Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blue {Use What You Have Decorating}

With the arrival of spring, I was feeling like a change in our master bedroom. I wanted something light and airy and peaceful. I came across this blue toile duvet cover and matching pillow cases. (Ikea brand, which I got inexpensively from Ebay a few years ago). I just flipped over my quilt so the pink roses on the other side wouldn't clash with the blue. I love toile! And I love the cream-colored pillow I got from Zulily for free with credits.

Then I used some accents that were already on hand, such as these blue transferware pieces purchased from local flea markets years ago.
I think it's a nice change for spring and summer, and it didn't cost a thing!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Real Beauty

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
~Proverbs 31:30

"For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." ~1 Samuel 16:7
I've always thought it would be nice to be taller (I'm just 5'2") and better proportioned. I longed for straight hair instead of curly. I could go on with a long list of things I perceived as "wrong" with me. Things I was never quite satisfied with. 

Why do we as women struggle so much with accepting the way God made us? We worry about our skin, hair, and weight. We wonder if our clothes look okay. Sometimes we can waste a great deal of time and money on our appearance. 

I don't think there's anything wrong with trying to enhance our features and look our best. It's when we start wishing we looked like someone else altogether that I think we run into trouble.

There is great pressure in our society to look a certain way. Thinness is idolized. Sometimes girls find themselves willing to do just about anything to have the scale tell them they're acceptable. Even if it means causing harm to themselves through an eating disorder. 

This book, Beauty in Christ, takes a look at this struggle that many girls and women face.
Emily Swanson shares her experience with unhealthy body image and dealing with an eating disorder, taking a biblical approach to the topic.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Even though I wasn't the ideal weight, I found beauty in an amazing God that had created my body to run, to serve others, and to till the fields in preparation for planting food for my family. I didn't deserve any of this, and yet He gave it all in His merciful care." 

"God made people with individual needs, looks, and talents. That's the beauty of diversity. Yet, while we are all different, God made us this way in order to combine our gifts to glorify Him and build His kingdom." 

"A model with a flirtatious smile on her face is not as beautiful as a girl running across a field, her hair flying, no makeup, dirty toenails, and an infectious smile. Why is that more beautiful? It's because her heart attitude is beautiful. Her joy is not fake, but it radiates from the inside out. It is evidenced in the way she treats others, the way she talks, laughs, and blesses the older woman across the street with the love of Christ in her attitude and life." 

Have you ever struggled with having a proper body image? I think most of us have struggled with this to some degree at certain points in our lives. 

Be sure to check out Emily's book, Beauty in Christ: Freedom from the Idolatry of Body and Food, or find out more at the Beauty in Christ website.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed here are my own. No affiliate links were  used in this post.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recent Craft Projects

Last year I started this embroidery of Psalm 127:3. After taking it with me on various trips and working on it here and there in the van (while my husband was driving), I finally finished it last week. I love how it turned out!

I haven't done much embroidery in the past, and mine isn't perfect, but I really enjoyed making this. I actually think I like the look of it better than cross stitch. Now I just need to find a frame for it. Thankfully, it fits in a standard 5x7 opening, so it shouldn't be too hard to find.
I have a very difficult time just sitting, especially if I'm riding in the van. I was looking for something a bit more "mindless," so I turned to knitting these dishcloths again. I haven't made one in a long time.
 After a long break from it, it feels good to be knitting again. :)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Plexus and Beautiful Handmade Soap

My friend Suzanne sent me this amazing box full of Plexus goodies! I've been wanting to try these products for such a long time, so I was very thankful for the opportunity. I've been drinking the Slim every day, and I'm really in love with what it's doing for my blood sugar issues. Stay tuned for a full review in the near future!
In addition to the Plexus, she also sent me some of her lovely soap. This is seriously some of the most beautiful handmade soap ever! The soap itself is beautiful, and the packaging is very professional. The luxury soap they sell is definitely gift-giving quality!

From their website, Lost Creek Soaps:

"Lost Creek Soaps is a family owned and operated business. As a homeschooling family of 11, we have always been interested in learning how to make things that are healthier and better for us...We have been making our own lotions, conditioners, and goat milk soaps for many years..."

The Raspberry Lemongrass has the most delicious scent. It's almost addicting!
I've been planning to make soap for months now, but so far it hasn't happened. I'm so thankful for friends who keep sharing their handmade soap with me!

Have you ever tried Plexus? If so, what did you think of it?

Monday, May 18, 2015

New Curtains

I've been dreaming of new curtains for a very, very long time. The other curtains we had (which I made myself) were in our bedroom for over 12 years. They were never really my style, but they were what I had, so I "made do."

This past Christmas, my parents and my in-laws made my new curtain dreams come true. I'm so thankful! I chose the Ikea Lenda curtains in the light beige color, which resembles linen. And the lace panels are the Ikea Alvine Spets. I really love them! 

