Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Study to Shew Thyself" ~ Free Inspirational Art Printable


As many of you are starting a new school year, I thought it would be fun to decorate the school room with a splash of inspiration. Perhaps this little verse with big meaning can keep us focused on our ultimate goal, to raise godly children and teach them the beginning of real wisdom.

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?"
~ Mark 8:36

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."
~ Proverbs 9:10


This printable would be perfect in the school room, office or study.  You can find frames inexpensively in second-hand stores and simply paint them to match your 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 homeschooling, ladies! 

All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The Scoop, Tuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersThe Homesteader HopWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link Up and Shabbilicious Friday. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them). Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. Image made with PicMonkey.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #15

"May God help every one of us to live at home so tenderly, so unselfishly, so lovingly, that the memories we make within our own doors shall be our own holiest requiem, on the breath of which our spirits may be wafted away to glory in the Home in our Father’s House!"
~ J.R. Miller, The Family
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!

Note: I have been having problems leaving comments on certain blogs (mostly self-hosted ones). If you haven't heard from me this week, you may find a lady named "JES" in your spam box (and perhaps could find it in your heart to release her :) 

* This week we are featuring the TOP 2 VIEWED posts from last week *

#1 Most Visited: Blessed to Be a Homemaker by Chris at So Much at Home


#2: 10 Weapons to Combat Yelling: Choose Contentment by Marie at Blooming In His Garden

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work ~ Part Two



"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
~ Genesis 3:19

Ever since sin entered the world, work became a sweaty and toilsome event. Most people go out of their way to avoid it... But is the fruit of idleness that sweet?  I think it may be costing us and in many different ways. In fact, it may be that old fashioned labor yields the sweetest fruit.


“There is nothing wrong with God's plan that man should
earn his bread by the sweat of his brow.” 

Working with our hands blesses our emotional, financial, spiritual and even physical needs. A good dose of honest labor keeps us healthy with its therapeutic and stress relieving abilities along with the common, everyday use of our muscles for exercise. 


“Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade.” 
~ Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse

For example, the act of growing your own produce creates a gentle workout for the homemaker, in slow and steady movements. It affords us a moment of fresh air, a de-cluttering of our over-stimulated minds, and a splash of sunshine while stretching out our burdened bodies to keep ourselves agile and strong. The outcome is much more than just vegetables.


We can also consider the sweet blessings of sweat. Our loved ones are being subjected to many diseases in this modern world. An overload of toxins in our body is said to be a major contributor to many of our health problems. Can it be that we are depriving ourselves of the healing powers of sweat since much of our lives are being spent sedentary in front of a screen? Are we removing that opportunity to release excess toxins that are brewing havoc in our bodies when we pass on that old fashioned work?

(Note: What is Making Me Sick? and Your Genes are Not Your Destiny are both favorite videos featuring Dr. Micheal Bernui which shares this thought along with some other encouraging ways to live healthy lives from a godly perspective.)


"Labor, honest labor, is mighty and beautiful. "

The act of sweating also: "improves circulation, accelerates metabolism, opens skin pores, cleanses the skin, boosts the immune system, uses energy and burns calories, relaxes body and mind, great for stress relief, helps body release toxins, sweating is a form of exercise, helps body to regulate its temperature and cool down, anti-aging – produces softer skin, releases endorphins that help with pain, improves tone and flexibility of skin, critical factor in body’s hydration process, contains natural antibiotics that destroy harmful skin bacteria, can reduce cholesterol and sodium levels and may improve sleep."  (source)

It makes one wonder, what have we given up?


There is also our physicial need of vitamin D (which is actually a hormone) to consider. Sunshine cheerfully gives this to us! Fifteen minutes of time in the sun without sunscreen is recommended by the Nat'l Institution of Health. This is especially important for older women because it gets harder for your body to produce vitamin D as you age. This time in the sun will benefit in the following areas including an overactive immune system, heart disease, osteoporosis, breast, colon cancers, helps fight insomnia and depression. It also aids your body to absorb calcium and utilize magnesium which affects many areas of the human body (source).


“Go on with your work as usual, for work is a blessed solace.” 
~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Old fashioned labor is also a wonderful stress-releiver which promotes health in its own right. There is healing power in scrubbing and scouring as we release bottled up emotions, hurts and pains. It can be quite soothing to the soul! One can even bring some indoor work to the outdoors in order to breathe in the fresh air, soak in the vitamin D while applying some elbow-grease to those long awaited household tasks.

“There's nothing like active employment, I suppose, to console the afflicted.” 
~ Anne Brontë



It is so easy for the modern-day homemaker to curl up and hibernate in our cozy and comfortable cottages but is this the healthy lifestyle that God intended for His people? While I am not suggesting that women go out and break their backs like some of our ancestors were forced to do because of poverty and survival, I have been contemplating my own level of activity on our farm. I have been consciously attempting to labor more in the outdoors with the fresh air, in the clean earth and surrounded by God's fascinating creation. Are you interested in rebuilding an old fashioned lifestyle consisting of a daily dose of gentle womanly labor?


