Saturday, October 25, 2014

Paul Smith

Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1921. He was born with severe cerebral palsy. He lost his ability to control his hands and face which made it impossible to dress, feed himself and attending school. When he was at a young age he started using a typewriter and discovered the technique of using it to create pictures! This man is an amazing person! He really has perseverance and God has blessed him with a amazing talent despite his disibility.......

Heres some of his art! All done with just a.........typewriter.




~Clara~





Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY Homemade Raspberry Latte!

Fall is here! Its time for good books, crackling fires, tea, and cozy attire! Today I really wanted to do a diy post and my mom suggested I make a latte! Ive tried to make lattes a few time but it didnt turn out. Im so glad this one did! Hold on for this diy post on an awesome fall drink and maybe some exciting news at the end of the post! :)



Ingredients:
Milk (about 1-1/2 cups)
Coffee beans (just enough to fill a cup or two)
Flavored syrup (any flavor, I used raspberry. 2Tbs)
This makes about 1-2 cups of latte. Lets break it down, shall we?

So first boil water for the coffee or just make a cup or two in your coffee maker. We have a french press coffee maker. Just make it strong like espresso! :) Yeah!

Heat up the milk, but don't burn it! Then put it in the blender to make it foamy. 

I'll give you my latte making story now. We lost our ring for our blender around the lid so I put a towel over it so milk didn't spill out the top or the bottom of the lid..........

Um.....yeah....fat chance! But at least some of the milk was saved and it turned out frothy and nice!
So, now that you have the coffee and milk all done, you are ready to put the latte together!

This is how Starbucks does it. So you just follow this picture. 

Add the syrup in the bottom of the cup.....

Add the coffee on top of the syrup....

And lastly the steamed/warmed milk! And cheerio! You've got your latte!

So my exciting news you say? Well, I just got a part in a BIG production of Beauty and the Beast where I live! I got the part of Madame de la Grande Bouche! You know the wardrobe? I have only seen the movie once and I don't remember it because it was a very long time ago! So my question for you guys is how does she act? I am trying to get a good idea of her character which is hard without remembering! :) Ha ha!


Hope you enjoyed this!
~Clara~




Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lately

Lately I have been.......

Smelling....homemade pretzels

Helping..... fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at a local church

Excited about.....hopefully putting together a diy post soon! (about what I have no idea!)



Reading....The Kathleen Mackenzie books by Tracy Leniger Craven

Loving....the beautiful sunsets!

Listening....to classical music

Watching.....19 Kids and Counting episodes!

Sewing.....and apron for a possible Etsy shop venture

Happy.....because its the weekend! Who shouldn't be excited?!

Reading....old e-mails!


Missing.....summer.......

Practicing.....Ju-jitsu Shrimping to be specific!

Knowing.....I have to clean my room! :) Ugg!

Singing.... Morning Has Broken


What have you been up to?

~Clara~



Monday, October 13, 2014

You Are Going To Die....


*A small fact* You are going to die
-The Book Thief

Yes, I know, this might shock you. Interesting title I must say! This is a subject that has been on my heart for awhile. Wasted time. I really haven't been living what I am writing right now, but I was determined to try this morning, and I still am. We waste time all the time! :) We say "Oh I'll witness to that person some other time." or "I don't have time, I'm to busy to read my Bible." Well we could see the end anytime. We have no idea what God has for us. We could be gone tomorrow.......
Sobering thought. We need to be ready for God to come anytime and where we are going to. 
~Clara~

Friday, October 10, 2014

Chocolate Book Tag

Hey y'all!
Julia, tagged me for this wonderful tag that I am so excited to do! I love books and reading!

1. Dark Chocolate (A book that covers a dark topic)
Night by Elie Wiesel is about teenaged Elie Wiesel and his father in concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War 2. Elie becomes weary of taking care of his elderly father, he considered him as a burden on himself. But when his father was beaten to death when Elie was sixteen. Elie listened from an above bunk, afraid of being beaten to. Elie had lost all of his faith in God, and in mankind. What happens next? I can't tell you. I only read half of it and if was just so depressing and also very eyeopening! To just read what Elie had to go through was amazingly tragic! We do not know what hardship is. You will be a different person after reading this book.

2. White Chocolate (A lighthearted and humorous read)

Oh, how I love this book! It is about Laura Ingalls Wilders daughter Rose and her years growing up in the Land Of The Big Red Apple! Full of fun and adventurous stories, this is a must read for young and old!

