Monday, 27 March 2017

In the Month of March...A Country Diary Entry

Little Caleb who is almost 11 months old...

Rebekah Faith...

 Sofia Cherish...

 
^It was so hot the other day that little Caleb played outside till late in the evening...he just loves water and dirt and takes great delight in getting as messy as he possibly can! 

A Glimpse into my World in...March

"The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family."   ~ Thomas Jefferson

A Glimpse into my Day...
We spent the morning at Timberlake, watching the little ones run and play whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and a good chat...  Mom and I love to discuss ideas and plan projects...she is someone I love to be with and I am purposing to be more present in my home and in my family.

Dreaming of...
Cooler weather...although Autumn is in the air, we are still experiencing very warm, stifling days and I simply cannot wait to embrace cooler days!

Thankful for...
Time spent with the people I love the most in the world, my family...Caleb who is just the best part of our lives...walks and picnics in the forest...quiet time each morning with my Lord and King...meeting a new friend...writing letters to friends across the sea...

Things I am Loving...
I was simply delighted to come across a beautiful second hand copy of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park at a book sale the other day!  I shifted my sewing room around so as to include a small bookshelf on one wall which I plan on doing up very soon as it is currently a very ugly shade of blue, but the paint is peeling off, revealing an even uglier shade of green beneath!

Listening to...
I have been enjoying classical music once again...my mind has been in such a whirl of late that I find instrumental music to be quite soothing without distracting me...

Reading...
I have just finished reading Mansfield Park for the second time and this time I was truly struck by Fanny Price's sweet, sensitive personality and by what a virtuous young woman she was - a true inspiration for all young ladies...  It is actually high time we visit the library as I have a few titles on my list and I am in dire need of a good book!

Watching...
I recently finished watching the third season of When Calls the Heart and thoroughly enjoyed it!  Ah...imagine living in such a close-knit community where almost everyone is seeking to draw nearer to God, helping and uplifting each other along the way...

Crafting...
I have been under the weather lately, so a few quieter days spent in my craft room have been very welcome indeed.  Besides the sewing I have been doing, I restocked my market stall with a few handmade cards and am working on mini card packs now...

Sewing...
As you will have seen in my post from last week, my sewing machine has been whirring incessantly as I work on sweet little outfits for my sisters as well as Little Miss Skirts for my market stall.
I also added new fabric reindeer to my Etsy shoppe and am hoping to add bookmarks and pin cushions shortly...

In the Garden...
Not much is happening in the garden at present...  I planted peas, but the chickens found their way into the garden and wreaked havoc in all my freshly planted pea beds!  Thus...I have to sow more seeds!  We are, however, eating sweet peppers from the garden as well as harvesting plenty of basil, rocket and other herbs each day.  Our sweet potatoes are growing at a furious rate too, although they could do with a wonderful soaking...we are praying for rain!

...And thus the month of March draws to a happy close...

Love to you, dear readers!
Kelly-Anne 

~ ...But the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.  Isaiah 60:9 ~ 

New Lovelies in the Shoppe...
 


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Thursday Pearls


"There is magic in that little world, home; it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never known beyond its hallowed limits."

~ Robert Southey

~ Home is home, be it ever so humble.  English Proverb ~

"Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the peace where thine honour dwelleth."

~ Psalm 26:8

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God."

~ Ephesians 2:19, KJV

A blessed Thursday to you, my sweet friends!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Pretty Gift Idea...


 A few weeks ago we needed a special gift for a friend's daughter who recently got married...

Whilst looking around a couple home stores for a lovely gift, we came across a plain heart chalkboard and thought, "Ah!  We can spruce it up with some ribbon, lace and a little something or other!", which is precisely what we did...


I used some beautiful pink ribbon to hang the heart chalkboard up by and narrow pink lace to attach the chalk and chalkboard cloth to the actual board...


I whipped up a simple fabric flower and attached a pearl pin to the centre, securing the flower to the board with double-sided tape.  I used broad pink lace beneath the flower on the right-hand side of the board...

