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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Homemaking Party: Tying Up Loose Ends, More Rock Hunting, & My First Author Event

Welcome to The Homemaking Party! You may not have heard the news, but we find ourselves moving again!! Our landlord has decided to sell his home, (which is what happened in our last home nine months ago that put us here) so we are on the move again! Someday you'll see me on here having bought my first home---but for now we're still renters. So...I've started packing and thought it would be a silly joke on my kids to have this little Kewpie doll peeking out of the top of this box. After I took the photo, I drew a little speech bubble and wrote "Hi!" Ha!! We'll see who discovers it first...

Speaking of packing...and Kewpies... While I was going through some things on my desk, I found a whole bunch of stuff that I keep meaning to feature here on the blog. So, today I'm tying up some of those loose ends (others I'll feature on my literature blog, Belle's Library) so I can pack these things away. I'll start with these two antique photos of babies with their Kewpie dolls. I love to collect Kewpies and have several from different generations. Sometimes I search Etsy for Kewpie stuff and every now and then, I find a photo with a Kewpie in it. They're pretty rare so I snatch them up fast! I believe the one on the left is probably circa early 1950s and the one on the right is likely 1920s. What do you think?

This one is just so special. I love the look on the woman's face as she attempts to entertain the baby with the doll. Of course, baby is distracted by the photographer and has no interest in Kewpie. I believe the caption says, "Mother's Cupies"---which leads me to believe she had a Kewpie collection too! I love her sheer dress, her head covering, her long necklace...I just love everything about this photo and her sweet expression reminds me of my friend, Leah.

Next up is this birthday card my friend Tina gave me. It's hard to tell, but the pink rose is made from a pretty, satiny fabric. This card dates to the 1950s. It's so special---she knows me well!

Here is the inside. I often send vintage cards to my friends and family but this is one of just a handful that have been given to me. How sweet!

This is a neat vintage pattern from the 1960s that I got from my friend Cathy when I was in England in September. What I really like about this is not so much the pattern, but the packaging. I also love to collect vintage postal ephemera and this is the first time I've seen "the other side" of the mail order catalog form. 

This is one of those little order forms one used to be able to snip from a catalog, newspaper, or magazine and send away for something. It has always seemed silly or maybe just scammy to me, but I guess that's what one did before being able to call up a company or pull up a website and order with a bank card. 

Finally, here is a collection of antique postcards I won in a swapping group. The one with the pansies is blank. The yellow rose card was printed in Germany and tells the intended recipient "This rose is in bloom with no now in our yard." The card was never sent to Mary H. Sherman. The card with the two flower baskets says, "Birthday Greetings". The other side is written out to Miss Rosa Baker of Avoca, Wisconsin from "your sister Ella." The postcard of the cathedral in Rouen features Ruth discussing her week in France and plans to visit Belgium, Holland, and England. She will be "home in three weeks now" and she closes with, "Perhaps I shall find time to write some letters on the boat." Postmarked 1932. The one with the two girls is written in Dutch but features a Connecticut postmark and was sent to someone in Massachusetts. The one with the four men pictures Elder F. Johnson, N.L. Brown, O. J. Miller, and Elder E.W. Brunner(?) Finally, the one with the hollyhocks and butterflies is dated 1918 and is an Easter Greeting card. It's written to Mrs. Alice Maupin of Free Union, VA and reads, "March 31, 1918 Wishing you a peaceful Easter full of joy. As ever your sister Ella." 

Yesterday, Michael and I went out to do some errands and we found more rocks. It's funny---I've only ever found them with him! We rehid the top two and left the bottom two where they were.

I also took Michael on a short walk to see the chapel hidden back in the woods here in town. This is a popular spot for weddings, piano recitals, and photo shoots.

Relaxing music plays inside and there are gorgeous views of the lake and forest. Bella Vista is truly one of the prettiest places I've been!

...and here I am at my first author event, held last Saturday at the Bella Vista Library. Jamie, dear that he is, brought all the kids to say Hi and support me and the other authors in attendance. It was a really fun day. I met several new authors and sold some books to boot! I'm thinking of seeing if some local churches would like me to come and give a talk at their ladies events. It's been years since I've done that but I'm feeling the nudge... Ha!

Well, I hope everyone is really enjoying their week! We are waiting on some thunderstorms tonight and throughout the week. Hopefully it will cool down! Whew! Blessings!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday {on Sunday night}




It's a new week already and I'm gearing up for busy! But first...some Happy Homemaker thoughts!


The weather...


The weather here is stinkin' hot. Stinkin'. That is all.


Right now I am...

Jamie has just gotten the four littles to bed and the olders are spending time on their own various pursuits. He has some studying to do so I'm considering whether I want to visit blogs or finish a book. 


