I saw this book in a local bookshop and just had to have it! The bookshop is all higgledy piggledy and the books are really random and not in order at all. When I have time I love wandering around in there as there are some hidden delights like this book!
I love Christmas and on the front of the book it says "Prayers and Stories that bring you closer to God during the holiday" which really appealed to me as I love the Christmas season and drawing closer to God sounds lovely.
The book has a story or prayer for every day from 1st December to 6th January! I am so excited to read it. I am trying really hard not to open it before the first day of December as I don't want to spoil the pleasure of reading each message on the correct day. I think this may have to be a new Christmas tradition for me!
I have decided to have another giveaway as the previous one was so much fun!
I am giving away two prizes to one reader! Part one of the prize is a book called From Mother to Daughter by Vivienne Bolton. This book is described as traditional housekeeping for the modern home. The book is divided up into seasons and contains hints, tips and recipes. There are adorable projects like crystallising violets, making hand cream and baking a Simnel cake.
I have a copy of this book myself and it is beautiful, printed on lovely quality paper and contains many pretty photographs.
I am also giving away a subscription to The King's Blooming Rose Magazine. I adore this magazine! It is so sweet and encouraging!
"The King's Blooming Rose magazine is published to encourage young ladies to grow in their Christian walk, in accordance with Titus Two and Proverbs 31:10-31. KBR is geared towards young ladies ages twelve and up, but ladies of all ages are invited to join us!
Each quarterly issue is about 36 (printed) pages in length and includes articles, the majority which are authored by young ladies, as well as poems, yummy recipes, craft projects, book reviews, homemaking tips, herbal and nutrition information, beautiful photography, pen-pal requests, and annual contests. Occasionally KBR includes interviews with godly older "Titus Two" women who share their wisdom with the younger ladies. Through each issue, you will meet hundreds of other young ladies who are seeking the Lord and serving their families. Our prayer, as the editors, is that you may be inspired to live a closer daily walk with Jesus through the fellowship and encouragement of other believers, and encouraged in your role of femininity and godly womanhood."
I love this magazine so much that after reading just one issue I bought all the back issues! So whether you would like to win the subscription for yourself, your sister or your daughter read on!
Ways to enter the Giveaway.
1, Become a follower and leave a comment (existing followers just leave a comment!)
2, Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment
3, Join the shiny new Hearts For Home group on Yahoo (just click "join" and you will get a confirmation email) and leave a comment
This means that each person can enter three times!
This offer is open to people worldwide and I will draw a random entry from the comments and post the winner in a blog post.
The giveaway is open from 14th November 2011 to 5th December 2011.
Any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I made this at the sugarcraft class last week. I just had to share him!!
He came out better than I expected for a first try. The course I am doing is a Christmas sugarcraft course. We will be decorating a Christmas cake during the class and this penguin is part of the decoration. There will be snowflakes and polar bears too. Not sure how I feel about polar bears and penguins on the same cake but they are both very sweet!
I am currently reading The Fascinating Girl by Helen Andelin. Well, it is one of the books I am reading at the moment!
From the chapter called A Domestic Goddess.
"The Domestic Goddess adds feminine touches to her homemaking - gingham curtains, a basket of fruit, soft pillows, a cozy rug at the door, flowers, a row of plates above a cross beam, cheerful wallpaper - to give a homey feeling to the house. She adds feminine touches to her meals - cheerful tablecloths, pretty dishes and delicious aromas."
This is something that is important to me. I don't want a show home where guests are too scared to sit down in case they mess up the cushions! I want everyone to feel welcome. Some houses just feel like a home when you walk into them, you can feel the love there. I have ornaments and knick knacks around but none of them are more precious than my family and friends. Certainly none are so important that I would make a person feel unwelcome because I worried that something would get broken. Hospitality, to me, is opening both your home and your heart to your guests and truly enjoying spending time with them.
The book is split into sections. Part 1 covers the Angelic Qualities such as accepting men and their character, inner happiness, a worthy character and the domestic goddess. Part 2 covers the Human Qualities including a feminine appearance and manner, radiant happiness and radiant health. Part 3 then covers Strategy With Men with topics like where and how to meet men and how to be a girl worth having.
Some of the advice is a little old fashioned, such as some of the clothing recommendations, but most seems quite practical. I do wish that hair ribbons would come back into fashion! Maybe that is just me though!
From the chapter called Radiant Health.
"The foundation of beauty is fresh, radiant health, not only for the health itself, but for the fresh and joyful spirit it lends to the appearance, actions and attitude. How attractive are sparkling eyes, lustrous hair, a clear voice, buoyancy of manner, and the animation that good health brings to the face and the vivacity it communicates to the thoughts."
I like this as it doesn't say that you need make up and expensive products to be beautiful and also it doesn't prioritise outer beauty over inner health. It is more about making the most of what God gave you and taking care of your body as it is a precious gift.
I really like the book so far. Looking through the chapter titles there are a few that sound a little odd but, as with everything, there is an aspect of taking the good and leaving the bad. The childlike anger section sounds a bit strange but I don't want to judge it before I have read it!
On a more shallow note, the book cover is the prettiest shade of pink! I saw a really cute book on Vision Forum called A Young Ladies Guide by Harvey Newcomb which I am thinking of ordering as I have a Victorian copy but I feel so nervous reading it as it is a little fragile now. I would hate to damage a book that is over 100 years old as I feel so responsible for them!