Friday, 19 January 2018

A Crocheting Way to Start the Year

Hello!  I have been crocheting quite a bit at the start of this year.  

I found a project at the free store that someone had I brought it home and finished it.  
It's a cowl that has a very lovely lacy feel to it. 

Then I found a pattern for a hat that I I wanted to give it a try.  
The pattern called for a 10mm and a 12mm hook, and well I at first only had a 10mm hook.  
So I thought I could make it work...well, it didn't fit.  

SO, my daughter picked me up a 12mm hook and I started over.  
The second one that is in the left of the above picture turned out much better, and fits great!  

My parents also sent me a new calendar and at first I had no idea where I'd put it.  It is from Farmer's Almanac and has some lovely pictures and tips.  

I ended up picking up a non-marking hook and attached it to the end of my husbands shelving that separates his office from the kitchen.  Works great there! 

SO what kind of projects are you working on or have completed recently?  
I find it's nice to start the new year by doing some new things that help get us through the rest of the winter.  I love winter, but am already getting the itch for spring, and for planting. 

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Frost and Snowflakes

Hello!  Today I just have some simple pictures to share with you.  
I took them today of some lovely frost and snowflakes. 

It was so pretty, although a bit dark as the sun had gone down, the sky was overcast, and the snow had started to gently fall.

The frost was very thick on the needles of the pine and spruce trees

There were big soft fluffy parts mixed with the stand out snowflakes.

It always brings me to a place of awe to know that the God of all creation is so detailed and precise. 

Psalm 147: 15-18

"He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. 
He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
he casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
He sendeth out his word, and meltheth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.  

What a beautiful time was had just walking amongst the trees discovering these different mixtures of snow and frost.  

How amazing just the trees are on their own with all the seeds and new clusters of needles. 

At times they look so fluffy, but to touch them they seem to grab ahold of your mittens 
with strength I never expected. 

Praying that you all find time to notice the snow or frost that is around you if you are in winter...or the wonderful details of colour and shape of the area around you.  

Praise God for all He has made!  

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Teaching Our Children The Bible

Hello!  Glad you could drop by. 
Today I would love to share with you something that is on my heart.  

As those of you who know me and or have been following my blog for some time will know, 
I'm a Bible Believing Christian.  

The Lord has shown me that He has preserved His word for us through the King James Bible.  Indeed it's not just a version out there that can be picked or chosen, but it's His Word and we can read it and believe all that is written in it.  There are no mistakes or problems that finite man needs to "fix".  
The God who can save our eternal souls has also preserved His Word for us to read today. 

Some will say that it's hard to understand at times,!  

1 Corinthians Chapter 2

James 1:5
 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and                          upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

With this comes teaching our children also.  
So many in this world would have you believe that you need to dress up the Bible.  Let them "colour" in it.  Not marking important verses they've learned or writing notes, but rather doodling.  I find this very disrespectful to the Word of God.  It's not a colouring book!  This doesn't help them learn the Bible...make a printable for that.  

Children need to learn that the Bible is God's Holy Word.  
It's not just any book and there should be great respect for it.  

In giving our children the real deal...not just story books or comic books. 
(this is what I refer to the editions of perversions that issue these items).  Many of the colouring editions of the Bible take this inspiration from the popular Mandela colouring books.  Run from these as they only teach Hinduism in an easy to swallow format.  It's idolatry.  

We don't need to give children special edition that change the Word of God to an easier to read format.  We need to teach our children the meaning of the words, of the passages, and of the teachings that are written therein.  

We need to TEACH our children Truth, the whole Truth.

We need to teach our children the fear of the Lord.  

We need to teach them to turn to the Lord and to trust in Him for salvation.  

John 3

Romans 10

As our children come to the Lord they will learn to place their trust in Him.  They will see that God's ways are higher than our own.  They will look to walk in the ways of the Lord and not in the ways of the world.  They will walk this path on their own, not just holding our hands and following us.  

