How to build a healthy home?

There are 3 essential components in constructing a tranquil house life: the relationships between household members, the atmosphere of the house itself, and the way the home is run.

When a family shares principles and worths, they grow together. The home ends up being a structure for the household’s shared sense of function while supplying a springboard for each member to pursue his/her own goals. In such houses, families stay up late talking heart-to-heart about what’s on their minds. Children crowd around grandparents to hear stories. Teenagers debate significant issues with each other and with their moms and dads. The entire family gets together– and not simply on holidays– for evenings of songs, games, and recollecting. The house ends up being alive, a source of energy and hope, of seriousness and love. It is not the tranquility of a home that makes it peaceful; it is the life within.

The ultimate beauty in a house is its emotional and spiritual heat. There are many methods to improve your house spiritually, to welcome God into your house. Put a charity box in each space. Talk with your family about God and our obligations as good-hearted people. Invite visitors into your house, and permit it to be utilized as a location of study and prayer, or to hold charitable functions or neighborhood meetings.

Each healthy house is a macrocosm of the whole universe, assisting make the entire world a home for God. Consistency in your home, within a household, equates into harmony in between families and neighborhoods and nations. When there is no harmony in between people who are related by blood, how can we anticipate to develop consistency between complete strangers?

After many centuries of stressful journeys, it is time for everybody to come home– to ourselves, to our households, to God. After the thousands of years of civilizing this world, after the countless spiritual seeds that people have planted through acts of compassion, the time has actually come for this world to sprout like a garden– God’s garden, a universe filled with goodness and understanding.

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Make your home really beautiful by introducing spirituality into your home, welcoming visitors, and talking with your household about our responsibilities as good-hearted people. Your kids will grow up to remember their home as a place of light and generosity, where individuals felt comfy to gather and speak about things that mattered to them. In all probability, these kids will become grownups who will produce the very same sort of home.

A beautiful home should also be devoid of influences that can pollute its wholesomeness and spiritual grace– tv, for example. People today acknowledge the harmful effects that tv has on impressionable kids, and, for that matter, on teenagers and grownups. A television must not be enabled to rule the house.

The next time you are sitting in your living room or sharing a meal with your family, ask yourself: Do I truly feel at house? Am I doing whatever possible to build a healthy family and household? Do visitors feel welcome here? And, above all, Does God feel comfortable in my house?

 

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The historical artistic work of a locksmith in ancient times

When considering church locks it appears especially appropriate that the earliest representation of a lock was to be discovered on a bas-relief in an Egyptian temple at Kamak dating from 2000BC. Although not immediately recognisable to modern eyes, and being rather troublesome in operation, it operated effectively. The concept, that of raising pins to create a shearline to permit movement, was rediscovered by Linus Yale Senior in 1848 and further developed and refined by his boy Linus Junior between 1861 and 1865 to give the pin tumbler cylinder lock so widely used today. The Greeks are credited with the invention of the keyhole, the point of a sickle shaped key being inserted through a little hole in the door, and, with a slight rotary movement, closing or withdrawing a big bolt A Linear B tablet dating to 1300BC, excavated in Crete, was equated.

Therefore the Mayors and their wives and the Vice-Mayors and key-bearers and managers of figs and hoeing will provide bronze for ships and the points of arrows and spears.

Keys are discussed in the Old Testimony, significantly in Judges ch3 v25, written around 1170BC and Isaiah ch22 v22, from about 740BC. The earliest lock excavated originated from the Palace of Sargon at Khorsabad in Iraq, dating from 700BC. By the time that Vesuvius appeared in 79AD, when a metal worker’s store was overwhelmed, locks had been established and had presumed a kind recognisable to modern eyes. Numerous have actually been excavated both from Pompeii and from the various Roman dig sites in Europe and the Middle East. As they were made from metal a great deal have survived. Padlocks with a spring system were found at York when the Jorvik Viking settlement of 850 was discovered.

A small however helpful source of information from this duration through to medieval times originates from the art of the period; carvings, wall paintings, lit up manuscripts and stained glass. Representations of everyday life often show modern locks and keys and representations of St Peter can be a rich source. Even the Bayeux Tapestry shows Duke Conan of Brittany giving up the keys of the town of Dinan to William on the point of his lance. Written records begin to appear in the medieval age. The surviving accounts for the refurbishment of Portchester Castle in 1385 record the purchase of locks, and in 1394 London smiths were prohibited to make keys from an impression ‘by reason of the mischiefs which have actually occurred’. In 1411 Charles IV of Germany developed the title of ‘Master Locksmith professional’ and by 1422 the London Guilds included the ‘Lockyers’.

