Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
There's something special about handmade decorations, I feel our tree isn't complete unless there's a homemade touch added.
This year the children have chosen to decorate using only silver, gold and pure white. Miss E's hand crocheted stars and paper snowflakes from earlier years meet the colour requirements but none of the decorations I had made. I lay in bed pondering what I could make. These satin stars, stitched in silver thread are the result.
Using pure white Princess Satin, the thickest, richest I could find, I ironed on some stiff fusible interfacing.
Then I traced around a small paper heart template (cookie cutters would make good templates too) using a water soluble pen. Folding and pinning the now stiffened satin back to back I stitched the two pieces together with running stitch. I already had a skein of DMC Precious Metal Effects thread in silver, just right for the job.
Above is the back which looks just like the front except without the blue pen markings. I began the stitching with a knot hidden between the two layers, then finished with a couple of stitches on top on each other going through the back layer only, hiding the end between the front and back layers.
After joining the front and back pieces with the running stitch, I carefully cut out the heart shapes with sharp scissors. Next I gently wet each heart to make the blue pen lines disappear, blotting dry on a clean towel. Lastly I managed to add a hanging thread by looping it through one of the top running stitches (as shown above) which helps the heart hang face forward on the tree.
Six new hearts (so far) hang cheerfully on our tree. They are cheap to make, bright and shiny and will take up next to no space to store (extra bonus) - or I may even find a happy spot for them to stay hanging all year round!
You could of course try stars or any shape, maybe adding embroidery, sequins or beads. Personally I like the simplicity of the hearts after all, love, His love, is what the season is all about.
Happier tree and a happier me!
Sharing at Maxabella Loves.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Oh no! Is he dead? I was standing near the back door looking for some ribbon in the cupboard when he flew in, around and hit the glass door on his way back out. He just lay there on the floor beside me for several minutes. I wondered if he'd broken his back.
Then he looked at me...he was alive! Within a couple of minutes Master J had gently covered him with an old cloth and relocated him to our back deck.
There he sat for a few more minutes before flying away in the blink of an eye!
I had often wanted a closer look at these pretty little Silvereyes, native to Australia, New Zealand and the south-west Pacific islands, however I never expected to see one sitting still right at my feet like this one did yesterday.
Sharing at Wild Bird Wednesday.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I've been thinking over the various aspects of this quote for days- it encapsulates great insights.
Today marks the first day of summer here in Australia. Church was encouraging and challenging as usual. Some of our family are now at cricket while others are taking mil back to her home in aged care with a new set of head phones for her to use with her TV. There are plans to set up our Christmas tree later this afternoon too. Amongst all the ups and downs and busyness of life at the moment, I'm keeping my thoughts centred on His love, His grace and His favour in my life - keys for me to walk in freedom of thought and attitude.
Friday, November 29, 2013
We all enjoyed the twins' 16th birthday this week with no lessons but lots of fun for the day. The twins started the day by baking yummy buttery croissants (starting from scratch the day before) for everyone. There was time in the pool to try out some gifts and Granny (mil) came for lunch to enjoy the celebrations too.
The twins chose to make a birthday ice cream cake, made with three different types of purchased ice cream. I love the way they decorated it and we all enjoyed eating it!
Miss G and Miss N's birthday always falls close to Thanksgiving, a holiday which isn't generally celebrated in Australia, yet I think it very fitting and am ever so grateful for our family. Or twins are definitely a double blessing - and to think we nearly called at family "complete" at two children - but that's another story.
Two of our younger children spotted this dragonfly on our back deck during the week, I'd not seen one like it before.
Miss E's water skills and confidence are improving in leaps and bounds, so much so that it tires her out.
It's been a good week, all the more so as we've seen some signs of improvement in my husband's eczema. He may even be well enough to return to work sometime next week. Many thanks to all those who have prayed for him, and all of us, during this difficult time.