Easy and Fun Project

I visited a quaint shop in my sister’s Kansas town and picked up a large ball of white wool. I was pleased with the $4 price tag and thought I’d mix it with a few other wool sources to recreate these small pincushions. I followed this tutorial and simply made the balls smaller. The insides of the pincusions were old wool socks from when we lived in the Northwoods of Michigan. The outer layers were a mix of wool roving yarn (on sale at Michaels, wool roving from Amazon, and my nice large wad from The Shivering Sheep). 🙂

I was pleased with how they turned out. Isn’t the texture so cool? I’m hoping these sell at my next craft fair venture, coming up June 28th. 🙂

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Blog Series: Favorite Meals From My Favorite Books

The value of the myth is that it takes all the things we know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by ‘the veil of familiarity’. The child enjoys his cold meat (otherwise dull to him) by pretending it is buffalo, just killed with his own bow and arrow. And the child is wise. The real meat comes back to him more savoury for having been dipped in a story; you might say that only then is it the real meat. If you are tired of the real landscape, look at it in a mirror. By putting bread, gold, horse, apple, or the very roads into a myth, we do not retreat from reality: we rediscover it. As long as the story lingers in our mind, the real things are more themselves. This applies to the treatment not only of bread or apple, but of good and evil, to our endless perils, our anguish, and our joys. By dipping them in myth, we see them more clearly.

-C.S. Lewis in On Stories

I agree with C.S.L.—Food and stories mix well together. Even food that is otherwise sort of gross (like “cold meat” or Turkish Delight) is cool when you bring your imagination to the table. There is a huge sense of satisfaction when you are eating food that “fits” well with the scene . . . you know, a hot dog at a baseball game, or bread and meat and cheese while on a hike, next to a cool waterfall. And reliving stories by making that special food just adds one more layer of delight to a well-loved book.

I recently saw this book on Amazon, and I absolutely love the idea. I haven’t actually bought it yet . . . I’m too cheap to buy it right off, knowing that the food featured in these pages come mostly from books that I actually haven’t read or wouldn’t care to read. Classic children’s literature already holds the high ground in my heart, and fortunately, those sorts of stories are overflowing with lots of meal scenes . . . and very delicious-sounding choices they are! I have a huge list of themed meals and snacks I’d eventually like to make and photograph, but for now, here is my first offering: Current buns from “A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This is one of my all-time favorite stories!

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Jadon loved helping me eat the current buns afterwards. He tried to help me during the photoshoot too, but all that he really accomplished was dumping the sugar bowl out onto the counter. 🙂 I just had to laugh. I love introducing him to great literary meals. Hopefully he’ll be actually, really helping me prepare them one day!

Enjoy! Hopefully I’ll keep up the motivation and have a few more pictures in upcoming series.

A New Find

I found this lovely pottery teapot for $5 at a Goodwill in Colorado. I can’t stop looking at it . . . it is so lovely! Since it’s June, I might have to save using it until the cool weather. Or I could turn the air conditioning down real cold . . . . 🙂 Even though I haven’t actually used it yet, it’s brought a lot of joy to the kitchen!

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Music Review: Rain for Roots—The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This

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If God had a child
Who wandered far astray
Who was sad, broken-hearted, whose guilt kept him away
What would He do?
What would He do?
He’d say, go get the lost one
He’s who I came to see.
He thought he was an orphan
But he’s coming home with me.
The angels are rejoicing.
The sinner is my friend.
Rejoice with me, my child is coming home again.

From “Go Get the Lost One,” —Rain for Roots: The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This

{I’d like to say before I begin this article: this isn’t sponsored in any way. I simply liked this CD and thought others would too, so I’m sharing my thoughts on it here.}

I have a two-year-old who loves music. And David and I love supplying him with music, especially music that proclaims the truth. It brings joy to my heart to hear Jadon listening so closely to the Word of God through song. We went on a long road trip last month, and I wanted a few more CDs to add to the mix. Having listened to the first release done by Rain for Roots on a DAILY basis (I’m serious), I was excited about the next volume. And I was not disappointed.

