Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Pearls

"Gratitude unleashes the freedom to live content in the moment, rather than being anxious about the future or regretting the past."

~ Ellen V.

Dear friends, you may have noticed I have changed the title of these Thursday posts of inspiration and encouragement...
The name was inspired by my sweet blogging friend, Ashley...   I felt it was time for a change...something fresh and lovely for Spring!

May you have a truly beautiful, joyfilled day in the Lord Jesus! 

 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

~ 1 Corinthians 2:9

 Painting by Fredrick Morgan ~ A Day on the River

Monday, August 24, 2015


Beautiful and delicate sweet peas are blooming in the hanging baskets...
Oh, Spring is indeed here and my heart is truly glad....
Spring is my very favourite season, and I am delighted to be digging about
in the brown earth once again, sowing flower and vegetable seeds whilst 
listening to the cheerful song of the birds and feeling the gentle, warm spring 
breeze blow whisps of hair across my face...  
I can understand the happiness the birds feel within, for I do 
indeed feel the same way at this time of year...

"...All at once, one day, it's Spring!"

~ Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Welcome, beautiful Spring...

"Clap your hands, all you people.  
Shout to God with a loud, joyful song..."

~ Psalm 47:1 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lace Loveliness & Joy in Doing What You Love…

The other day I was given a bag of lovely crafty goodies that belonged to an older lady who passed away a couple of years ago…  Her husband recently had cleared out her creative corner, and passed his late wife’s supplies on to another lady who then thought of me…

It was quite sad to look at each item and think of the sweet lady who treasured them and loved adding new lace, fabric, books and wool to her collection of crafty goodies…

Such  gorgeous lace…

  This broad lace looks as if it belongs on an elegant bridal gown...
My favourite...delicate pink lace...

I love this borad cream coloured lace...such a beautiful design... 

This white is so pretty with the light pink edging!

Soft blue lace... 
One doesn’t see lace such as this all that often…at least not where I live…

It is such a joy to have a hobby…to have collections of goodies you can turn into beautiful creations and bless others with…

These are just a few of the cards I made yesterday afternoon with my beautiful new lace…

Vintage butterflies...

Red and cream...

I am blessed in that my hobby turned into a business last July, and I am able to use beautiful fabrics, pretty buttons and lovely lace almost everyday…

But sometimes it is delightful to spend a little time creating something for yourself…trying a wonderful new pattern or sorting buttons, lace and fabric scraps.

I believe we should all do something we love to do…perhaps it is calligraphy…music…painting…cooking…  Maybe like me it is a few things such as quilting, knitting or gardening…

It is lovely dreaming something up, and then creating it with your hands and your heart, pouring love into every detail…there is something uniquely satisfying in this process…

What are a few of your hobbies…?

~ Saturday blessings, dearest readers ~ 

 ~ And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.  Psalm 90:27 ~

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

You are never too old to set another
goal or to dream a new dream.”

~ C.S. Lewis

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." 

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Have a wonderfully blessed Thursday, my sweet friends!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

"A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God;
of his dependence on Him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom;
and that it is by God's power that he is upheld and provided for,
and that he needs God's wisdom to lead and guide him, and His might
to do what he ought to do for Him."

~ Jonathan Edwards 

" Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."  - Ephesians 6:10, KJV

Praying each you sweet readers have a beautifully blessed Thursday!

~ With joy in Jesus ~

 This picture was taken on Mother's Day, 2015 at a beautiful beach near us...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Spring is in the Air & a Little Catch Up...

Oh, how dearly I love this time of the year!
There is a joy that fills my heart as I breathe in the delightful scent of the coming spring...
The days are beginning to lengthen...there is a little more sunshine with every passing day, and it is happily warmer which means I don't have to wear quite so many layers of clothing...{happy sigh}

"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"  - Mark Twain

Gorgeous sweet peas grace our hanging baskets...they bring such cheer!

August has been a busy month thus far for me as I finish planning our summer garden and prepare vegetable beds with rich compost...  There are pepper and tomato seeds to be sown, and chicks to be bought so that we can increase our little flock somewhat...  Usually I spend a Monday working in the glorious outdoors...

 One of my favourite flowers...Calendula...