3. Milk Chocolate (A book with a lot of hype that you're dying to read)
Iv'e heard a lot about this book! And It loos good! Wikipedia says that it is a book about a girl who went through a terribly bad car accident, and falls into a coma. In her dreams she is trying decide weather she will leave the world or stay. I heard that she loves music, especially Ludwig van Beethoven, which is my favorite composer! So I was like "Hey, she loves music!" If anyone has read the book please tell me if it is any good:)

3. Carmel-filled Chocolate (A book that makes you feel all gooey inside)
I'm not (at all) the type that loves to read romantic books. But......this lovely book by Janette Oke is perfect for me. It is filled with Godly character, adventurous western stories and very clean Christian romance. Mrs. Oke wrote this for young girls so that they can see how courtship is really supposed to be. This book didn't make me exactly feel gooey inside, but it was wonderful!

4. Wafer-less Kit-kat (A book that surprises you)
I would have to say the Book Thief, but I will spare you since all I have been talking about is the Book Thief ever since I read it! *(whisper)* "But it really is a good book! But I will have to choose
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is an eyeopening story of an african american family during the Depression. A time where the african americans were being persecuted because of the color of their skin. After I read this book I think I realized how much the african americans had to go through at that time and how they just 'stuck with it' even though they were being accused of stealing, sent to jail, being refused by the community, anything really. We have no idea of what hard times are compared to these people. I highly recommend this book!

4. Snickers (A book your going nuts about)

I can't help it! THE BOOK THIEF! And I will add another book. Like Gold Refined is the last of four books in the Prairie Legacy. They where all great, but this one is my favorite! The first book starts out about a girl named Virginia, (Marty and Clarks granddaughter from Love Comes Softly) although she is raised in a Christian home, she becomes influenced by the wrong crowd. The books continue as she finds a new faith in God than she had before. She grows in faith, and becomes an amazing young lady and gets married, and I won't tell you the wrest. Read it for your self! I am not kidding, I read the whole series in a week! This is a beautiful story of friendship, faith and Christian character. 

7. Hot Chocolate With Mini Marshmallows (A book you turn to for comfort)
I would have to say the Bible. Though I haven't been reading much of it lately:( I always get out of the habit of reading it. I really need to try to read it more.

8. A Box of Chocolates (A series you feel has something for everyone)


Life of Faith Series Kathleen McKenzie by Tracy Craven. I love these books! Although they are for girls from 8-12 this series are AWESOME!!!!! I have seen young and old read it and absolutely love it! It is set during the Great Depression in Ohio. 12 year old Kathleen MeKenzie was living life. She had a wonderful friend Lucy, she was a wonderful student and she had a faith in God, but when her father lost his job her life shattered. They couldn't afford to live in their modern home with electricity and running water so their family of four had to move into the old farm of her fathers childhood with their aunt, uncle, cousins and grandparents. Kathleen is not a farm girl! She struggles to fit in with her 14 year old cousin Lindsay. She fights to keep her faith steadfast and her heart strong as she struggles through the Great Depression. I love these books! I read them when I was 11 and now I am re-reading them at 14! I wish I could just go back in time and live with Kathleen! She really became my friend!

I tag: 
J


Sorry this is kinda thrown together! I didn't have much time to write a good book review! Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy my review!
~Clara~







Monday, October 6, 2014

In The Garret

Four little chests all in a row,
Dim with dust, and worn by time,
All fashioned and filled, long ago,
By children now in their prime.
Four little keys hung side by side,
With faded ribbons, brave and gay
When fastened there, with childish pride,
Long ago, on a rainy day.
Four little names, one on each lid,
Carved out by a boyish hand,
And underneath there lieth hid
Histories of the happy band
Once playing here, and pausing oft
To hear the sweet refrain,
That came and went on the roof aloft,
In the falling summer rain.

'Meg' on the first lid, smooth and fair.
I look in with loving eyes,
For folded here, with well-known care,
A goodly gathering lies,
The record of a peaceful life--
Gifts to gentle child and girl,
A bridal gown, lines to a wife,
A tiny shoe, a baby curl.
No toys in this first chest remain,
For all are carried away,
In their old age, to join again
In another small Meg's play.
Ah, happy mother! Well I know
You hear, like a sweet refrain,
Lullabies ever soft and low
In the falling summer rain.

'Jo' on the next lid, scratched and worn,
And within a motley store
Of headless dolls, of schoolbooks torn,
Birds and beasts that speak no more,
Spoils brought home from the fairy ground
Only trod by youthful feet,
Dreams of a future never found,
Memories of a past still sweet,
Half-writ poems, stories wild,
April letters, warm and cold,
Diaries of a wilful child,
Hints of a woman early old,
A woman in a lonely home,
Hearing, like a sad refrain--
'Be worthy, love, and love will come,'
In the falling summer rain.