I think I like the new CD, titled “Rain for Roots: The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This,”  even better than the old one. The musical style of the songs is varied—some have a vintage feel, some are upbeat, some sound like a gospel spiritual. The theme is Jesus’ parables and the short, catchy tunes have been well-crafted. Parents will easily be able to start singing along to their babies and toddlers.

A few minor downsides (to me): I miss the off-beat little children’s choruses that were prevalent in the first Rain for Roots CD. They are here too, but it is more centered on the adult voices vs. a mix with the children. I also am not a big fan of Elle Holcomb’s style. Now, I know a number of folks who love her, so don’t get me wrong. It’s just a personal preference, but her style makes her voice sort of sound like she is talking babytalk. It’s its own style, I just happen to like the other voices here and a bit of a cleaner style. It’s not a big deal, and don’t let be a dealbreaker for you. Just give it a listen and decide for yourself.

A LOT of major upsides: The truths here are solid, the artists are moms of young kids themselves, the sing- ability is fabulous . . . you might end up, like me, adding this to your daily repertoire.  And although I’ve heard this CD a number of times since I bought it a few weeks ago, I still cry every time time track 9, “Go Get the Lost One,” comes on. And for those who know me, they know I don’t cry at the drop of a hat.

Say you had a hundred sheep
and one little lamb got lost
in the dark, in the cold, far away from the fold
What would you do?

And I think every time, how easily I would stay with the ninety-nine! It just is so logical. But how relieved I am that God didn’t think that way about me. Thank God He went after me, the little lost lamb. The themes of true love and being welcomed home are so strong here, they go straight to my heart and make me cry. every. time.

If you have toddlers you’re eager to teach Scripture to (or eager for them to be entertained so you can get some laundry done), then I’d go out and buy this CD. I got mine from Amazon. Here’s the link to the Rain for Roots site.

Enjoy!

A Bit of Beauty

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>>> There were fresh peonies in Kansas when we visited last month. One bunch a neighbor brought over in return for a favor. Another was given to us by a fun group of ladies who were browsing our garage sale. Mel and the family were participating in the citywide sale (Solomon, KS: population, 600). And yes, David and I got to visit almost the whole town. It was fabulous. Anyway, the ladies had been given a bunch of peonies from another yard sale they stopped at, and couldn’t manage to get them home. So they gave them to us. They smelled and looked amazing. Aren’t you thankful for kindness and beauty, too? <<<

Coming Alive Again

So, I haven’t blogged here for about a year. But I miss it, and I’m wanting to squeeze it back into my life.

So for those of you who’ve followed this blog, thanks for hanging on, and I hope to come back into this sphere for new words, new pictures, and new life.

One of the biggest things I’m working on right now is opening and running a third Etsy shop. Yes, yes, I know. Juggling three shops is a bit much at times, but this one for for a very special cause.

Friends and family have gathered around and poured themselves into a community effort to raise funds for our second adoption. Yes, Baby #2 will hopefully be on the way home to us soon! And in our case, it takes a village to bring a baby home.

So please visit our newest shop and consider doing your Christmas shopping for a good cause. We’ve got porcelain art, knits, a quilt, woodworking, handsewn treasures, and more to come, so please stay tuned!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/popupadopt

New-to-us coffee table

I love our new coffee table! It’s actually an antique from Mom’s Africa days. Isn’t the mahogany and the carved elephants simply exotic? Now that Jadon is here, we wanted a table with curved edges to hopefully minimize stitches and loose teeth when Jadon begins to toddle around. Probably I’ll have no such luck, but this table is a real beauty anyway! And since we removed the ivory elephant tusks, it probably really is a bit safer than our previous table.

Behold the Trove

The local thrift store had a treasure waiting for me. A large plastic tub full of little treasures. Twine. Embroidery floss. Wooden spools. Calligraphy nibs. Metal bobbins. Needles. And more. For $5.99.

And I don’t even like sewing! But there’s something about the shape and feel of the wood and metal that appeals.

Behold the trove.

Outside is pretty:

Inside is fun too!

Isn’t it delightful to stumble across so many different textures and colors? For so inexpensive too! God is so good, in so many ways.