Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Tool Set for Mother's Day

If you have a special fiber artist in your world,
Mother's Day
is the perfect time
to give her the beautiful new gift of
You can purchase them in sets
on my Etsy Shop
or

They are available in three luxurious Sustainable Woods:
Ebony
Nam Oc
&
Trai.
For those who want a sampling of everything,
there is also a
Variety Set.
Each set of
11 Crochet Hooks
includes an
Elegant Multi-Colored Satin Case.

After all ...
Why should Men
 be the only ones to get new
Tool Sets?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Happy Place

My favorite place inside my house is my kitchen.
It's my happy place.
I can often be found at the table with a teacup at hand,
a bit of knitting or crochet on the go
and an audiobook playing in the background.
No matter how busy my day gets
I gravitate back to the kitchen repeatedly.
It truly is the heart of the home for me.
Positioned at the back of the house
it seems to be the warmest room,
especially when it is bright with the afternoon sunshine.
This August will mark my 30th Summer in this kitchen.
So many hopes and dreams have been shared
over countless cups of tea and coffee
in this amount of time.
Though my kitchen is rather small,
my family and friends are drawn to it as well.
There always seems to be room for one more.
And the kettle is at the ready.
I've always loved to bake.
The smells...
Pure heaven.
And the feeling of dough through my fingers.
Like a child squishing around in the mud.
Then at the end of it all
there's a lovely treat.

Lemon Bars

2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Confectioner's Sugar
1 Cup Unsalted Butter {Softened to Room Temperature}
4 Eggs ~ Beaten
2 Cups Granulated Sugar
1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Sift together flour and confectioner's sugar.
Cut in butter till mixture clings together.
Spray 9 x 13" baking dish with cooking spray.
Press mixture into dish.
{This will form the crust}
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

While first mixture is baking,
Whisk together 4 eggs, granulated sugar and lemon juice.
Sift together flour and baking powder.
Stir into egg mixture.

When first mixture is done baking,
Take from oven and pour second mixture over the top.
Return to oven.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Cool completely on rack.
Dust with confectioner's sugar.
Cut into bars.
Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee
and
Enjoy!

Thank you so much for spending time in my happy place with me today.
I hope you enjoyed my kitchen.

"Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow."
James 1:17

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lovingkindness

Life is such a magical thing;
The world such a beautiful place.
In all its vast glory
we are sometimes overwhelmed.
Sometimes our journey is straight ahead,
smooth and even.
Other times we are forced to climb ...
up
up
up...
to where,
we are not certain.
Then at times we find ourselves sinking down just a bit
or maybe a bit more.
This is when we look around and see we are not alone.
No, never alone.
For God has done a truly precious thing.
He has given us fellow sojourners.
We are meant to travel this life together,
walking in love with one another.
When You are sinking
I will lift You on My way up.
And, as surely as the seasons change,
we will meet on that middle ground again.
This time You will raise Me
higher,
ever higher.
And our world will be transformed.


"The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord."
Psalm 33:5b

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Language of Shawls

There is something about a shawl.
The allure...
the softness,
the delicate movement against the skin,
the pure femininity,
that speaks to me.
This one is called
The very moment my eyes beheld its beauty in the book
my soul took wings.
I knew I had to crochet it.
About a year ago I purchased two glorious skeins of
Malabrigo Silky Merino
to save for just the right shawl.
During that time I have occasionally
taken it out of the drawer to feel its softness against my face.
I was never quite certain what I would create with it but I knew that
eventually something would speak to me,
like a soft whisper.
Before I was finished with the entire shawl,
I came to the end of the lovely Malabrigo.
Therefore I added a delicate ivory border.
This was done in Berroco Folio which is a fiber blend of
65% Superfine Alpaca & 35% Rayon.
Sometimes the most beautiful things happen when we have to improvise.
There are many more shawls in this divine book I plan to make.
I started with this one thinking it would be perfect for gentle
Spring & Summer Days and Evenings.

No matter what else is on my hooks and needles,
there are times I just have to have lovely shawls in the making.
They bring comfort to my soul.
Without uttering a sound,
they have their own language.
I love the whole process of working on them
and then seeing them around the house.
Maybe I'll just do one more...
before moving on to something else.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort..."
2 Corinthians 1:3

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I am Overjoyed

I had a friend for lunch today.
The sun was shining nice and bright...
 The curtains blowing in the breeze.
We spent the entire afternoon
laughing
talking
eating
knitting
and being thankful for the day.
I am always especially happy when the weather becomes
nice enough once again for me to open up my windows and let 
the fresh air in.
And if it actually blows through my curtains,
I am overjoyed,
especially when this particular friend is coming to spend time with me.
The sight of  my curtains blowing in the breeze
for some reason makes her as happy as it does me.
We both wait with great anticipation for it through the long Winter months.
This friend is very dear to me.
She and I have been close for over thirty years,
raising up our children together.
Now sharing the joys of watching our grandchildren grow.
About a year and a half ago she had a serious battle with
Breast Cancer.
Two forms actually.
She's had surgery.
She's had treatments.
She is Cancer Free.
Praise God.
Together we 
Celebrate
the wondrous
small
simple
joyous 
 things of every day life.
Each day is precious.


"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...
there is something you must always remember, 
you are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is,
even if we're apart...
I'll always be with you."
Winnie the Pooh

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Quieting of My Soul

Late afternoon has always been my favorite part of the day.

The explosion of early routine, 
having surged into mid-morning chores
then escalating into early afternoon
duties and errands,
begins it's sweet decline
as the sun blazes its way further westward.

Suddenly I feel a settling within me;
a Quieting of my Soul.
 Oftentimes this is  
when I pray
or reflect on the day.
Sometimes I read, journal or knit.
Warmer days always find me on
 the porch swing,
as though the shifting sunshine
just 
whispered
my name.

This time of day is a time of anticipation for me.
Waiting...waiting...
for my loved ones to return to me.
As the sun continues its journey,
they are getting closer.
I hear their voices in my heart...
see their smiles in my soul.
I am waiting.
Composed 
&
Quiet
"Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me."
Psalm 131:2

Sunday, April 10, 2016

God Brings Beauty up out of the Dirt ...


..."Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting,
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that
He may be glorified."
Isaiah 61:3

I know some of us are going through some very difficult, 
even heart wrenching 
and soul sucking,
times right now.
Either that,
 or we have been there 
or
we will go there.
Only God knows.
Our days are in His hands.
Sometimes we feel like we've been abandoned.
Alone in the dirt.
Nothing but broken ashes.
No beauty around us,
none left inside us.
But 
Trust Me on This...
He holds us in the Palm of His Hand.
He calls us by name like no other can.
He collects every single tear we shed.
It all matters to Him.
And the day will come when
He sends the Springtime rains
and washes us anew.
We will rise up out of that dirt.
We will see the 
"Goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
Psalm 27:13
Not only will there be beauty all around us once again,
He will show us that WE are a thing of Beauty.
So, please...
"Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord."
Psalm 27:14

I am a person who believes in the power of prayer.
God has worked great miracles in my life.
If any of you need someone to pray for you,
please let me know.
Send me an email.
prettypinkpurls@gmail.com

With Love & Thankfulness in My Heart,
Danette