Tuesday

Louloumadethis - Unique Gift Ideas









Searching for that different, unique gift for a special occasion can prove to be a hard, time-consuming, eye-tiring search of the internet for us each time a birthday, anniversary, Easter or Christmas comes along!


Do you need some help to pick out something different for the people you want to encourage and show your love?







I like to support smaller businesses within the UK who give thought and care to their individual products so today I want to introduce you to 



Louloumadethis


This is a small business only started in the past year by a young girl and I found her "Personalised Easter Eggs" on facebook through her being connected to a friend of mine.  

Now I have 3 grandkids Matthew, Ruby and Sarah so I thought these eggs would make good unique presents for them.   Plus they are full of chocolate and other treats so the kids had better share with Grandpa and me.

 






She has a varied group of items and when you see the pics you will be impressed.


Disclaimer:  I have not received any products or money from Louise or Louloumadethis although I did buy from her - this is simply a review of her business because I wished to support her.



Let's meet the seller herself - Louise (& Darren)







Hi, I am Louise Smyth, the creator behind Louloumadethis.

I am based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and have always been very interested in crafts. My Mum would say that as a child I was never happier than with some paper, felt pens and glue. This interest continued throughout my education, I studied Textiles & Fashion design at university and for 12 years now I have worked in Design & Buying for various men’s fashion brands in Northern Ireland.

Since my university days I have continued to be creative and became known for handmade gifts for friends and family, mainly paper craft, cross stitch and jewellery. These gifts received a lot of appreciation and comments encouraging me to start to sell.





 

Louise tells us about her start up of the business here:

In 2019 I started an Instagram Page to showcase my cross stitched crafts called @louloustitches and through this I started to receive some orders.

My partner and I were due to get married in July 2020, however with Covid restrictions we made the decision to postpone. I had spent the majority of the first lockdown crafting Wedding favours & decorations. Through social media I became very interested in Cricut cutting machines as I was fascinated by how experimental you could be. I knew that the investment would only be worth it if I used it for more than our own wedding and then Louloumadethis began.




My latest orders for cross stitch items have mainly been bespoke, where I work with the customer to come up with designs that reflects their ideas. Frames for children’s bedrooms & also baby gifts have proved popular.  At first I used to buy patterns from Etsy sellers and amend as needed but more recently I have started to design my own cross stitch patterns as well. 

 I have also done some bespoke orders for framed prints which have been very well received. 




Timescale for bespoke orders varies depending on the type; stitched frames would be the orders that take longer however these are usually under 3 weeks.


I launched my first Cricut craft products at Christmas, including personalised baubles,





 hanging hearts and Christmas cards. 

To gauge the interest I sold on Facebook marketplace and from my Instagram account. These proved very successful and encouraged me to plan more seasonal type products, including the personalised fillable eggs that I am currently making for Easter. The response to these has been amazing. 





The popularity of personalised product has encouraged me to expand into laser engraving, which I have only just started to experiment with but can see has huge potential for the gifting market.





At the moment I have lot of ideas to build a range of new products. 




I get my inspiration from a variety of different places in day to day life including social media, Etsy and Pinterest.




At the moment I have only sold in UK & Ireland, however I have recently acquired the domain name louloumadethis.com and have plans to develop an ecommerce website which could generate international sales.



You can view all of Louise's products and order at her Etsy shop

Louloumadethis


Follow Louise on Facebook & Instagram to see more photos of the products and behind the scenes of the making process.

Louloumadethis on Instagram

and

Louloumadethis on Facebook

Feel free to send Louise a message as she will be happy to answer any questions.









I hope you enjoyed reading about Louise's unique gifts and if you need any help with your Easter & Christmas shopping or for birthday, wedding, anniversary or just those little gifts to say "thinking of you" in these times take a little note of what she has and do look around her shop to see ALL her items.












Sunday

Reading Through The Bible - TITUS







Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








TITUS  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLE

17th book of the NT 
56th book of the Bible



It starts with a greeting of blessing in ch.1 v 4






I love the blessings pronounced in God's Word and they are still blessings to us as well.




What is it?

The Book of Titus is one of the Epistles in the New Testament which means it is a Letter.



How Long is it?

It has 3 chapters.




When was it Written?

It is generally thought to have been written between 62 to 64 AD



Who Wrote it?

The Apostle PAUL

It is one of his several letters to people and churches included in the New Testament.


It laid out teaching about Jesus 



 

and advice for all Christians 



going on to explain that salvation is not obtained by us but is given through God's mercy



 




Who was it Written to?


It was written to Titus as we see in chapter 1 v 4 

 "To Titus, a true son in our common faith:"


Titus was a younger man known and respected by the Apostle Paul and given responsibility for leading the church at Crete.




