"About every true mother there is a sancity of martyrdom-
and when she is no more in the body, her children see her with
the ring of light around her head."

Godey's Lady's Book, 1867

THE ART OF DOMESTIC BLISS a time lacking in certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of it's lost heart. -Louise Bogan
“And there are my children!
My darling, precious children!
For their sakes I am continually constrained
to seek after an amended, a sanctified life;
what I want them to become
I must become myself”.

~ Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward

Saturday, May 22, 2010

How to build a Veggie Box For your Garden

Here's What You Need

  • 4 longer pieces of redwood, cut to specified length (I used 8 ft lengths)
  • 4 shorter pieces of wood for the ends, cut to specified length (I used 3 ft lengths)
  • 4 4-x-4-inch square pieces of redwood cut to match the height of 2 boards (in my case it was 12 inches). You can also opt to cut your 4-x-4s to a slightly longer length (such as 2 inches longer). This way, you can use the longer length of the 4-x-4s to anchor your box when you have to dig it into the ground.
  • Galvanized 4 inch-long screws (galvanized screws will resist rust)
  • Power drill (preferably with other battery pack charged)
  • Flat, large surface for working, such as a patio, deck, or garage
  • A willing helper, who can hold ends of lumber and fetch tools as needed

To find out how to build this garden box, just read more.

  • Take two of your 4-x-4s and place them beneath each end of your long pieces of lumber. Line them up so the ends are flush.

  • Drill 2 screws into each end of the board, keeping the screw straight and screwing smoothly through both the longer piece of lumber and the 4-x-4 piece of lumber. As you can see from this photo, I had my 4-x-4s cut to a slightly longer length, which will help to anchor your garden box in the ground. However, if you do this, make sure to keep the longer ends of the 4-x-4s on the same side!

  • Repeat the prior step with the other 2 long boards.
  • Now, take your 2 long sides with the 4-x-4s screwed into them. Have your helper take one end, and you take the other. Now, turn each side on end, as if it was the wall of the garden box. If you have had your 4-x-4s cut so they are an inch or two longer than your other boards, have the longer end of the 4-x-4s sticking up in the air

  • With your helper, space the long ends so that they're about the same width as your short boards.
  • Have your helper lightly hold up the bottom corner of the boards, with the end of the short board and the long board flush in her or his palm. Screw the short board into the 4-x-4.Make sure to alternate your placement of the screw, so the screws won't overlap with the ones in your long board.

  • Repeat this process on the other corner. Then, stack your second short board on top of the first one use your power drill to screw it in. This is what it should look like.
  • Secure the other short boards on the opposite end.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cute Cover-Up

Total Time Needed:
1 Hour

With a towel and a few trimmings, you and your kids can craft these cool beach and pool cover-ups.

  • Towel (ours was 17 inches long and wide enough to wrap around a child's waist with 5 inches of overlap)
  • Fusible bonding web (we used Stitch Witchery)
  • Large yarn needle
  • 1 (8-inch) piece of elastic
  • 1 large button
  • Fabric glue
  • Decorations (lace, ribbon, or whatever you choose)
  1. Measure and cut a towel to fit your child, preserving 2 of the hemmed edges (ours were 17 inches long and wide enough to wrap around the kids' waists with 5 inches of overlap).

  2. Fold over each of the cut edges and seal them with fusible bonding web.

  3. For a fastener, use a large yarn needle to make 2 holes (about 1/4 inch apart) near one upper corner. Slip the ends of an 8-inch piece of elastic through the holes, then knot them.

  4. Wrap the cover-up around your child's waist, then sew a large button in place to hold the loop. Finally, use fabric glue to add lace, ribbon, or other decorations.

Spring Daisy Cake Recipe

Spring Daisy Cake Recipe

Give yourself a Pedicure to get ready for Summer Sandles!

How To Give Yourself A Pedicure

An Island of Security....A Mother at Home

Very largely does the wife hold in her hands, as a sacred trust, the happiness and the highest good of the hearts that nestle there. In the last analysis, home happiness depends on the wife.
  • Her spirit gives the home its atmosphere.
  • Her hands fashion its beauty.
  • Her heart makes its love.
And the end is so worthy, so noble, so divine, that no woman who has been called to be a wife, and has listened to the call, should consider any price too great to pay, to be . . .

the light,
the joy,
the blessing,
the inspiration,
of a home.

The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies.

A true mother is one of the holiest secrets of home happiness.

God sends many beautiful things to this world,

many noble gifts;

but no blessing is richer than that which He bestows

in a mother

who has learned love's lessons well,

and has realized something of the meaning

of her sacred calling.

~ J. R. Miller, "Secrets of Happy Home Life, 1894" ~