A good start would be to spend at least thirty minutes each day in some form of physical, outdoor work:

Some ideas could be picking fruit from a bursting tree, purposely stretching your limbs to find that ripe tender piece and gently lowering it into a basket.

Perhaps you can do some foraging by taking a brisk walk in search of medicinal plants. Harvest your herbs by the bunches to be dried into teas and/or made into tinctures. Or use your findings to prepare a fresh, daily brew of herbal tea for your family. You can call the moments spent searching, your "tea time". Bring the children along!

For some of us it could be the useful act of hanging clothes to dry in the sweet summer sun!



Consider raking up leaves, pulling of weeds, sweeping the sidewalks, stacking up firewood, pruning, planting an herb garden, or even doing some decorative landscaping.

Last year I took over the lawn. My husband was struggling to keep it up during the busy harvest (when hay grows, grass grows!) so I adopted that old push mower as my own. Since our back yard is large, it takes me between 3-4 hours to complete. In the summer heat I am exhausted and sweaty, but it feels so good! I listen to inspirational music and the process is very therapeutic. (It is also toddler friendly since at the time, my little nephew was with us, and it kept him busy playing "run away from the mower" the entire time.)

Let us look around and see what we could be contributing with our hands that will in turn, contribute to the health and happiness of our body, soul, and ultimately our future.


"Industry has a physical blessing; limbs strengthened by exercise, and sinews braced by exertion; every organ performing its legitimate duty, and kept in its appointed office; the blood circulated by motion, and the joints pliant from use; disease repelled by internal vigor; appetite created by the calls of increasing strength; rest rendered welcome by previous labor; sleep becomes acceptable after busy working..."


{See part one part twopart threepart four and part five of this series.}


This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sHomestead Barn HopAmaze Me MondayMonday's MusingsMarriage MondayTitus 2sdaysTitus 2 TuesdaysRaising HomemakersMake Bake CreateWise Woman Link UpWow Us Wednesdays, Wildcrafting WednesdayThe ScoopCoffee and ConversationSo Much at HomeHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeHearts for Home ThursdaysGrowing in Grace ThursdaysHome Acre HopFrom the Farm Blog HopFarmgirl FridayFront Porch Friday Blog HopSimple Meals FridayCultivate NourishingSimply Natural Saturdays and Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. Paintings by George Faulkner Wetherbee, Julien Dupre, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot and Daniel Ridgeway Knight.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #14


“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
~ C.S. Lewis
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!

* You will find the features from last week here *

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Just Peachy! What to Make with All Those Peaches ~ Link Up Love


"Mr. Hale had been peeling a peach for his wife; and, cutting off a small piece for himself, he said: 'If I had any prejudices, the gift of such delicious fruit as this would melt them all away."
~ Elizabeth Gaskell, North & South


Today we are featuring five posts from our 13th edition of "The Art of Home-Making Mondays" link up. They all concern that luscious fruit which we call the "peach". My taste buds were tantalized by all of these seasonal recipes! If you need some ideas, here is what you can make with them:


If you are interested in saving some sweetness for the fall and winter months, Angi at A Return to Simplicity shares how to freeze and how to dehydrate your peaches.


She also gives us her mouth-watering recipe for peach and praline pie! If you were to add some home-made vanilla ice-cream to this, it would be a taste of heaven...


Homesteading on Grace teaches us how to make a peach cobbler (whole foods style)! I think the picture says it all!


Peaches aren't just for eating! Heather at My Overflowing Cup shares how to make a peach flavored simple syrup. Doesn't it look refreshing?


And lastly, we are going to include a post from the earlier week, how to can peaches for yogurt (by Making Our Sustainable Life) since it looked so delicious and I loved the concept!




After reading these recipes, I hope you take advantage of the lovely peach while she is in season and in her best advantage!  You will find some pretty labels for your peach related projects here (shown above). Thank you ladies for sharing your wisdom with us! I invite you all to join us this upcoming week at the Art of Home-Making Mondays

... the richest-coloured peaches,— the freshest vine-leaves. They were packed into a basket..."
~ Elizabeth Gaskell, North & South


Friday, August 15, 2014

Restocking the Cleaning Closet w/Lavender ~ Odds and Ends Series


"Second. Examine the store-closet, and see if there is a proper supply of all articles needed there."
~ Catharine Beecher & Harriet Stowe, The New Housekeeper's Manual, 1873

Welcome to our continuing saga to follow the Victorian Era advice of the Beecher sisters! A portion of the second step on our "Odds and Ends" Monthly Home Maintenance Series has been completed.  We have restocked our cleaning closet with reserves that should last a few months. While I don't have a cleaning closet "per se" (items are located under the kitchen sink and leftover surplus is stored on our pantry shelf ), I like the old fashioned sound of it, don't you?



What did we accomplish?
  • We added a few quart jars of all-purpose cleaning solution to our "store-closet". This can be used in a squirt bottle as an all purpose cleaner (with the addition of water) and it can be added to a bucket of warm water to wash floors, clean ceiling fans, etc. 
  • We also prepared a few jars of cleaning powder which can be used as a gentle cleanser for scrubbing sinks as well as a carpet deodorizer.
For fun, we have included our recipes and free printable labels to inspire you to stock up on the cleaning supplies for your "cleaning closet"!

