Thursday, 14 December 2017

My Favourite Things . . .


 

These are a few of my favourite things, maybe some of them are yours also.  Lets share!   


This is a felt Christmas Candle Mat I made a number of years back. I just love it  It only comes out once a year and every time I see it, its like running onto an old friend. I got the pattern from Cath's Pennies Designs a long time ago. Felt penny rugs and candle mats are two of my most favourite things. 


Surprises that fall out of cards  . . .  like that lovely red coat last year and then this year this sweet toy soldier.  Just look at his lovely little Christmas tree, pompom hat and tiny mittened hands.  A lot of love goes into something as lovely as this.  She doesn't think its very special, but I do, and not the least because of the person who made it with her own two hands . . . 

  

It was a bit too big for my tiny little tree this year so this year this fabulous handmade gingerhouse is living all nestled into the centre of my Christmas wreath and it looks right at home there.  Another of my favourite things  . . . I cherish this, although I know this picture is not showing it off to its best.


3D snowy pop up cottage cards  . . .  delightful!  I wish I could pop down the chimney into that house. It looks so warm and welcoming . . . just like the dear friend who sent it  . . . this will come out every year.  I guarantee.  Its a classic keep forever kind of a card. 

 


 Our Teddy Bear Nativity.  I couldn't find it last year, but thankfully I did this year and so it is sitting on our mantle once more. I love Nativities because they embody the true meaning of Christmas. 


This little olive wood one also holds a place of honor, a gift from some much beloved friends when we were on our Mission.   A reminder to us of people we love, a time that we loved, a service we loved and again, the true meaning of Christmas.  Love came down  . . .  


My little Scandanavian vignette that also comes out at Christmas.  That red moose?  A gift from a friend.  I can't remember where I picked up the Santa and the house tea light holder, I got from an online shop really cheap after Christmas one year.  Placed all together they delight me.  Surprise gifts from friends are the best.


This was in a Christmas Card from another dear friend  Its a stained glass window decal of the Roman Baths in Bath. Its simply beautiful.  I love it.  Every time I look at it, I think of my special friend and how much she means to me.  I did not know you could get such things as stained glass window decals.  How very wonderful!
 


Classic Panettone.  Not the one with chocolate chips or anything else.  The Classic one with fruits only and made in Italy.  Nothing else tastes the same.  I adore this stuff.  Its a delicious once a year treat. 

  

A Miracle on 34th Street.  The original one with Margaret O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. It never gets old.  I watch it every year. Along with a host of other classics.  I am a classic film buff, especially when it comes to Christmas films. 


My sister's art.  She is so talented.  She only just started painting over this last year.  She amazes me.  She really does.  I think she is very, very good.   The first three are watercolour works and the last is an acrylic in progress. For someone who just started on this painting journey, I think she is a bundle of talent.


Falling into a well made bed at the end of the day  . . . 

  

Puppy dog cuddles on tap. Any time of the day  . . . 


Central heating.  I love central heating.  We have used more than our fair share of it over this past week.  Seeing the bill won't be a favourite thing, but being warm and toasty is definitely a favourite thing.   We only turn it on first thing in the morning and then in the evenings, but the past week has seen us having it on a little bit sooner in the evenings.  Its been so cold. 

  

Having a clean and tidy fridge for the holidays.  Seriously. I went through the whole thing yesterday and cleaned all the shelves, got rid of anything that looked even remotely out of date, etc. Now it is good to go.  I love a tidy fridge.


The fairies of Cicely Mary Barker. I love fairies anyways, but her fairy illustrations are the best.

And that's it for this week.

A thought to carry with you   . . .

° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •
•。★★ 。* 。
° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.°
Everything you do now
is for your future.
~unknown •。★★ 。* 。 

  

 

BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - 2 Nephi 16:1-17:25 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? Why would the Lord send a prophet to a people He knew would reject the message?  
My Thoughts - Agency. The Lord in His mercy gives everyone the opportunity to choose the right. And then holds them to accountability, for the sake of justice, when they will not hearken and follow his ways. He wants to redeem as many as will hearken. This is from the institute manual - "the Lord will graciously continue His mission of salvation through His servants 'so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved'." It is His work and His glory. He does what He does in love. 