Many say that our children are just naturally rebellious and that can't be helped.  OH...but that's not true of the christian home.  We need to teach our children in the fear of the Lord.  We need to give our children the Truth from the very beginning.  We cannot wink at sin in the home...we need to be examples to our children of the way of life.

No I'm not perfect, nor is anyone else aside from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
But the goal is to walk in His ways, and that is where our focus must reside. 

I know that all children must come to the Lord on their own, and some will choose not to walk in the ways of the Lord.  But we must from the very beginning teach our children the unadulterated truth of scripture!  Don't hold anything back.  It's not just a storybook to be discarded for more "colourful or entertaining" things.  It stands alone! It is the Word of God, and we must treat it in a manner fitting it. Our children's souls depend on hearing the Truth and understanding it.

Just read the Bible with your children.  Memorize it.  Talk about it.  Post it up on your walls, mirrors, doors.  Let it be a part of your daily life.  Our family meets every single night to open the Word of God together.  My husband leads and we all learn so very much at this time with the Lord. 

Romans 10:

Let us fight for the souls of our children.  It's a battle...make sure you have a sword suitable to fight with. Don't come to the battle unprepared.
Ephesians 6:

So I write these thing to encourage you this day.  Teach your children the Bible.  
Yes, Bible stories are ok...if they are accurate.  I've not found many to tell you the honest truth.  Most only tell part of the story, or misconstrue part of the passages. Many are filled with pictures, of idolatry (pictures of Jesus) and put into the children's minds things that are imagined and not true.  I've found that taking my children to the specific accounts of scripture to be the best thing.  Just because there is no "lights, camera, action" doesn't make it boring.  If you come to a word or together.  I recommend the Webster's 1828 Dictionary. 
Let the children be interested, attracted to the real truth of scripture.  Let us not be like the world that only seeks to entertain, to beguile, and to turn children to another Jesus, another gospel, away from the Truth that is in Christ Jesus alone. It's simple.
Let us introduce our children to the Lord Jesus himself, and invite them to "come and see". 
There is great precious truth in the Bible.  These are the words the Lord has given us to learn of Him and how he is working salvation in the midst of the earth. Let us go there together to learn of the Saviour of the world, to get to know Him, to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. 
2 Peter 3:

Thank you for dropping by!  
Praying that the Lord blesses you greatly in the reading of His Word. 

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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Pretty Blue Things

Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you some pretty blue things that I've made as of late. 

I have been working for a long time on the quilt above for the master bedroom.  I finally finished, and it's keeping us cozy and warm!  

I saved material from my husband's shirts, pretty fabric that I found at the free stores, a bit of material I had from the first curtains I made for my first home with my husband. Then I cut all the squares to the same size (I thought postage stamp size would be fun, but opted for a larger size).  Then with all the squares I had, it was still a bit shy of the size I needed so I added a light blue border all around.  Then I used a darker blue sheet for the underneath, and some of the same blue sheet to make the seam binding for around the edging.  Oh, and I bought a 100% cotton quilting batting for this quilt.  I don't usually splurge, but I know it'll last for years.  

OH, and I just sewed lines on each side of the seams along the one direction to "quilt" it.  
Below is the material I used for my first curtains I made.  I loved lace even then. 

The quilt is complimented by the blue gingham curtains, and the blue/white appliqué quilt of a mountain/forest scene.  I think the blue really comes out with the darker wooden logs of the walls.  

Then in a previous post, I shared a hat that I'd is me wearing it.  I don't usually share pictures of me, but here I am.
Then I also made a triangle scarf out of a blue variegated yarn.  
It's so nice to have some fresh new warmies to begin the new year. 

Below you can see better the colours.  
It's very simple, and very warm!  

Here you can see the different blues on the hat and scarf...but they still are ok worn together.  

Praying you have a lovely day, with perhaps a touch of blue in it. 

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Monday, 1 January 2018

Delight Thyself Also In The Lord

Hello!  I'd love to share with you some new magnets I made for my fridge.  

Something new and fresh for the kitchen, and it's always great to surround ourselves with the 
Word of God!  