Even though I got the shortest length (98"), they were still too long. So, I had to hem them. I decided it would just be easiest to hem them while they were already hanging on the windows. 
I just set up my ironing board and sewing machine beside the window. It was kind of clumsy, but it worked well enough. 
After I got them hung, my girls said it reminded them of a scene from Road to Avonlea. Just the look I was going for, in a bit more modern style (more neutral, without all the floral).

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Greatest Fear

I came across this quote lately, and I just had to share it:

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.” 
- Francis Chan

I wonder how often I'm in danger of wasting my life on things that don't really matter. Sometimes it's a challenge to push aside lesser things in favor of the more important. For me today, the most important things look like putting away laundry, cleaning a room, cooking, cleaning the garage, and most of all, loving on my family. (Oh, and getting books ready to be mailed!)

"So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Psalm 90:12

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

School Books for Sale {Lots of Simply Charlotte Mason}

Once again, I'm posting some homeschool books and other supplies for sale here, just in case I have something you might need! I'm hoping I can make some space on our bookshelves and also help fund our books for this coming year.
  1. All of the prices listed include postage to U.S. addresses. I'm only mailing to U.S. addresses at this time, so please only write me if you have a U.S. address--thank you! I will choose whichever shipping method is cheapest. For some items it will be media mail, and others may be first class. It just depends on the item.
  2. If you are interested in more than one item, feel free to write me with your address, and I'll combine postage for you.
  3. Some of the items are listed as bundles. I may be able to separate the bundles, but I would prefer to sell them as a set if possible. I'll probably wait a week or so to see if they'll sell together first, and then I may be willing to divide them up and sell them individually.
  4. Payment will be via PayPal only. 
  5. Whoever contacts me first about an item will have the first opportunity to purchase it. As items sell, I'll mark them as "sold" on the post. 
Please send all questions and requests to combine shipping or buy an item to artfulhomemaking@gmail.com.

All of the photos can be clicked to make them larger. I left them a bit small so the post would load better, since it's photo-heavy.

Simply Charlotte Mason Picture Study Portfolios (all in excellent condition):

Monet--$13.00 ppd. (postage included in price) SOLD!!
Constable--$13 ppd. SOLD!
Van Gogh--$13 ppd. SOLD!
Rembrandt--$13 ppd.  SOLD!
How to Teach Art to Children --$7 ppd. SOLD!
Who Stole Mona Lisa--$5 ppd.
Dover Animals Copyright Free Illustrations -- $9 ppd.SOLD!
Dover Plants Illustrations -- $12 ppd. SOLD!
Simply Charlotte Mason 106 Days of Creation Studies--$12.00 ppd. (new) SOLD!
Simply Charlotte Mason Hours in the Out-of-Doors -- $10 ppd. (new) SOLD!
Simply Charlotte Mason Delightful Reading Kit--$29.00 ppd. Good condition (retails for $49.95).  SOLD!
This kit has everything included except the My Word Book journal (which can be purchased from SCM for $2.45). The teacher guide has a few places underlined and highlighted and pencil marks.
Simply Charlotte Mason Mathematics book -- $13 ppd. great cond.
Simply Charlotte Mason Hearing and Reading, Telling and Writing -- $16 ppd. great cond. SOLD!

Simply Charlotte Mason Genesis Through Deuteronomy and Ancient Egypt Set--$55 ppd.
These books are part of the main "spine" books for this course, so I've bundled them together as a set. The following books are included: SOLD!
  • Simply Charlotte Mason History Guide for Genesis through Deuteronomy and Ancient Egypt (this book is listed at $17.95 new on the SCM site) 
  • SCM Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors (like new) retails for $14.95
  • Letters from Egypt (like new) retails for $14.95
  • Exodus: A Commentary for Children (like new)
  • Numbers: A Commentary for Children (like new)
  • The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs (ex-library hardcover)
  • Pyramid (used softcover ex-library book)
  • Pharaoh's Boat (great condition hardcover book)
  • Dover Life in Ancient Egypt coloring book (new)

The books below are also part of the above Simply Charlotte Mason Ancient Egypt course. I didn't list them with the bundle, because they are grade-specific. 

Simply Charlotte Mason Boy of the Pyramids -- $8 ppd. (like new cond.) This book goes with the SCM Ancient history course above, but it is only needed for grades 1-3 SOLD!
 The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt -- $5 ppd. This book also goes with the SCM Ancient history course above, but it is only needed for grades 4-6
Simply Charlotte Mason Genesis Through Deuteronomy and Ancient Egypt set for Grades 7-12 --$45 ppd. 