Why was it Written? 

It was written as instruction to Titus as he lead the church at Crete


The Overview Bible  tells us the following

"Paul advises Titus on how to lead orderly, counter-cultural churches on the island of Crete."

and


Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"Titus was a young pastor being put in charge of the churches at Crete.  Paul wrote to encourage him and addressed some of the same problems with leading a church as he addressed with Timothy, his young disciple."




How does it end?



With a reminder of the Hope all Christians have




and

with greetings to Titus from others with Paul, and to others in Crete and a short blessing in
 chapter 3 v 15

   " All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith.

Grace be with you all. Amen."




















Reading Through the Bible - NAHUM










Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








NAHUM  -  OLD TESTAMENT  -  PROPHECY

34th book of the OT 
34th book of the Bible



It starts with the Greatness of God 







and continues with the Goodness of God.







It is always good to be reminded of the attributes of God. 





What is it?

The Book of Nahum is one of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament which means it is Prophecy.



How Long is it?

It has 3 chapters.



When was it Written?

It is generally thought to have been written in 650 BC



Who Wrote it?

Nahum

The second part of the very first verse tells us who Nahum was

"The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite."

Presumably this word "Elkoshite" refers to his birthplace or homeplace. 


Bible Gateway tells us the following

"It prob. refers to a place, but if so, the place is unknown."




Who was it about?

It was written about the people of Ninevah as we see in
 chapter 2 verse 8:

 "Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water,
Now they flee away."






Why was it Written? 

It was written to tell of God's judgement on Ninevah the capital of Assyria.  
The same city that Jonah had been sent to and the people repented but later they had gone back to their old ways. 


The Overview Bible  tells us the following

"Nahum foretells of God’s judgment on Nineveh, the capital of Assyria."

which is stated in the first part of the first verse 



Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"... almost exclusively focuses on God's pending judgement against Ninevah .....the nation that had invaded and destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel nearly a hundred years earlier."





What structure does this book take?


The Overview Bible  gives us a quick outline

  1. The Lord: Nineveh’s vengeful enemy (Nah 1)
  2. The siege of Nineveh (Nah 2)
  3. The inevitable judgment of God (Nah 3)



What is important to take away from this book?
 

The view of the nature of God in chapter 1 v 3








What other books of the Bible have something in common to Nahum?

  • Jonah also prophesied about Nineveh
  • Obadiah was also written to a foreign country





How does it end?


With a direct warning to the King of Assyria in chapter 3 v 18

 "Your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria;
Your nobles rest in the dust.
Your people are scattered on the mountains,
And no one gathers them."

































Wednesday

10 Bible Verses of Encouragement about Love



We all need encouragement and the best place to go is to the Bible.

In this blog post I have tried to gather some Bible passages or Bible verses which will encourage us all around the topic of God's Love.








I do believe that we should not just grab a verse and read it on its own but we should always lift our bibles and read a passage of scripture to make sure that we know the real meaning and context of each of the verses we are putting our trust in. 

I pray that you will do the same and only use this list to guide you as to where you may find help.



So here are 10 Bible verses or short passages for us to turn to in times when we need to be encouraged about Love 




1.   Zephaniah 3 v 17    

Perhaps this is the first thing we need to let God do

-  quiet us with His love

Calmness.








2.   Deuteronomy 6 v 5



God instructed His people about loving HIM from the beginning.







And God has not changed so His Word to us does not change.




3.   Leviticus 19 v 18


God also instructed His people about loving OTHERS from the beginning


"You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord."


Yes it's not just a command in the New Testament.





4.   John 13 v 34



God's love may be for us but we have to remember that God does not expect us just to receive His love and keep it to ourselves.

God loves us because He is Love but He also loves us so that we can love others and in fact it is a command.



5.   John 3 v 16 

Always considered a verse about Salvation but it is also one of the best verses to show us this great love of God





the Love that caused everything else to be and gave us the only way to become His children




6.   1 John 4 v 18 





The only perfect love is the love of God and fear cannot exist where that perfect love is.    






7.   1 Chronicles 16 v 34

What have we got the example of from way back in the Old Testament?






To give thanks to God for His goodness which is the result of His everlasting Love.





8.   Proverbs 10 v 12

There is always wisdom to be learned in the book of Proverbs.








The Love of God led to the death of Jesus for our sins against the hate the enemy has towards God and us.

Let us remember that we can show God's Love instead of hate to all people. 






9.   Psalm 36 v 7







It is important that we realise, understand, acknowledge, and be thankful for His great love - it will help us to trust in Him more.











10.   1 Corinthians 16 v 14


 

 


What better way to finish than by remembering this admonition by the Apostle Paul at the end of his first letter to the Church at Corinth.