Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Artful Homekeeping

I have had these jars for about ten years. As you can see I use them in my laundry/bathroom area to store supplies. I decided I wanted to put tags on them. I happened to be at a craft outlet store and came across these metal painted tags. They were marked down to .25 cents each. I thought the price was right, so I purchased eight of them and tied them on with hemp string that I had in my craft storage (more on this later).

And if anyone is curious about the tennis balls?...
I use them when I dry our down pillows and comforters after washing them. I just toss them into the dryer and they bounce around nicely and help "fluff" up the feathers as they are being dried.

These smaller baskets I use to keep different items in. For example, socks that are waiting to find their match, spray and wash, shoe cleaner and other sprays, a dusting brush, do it yourself dry cleaning supplies, etc.

From right to left (I'm going backwards) Round crystal deodorant balls from Good Earth Health Store, Dove soap bars, Laundry detergent (I use many different varieties), Q-Tips, Bounce dryer sheets, Tennis Balls, Magnetic Dusting Cloths, and on the far left of the picture above, I have one empty glass jar.
Any suggestions on what to store in it?

And finally the larger baskets I use for clean folded laundry, waiting to be put away. The wooden tags on these are quite old and falling apart, Morgy Mans isn't even there anymore its a mystery where it disappeared to. I'm thinking of changing these out for larger metal tags. Hmmm. Tony wants me to fix up the old ones (I'll have to see):)

Have a happy homekeeping day:)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Oh! What A Beautiful Morning!!!

I stepped out my front door the other evening about 11:30 and a wonderful fragrance floated by. The scent of our lilac bushes. I stood still for a moment, breathed deep and took it all in.

I have a notebook I keep on questions for my Heavenly Father. One of these questions has been.
Q: Couldn't you have made the lilacs bloom for more than a few weeks?

Answer ??? I haven't received one.
But on pondering my question, I see it as one more lesson God teaches us. " Stop and smell the roses or lilacs" and to appreciate and show gratitude for what's right before our eyes--for soon it will be gone.

These pictures are not very clear, but it looks as if they have their lunch in their beaks. Compliments of our backyard:-)

Our pretty Iris bulbs we received from my sister Penny she planted them for us a few years ago. I love the color! Don't you?
Our new update to our yard. A kind neighbor who works in concrete is going to pour us and him a concrete driving area, here...,(see picture below) which connects our property lines. Now it will be a much nicer surface to get to the backyard through the gate with equipment and garden soil etc.
And now to close with this gentle song and evening picture taken from my bathroom window.
(Excuse the screen)

Now the Day is Over
Now the day is over; Night is drawing nigh;
Shadows of the evening Steal across the sky.

Jesus, give the weary Calm and sweet repose;
With thy tend'rest blessing May our eyelids close.

Text: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924
Music: Joseph Barnby, 1838-1896