Easter is our favorite holiday celebration! Although we remember the darkness of Friday, we rejoice in the Resurrection on Sunday. Our Savior lives!
Having grown up with very few family traditions, one of my priorities with my own children was to establish a few traditions, especially surrounding the holidays. Easter is such an important event in the life of a Christian family, so we have always tried to find ways to celebrate in ways that were meaningful for children, at various ages and stages of life.
Discovering the history of different Christian traditions has always been of interest to me (as is the history of lots of different times, places, and people!), so I was rather surprised when I started reading about the history of Hot Cross Buns to discover that there are several myths surrounding this traditional Easter bread, and limited historical evidence for the beginnings of this holiday tradition.
We’re making Hot Cross Buns for our Easter celebration. Do you have any Easter traditions?
The first buns with crosses that were attributed to the festival of Easter came along a little later however, as Kate Colquhoun states in her excellent book “Taste: The Story Of Britain Through Its Cooking“……….“In honour of Eastre, goddess of spring and the dawn, [Anglo-Saxon] bread dough could be studded with dried fruits and baked into small loaves that, as Christianity spread, began to be marked with a cross by monks: the earliest form of hot-cross bun”.
It can be said that these were the earliest examples of what we know to be Hot Cross Buns today, and from the late 1600’s onward the custom grew that special spices buns known as “Good Friday Buns” were to be marked with a cross and were to be eaten for breakfast on Good Friday.
Although the name for Hot Cross Buns was commonly known as Good Friday Buns for nearly a hundred years, during the 1730s the buns were starting to be sold on the streets, and therein the name as well as the popular rhyme emerged, as the sellers would shout out ” One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot-cross buns “………..a penny for a larger bun or for two smaller ones. This tradition was still in practice as little as eighty years ago, as my dad can remember the Hot Cross Bun sellers coming around the streets to sell them on Good Friday. ” ~from Lavender and Lovage
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Back in the day when I first learned how to quilt, it was a very precise process. I’m hopeful that there are some quilters out there who still piece their quilts by hand, and then do all of the actual quilting by hand – but probably not so much anymore, because that takes a really long time. I remember leaning how to cut each individual piece (even the tiniest ones!), using a little round gadget to draw a perfect 1/4″ cutting line all around. I leaned how to make templates for a whole bunch of different quilt patterns, and then eventually I got around to making a few quilts.
To make a large, full- or queen-size quilt, I eventually gave in and did the piecing on my old sewing machine, but I still quilted the whole thing by hand. That particular pattern was “Grandmother’s Fan,” and it was all in shades of green and rose, on an ivory background. It took months to complete that one. There were others, not quite as large, but still it was a process that I really enjoyed . . . sitting in the early morning sunshine, before the little ones were awake, hand-quilting while I had a little chat with God each day.
I’ve made baby quilts, too, including one that I designed and created while were waiting for our first trip to China. That kept me occupied while we waited for word from the adoption agency that we could, quick!, pack our bags and be on a plane for Beijing next Thursday. Even after all that time working on it, the binding was hand-stitched in place as we waited in the Beijing airport, delayed because of heavy fog, on our way to Xian to meet Gracie.
And then there were several baby quilts for grand babies that were great fun! I discovered the technique for making the fringed-edge squares where you make each individual quilt square, top and bottom with batting in between, and then stitch them together in strips with the raw edges exposed on one side – and then clipping them to create an adorable little fringe around each square. Those quilts are really fun and whimsical, but they are still rather time-consuming.
Along the line somewhere, I became intrigued with crazy patch piecing and quilting. I loved the freedom of expression I found in crazy patch piecing! I could just pretty much do whatever I felt like doing! Different shapes, colors, textures, designs could be combined, all with decorative stitching, ribbons, lace, buttons, beads, and anything else I could imagine. As much as I loved the precise corners and tiny, straight stitches of traditional quilting, I really LOVED crazy patch piecing and quilting! With that technique I designed and created journal covers, tiny tote bags, big tote bags, appliqued t-shirts and jeans – and I have so many more ideas of what to make with crazy patches!