Thinking...


I'm super excited for the Teach Them Diligently convention next weekend. I've been wanting to go to one for years and it's coming to our area! Yay!


On my reading pile...


I've just finished reading Tracie Peterson's Treasured Grace for a book review. I'm not normally a romance novel sort of girl but I picked this one up because it's an Oregon Trail story set at Whitman Mission near where I grew up in Eastern Oregon.




Something fun to share...

Yesterday was my first author event at our local library. I had a blast meeting new authors and several of my friends stopped by to support me. Jamie brought all the kids over too! That was SUCH a blessing! I even sold some books!


On the menu for this week...

Leftover supreme! Thursday is grocery day so we'll be eating up whatever's in the fridge. I gave our second fridge to a family in need so now we've got to eat up those leftovers before I can make anything new---storage space is limited!


On my to do list...


Packing. Our landlord is selling his home so we've got to find a new place to live. I'll be busy packing the first part of the week and then will take a break to enjoy the homeschool convention at the end of the week.


Looking around the house...


I need more boxes. Ha!


From the camera...





One of my favorite weekends in recent history was last weekend when Lynzie and I went to Joplin to attend a ladies conference. The conference was nice but the really great part was meeting our blogging friends, the Lanes!

On my prayer list...


We need direction about this move and some other personal things. It seems God is giving us several options and leaving the choice up to us. I think it would be easier if he'd just shut all the doors but one. Ha!


Linking with:

Making Your Home Sing Monday

Saturday, March 18, 2017

In Which Lynzie and I Visit SW Missouri and Meet Some Online Friends to Boot!

Last weekend, Lynzie and I took a little road trip up to Joplin, Missouri to attend a women's conference I heard about last year. We had a few adventures along the way and even met a few online friends in person for the first time!

The conference didn't start until 7:00 Friday night but Lynzie and I were on the road by 3:00. We had some time to kill so we drove up the road a bit to Carthage, MO---a town we visited last year and wanted to see more of. I was especially interested in taking Lynzie to see this Alice In Wonderland sculpture that I'd read about on another blog.

Carthage's downtown features several of these lovely sculptures by the late artist, Bill Snow. Read more about him and his work here.

The usually-costumed Lynzie was decked out in Steampunk garb so we took a couple artsy photos around town. Here she is looking toward the courthouse---having just stepped off a magical path...

 There were several cute shops on the square but we only had time to stop in one. Lynzie chose Oldies & Oddities Mall---an excellent choice featuring lots of vintage photos and jewelry, among other neat things.

After our little shop stop, we headed to Joplin to make sure we could find the church before dark. Up the street a bit was a lovely family style restaurant called Sami's. We both ordered chicken fried steak. It was awesome---almost as awesome as mine!

Just before dark, we found some abandoned tracks and took a few more fun photos.


Finally, it was time to head to the church where we were planning to meet up with my blogging friend, Laura from Harvest Lane Cottage, and her two daughters. Lynzie became instant friends with Emily and Amy and Laura and I hit it off immediately! 

The night was fun and encouraging!

The next morning, we headed back to Joplin for the Saturday session. First, we stopped in for an early breakfast at Bella Vista's Duffer's Cafe. We're always the youngest in there by a couple generations---but it's a great place to eat!

After our inspiring day in Joplin, we headed home to find big, fat snowflakes just over the Arkansas border! It ended up sticking for a whole 18 hours---first snow in two years for Bella Vista!



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Homemaking Party: Pemberley Pinked!

Tabley House, Cheshire, England
Welcome to the Homemaking Party! I'm glad you stopped by!

Wow, this has been a great week full of lots of exciting blessings. (Read more about that here) but TODAY I want to share my newest exciting thing. This week I launched my new Etsy shop completely devoted to PINK! Introducing.... Pemberley Pinked!

I've had a lot of fun scouting the area for fun pink things for my shop. Here are just a few treasures you'll find...

Victorian calling cards abound on Etsy, I know...but can anyone say they are in possession of Mr. Wickham's calling card??? That's right! I've found Mr. George Wickham's calling card, along with those belonging to a couple other family members. If you're a Pride and Prejudice fan, you've got to add this villainous-yet-swoonworthy character's card to your collection!

Here's a beautifully pink 1953 copy of The Enchanted Cup by Dorothy James Roberts. It's a lovely retelling of the story of Tristan and Isolde and would look gorgeous in your vintage book collection.

I found this super cute towel just in time for Easter! Gorgeous vintage days of the week tea towel features a festive, bow-tied, green-eyed bunny and "Wednesday" spelled out in red work. Large, wonderful kitchen towel made like they don't make them anymore!

The best part of the past week? I got to meet my sweet friend, Mrs. Laura Lane from Harvest Lane Cottage, in person---yes I did!!! Read all about that here!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're having a blessed week!

