|Vintage card from my personal collection|
All that to say I'm not sure how much blogging time I'll find in the next month or two. I will try and get here at least to post weekly and monthly goals.
I've been wanting to share a few links with all of you -- sites or posts you might find interesting or edifying. Do you ever visit Little Birdie Blessings? If not, you will want to visit. Abby is a pastor's wife and lives in Maine. She makes beautiful graphics using vintage images, Scripture, sheet music and more. The graphics are often free for our personal use, so do check this site out. Every Thursday Abby shares some encouraging devotional thoughts from Scripture. Here's one I enjoyed: Everyday is a Gift. (I may have shared that link already, but I can't remember.) I hope you all enjoy Little Birdie Blessings as much as I do!
Sweet Tea and Simplicity is another favorite site. Mrs. Smith has some inspiring devotional thoughts. Here is a recent one I enjoyed: You Are So Loved.
If you've never visited TipJunkie, do take a look. You will find lots of inspiration for homemaking, crafting, and so on.
I can't remember if I shared this here, but The Legacy of Handmade from Myra at My Blessed Life was an encouragement to me to keep on creating handmade gifts for my loved ones.
I have found many fabulous sewing tutorials at Sew4Home. If you haven't seen their site, and if you love to sew, you will want to visit soon! Lots of inspiration and sometimes they have great giveaways of fabric, books, and sew on.
Do you prefer cross stitch? Check out this wonderful site: ABC Stitch Therapy . I've visited their store. It is right here in New England!
For fabulous embroidery inspiration, go here: Crabapple Hill Studio . Many of their projects and patterns are on my wish list.
If you have little girls who love paper dolls (or maybe have never seen paper dolls but might enjoy them), check out these free printables:
New Year's Paper Doll and
Paper Doll Camping Set. Those are just a couple of the sets available. They have paper dolls for most of the holidays -- Christmas, Valentine's and so on. Very cute, and there are accessories and backgrounds to match.
I finished up a couple of craft projects this week -- one being a pair of vintage style pillowcases to coordinate with some sheets I already had. I've had this fabric forever and finally found time to make these up.
I've made many over the years for adults and kids alike, using all sorts of different fabrics. This is a quick and easy project once you have the pillowcases cut out. The main pattern piece is rather large and unwieldy. Find the easy tutorial here: How to Make a Vintage-Style Pillowcase.
And I also finished a project I've been wanting to do for years -- a Christmas shadow box using a vintage wooden silverware tray and lots of vintage bits and pieces.
I found the idea and basic instructions in Gooseberry Patch Christmas book 7. I'll post more pictures of the process and finished shadow box over on my Christmas blog.
I'm making dinner for my daughter (who's recovering from surgery) tonight and changed my original plan of making white chili to making this: Chicken Chili Lasagna. Salad will be all the accompaniment that is needed.
|Photo by Taste of Home|
|Photo by Taste of Home|
I will be making these tomorrow, most likely, to have with our Saturday baked beans and cole slaw: Oven Potato Wedges. So easy. You might like to try them, too.
One last thing -- I have a folder on my computer desktop called "Blog posts in progress". One of the items in it is a word processing document with a list of links I want to share or have shared. I happened to come upon this one: God is in the Details of Life from 2010. It's no accident I stumbled across this link today. With all I have on my mind, this was a powerful and encouraging reminder. Maybe it will help someone else today too!