little things like that, that things truly have a meaning and a story behind them!
















I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my decorating, soon I'll post some more pics of our home!

Back to Blogging

Well, it seems we won't be going out of town.  The weather here and there is terrible and my sweet little mama requests that we not make the trip.  It's my mama's sister that passed away on Friday, she lived in southern Kentucky so that's where the funeral will be.  My parents are going down but my mama doesn't want us to travel down there, my two brothers live down there so they will be with her.
So, I need to get back to blogging now that my headache has subsided somewhat, it's still there but I'm trying to pretend it's not.
I appreciate the kind notes that have been sent, my aunt Vernice was a very sweet lady, we were all blessed by her love, smile and affection for her family, I know there was a reunion in Heaven when she arrived, we have lots of family that went before her including one of her children, isn't God good to give us such peace and love?
God Bless you all!
Judy

Friday, February 12, 2010

Short Break

I'm taking a short break from blogging for a couple of days.  We are going out of town for a funeral so will be busy.
God Bless you all.  Hug your family today!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Simple Wooden Shelf Makeover

I have a wooden shelf that I bought years and years ago, it was stained wood and I really enjoyed it.  Now, I feel the need to change it (as I do most things I own eventually!!!) so I used the same paint I used on my desk:
I painted most of the coat on and decided that I didn't like the color on the shelf, works great on the desk but not on the shelf.  So since I just bought some red rustoleum paint I thought I would try using it.  I haven't used it yet but did discover that it is oil based, I never buy oil based and can't believe I bought this but I will somehow make good use of it.  I'm definitely going to use it on a standing shelf in the kitchen that is now a cream color that got very dingy looking so it needs to be freshened up.  
The red paint is bright red so I will need to tone it down, my intention was to add a bit of black paint to it to make it more of a brick red but since it's oil based I can't do that.  Instead I will paint it, sand it a bit and then brush a coat of black over and rub it off to give it an antiqued look.
These are the pics of the shelf now, the back of it is the initial stained color and then the front I added the green to, it's just too light I think, to go with my country decorating.
 
I'll post more pics when I get it finished, not sure what color it will be but that's the way it works with me.  I drive my poor hubby insane with my moving furniture around and changing the things on the walls, etc.   He tells me his mother never moved any furniture or changed anything in all the years they lived in their home except when they got new furniture!  Guess he just doesn't appreciate my creative spirit!  Of course the fact that I'm home 24/7 most days means I just have to change things around every now and then, just  to have a little bit of a difference, it actually really freshens things up and makes me a happy girl!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Making Something Old into Something New....that kinda looks old!!!

I salvaged this old frame from some of those Home Interior pics my mother in law had on her walls...from the 80's, that she'd taken down and wanted to get rid of.  The prints inside were faded and not really my style (asian prints...worked beautifully for my mother in laws style but not mine) so I just took them out and recycled them into scrap paper and put the frames away waiting for inspiration!
I stitched this little saying a couple of months ago, we call our home 'The Olde Homestead' so I just stitched it in a prim style and added the tree and vine, but had no frame to put it in.  I could make one but thought I would look around and see what we had first.  I found the frame in a box in the basement and once I found out it was the perfect size I got it all framed nice and secure but of course that old light wood 'color' they used on that pressed board from Home Interiors didn't work at all so I thought I would paint it but it's really tough to get paint to adhere to those faux wood frames so I had to figure something else out.  I thought about it for a couple of minutes and looked over and saw the poster marker and thought 'why not?'!?  I thought I could put it on and then wipe some off but when those markers say permanent they mean it!!!, there was no wiping any of it off but the more I colored in and the deeper it got the more I liked it!  I think it goes great with the prim stitchery and it was free and recycled!  The marker is non-toxic and they don't even have that bad odor anymore so I'm very happy with it.
I do see in the photos where I got a bit on the glass but that will be easily fixed with a damp cloth.
So, do you like it?  I'm really pleased with it and glad to make something that my sweet hubby had in his childhood home something that works perfectly in our home!
The first photo is two sides before and two after, the second photo is from the left view.  Next is the finished product with the marker I used.  I really like it and think it looks like a deep mahogany finish.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday February 8, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...