Some locks still in usage do endure from this time, in historic college and university buildings along with churches, but the majority of are in personal collections or museums. In the Victoria and Albert Museum you can see the ‘Beddington Lock’ which accompanied Henry VIII on his travels through the kingdom, being set up on his chamber door any place he stayed to guarantee his security and privacy. In the accounts for July 1532 is written ‘Item – paid to the smythe that carryeth the lock about wh the King in reward VIIsVIc’. After the distress of the Civil War and the privations of the Commonwealth, the Remediation of the monarchy in the 17th century saw a blooming of architecture and the arts, which extended even to locks and secrets. Locks were made of an intricacy and beauty hardly ever equalled, typically with the system as extremely embellished and etched as the case.

Even until the mid 18th century and beyond, when sophistication ruled, a degree of decor of the mechanism often persisted, enclosed within the plain, easy lockcase. The latter half of the 18th century saw the starts of the Industrial Revolution. In 1778 Robert Barron got a patent to improve the security of locks, earning him the appellation ‘Father of the English Lever System’ (see Figure 5). A few of the locks with his ‘contemporary’ and unique mechanism and keys can still be found in churches. In 1784 Joseph Bramah, the inventive Yorkshireman, patented the Bramah lock, a completely new concept in lock style which utilized a series of sliders in a circular pattern to provide remarkable security. Building upon these significant advances the 19th century saw an expansion of patents for ‘new and enhanced’ mechanisms and advancements, not all which have actually stood the test of time. This duration likewise saw advances in the manufacture of key blanks. Previously all hand created, the development of water and steam powered drop hammers brought a stamping procedure to key making, superseded by the discovery of malleableising cast iron which came into use for casting essential blanks from around 1816: these processes are reflected in the altering shape of crucial bows as mass production was presented.

 

 

Source: http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/locks/locks.htm

 

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DIY: Chevron Lamp Shade

In my 2nd attempt at a Pinterest project, I’m painting again…just on a much smaller scale this time!

Missoni made chevron prints tremendously popular in the fashion world, but lately they’ve become just as trendy in home decor.

So when I first saw this lamp shade DIY project, I knew it was the perfect way to incorporate the print into my home without spending tons of money.

What you’ll need:  A plain white drum shade
Measuring tape, a utility knife, sharp scissors, a sponge brush and painters tape.
And paint.  I had a variety of options that I to choose from so I did a few swatches to see which one I liked the best.
I decided to go with Martha Stewart’s craft paint in grey wolf. {The last swatch shown}
Step 1:  Decide how big you want your pattern and place a strip of tape around the entire shade at that level – – measuring from the bottom up.  I chose 3 1/4 inches.
Step 2:  Place strips of tape in a chevron pattern around the shade using the bottom of the tape line you created in Step 1 as your guide.  You may have to go back and rearrange your pattern to make sure there’s an even amount of triangles around the shade.
Step 3: Once the first row of pattern looks pleasing to the eye, remove the guide tape from Step 1.  Repeat that pattern covering the entire lamp.  Remember to leave the same amount of space between each row.  Use your scissors to trim the tape and make clean points. Don’t forget to add in little triangles at the bottom of the shade so the pattern looks complete.
Step 4: Paint the shade using your sponge brush being careful not to let your paint leak under the tape.
Step 5: Remove the tape once the paint has dried.
Ta dah!
It’s no where near perfect but that’s why the chevron print is so awesome because it’s very forgiving.
I really wish I could do this to multiple lamp shades in my house because I love it that much…
but that would probably be overkill 🙂

Stick To Your Ribs Good

 

We make a lot of soups in our household.
As a family of two, soups tend to be the perfect meals for us because we can reheat and eat whenever we are hungry…which is usually at two different times!
I found this recipe for a healthy stuffed pepper soup on Pinterest last week.
I didn’t plan on posting it, but it was so good, I knew I had to share!
~Ingredients~
3 cups cooked brown rice
1 lb 95% lean ground beef (I used ground venison as a substitute)
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup diced onion
3 cloves chopped garlic
2 cans (14.5 oz each) cans petite diced tomatoes
1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
2 cups reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1/2 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper
I tried to figure out the calorie count and I think it runs about 275 calories for a heaping bowl (about 1 1/2 cups).  Makes about 8 cups total.
~Directions~
Cook 3 cups brown rice and set aside.
Using a large soup pot, brown the meat and drain any remaining fat.  Reduce the heat and add in the peppers, onion and garlic.  Cook until the veggies are slightly tender (about 5 minutes).
Add in canned tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato sauce, chili powder and salt and pepper.
Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.  Lastly, add in the cooked rice and simmer on low for 25 minutes.
Sorry for the lack in pics, as I said, I really didn’t plan on posting this recipe!
I took this sole pic with the intention of sending it to my mom 🙂
Enjoy!

