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Knitted Flowers

Knitted Flowers

My knitting basket has been sitting idle far too long, so I decided to spend this rainy Labor Day creating some simple, knitted flowers. There are many types and styles out there and they can be used to embellish sweaters, winter-caps, bags and just about anything else! I did a quick search and found a basic pattern…then I made some adjustments! I never seem to be able to follow patterns as-written! 🙂         Happy Knitting! _______________________________________________________________________ Here … Read entire article »

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Make A Quilt

Make A Quilt

  Log Cabin Wall Hanging Quilt Basics of Quilting One of my FAVORITE ways to spend an afternoon is to quilt! It is such a soothing, satisfying work.  Quilting has been around for centuries and was born from practical need. Truly making a quilting is just constructing a fabric sandwich.  You need a top (this is the part that is usually pieced in pretty designs), a middle of batting, and a bottom (a solid piece of fabric).  Once you … Read entire article »

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Holy Moments-A Christmas Story

   His name was William. If he spoke to you, you would know that he wasn’t like everyone else. You see, he lives in a nursing home because he can’t take care of himself. At first glance, he seems so out of place. He appears to be only in his fifties and gets around well enough. But his mental state is so that he wouldn’t make it alone. Our family met him one Christmas.            Angie has always encouraged the girls to spend time ministering to those who are not like others. Being somewhat of outcasts ourselves we tend to relate to those that society seems to forget. But this time it would be hard for me. I never could go to the nursing home easily. It always made me feel … Read entire article »

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Handwashing Your Clothes

Recently I had a lady write and ask about handwashing clothes.  We do have a regular washing machine that we use but when it kicks the bucket we will not replace it and go exclusively to handwashing.  I have a scrub board that is glass, we purchased from Lehman’s and does very well.  We have had it for many years now.  The only hold back to doing our clothes by hand now is that we do not have a wringer and that is something that is a must.  When we do clothes it is nearly impossible to wring out all the water by hand – and takes far too long.  Otherwise, the process is simple so I will share that with you.  First, I fill my wash tub with hot water and dissolve … Read entire article »

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Cleaning Recipes

Laundry soap 2 cups Bar Soap, Grated into fine flakes. (I used some of my homemade soap. You could use Fels-Naptha. Half of a bar.) 2 cups Borax (I use 20 Mule team Borax.) 2 cups Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda)(I use Arm&Hammer Super Washing Soda.) Available in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets. I put bar soap shavings in a bowl and added 1 quart of boiling water to melt it. Once melted I poured this into a bucket and added the borax and washing soda and stirred together to dissolve. Then I added 2 gallons of water. This makes a thick liquid. I give it a good stir before use each time. Use ¼ cup per load. Fabric softener -added to rinse water… 2 cups cold water 1 cup baking soda 1 cup vinegar 1- Place baking soda in LARGE bowl and pour vinegar over … Read entire article »

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Washing Dishes

 Yippeee!!! Yahooo!!! It is time to wash the dishes!!!!  How exciting! Okay – yes, I know.  Washing dishes is not THAT exciting and certainly does not deserve that much hype, right?!  I hope that by the end of this article that you will have changed your mind. I pray that you will have a new found joy and excitement in this mundane task that never seems to be finished.  Let’s first look at how dishes need to be washed.  Over the 30 or so years that we have had gatherings in our home, I have been blessed to see many folks helping with dishes. It is almost a study in human nature to see the progression of sisters in the kitchen when a meal is done.  Some will immediately head for the sink … Read entire article »

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Jesse Tree Order of Devotions for Christmas Observance

