Sew Crafty Friday Fuzzy Feet

I encouraged Shereen to start her Sew Crafty Fridays again; and, here I haven’t even shared anything yet!

I’m currently knitting big socks that I’ll felt down to fit my feet.  They’re more like a slipper when they’re done.  Here’s a copy of the photo from the pattern which is free on-line.  I’ll take some photos of my work in progress and post them next week.  I’ve just turned my first heel.  What a thrill!  My friend, Kate, of www.anxiousdog.com, is teaching me to knit.  Thanks Kate!

If you want the free pattern, just click on the photo.

If you’d like to see who else is sew crafty this week, click on the Sew Crafty Friday button above.

May God bless you and your craftiness!

Laura

Notes on Time to a Younger Mother…Something to Think About

I am, by nature, an introvert.

God, by nature, likes to stretch us beyond our comfort levels.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

I, by nature, wanted one child.

God, by nature, gave me four children!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

I, by nature, want to create.

God, by nature, wants to create.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

 

He understands your many responsibilities, the many things that pull on you as a woman. You must ask Him to help you find the minutes here and there.  You must ask Him to show you how to organize your projects in a way that will work for you.

For example, when I’m working on a project, I will often pin or sticky note a note to myself to tell me what the next step is, so that I can go back to it without rethinking it.  I also have several projects going at once.  So, I try to do all the cutting out that I can at once.  The next time, I try to do all the marking I can at once.  Next time, it’s all the pinning I can do at once.  Then, all the sewing I can do at once.  Then all the pressing.  I’m sure you get the picture.

I want blocks of time.  God gives me minutes.

I’m trying to learn to discipline myself to use those minutes more wisely.

Laura

Happy at Home with my four wonderful blessings!

6, 8, 10, and my teenager

If you’d like to see a photo of my blessings, you can find them on my other blog, Harvest Lane Cottage.  Just scroll down on my Day Book entry.

 

Sew Crafty Friday

I’m working a a washcloth like this one; but I’m using a varigated blue cotton yarn.

I’ve also spent a fair amount of time working on menu plans.  I hope you’re having a productive week.  I was hoping to get my wicker chair painted.  Perhaps that will be next week’s project.

See what the other ladies are doing over at Shereen’s blog.

Blessings!

Laura

Happy at Home

SEW CRAFTY FRIDAY

Well, I spent quite a bit of time photographing items for my shop.  I cut out some aprons; but, I haven’t got them sewn up yet.  I don’t have any new photos to share.  I’ll have to work extra hard this next week.  There’s a bit of gentle pressure to keep moving on projects with this weekly show and tell.  ~smile~

Go on over to Shereen’s blog and see what the other ladies have been making!

God bless and have a productive week!

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

My Little Butter Fingers!

My Amy and I made butter today!

I just had to share a few photos.  She was just so cute!  I don’t know when she’s had so much fun!

First, we put the heavy cream that I’d skimmed from real live cow’s milk into the Bosch mixer.  We mixed it until Amy practically squealed that it was butter.  The mixing caused the butter and the buttermilk to separate.  I poured off about a pint of buttermilk through a small strainer into a pint jar.  My Matthew, 17, immediately suggested I make biscuits…maybe tomorrow.  Here’s Little Amy putting the butter into my Grandma Bern’s old mixing bowl. 

Making Butter with Momma 

Next she washed the butter.  She absolutely loved getting her hands into it.

Washing the Butter

Finally, all the buttermilk was rinsed out. 

It was time to squeeze out the last of the water.  I drained it and put it in the refrigerator for a bit to firm up.  Then I pulled it out and worked in the salt.  Last of all, I packed it into Tupperware to keep it safe.

It was great fun!

Oh, I added a set of cards to my shop.  I have more items to come including some cute little socks with crocheted lace trim. 

