Thursday, 7 June 2018

A Little Note...and a Prayer Request

Hello sweet friends...happy Thursday!
Just popping in to say that I am leaving for China today...{{smiles}}

I would truly appreciate your prayers for strength and safety for my trip.
I am incredibly excited about this opportunity to travel to a different country and spend quality time with my dad.
I am hoping I will be able to stop by every now and again to share an update with you...

With love and blessings,
Kelly-Anne

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A Little Women Review...


How delighted I was to discover BBC had brought out a wonderful new adaption of Little Women in a three part miniseries...

This week my mom and few of my sisters sat down to watch this adaption of Little Women for the first time.
Today I would like to share my thoughts on this brand new adaption...

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First of all...let's meet the March Family...

 

Emily Watson played strong and gentle Marmee.  Personally, I love her in this role.  If, like me, you enjoy period drama, you may recognize her from Belle, Miss Potter and War Horse to name but a few...

 "My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother."

~ Marmee to Jo, Little Women 


Meg has always been my favourite character in Little Women. 
I think I preferred her in the 1994 film adaption, but Willa Fitzgerald does a good job of playing Meg...


  Maya Hawke was a wonderful choice for Jo!  I really enjoyed her performance...


"I like good strong words that mean something..."

~ Jo, Little Women

 

Annes Elwy played the part of Beth to perfection. She was sweet, gentle Beth in every way...

 

 Kathryn Newton played Amy.  I always find it difficult when an actress plays both the part of a child and the grown woman. 
Seeing Amy as a mature young woman just didn't work for me - I kept imagining her as a naughty, spoilt child!


 Laurie... There is a boyish innocence about him in this adaption. Jonah Hauer-King played the part of mischievous Laurie quite well, but as with Amy, I found it difficult imagining him as an older Laurie. 

 

And I do think he has some way to go when it comes to showing emotion in film. The part when he is refused by Jo felt so dreadfully unnatural!


Aunt March was played by Angela Lansbury.  What a joy she was and brought an element of fun to the screen!


I love Michael Gambon (You may recognize him from Emma, Wives and Daughters, Cranford), and he really was a fantastic Mr Laurence!

 

 One aspect of this mini series I genuinely appreciated, was that there was more interaction between Father and his family shown. I feel this draws the viewer in to the story in a very real way - this is a closely knit family and the bond between father, mother and daughters is plain to see.


 I thoroughly enjoyed this mini series. Even though I am something of a purist when it comes to film adaptions of classic novels like Little Women, I actually liked the fact that this adaption was not completely true to the book. Maybe it is because I have read the book so often...or seen the 1994 movie over and again that I quite appreciated the new twist! 


 I felt I could connect with each character in a special way.
The soft lighting, the scenes of the countryside and animals as well as the touches of lace throughout gave it real charm and made it feel very real which is ideally what you would like to see in any film!


I was, however, disappointed with the soundtrack of this particular BBC mini series. BBC usually does an incredible job of creating beautiful music for their work... Think of the soundtrack from Emma... Or the opening title in Call The Midwife.
However, Little Women sadly does not qualify. I found the choice of music somewhat random and a bit too modern...


 This mini series could have done with another part...things were slightly rushed at the end so as to tie up any loose ends.  But then maybe I simply would have liked this series to never end...{{smiles}}

 
If you decide to watch Little Women, let me know what you think. 
Personally, I would give this mini series 3/5 stars. The acting was a little forced at times by one or two actors, but overall I thought it a lovely version of one of my very favourite books.

  "Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort that is."

~ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
 

What is next on my list of period dramas to watch?
Goodbye Christopher Robin should be coming out in South Africa very soon... I have been eagerly anticipating this film and was dreadfully upset when it didn't show in theatres here.

Happy Sunday to you, dear readers...
Thank you for your sweet visits - it always brightens my day to have you stop by!

Blessings in Christ,
Kelly-Anne

Thursday, 24 May 2018

A Prayer for Today...

 "Loving Lord and Heavenly Father, I offer up today all that I am, all that I have, all that I do, and all that I suffer, to be Yours today and Yours forever.  Give me grace, Lord, to do all that I know of Your holy will. Purify my heart, sanctify my thinking, correct my desires.  Teach me in all of today's work and trouble and joy, to respond with honest praise, simple trust, and instant obedience, that my life may be in truth a living sacrifice, by the power of You Holy Spirit and in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, my Master and my all."

