Monday, August 29, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 120


“We must pay a price if we are to become priceless.” 
~ Elizabeth George, Beautiful in God's Eyes
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. Homemakinghomeschooling 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, sewing, crafts, etc). ~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!

* I am sorry, I wasn't able to prepare features this week*

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On to this week! For the sake of our readers, please link up appropriate and wholesome home-related articles and leave out any giveaways, advertisements, etc. Thank you for understanding! I can't wait to see what you all have to share! 

**Please also note that the posts shared on this link up from other bloggers do not necessarily reflect my own personal views or opinions (meaning I do not condone every article that may appear here). Like all literature, please discern everything you read with the Holy Scriptures as your lens.**

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A "Shabby Chic" Frugal Farm Lifestyle ~ Diary Entry #1


This last week, as I was reading the book Living on His Income, a flood of memories flowed through my mind of these past five years, when we first arrived on our homestead from the city. While our life was never one of wealth, and I mean never, moving on to the farm took it to the next level of frugality. We were going to start from scratch and with a clean slate. No credit cards, no loans. If we could not afford it, we would not buy it.

"Of course if my husband were to say to me, "finances are going to be extra tight for a little while. I need you to cut back on some of the bills." I will gladly do what I can to economize, lower the utility bills, and be more creative with our kitchen resources. We will put off certain expenses and go without some things. This is how we work together to get through the rough times."
~ Mrs. Sharon White, Living on His Income


You see, dear reader, my husband and I had a similar conversation before our move. As most of our savings was going to go into the farm equipment, I knew very well that operations were going to be tight and for awhile. The old farmhouse was about 100 years old and not well maintained. There was no hot water in the kitchen (something I took for granted all my life) and only one area with a little sink, three drawers and a cabinet which was called a kitchen. There was an old fashioned beveled glass oven hood which I decided to appreciate with all my heart. For when we began this journey, I created a frame of mind in my head to survive and hopefully thrive on. We would be living a "shabby chic" lifestyle.


For those who are not familiar with this decorating style, it is basically a rags to riches approach on taking the old and worn things, cleaning them up and appreciating the simple beauty in them (in the brand name sense it means lots of roses and antiques too). It would be like finding the pretty in the imperfect. This would be my motto for our frugal farm life.  While he would earn the money, I would do my part to maintain it, stretch it and preserve it while appreciating the little things along the way. It would be a challenge but as the Good Book says, "in all labor, there is profit".

The walls are crumbling in some areas of the house, specifically the living room. I love old architecture and tell myself that I am living in an antique building. As I wipe the constant dust that accumulates on the walls, paint chips away. These walls have character is how I must think. It can be beautiful like an old weather-beaten statue. Many of the Victorian novels share how the virtuous poor women always had a neat and tidy cottage though she had little. While I don't consider myself "poor" by any means, I think this is something we can all learn from. Making the best with what we have will make all things beautiful. Keeping everything clean will maintain the home's integrity. Letting the walls go by ignoring them because you are unhappy with them will make them look ashamed and dismal. Keeping them fresh and pleasing will bring out their charm.
During the spring, we will get a plague of what we call "storm bugs" before a storm. These gnats can really frustrate things. Legions come in through the crack above the front door. The only barrier we could think of is duct tape across the top opening which keeps them away. Yet in the other months of the year, when you peel the tape off, I am left with cracked paint to welcome our visitors. I have resolved to call this the "shabby chipped paint" look. I try and keep the door clean and consider it a part of the distressed cottage decor.  People do this to their furniture. Why can't walls and doors be included? Changing our perception helps us to enjoy what we have.
I remember the day I walked around my home and thought, what is God providing for me here in the outdoors? This is when I discovered the loveliness of flowers and herbs as being a part of our daily life! Decorative, medicinal and so forth. But that is best left for another day, for another entry, my friends.
And I have learned many things in this new path! For instance, having one car can stimulate the creativity in a woman (did I mention I had to let go of my extra vehicle?). When she stays home for longer periods of time, she begins to see things in a new light. An ordinary act of organizing and cleaning the home can become a moment of art and adornment. Homemaking becomes a hobby. If I am going to look at that item every single day, how can I make it pleasing on pennies?