My Beth! the dust is always swept
From the lid that bears your name,
As if by loving eyes that wept,
By careful hands that often came.
Death canonized for us one saint,
Ever less human than divine,
And still we lay, with tender plaint,
Relics in this household shrine--
The silver bell, so seldom rung,
The little cap which last she wore,
The fair, dead Catherine that hung
By angels borne above her door.
The songs she sang, without lament,
In her prison-house of pain,
Forever are they sweetly blent
With the falling summer rain.

Upon the last lid's polished field--
Legend now both fair and true
A gallant knight bears on his shield,
'Amy' in letters gold and blue.
Within lie snoods that bound her hair,
Slippers that have danced their last,
Faded flowers laid by with care,
Fans whose airy toils are past,
Gay valentines, all ardent flames,
Trifles that have borne their part
In girlish hopes and fears and shames,
The record of a maiden heart
Now learning fairer, truer spells,
Hearing, like a blithe refrain,
The silver sound of bridal bells
In the falling summer rain.
~Louisa May Alcott~


*(Photos taken of me by my brother. Please do not steal!)*


~Clara~



Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Sunflower Award!

Hey!
I just got nominated by Eve for the Sunflower Award! I am SO excited! Thank you so much for nominating me, Eve!

Rules:
-Share 11 facts about yourself.
-Answer the 11 questions set by your nomination blogger
-Nominate as many bloggers as you want
-Set questions for the nominated bloggers

11 Facts About Me!
1. I love it when you come inside the warm house with a wind bit nose and face
2. I am a book fanatic. I am reading A Sweetness To The Soul by Jane Kirkpatrick
3. My eyes are creamy blue
4. I play the piano
5. I am freaked out by scary movies
6. I like to talk
7. I am passionate about modesty
9. I never get sick on roller coasters
10. I use to be a tom-boy. No, wait, what, I use to be?
11. I tend to judge people then regret it later

Questions
1. If you could be a fictional character who would it be? What would you have done differently?
Wow, hard question! Hmm......I probably would have been Anne, and married Gilbert the first time he asked me! 

2. Favorite color of fruit loop? (Even thought they taste exactly the same)
Ya know, I never really have fruit loops unless we spend the night at hotels, but I really like the blue and green ones! I wonder what they put in them to make them look neon!

3. Which sounds better to you?
A. Taking and autumn walk in the forest
B. Drinking apple cider while reading your favorite book
C. Jumping in a pile of leaves
D. All of the above
That is so hard to choose from! I would choose all of the above, but I think I will choose just one! Talking and autumn walk in the forest sounds divine! I just love the forest with a friend even tough we don't have a forest were we live. I have always loved those old fashioned walks with a friend!

4. If you could have tea with a person from any time, who would it be?
Anita Dittman or my great grandmother who went throughout the Great Depression.

5. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I wish I had more siblings.

6. Do you like storms?
Yes, absolutely! I think thunder and lightning is amazing! I just like the sound. I know I'm weird! :D

7. Fro-yo or ice cream?
Don't they taste the same? I don't know, Iv'e never had it, but people say it tastes just like ice cream! But I prefer ice cream myself.

8. Have you ever wished upon a star?
Yes, I have.

9. Whats your favorite restaurant?
I really like Arby's and and Olive Garden!

10. What is a popular fandom that you don't like?
Michel Phelps. I don't know why I don't like him! He's a good swimmer, but I just am not a fan.

11. Whats your favorite book?
I really like the Book Thief! I know Julia! But I like it!  Its a good book! And I also like The Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke! If you haven't read these books I encourage you to read them!

I nominate :
Jessica from Almost Perfectly Pink
The Calico Sisters from Calico Sisters

My questions for the nominees!

1. On a scale of 1-10 how good of a cook do you say you are?

2. What is the best gift you ever received? 

3. What is your most hilarious, or embarrassing childhood memory you have?

4. Have you ever been admitted to the hospital?

5. What is your favorite word? (Keep this one Christ honoring please!)

6. What is your favorite accent? 

7. If you could go back in in time to the 1800's and live on a farm, on a scale of 1-10 how well do you think you would fare, being a 21st century person?

8. Do you have a role model?

9. Which Bennet sister (from Pride and Prejudice) do you admire the most?

10. What is your favorite season?

11. What was the last piece of clothing you purchased? (Include a picture if you wish:)

Ha ha! I can't wait to see your questions, girls!

~Clara~