This week, however, I wanted to make a baby quilt for a brand-new grand baby and I really had about a million other things I needed to do. So as I was working on some other projects to beat the deadline, I got to thinking about how I could make this happen with limited time and resources. And THAT got me thinking about an email I received from a young mom telling me about her blog where she features creative projects that can be made with what she has on hand. Her motto seems to be to discover what God has already given you and see what you can create with it. Well, of course there’s a young mom after this Vintage Mama’s heart!
So I thought, “Why not see what you’ve already got out there in the fabric stash, and see what you can come up with?” That’s when I remembered that I had some left-over fabric from another project a while ago that would be perfect for a quilt for a baby boy – and I even had a full piece of fabric from a project that I thought I would do and then never actually finished – I’m pretty sure I’m the only woman who has ever done that!!
I pulled out a bunch of fabric, found several perfect prints and solids in yellow and blue to match the teddy bear fabric that could be used as the back of the quilt, and I started cutting, stitching, and pressing until I had all of the strips stitched together for the top. The teddy bears went on the back with the lightweight batting in between, and then I just did a zig-zag stitch along each seam to do the machine “quilting.” The same zia-zag technique was used for the binding, and voila! It was finished.
I will admit this is not the fanciest or most elaborate quilt I’ve ever made, but it was made with love and lots of prayers for that new baby all the while I was working on it. And in my mind, another benefit of playing around with this easy-peasy quilt design is that anyone could do this, if you have a simple, old-fashioned sewing machine and some fabric. Now that I have a fancy, computerized sewing machine, I sometimes forget the days when I had that old Singer sewing machine that could sew a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch and that was all I had. So if you only can do the very basic sewing stitches, you can make this cute easy-peasy baby quilt for your little one.
I’ll be putting together a tutorial next week for making this diagonal strip quilt, but for now . . . gotta run and see that brand-new baby!
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I always used to have a garden – in fact, one year we had so many of those raised planting beds, that I just could not keep up with them all! The gardening book suggested to start with four or six boxes, but we ended up with 12. There were lots of pumpkin and squash vines tumbling all over the lovely walk ways between the boxes, and the pole beans grew up and up and up, twining and twirling around the strings the were attached to little sticks in the dirt and tied to the top of the framework built over the boxes.
There were tomatoes, large and small, so heavy that they drooped into the mud when it rained, so we had to scoop them up right away to keep them from spoiling. There were carrots, and lettuce leaves peeking up through the rich black dirt . . . I never could figure out how to get all of the dirt rinsed off of the lettuce, but the carrots were great. My four-year-old little guy would stroll between the garden boxes, picking the pea pods off the vines, pull them open and pop the fresh peas in his mouth and wipe his face with the back of his muddy hand – and then toss those empty pea pods right over his shoulder, just like it was his responsibility to litter the path with them.
But that was a long time ago. Since that time I’ve had smaller gardens, but never one quite that impressive again. There have been years when my herb garden offered beauty and fragrance to our back yard, but in the end, I was quite content just to look at them and never got around to figuring out what to actually do with fresh herbs. I did enter a gorgeous bouquet of freshly picked herbs (borage, peppermint, lavender, thyme, rosemary, and lemon balm) into the 4H fair every year for a while. And I always won a blue ribbon – that was because no one else in Our Town cared to grow herbs, so I was the only entry in that particular category.
We have also had perennial gardens for many years, nurturing and dividing them each spring and autumn, until we had beautiful overflowing gardens on all sides of our house bursting with all kinds of flowers and plants that filled in even the darkest corners, under the shade trees, and along the sidewalk where we couldn’t get anything else to grow. There was Snow on the Mountain (I know it is called by other names, but that’s what we called it) that seemed to thrive anywhere and everywhere. Along with the Lily of the Valley crowding around the Hosta plants of all varieties, my perennial gardens were so beautiful.
