I really love the Scripture verses which inspired this "Postcard From Heaven" design because they deeply console my heart in the twists and turns of life's circumstances.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father." (Matthew 10:29)
"Therefore you should not fear; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:31)
"Look at the birds of the air; They do not sow or reap or gather in to barns - and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" (Matthew 6:26)
God values us beyond comprehension. Never will He leave you or forsake you. He knows the exact number of hairs on your head and every thought you have before you speak it.
You are PRECIOUS to Him, my sweet friend!
As you embroider this postcard, imagine the words were written by our Father directly to you, His child, and let them be gently stitched across your mind and upon your heart for always.
Use the link below to download the free pattern.
It's even hotter today than when I wrote earlier in the week. Normally February is our hottest month but this year it's transferred to March and we are surely feeling the sting of the sun's deeply burning rays amidst the humid air.
But when you have errands to run the weather must be overlooked - thank the Lord for air conditioning in the car, I say!
First stop was Bunnings for some 'S' hooks and new plants to display in the two macrame hangers Rosie made me for my birthday. Thank you to everyone who identified the Pothos cuttings from Blossom which I am patiently waiting to sprout roots because I like it so much that I bought one for the cream macrame hanger and one for the blue. One will become a feature in our bedroom as its a wonderful air purifier, whilst the Pothos in the blue macrame hanger looks lovely in the living room hanging between our two recliners.
Next stop was Spotlight for another ball of yarn to finish Charlie David's wrap cardigan. It's coming along nicely; the back is finished and most of the left front so it shall surely be ready for him when the weather cools.
While at Spotlight I also purchased some linen on sale, a beautiful green and a musky pink. I got just enough for two new aprons, and instead of making my usual full aprons these will be mid-calf length half-aprons with a bit of gathered frill edging. As I am wearing aprons all the time now it occurred to me that I'd like them to be made of hardier fabric and be pretty as well.
From Spotlight (which is like Joans for my US friends) I headed across the highway to rummage through a couple of op-shops for good glass jars, 100% cotton sheets to make dresses from, and long scarves. I had success and came home with these lovely fringed scarves...
...a navy blue gingham sheet which has barely been used and will easily yield enough fabric for a dress or pinafore, a skein of chenille yarn (which was such a bonus because Rosie is making a cushion with chenille yarn and calico, which inspired me to try one too - now I can!)...
...a set of three floral curtains for the sewing room and which I've now washed and hung on the line to dry...
...and this fully lined and pocketed elephant bag which I shall use on library days with Cully May and Rafaella, and on Sunday market days with my husband.
And I did find some lovely glass jars but I popped them straight in the dishwasher when I got home and forgot to take a photo. They are clip fastening and have pretty lids too.
I achieved a lot in just over two hours this morning, even dropping in to the supermarket to stock up on fresh fruit and veg, but the best thing was I hardly spent any money from the allowance I'd given myself. What I purchased was on sale or marked down on the reduced rack - even the op-shop purchases were half-price at just a dollar or two.
Whilst I do enjoy thrift shopping, I don't do it very often, only going if I have a few things on my list to look for. For too many years I went all the time and came home with things because they were cheap and not because I actually needed them - it was more of a want, than a need back then. Today I'm very mindful that my husband and I work hard for what we earn and even shopping at thrift stores can eat into the budget because all those little things add up to big dollars spent over time. Today's purchases will all be used immediately, but I won't be revisiting the op-shops for a while now.
Bob-the-dog has come to stay for a week while Blossom gives her house a deep autumn clean. He's more than happy to come here on 'holiday' every so often but it was very funny when he followed me into the chicken coop yesterday afternoon because the hens scattered, unsure if he was friend or foe. He's quite fascinated with them and once I'd shooed him out and they settled down, he just stood at the door of the coop and watched them...much like Sophie Cat does each morning.
I'd love some chicken advice from those in the know, please? We have five raised garden beds and now that we have young chickens that can jump, they have decided it's fun to dig up the beds! I have all these herbs and kale ready to plant out in the two beds my husband just made over for our autumn planting (remembering that we grow summer crops in winter here in tropics) but I am holding back now because of the hens.
It's important that they free-range for a few hours every afternoon as it's good for their physical and mental health...but. If you have ideas I'd love to hear them. The raised beds are only about 18 inches high, which we know is a problem with chickens. Sigh.
Okay I'm off to water the garden and take corn cobs to the hens because they follow me straight back in to the coop when they see a cob in my hand - it's their most favourite treat beside porridge and peas with yoghurt.
May you mid-week be lovely, productive and blessed.