In 17:23-25 I feel like we are revisiting the vineyard and the Lords chosen people from yesterday's reading. It's further on in time and the vineyard has become overrun with briars and thorns. No one can come for a harvest of grapes but they come with bows and arrows to hunt. The once fertile hill is only good to be trodden down by animals. This says to me that quickly I can be overrun. The good choices I make can keep fruit growing or out of the seed of poor choices spring the weeds that will choke my spirit and bind me. But the amazing news is I can prune, I can cast out the seeds, the seedlings and the fully grown weeds. The Saviour will show me how to clear the garden of my mind, it is made possible through Him. John Bytheway has an ace talk on this called 'weed your brain, grow your testimony'. You can follow the link to You Tube. It's well worth your time to listen to it.

Tomorrow's Reading (Day 56) - 2 Nephi 18:1-22
 Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? 

 
In the English Kitchen today  . . .  Peppermint Petticoat Tails.  Scrumptious!

Have a great Thursday. Don't forget along the way of your day  . . . 


═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════ ⊰✿░G░O░D⊰✿⊰L░O░V░E░S⊰✿⊰░Y░O░U░⊰✿
═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════ 

And I do too! 

 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Button Love . . .


I've been in love with buttons my whole life. Any size, any colour, any type. This, I largely blame on my grandmother's button jar. A large mason jar that sat on top of the chest of drawers in her bedroom. It was full of buttons . . . big ones, small ones, pretty ones, plain ones. New ones . . . old ones, labouriously clipped from bits of worn out clothing , before they went into the scrap bin. 


I loved to play with the buttons in the jar. Somedays they were a pirate's golden lucre . . . a hidden treasure as I ran my small fingers through them. Other days they were just buttons, but I would lay on her bed and sort through them . . . trying to imagine what articles of clothing they had come from and who might have worn them. 
  


Every button had a tale to tell and a story behind it. My mother had a button jar as well . . . although her's was a metal tin that I suspect my dad had saved from work. There were about four of these in her sewing basket, each one labeled with masking tape. There was printed on each one in black marker . . . various words. Snaps, hooks and eyes, zippers, and buttons . . . I loved to play with these buttons as well. 


 There were even several still on the button cards. One card held Duck buttons . . . flat white buttons with colourful ducks imprinted on them in yellow and orange, wearing little sailor hats. Those were my favourite ones, and I longed to have them on a garment of my own . . . although in reality, by that age, I would have looked rather silly in a sweater with yellow duck buttons on it! Imagine my joy many years later when, upon having given birth to my oldest son . . . my mother presented me with the gift of a handknit sweater adorned with those same yellow duck buttons!! What a treasure 


 I have a button jar myself, although mine is a papier mache heart shaped box. In it I have tons of buttons and, like the child I once was, I still like to run my hand through it and feel their cool smoothness, trickling through my, not so small anymore, fingers. I love collecting buttons and anytime I see a packet that are unusual or colourful I am wont to buy them and add them to my collection. 


 Quite often, when I buy a blouse or a sweater, it is because of the buttons on it rather than the garment itself. I, too, clip buttons from old clothes before they are thrown away. Sometimes I use them on crafts and sometimes they come in very handy when a button is lost on something being worn . . . but mostly I just look at them, and dream about the tales they have to tell . . . where they once lived . . . and who once owned them . . . the magic stuff of a little girl's dreams. 

I am going to cut this short this morning because I actually woke up with a headache.  This blood pressure lark is getting to me a bit.  I bought a machine so that I could  monitor it at home as per the Doctor's request.  It was okay for a couple of days, but then it started really pinching my arm when it took it.  So hard, just in one spot . . .  so hard that I can feel it for hours afterwards, in fact its been a few days and I can still feel it in that one spot when I touch my arm . . .  it hurts.  I am supposed to monitor it at home and write it down a few times a day and then bring the paper in to the Doctors and he will adjust my medication again.  He added 10mg to my tablets, but it hasn't touched it.  Its still really high every time I take it.  I don't know what to do.   I am not sure if you can get larger cuffs or not.  I will have to see.