The rest of the week is usually spent sewing new heartmade products, babysitting an adorable little boy, blogging and all the other lovely things that fill each day with both work and pleasure...

Before winter slips by completely, I decided to knit a gorgeous green cowl for myself as alas!  I have not picked up my knitting needles for months!  In the evenings we have been watching Bleak House by Charles Dickens, and I am happy to say my knitting needles have been clicking throughout...I hope I will have time to wear my new cowl before it gets too warm!

I sorted out my sewing and papercraft supplies just the other day, and oh!  How good it felt!
As I mentioned before, I am already doing some Christmas sewing, namely my fabric reindeer which are among the favourite products on the heartmade stall at Christmastime...
A few brighter, busier days at the market meant I could visit my favourite quilting shop once again and stock up on a few more beautiful the moment I just buy fat quarters, as this gives me enough fabric to work with without tiring of the design...

Do visit heartmade to ''meet'' the reindeer!

You might like to see my darling new Miss Lettice rabbits...on my recent visit to the Cape, my grandmother sweetly took me to the fabric shop there and spoilt me with some delightful new fabrics...I thought they would be perfect for Miss Lettice outfits, and set to work sewing them shortly after my return...oh!  Sometimes I do wish I could keep the items I make to sell!

My sweet sister, Nancy, crocheted these beautiful earrings for me...she has added these to heartmade, along with a few more pretty designs!  I am hoping to showcase them on the heartmade blog sometime very soon...

 I love these crocheted earrings...they complete a winter outfit perfectly!

Oh, and I thought I must show you a few photographs of the lovely baking and tea party my dear friend had for her 18th birthday in July...

Filling beautifully decortated glass jars with flowers for the tea table...

Heidi-Mari is so wonderfully organised and made sure everything was perfectly planned...each young lady was assigned a team, and she and her teammates were in charge of certain tasks such as baking coffee cupcakes, preparing the toppings for the mini pizzas and so was such a delightful way to get to know the other girls and have fun while about it...we baked, chatted and then donned scarves and hats and took pictures outside...then we had a beautiful high tea and enjoyed the sweet treats we baked during the morning...

Dear friends...

Other lovelies lately have included long letters to sweet far away friends...

"What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm humann hand-clasp."  - Author Unknown

 Pleasant walks along gravel roads and fields surrounding our home...

"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therin."  - Psalm 24:1

What have you been busy with lately, sweet friends...?
I am afraid I haven't been able to share as much here as I would like to...but springtime is always blissfully busy!

~ Have the loveliest of Tuesdays ~ 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

"If we had no Winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; If we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

~Anne Bradstreet

May you have a pleasant Thursday, sweet friends!

 "The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties.  I am convinced that nothing can ever seperate us from God's love..."

~ Romans 8:37-38

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Simply Scrumptious Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

For years I have been searching for the perfect apple muffin recipe...

 A muffin that is neither too dry, nor too moist...  Not too sweet, yet just sweet enough to excite the tastebuds with the first tiny bite... 

...And I have finally found it!
This apple muffin is so very delicious...a hint of cinnamon, a lovely apple tang...  And the drizzle icing gives it the perfect finish!

As I love sharing my favourite finds with you, I have given you the recipe below ~ I am certain your guests, family or whoever you serve will be greatly impressed....
For the muffins 

125g butter, softened
125g castor sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon
100g apple sauce *

* Instead of using apple sauce, we peel, cut and steam fresh apples, and then puree them with a blender.

For the icing

200g icing sugar
About 5 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cinnamon
1 apple
2 tbsp lemon juice

 Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  Line an 8 hole muffin pan with paper muffin cases.
Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and using a hand-held electric whisk, beat together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs to the mixture, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon.  Add apple sauce and stir everything together until just combined.
Divide the mixture equally between the muffin cases.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until form or a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Leave to cool on a wire rack.
To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.  Add the millk and vanilla essence and mix until smooth.  
Spoon the icing on top of the muffins, allowingit to drizzle on the sides.
Quarter, core and slice the apple and toss the slices in the lemon juice.
Sprinkle the cinnamon over the muffins and top with apples pieces.

I do so hope you enjoy these simply scrumptious muffins!

~ Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24 ~

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