DIY: Laundry Room Revamp

I can’t lie…I don’t really do the laundry in our household… It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s because, (believe it or not) my husband always beats me to it!!! However, when we moved into our house together, I didn’t know this would be the case so we decided to fix up the laundry room so neither of us would mind spending time downstairs.

The space always felt like a dingy closet instead of a laundry room.  First things first, we changed the wall colors from boring beige to a bright blue.  We also resurfaced the floor with peel and stick floor tiles so the floor felt nice, new and clean.  The challenge then became storage. We had a ton of hanging space but nowhere to fold clothes or store laundry soap, towels, etc.  So we cleared out one corner to make room for some furniture.  However I couldn’t find any prefab furniture to fit the space.

I’m not quite sure how I came up with this, but I’m sure my weekly trips to Ikea at this time had a lot to do with it.  I decided to construct my own laundry storage/folding station…and here’s how I did it!

If you’ve ever been to Ikea, you’ve probably seen the Expedit storage system.  It comes in 3 colors and at just $39 it’s a pretty good bargain! This will act as the base for the unit.

Ikea also sells stand alone table tops in a variety of sizes and colors at about $20 each.  I opted for white, but they also have a black-brown that emulates a cherry stain and a stainless steel option if you want a more of a modern look. The table top functions as the folding space.
In order to complete the piece, legs are needed to hold up 3 out of the 4 corners.  The 4th corner is held up by the Expedit.  The legs can be as cheap as $3.50 each if you don’t need an adjustable size.  Otherwise, the legs ended up costing me about $45…which is kind of crazy because neither the table top or Expedit cost that much!
Here’s the final product! We added a couple of baskets, shelves and a pendant light shade (all from Ikea!) to finish off the space.
It now functions as the perfect space for my husband to fold our laundry. How nice 🙂
What do you think?!?

DIY: Quotes on Canvas

Pinterest.

I have a love/hate relationship with it.  Most days, I love searching the site, finding cute outfits or kitchen designs for my “dream home.”  It’s the other days when I come across peoples DIY projects when I’m like how in world did they do that?  Or have TIME to do that???  Some of those braided hairstyles…come on!

Confession: Crafting is my favorite sport.
Yes, I now consider it a sport now that I’m old and married. You can almost say I’m craft-etitive because I like to see if I can match people on their craftsmanship.
OK, I’m a huge dork.

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be posting my attempts at some popular Pinterest projects (or PPP’s?).  If you have one that you’ve been wanting to try or want me to try – – send it my way!  Email me here or post a comment below.

First up:  DIY Quotes on Canvas

I “pinned” this project thinking that is such a cute idea and looks totally doable!  Hahaha….Well, I had the cute part right…  But hopefully with these tips, you’ll be able to whip through this much faster than I.

This canvas was one of those “I had to have it” in the store and then when I got it home, I hated it.  So I was happy to re-purpose it.   You can also buy a variety of blank canvas’ at your local craft store for
not that much money.
 
Supplies Needed:
Paint (I chose white but you can chose any color you like!)
Painters tape (in case you need to tape your letters down)
Spray adhesive
Magazines and/or newspaper
Sponge brush
Vinyl Letters
Old or new canvas or even an old painting
Glue your “best pieces” where you are going to place your letters.  What you put everywhere else really doesn’t matter because you’ll be painting over it.
{looks pretty crazy at this point}
Align the last letters each word first so you can figure out the spacing before you stick them to the canvas.  My quote is “You make me happy when skies are gray.”
Needless to say, make sure to double check your work because apparently when I took this picture I planned on saying “…when skies are are gray.”  Yikes!
When all your letters are straight and adhered to the canvas, paint over them using your sponge brush.
Tip: ONLY, ONLY, ONLY buy the full adhesive letters.  They were sold out when I went to buy them so I bought half-stick letters instead.  It made painting over them a lot more tricky.
And now for the final product….
I’m so happy with the results and will definitely be doing this again (on a smaller scale) now that I have the hang of it.  I hung it in our guest room and I think it works well as a make-shift headboard.  Now I just need to replace the old comforter and add some cute throw pillows to top it off.
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