Jesse Tree Order of Devotions for Christmas Observance

   December 1              The Jesse Tree ScriptureReading:  Isaiah 11:1-10 Set up the Jesse Tree – A base with a trunk and limbs   December 2 The Creation ScriptureReading:  Genesis 1:1-2:3 Ornament – The Earth (a globe or sphere)   December 3 The Fall of Adam & Eve ScriptureReading:  Genesis 2:4-3:13 Ornament – Apple with a Serpent   December 4 The Flood ScriptureReading:  Genesis6:11-22;7:17-8:3; 9:8-17 Ornament Options: Rainbow, ark   December 5 God’s Promise ScriptureReading:  Genesis 21:1-7; 15:1-6 Ornament: Cradle   December 6 Offering of Isaac ScriptureReading:  Gen 22:1-19 Ornament:  Ram December 7 Jacob’s ladder ScriptureReading:  Genesis 27:41 thru 28:22 Ornament: Ladder   December 8 Joseph’s Favor ScriptureReading:  Genesis 42:1-45:15 Ornament: Coat of Many … Read entire article »

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Time to Pray

        This is a tough one.  I have met and talked with so many women who search for this with all their heart and yet they seem in the vast majority to fall short.  Precious women in the Body of Christ are feeling great guilt over this problem. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:17 My true belief is that if given huge blocks of time these same women would wear their knees out in deep intercession before the Father.  The answer:  Satan is the accuser of the brethren.  Christ did not come to condemn us but to redeem us from the curse of the law.  I don’t believe for one moment that our … Read entire article »

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Best Laid Plans

 Not too long ago we had big week here in our home.   The girls had decided that they wanted to switch rooms and redecorate each.  We had been planning this since early February and now the time had come.  I myself was experiencing a little discontent over our bathroom.  It had been 6 years since we had even thought of repainting or rewallpapering in there and spring fever was at a peak.  SOOO, being the eager beaver, I decided that while the girls were repainting and moving things around in their rooms that I would change the wallpaper in the bathroom and repaint the rest of the walls and the trim in there.   Doesn’t that sound like such a nice simple job? HA! DOUBLE HA!   We went to Lowe’s to get the girls paint … Read entire article »

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Making the Bed

This morning as I was waking – sort of in the twilight zone #-} – the Lord spoke to my heart about . . . making the bed.  I know, you are saying, “What???”.  But the Lord has mercy on my simple mind and speaks to me in simple, everyday things and this morning it was on making the bed.   When I was little I can remember my momma making our bed.  She would take everything off and start from the bottom.  She would smooth the fitted sheet and then she would lift the flat sheet way into the air until it floated down over the bed like a feather.  I loved that!  Then a blanket, then the bedspread and then the pillows would be folded into the head of the … Read entire article »

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Ripples in the Water

One of mine and Paul’s favorite things to do is take his little John Boat out on Talladega Creek and do a little peaceful fly fishing.  I had never even held a fly rod in my hand until I marriedPaul.  Some of my earliest memories as a child are of my mother taking me and my brothers and sister fishing.  But we had cane poles or rods and reels and we did cast fishing from the bank of whatever creek or river or lake we were on. Of course there was always some cute little worms or crickets or minnows for bait and we would always get up before dawn so that we could be ready to “feed the fish breakfast”.  Momma always brought some kind of sandwich and boiled … Read entire article »

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Finding Room in the Box

 Not long ago we had a “get organized” weekend.  You know, one of those times when we try to get into closets and things and get them a bit more organized and in order.  As I was working on a box that was overflowing with books, the Holy Spirit prompted me about something and I wanted to share it with you.  This particular box was one of those Rubbermaid plastic boxes – about 2 feet tall and maybe 3 feet long.  It had set in our bathroom closet on the floor and was a catchall for everything that had no regular place to live. J  There was a multitude of different things in the box and I decided that it was time to deal with this thing.  So I brought it into … Read entire article »

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Atmosphere of the Home

 Cleaning the House and Children    Over the years, one of the biggest requirements in my day has been housecleaning.  Having been pregnant or having small children for 19 years has made this a huge endeavor.  I do believe that the Lord provided me with the answer years ago and I would like to share it with you.  In no way do I dare to say that my house is spotlessly clean.  It is not.  However, surprise visitors do not cause me distress due to concern over the appearance of our home.  While there are times I look around, as I chat with friends in the living room, and notice a cobweb on the ceiling fan or a bit of paper in the corner for, the most part our home is presentable … Read entire article »