~ Elisabeth Elliot

Thursday Pearls

   Have regular hours for both work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.  Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”

~ Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women

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Happy Thursday, sweet friends...
I simply had to share this beautiful quote in honour of the lovely new BBC adaption of Little Women!  
Look for a review coming very soon...


Blessings in Christ...
Kelly-Anne

 ~ I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.  Philippians 4:11. ~

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

May Ponderings. . .

 How I love the month of May. . .

Winter days are upon us once again; it is time to cuddle beneath soft blankets; bring out our boots and warm coats and spend many a happy hour pottering about in the kitchen. . .
  
In my world. . . 

Ah, where to begin.   
My head is in a whirl as I cast my mind back over the last few weeks; I feel as if I need to slip my running shoes on in order to keep up with the happenings in our home at the moment. . .  {{smiles}}

First and foremost, let us talk about something most exciting. . .
I am busy preparing to visit my dad in China for just under a month.  I fly out on June 7th, which also happens to be the day that will mark one year since the event of the fire, and return home with my dad on July 5th.  
Last week I traveled to Cape Town to apply for my visa.  Praise the Lord, my application was successful with there being only one or two hiccups along the way.  {{smiles}}
Whilst in Cape Town, I had the blessing of visiting with two very dear friends and spending time with my grandparents whom I also stayed with.

To say that I am excited about my upcoming trip would be an understatement!
I am concerned about traveling across the world by myself considering I have zero airport/airplane experience, but I am praying that the Lord would watch over me and give me the strength of mind to cope with the stress of traveling on my own.  The thought of being able to experience the unique sights and culture of China is simply thrilling. . .  From the time I was a young girl I wanted to visit this incredible country. 
And. . .how special to spend almost a month with my dad!

But. . .  Before I make this epic journey to the other side of the world, a lot has to happen. . .  
I am working part time as a shop keeper again which has been a tremendous blessing, but has also tied up my time.  
I have thankfully been able to sew whilst at the shop (yes, it is the very same shop I worked at last year) and increase my stock for Heartmade.  I have applied to do a big Christmas market at the end of the year and should hear whether or not I have been accepted by next month.  If I have, I'll need to spend hours creating enough items to fill my stall for a week.  {{smiles}}

I find it quite thrilling to have my hands full. . .I find a deep satisfaction in being busy and accomplishing a great many things.  I love having a plan for each day and feeling as if I have purpose.  However, I am careful to give each day to the Lord so that He would shape my time to bring glory and honour to His name.

I love the time I have at home.  On the days I am not working (I usually work Wednesdays/Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I find true joy in being involved in the daily grind.  Often I will run errands for my mom and take a sister or two along for some quality time.  Ah, the perk of (finally) being able to drive. . . 
Other days I'll pop Caleb in the pram and take him for a nice, long walk to the park for some fresh air and exercise.  We love spending time together which is truly precious considering there is almost twenty years between the two of us.

Thus, in the midst of the difficulty of being without Dad and adjusting to a whole new way of life, among many other things, I am finding a peace and joy in the ordinary.  My heart is filled with thankfulness and I praise the Lord for the way He is working in our lives.
The final picture has yet to be revealed and some days it feels as if the paint is simply smudging, but we rest in knowing the Father has us in the palm of His mighty hand and will never let us go.

Blessings and love to you, dear readers. . .
Have a blessed, peaceful Sunday tomorrow. . . 

I hope to pop in again next week with a few pictures of a certain little person's 2nd birthday party!  {{smiles}} 

Oh, and be sure to visit Heartmade's very own Facebook page right over here!

Friday, 23 March 2018

Little Boys...

 What are little boys made of?


 Slugs and snails....

...And puppy dog's tails...
 
That's what little boys are made of...

Caleb Courage at {almost} two years old...

Thursday, 15 March 2018

little things you may not have known about me...

 Hello lovely friends...
It is a beautiful rainy morning in my part of the world.
Autumn has arrived in all her glory and I am delighting in the cooler weather and rainy days...

I have something a little different to share with you all today...  My sweet friend Elizabeth from Ponderings From the Inglenook (one of my very favourite places to visit by the way...) recently shared this delightful Q & A with her readers and I thought it would be fun to do it too!