Since lavender is abundant right now, we prepared a large batch of cleaning products with it (you could use fresh lavender, dried lavender (make some or buy some) or lavender essential oil for all of these recipes).

Not only is lavender filled with many antibacterial properties, it is also a wonderful cleaning solvent since it contains limonene (the same active ingredient in citrus products). It imparts a lovely fragrance while also being an insecticide. And let's be honest, it adds a romantic touch to homemaking! 

{Note: In the autumn and winter, I like to make Citrus Infused Cleaning Products.}


Here is how we prepare each item:
  1. Lavender Cleaning Solution ~ You will find our tutorial here to prepare a solution using lavender flowers (or if using lavender essential oil,  simply add 10 drops of oil to every cup of vinegar). Add a cup of this solution to a hot bucket of water to clean floors and surfaces. For tough cleaning, use pure without diluting.
  2. All Purpose Cleaner ~ Place one cup of "lavender cleaning solution" (shared above) with one cup of water to a spray bottle. 
  3. Lavender Carpet Deodorizer ~  You will find our tutorial here (or if using lavender essential oil, add 15 drops of oil to 1 - 2 cups of baking soda and stir until combined).
  4. Gentle Lavender Cleaning Cleanser ~ Pulse 1/4 cup of dried lavender flowers with 2 cups of baking soda until smooth. You could also mix in 10 drops of lavender essential oil oil to the baking soda if you don't have lavender flowers. For a stronger scrub, add in equal amounts of borax and salt.
  5. Room Spray ~ Mix together 1 cup of water, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and place in spray bottle. To preserve the solution better, add 1 tsp. of vodka.
  6. Window Cleaner ~ Pour into spray bottle 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar and a few drops of lavender essential oil  Wipe clean with newspaper or a microfiber cloth for best results.
Note: If you have granite countertops, I would advise against using vinegar based cleaning products on them as it can do something called "etching" (which can leave white marks on your counters).


Now it is time to label our lovely lavender products (can you say that five times?). We have also included two blank labels at the bottom of the printable for other cleaning products you may want to prepare. Simply press download or print from the link HERE.


Now that we have completed a portion of step two, here is what we have left on our "Odds and Ends" Monthly Home Maintenance Series (note that some steps were placed together and altered to make for modern day needs):

Complete Steps in Series:

Step #1 ~ What Needs to Be Done in Your Home?
Step #2 ~ Restocking the Cleaning Closet
Step #2, 3, 5, 6 ~ Examining the Store-Closet, Pantry, Cellar and Such
Step #4 ~ Examining the "Table Linens"
Step #4 ~ Examining the "Bed Linens"
Step #7 Examining the Toolbox and/or "Junk Drawer"

Checklist for Preparing Your Own Maintenance:

"Odds and Ends" Monthly Home Maintenance ~ Printable Checklist

Are you ready to begin your monthly home maintenance?


"A housekeeper who will have a regular time for attending to these particulars will find her whole family machinery moving easily and well; but one who does not, will constantly be finding something out of joint, and an unquiet, secret apprehension of duties left undone or forgotten, which no other method will so effectually remove."
~ Catharine Beecher & Harriet Stowe, The New Housekeeper's Manual, 1873

All the fine print. This post may be shared with some or all of the following link-ups: The Art of Home-Making MondaysModest Mom Monday'sMonday's MusingsMake Your Home Sing MondayGood Morning Mondays,  The Scoop, Tuesdays with a TwistRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link UpHomestead Blog Hop Wow Us Wednesdays,  Coffee and ConversationHomemaking ThursdaysHome Sweet HomeOur Simple HomesteadAwesome Life Friday Link Up and Create, Bake, Grow & Gather. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting these. This post may contain affiliate links (which are merchant links that help to support this site at no additional cost to you if you purchase an item through them). Lavender clip art was found here.



Monday, August 11, 2014

The Art of Home-Making Mondays ~ Please Join Us ~ Link Up #13

“Flowers spring to blossom where she walks
The careful ways of duty;
Our hard, stiff lines of life with her
Are flowing curves of beauty.”
~ John Greenleaf Whittier


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!


*Our "Sweet 6" FAVORITE FEATURES from Last Week *

Heart for Home-Making:

How Much is a Mother Worth Anyway? by Jacqueline (Deep Roots at Home)


The Art of Home-Making:

Sweet Blessings by Patty (My Mountain Blessings)


Home-Made Meals:

Frozen Personal Size Pizza with Homemade Dough by Shari (Faith Filled Food for Moms)


Homestead Happenings:



History for the Home-Maker:

A "New" Hand Crank Sewing Machine by The Locust Blossom


Handy Home-Making Hint for the Week:

How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon by Leah (Fabulous Farm Girl, No Farm Required)



* And the #1 PEEKED AT POST From Last Week*

Being Feminine by Jo (Finding Joy in the Everyday)


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! It would also be nice to leave an encouraging comment for at least one person who has linked up (tell them "hi" from me :)

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