This set of books is also part of the SCM Ancient history course, but it is only needed for grades 7-12. You would also need the above main Ancient Egypt set. The following books are included:
  • In the Days of Noah (large, hardcover book)
  • Motel of the Mysteries (large soft cover in used cond.)
  • Jashub's Journal (new condition, retails for $14.95)
  • Leviticus: A Commentary for Children (like new)
  • The Golden Goblet (excellent cond.)
  • Adam and His Kin (like new)
  • Twice Freed (like new)
  • The Cat of Bubastes, G.A. Henty

The Story of the Ancient World, Christine Miller -- $20 ppd. (the cover is bent/folded on this book, but the inside pages are in great condition)
 Simply Charlotte Mason Early Modern and Epistles History Set --$45 ppd. These books are part of the main "spine" books for this course, so I've bundled them together as a set. 
The books included in this bundle are:  SOLD!
  • Simply Charlotte Mason History Guide for Early Modern and Epistles (guide is in good used condition, inside has some pencil and erased pencil checkmarks, and a small tear on the front cover and also a few creases on front and back cover. Inside pages are in good condition)
  • Stories of America Volume 1 (excellent cond., retails for $15.95)
  • Stories of the Nations Volume 1 (excellent cond., retails for $15.95)
  • Sailing Alone Around the World
  • Stowaway
  • 4 New Dover Coloring Books (Early American Crafts and Occupations, Everyday Dress of the American Colonial Period, Early American Trades, George Washington)

