Friday, March 27, 2015

Tea Cup Exchange ~ The Reveal...


This year I was delighted to participate in Stephanie’s wonderful tea cup exchange for the very first time!
What could be lovelier than selecting, wrapping and sending a teacup to a new friend in another country, and then receiving one from another friend altogether…?

How exciting to entrust that special parcel to the care of the post office, and then anxiously waiting to hear of its arrival…

Oh!  And what fun to unwrap a parcel addressed to you and catch the first glimpse of your pretty new tea cup and goodies!
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I was paired with Sandra, who lives in Canada!  You can visit her lovely blog to see what I sent her…

 …And my teacup arrived from Chel, who lives in England!   
I was so excited, because England is one of the places I would like to visit…someday…


 
  …Just look at this sweet tea cup she sent me! 



 
It has dainty pink roses hand painted on it, and is the perfect size too!  I do so love a big cup of tea!





  …Chel also made this pretty pink heart for me…

…And gave me a tea strainer – exactly what I needed!



And she also sent me some English Breakfast tea…hmmm…my favourite!


 Do visit The Enchanting Rose to see the other pretty tea cups and goodies in Stephanie's link-party!

 


 I can’t wait for the next exchange, which will probably take place in October, so for all those ladies who would like to participate, keep an eye on The Enchanting Rose for news on this fabulous exchange!

Happy Friday, dear friends!
Thank you so much for stopping by today ~ I hope you enjoyed this tea inspired post…

Blessings,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday


"I have come to know that God can smooth my path, calm the storms, keep me and all I care about safe, and even make my way simple when I ask Him to carry the complexities of life for me.  But these things don't just happen.  
Not without prayer."

- Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying Woman


"Do we want praying young people in our churches?
We must have praying mothers to give them birth,
Praying homes to flavour their lives, 
And praying surroundings to impress their minds 
And to lay the foundations for praying lives.
Praying Samuels come from praying Hannahs.
Praying priests come from 'the house of prayer.'
Praying leaders come from praying homes." 

- E.M. Bounds 


"I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."

- John 14:16-17

Blessings to you, dear readers!


 ~ Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. ~

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am a Guest at Sunday Best!



My dear friend, Paige, from Sunday Best and All the Rest, asked me if I would share a craft tutorial with her readers, and I was of course delighted to accept!

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Thus, please would you join me at her beautiful blog for a crafty session and learn how to make your own paper beads and use them to create a gorgeous bracelet or necklace for yourself or a friend!
Come visit me at...

Sunday Best and All The Rest.... 


“These beads are so simple to make, yet look quite elegant when paired with an outfit!”

  May your day be beautifully blessed, dear friends!
~  ...She is worth far more than rubies...  Proverbs 31:10 ~

Monday, March 23, 2015

How to Make ~ Decoupage Eggs



With Easter mere weeks away, I thought I would share this delightful craft tutorial with you, just in case you felt inclined to decorate your home for this lovely occasion and have some fun crafting while you’re about it!

While I do not embrace the world’s view of Easter, choosing rather to dwell on the real reason for celebrating, I do however, enjoy doing a few Easter inspired crafts, baking some yummy treats and the great excitement of an Easter egg hunt which has been a tradition in our home for as long as I can remember…

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…

~ Philips Brooks, “An Easter Carol”

This lovely craft is perfect for that evening when you‘re feeling somewhat creative, and a wonderful bonus is that you will have plenty of eggs for the next morning’s breakfast…what could be more delightful…?

How about some delicious French toast, my friends…?
On searching the web, I was greeted by such mouth-watering recipes that I was quite spoilt for choice!
After some consideration, I decided that a simpler one would be just right, for when one is cooking for a family such as ours, a fancy breakfast of gourmet French toast takes quite some time to prepare!

I settled on this one – it was not too exotic, yet different from our usual recipe and both enjoyable to make and eat! 

  Delicious buttermilk French toast… 

Now, shall we begin our crafting session…?

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To make decoupage eggs you will need…

 
Fresh eggs…

 
Pretty paper napkins…

You will also need some Modge Podge, Decoupage varnish and a sharp tool to make a hole in each egg…


 Using a sharp tool such a corkscrew, start by making a little hole in the bottom of each egg…


 
It is really not as difficult as it may sound, simply make a hole and use the tips of your finger to peel away a little of the shell to form a 1cm hole…


Use a skewer to pierce the yolk, then turn the egg upside down and remove all the contents by shaking – this is rather enjoyable!
Rinse the egg out thoroughly with clean water.


Immerse the eggs in a solution of 100g salt to 1 litre water for 30 minutes, filling them up so that they sink.
Shake the water out and rinse the shells in clean water. 
Leave to dry completely.


Now cut or tear small pieces from a paper napkin... 


What we found, was that it was better to tear or cut out an individual design such as a flower or a butterfly than to just use random pieces, as the result is much more effective and pleasing to the eye…


Coat the top half of the egg in Modge Podge and apply a small piece of paper napkin, coating it in another layer of Modge Podge to ensure it adheres smoothly onto the egg.  Work in small stages…

 
Note:  It is a good idea to first cover the egg in the white paper part of the napkin before doing a second layer of the actual design so that the colour of the shell doesn’t shine through the thin paper…


It is best to leave the first half of the egg to dry completely before attempting to decoupage the other half…
The wet paper napkin also sticks to fingers very easily and will make the egg look tacky if touched.


Once dry, repeat the process on the bottom half of the egg and again allow to dry completely.
Coat the egg in a decoupage varnish or another layer of Modge Podge and leave to dry overnight.



And there you are!  Just look at your beautiful creations!
Now you can use your pretty eggs to decorate your home!



We popped our pretty eggs in the beautiful crocheted baskets Nancy made for us – do keep an eye out on Heartmade for more on these lovelies!  


Oh, and I have a lovely idea up my sleeve for using these decoupage eggs in your home, which I will share with you very soon, so stay tuned!

“I am the resurrection and the life:  he that believeth in me, though her were dead, yet shall he live.  And whoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

~ John 11:25


This idea has been adapted from Your Family Magazine, April 2015


Happy Monday, friends! 
Thank you so much for visiting today ~ I do hope you enjoy some lovely Easter crafting, and do feel welcome to pop any questions you may have in the comment box below!

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