Sunday, January 31, 2010

Psalm 91:11

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Friday, January 29, 2010

It was...

time!

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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven..
...a time to sew"
selected from Ecclesiastes 3


Monday, January 25, 2010

Busy!




I have been a busy girl, today!
I've been stitchin' up something in The Sewing Room,
Gettin' dirty in The Garden,
and making something from scratch, that I had to scratch and give to
something that does scratch in The Pantry!

"She ... works with her hands in delight."

Proverbs 31:13

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Psalm 32:8

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye."
Psalm 32:8

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Evening Sky

Joining Susan for

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Evening sky over the bay...





...and the inky...




lacy....



branches...




silhouetted against the twilight.
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"Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
Thy faithfulness reaches to the skies."
Psalm 36:5


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Someone's in the kitchen....

Come and see what's brewin' in
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"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Matthew 4:4

Sunday, January 17, 2010

For a Night

" ...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Psalm 30:5

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Birdseed wreath and ornaments

I love to feed the birds!
And I don't like to throw away our Christmas tree right
after it is taken down.
When it is done decorating our home for the holidays
I put it outside with treats for the birds
in a place where I can watch it from the windows of our house.
The branches are alive with busy little
fluttering wings and beaks hungrily
sampling the tasty delights set before them
in the sheltering branches of the Christmas Tree!
This year, in addition to smaller 'ornaments'
I made a wreath, using a recycled plastic
food tray for the form. It worked wonderfully well
with the addition of a 'salsa' container for the
center hole.




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Below ~
A little chickadee feasting
at his new found feeder hanging on the gate!
(I wrapped bailing twine around the seed wreath
hoping it might help hold it together longer
and to give the little birds something to
grasp onto with their feet.)
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Find the recipe for the wreath/ornaments and more pictures on my January 2009 post!
These are so fun to make with children.
It is a good lesson for them to learn about stewardship and caring for God's creations.
If you don't have a tree to hang the ornaments on, they look great strung on a cord under
the overhang of your house or shed, or even the clothesline!
(It is best if it is hung where the birds can eat safely out of the reach of cats.)
The little birds will enchant you for hours
with their antics and songs.
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"The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
Matthew 13:31 & 32

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Flight into Egypt


"...an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise and take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him." And he arose and took the Child and His mother by night, and departed for Egypt; and was there until the death of Herod, that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, "OUT OF EGYPT DID I CALL MY SON."
Matthew 2:13-15

Thursday, January 7, 2010

From Gentleman Farmer's Workshop

Gentleman Farmer was quite busy in December
creating wonderful woodcrafted gifts for all his girls!
Below is a handy clothes drying rack that both daughters
and I received.
We found the directions in
Mary Janes Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook.

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Above ~ folded down flat when not in use
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Above ~ Extended for drying linens, delicates and even herbs!
(This is not were I plan to hang it, but just for pictures until I find
'the right place.' It takes a very sturdy nail/hanger as it is quite heavy
and wet clothes will add even more weight.)
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Above ~ A scaned page from the Feb.-Mar. 2010 issue of
Mary Janes Farm magazine showing one version of the
rack. (We chose not to paint ours so there would be no transfer of
color onto fabrics.)
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Below is another nifty little creation by the Gentleman Farmer.
Can you guess what it is?




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It is a beautiful Balancing Bottle Holder
made from gorgeous burled Maple wood.
Perfect for holding a bottle of wine, sparkling cider
or even a bottle of olive oil!
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He sliced a big block of Maple with his tablesaw,
planed it smooth with his planer,
beveled the end, drilled the hole for the neck of the bottle
with his drill press,
and sanded and hand rubbed the surface with
food safe butcher block wax.
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I am mesmerized by the thing!
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He even left the beautiful burl edge on this one
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He made me two so this one is going in the shoppe
if you are interested!

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"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Ephesians 2:10



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sheep

The neighbors sheep in December.



They seemed little affected by the single digit temperatures...

wearing their 'winter woolies'!


Joining Kathleen for


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"Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness;
come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Psalm 100:1-3




Monday, January 4, 2010

Building a House!


New Post in The Sewing Room!
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"Unless the LORD builds the house,
they labor in vain who build it:"
Psalm 127:1
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"Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them,
I will show you whom he is like:he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built."
Like 6:47&48

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Simeon and Anna

"And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, "Now Lord, Thou dost let Thy bondservant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for my eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou has prepared in the presence of all peoples, A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, and the glory of Thy people Israel." And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, 'Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed - and a sword will pierce even your own soul - to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed." And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with a husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. And she never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. And at that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem."
Luke 2:25-38