Showing posts with label Updates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Updates. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Flowers for Spring!

My life right now is quite busy. When I started my shop two years ago, I worked managing my home and homeschooling my last three children.  Over this past year, my responsibilities have grown to include helping my elder parents transition from being independent, to more dependent on those that are here for them. So it may seem at times that I have abandoned all efforts here, but in reality, I have just slowed this part of my life down a bit. So here are two new writing paper designs that I just added to my shop!

It is fun to play with different designs and materials, to create something is my latest "out-of-the-box" writing paper! A lovely, black and white floral design printed on a nice 24 lb. Linen/ Cotton combination paper. A lacy edge adds some interest to the composition...

Here is what is included:

- 20 8 1/2" x 5 1/4" sheets 

- 10 crisp white A6 envelopes

- a lined, writing guide sheet a decorative folder!

So, who will you write to? :)

More available upon request!

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I love the rich red color of geraniums with their dark curly green leaves. They are a "staple" in many household planters. This homey, colorful floral is simple but special enough to write a thoughtful letter to a friend.

I drew out my original design with a micron pigma black graphic pen. I then printed my design on 100% cotton writing paper. I color each sheet individually with prismacolor colored pencils.

Please be sure to choose whether you would like the black and white version or the colored, when you order!

Here is what you will receive:

- 20 - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Geranium Sheets

- 10 - Red (for the colored sheets) or White (for the black and white sheets) A6 Envelopes

- 1 - Lined, Writing Guide (for even writing!)
...all in a decorative folder!

More available upon request!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

It is June!

I haven't been posting here much mainly because of my time commitments, but I hope to post more after my children are finished with school. I am homeschooling three of my six children and they vary in age and grade.

My oldest, a freshmen in high school, does most of his work on his own. He follows a plan that I have laid out for him. He is more than capable of researching and reading the materials so I am available for questions and help as is needed.

My next oldest is currently in 6th grade. She too can do most of her work on her own, following the plans I have laid out for her but there are times of instruction and explanation that are needed for various subjects.

The most challenging, time wise, is my youngest who is currently in Kindergarten. She is a very bright girl and picks things up pretty quickly, but of course, she needs me to lead her through her many subjects and keep her focused on the task at hand. One of our favorite times as a whole family is reading together. It is one of my favorite things to do with my children.

So when I'm not giving my attention to my primary role as Mom and Teacher, I spend my time, creatively keeping order in my home and being creative in my shop!

Our garden is planted..the first of the Summer projects underway. My hope (and goal) is to pursue more watercolor and prepare for teaching a basic art course this fall for some other homeschooling students. So I am currently researching materials and thinking how to plan out the course. We will have three special needs children in the group and I have never worked with special needs children before. I'm really looking forward to the new challenge!

Some other goals that I have for the Summer are to freshen up our rooms with a new coat of paint and steam cleaning our carpets.

We have two major areas of work for the Summer...the basement and the woods around our house. The basement needs a basic clean and organize. It has become the catch-all for what we can't take care of through the school year.

The woods are needing cleaning too. We have many limbs and piles of brush from different storms that have passed through, so we will clean as well as cut so we can fill up our wood shed for the winter.

How about you? What projects have you been working on or plan to accomplish over the Summer? I'd love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by! Please visit again soon!

Karen :)

Sunday, January 04, 2009


Thanks to those of you who have faithfully checked in at Sower's Corner through the holidays. I hope that your holiday gatherings were as restful and joyous as ours have been.

I haven't posted in a bit for a few reasons...
First, my two oldest daughters have been home from college. It has been wonderful to have them home and my husband was also able to take some vacation time. This has been the best Christmas present we could ask for!

My husband works at a local college as a systems programmer. On the side, he teaches a beginning C course, which requires him to prepare before each semester. One of my daughters is working on an Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering degree and the other one is taking courses for an Information Technology degree. My oldest is in her junior year and her sister is a sophomore.

The three children next in line, are homeschooled. They are in 10th, 6th and 3rd grades and then there is the baby. At 2, she is learning daily and enjoys keeping us laughing at her antics. So I appreciate your patience as we get back into our routine...

I hope to post again during this next week.