A simple, pretty gift ~ perfect as a small wedding or house-warming present...{{Smiles}}

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I hope yours has been a truly happy week, dear friends...

With love,
Kelly-Anne

Monday, 20 March 2017

Green Floral Print Outfit...

 How do you do, lovely readers...
A happy new week to you!

~ Beautiful things come together one stitch at a time...  Author Unknown ~

Let me show you the sweet green floral outfit I sewed for Rebekah last week...


This pretty summery shirt is so simple to make...I used narrow cream coloured bias binding for the sleeves, which I have seen used on many garments for little girls.


This shirt needed a little something to finish it off...nothing too big or bulky, and these lovely fabric flowers were just the thing!  

The simple instructions for making your own can be found on The Enchanting Rose here...

 

I made another fabric flower and securely sewed it to a hair-slide...
I covered the buttons for the centre of the flowers with green fabric too so as to give the overall appearance of the outfit a more professional finish...


...A frill on the bottom of the shirt and three-quarter pants gives feminine charm to a practical, comfortable outfit which would otherwise be very plain...


...I also added a sweet pocket on the back of the three-quarter pants for more detail.


Rebekah was simply delighted with her new outfit and is already awaiting an opportunity to wear it out!  {{smiles}}

Next up is a similar outfit for Gabrielle as well as a shirt dress which I plan to make for her birthday in April.  Beth has requested pyjama pants and a viscose jumpsuit whilst Mom is in need of a new peasant blouse and Caleb a tracksuit....  And Sofia is pleading with me to make her a new tiered skirt and short-sleeved peasant blouse!  Thankfully, I dearly love to sew and am only too happy to have so much opportunity to practice!  {{smiles}} 

Blessings to you, dear friends...  

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Thursday Pearls


"Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly."

~ George MacDonald

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thy own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

~ Proverbs 3:5-6 

"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."

~ Psalm 37:4-5

A most wonderfully blessed Thurday to you, my dear readers...may the Lord fill your hearts with joy and peace as you seek to delight yourself in Him and put your trust in the One who cares deeply for you...

With love in Christ Jesus,
Kelly-Anne

Monday, 13 March 2017

Introducing Oscar...

Allow me to introduce to you, the most recent addition to our already bustling household...
Our sweet kitty, Oscar, who joined our family back in December...

We got him as a scrawny, five week old rescue kitten whose eyes were too big for his wee head and had a scruffy mustard coloured coat...
He looked like he was crossed with a racoon, a rat and an old, worn slipper thrown in for good measure...we wondered how on earth we had come to fall for such a cat...

But we believe he was sent to us.
Oscar has captured our hearts and become a special member of our family indeed...

It proved to be a case of The Ugly Duckling, for Oscar is now quite beautiful with dark markings on his paws, large ears and face and his smooth coat is of light colouring...he has exquisite greeny -blue eyes too which, when he is in his feral mood, gleam brightly with ferocity!

Although the sweetest of kitties and so very loving (he joins us wherever we may be...washing dishes...in the garden), Oscar has a wild side like any other cat, but these strange moods come on all of a sudden.  
Thus, you may be cuddling him tenderly and in the next instant, he'll attempt to bite your finger off or attack your hand...
Poor Sofia, his favourite little person in the house (he jumps on to her bed each afternoon for a snuggle and nap), has had many incidents with her treasured little kitty!

As for the dogs...
Izzie, my dog, pretty much ignores him while Chloe, Beth's dog, is constantly at the mercy of Oscar's sharp claws and cunning ways.  They are virtually inseparable, although I would say they have something of a love/hate relationship and provide hours of entertainment for us...

The saying proves true that dogs have owners and cats have staff - it is quite amusing to see how Oscar, small as he may be, has trained us all to see to his needs in a prompt manner.
His wish is our command...wait...did I actually just write that?

Happy Tuesday, dear readers!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Thursday Pearls

"The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God.
What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose."

~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

"I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldst go."