SCRAPBOOK STYLE FLORAL CALENDAR CARDS
$3.00
Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth - Yellow with Blue and Pink Speckles
$4.00
Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth - Blue Speckled
$4.00
Crocheted Dishcloth or Wash cloth, for Kitchen or Baby
$4.00
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
harvestlanecottage.etsy.com

Have a great day!

Laura

Happy at Home

Sew Crafty Friday

Hi,

I’ve been busy crocheting this week.  Here a a few things I’ve made:

 

a yellow dishcloth with blue and pink speckles ,

a natural cotton dishcloth with blue speckles,

and a white dishcloth with pink, blue, green and

yellow speckles.

You’ll find them all in my shop this weekend.

Now, go see what Shereen and the other ladies

have made this week!

God bless you!

Laura

P.S.  Don’t forget to comment to be entered into my book give away!

New in the Shop…More Dishcloths

Hand Crocheted Cotton Dishcloths, Set of 3
$12.00
Dish Cloth, Hand Crocheted Cotton Dish Cloth
$4.00
Fanciful Hearts Greeting Cards
$5.00
Spring Time Bright Handcrafted Greeting Cards
$5.00
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
harvestlanecottage.etsy.com

 

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.  I’ve kept my hands busy making new things for my Etsy shop, Harvest Lane Cottage.  I’ll be listing more over the next few days.  My husband showed me how to load the photos.  Life is so full of learning experiences, isn’t it?  We laugh about me being technologically impaired! ~smile~  I do love creating with my hands, though.  Handmade things just give such a cozy feel to things.

Blessings!

Laura

Busy at Home

Something to Think About… The Message of Proverbs 31

I’ll be speaking in our homeschool support group in a couple of weeks about Proverbs 31:20-22.  I thought as part of my preparation that I would read the verses in a few different translations and versions.  This is how The Message interprets these verses.  I thought it was interesting; so, I thought I’d just share it with you all in case you don’t have this version.  This is a direct quote.  You can find all sorts of versions and translations at www.biblegateway.com

Proverbs 31:20-22 (The Message)

The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Hymn to a Good Wife

 10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
   and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
   and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
   all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
   and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
   and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
   for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
   then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
   rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
   is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
   diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
   reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
   their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
   and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
   when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
   brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
   and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
   and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
   and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
   her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
   but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
   The woman to be admired and praised
   is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
   Festoon her life with praises!

My friend, Mrs. B.  recently pointed out to me and some other ladies that this is not a real woman.  This is the ideal woman as described by King Lemuel’s mother.  That was a great comfort to me.  This lady seems perfect.  What mother doesn’t want a perfect wife for her son?  Perhaps it’s something to aspire to and work toward rather than a judgement upon those of us (all of us) that are less than perfect.  Know what I mean?
Blessings to you all, I’m up late rather than early!  I guess I’d better get to bed. 
God bless and don’t beat yourselves up over Mrs. P31 anymore!
Laura
Happy at Home

Busy Fingers

Busy busy busy!  I’ve had busy fingers for the last couple of weeks.  I’ve decided to open an Etsy shop.  I’m working to get some things ready to sell.  I have a friend who is going to take some photos for me so that I can put them on-line.  You can expect to see some photos in the next week or two in anticipation of my opening!

Blessings to you all and especially my friend Sue of Country Pleasures who encouraged me to do this.

Laura

Happy at Home

Something to Think About… Etsy Shop

Hello Blog Friends!

I’m so glad you dropped by today.  I’ve been busy with many things lately.  Today I have to sick children; so, I won’t be spending much time with you. 

Here’s my something to think about for today.  I’m thinking about opening an Etsy shop.  I’ve been making dish clothes, coasters, and some other items.  I’m wondering how well Etsy works.

If you have experience with Etsy, either buying or selling, please comment.  I’m wondering if it is worth my time to do it.

Do you currently sell?

How do you determine a price for your handmade things?

Is it worth your time?

Do you make items as a cottage business, or just sell a little handwork here and there?

Anything you can tell me would be very appreciated.

God bless you all!

Laura of Harvest Lane

Happy at Home