Simply Charlotte Mason Early Modern and Epistles Set for Grades 1-3 -- $30 ppd. (This set goes with the SCM Early Modern and Epistles set above, but is only needed for grades 1-3. A few of these books are also used for grades 4-6.) The following books are included: SOLD!
  • Benjamin Franklin (large hardcover ex-library copy)
  • Toliver's Secret (well-used former library softcover)
  • Good Queen Bess (hardcover ex-library copy)
  • Bard of Avon (good used softcover)
  • Starry Messenger (hardcover)
  • Peter the Great (ex-library hardcover)
  • Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille (ex-library hardcover)
  • A Lion to Guard Us (softcover)
  • Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? (small used softcover)
Simply Charlotte Mason Early Modern and Epistles Set for Grades 4-6 -- $35 ppd. (This set goes with the SCM Early Modern and Epistles set above, but is only needed for grades 4-6.) The following books are included: SOLD!
  • A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy (ex-library hardcover)
  • Amos Fortune Free Man (ex-library hardcover)
  • The Sign of the Beaver (ex-library hardcover)
  • Along Came Galileo (like new softcover)
  • The Story of Napoleon (like new softcover)
  • The Ocean of Truth (like new softcover)
Simply Charlotte Mason Early Modern and Epistles Set for Grades 7-12.  $50 ppd. (This set goes with the SCM EArly Modern and Epistles set above, but is only needed for grades 7-12. Most of these books are only needed for grades 7-9, but a few of them are also on the list for grades 10-12.) The following books are included:
  • Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (ex-library hardcover)
  • Famous Men of the 16th and 17th Century (like new softcover, retails for $17.95)
  • Lafayette and the American Revolution (softcover)
  • Johnny Tremain (ex-library hardcover)
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (used softcover)
  • Kidnapped (vintage hardcover)
  • The Year of the Horseless Carriage (like new softcover)
  • Poor Richard (excellent softcover)
  • The World of William Penn (like new softcover)
History Pockets: Life in Plymouth Colony -- $7 ppd. SOLD!
Simply Charlotte Mason Modern Times, Epistles and Revelation Set -- $90 ppd. These books are part of the main "spine" books for this course, so I've bundled them together as a set. 
The books included in this bundle are: SOLD!!
  • Simply Charlotte Mason History Guide for Modern Times, Epistles & Revelation (new--this retails for $15.95)
  • Stories of America, Volume 2 (new--this retails for $15.95)
  • Stories of the Nations, Volume 2 (new--this retails for $15.95)
  • Simply Charlotte Mason presents The Story of Thomas A. Edison (new--this retails for $10.95)
  • Simply Charlotte Mason presents Only A Dog: A Story of the Great War (new--this retails for $7.95)
  • Simply Charlotte Mason Come, Lord Jesus: Lessons from Revelation (new--this retails for $10.95)
  • Simply Charlotte Mason Discovering Doctrine (outer cover has some wear--separating from coil binding-- inside is new -- retails for $10.95)
  • Tree in the Trail (new--this retails for $9.00)
  • Abraham Lincoln, by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (large softcover)
  • Buffalo Bill, by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (new, softcover--retails for $12.95)
  • 6 Brand New Dover Coloring Books (Story of the Civil War, From Antietam to Gettysburg, Western Pioneers, Teddy Roosevelt, The Titanic, Story of World War II)
Across Five Aprils -- $5 ppd. (Ex-library hardcover in good used condition. This book is part of the above SCM Modern Times history plan, but it's only used in grades 7-9, so I've listed it separately.)
Westward Ho! Eleven Explorers of the West --$6 ppd. Hardcover, former library book. SOLD!
Eating The Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners -- $8 ppd. (hardcover, former library book)
A First Book in American History -- $11 ppd. (excellent condition, hardcover)
Fun Projects for Hands-On Character Building by Rick and Marilyn Boyer -- $5 ppd. SOLD!
Letters on Christian Education -- $4 ppd. (softcover)
Simply Charlotte Mason Wisdom for Life -- $9 ppd. (new)
Simply Charlotte Mason Hymns in Prose Set -- $11 ppd. (new--includes teacher book, student reader, and CD --the CD includes printable word tiles, letter tiles and word lists) SOLD!
Simply Charlotte Mason CM Motto Stamp -- $14 ppd. (brand new, never used!)
Stamp includes Charlotte's student motto: "I am, I can, I ought, I will."
Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home, Elizabeth Foss -- $25 ppd.
Educating the WholeHearted Child, Third Edition -- $13 ppd. (great condition) SOLD!
Easy Homeschooling Companion -- $5 ppd. SOLD!
Easy Homeschooling Techniques -- $4 ppd.
For the Children's Sake -- $7 ppd. (this book is well-loved but still in good condition) SOLD!
For the Family's Sake -- $4 ppd. SOLD!
Raymond and Dorothy Moore Set -- $7 ppd. (Both books are in well-used but good condition. Both books have underlining and bent/taped covers. Homeschool classics!) SOLD!
Object Rhymes: Reproducible Emergent Readers -- $7 ppd. SOLD!
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons -- $10 ppd.
(I taught my 3 oldest children to read using this book! The outside cover shows a bit of wear--bent cover and marker spots.)
The inside is in great condition:
Phonics Pathways 10th edition -- $ 17 ppd.  (This book is in great condition. I will also send you the laminated photocopies of games that I made from the book if you want them.)
Help Me Talk Right: How to Teach a Child to Say the "R" Sound in 15 Easy Lessons -- $15 ppd. great condition SOLD!
Rod and Staff Preparing to Build English 2  Set -- $20 ppd. Includes the teacher and student book. Hardcover. SOLD!
Rod and Staff Preparing to Build English 3 Set -- $20 ppd. Includes teacher and student book. Hardcover. SOLD!
How to Write a Poem -- $4 ppd.
All Through the Ages: History Through Literature Guide (third edition 2008) -- $29 ppd. This book is in like new condition with no writing inside.
A Child's Geography Volume II: Explore the Holy Land -- $17 ppd. great condition
Includes the CD:
A Charlotte Mason Companion -- $10 ppd. (cover has some creases but inside is in good cond.) SOLD!!
Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education -- $13 ppd.
Plan to Be Flexible -- $6 ppd.
Playful Learning -- $8 ppd. great condition SOLD!
Simply Charlotte Mason The Early Years--$13 ppd. SOLD!!
Preschool Art -- $5 ppd.  SOLD!
The ABC Bunny -- $5 ppd. This softcover book is in well-loved condition. Covers are bent. One of the books in Before Five in a Row. SOLD!
Rod and Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1 Teacher's Manual -- $10 ppd. SOLD!
Critical Thinking Company Mathematical Reasoning Level A (Kindergarten) -- $25 ppd. This book retails for $39.99. 
 Most of the book is in new condition, but we did do the first 7 pages. The first page has no writing on it, since the child is just supposed to point to the shape and say the name. Pages 2,3,4,5, and 7 are done in light pencil which could be erased. 
On page 6 the numbers are traced in crayon. The rest of the book is like new! 
Math Lessons for a Living Education, Book 1 -- $19 ppd. (some writing inside--this book retails for $39.95)
This is another math book that is partly used and mostly in new condition. This book is in story form, and so much of the book is the story. But, we did do the first 7 lessons. Most are in pencil, a few are crayon and I noticed one in pen.
Page 74 to page 300 has no writing that I could find. And we did skip a couple of the earlier lessons. So, most of the book is in like new condition.
I will also send you the manipulatives I copied/laminated if you want them.
Math Lessons for a Living Education Book 2 -- $35 ppd. Brand New!
Science Scope -- $4 ppd.
Nature for the Very Young -- $4 ppd. (used cond.)  SOLD!
Wild Days -- $4 ppd. (used condition)
My Nature Journal -- $9 ppd. New SOLD!
Birds of the Air & Plant Life in Field and Garden Nature Books Set -- $12 ppd. SOLD!
Oh my goodness, y'all. This post took me forever to finish! :) I apologize for the length of it.

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