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Christian Home Magazine Issue #133




Happy Friday!

Hope you enjoy this week's issue of The Christian Home Magazine.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Young Ladies at Home


Our Young Ladies at Home writer, Lynzie from Thoughts from a Young Writer, shares an awesome DIY project: Steampunk Altered Altoids Box.


Biblical Womanhood


Biblical Womanhood contributor, Emily from Blessed Homemaking, shares some beautiful truths in The Influence of a Wife and Mother.

Finances and Stewardship


Stewardship columnist Laura Lane offers a challenging look at the cost of clutter in The Thrifty Woman's Real Estate Investment Strategy.

Homemade Home


Homemaking contributor, Sarah Coller of Classical Homemaking, shares a favorite frugal meal idea: Potato & Sausage Bake.

Christian Entertainment


Entertainment columnist, Laura Lane, shares a review of Live On Forever---an album by The Afters. Check it out at Harvest Lane Cottage.

Would you like to be featured on The Christian Home Magazine? We are looking for writers! Send your submissions for our consideration to sarah@classicalhomemaking.com.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Potato & Sausage Bake Recipe: Fast, Frugal, Filling

My six year old, Liam, loves this Potato & Sausage Bake and asks for it all the time! It's one of our favorite lunches---inexpensive, makes a lot, and super filling. It was the first meal now 15 year old Michael learned to put it together so he's usually the one I delegate to make it each time we have it.

I love meals that are simple and filling. We usually have this with some kind of canned fruit: peaches or mandarin oranges. It's comfort food at it's most frugal. Enjoy!

Potato & Sausage Bake (serves 10-12)
5 lb. potatoes
2 TB oil
salt & pepper
4 smoked sausages (hot dog bun size)
8 oz. cheddar cheese

Wash potatoes and cut into bite-size pieces, placing them in a large bowl. Add 2 TB oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Slice sausages once lengthwise, then slice, widthwise, into bite-size pieces. Stir into the potatoes then pour the mixture into a large greased baking pan. I use a roasting pan. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour at 350ยบ. Remove from oven and sprinkle grated cheese on top. Serve when cheese has melted.


This article was shared in Issue #133 of The Christian Home Magazine.

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Christian Home Magazine Issue #132



Happy Friday!

Hope you enjoy this week's issue of The Christian Home Magazine.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Homemade Home

Homemaking contributor, Sarah Coller of Classical Homemaking, shares some of her favorite breakfast ideas for those following the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan.

Christian Book Review

Entertainment columnist, Laura Lane, tells about a new book on budgeting for homemakers called Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup. Check it out at Harvest Lane Cottage.


Healthy Home

Chrissy from Gracefull Joys talks about her family's experiences with Food Allergies in Food Allergies -- Our Story.

Biblical Womanhood

Biblical Womanhood contributor, Emily from Blessed Homemaking, knows children are a special blessing from God. Today she shares 10 Reasons Not to Plan Your Family Size.

Frugal Home

Financial contributor, Laura Lane, has so many great ideas for frugal living. She's begun a series called 5 Days of Frugal Eating. Be sure to check it out at Harvest Lane Cottage.

Homemaking DIY

Here's a cute DIY idea from Sarah Coller of Classical Homemaking. See how she made a simple apron hanger from pretty things she had around the house.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Homemaking Party #BentonvilleRocks

Welcome to The Homemaking Party! It's been a fun week for our family with a few little adventures. First, we bought a new-to-us PT Cruiser last week. Isn't it nice? I've always wanted one. We are hoping to save up and have a nice paint job done within the next year or so. Just got to pick out a pretty color---although I do like its original color.

Michael and I spent a little time doing errands in Bentonville over the weekend. We found this special rock at the library. We have a bunch of community members who paint pretty rocks and leave them around the community to brighten a day. When we find one, we're supposed to take a picture and post it on Facebook, then leave the rock or rehide somewhere else in the community. We left this one where we found it in front of the library.

Here's the back of it. Not sure what the "F" is for---maybe the person who decorated it? This was our first time finding one so I say "F" is for "fun first find!"

Further down the road, we came upon another first---a Little Free Library. This was the first time I'd seen one of these, too!

We didn't have a book to give so we didn't take one but we both committed to bringing one back in the future. How fun!

A few days later, I took Liam, Kynthia, and Brenna to Walmart to look at toys. They had fun showing me all their wishes. Liam had a little money to spend so he got some Legos and a couple minifigures. They each picked out a small bottle of pop that they drank over a few days. Little sweeties!!

I hope you're having a happy week! We celebrated Avalon's 8th birthday tonight and now she and her older sisters are having a sleepover. It's a happy time around here---I'm thankful!


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