But that was a long time ago, too. Since then we’ve moved a couple of times, and now we are in a neighborhood where all of the other houses have lovely lawns and neat, tidy gardens (none of this wild, untamed vines and other tangly things growing all over the place!) and this is where we are going to stay. So this year I get to start all over again and begin the journey of creative gardening. We have room for lots of stuff to grow – there is already a bunch of plants that I need to identify and figure out whether to keep them or not. And unfortunately for the neighborhood, the people who lived here previously were not able to care for their yard as much as they would have preferred, so out in front of our house is what once was a lovely flower / perennial garden with a rickety old trellis and rotting wagon wheel in the middle.
We did manage to cut down the vine that was threatening to pull the whole mess down in a pile, but that trellis will require a bit of TLC if it is ever to be sturdy enough for anything to grow on it again. The weeks and old leaves, sticks and branches were raked and pulled so that at least we can begin to see what is in there. That will be one of the first tasks as soon as it stops raining. And then there is the ivy growing all along the west end of the house and up the brick chimney wall. It’s kind of pretty with an old-fashioned charm, but I’m a little concerned that it might grow up under the roof or behind the siding, so we’ll need to trim that back as well.
The worst part is all the ground cover that is not only ugly but it smells yucky, too. So, actually that stuff will be the first to be pulled out to make room for some of my favorite perennials, perhaps a few herbs, some tomato plants, and maybe cucumbers, zucchini (I know, I know who needs zucchini? But we really do love it!), and maybe the girls will plant some carrots and green beans. I don’t know, just thinking about planting a garden gives me inspiration to try again. When I saw this quote, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow . . . ” I just knew that it was something that I needed to remember. So I’m going to print it out and frame it and hang it by our deck – to remind me that life is being renewed, and my garden will keep me focused on tomorrow. While I treasure today. Are you going to plant a garden? I would love to see pictures of other gardens, but I’ll definitely be taking pictures of mine just as soon as it warms up enough to get out there and work.
I just love the Favorite Things Blog Hop! Every week there are so many amazing bloggers who link up that it is impossible to visit each and every one of them, but it has been fun connecting with a few new bloggers each week. Here is a collection of just three of the treasures I discovered this week as I was out and about in the blogosphere. I can be overwhelming trying to sort through all of the millions of great ideas, blog posts, inspirational articles, and creative projects out here, but it is definitely worth taking the time to find a few that are of particular interest to YOU.
This week I discovered (of course!) a collection of vintage thread which I just love. I also came across a spring garden planner which is going to be so helpful as we are getting ready to work out in our yard and garden, and one of the bloggers posted an adorable Easter watercolor printable that I just love. So, here are a few that might be of interest to you, too!
Even though I already have a vintage tin box with several spools of vintage thread, I couldn’t resist this post about finding a stash of vintage thread at a thrift shop! Now I’m inspired to take an afternoon trip out to a few of the local thrift shops around here to see what treasures I can find.
We always used to have a big garden – my favorite part of gardening, though, was always my herb garden. We also had perennial gardens around our house in Michigan, but when we had to relocate for my husband’s job, I was suddenly back to square one, so to speak. The house where we are now has a nice big yard, and some flower garden areas where we will be recreating our perennial gardens, but I’m also hoping to start a regular garden and include some of my favorite herbs. This is going to be a busy, and fun, spring! Check out this spring garden planner at Fivespot Green Living to help you plan your garden.
from Bombshell Bling
Perhaps it is my love of watercolor paints, or my love of Easter, or the fun of printables, I’m not sure, but I find this one absolutely adorable! I love to create printables, too, so whenever I find another blogger who designs and shares a seasonal printable I just have to take a peek . . . and this one is so sweet! If you would like to print out your own Easter watercolor printable, visit Bombshell Bling – where you will find other printables, too.
Now it’s time to put together my own blog post for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop – I’m so inspired by all of these other bloggers, that I just know I’ll come up with something amazing!