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Making Biscuits By Heart

  This morning was a typical morning for us here on Shepherds Hill.  The sun was shining but the frost was still on the ground wherever the sun had not touched.  The woodstove was burning and the birds were hitting the bird feeder like commuters at a McDonalds. As our sleepy world slipped away and the activity in the house increased, I began to make breakfast.  Coffee first  – ALWAYS!!!  Then mix up the biscuits.  It takes them the longest in the oven so they get made first before I even start the bacon or sausage. And then one of those moments occurred.  One of those precious, stop you in your tracks, moments that linger in your mind like the scent of a baby or the laughter of kids climbing a tree. Olivia came … Read entire article »

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Allergies and World War III

For the first time in my life I am having a bit of trouble with some allergies.  My eyes have been red and tearing for about 3 weeks now.  Whenever I see someone I have to warn him or her that Paul didn’t punch me and I haven’t been drinking.  But just a little while ago I had to go to get some eyewash because it felt like I had grit in my eye and oooooh, it was so irritating.  As I was swishing the solution around in my eye –I could see that the trash in the bathroom had not been taken out and there was a cobweb in the corner by the shower and the rug was covered in lint.  The Lord began to show me how little, tiny … Read entire article »

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Hay Day – Preparing For Winter

It is 5:30 a.m., Saturday, September 25 and I am alone at the moment.  It is cool outside and very calm and quiet. Paul and all the girls have gone to Lincoln to get hay for our animals for the winter.  Our family friends, the Johnsons, have a family member who cuts and bails hay and sells to us what we need for a really good price.  They will be coming home with about 150 bails in a few hours.  I was sitting here with my faithful cup of coffee J just thanking the Lord for the way He provides for us – everything we need, at the time we need it.  Usually we get our hay in the month of August.  By Labor Day it is stacked, high and dry, … Read entire article »

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The Abyss

 It has been quite a while since I have written an article for the website that wasn’t about the plants or animals growing all around us, but yesterday something struck me that I wanted to share. I had to get something out of the ABYSS!  Now, I don’t think I have mentioned the abyss before – it is a large lower cabinet in the corner of my kitchen.  Don’t laugh now. J  This is the place where cookie sheets disappear without a trace.  Not even a search team has been able to locate some of the things that have gone into the Abyss.  At his point you are probably wondering what the point of this is – well, here ya’ go!  The Lord spoke to my heart about all the things we … Read entire article »

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Can I Go Upstairs???

 I want to share an observation I had recently at Homestead Hollow, a Heritage Arts and Crafts event held three times a year inSpringville,AL.  Our family literally moves in to a two story 1800’s cabin and cookhouse for three days.  We all do various and sundry things from spinning wool on spinning wheels to cooking over the hearth and churning butter.  We really just LIVE there in a mode of 150 years ago.  Thousands of people each day come through the cabin and get a glimpse of what life was once like.  There are certain questions that have become so routine that I really just almost answer them before they are asked, but one question still amazes me after all these years – “Can we go upstairs?”  Now you might think this … Read entire article »

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Hanging Out The Clothes

Hanging Out The Clothes Just came in from hanging out 4 loads of clothes.  Whew – it is so cold this morning that I am having to rub my hands to make sure they can type here!   Anyway, thought I would share one of the things we do to make it easier on cold mornings.  When we empty the washer we take each item and shake it out and lay it flat in the basket so that when we get out to the line we just have to pull it straight up and clip it with the pins. We lay all the washcloths down, then handtowels, then cloth napkins, then bath towels.  The dresses and aprons are folded in thirds like a fan so that as we pull them from the basket … Read entire article »

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How To Make A Headcovering

How To Make A Headcovering

Hi – I am Erin. Join Me- As I Make A Headcovering For Haley The Basic Pattern Pieces Here are the three pieces you will need to make this kap: The Crown Piece, The Brim, The NeckBinding The Crown Pattern is a little larger than a dinner plate Make the Pattern Larger on All Sides – Here I am enlarging it by 1 inch You will have to enlarge or reduce the crown piece to fit your size head and hair.  Because our hair … Read entire article »

Filed under: A Separated Life, Homemaking, Plain Lifestyle, Sewing