Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Free Monthly Printables and Planners for the New Year

“Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you.
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them,
but never carry them forward into the future with us.” 
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

For many of us, planning and preparing for the new year is exciting! It is like a clean slate and fresh start for the keeper of the home. With that in mind, here are some of our printables (homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading) that may assist you to start the new year with a smile!

{Homemaking}











{Homeschooling}








{Homesteading}



{You will find more home organization ideas and printables here.}

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #33


     "Oh, speak plainly, by all means! I am quite sick and tired of having truth served up in pink cotton, and scented with lavender."
     "Then you will permit me to say that when you speak contemptuously of the vocation of maternity, you dishonor, not only the mother who bore you, but the Lord Jesus Himself, who chose to be born of woman, and to be ministered unto by her through a helpless infancy."
~Elizabeth Prentiss, Excerpt from Stepping Heavenward
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, crafts, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* Sorry, there are no features this week *

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Taste and See" ~ Free Inspirational Art Printable {A Gift for You}


I like to share Scripture throughout the house as a daily reminder for all who enter. This particular verse would make a lovely piece of art for the kitchen or dining room area where family and friends gather in His name to share a prayer, meal and fellowship. The background of the antique silverware makes for a lovely "setting", don't you think?

You can find frames inexpensively in second-hand stores and paint them to match your home decoration. We printed ours on white card-stock, cut it down to size (leaving some white border as a "matting") and placed it in an 8 by 10 inch frame. To use, simply download from the link HERE and print. Happy homemaking, ladies!

{You may also be interested in our "Give Thanks" printable for your living room and our "Study to Shew Thyself" printable for the home office, library and/or school room.}

"O taste and see that the Lord is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
~ Psalm 34:8

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #32

"What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part.
Yet what can I give Him?
Give my heart."
~ Christina Rosetti (1830-1894)
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* Today we are featuring three of our favorites from Last Week's Link Up *

{I would love for you to choose at least one of these hand-picked posts and leave some comment love!}


Blessed Homemaking shared some very sweet sentiments in The History of Aprons. I really enjoyed reading this post and I think you will too!


In our household we do a lot of meal stretching to make our food last and to make it easier on the busy cook (that would be me :). Taylor-Made Ranch shares their rendition of Endless Soup for Warm Nutrition which will inspire you to cook from scratch without having to be a slave each night in the kitchen. Love the practicality of this recipe concept!


And finally, here is a courageous story of faith that will inspire you. Please visit Girl Brings Scandal to Village by Four Seasons of Blessings.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Make Your Own "Almond Joy" Body Scrub ~ All Natural DIY


This body scrub will certainly bring *joy* into your next shower! The dried coconut flakes will gently exfoliate your skin leaving it nice and soft. The delicious aroma will leave you smelling sweetly and lovely. Unfortunately, it may also leave you with a dessert craving and for this I do apologize :)

Simply mix together these ingredients from the pantry:
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. almond oil
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 - 3 tbsp dried shredded coconut (unsweetened kind)
  • 1 - 2 tsp. vanilla extract (depending on how strong you want it)

If the mixture is too dry, add a little more oil. If it is too oily, add more sugar until you reach the desired consistency.



This recipe should fill approximately (2) 4 oz. jelly jars or (1) 8 oz. jar. Though I personally prefer the look of glass, I will add that plastic is a safer choice for a container in the shower and/or tub.


Directions: In the shower, massage a small handful of scrub all over wet skin (avoiding sensitive areas, concentrating on dry ones), rinse off and pat dry. Don't wipe away the oil feeling since this will keep you moisturized without applying lotion. Suggested use is once a week. Not recommended for your face. (Caution: Shower tub or floor may become slippery with use of this product.)


HERE is the printable recipe and set of two labels which you may like to use or even add to your herbal. Simply download from the link, save and print.


To give as a gift, simply tie with a ribbon, raffia or twine. This is certain to bring some *joy* to the recipient {though not as much as what has already been given}...

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
~ Luke 2:10-12


What have you been working on in your home? We would love for you to share with us every week at the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #31

"There is little virtue in the beauty which calls attention to itself;
modest beauty is the last to extol its own charms."
~ Charles Spurgeon
There are so many wonderful features in the making of a home. This is a place where I would love for you to share your love for anything home-related. Homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading are all a part of the lovely art of home-making!

~~Please link up posts in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 (such as recipes, godly encouragement, DIY's, frugal living, child-raising, medicine making, preparedness, gardening, home decoration, school lessons, etc).~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* Today we are featuring five of my favorites from Last Week's Link Up *

{I would love for you to choose at least one of these hand-picked posts and leave some comment love!}


These dark chocolate and caramel turtles really caught my eye as my sweet tooth is something fierce right now! If you also suffer from chocohalism, I encourage you to take a peak at Turtle Time in Tennessee by Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.


For the frugal minded woman, here is an excellent series on Saving on Groceries. Ashley at Grow Pray Build has shared three parts so far and I have enjoyed reading her ideas. 


Now, back to that demanding sweet tooth. These Must-Make Cracker Roca's also got my attention. Visit Heather at My Overflowing Cup for the easy tutorial!


Kathy at Cornerstone Confessions shares links to 100+ Places You Can Find Free Planner Printables for 2015. This will really be a blessing to women who are looking to get more organized in the new year! 


And finally, Laura at The Merry Mennonite shares some encouragement for mothers on Failing (and Succeeding) as a Mom. We all have our rough days and I am now reconsidering how I look at mine!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Winter Blues" In the Laundry Room ~ Little Homemaking Touches

“The point is, bring joy to your surroundings.” 

In the colder months, there is more mud, darkness and dreariness on our farm. We do not get snow but will get plenty of rain. For this reason, I like to refresh our laundry room with little touches of love. While many are on the move at the malls, this mama bear is hibernating. In the winter, we spend all of our time inside the home and it is prudent to keep it cozy and inviting. 


The first thing I did was to create some happy laundry room labels. We had some basic labels before but I wanted something a bit more perkier and polka dots certainly fit the bill! We are sharing our printable HERE if you would like some.


I also prepared a large batch of natural fabric softeners in four different scents. It is fun to have an array to choose from depending on the laundry you are doing. I generally use lavender for our clothing and bedding, lemon for our kitchen linens and eucalyptus and orange for any pet related wash.


You will find more details, the how to, and some labels in this post if you are interested in making your own. I placed each "flavor" inside old recycled bottles and added corks for extra flair. It does lend to laundry room fun (though my husband just shakes his head at these types of frivolous things)!


I have also found an indoor retractable line that I am going to put to use since I sold my dryer a few summers back (very crazy daring, I know). If this works out, I will purchase a few more as they are only 8 feet long. I appreciate this particular style because it is enamel (and not plastic) and seems to be sturdy. We shall see!


And now for a bit of homemaking history... This random quilted runner began the "blues" in our laundry room. It was purchased for a dollar at a little garage sale. It is always an exciting challenge to decorate a room on a budget. The hunt is a blast and bargains are the best! Little by little I was able to round up some blue touches to create our little wash area for under $20. To have a "Look Inside Our Laundry Room", visit here. Just keep in mind that I have since changed the labels to the polka dot rose ones featured above.


What little homemaking touches have you done lately?

Should you desire more wash day inspiration, please visit here!


                                  

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