Oh...and you may have noticed my lovely new blog design...{{Smiles}}  
Elizabeth very kindly offered to create a beautiful new design for me and oh...what a wonderful job she did!  I love how femininely simple it is...and of course all the flowers make my heart sing! 
Elizabeth also did my previous blog designs for me too...she has a way of creating something that really reflects my personality and interests... And she is such a precious friend too!  {{smiles}}

And now without further ado...here are a few little things you may not have known about me... 
{The blue indicates my answer to the question...}

DOG | CAT
ICE CREAM | CAKE
MORNING PERSON | LATE RISER
BEACH | CITY
INSTAGRAM | TWITTER (I have neither)
COFFEE | TEA
SWEET | SAVOURY
BOOKS | MOVIES
NIGHT IN | NIGHT OUT (I enjoy both...)
PIZZA | PASTA
SUN | SNOW (Snow is not really something we experience here in South Africa...but I generally hide from the sun...)
SUMMER | WINTER
AUTUMN | SPRING
BREAKFAST | DINNER
CITY | COUNTRYSIDE
NUTELLA | PEANUT BUTTER
BATH | SHOWER
PANCAKES | WAFFLES
DINE IN | TAKEAWAY
SUNRISE | SUNSET
SATURDAY | SUNDAY
FLATS | HEELS
CAKE | CAKE POPS
NAVY | BLACK
SCARY MOVIE | HAPPY ENDING
STRIPES | POLKA DOTS
SWEET TEA | UNSWEET TEA
HUNTER BOOTS | BEAN BOOTS (Neither...)
EARLY BIRD | NIGHT OWL
SNEAKERS | HEELS
LEFTY | RIGHTY
SWEET | SALTY
SMOOTHIE | SODA
NEUTRALS | COLORFUL
ONLINE SHOPPING | IN-STORE SHOPPING
VEGGIES | FRUITS
TV SHOW | MOVIE
AIRPLANE | ROADTRIP

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 5 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS?
Ireland, Italy, China, Austria, America
FAVORITE CITY VISITED:
I actually don't have a favourite...but I am quite enjoying living in George...{{smiles}}
PLACE YOU'RE DYING TO VISIT: 
Ireland...
NEXT TRAVEL ADVENTURES:
My hope is to visit my dad in China in June... 

 
 NAME AND AGE: Kelly-Anne, 21
WHERE I WAS BORN: Cape Town, South Africa
AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF: I am really shy but usually hide it pretty well.  Once I get to know someone and feel comfortable around them...well, then I am far from shy!  {{smiles}}
DREAM JOB: Wife, Homeschooling Mother, Owner of a gift/decor/baby shop
CURRENTLY LOVING:  Being able to drive!  I got my Driver's license on Monday and oh my...what a joy it is to have my own wheels!  {{Smiles}}
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My family.
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO LEARN: I would love to be make all my own clothing...there are so many beautiful patterns I want to try but require skills and techniques.
 A TREND YOU REFUSE TO TRY: To be honest...I don't keep up with trends! 
FAVORITE COLOR: Pink and Mint
FAVORITE SMELL:Vanilla, Rose, Coffee
FAVORITE MUSIC GENRE: Celtic
FAVORITE BEVERAGE: Hot would be coffee...cold would be water.
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: English
BIGGEST PET PEEVES: Cliques...
FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD:  Probably homemade pizza topped with basil and avocado...
FAVORITE SWEET FOOD:  Something I seldom indulge in...waffles and ice cream
FOOD I CAN'T STAND:  Oysters. I can't imagine actually eating one...  That and sushi... 
FAVORITE TAKEAWAY:  I actually don't really eat take away food...
MY SPECIAL TALENT: I have a phenomenal long term memory...  But my short term is terrible...especially if it happens to be a dreaded chore!  {{Winks}}
FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Christmas!
FAVORITE MOVIE:  Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightly.
CHILDHOOD DREAM JOB: I wanted a stud farm - my dream was to breed warm blood horses. 
FAVORITE TV SHOW: When Calls the Heart
FAVORITE FAST FOOD:   I don't really do fast food...
FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SNACK: I really try not to snack at night...if I do, probably a home baked cookie and a cup of tea...or a bowl of popcorn...
FAVORITE FLOWER:  Rose or Antirrhinum

I'D RATHER LIVE WITHOUT: 
WIFI | COFFEE (Seriously...I have to choose?  NEITHER!!)
PHONE | COMPUTER
WEEKENDS | HOLIDAYS
SUGAR | BREAD
EMAIL | INSTAGRAM
MUSIC | BOOKS

ALL ABOUT YOUR MORNING ROUTINE:

