... with a few random thoughts. There's not a lot going on here, although there could be another ten inches of snow here this weekend. We'll see, but it looks as if we are on track for another nor'easter.
|Vintage card from my personal collection|
My thoughts are very scattered these days. I have a lot on my mind all at once, and am finding it hard to keep track of everything. Each of the things I'm thinking about is something that, if I turn it around, has great potential for thankfulness. (For example, the planning for a trip to visit loved ones. The planning is stressful, but how wonderful that they want us to visit and that we can afford to go! Or how about the annual summer devotional book I put together for kids in our church's childrens' ministry? It takes a lot of thought, but this year I can thank God that I can re-use one of the older manuscripts with only a little extra work. I can praise Him for this opportunity to use my writing gifts for His glory; I can thank Him for the kids who are part of this ministry and the chance to encourage them spiritually; I can thank Him too for the lady at the print shop who told me last year that I could save money on the printing by emailing a pdf of the manuscript to her.) See what I mean? Every one of these situations (and there are many more) is taking mental energy, but every one of them also contains much to thank God for.
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
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|
It's delicious and will be easier to transport on their iffy back road and driveway. I don't think they will mind the substitution! For dessert I am taking this tried and true recipe for
|Photo by Taste of Home|
. They are yummy and so easy. I baked them in a foil pan so the pan won't need to be washed or returned.
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!