Outside my window
...it's a winter wonderland!  the 'icing' is still on the trees and now the sun is out and glistening on all the snow, so pretty!  It's almost magical looking!

I am thinking...how thankful I am to have stocked up on things, we've had everything we needed and did not have to leave the house.  Of course Dan still had to go to work, Delta doesn't shut down because of a bit of snow.  LOL

I am wearing...plaid flannel jumper and white long sleeve t-shirt

I am thankful for...my family.  We can look around and see other folks' families and think how nice it would be to have this many kids or that but I'm just so thankful for what I've been given, I will not ask for more than 'just enough'.  He always gives me just what He wants me to have, yes that's enough!

I am remembering...what a nice calm and quiet weekend we had, just us, all snowed in!  We read, watched a scary movie (from the 40's) and just enjoyed being together!

I am currently reading...nothing right now, I have more books put on hold at the library.
 
I am hoping...to get lots of stuff out of here by putting many more things in my 'get rid of' bags.

On my mind...the busyness in our home right now, vacuum running, washing machine going, everyone doing many many things!

Noticing that...
our home is full of laughter and joy!  It doesn't take stuff to make us happy, we are truly very simple folk.
Pondering these words...Anything is possible!

From the kitchen...beef stew, salad, Katie's bread.

Around the house...Lots of things going on right now, Katie is vacuuming...Christopher is talking to me while I'm trying to concentrate on my daybook....I cannot do two things at once and he knows it!!LOL
One of my favorite things...Christopher's voice!  Music to this mama's ears!

From my picture journal...
 
the view I'm looking at right now, so pretty!
 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Simply Living for Him


As a family we've gone through quite a lot in the past year or so.  Our son moved out on his own, which was a huge adjustment for this mama, I just love my kids and love being with them so I miss him but am so very proud of him!  We lost a dear cousin at age 36 suddenly from a blog clot.  My father-in-love passed away (actually I was the one that found him dead at the bottom of the steps, that was one moment in time I truly wished I could just freeze, I hated telling my sweet mother-in-love, then it was just her and I while we waited for the squad, it all seemed to happen in slow motion)...which was the first of our parents to pass away and it was very difficult for us all.  I had a bad bout with my depression that just would not let up, which I think was further fed by our loss, just had a rough time getting through that.
I know that so many have gone through so much more in the past year, so many tragedies and losses.  To think of all those folks in Haiti that will struggle for some time with all of the problems they've faced and have yet to face.  It all just seems too much, doesn't it?
Through all of this we could just choose to fall down in the abyss of sadness and never come out, we could choose to be bitter and full of hatred or we could let the anger of it all lead us to act in a vengeful way, but none of those would help now would they?  In the long run those things would be more harmful than good and put us in a much worse situation.
My choice is very, very simple.  I trust Him.  I lay my burdens at His feet.  I go to Him with tears and prayers and sorrows.  I look to Him for the next step.  I trust Him with it ALL.
If we have Christ, we have everything.  Our eternity is already set and we have the hope of seeing our loved ones again in Heaven, yes I definitely choose Him.  Such hope, calm, peace and love!

I was raised by a very sweet little lady, my mother's faith is and was an incredible thing.  Through my lifetime she has lost her parents, her 3 brothers, 1 sister, 2 nephews, 1 niece, her oldest grandson at age 19, friends and other relatives.  There have been many losses for her but she knows what the scriptures say and she rests in those promises, she knows she will be in Heaven with them someday.  What a blessing she has been to me, the times she has fallen down I've watched Him pull her right back up.  