I USUALLY WAKE UP AT: 6am...sometimes 6:30am depending on what time I went to bed the night before...
AS SOON AS I WAKE UP, I: Go into the house and make coffee for Mom and myself.
MY GO-TO BREAKFAST IS:
THE TIME IT TAKES ME TO GET READY: Depends whether I am staying home or going out.  If the former, about 15 to 20 minutes...if the latter, more like 45 minutes...
THIS PUTS ME IN THE BEST MOOD:  Listening to music...
PRODUCTIVE OR UNPRODUCTIVE?: Very productive

ALL ABOUT YOUR NIGHTTIME ROUTINE:

STAY IN | GO OUT
EAT IN | EAT OUT
FAVORITE NIGHTTIME ACTIVITY: Watching a good series.
HAVE TO DO BEFORE BED:  I like to read a Psalm before I switch off the light.
GO-TO SNACK: I prefer to stay away from snacks after 7pm.  But if I really need a little something...a cup of tea and a homemade cookie.  Or a bowl of popcorn if I am watching a movie.
USUALLY I GO TO BED AT: Between 9 and 10pm
PRODUCTIVE OR UNPRODUCTIVE?: Usually unproductive
GOOD READ | GOOD SHOW (That said, should get into a really good book...I find I cannot put it down...)

THE LAST THING...

I LISTENED TO: I can't actually remember...  But probably Lord I Need You by Matt Maher.  I have this song playing several times a day.  A current favourite...
BOOK I READ: Oh dear...it has been awhile since I read...  It was Where Hope Prevails, a Christmas gift from my sister.
THING I ATE: Does coffee count?
SHOW I WATCHED: When Calls the Heart
TRIP I WENT ON: A two night stay in Greyton in the Overberg while my dad was out from China...

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I would love to see your answers to these questions, sweet friends!  Feel free to share in a comment below or in a blog post...  {{smiles}}

Blessings to you, sweet friends...  

Thursday, 22 February 2018

A Glimpse into February... ♥

It is a beautiful morning here in our part of the world...
We have been quite busy this past month, but it has been so lovely... 
I thought I would share a little glimpse into our February...♥

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I have been enjoying some time in the kitchen lately. 
Now that Dad is home for awhile, it just seems so much more rewarding to cook delicious meals!  {{Smiles}}

 Delicious quiche made with cheese and herb short crust pastry and filled with roasted butternut, red onion, spinach, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, feta and basil.  Recipe to follow soon...♥

Baked Cheesecake with Blueberry Coulis...a slice of heaven on a plate!

A refreshing berry smoothie...hmmm...

I am so eager to see summer come to a close.  I can't remember experiencing such humidity before... 
However, before it gets cooler, I hope to fit in a couple beach trips!  {{Smiles}}

Blissful summer days with Caleb...

Finally, after being away over five months, Dad arrived home for a month long visit!  The day we had been anticipating from the time Dad left for China had at long last arrived and the excitement was inexpiable!  

Caleb pointing to the aeroplanes...  This little guy is crazy about anything with an engine! 

What joy it was to see Dad again after so long...  He flies back to China on March 2nd so we still have one week left together.  Last weekend we enjoyed a short getaway in Greyton in the Overberg.  This quaint country village is my mom's favourite part of the country. 

On the Saturday morning, Nancy and I took Beth, Gabrielle and Rebekah for a walk around the village.  We browsed through the little shops and afterwards had a milkshake at a lovely nursery not far from where we were staying.

Girl time... ♥
Gabrielle and I...

 Beth and Gabrielle...

Last week the family went camping...  They left on  Tuesday morning and Nancy and I joined them on Wednesday to celebrate Mom's birthday...  We spent a wonderful day together - swimming, relaxing under the trees and enjoying good food - I always find meals taste much better when cooked and eaten out of doors!
I actually came home Thursday evening (we hadn't organised anyone to look after the house or animals) but Nancy decided she wanted to stay, so I had two whole days to myself...{{smiles}}

On Thursday morning our whole family went canoeing on the Ebb and Flo river.  I took Sofia in my canoe, Rebekah went with Nancy, Beth and Gabrielle went together and Dad took Mom and Caleb on his.  We had such a special, memorable time together as a family!

Mr Handsome...

Rebekah, Caleb and Sofia posing in the tent...

On the sewing side of things...  For the first time in longer than I care to admit, I decided to sew something for the sheer pleasure of it!  I made a quilted sewing machine cover for my mom as a birthday gift. 

I am very happy with how this cover came out...and the fabrics coordinate beautifully!  I need to make one for myself now, but I may tweak things a little bit...  If you are interested in making one too, then you can find the tutorial I used over here.

