I love bees! They are such incredible creatures. Did you know they have five eyes, two stomachs and even have hair on their eyes? They do a waggle dance to communicate to the other bees in the hive where there is a good source of flowers.
Honey has been found in Eqyptian tombs and it is still edible.
Did you know that bees can't see red but unlike humans they can see into the ultraviolet spectrum? So they see quite differently to us. What we see as a plain flower might look like a great big target to the bees.
It is like wearing polarised glasses. When you look into water with polarised glasses it is amazing what you can see.
Having an attitude of thankfulness is like wearing gratitude glasses. You start to see things differently. Instead of seeing things with a scarcity mindset - I don't have enough time, I am not good enough, I don't have the latest gadgets or clothes, you start to see the world around in terms of an abundancy mindset - what I have is enough! I am enough! So often it is way more than enough - our cups are overflowing with blessings!
Today I am thankful to God for: the sound of rain on the roof, reflections in puddles, the smell of rain coming, the darkening skies, the promise of more rain to come, a scrumptious curry cooked in the slow cooker ready to eat when I got home, a fun weekend away with friends on our motorbikes.
Please add what you are grateful for in the comments.
Learning a new skill is an interesting process. You have to start small, with the basics - like learning to paint the shape of leaves and petals. Small steps with happy accidents along the way. You are not going to be an expert straight away. It takes time, patience and the discipline to practise, practise, practise. But the more you do it, the better you get, the more confident you are and the benefits become evident.
It is the same with gratitude. I read today that gratitude is a muscle. Through practicing gratitude it grows and grows. Slowly, through working the muscle, it becomes stronger and starts to impact our lives in ways we don't realise. It begins to change the way we think about ourselves, others and our lives. Instead of thinking about what we don't have, we focus on what we do have.
But start small - just three things to be grateful for today. Do it again tomorrow. Be really specific about what you are grateful for. Not just big brushstrokes of thankfulness for your family and friends but look closely at the tiny details of what brings you joy. Along the way, you will paint an amazing picture of all the blessings that God has given you - it will be a masterpiece.
Today I am thankful to God for: the smell of garlic cooking, sharing a cooked damper with our neighbours, experimenting with our new camp oven, the golden flare of gumleaves burning in the campfire, taking Caleb to swimming lessons, grandson cuddles, his soft downy hair, prayers answered.
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I used two different shirts - a large oversized men's chambray shirt, a size 26 ladies linen shirt, a doona for the reverse side and material from another doona for the band and tie. It was amazing the amount of material that you needed for the skirt.
The pattern wasn't specifically for a reversible skirt but I basically made two skirts put right sides together, stitched around the outside and then turned it the right way around before putting on the waist band.
I did sew in the ditch up the side seams to keep both sides together. I think I could have done a better job of that. It was hard to match them up exactly.
I did a boro/sashiko patch on the front and back. I like how I was able to incorporate one of the pockets from the front of the men's shirt on the back. It can still be used as a pocket.
Repurposing second hand clothes takes a bit of thinking and sometimes a bit of unpicking. I had to unpick some darts to be able to get the section of fabric I needed. But I love the thought that I have made something so unique from material that was preloved, possibly saving some fabric from landfill.
It would have cost me less than $10 to make and I still have some left over fabric to use in other projects.