Friday, November 30, 2012

Doily Cookies

Aren't these cookies amazing. What a wonderful and simple idea, why I hadn't thought of it before I dont know. I saw these on Bliss and just had to share. They would make a wonderful gift

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Thursday, November 29, 2012

One Good Turn....

With all the dreadful weather we have had recently, the cottage has luckily escaped the storm and flood damage so many have endured. Today, the rain finally stopped and the sun came out, but the wind is bitterly cold.

Early this morning, a good friend of mine telephoned. We were supposed to be going to the market today but she had to cancel. She told me that one of their trees had come down, knocking another one which was now partly up rooted and hanging over the driveway.Once the children were in school, they were going to pull it down. After putting the phone down, I grabbed my coat, wooly hat and gloves, my wellies...and a homemade lemon drizzle cake and went to their house. My idea was to help keep the workers supplied with tea and coffee.

They were surprised to see me, as was I, because the workers turned out to be my friend, her husband and her seventy year old father in law. So, I got stuck in too, helping to pull down the dangerous tree, and cutting and barrowing away hundreds and hundreds of logs. It was hard work but also, it was great fun, though I have a feeling my shoulders will be suffering tomorrow.

This evening, there was a knock on my door and it was my friend and her husband. They had brought me a trailer full of logs as a thank you for all my help. I was totally speechless, as I didnt help out to get a reward, but I was very grateful. It will keep me and my daughter warm for a while.

It has reinforced in me what I have always believed, that kindness begets kindness. I have learned to not hesitate to be good, kind, and courteous to others, and I hope I have passed this on to my children.  I remember the saying

    “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can
     do or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now.
     Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”
                                                                                        - Stephen Grellet
Never underestimate the power of your benevolent actions. It will always come back to you. You can never tell when, but it will.

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I Pink I Love You

Did I mention I loved the colour pink? I did? Oh good. I know its a bit fluffy and girly, but then so am I. 

I have always loved pink. Growing up, if I had the choice, I always had the pink candy, the pink outfit, the pink bedroom. Anyone who gets me a gift knows that if its pink, its a winner. Having said that, my home isnt very pink. Not everyone can live with a lot of pink. But, I could. Next year I am moving to a new home, so I think pink will be on my list. I'm not sure what my new husband will think....

I spend an lot of time in my kitchen, cooking and baking. I have seen some beautiful kitchens incorporating pink. What do you think?

Cool Vintage Candy
Kirsty Alley's Pink Kitchen
Homestead Style

Pretty Little Things
 So pretty and delightfully vintage. Makes me want to go bake some cupcakes

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Where Do I Begin.....

Welcome to my blog. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a nice cup of tea and make yourself comfortable. Let me tell you all little about myself and why I am here.

I love reading other people's blogs. I have learned so much, and am always inspired by the words that are written. Its a great way to connect with other people, share their highs and lows, and relate with other homemakers out there. 

Phoebe's World is something I have wanted to start for quite awhile now. I am jumping in at the deep end as I am a total novice and am learning as I go. My main aim is to share the aspects of my daily life with you, my homemaking interests, the struggles I have and the many blessings. I would also like to share some of the things that I love and inspire me, whether it is a beautiful photograph, a touching piece of music, a mouth watering recipe or a heart warming quote.

I am a mother to three wonderful children, all, but one, of whom have left the nest. I live at my cottage, on top of a hill with my nineteen year old daughter. I am a very proud nana to my beautiful new grandson.
Im an old fashioned girl at heart and try to keep an organized, cosy and simplified home. I like to think I am thrifty and love scouring charity shops, car boots sales and yard sales in the hope of finding a bargain.
I love my family, friends and my Heavenly Father very much, as they all have blessed me with so much.
I love to cook and bake. I am always on the look out for new recipes to try.
I love gardening. Watching beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables growing from a little seed is absolutely amazing.
I love books, all books. I have so many, but I am always on the look out for more.
I love music, any music, and it fills my home from morning til night. It helps to make the housework more enjoyable, even if my singing is a little off key.
I also love all things vintage, the colour pink, long walks, the ocean, butterflies, laughter, old movies, ice cream, snuggles, and so much more

I hope you will enjoy reading my little blog and will come back and visit soon. Please leave a comment, I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you .

Love and Hugs