Well, lovely readers...I must be off.  I am hoping to get stuck into the garden today while it is wonderfully cool...{{Smiles}}

♥ What have you been up to lately? ♥


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Thursday Pearls

 
"The fact is, if we are not content with what we have, we will never be content with what we think we want.  They key to joyous living is to embrace the will of God and to receive with gratitude the gifts He chooses to give us in each season of life."
 
~ Nancy Leigh De Moss
 
"But godliness with contentment is great gain."
 
~ 1 Timothy 6:6
 
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A blessed Thursday to you, sweet friends...and a warm welcome to my new followers - such a delight to have you join me on this journey!
 
With love in Christ,
Kelly-Anne
 
~ I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  Psalm 16:8 ~

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Thursday Pearls

 
"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."
 
~ Thomas Moore
 
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
 
~ Colossians 3:17
 
Thursday blessings to you, sweet friends! 
Kelly-Anne

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

In His Word...

 
"...They seek me daily, and delight to know my ways..." 
 
~ Isaiah 58:2
 
~ And the Lord shall guide thee continually... Isaiah 58:11 ~ 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

January Musings...

 I have just returned from a good refreshing walk...
During the summer months I find walking anywhere exhausting and we have been experiencing so much humidity lately which makes walking virtually impossible. 
However, today is much cooler, so Beth and I put Caleb in his pram and took him and the dogs to a nearby park for half an hour or so.
 
I cherish these quieter days at home...
 
My dad will be arriving on Sunday for a month long visit!  Oh, how excited we are...  Words cannot express how eager we are to be reunited!  Thus...I will purpose to be at home more while he is here so that we can enjoy some precious family time during his holiday. 
 
January has been a busy month for us thus far...it began with my 21st birthday which we celebrated by going out to supper as a family.  Three of my dear friends joined us which made the occasion extra special!  It was such a memorable birthday... 
 
A week later Beth and I left on camp...  I was privileged to be a counsellor at youth camp again this year, and this time Beth came along as a camper.  We had a wonderful few days learning more about our Saviour - what a blessing to be able to play a small part in the lives of girls younger than myself...
 
After camp I thought it would quieten down somewhat, but it just seemed to just get busier!   
Thus, I can't say I have managed to keep up with sewing lately...in fact, I can feel the withdrawal symptoms setting in... {{winks}}
 
Here are a couple items I made for a client sometime ago...they are a little more modern than I am used to making, but oh my, they were fun!
 
Snuggle Bunnies...
 
Bunny Rattles...
 
A few more Snuggle Bunnies...
 
 I have done very little leisure sewing over the past few months, so I am hoping to set aside time for that in the next little while.  Back in September I participated in a teacup exchange...  Well, my sweet partner in Australia sent out my teacup at around the same time as everyone else, but for some reason it got delayed along the way...  I was so excited to receive it two weeks ago - I think Peta was beginning to wonder if it would ever reach me! 
 
Oh my...what a sweet package she put together for me!  I was so touched by her kindness...  Not only did she choose the most beautiful teacup to bless me with, but she included delicious lemongrass, lime and ginger tea, a pretty handmade pin booklet as well as a selection of Tilda quilting fabric...  I simply cannot wait to put them to good use!  {{Smiles}} 
 

My teacup package went to a sweet young lady in New Zealand.  This is what I sent her... 
 
 
I believe putting together packages for sweet friends to be one of the most enjoyable things a person could do! 
 
And now for a few photographs of the family taken on the day of my birthday...

Just look at how this precious boy has grown!  Caleb is now 21 months and continues to fill our lives with joy and laughter...
 
Caleb and Sofia (6) have recently become the best of buddies.  They love playing together which is so sweet to see!

 Caleb is talking ever so beautifully...he is fascinated by anything that has an engine and particularly obsessed with trains.  It is incredible how innate his boyish nature is despite having six older sisters!  {{smiles}}
 
Rebekah and Sofia...
 
Beth and Gabrielle... 
 
What a special picture...Mom with her eldest and youngest child...

 We finally had a photograph taken of us all together!  We are just missing Dad in this picture so I think we need to schedule a photoshoot for while he is home...  {{Smiles}}
 
And now for a few pictures to make you smile...


 
 Aren't these so precious?
 
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Thank you for visiting today, sweet friends...it is always such a delight to have you!

I hope to stop by again soon with pictures of the beautiful tea cups my mom and dad gifted me with for my birthday...

Love and blessings in Christ,
Kelly-Anne