As we’ve been painting and updating our home, I’ve been trying to brighten things up a bit. Our house is “kinda old” meaning it is not really, really old so that it is “vintage” but it is not brand-new either. The people who lived here before decorated beautifully, but I think they did it about 30 years ago . . . so not only is it out-dated but is is kind of drab and getting rather tattered around the edges.
Of course, we can do everything at once, but little by little we’re trying to paint, replace flooring, and repair some of the things that just need a bit of TLC. My husband is refinishing the shower in the master bedroom (that’s kind of a major project, but the shower stall is still in really good shape but it has hard water stains that we can’t seem to get off with anything we’ve tried) – so he is sanding and spraying and generally making a mess of things. But it will be really nice when it is finished!
While he is tackling some of the bigger projects like resurfacing the driveway and replacing bathroom fixtures, I’m trying to make some progress on making things “pretty.” We have a front entryway coat closet that had just become a place to stuff things that we didn’t know what else to do with – I’m pretty sure no one else does that – and I was really ready to do something different out there. So, I pulled everything out, sent a bunch of stuff to Goodwill, put out of season coats and jackets into a storage bin, and put everything else where it actually belonged, and then we made the transformation!
The doors came off (hubby wasn’t too excited about that part of the project, because he didn’t have a place to store the old closet doors, but we’ll figure that out this spring – for now they are in the garage), and then we started to paint. The inside is a lovely shade of light turquoise, and the shelf and trim is all in fresh, clean white. Hubby put up a few heavy duty hooks on either end for coats, backpacks, purses, and sweaters, and then we set a little padded black bench inside where we can sit down to put on boots and shoes.
I added a couple of fabric tote boxes where we can put extra shoes, umbrellas, and gloves, and now all it needs is a new throw rug for in front of the bench. Progress has been kind of slow over the winter with all the sickness that has been going around, but now that the sun is shining again and we are all healthy, it is time to get back to business. One of the fun things I’ve been working on is making a few of these printables that we can have printed out on large photo board and framed. I have one in our updated front entryway closet that my daughter designed that says, “Why Hello!” and now I’ve created another one to welcome spring. If you love these fun, bright and cheerful sayings as much as I do, go ahead and print this one out for yourself to brighten up your spring house.
All images I have used are available as free wallpapers and I just added the text . . . so you could make a few yourself, or just print off mine, since I have so much fun making them! Just right click on the image and “save as” to your computer. Then you can use it for anything you want!
I’ve always been pretty focused and determined – two qualities that have helped me accomplish some of my biggest goals in life. But lately I seem to have lost a bit of “oomph!” when it comes to staying focused and motivated. Perhaps it is not so much a lack of focus – because even when I was completely incapacitated this past winter with bronchitis, flu, and a sinus infection (and a kid with strep throat), I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the things I wanted and needed to do, but simply did not have the physical energy to get anything done. I’ll tell you, THAT was really annoying! Some days I just wished I could shut down my brain and stop obsessing over all those things over which I had no control. I’m getting better (but not much!) about letting that stuff go and allowing myself to relax. I’m trying . . . but now that I’m healthy again, I’ve been working on getting myself refocused and striving to make progress on the goals that I believe God has given me for my life.
Here are a few ideas that have helped me, and they might be an encouragement to you, as well (none of this is new information, and I’m sure you have heard much of it before, but once I put it all together in one place, it has definitely helped me, so perhaps seeing it in a new way will be helpful).
1. PRAY ABOUT IT: It’s important to know that your goals are really right for you and your family. Otherwise it will be too easy to give up when the going gets tough. Take the time to ask God to give you guidance and direction, and to bless your work, so that you are confident that you are investing your time, talents, resources, and energy in goals that are honoring to Him and will be a blessing to your family. I’ve often gotten so focused on my work that I become exhausted and simply have no energy left over to do things like go for a bike ride with my girls. I’m getting better, but it is a constant balancing act. Then, when things aren’t going exactly the way you had hoped, when you are tempted to give up because the journey may be too difficult, you will have a resource to draw you back to your original motivation for pursuing your goals.
