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Hidden Art of Homemaking~ Chapter 5

I'm still moving through this book at a snail's pace, but I am making progress!

This chapter on interior decoration is an easy one for me.  Of all the chapters Edith Schaeffer included in the book, this one and the next one on gardening have stayed with me the strongest.  When I was a new bride and reading Hidden Art for the first time, I was so glad to have my natural inclinations affirmed. And I was encouraged by her stories of making a home on a shoestring.  I think her shoestring was even shorter than mine!  I was greatly encouraged to use what I had available to me and that it didn't take a lot of money to make a pleasant home.  Any place can be made more comfortable and attractive with a little thought and ingenuity and maybe just a tiny bit of money for a package of seeds or a thrift shop find.  Her advice and attitude have served me well for the twenty-six (so far) years of my marriage.  Thank you, Edith Schaeffer!

I am simply amazed when I stop and take an invento…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 17, 2013

Hey!  Look at this!  It's only Saturday night and I'm posting my {phfr}!  (Don't forget that you can read other {phfr} posts at Like Mother, Like Daughter.)

It's been awhile since I've posted pictures of this cutie~

These are from two months ago when we visited for Arane's first birthday.  Now she is walking proficiently and also talking.  She's learning new words almost every day!  You know how you've heard that being a grandparent is wonderful and how you get all the fun of young ones without the work of raising them?  It's true!  I am very much enjoying being a grandmother. :-) {Happy} For the first time ever, we have two bathrooms.  Oh, the bliss! The luxury!  The reduced need to wait in line and schedule showers!  There was a big blank space on this wall that was crying out to be filled, but I had nothing to fill it with.  Nothing, that is, until I bought the matching shelves at a yard sale for $3 for the pair not long ago.  So this week…

From My Commonplace Book

"Books to the ceiling, books to the sky.
 My piles of books are a mile high.
 How I love them!
 How I need them!
 I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."

~Arnold Lobel

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." ~ Noam Chomsky

“For a liberal arts education is not a tool like a hoe or a blueprint or an electric mixer. It is a true and precious stone which can glow just as wholesomely on a kitchen table as when it is put on exhibition in a jeweler’s window or bartered for bread and butter. Learning is a boon, a personal good. It is a light in the mind, a pleasure for the spirit, an object to be enjoyed. It is refreshment, warmth, illumination, a window from which we get a view of the world. To what barbarian plane are we descending when we demand that it serve only the economy?” ~Phyllis McGinley

"The Church gave up beauty and then found that our proclamations of truth and goodness fe…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 11, 2013

Linking to Like Mother, Like Daughter for {phfr} again this week.

Hannah's latest creation, a combination table runner/hotpad.  Isn't this cheery on the breakfast table?
{Psssst! You can visit Hannah's Etsy shop (to browse or to make this your very own!) by clicking on the icon in the sidebar. ---------->}

Lots of peppers from the garden, in fact more than we can eat before they go bad.  So, I sliced and diced . . .
. . . and flash froze them and put them in bags for the freezer. Here are the herbs I have dried so far.  The basil is so huge I cannot keep up with it.  So is the parsley.  The soil here is so wonderful that if a seed gets anywhere near it, it sprouts.

{Real} We set up a sewing room so our living/dining room would look less like a seamstress's shop, but sometimes the table in the sewing room is not big enough for Hannah's projects.  Her latest quilt falls into this category, and if you walked through our front door right now, this …

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ August 4, 2013

Here it is 9 o'clock on a Sunday evening, just enough time for a quick {phfr} post.

Hannah's latest quilt.  I love the turquoise juxtaposed with the pink!

The apple tree in the backyard is loaded with apples this year, but alas, in the past they were sour and mealy.  They sure look gorgeous, though!  I can see this tree from the kitchen window and knew I needed to take some pictures.

{Happy} and {Funny} Our friend Farmer John grew 175 ears of corn for us.  Dave picked it Monday morning and we spent the rest of the day shucking it, cutting it from the ears, and putting it into bags to go into the freezer.  It made 16 gallon bags plus some left for eating off the cob during the week.  My goodness, I don't think I've ever tasted corn this good and fresh!  The weather was absolutely perfect, so we sat on the patio to work. We didn't even break a sweat. Dave thought the saying on the mug ("Keep Calm and Carry On") was suitable for the day's activit…

The Hidden Art of Homemaking~ Chapter 4

I am inching ever so slowly through this book, but at least I am making progress, however sporadic.  Cindy at Ordo Amoris has wrapped up the book club, but I will continue to crawl along as I can.
This chapter is a hard one for me.  I don't know how to draw, sculpt, or paint (unless you count walls).  I am, however, fascinated with drawing.  It's an amazing thing to see an artist take such basic things as a blank piece of paper and a pencil, pen, or piece of charcoal and bring something beautiful and insightful out of the blankness. 

But, alas, I have no ability in this area, and so I compensate.  Mrs. Schaeffer wrote about creating cards to give a more human touch, and though I don't draw them, I do use scrapbooking supplies and rubber stamps for my card-making.  Not quite as good, I know, but still more personal than a store-bought card . . . not that I don't use those plenty of times because I do.  Sometimes I just don't have the time to make a card.

One relat…