A Happy New Year!
God's Richest Blessings,

Friday, September 12, 2008

School has started!

Being back to school has kept me from blogging more regularly, but we are off to a great new school year! At home this year, Noelle, is in tenth grade, Joel is in 6th grade and Annelise is in 3rd grade. We also have Bethan! (in the picture above) She is also in school...doing what every toddler does best...imitate, explore, chatter and um...destroy stuff...I mean, pull things apart and leave trails and you always know where she is because you hear the crash...or maybe the evidence of lively activity in the other room...anyway...

We have already graduated our two oldest girls. Kirsten is currently working on a dual major of Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. She is a Junior. Johanna is working on an Information Technology degree. She is a Sophomore.

How is your new school year going? If there is a way that I can be of encouragement, please let me know. No one has everything together, but what I have I am willing to share.

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Summer Update

It has been well over a week since I have posted. The reason for such quietness here at the Sower's Corner is due partly to not having a stable internet connection and partly due to the "whirlwind" of de-cluttering, cleaning and organizing that we have been doing in order to function through the coming school year.

You might remember that we home school. For us, this means using our Summer for preparing and organizing the house so that things run more smoothly during the school year.

So, the "whirlwind" started with all of our bedrooms. We have 4 bedrooms and a loft area. The loft is my husband's home office. We started with this area, rearranging the furniture and cleaning it thoroughly. Next on the list was my son's room. He had the smallest bedroom, painted a nice "light blue". We moved all of his furniture out into the loft, vacuumed and steam cleaned the rug, removed all the cobwebs, and dust. Then we moved Jo and Kirk(my two college students) into their brother's room. Kirk periodically comes home for a weekend. She shares an apartment with a friend. So now they have the small "light blue" room. (you can see Jo's arm at the desk working on a Lego Robot!) :)

Before we moved anyone else, we vacuumed and steam cleaned (half of) the largest "medium blue" room. Then we moved Annie and Bethy into the larger room with Elly. You will notice that Joel is sitting on Annie's bed. They were playing with stuffed animals. Joel is a great big brother!

Before Joel got to sleep in his new green room we needed to paint it It had been "ice pink"! The painting experience was something out of a Lucy Ball show (me being Lucy!) but we did it. :)

Believe it or not, we accomplished all the moving and painting (we being my children and I) in two days! Talk about the Lord giving "extra" grace to us!!!

Having finished all the kids bedrooms, then we moved to the basement...this is still a work in process. The basement had become a "catch-all" for everything that we couldn't get to right away. Fortunately (or unfortunately!) we have a very big basement and so there is plenty of room to "catch-all" into!

Here is one part that we got organized! You are seeing our stock of canned goods and the cupboards (there are two side-by-side). One holds our school supplies and past school year records and the other is housing fabric of all sorts and shapes for sewing projects.

So, what have you been doing? Have you been organizing an area in your house? Why not tell us what area and then post about on your blog!

Monday, May 05, 2008


Good Morning! I hope you are enjoying this day that the Lord has made!
I have a few posts that I am working on but will not get them out until later (hopefully!).

Today is "Marriage Monday" over at Chrysalis. The topic this month is "The Crazy Way We Met". It should be fun to read about the different ways that the Lord has brought people together. Be sure to check it out! (my story is due out later):)

The other post that I am working on is called, "Stewardship: The Pantry". I hope to get this out, if not today, maybe Wednesday. So, until I can post what is on my heart, here are some scriptures to be thinking about today!

"Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,

To deliver their soul from death,
and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.

For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
Just as we hope in You."

Psalm 33:18-22

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Break...

Dear blogging friends, I'm taking a break...
with Spring finally hitting our neighborhood and me trying to plan out a vegetable garden, homeschool and do some decluttering, cleaning and organizing, I have not been able to post.
My daughter has graciously "captured" my blog and so she will share some of her writing talents and I'm sure some interesting insights while I'm busy.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008


If you wondered why my daughter decided to hi-jack my blog, it is because I have been sooooo busy this last few weeks...I'm sure it has been for you too. So here is my update...

First, my older daughters were home for Spring Break for a whole week!! (we were very excited) I had scheduled the week off for the younger children, when I was making my plans for this school year so it was extra special when my husband asked for the week off too!! Isn't the Lord so good to us!