As we delight ourselves in the Lord, we find that our desires won't be for worldly things, 
but for the things of the Lord.  This is where the Lord greatly blesses.  

I found some pretty jar printable online, cut them out and used craft tape to attach them to some card stock.  Then I put a piece of magnet on the backs of each of them.  I love the magnet pads you can buy for they can be cut to any size you need them. Plus with the thin magnet, you don't have the danger of knocking these off the fridge as you go by.  Not that I'd have knowledge of that....ahem.  

You can find these printable at Showgirl's Creations
or just the jars at Rebecca B Designs.

Here are the nine that I made.  Each with a different verse. 

Thank you for dropping by!  
Praying you are enjoying the new year and finding time to enjoy the Word of God.  

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Enjoy the Little Things

Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you some cards that I've made the last couple days.  
It's been awhile since I've been into the papers and it was fun. 

As this year is drawing to a close, I am thankful for all that the Lord  has blessed me with, including the crafty space where I can sit and create.  

As we head into a new year, I want to consider each new day...the little things.  

I know it's a time of year people are dreaming big, and have grand plans and intentions for the new year.  But let us think on the little things.  To give attention to the details of each thing we do. 

May we dig deep into the Word of God and think on these things throughout our days.  It doesn't have to be big or grand....but the important things often come through the process of the: 
little things.  

It's good to show little kindnesses as we go about our days.  
Even just a gentle smile or a thoughtful gesture.  

I was given this stamp by a sweet lady and I just love it!  

Sometimes I've fallen into the trap of thinking that being a true friend means being in continual contact with someone.  But no, real friends can spend time apart, and then just pick up where they left off.  They can enjoy time together when possible, share and pray for each other.

Then there is always a need for these quick special cards.  
The ones that can be used for many different occasions.  
For special days come in many different ways. 

I love to have these cards around as well...for the times when you just want to tell someone that they are special to you.  

For times when you know someone who is ready for something new.  

Another for just a special day: a birthday, or special occasion, or just because you may have been feeling bad/sick and are now on the mend.  A day when anything can be enjoyed.

It's good to have thank you to share.  For those that the Lord brings into your life to care for and bless you.  Don't think that those little moments of kindness that you do go un-noticed.  

Thank you for dropping by!  Praying that you have a wonderful day, and as we head into a new year.  Consider the little things.  

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Winter Frost and a New Hat

Hello! How is your day?  
Here in the Yukon it's gotten cold and frosty again. 

It's fun to go outside and see new places of frost and fresh snow.  
It's been so icy with the warmer temps we had that the slippery ice is starting to get covered up and is safer to get around on now.  

I love ice crystals, and how they are just a bundle of intriguing shapes, often glowing in the light.   

It's so interesting to have the kids study the intricate details of these crystals, and to see the variety that is created.  Plus, tasting goes on as well.  You know the scientific kind. 

I also love the frost on the side of boards.  

With some fresh snow that we had, we have been watching the variety of prints that criss crossing our yard.  Mice, squirrels, dogs, birds, and kids.  :)  

There is even a squirrel highway across the river from our place to the other shore as they are going back and forth to the feeders and the squirrels are chasing each other trying to fend off intruders to their territories.  You might need to click on the picture below to see it larger to see the highway.  

The river is still open is a couple spots, but is freezing over again quickly with the colder temperatures. 

Unfortunately the trail we often walk up the river has had so much overflow on it that it's too dangerous to tread now.  Below you can see where the trail curves around by the trees, and to the left drops off to the river. 

If you ever fell, you'd just slide right down...not safe! 

Lots of pretty frost along the over flow though. 

With the colder temps I decided to use a new ball of yarn I was given to make a new hat.  
I am kinda one to lean toward the slouchy hats, so this was perfect for me.  

It kind of looks tight around the brim, but it's very stretchy and very soft! 
I did modify it a touch.  I started off with a 5.5mm hook, and did the brim with a 5mm hook.  

The yarn is from Stitch Studio, and the pattern I used is:

Thank you for dropping by!  I hope you are enjoying the joy of winter!  
It's amazing that this year is coming to a close quickly.