I got all my North American Cards posted yesterday, now today I will post the UK ones.  I think next year we need to put aside some pounds each month just for Christmas post.   


Oh, and I thought you might enjoy seeing this picture of Pumpkin (my mother's cat) that my sister posted.  She is one who doesn't mind making herself at home, anywhere  . . . she looks quite comfy there.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •
•。★★ 。* 。
° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.°
In this world some people will always throw
stones in your path.  It depends on your
what you make of them, a wall or a bridge.
~unknown     •。★★ 。* 。 


  

BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - 2 Nephi 15:1-30 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? How is there a famine of spiritual knowledge in the world? 
 
My Thoughts - 'Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!' 'My people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge'  These verses remind me to continually learn, look to and live God's truths and standards. I don't ever need to stay feeling lost or confused or empty of knowledge. I have the scriptures and words of prophets, I can pray and I've been given the gift of the Holy Ghost.
In my scriptures next to this chapter I have written 'Wrong is wrong even if everyone else is doing it. Right is right even if no one else is doing it.' Love this! The things of God are clear and unchanging.
 
There is also a quote I like from the Institute manual that goes along with verse 20. "The gap between what is popular and what is righteous is widening.  As prophesied by Isaiah, manay today "call evil good, and good evil."  Revelations from the prophets of God are NOT like offerings at the cafeteria, some to be selected and others disregarded."

Wrong is seen as being right all around us these days, whereas those things which were always deemed as being right are now being seen as wrong.  God does not change.  His laws are immutable.   A dog is still a dog and a duck is still a duck.  I fear for the youth of today that are going to have to wade through this mire of confusion and misinformation to carve a decent life for themselves in the world. This is another sign that we truly are living in the latter days.

Tommorow's reading  (Day 55) - 2 Nephi 16:1-17:25 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? Why would the Lord send a prophet to a people He knew would reject the message? 


 

Cooking in the English Kitchen today  . . .  Deviled Chicken.  I added a curry twist. This is truly delicious and is a very simple bake.

Have a lovely Wednesday. Don't forget along the way of your day!

═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════ ⊰✿░G░O░D⊰✿⊰L░O░V░E░S⊰✿⊰░Y░O░U░⊰✿
═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════

And I do too! 



Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

 
 
FOR TODAY, December 12, 2017

Outside my window ...
Its cold and dark and icy. Winter came early.

I am thinking ...
We got to the crematorium alright yesterday afternoon. It was almost comic. Had a phone call from Peter about 15 minutes before we were due to leave.  Our Bishop couldn't get his car out of his drive so could Todd direct the service in his place.  Could I also print out about a dozen copies of this hymn he wanted singing.  No problem.  I went to print them out.  It spit out four and then stopped.  Printer was out of ink. We replaced the ink cartridges, but then the printer kept saying it was in error.  Finally got it out of error and it still wouldn't print, but it would photo copy, so we photo copied the remaining copies.  Dashed off to pick up Brenda, and we got to the Crematorium on time. Todd did well for having been thrown in last minute like that. Peter had forgotten his hearing aids so couldn't hear a thing anyone said, etc. But we gave Audrey the best send off that we could.  Then got home, sat down to do something on the computer and presto chango the printer spit out the remaining 8 copies.  Was Audrey having a laugh with us?  I dunno, but we did smile.
In the Kitchen ...
  
 
As promised what I did with the leftover roast from the other day.  Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches, but not in the normal way . . .  I used freshly baked Yorkshire Puddings instead of bread and paired them with homemade thick oven chips and veg.  AMAZEBALLS as Ariana would say.  These were fabulous!  Why did I never think of this before? 
 
On my "To Cook" list ... 
 
 
From Crumb, Cappucchino Biscotti.  I love Biscotti.   
 