I praise Him today, do you?  Oh, how I pray that you do!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Our Simply Snowy Woods

Oh, what a pretty snow we have today, one of those where it looks as though white icing has just been poured on everything and allowed to drip and drape!  So very pretty, here are some pictures Katie took:
 
These are sweet little bird tracks that were on our front porch, they're appr. 1" long!
These are our woods, it truly looks like icing on the trees!  So beautiful!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

2010 Declutter Challenge

I will begin tomorrow with my declutter challenge, the goal for me is two items a day to either:
throw away
recycle
give away

I will list in my sidebar the amount and update occasionally, I'm really looking forward to getting rid of items that are really not necessary or not usable to us.  There are so many things that I'm sure we can do without, we'll see how it goes!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Simple Read - The Debt by Angela Hunt


I chose this book for a few different reasons, one of them being it was set in Kentucky and I love reading anything about Kentucky, even fiction.  I always want to see if their opinion of Kentucky is like mine, it's just beautiful!  I know there are many places in the US that are beautiful but I'm just real partial to my Kentucky!
I started the book a couple of weeks ago and then put it down after a few pages, it didn't pull me in at that time (actually I must say the fault was probably mine, too many irons in the fire at that time and just couldn't concentrate!) but I picked it back up a couple of days ago and read the whole thing in one day, yes it is that good!
The beginning just starts to tell us a story and I see now that it was very important that she set the scene up for us so we could free fall into the story once we know who is doing what, her writing is excellent and once I realized what was going on I was pulled in and couldn't wait for the next page.  
I have to say here that I thought the book was going to be just a bit of fluff (no depth or real meaning in it) but I was totally blown away by the time I got to the last page.  This book can truly change your life and challenge your faith, in challenge it I mean take it to a deeper level and  make you start to think differently about what you're doing for the Lord.  I have to say that it just smacks of so many questions and truths that we should be asking ourselves everyday, I will never ever be the same after reading it.
As a woman and as a mother I felt a connection with Emma Rose and understand so much about how she was feeling.  As Christians, most of us have things in their past that they are so very ashamed of, even knowing we're forgiven because of Jesus, the pain is still there because we know that we let others down....whether it be our parents, siblings, friends, other family members we know we hurt them but sadly in life there are no do overs so our past is our past.  Emma Rose was able to move passed her painful childhood but she is brought back full circle to the events that were in her past that very few people knew and then she had to deal with confessing her past to her husband who is a pastor.  
We find that forgiveness is just the beginning and that our lives and our faith can be changed in a heartbeat if we open our hearts and minds to what Christ will have us do instead of what other people or ourselves would have us do.  
There are moments of true clarity in this book and I truly believe that it is life changing.  That's not something I can say about most fiction books I've read, I've enjoyed them and maybe picked up a few insights but this book, in a very simple way shows us that faith isn't just about joining a church and showing up every Sunday...no, no, no, it is so much more and I'm so thankful that I've been reminded in a very real way that when I gave my life to Christ I committed all of it, every moment of every day to Him.
Angela Hunt has many other fiction books and I've read some of them but I have to say that this is the one that spoke to me the most, and changed me from who I was...completely for the better!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Our New Online Store! A Giveaway!

We are opening a new online store to sell our country wares!  There's a link on the sidebar to answer in the poll or you can give us your ideas in a comment or you can email me at keeperathome@insightbb.com, the poll will be open for a week so at the end of it we'll make our decision based on the ideas we get.
If we choose your idea we'll send you an item from our store, it will be your choice of items in our store once we have it up and running (should take appr. 1 week from end of poll).
We really appreciate any thoughts you have, the items that will be in our store are:
Katie's jewelry - earrings, bracelets, necklaces
Wooden signs - with phrases such as 'Home of the free because of the brave' or 'Gathering Room', many others
Potpourri jars
Hand dipped beeswax candles
Handmade Soaps
and more.

We like the words Simple, Country, Buckleberry (from Lord of the Rings, love those movies!!!), Homestead, Farm, Kentucky, General Store, etc.

Thanks for joining in the fun!