2. MAKE A PLAN: We all know that a dream is something we think about, but a goal actually turns into action. So, the first thing to do is make a plan of what you want to accomplish. The first step here is to make a BROAD vision to incorporate everything that you MIGHT want to do. Of course, you won’t be able to do it all right away, but I’ve found that by getting it all out of my head and on to a piece of paper, I can then have a clearer vision of what the priorities are. One of my friends encouraged me to take a great big piece of poster board and write down everything I was thinking of doing, now or at some time in the future, on sticky notes (Thanks, Christie Browning!) and then stick them to the poster board.
Once all of that is out of your head, you can organize the ideas into categories. So, if you have a blog and you want to plan your posts, all of those ideas can go under the heading “BLOG.” Or if you have an Etsy shop, all those ideas (for now, we’ll break down each category later) go under the heading “ETSY.” Or if you are writing a book (or books), make a category for “BOOKS,” or whatever your ideas are, just make a sticky note and sort them out by logical category.
3. WRITE IT DOWN: Once you have a bunch of sticky notes categorized, you can see everything at once, and NOW you can begin to create a TO DO list – but first I like to make an outline. that might be too much for most people, but for writers it is probably second-nature. If you want to skip that step, I understand, but I can promise you that an outline helps to prioritize things. Next week I will post an outline that I am working on so you can see how helpful it is.
At this point if you are starting to get bogged down, just make a list from 1 – 10, in the priority that you think is right (for now, it might change later), and put the other stuff aside. NOW you have a road map. It might look like this:
BLOG: write posts for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
ETSY SHOP: five new listings by the end of next week
BOOK: finish chapters 3 and 4 by next Tuesday
ART PROJECTS: work on new design and finish it by Friday
Keep it fairly simple and loose enough that if something comes up and you can’t get to a project TODAY, you still have tomorrow or the next day. Give yourself direction with breathing room!
4. TELL A FRIEND: Here’s where I am really a failure! Because I work from home, I don’t always have time to “connect” with other women in my community, BUT I do have lots of interaction with my online friends. I need to get better at this, so one of MY goals is to enlist the support of one or two of my friends who share the same vision and passion for the work that we do, and offer one another support, connection, and accountability.
5. RESEARCH and BRAINSTORM: This is similar to #2, but more in-depth – learn as much as you can about your particular focus field of accomplishments, but don’t stop there! Sometimes we can spend all of our time researching, making plans, crunching numbers, and calculating costs that we find ourselves spinning our wheels, never getting to the actual implementation of our plans. After you have researched and discovered helpful information for your tasks, brainstorm (with a friend or by yourself) by writing down more detailed information for each of the areas that you have determined to be your TOP TEN priorities (or top three, or top five, or whatever you want to tackle first).
6. MAKE A SCHEDULE: This is the secret, in my humble opinion! We can make all kinds of plans, write down all of the priorities, step-by-step, make lists, do the research . . . but eventually you actually have to DO SOMETHING to make your dreams come true. Here’s what has worked for me – every day I update my TO DO list and include a time framework for each task on that list. That way I can take into account things like my girls’ tennis practices, orthodontist and dentist appointments, church youth group activities, and piano lesson (just to name a few!).
Also, because I’m the kind of person who is usually working on multiple projects at a time, and have a hard time doing ONE thing for several hours at a time, I break things up into manageable time-slots. Especially the things that NEED to be done but I don’t really want to do them . . . . like scrub the bathroom (I know, I know that is not one of my “goals” in life for this purpose, but it still needs to be done once in a while).
So, I will schedule something like this:
Work on Etsy photos – 1 hour
Answer emails – 30 minutes
Work on writing tasks – 1 hour
Clean the kitchen – 15 minutes
Vacuum the living room – 15 minutes
Practice the piano – 30 minutes
Work in sewing studio – 1 hour
Exercise – 20 minutes
Check social media – 30 minutes
That way I know that I will be making progress on the things that are on my priority list, but I will also accomplish some of the other things in life that require my attention.
