Monday, June 30, 2014

The Splendid Book for Girls


I could not resist this up-cycled journal that was created from a vintage book. The title and the cover with its old fashioned values just seemed to be perfect for my homemaker's journal. Inside the journal are some of the original pages from the book including an excerpt from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. The creator of the up-cycled journal included a note in the insert in the front cover that he found in the Splendid Book for Girls. It was a Christmas gift to 'Elaine from mummy and daddy' from 1956. The plain note book pages are divided into sections to use for whatever you want to journal.

This is what I used mine for....

1. Life Verses

The Scriptures and passages of the Bible that are so special to me. Some of my favorites are Deuteronomy 8 v 6 -10, Psalm 145, Ephesians 2 8 - 10, Psalm 144 v 12, Isaiah 54 v 13 and the verse which should be in every Christian homemaker's journal Proverbs 14 v 1. A wise woman builds her home... oh how I desire to be a wise woman!

2. Priorities

I like to remind myself often of what my priorities are. It is all too easy when our days are busy to jumble them up. No 1 is my relationship with the Lord but if I am truthful there are many days when my schedule does not reflect this. Number 2 is family - my husband and children. I have written down here a thought of mine 'My husband should have the best of me, not the leftovers at the end of each day.'

Following relationships I have used several more pages to outline some thoughts on homes. It is my homemaker's journal after all.

One of my homemaking goals is
'To create somewhere lovely that will delight the soul of others and refresh them, pointing them to the One who gave us everything.'

I recently came across a quote by Sally Clarkson which had to go into my journal.
She says 'I must bring the reality of God and His life into my home. My home must be a true and vibrant picture of the living God.'
This truly is my heart's desire.

There are more quotes from Godly women who have inspired me that I am still adding to my journal.  I may share my favourite quote from Elisabeth Elliot in a post soon. I call it my homemaker's wake-up call.

3. Recipes

Only the best and most used recipes go into my journal. They include a rhubarb cake which is my husband's favourite dessert. Chocolate mocha pudding and lemon meringue pie which are the most requested desserts in this home are also there as is a peach cobbler recipe which is so splattered with batter in the cook book it is barely legible. Have been making this same cobbler for 20 plus years so it is a keeper! An excellent recipe for a loaf I came across recently that I make in my breadmaker is also referred to often. It's so handy having the journal sitting there on my kitchen dresser. I am still writing out the recipes and I will soon begin creating an address section.

 I am not adverse to technology. I have a smartphone which I am using to create this post and a new Samsung Note 8 that I just love because it fits in my handbag and comes with a stylus pen. I used it on Sunday to write sermon notes and it was just fabulous. You can create recipes and upload photos with the Note but I don't think I will use that function as the handwritten recipes in my journal hold so much more appeal plus there is no risk of deletion and old fashioned journals don't have screens that crack if dropped onto kitchen tiles! I am currently paranoid about dropping my new tablet as I wait for the cover I ordered for it to arrive. Interestingly, I chose a brown leather cover that had the look one reviewer said that ' reminded them of an old fashioned journal'. That was me sold for that particular cover!

I am all for keeping a homemaking journal simple. I don't write out schedules for housework or meal plans. I honestly think it is quite possible to over-complicate homemaking and housework with organizational materials and manuals. I just wanted one place to write down everything I need to reference or be reminded of on a regular basis. I can now dispose of all those separate address and note books that were cluttering up my home office.  It really is my 'splendid' book!


Camille said...

What a fun find my friend! Thank you for sharing your *splendid book* and what you are doing with it. I have a few of those books cluttering up my life right now, too (address...etc.)...maybe one book for everything is the way to go? I would have a hard time giving up my address's been with me most of our married life. Have a wonderful week, Ann! Love, Camille

Pam said...

Its a really cute journal; love the idea of up-cycling old books like that. I have journals around the house, and have the same things in them. I keep prayers, and scriptures and lists and recipes in them. I can never resist pretty journals. I can't say that I am ultra organized in keeping them consistent and dated, but I do use them all the time in one aspect or another. When I am experimenting with a recipe, I write it down in my journal the middle of my cooking mess, and thank goodness I do, because I need to remember what I did, but it isn't always beautiful when I write it down like that.

Have you heard of the book "The Dangerous Book for Boys"? We got it for our boys many years ago. It has all kind of vintage activities and games, scout survival skills etc.I think I am going to get it for my grandsons as they get older. Any how the cover of your journal reminded me of it.
Have a great week Ann.
Love and blessings,

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

How handy! I got a recipe book from my youngest daughter for mothers day and have been happily writing recipes I use often in it...I love e thought of giving your husband the best of you...I infact am very guilty of making him a last priority...His cared for and fed and spoilt in the homemaking side of things but often has the tired frazzled wife...Not the best of me :)


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