It was an unusual week. It started out with a blackout. So we enjoyed eating dessert and listening to my husband read a portion from "The Lord of the Rings" by kerosene lamplight...

We took a day trip to Vermont and enjoyed a cool but sunny day. We spent many hours throughout the week, just enjoying good conversation and getting caught up. It was a good week.
I also painted our utility room a nice "Gobi Desert" color.

At the end of the week (Saturday) , our hot water tank died and couldn't be replaced until Monday so we were "roughing it" by heating water on the stove for all of our hot water was kind of a "glorified camping experience." :-)

The week after our little "vacation", (on Monday) our women's group at church started up again. We have been working through Elizabeth George's book, "Life Management for Busy Women: Living Out God's Plan with Passion and Purpose". We needed to reviewed the first 9 chapters the first night because we had taken a few months off. It took me a bit to get my chapters summarized enough to share.

The next day, (Tuesday) I got together with three friends. We get together once a month to have lunch, share what the Lord is teaching us and catch up on what we have been doing. Then we pray together.

On Thursday, we hosted 20 people at our house for a Seder meal. (I will post pictures from our gathering soon!)

On Friday, was my husband's birthday. We had a nice quiet meal together and enjoyed homemade cheesecake for dessert.

On Sunday, we celebrated Resurrection day with two friends from our church and my folks. Everyone was tired, so it was a very laid-back day. It was very nice! :-)

So here we are (after all of this) back to school and thinking and working on ways to prepare for a garden!

My husband took this past Friday off and took me out to the annual Flower and Garden Show that is hosted by a local college in our area. We had fun browsing...and we bought some Pussy Willows to plant!

I also bought (at home depot) some Bleeding Hearts. Now all we need is for Spring to really hit and we will be enjoying the fresh Spring air and the damp smell of...mud! Just perfect for planting in. How about you, what have you been doing throughout this month?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


As is the custom, it is time to think about the resolutions or goals that we want to pursue in this coming year.

One of my goals is to become more diligent with posting. I have been pondering why I should post and there are a few different reasons...

First, I should post because it is a good discipline for me. It makes me focus in on a given topic and makes me "think"! There are days when I am buzzing around my house doing the things before me and find that I have had a "full" day of it, but feel that I haven't really thought or meditated on anything significant. Has that happened to you? So, I want to discipline my mind to think more deeply throughout the day and then share some of those ponderings here.

My second reason for becoming more diligent with posting is that I need someone to share those bits of thought with. That would be you! I need your thoughts and ideas to balance out my own.

My final reason for blogging is that this is a sort of journal for me. As I've looked at my previous posts, I feel like I'm walking on a familiar trail. A trail that is a bit foggy but whose events along the way can be remembered more clearly.

With all of that said, I hope to, by God's abundant grace, to come up with a working plan. I am looking forward to this new year with an excitement. I hope you are too!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I thought you might be wondering what happened to us. The past few weeks have been spent pushing hard to get ourselves ready to start school.

Since I wrote my last post, my oldest daughter has moved into an apartment a block from her college campus, my second oldest daughter has completed a week of required activities and both are now starting their first week (like us) in school!

I thought I would miss my girls, and I do, but not in the same way I thought I would. I'm finding that I have a new way of interacting with them. They both have laptops (required at their school) and so they send me emails and they sometimes chat with me. I am so thankful that we can "talk" and I'm equally thankful that they want to share with me some of the highlights of their new adventure. I don't feel disconnected...I feel blessed!

Our first couple days of school here have gone pretty smoothly. We are all excited about our new school year. For this I'm very thankful as well.

I hope to resume some posting after we get our school routine established. To those of you who are still visiting, thank you for being so patient. If you don't mind, I would love it if you left a comment just so I know that you're still interested in coming by. Thanks so much!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Happy Monday...hmmm, Friday!

I had intended to post on Monday, and now it is Friday. My previous post really applies to my week. :-)

I wanted to give a little update...
The Lord blessed me and granted me lots of grace. I finished up my quarterly reports - YEAH! and I have finished most of my paper work for this past year. I just have to get each of my children's papers and records into individual binders. Thanks so much for those of you who prayed for me.