7. SHUT OFF THE SOCIAL MEDIA: This one is self-explanatory. Only check your social media accounts three times a day (and schedule it in!).
8. TURN OFF THE TV: Just do it!
9. SET THE TIMER: This goes back to #6, and IT WORKS! When I sit down to work on my writing projects, I have my phone right here on my desk. I will set the timer for 60 minutes and when the beeper goes off, I stop and take a break. If you are trying to get in your 8 glasses of water a day, go drink one glass of water on your break. Check it off your list if you are keeping track. Put the laundry in the dryer if needed, and move to the next task. SET THE TIMER again and GO!
10. REST: My biggest weakness in this whole process is that I have (for some weird reason) always believed that I somehow must be Wonder Woman, and do it ALL, yesterday, twice . . . so making myself rest, unless I am sick, is truly a challenge for me. But I’m trying to allow myself to stop working when I have accomplished ENOUGH for one day. Of course, we all know about deadlines and stuff like that, but whenever possible, STOP for a while and rest, or play, or go out for coffee with a friend, or go for a walk with the dog, or go for a bike ride with the kids. I must learn to take my own advice!
I hope that some of these ideas are helpful to you as you pursue your goals. Be sure to visit some of the other bloggers in this week linky party, I’m pretty sure they have lots of amazing, creative, and inspiring ideas to share with you, too!
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Every week I try to find a few of my favorite posts from the blogs that participate in the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. There are always so many amazing bloggers and creative ideas that are shared, that it is really challenging to pick just three, so just because there are only three here doesn’t mean that there weren’t tons of others that I loved, too! But since I’ve been trying to blog a couple of times each week (which doesn’t always happen, but I try!), I have to keep each post manageable. Here are my three favorites from this past week . . . and I’ll be looking for a few more this coming week, too.
I love these little pennant banners that seem to be popping up everywhere! And since chalk boards have such a sweet, vintage-y feel to them, of course I love them, too. This simple but charming idea is from Laura at The Turquoise Home, and it has inspired me to round up an old chalkboard and make a tiny pennant banner for it to display in our kitchen this spring. I hope you will stop by and check out the other creative ideas at The Turquoise Home.
I’ve had an herb garden for many years (not recently, but several years ago), and I just can’t wait to get out into the yard and garden this spring and start a new herb garden where we live now. There are lots of great ideas for keeping herbs from spreading all over your garden and crowding out one another, so when I saw this idea from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage, I knew it was going to be one of my favorites this week. It has definitely inspired me to get going on my plans for our garden this year, and begin again with growing herbs – for beauty as well as for cooking! Stop by The Country Chic Cottage where you will find more creative inspiration!
And then there is always the challenge of staying focused and productive when you work from home, as I do, along with many other women these days. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work from my home office, doing free-lance writing and editing, as well as running my Etsy shops . . . I have the freedom and flexibility to be available for our girls’ school activities, sporting events, and all the other things that kids need to do like orthodontist appointments, physical therapy appointments, and piano lessons. But some days it is difficult to stay on task when so many other things seem to be calling out for my attention. When I came across this blog post by Shannon at Sunny Coastlines, I decided to include it in my Featured Favorites post this week, and follow some of her ideas to see it I can be a bit more productive on an everyday basis. You might want to pop on over to Sunny Coastlines for even more great ideas from Shannon.
This week I’ve been experimenting with a few ideas of my own for getting stuff done around here . . . but I am always so optimistic and think I can get way more accomplished than really is humanly possible in one day. But I want to do so much! And since several of the projects I am working on are major time-consuming tasks (like editing a book or a magazine!), I have to break each one up into smaller, more manageable segments. That has really helped me stay focused and keep my brain from wandering off into other things while I’m working. I’ll share some of my ideas tomorrow right here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage, so if you are looking for a few ideas to keep you on track, be sure to stop back soon!