To share in detail what kind of lifestyle it brought would be hard to manage in one post. I know many are interested in simplifying, frugality and budgeting and so I thought to write as much thoughts and in very fine detail on the "little, everyday things" concerning this (for it is the small details that make up the big picture!). I am thinking of random posts as a mini-series so you can get a clear idea of what this meant (and means) in our life, something along the lines of "miscellaneous musings and  mentality of our frugal journey". Well, it is time for me to step away from the computer and enter the "real world" called "home".  I am wondering if there is interest in this sort of thing? I think I might enjoy typing it, but the question is, will you enjoy reading it? Have a lovely week!
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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up 119


“I value this delicious home feeling as one of
the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.”
~ Washiongton Irving
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. Homemakinghomeschooling 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, sewing, crafts, etc). ~~ You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!


~ Today we are sharing the "3 Most Viewed Posts" from last week ~


#1 Most Viewed: The Power of Our Homes by Finding Joy in the Everyday


#2 Most Viewed: Add Some Amish Style to Your Life by Our Simple Homestead


#3 Most Viewed: My Frugal Ways this Past Week by Vickie's Kitchen and Garden

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Four Safe Essential Oil Blends for Baby ~ Printable Gift Kit


"You shouldn’t think about using an essential oil on a baby until it is at least twenty-four hours old, and then there has to be a good reason."

Beautiful babies! It seems these last few months have been filled with these precious little bundles! A few women in our community have recently given birth and here is the wee-gift-set I prepared them. I am hoping these will be nice and convenient for the new mothers. I am also sharing the recipes and printable I made for this little project in case it is of any interest to you (though I printed the exact ingredients on our bottles, I removed it to make it customizable and more generic to your blends).



How to prepare the blends:

(1) First and foremost, a carrier oil should always be used and the essential oils should be diluted heavily for the tender skin. Sweet almond oil and fractionated coconut oil would be the gentlest of choices. The conservative ratio I used was 1 drop of essential oil to every tablespoon of carrier oil. Using the safe list of essential oils which I found for baby here and in this book here, I prepared these four blends which I thought would be the most useful. While I haven't seen an exact age in which you can safely administer essential oils to baby, I would personally (and I am not a professional) suggest waiting until at least 3 - 4 weeks old (and that is at an as needed basis only*).



(2) I reused our empty essential oil bottles (15 ml size) from ones that were safe for baby (such as my discarded lavender and chamomile bottles; never re-use strong oil bottles like peppermint or eucalyptus on baby as any residue oil will absorb into the blends and will be too harsh for them). I didn't wash them out first since I didn't want to introduce moisture, I simply emptied every last drop from the bottles knowing that if a bit remained, the oil inside wasn't harmful. Once the bottles were filled, I pasted on my instruction labels. I also placed a piece of tape over the labels to protect them from oil drippings and/or wet hands, etc. The inexpensive roll-on bottles would be perfect for this project too!

Note: Each 15 ml bottle holds a scant 2 tbsp. of oil blend.



(3) Prepare the recipes.

Cold and Cough ~


Colic ~


Constipation and Diarrhea ~


Fussy Baby ~


Directions ~

Add essential oil drops directly into a 15ml essential oil bottle, fill the remaining with carrier oil, cap firmly and label. Alternatively, you can cut the recipe in half and store in a 10ml glass roll-on bottle.


The reason I like pre-made blends is that in the heat of the moment, rare-a-mother has an extra hand (or second) to walk to the cabinet, find the right oil for the right problem, dig up the proper carrier oil and steadily measure out the exact one drop increments. Usually it is a frazzled moment that needs quick action! If you are interested in preparing these, you will find our printable {here}. Happy blending!

* Disclaimer: I am not a certified herbalist, aromatherapist or doctor but a homemaker interested in the arts of natural healing. While I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use, remember that using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is approved by the FDA or intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. All things on this blog are my opinion or the opinion of others. Also, if you have a medical condition, are taking pharmaceutical drugs, or are pregnant, please consult your physician prior to taking herbs or using essential oils.


"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee..."
~ Jeremiah 1:5a
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