I shared in another post that our car was in the garage. It was in for three weeks!!! Our mechanics could not find the problem. They consulted with their other resource people and even the manufacturer. When all was said and done, it turned out to be our catalytic converter. So three weeks later, many new parts (including the new converter - a $550 part)we have our vehicle back and the mechanics didn't charge us for all of the labor. Parts and half of the labor. That is a blessing and we are thankful to the Lord for providing for our needs and that we would find favor with the garage.

I have another blessing to share (one of many, many) - in our area we have had a number of severe T-storms and there was damage to many large trees, flooding, power outages and some very hot and humid days.

We personally, didn't have any damage to our property. We didn't lose power when a large tree fell on the power lines on our road and in the midst of all of this, my sister and her husband surprised us by buying us 3 (!) air that a blessing or what!!!

I have been amazed by the wonderful faithfulness and mercy that the Lord has shown us. I hope that you are experiencing His wonderful loving kindness in your summer days as well.

I hope to resume my posting schedule this coming week. I have been missing the opportunities to write and share and be encouraged by you when you come for a "visit".

Many Blessings to You, my Blogging (and personal) Friends!

*The roses above are from the rose bush I received for Mother's Day. Aren't they beautiful!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Very busy week....

As you can see, I haven't posted any menus, music, or marriage post, nor have I posted any recipes or organizing tips for this week. My devotional post won't happen either...

This is our last week of school so we are working diligently at tying up our work and gathering our (somewhat) neat piles of books so that I can grade my children's work and then complete my quarterly reports, send out my letter of intent for this coming fall and update my daughter's transcripts to be sent into the college she will be attending this fall...

In between this work, I have been helping my oldest daughter sew up a new summer dress to give her sister for her birthday next week. It needs a zipper, a hem and a small amount of tailoring and it will be done!

One of my very special friends just had a baby on Father's Day and so I'm trying to organize meals for her, oh and my car has been in the garage for over a week and I'm still waiting (today) to find out if it is finally ready.

How about you? How is your week going?

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High; To declare Your loving kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night." Psalm 92:1-2

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Well, my current trial is quite small - I can't post any pictures from Picasa. I believe it is something with Blogger. If anyone else has had problems and has an idea how I can fix it, please feel free to comment! Thanks!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Technical Difficulties

Dear Friends,
I seem to be having difficulties getting my pictures posted. I will work on it and see if I can get something on soon. Thanks for your patience!
Blessings to You!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Catching Up...

Dear Blogging Friends, it has been about two weeks since I've posted, but of course you already knew that!
Since I last wrote...
We finished off this past school years paperwork

Gone through our basement and gotten rid of a mountain of things no longer useful to us (or others for that matter)

We attended two graduation party's (one was our own) :o)

Enjoyed a 4th of July party

Went for a Doctor's visit - I'm now at 13 weeks - finally past the nausea and extreme tiredness!

We've also had our woodstove cleaned and our chimney extended

I've been working on the new school plans.

I cleaned all the school books and materials out of the our school cupboard, moved the new books and materials into the cupboard and I've been slowly making progress toward being ready to "hit the ground running" come fall (maybe that should be "waddling") :o)

Oh and this week is VBS!
I'm sure you can relate to this kind of summer activity...
It struck me today, that I have 6 weeks before school starts again. Those 6 weeks will go by so quickly. Isn't it good to know that the Lord orders our steps and is over our time!
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in His way." Psalm 37:23
"A man's steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way?" Proverbs 20:24
How about you? What have you been working on so far this summer? I'm looking forward to hearing from you. I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Friday, April 07, 2006

My Intentions....

I wanted to let you know that I have a few posts whirling around in my head and this is what I hope to post about:
"What is a schedule?"

"What chores can my child really do?"

"Why make a menu?"

I hope this will be an encouragement to those who are struggling. I'm not an expert by any means, but what I have gleaned, the Lord graciously gave me, so I want to pass it on to you!

One of the key things for us to consider, is that we are all climbing up "Hill Difficulty", but we don't have to do it alone! We can do it together.

There will always be someone ahead of us and someone behind us. The one ahead is leading us further up and the one behind we are bringing up with us!

I hope you will leave suggestions and comments for me! :o)


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