~ Isaiah 48:17, KJV

Sweet Thursday blessings!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Little Miss Skirts...

Hello lovely friends and a blessed and happy new week to you...
What have you been up to this beautiful Monday?
This morning I went for a refreshing brisk walk, then had a cup of coffee out in the garden with my dear Mom...
Afterwards I spent some time doing a bit of weeding and tidying up in the vegetable beds...I also sowed pea and lettuce seeds...


Then I happily headed to my sewing room, creating a new Little Miss Skirt for my market stall whilst listening to audio training for Bright Lights which I am prayerfully stepping forward in and hoping to start at the end of this month!  More on that soon...

 

Let me show you the Little Miss Skirts I have been sewing...I just recently decided to make them and thus far, I have three different sizes...2-3, 3-4 and 5-6.




Each skirt features three tiers and sometimes I use three coordinating fabrics, other times just two.
It is so delightful playing about with different colour and pattern combinations...the options are simply endless!  {{Smiles}}

 

I make a matching fabric bow from the fabric I used for one of the tiers and sew it to the front of the skirt...  I also sew ribbon ties on both sides of the skirt by which to hang it up by...
A matching fabric hanger is perfect for keeping it neatly hung up in a wardrobe...



I started out making such skirts for my sisters and they looked so adorable in them that I thought I should perhaps extend my range of handmade items and include these skirts on my stall!

 



What do you think, lovely readers...which skirt is your favourite?

Come visit my shoppe on Etsy!


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Sweet blessings on your day!
Kelly-Anne

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Thursday Pearls

 

"Let us not be surprised when we have to face difficulties. When the wind blows hard on a tree, the roots stretch and grow the stronger, let it be so with us. Let us not be weaklings, yielding to every wind that blows, but strong in spirit to resist."

~ Amy Carmichael

"Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number:  he callth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one falleth."

~ Isaiah 40:26, KJV 

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A wonderfully, richly blessed Thursday to you, lovely readers...

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Thursday Pearls

Painting by:  Mary Cassat
 
"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel."

~ Author Unknown

"I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart:  I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."

~ Psalm 9:1

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: his love endures forever."

~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

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A wonderfully blessed Thursday to you, lovely readers...

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Owl Always Love You...

Hello lovely friends!
I hope your are enjoying a wonderful Wednesday morning...

Say a friendly hello to the sweet owls I just finished adding to my Etsy shoppe...

These cheery owls make such delightful gifts indeed...

For a friend, young or old, celebrating a special birthday...
As house-warming gift...
Or even as a gift for a new baby...





These owls are created by my creative mother and sister...  
My mom does the knitting of the owl bodies whilst Nancy decorates the wire with pretty coordinating beads and buttons...
She then assembles the owls, sewing on fabric tummies, breaks and crocheted "sleepy" or "awake" eyes before putting them on their wires...
A length of pretty ribbon is tied at the top to hang the owls up by...

These owls are very popular at the market as they are cheery, colourful and quite quirky!  {{smiles}}
People young and old are greeted by the many owls hanging from our stall each week!

Do stop by by Etsy shoppe to view the sweet owls I have available... 
Stay "posted" for more lovely handmade items which I will be listing soon...

Many blessings,
Kelly-Anne

Monday, 20 February 2017

Five Simple Ways to Get Started with Your New Hobby

"I desperately want to craft, but I have no idea where to begin...or how!"
We have had many a lady say this to us over the years....

I will admit that oftentimes I too doubt myself and my creative abilities (a form of pride, I believe...) simply because something is new or slightly more challenging. 

For instance, I have lately become interested in attempting more complicated patterns and taking my sewing to a whole new level...
Daunted as I may feel, I realise that in order to make any progress at all, I need to actually make a start.  I need to view it as a challenge!

 
What would my advice be to someone eager to try their hand at a new craft or hobby but maybe hesitant to take the first step?  How would I answer the above question?

Let me share with you what I am learning at the moment and how I am stretching myself with regards to sewing.  I do hope you will be inspired to further challenge yourself, whether you are an enthusiastic beginner or an old hand at your craft...