Good to Know ...


I am creating ...

 
Blooming Poppies.  Tutorial for a Scrappy Hot Pad/Pot holder.  Love these!   
 
 
Crochet, downloadable Gingerbread Man PDF from Etsy.  Shop is called Super Cute Design Shop.  
 
 
Gingerbread Bath Bombs.  From The Pistachio Project.  
 
 
The Deco Art Blog.  Snowy Mazon Jars.  
 
 
Daisy Cottage Designs.  Japanese Flower Coasters.  Easy and quick.  You could whip up a set of these pronto as a last minute gift! 
 
I am Reading ...

 
Wonder, by R J Palacio  
 
'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?
WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Thoroughly enjoying this book.  THOROUGHLY.  I highly recommend! Heartwarming to say te least.

I am looking forward to ...
Ward Christmas Party on Saturday. The Children's Nativity at Church on Sunday. Carol Service on Christmas Eve, etc.

Dreaming About ...


Colour filled warm socks  . . . . 


Sweater patches  . . .


Stoneware Mugs  . . . 

 
 
Cosy reading nooks  . . .

  

Warm and toasty slippers to wear  . . . 

Something to watch ...  

  

Old Christmas Show Specials on You Tube. We watched a couple last night and they left us feeling all cosy and warm and I felt like a child again. Nice.  Nice.  Nice. No Smut. No Violence. Just Nice.

A Quote for the Day ... 

(¯`v´¯)
  `*.¸.*´Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ¸. •´¸.•~♥♥♥~•. ~ ღϠ₡ღ¸. ✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ.
              ( ¸. ❀⁀ ⋱‿✿“` * .¸.* ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ.. 
Kindness is one of the most underrated traits in the world.
We focus so much on material things and attention,
and forget that it is kindness that brings us a fulfillment
that warms our soul. ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ..
~The Better Man Project  ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ.. `✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ..  

Makes me smile ...
 

I have a thing for little orange kittens . . . 

Corners of my Kingdom ...


Liverpool Christmas lights  . . . 

 And that's my daybook for this week!


  ⋱ ⋮ ⋰
⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆
  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆


✿¸.•*¨`*•..✿✿¸.•*¨`*•..✿ ✿¸.•*¨`*•..¸✿ ✿¸.•*¨`*•..¸✿ ✿¸.• ╬♥═╬╬═♥=╬╬═♥╬╬═♥╬╬═♥=╬╬♥═╬♥╬╬═♥╬╬═♥=╬╬♥
░░░░░░░░░░░░░ ░░░░░░░░░░░░ ░░░░░░░░░░░░  

  

BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - 2 Nephi 13:6-14:6
Question - How can you see these verses coming to pass? How do you make your home a defence against spiritual storms?  

My Thoughts - Love is my answer. Love of God. Love for others. Love for self. When my priorities are placed this way around I feel more in harmony with heaven. I feel like in the world the opposite is true and that often there is no love for God.   Elder Wirthlin said "The storms of the evil one can be stopped at the very entrance of our homes." How? DO the things that come with PROMISES of protection for us, our families and our homes. I'm so grateful we've been taught by the Lord how to make our homes a refuge and sanctuary from the world. I feel like He really magnifies every effort we put forth in this. Our families matter so much to Him. 
 
I know putting the Lord first, being consistant in doing the 'basics' and in keeping His commandments is what protects and strengthens my family, even though we are only two. I especially feel the spirit fill our home when we listen to and sing uplifting music, watch Mormon messages, spend quality time with each other, serve together and try our best to observe the Sabbath day. But the biggest influencer I feel is how we treat each other, when we are Christlike in our actions and words and when we quickly put right our wrongs.

Tomorrow's Reading (Day 54) -  2 Nephi 15:1-30 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? How is there a famine of spiritual knowledge in the world?

 
Have a beautiful Tuesday.  Don't forget along the way of your day!


═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════ ⊰✿░G░O░D⊰✿⊰L░O░V░E░S⊰✿⊰░Y░O░U░⊰✿
═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════ 

And I do too!