~ Make a start ~
Creativity is something that can take place anywhere.  
On your dining room table...on the sofa...even the floor! 
I remember being most intrigued watching a lady cut out a dress on the tiles of her living room because she didn't have enough space anywhere else!

 If we wait for the perfect set up or the perfect tools, it is more than likely we will never get anything achieved and become discouraged to even try...

Oh, it is wonderful to have a neat and well-stocked craft room, but it is not necessary when the aim is to be creative.  I would strongly encourage you to not wait any longer!  
If you need a few tools for your specific craft, invest in them, but you needn't buy the most expensive ones or everything a certain craft book suggests.  

 

Talk to someone who already knows something about your chosen hobby and get tips from them, they are usually more than happy to share what they've learnt!  For instance, a rotary cutter is so handy and saves plenty of time, but it is not essential.  We sewed for years without the aid of one...



 ~ Be intentional ~
This is one area I cannot stress enough.  If you are not intentional, chances are you will never take that first step!  When I was younger and very much into paper craft, my mom and I would sit and make cards or a scrapbook page one evening a week. 
We marked our creative session on the calendar and cooked a simple meal that night which was served early so that we would have sufficient time for pursuing our favourite hobby. 


Even experienced crafters have to be intentional about what they want to achieve.  Unless I physically set aside time, I don't get a chance to sew for pleasure.

Make sure you have the items you need for each session ready, otherwise you might become discouraged or frustrated.  When starting out, it also really helps to have an image or idea to follow.
 


~ Allow room for error ~
Experienced crafts make mistakes too, did you know that?
 You will make mistakes along the way, but that is how you learn and grow!
And keep in mind that each time you supposedly make a mistake, you will become more experienced.  Your work can only get better...
I must say, I look back at some of my very first cards (which I was proud of then, mind you) and cannot for the life of me understand why I chose to coordinate certain papers or use a specific ribbon!  And my first few sewing projects were atrocious!   
Give yourself room to grow...and practice, practice, practice...



~ Increase your knowledge ~
This is something I myself am always doing!
Currently, as aforementioned, I am working on increasing my sewing skills.
Thus, the internet is my best source of information right now...I am watching YouTube videos, following sewing blogs and familiarising myself with new terms and techniques.
This can be very daunting, but push yourself - you can do it!
Speak to experienced crafters...I know I always love to share anything I have learnt with anyone just starting out!  Perhaps they'll even offer to teach a few basics...
There is no shame in learning and we are never too old to be taught something new!


~ Be the best version of yourself ~
I couldn't imagine a life without creativity.
Creativity is something I eat, sleep and breathe!
I believe creativity is a gift the Lord gave to each of us...but it is up to us to develop it.

The Lord is the ultimate Creator and a lover of beauty...  
I believe it brings Him joy to see His children embracing the unique gifts He gave them.
Each person is different with specific tastes and ideas...
Express yourself through your craft, whatever it may be.



If there is one thing I can leave you with it would be to never look to another crafter for what is the 'right' design or way to do something...
Seek inspiration and ask for advice, by all means, but strive to create with your own personal flair.
Your creations are unique simply because they are yours...they may look completely different to mine, but how wonderful! 
This world would be very boring indeed if we were all exactly alike with nothing to define our individuality?

 

Above all...do everything as if you are doing it for the Lord...let it be your motto.  
Keep this Scripture in mind and seek to bring Him glory through your creativity!
And don't forget to have fun!  {{smiles}} 

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Whether you like sewing, pretty fabric or paper, here are a few simple tutorials from around the blog to get you started...

How to make a fabric covered tin...{Tutorial} 
How to make vintage style gift wrap {Tutorial}
How to make a fabric journal cover {Tutorial} 
How to make fabric bookmarks {Tutorial}
How to make simple elegant pin cushions {Tutorial}

Crafty greetings,
Kelly-Anne

P.S.  These are a just a few of the items of clothing I have been experimenting with lately as well as a couple of my previous projects... 

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